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264 – Navigation should be intuitive: Designing a blackboard site using website principles – Emma Taylor

There has been an increased development of distance learning courses in the Occupational Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation subject group with Blackboard being the main learning platform.   Blackboard however can be awkward to use and learning materials can often be found in folders that involve a degree of navigation on the students’ part.  Learning how to use systems such as Blackboard, however, has been found to be a drawback of using such systems (Bradford et al 2006).  To help alleviate this, the module Health Ergonomics in the Workplace has been developed to make the navigation process easier for the students with all material accessible with no more than two clicks. Quick links are provided to some of the more deeply embedded tools to reduce the need for students to search in the learning material. The use of pictures has also been used make the site more attractive.
This poster illustrates the Blackboard site and will hopefully promote discussion around its use, how it could be enhanced further and how the principles can be used in other distance learning modules.

264 LTA poster

248 – An evaluation of the role of virtual support technologies in enhancing the student experience of work-related learning – Corina Bradbury

This presentation will report the findings from a Students’ as Researchers project centred around the engagement and disengagement of Level 6 Criminology students with virtual support technologies. The research aims to capture the students’ perspectives around the usefulness and applicability of the web 2.0 technologies in the form of blogs/journals, designed to aid the academic and professional development they gain from their participation in work related learning activities with various public, private and voluntary sector employers and organisations in and around South Yorkshire. Such organisations include South Yorkshire police and SOVA.

The project, funded and supported by Sheffield Hallam University “Students as Researchers scheme’, was conducted from a student-led approach by the Student Researcher, and supported and overseen by two staff members of the Criminology teaching team.

With the main researcher being a current student at the University, the objective was to obtain a clearer and more in-depth response around the students experience and attitude towards utilising these virtual technologies during their course progression. This presentation will highlight the initial qualitative findings of the project, gained from telephone interviews with two students and a focus group session with eight research participants. This will also discuss the perspective of the student researcher on her experiences and challenges involved with being in the student-researcher position.

The research findings will be used to inform improvements to the student experience and for potential future developments for the Criminology curriculum at Sheffield Hallam University.

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26 – Introducing Blackboard Collaborate – Stuart Hepplestone, Zoe Burke

This poster will introduce Blackboard Collaborate, a virtual classroom tool recently introduced at Sheffield Hallam University. The poster will outline the core features and functionality provided by Blackboard Collaborate, and enable dialogue about its many uses across the University to enhance teaching and learning and provide student support.

Activities for engagement: Delegates will be prompted to add their own (or potential ideas for) use cases to the poster. Details will also be provided about forthcoming demonstration sessions for ‘hands on’ online experience of using Blackboard Collaborate.

Anticipated outcomes: Staff will be encouraged to consider how virtual classroom technologies can enhance their learning, teaching or student support the context of their own roles.

Theme: The Technology Enhanced Course

Please click on link to view poster:  26 collaborate_posterpdf