Tuesday, 28 June 2016

TELFest 2016 Day 2 - Tuesday 28 June

TELFest: Lada Price explains why she uses Lecture Capture

Dr Lada Price, a university teacher at The Department of Journalism Studies, tells us why she has decided to use Lecture Capture.

She visited TELFest today to attend the session 'My Echo - Why to, and how to, record lectures' presented by Daniel Courtney (CiCS) and Suzy Stephenson (TEL Team) to learn more about Echo 360, which she plans to use from September.

Lada has used Lecture Tools in the past and told us about the main advantages and disadvantages of using such software.

Watch the video below to find out what she had to say:



What can you learn from the MOLE Exemplary Course Programme?

We spoke to lecturers to Tom Clark and Michael Livingstone as well as Danny Monaghan from the TEL Team after they presented the session 'Mole Exemplary Course Programme', which marked the start of day two of TELFest. 

Michael Livingstone, a PhD Researcher at The University of Sheffield Landscape Department, explained how he had used the programme to improve his own input into MOLE and change courses so they are more engaging and easy to use. 

He said: 'The TEL and @CiCS teams gave me loads of great ideas for how to improve our MOLE modules.'

He also praised the peer support aspect of the course, where you get paired with someone and give each other advice on how to improve your modules and also get the opportunity to present your work and get feedback from everyone on the course.

Michael said: "It was really inspiring to see what all the people had done." 


Dr Tom Clark, a lecturer in the Department of Sociological Studies, who also works for the Sheffield Methods Institute, told us how he thinks students have benefited from him attending the course. 

He said: "It allows students to take ownership over their own learning choices, they can shape their learning engagement according to their own needs."

We also spoke to Danny Monaghan from the TEL Team, who chaired the session. He explained what people can learn from attending the MOLE Exemplary Course Programme and how important it is for people to understand exactly what MOLE can do and why is it so beneficial for staff and students.







Monday, 27 June 2016

TELFest 2016 Day 1 - Monday 27 June

Five things we learnt from day one of TELFest


1.)  Make sure MOLE content is never more than three clicks away. 

In the MOLE Design Skills session, we learnt that content should never be more than three clicks away. Investing a little amount of time on your part, in making content easy to find, will hugely benefit students in the long run.



2.) Choose Twitter for your academic profile.

We learnt in the Social Media Workshop that Twitter is the preferred platform for creating an academic profile on social media. You can use your account to post relevant content before and after lectures. It is also a useful way of connecting with other academics or even journalists.


3.) When shooting video, NEVER shoot in portrait.

We learnt from the Flipped Learning Workshop that when shooting video, you should never shoot in portrait. Even though many people using smartphones have adapted the habit, the videos will be watched on horizontal computers, screens and projectors. Your eyes are horizontal, so surely it's logical to shoot in landscape?

4.) Wyn Morgan wants to put projectors that are directly behind speakers in Room 101.

The University of Sheffield's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, Wyn Morgan, revealed that he would like to put projectors that are directly behind the speaker into Room 101. To find out why, check out the interview below: 

5.) And finally, sometimes, the old ways are the best.
Those who attended the Flipped Learning Workshop got to send their opinions to the front of the room by throwing paper aeroplanes.











TELFest 2016: #WYNterview - Wyn Morgan tells us why technology is important to academia



The University of Sheffield's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, Wyn Morgan, had time for a quick chat to tell us why technology is important to academia and what he has been involved in at TELFest today.


What is , and why is it so important?

What about academics who are reluctant to use technology?

What’s been your involvement at TELFest today?

Which of your panel’s nominations did you put into ?
Given the chance, what would you like to put into ?


Friday, 24 June 2016

New Features in BlackBoard



The latest updates to BlackBoard include a few changes and bug fixes and some new exciting features! Here is a quick overview of a couple that we are hoping will be available for you to use very soon:

Date Management

Date Management is a tool designed to allow you to easily change the dates on your course content where they have previously had a date associated with them. You can choose to adjust the dates automatically or manually. For the manual option you can select all or just select the content that you would like to adjust.

You are able to select a number of options which will filter the course content that you are presented with which will help to manage the date changes

All course and organisation items with dates are supported in the Date Management Tool. This includes:
  • Content (items, files, audio, etc)
  • Assessments (tests, surveys, assignments,etc)
  • Tools (discussions, blogs, journals, announcements, etc)

To make these adjustments you will be presented with the option to adjust the dates using the course start date, a specific number of days or you can list all of your dated items to review.

Goal Performance Dashboard
You can use the Goal Performance Dashboard to better understand student performance in a course. The dashboard displays course goals and the assessments that map to them. Students can check to see how their grades are contributing to achieving the goals for their course. This is an alternate view of the dashboard which shows course goals and assignments that align with each goal.

For more information you can visit https://en-us.help.blackboard.com or contact us at tel@sheffield.ac.uk

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

New Features in Google Slides - Live Q&A and laser pointer

Google announced last week that it was sprucing up its features with Live Question and Answer and laser pointer functionality now added to Google Slides - is Slides now becoming a presentation heavyweight force to be reckoned with?

With Poll Everywhere functionality already available (although an account is required) and now the ability for Presenters to launch a Q&A link during a presentation, it is becoming an all-in-one presentation solution.

The Q&A feature enables the audience to submit questions anonymously or with their name attached, and then lets the other people in the audience "vote" for the questions they like the most, so the presenter gets a list of questions in order of popularity, enabling them to tackle the burning issues first. The presenter gets a notification when a question comes in, so they can choose to answer it there and then, or wait until the end. They can also share the question on the presentation screen.

Submit your questions either with your name or anonymously during a presentation. Photo - Google















Also featured in the update was a laser pointer that presenters can use their mouse to point to different aspects on the screen.

To launch a Q&A session from the Desktop App
  1. Open Google Slides 
  2. Open the presentation 
  3. Click on the down arrow next to present
  4. Select Present view
  5. Start New
  6. You Slides contain the link to the Q&A page for the audience 

    To launch a Q&A session from the Mobile App
    1. Open Google Slides App
    2. Open the presentation 
    3. Click on the Play icon
    4. Select Present to a new video call
    5. Give your meeting a name
    6. Click present
    7. You then get a view that shows you your current and next slides, along with your notes. Click on the icon at the top of the screen to launch the Q&A Session
    8. You get a short goo.gl link to share with the audience for them to contribute their questions to 


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