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What is Google Sheets?

This is part of a regular series of articles exploring some of the terms used in e-learning (view other articles in the series). We’ll do our best to break down the jargon and explain what things are from a basic perspective. Google Sheets is a spreadsheet tool that forms part of the Google Drive suite…

Staff workshops: Enhancing your teaching approaches through technology

The Changing the Learning Landscape Programme is an initiative from the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. It encourages universities to change their culture and to increase the use of educational technologies. Sheffield Hallam University’s (SHU) engagement in this initiative focusses on increasing, and enhancing, the use of existing tools and technologies. These workshops are an opportunity…

What is a Content Curation Site?

This is part of a regular series of articles exploring some of the terms used in e-learning (view other articles in the series).  We’ll do our best to break down the jargon and explain what things are from a basic perspective. A ‘Content Curation Site’ is a website that allows users to gather resources from…

What is Social Bookmarking?

This is part of a regular series of articles exploring some of the terms used in e-learning (view other articles in the series).  We’ll do our best to break down the jargon and explain what things are from a basic perspective. Bookmarks (or ‘Favorites’ in Internet Explorer) are references to web pages that you save in…

Have your say: Changing the Learning Landscape – a reminder

This is a gentle reminder that the evaluation for collecting information about current teaching practice is still available until 9:00 am on Tuesday 7 May 2013. This is your opportunity to help contribute to the development of a framework that will assist colleagues in identifying different teaching strategies and the technologies that can support and…

Reminder: E-learning discussions – spring 2012

As part of the ‘Realising Our Potential’ professional development programme we have scheduled a series of roundtable discussion events to provide an opportunity for informal discussion about practice in e learning.  These are now underway but you can still sign up for the remaining sessions. Please use the links below to book a place. You…

E-learning discussions – spring 2012

We are offering a series of roundtable events to provide an opportunity for informal discussion about practice in e-learning. You are welcome to bring lunch to the discussion table. Please click on the date/place information below to book a place. Moving forward with online feedback With Stuart Hepplestone This event will provide an opportunity to…

Using media from the web in your Blackboard site

The internet is full of lots of great media such as images, audio files and videos, especially now with the growth of sites that allows sharing of user-generated content (e.g. Flickr, YouTube, Wikipedia).  However, just because it is on the internet doesn’t mean you can legally copy and use it in your Blackboard site: in fact…

What does ‘availability’ mean in Blackboard?

Put simply ‘availability’ determines if the students on your site can see something on the site. This could apply to the entire site, a content area, a tool on your site menu, a folder or an individual content item. What determines if an item is available? There are a number of reasons that a piece of content…

Don’t forget: Free e-learning brownies

This is a reminder about the ongoing e-learning brownie programme, as we’ve had a lot of interest but not many forms returned so far.  The ‘brownie points’ programme rewards staff who engage with refreshing their e-learning practice this summer by giving them free homemade brownies (actual brownies pictured here). To earn your brownies, you need to attend…