SharePoint for Teaching and Learning


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A presentation given to the Eduserv/Northumbria Use of SharePoint in UK Higher Education Institutions event in London on 25 November 2009.

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SharePoint for Teaching and Learning

  1. 1. SharePoint for Teaching and Learning Use of Microsoft SharePoint in UK Higher Education Institutions 25 th November 2009 Les Walczowski and Mark Ellis School of Engineering and Digital Arts University of Kent
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>Learning Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Walkthrough </li></ul><ul><li>Student Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Future Work </li></ul>
  3. 3. Issues in 2007 with University System <ul><li>Extremely high maintenance costs </li></ul><ul><li>High training costs (time and money) </li></ul><ul><li>Inflexible – difficult and costly to add increased functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to integrate with other platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to engage staff and students </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of standardisation between courses </li></ul><ul><li>Poor collaboration tools </li></ul>
  4. 4. E-Learning 2.0 Portal Requirements <ul><li>Structures and organises learning materials </li></ul><ul><li>Provides students with easy access to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>course documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lecture notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>online courseware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>communication tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Integrates with administrative databases </li></ul><ul><li>Intuitively easy to use for staff and students </li></ul><ul><li>Utilises Web 2.0 technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Is easily extended with new functionality </li></ul>
  5. 5. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 <ul><li>ASP.NET based </li></ul><ul><li>Can develop web-parts programmed in C# </li></ul><ul><li>Provides many Web 2.0 features such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborative spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>discussion tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>publishing tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>document management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>workflow and access control </li></ul></ul>Page
  6. 6. Implementation Internet SharePoint Server Windows single sign-on Content Database Student Data System (student records) Learning Management System Customized Curriculum Maps Learning Resources Course Blogs Coursework Submission IT Support Discussion Groups Personalized Timetables Other Services e-Portfolio Sub-System <ul><li>Per-User Customization </li></ul><ul><li>Web-folio </li></ul><ul><li>Flash-folio </li></ul>Departmental Data System
  7. 7. LMPS Components <ul><li>Web parts programmed in C# </li></ul>
  8. 8. LMPS Components <ul><li>Extensive use of Jan Tielens “SmartPart” </li></ul><ul><li>Allows use of VS user controls (ascx files) in SharePoint application </li></ul><ul><li>Hence use VS designer tools for building elements of the User Interface </li></ul>
  9. 9. Structure of the Learning Management Portal System (LMPS) <ul><li>Currently LMPS interfaces to about 100 SharePoint websites </li></ul><ul><li>Based around the modules that a student is registered for </li></ul><ul><li>Module web sites include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Module specification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coursework submission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Announcements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timetables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lecturer blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion groups </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Example Uses <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>course lecturers can provide extra information and discussion for each course that is part of a programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students invited to add their own comments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>can be used by students to document group projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>available on most pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Coursework submission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Off campus access means students can submit work from any PC connected to internet </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Templates – consistent look and feel Custom templates for modules, programmes, committees and blogs
  12. 12. Portal Home Page – Faculty view links to programme web sites links to module web sites, personalised to lecturer RSS feed from local news sources menu includes link to weekly personalised timetable
  13. 13. Portal Home Page – Student view RSS feed from local news sources module announcements aggregator coursework schedule in week due order links to programme web sites links to module web sites, personalised to student menu includes links to personalised timetable and SMS Service
  14. 14. Portal – Programme Page menu includes link to program specification and discussion board links to all module web sites
  15. 15. Module Page - Faculty View interface to allow editing and deletion of module announcements interface to allow insertion of new module announcements module assignments listing
  16. 16. Module Page – Student view module assignments listing course materials download interface to allow submission of assignments attendance monitor
  17. 17. Support Pages – IT
  18. 18. School Calendar
  19. 19. Committee Pages
  20. 20. Student Evaluation
  21. 21. Key : 1 (not useful) to 5 (very useful)
  22. 22. Student Comments … the good <ul><li>“ Very helpful.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The assignments due section is excellent so I know clearly what work has to be handed in and when.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is an excellent improvement on what was available last year and is very useful for quickly accessing the information needed on modules and timetable information.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Its brilliant!! So much better than the last one. I wonder if other departments or universities have something so useful and impressive. But how come you have to close the whole browser to be signed out completely? This doesn't really matter... but I have wondered why this was put in place.” </li></ul>
  23. 23. … and the helpful <ul><li>“ Great new look, could be quicker updated to reflect work extensions though. Discussion forums are massively under used for some reason.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The &quot;Select&quot; links when uploading coursework need to be made more obvious.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Very good system. Although having the timetable update faster would be useful.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The current &quot;select&quot; button should be renamed to something more obvious such as &quot;upload&quot; in order to upload work to the portal.” </li></ul>
  24. 24. SharePoint has allowed us to: <ul><li>Build a Learning environment using Web Parts programmed in C# </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate with already available databases </li></ul><ul><li>Use an integrated authentication system </li></ul><ul><li>Target specific audiences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Postgraduate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use Built-in tools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveys, Wikis, Blogs, Discussion groups, RSS feeds, Full search engine etc. </li></ul></ul>Page
  25. 25. Future Developments <ul><li>Integration with Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Use of SharePoint Learning Kit </li></ul><ul><li>Use of MySite for e-Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Rebuild Summer 2010 with SharePoint 2010 </li></ul>
  26. 26. Portal – Customization Using My Site links to module web sites, personalised to student or staff RSS feed to local news personal work-spaces eg blog and e-portfolio personal document library