Blackboard upgrade – Assessment-related tool changes

As part of the upcoming Blackboard upgrade there are some changes to tools used for assessment and marking that are worth highlighting. Based on data which is being collected by Faculty teams this summer, we will try to create as many summative assessment items in your Blackboard site as we can, including reassessments. This means we…

Blackboard Upgrade – Changes to Blackboard Collaborate

After the upcoming Blackboard upgrade is complete, there will be improvements around using Blackboard Collaborate inside Blackboard sites. Currently staff can only have a single session of Collaborate Ultra. After the upgrade, staff will be able to schedule different sessions in their Blackboard site. Staff and students will also be able to download Collaborate Ultra recordings…

Lecture Recording at SHU: Current Position

As part of a working group investigating how the upcoming changes to Disabled Student Allowance will affect the university and our students, an overview document has been produced to outline the current methods of recording lectures (and other types of teaching session) available to staff at SHU. While the document was produced for the working group,…

Create ebooks in Google Docs

Google has just added a new feature to Google Docs that should make it much easier to create ebooks for use on tablets, phones, Kindle-style devices, PCs and laptops. Google has added the option to export documents in the ePub format, which is the international standard for ebooks and so is supported by most software and…

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Article on Technology and Students’ Use of Past Feedback Published

In 2013, SHU undertook a research project to look into the ways that students use their past feedback when working on subsequent assessments. The full report of the findings from the project, ‘Making Connections’, was published a while ago, and today a paper drawing together these findings with examples of relevant technological interventions was published in Research in Learning Technology. The…

2015 Horizon Report on TEL trends to 2020 published

Each year the New Media Consortium (NMC) gathers opinions on Technology Enhanced Learning from stakeholders around the world and publishes the findings as the Horizon Report. The reports cover a 5 year period and aim to highlight some big technological trends that are likely to have an impact on education, as well as some of…

Problem-based Learning: An Approach to Teaching and Learning

Problem-based Learning (PBL) involves students being challenged to solve genuine problems from their discipline. In addition to developing general skills such as critical thinking and abstract reasoning, PBL is an ideal way for students to apply their theoretical knowledge in an authentic way. PBL is often used as a way for students to develop experience…

Reflection: An Approach to Teaching and Learning

Reflection is an approach that encourages deep thinking by an individual about their existing knowledge and capabilities, how it has been supported or challenged by new learning and experience, and the identification of strengths to promote and weaknesses/limitations to address. While most people have an instinctive reflective process that we use to learn from our actions, a…