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Using the VLE to communicate & conduct polls via SMS

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A presentation showing the WebCT powerlink for use with Edutxt.

This was shown at Let's talk about txt! 6 @ Bath University

Twitter hastag is #txt6bath

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Using the VLE to communicate & conduct polls via SMS

  1. 1. Using the VLE to communicate & conduct polls via SMS Lets Talk about txt 6 – 19th May 2010<br />Marc Jennings, The University of Edinburgh<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br /><ul><li>Background
  3. 3. EdutxtPowerlink
  4. 4. Polls
  5. 5. Further Developments
  6. 6. Questions</li></li></ul><li>Background<br /><ul><li>The University of Edinburgh
  7. 7. Research-based
  8. 8. c. 23,000 FTE students
  9. 9. WebCT Vista 8 and Campus Edition 4.2
  10. 10. SMS text messaging service:
  11. 11. switched from JANET txt to Edutxt this academic year
  12. 12. most usage is from central support areas
  13. 13. investigating potential teaching uses
  14. 14. Powerlink integration for WebCT was created
  15. 15. equivalent Building Block version due summer 2010</li></li></ul><li>EdutxtPowerLink<br /><ul><li>Used alongside the web interface
  16. 16. Service accounts are created for courses (not individuals)
  17. 17. Students add their mobile number to their WebCT profile – number need not be made public
  18. 18. Compose page allows recipients to be selected by:
  19. 19. role ( instructor, TA, student, auditor)
  20. 20. group
  21. 21. name
  22. 22. or any combination of the above
  23. 23. Messages may also be created as WebCT announcements and/or sent via WebCT mail</li></li></ul><li>Powerlink Demo<br />
  24. 24. Edutxt Polls<br /><ul><li>PowerLink extended to support incoming messages
  25. 25. Course specific keyword
  26. 26. Votes in polls are just a specially formatted incoming message:</li></ul>keyword poll_name vote<br /><ul><li>for example:</li></ul>Edutxt wiki C<br /><ul><li>is a vote for option C in the "wiki" poll in a course with a keyword of "edutxt"; all messages are case insensitive
  27. 27. votes will cost the sender their normal network charge (unless they vote via WebCT)</li></li></ul><li>Send “txt6 uses X" to 88020<br />Live Example<br /><ul><li>Poll:</li></ul>Can you see viable uses of the WebCTpowerlink?<br /><ul><li>Options:</li></ul>Not at all<br />Possibly<br />Some uses<br />Lot’s of uses<br /><ul><li>Vote:</li></ul>Format: txt6 uses X<br />Number: 88020<br />
  28. 28. Rationale<br />Send “txt6 uses X" to 88020<br /><ul><li>Advantages
  29. 29. no setup cost
  30. 30. can be used anywhere with mobile phone reception
  31. 31. can be used at any time for any period
  32. 32. remote participants can vote
  33. 33. students have access to the results and how they voted
  34. 34. Disadvantages
  35. 35. students may have to pay to vote
  36. 36. students must have their phones ON to vote
  37. 37. not as interactive as clicker technology (e.g. embedded into PowerPoint)</li></li></ul><li>
  38. 38. Further developments<br /><ul><li>Anonymous polls
  39. 39. Download vote data (CSV format)
  40. 40. Option to publish results graph to a public URL
  41. 41. Auto-refresh on results graph page on Teach tab
  42. 42. Building Block version</li></li></ul><li>Questions?<br /><ul><li>Contact Details:
  43. 43. Marc Jennings
  44. 44. Marc.Jennings@ed.ac.uk</li></li></ul><li>Configure a Poll -1<br />
  45. 45. Configure a Poll -2<br />
  46. 46. Configure a Poll -3<br />
  47. 47. Compose Message - 1<br />
  48. 48. Compose Message - 2<br />
  49. 49. Sent Message<br />

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