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  • 1. Student Engagement Student Engagement • Background information: Why useA WebLearn and RLOs showcase WebLearn? • Examples of engaging students with Production Team: Debbie Holley – RLO CETL, LMBS WebLearn (including RLOs) Amanda Wilson Kennard – TLTC Mimi Weiss – TLTC Carl Smith – CETL Developer • Results Context of London MetBackground Information: Why use • Widening participationWebLearn? university • Non-standard entry students • Inner city location • Commuter students London Metropolitan UniversityThe course Module Requirements• International Purchasing • Required by professional body• Part-time professional students • Exam• Full-time degree students • Coursework• Professional body accreditation • Continuous assessment • Additional weekly engagement • Monitoring progress – self and lecturer • Confidence building 1
  • 2. Problems to solve Constraints• Limited opportunity for peer to peer • Must work with large groups of communication students• Not enough student practice and • Must be manageable for the retention with module material students • Must not increase the marking loadSolutions for engaging the •Problem to solve •Lack of peer-to-peer communicationstudents with WebLearn? •WebLearn Solution •Discussion tool in WebLearnDiscussion Tool How can you do this?• Asynchronous weekly tasks • You can easily create discussions yourself • Responses to tutor ‘starter’ post and another students post in WebLearn.• Benefit • Please come to a TLTC training session • Students communicate with peers outside of the classroom entitled: • Creating Online Discussions and Chats • http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/tltc/ 2
  • 3. Solution 1: Self marking quizzes•Problem to solve • Text based quizzes •Lack of student practice and material • Questions based on student’s research retention • Multiple Choice•WebLearn Solutions • Mark for attempt (language problem concern •Solution1: Self marking quizzes of some students) •Solution 2: Reusable learning objects • These are automatically graded • Benefit • Students engage with the material • Students get automatic feedback and grades Solution 2:How can I do this? Reusable Learning Object (RLO)• You can easily create quizzes, self-tests • What is a RLO? • Ready made online tutorial or surveys yourself in WebLearn. • Combining: Audio, Video, Text, Images etc… • Self-paced online learning 24/7 • Each focusing on one clear learning goal• Please come to a TLTC training session • Free and easy to use and distribute entitled: • Option for automatic grading • Building Online Quizzes, Surveys • http://www.rlo-cetl.ac.uk and Self Tests • http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/tltc/ • Benefit • Enables students to engage with the material and retain information • Students can get automatic gradesRLO Activities Reusable Learning Objects• Can contain a variety of activities: • Example of RLO learning object as a weekly task • Case studies • Shopping basket price comparison of fair-trade goods • Quizzes • Games • Puzzles • Tutorials• These interactive resources can include: • Text • Images • Audio and video 3
  • 4. Example of a game developed by TLTC Example of a game developed by TLTC INCOCHALLENGE Problem based learning multi-media quiz Debbie Holley & Richard Haynes.Example of a game developed by TLTC How can I get a RLO? • A fun element to 1. Use a ready made RLO from the assessment website • The boat sails on if • http://www.rlo-cetl.ac.uk they get the scenario correct • Hints and tips if a 2. Request a custom made RLO wrong answer • http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/tltc • Look at the TLTC showcase for Students find out if their journey is successful…. ideas or bring your own ideas to the approachable TLTC developers.Use a pre-made RLOs RLO Subjects• London Metropolitan University with its partners, the University of Cambridge and University of Nottingham have launched • Study Skills • Maths • The Centre for Excellence in Teaching in Learning (CETL) who specialise in Reusable Learning Objects • Business (RLO).• CETL have created many pre-made RLOs that are free and easy to add to your WebLearn modules. • www.rlo-cetl.ac.uk 4
  • 5. RLO Subjects Student Opinions• Marketing • Discussions • “I found the online tasks great - to me it did• Science not feel like I was completing work but more of• Languages a fun activity among friends.” • Quizzes • “So far, it is the most fun assessment I’ve done ☺ like those online quizzes a lot” • “I do like the idea of weekly quizzes. I think that this is a good re-cap for the lecture and helps memorise facts. “Adding it to WebLearn Getting your own RLO • The Multimedia Developers at TLTC• Adding a ready made RLO to can create bespoke RLOs for you. WebLearn • How? • You think of an idea for a resource • Copy and paste the link into a • Discuss your ideas with a multimedia WebLearn link developer at TLTC • They create the resource for you for free • Add a link to the resource in your module • http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/tltc/ Student Opinions • RLOsResults • ‘I think the online marks were very useful and I loved all different tasks’ • ‘I like the weekly task because it keeps me engaged to the subject, so I believe I learn more..’ 5
  • 6. Overall Evaluation Useful Links • Ready made RLO’s• Students liked it • http://www.rlo-cetl.ac.uk• Students got more involved in peer- • TLTC for Multimedia and WebLearn information to-peer communication • http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/tltc/• It encouraged engagement • Write Now CETL• Some students wanted qualitative • http://www.writenow.ac.uk/ judgemental assessment – conflict • Learn Higher CETL with aims • http://www.learnhigher.ac.uk/• New arrangements of time and • Liaise with your subject centre for other resources and ideas for funding space of study 6

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