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Using technologies to enhance the delivery of your module online v1.1


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This presentation accompanies a training session on using the Desire2Learn VLE to enhance the teaching of your module. It includes some of the key tools in the VLE, such as registers, groups, release conditions.

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Using technologies to enhance the delivery of your module online v1.1

  1. 1. Centre for Professional Learning & Development Using technologies to enhance the delivery of your module
  2. 2. Laura Skelton <ul><li>Technology Learning and Development Advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Centre for Professional Learning and Development (CPLD) </li></ul><ul><li>0115 848 2363 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>17 March 2011
  3. 3. Where does this course fit? 17 March 2011
  4. 4. By the end of the course you should be able to: <ul><li>Find guidance on how to create an interactive online list of recommended reading and further resources </li></ul><ul><li>Target communication and resources at specific groups of students </li></ul><ul><li>Keep online records of student participation in activities </li></ul><ul><li>Use online registers to identify students with low attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Review how your online materials are being used by students </li></ul><ul><li>Use NOW to monitor a student’s participation in online and face-to-face activities </li></ul>17 March 2011
  5. 5. What are the advantages for staff and students when providing an Online Resource List? <ul><li>For NTU staff : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The resource list can be copied from one academic year to another - no need to recreate each year. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LLR uses the information on the resource lists that you create to make book purchases and to ensure that adequate provision is made for resource lists at NTU </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Resource List tool appears on the Learning Room homepage allowing students to keep up with essential and recommended reading for the module. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It displays live library availability, as well linking directly to web-based resources such as whole electronic journals, individual articles, websites and digitised texts. </li></ul></ul>17 March 2011
  6. 6. Where can I find more information about the resource list? <ul><li>For more information: </li></ul><ul><li>Take a look at the online guide in the NOW Community </li></ul><ul><li>Contact your Liaison Librarian </li></ul>17 March 2011
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  8. 8. Discussion <ul><li>Think about when you have participated in group work or activities </li></ul><ul><li>What did you like about this? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you find difficult? </li></ul>17 March 2011
  9. 9. A large proportion of the most meaningful learning in higher education happens when students are working in small groups , in seminars, tutorials, practicals and laboratories. Race, P. (2007) The Lecturers Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Assessment, Learning and Teaching (Third Edition) , Routledge, London. 17 March 2011 Learning in Groups
  10. 10. Discussion <ul><li>What group activities do you use with your students? </li></ul><ul><li>How does this benefit them? </li></ul>17 March 2011
  11. 11. Why would you want to facilitate group work online? <ul><li>What if group learning could take place outside of timetabled sessions? </li></ul><ul><li>Tools such as NOW allow us to create online learning environments which can facilitate group learning which is not constrained to a time or place. </li></ul><ul><li>Additionally students may feel more able to participate as less pressure then being face to face. </li></ul>17 March 2011
  12. 12. What do I need to consider when I am thinking of doing this? <ul><li>The time involved in setting up and administrating groups </li></ul><ul><li>Whether the members of the group are to be allocated by yourself or randomly selected from a classlist </li></ul><ul><li>As with offline group work clear instructions need to be provided so students are aware of what it is they need to do and what resources and tools are available to them </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a space for each group of students to communicate with each other </li></ul>17 March 2011
  13. 13. Examples of Online Group Learning 17 March 2011 Group Discussion Forum <ul><li>Seminar group discussing a reading </li></ul><ul><li>Project group forum to discuss aspects of the project </li></ul>Group Assignment Submission <ul><li>Each member of the project group submits their contribution to the assignment </li></ul>Group File Area <ul><li>The project group can share files in an online area </li></ul>Group Resources <ul><li>Groups are provided with resources targeted to their specific needs </li></ul>
  14. 14. Creating Groups in NOW Seminar Groups <ul><li>Group 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Monday 1-2 </li></ul><ul><li>Neil Armstrong </li></ul><ul><li>Johnny Depp </li></ul><ul><li>Harry Ramsden </li></ul><ul><li>Group 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday 4-5 </li></ul><ul><li>James Garner </li></ul><ul><li>Harry Hill </li></ul><ul><li>Karl Marx </li></ul><ul><li>Group 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Tuesday 9-10 </li></ul><ul><li>Bilbo Baggins </li></ul><ul><li>Barry Gibb </li></ul><ul><li>Othello Themoor </li></ul>17 March 2011
  15. 15. Discussion <ul><li>How would you use Groups in your module? </li></ul>17 March 2011
  16. 16. Monitor online participation <ul><li>NOW’s Progress tool allows you to view students’ interaction with NOW </li></ul><ul><li>How often they have logged in to NOW </li></ul><ul><li>Actions within specific tools e.g. See which topics a student has viewed and how long they spent on each page </li></ul><ul><li>How can we use this information? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact students who are not accessing essential online reading or activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>View the students participation within a group activity to help monitor individual contributions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessing important assessment information </li></ul></ul>17 March 2011
  17. 17. Release Conditions <ul><li>Did you know you that you can release learning materials in NOW based on criteria which you select? </li></ul><ul><li>This means that you can target resources at specific students or groups and release materials based on date of availability and a range of other conditions. </li></ul>17 March 2011
  18. 18. Release Conditions: Target information at specific students 17 March 2011 Documents Resources Email
  19. 19. Example - Restrict access to further learning materials and ensure understanding <ul><li>Nottingham Business School as part of a Property Management and Development course required Level 1 students to complete an online module on Understanding Professional and Business Skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Students were requires to read through online material and complete activities. </li></ul><ul><li>They were then required to complete a checklist to confirm that they had carried out the required activities </li></ul><ul><li>Once completed an assessment is then released and the student is required to get 100% in order to access the next week’s material. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>17 March 2011
  20. 20. How would this look? 17 March 2011 Week 1 Week 2 Checklist Assessment
  21. 21. Further examples of using Release Conditions in NOW <ul><li>Release specific project details to a group </li></ul><ul><li>Release a News Item telling a seminar group that there has been a room change </li></ul><ul><li>Release lecture notes by date </li></ul><ul><li>Release assessment only after students have accessed a document in the content area </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that students contribute to the discussion forum before they can access next weeks lecture notes </li></ul>17 March 2011
  22. 22. Discussion <ul><li>Think of three ways to use release conditions in your module. </li></ul><ul><li>Write one on each PostIt note </li></ul><ul><li>Stick on the wall and share ideas </li></ul>17 March 2011
  23. 23. Content Area Reports <ul><li>Allows you to view which items are being viewed in the Content area and how long on average students are viewing the item in NOW </li></ul><ul><li>This information can tell us: </li></ul><ul><li>Which items are used more than others </li></ul><ul><li>How many times students are accessing the resource (higher visit numbers indicates a resource that students often refer back to). </li></ul><ul><li>Which students have viewed the item and email those who haven’t </li></ul>17 March 2011
  24. 24. Discussion <ul><li>What is your current practice for recording who attends your face to face sessions? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you track attendance for online participation? </li></ul>17 March 2011
  25. 25. Using Registers to monitor attendance 17 March 2011 Online Discussion Contributions Online Chat Sessions Seminar Groups Lectures Labs Workshops
  26. 26. Creating Registers in NOW Attendance Scheme e.g. Present, Late, Absent Groups e.g. Seminar Groups Register 17 March 2011
  27. 27. Attendance Scheme - Examples 17 March 2011
  28. 28. Reflection <ul><li>Which of the tools we have looked at today do you think you will find most useful? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you got a good idea of how you might apply one of these tools to your module in NOW? </li></ul>17 March 2011
  29. 29. <ul><li>Self help resources: NOW Community, Using Technology in Learning and Teaching (TELT) </li></ul><ul><li>Help desk support for immediate issues:, ext 86030 </li></ul><ul><li>Staff development: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum development: Centre for Academic Development and Quality </li></ul> 17 March 2011
  30. 30. And Finally……… <ul><li>Give constructive feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Share the experience with your line manager </li></ul><ul><li>Try to use what you have learnt </li></ul><ul><li>Think about what comes next </li></ul>17 March 2011