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Screencasts as an Essay Alternative

A guest post by Roberta E Taylor on the Assessment Journey Programme (AJP) blog has just been published and describes her experience of replacing a 4000 word essay-based assessment with a short screencast. Roberta describes the background to the assessment, the approach taken to introduce students to screencasting concepts and techniques and the creative skills that…

Jisc Summer of Student Innovation competition

Jisc’s Summer of Student Innovation programme awards money and mentoring opportunities to students with either an idea about how technology could improve study or general student life, or a completed product that they would like to pilot within an educational setting. The participants work in small teams to implement their proposed project and, in addition to…

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…

SHU project featured in 2016 Horizon Report

Each year, the New Media Consortium (NMC) works with a panel of academics and technologists to identify developing trends in technology-supported pedagogy that are likely to have significant impact on learning and teaching over the next five years, challenges to technology adoption and trends accelerating technology adoption. The 2016 Higher Education edition was published online last week,…

OU’s Innovating Pedagogy 2015 report published

The 2015 edition of the Open University’s annual Innovating Pedagogy report has recently been published. Once again, the report offers overviews of a variety of new and emerging teaching approaches and pedagogies, along with information on technologies that are being use to support them. As usual, the report includes 10 pedagogies, their potential impact, and…

Reminder: Make your 2015/16 Blackboard sites available

With the start of the new academic year being upon us, don’t forget to make your Blackbaord sites available so that your students can access them. To check if a site is available, just log in to shuspace and look at the list of your Blackboard sites.  If ‘(unavailable to students)’ appears next to the name of…

Blackboard Assignment receipts go live

We are pleased to announce a new receipting feature for our students when they submit their work online via a Blackboard Assignment. After their work is submitted, students will receive an email receipt confirming the details of their submission. For group assignments, all members of the group will receive an email confirming the group submission. All…

Email receipts for assessment submissions via Blackboard

The University will shortly be launching a new feature for our students when they submit an assignment to a Blackboard. After they submit their work, students will receive an email confirming the details of their submission. Online submissions through Blackboard The student – or group of students if it is a group submission – will…

Blackboard – YouTube Mashup workaround

A recent change to their service by YouTube has resulted in Blackboard’s ‘Mash-up’ functionality breaking. Blackboard are working on fixing the issue, but the solution is likely to take some time. In the meantime, Blackboard have provided the following set of steps for anyone wishing to add YouTube videos to their module sites: Open YouTube in your…

2015/16 Blackboard sites have now been copied

The process of automatically copying Blackboard sites for the 2015/16 academic year is now complete, and you can access your new sites and start preparing them. Staff enrolments have been carried across to the new sites. You will need to use the Staff Enrolment Tool in the Control Panel to add any new staff or unenrol…