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Empower and Enhance with Blackboard Course Templates and Community Modules

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The presentation looks at the content given to UCA students and staff via the templates including a set of digital literacy skills for today’s creative professional (for students) - as well as digital pedagogy with learning activities and case studies (for staff). It demonstrates how the learning technologists gather and share knowledge about each course throughout the year so the renewed template is created according to user demands, trends in technology and curriculum requirements.

Along with the locally built resources in the template, the presentation also looks at how the Blackboard Community Module Page is deployed - but centrally managed outside the course area to target subject specific learning resources – many belonging to the Library. As with all universities, library resources can be overwhelming if not managed correctly. By using subject specific library modules within a course/unit area, students are taken directly to relevant eStream broadcasts, eJournals, databases and no more getting lost and giving up on the library website. With this use of the community modules, the task of providing library resources directly within course/unit areas has finally become manageable, has empowered subject librarians and most importantly enhanced the student experience.

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Empower and Enhance with Blackboard Course Templates and Community Modules

  1. 1. Empower and Enhance with Course Templates & Community Modules
  2. 2. University for the Creative Arts - Guild HE university - Provide specialist art and design education - 5 campus locations in the southeast - 7000 students - 90 courses - Art, Design, Architecture, Media & Communication Campuses: Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone & Rochester MARIA TANNANT Programme Manager in Digital Pedagogy mtannant@ucreative.ac.uk
  3. 3. Tailored fit… …logistical landscape & learning technology
  4. 4. Logistical landscape 5 campuses
  5. 5. Logistical landscape 5 campuses, 2 learning technologists
  6. 6. Logistical landscape 5 campuses, 2 learning technologists, 7 schools teaching & 12 creative disciplines
  7. 7. The course template… …putting some goodies on the table
  8. 8. Course Templates help organise content helps meet students’ expectations
  9. 9. Course Templates help provide consistency advocate minimum requirements
  10. 10. Support staff at point of need enhance learning with technology
  11. 11. Support staff with suggested practice disseminate case studies & best practice
  12. 12. FINDING STUFF!… getting lost… giving up…
  13. 13. Les Tuileries, Paris Overwhelmed with choice - multiple clicks - buried & hidden - intimidated - despair - give-up
  14. 14. Resources available at UCA •30,000 DVDs, audio files & digital games •Archive of special collections & rare books •Artists books special collection •Athens: gateway to ejournals and databases •Books: over 300,000 printed/digital •eStream: TV & Radio broadcasts under license •Exhibition Catalogues special collection •Imagebank, VADS, •Journals: over 13,000 printed/digital •Library Catalogue •Multimedia: still/moving image & newspaper archives •Reading lists •Subscribed service to over 60 special collections
  15. 15. The module course page… …providing subject specific resources
  16. 16. Tailored Library content for each course empowering staff - tailored content - subject specific - oneClick - direct - no excuse - sustainable - centrally located - working together
  17. 17. empowering students Self-paced just-in-time learning - updated centrally - changed over time - topical/trends - reference point - basic tool-kit - value for money
  18. 18. 19.5% increase in use of resources Impact – finding & using resources
  19. 19. Benefits for students & course team The subject modules ensure my students are ONE CLICK from key resources to support learning The subject modules ensure my students are ONE CLICK from key resources to support learning Having the right library links in my course area has save me so much time… Having the right library links in my course area has save me so much time… AT LAST…. I can now find all the relevant resources for my subject in one place AT LAST…. I can now find all the relevant resources for my subject in one place The resources look attractive… and that’s exactly what my students respond to The resources look attractive… and that’s exactly what my students respond to
  20. 20. Managing modules centrally… …working smarter with less
  21. 21. Modules available for courses and units empowering staff – working smarter Academic Support - Canterbury Academic Support - Rochester Campus Technical Resources - Canterbury Campus Technical Resources - Epsom Campus Technical Resources - Farnham Campus Technical Resources - Maidstone Campus Technical Resources - Rochester e-Journals for Architecture and Interiors e-Journals for Fashion & Textiles e-Journals for Film Production e-Journals for Fine Art e-Journals for Graphic Design e-journals for Illustration e-Journals for Photography e-Stream TV & Radio eStream TV/Radio: Animation eStream TV/Radio: Architecture eStream TV/Radio: Business, Marketing & Advertising eStream TV/Radio: Design & Craft eStream TV/Radio: Fashion & Textiles eStream TV/Radio: Fashion Management & Marketing eStream TV/Radio: FE Taster eStream TV/Radio: Film Production eStream TV/Radio: Fine Art eStream TV/Radio: Graphic Design & Illustration eStream TV/Radio: Journalism eStream TV/Radio: Learning & Teaching eStream TV/Radio: Media & Digital Arts eStream TV/Radio: Performing Arts eStream TV/Radio: Photography Fashion Textiles: Research Learning Support & Study Advice FE Learning Support & Study Advice UG/PG Lynda.com Tutorials myUCA student induction video Online Resources - Animation Online Resources - Architecture & Interiors Online Resources - Broadcast Media Online Resources - Business Marketing and Advertising Online Resources - Creative Arts for Theatre and Film Online Resources - Design & Craft Online Resources - Fashion & Textiles Online Resources - Film Production Online Resources - Fine Art Online Resources - Further Education Online Resources - Graphic Design Online Resources - Illustration Online Resources - Media & Digital Arts Online Resources - PG Cert Learning & Teaching Online Resources - Photography Referencing Search the Library Catalogue Search Library Catalogue Search the Web Study Abroad (Year 1) Consider This Option Technicians at Canterbury Top 10 Tools to Support Learning Tutorials - Self Directed Learning
  22. 22. Keeping track and working together advocating ownership and accountability with Google Drive
  23. 23. Recording & disseminating practice… …with audits and reports
  24. 24. Annual learning technology audit Measuring impact and benefits 0 = no use 1 = limited use 2 = adequate use 3 = extensive use
  25. 25. Disseminating audit findings to Schools Each school gets an annual e-learning report - informs academic monitoring report - helps identify areas of staff support - helps course discovers other course’s activity - starts conversations
  26. 26. Thanks for your time… …any questions IMAGE Credits: Tavis Murray BA (Hons) Graphic Design New Media, UCA Epsom

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