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This is a guide to the learning technology tools that are provided for and supported centrally by the University of Nottingham.

 

Other tools may be used, and we will endeavour to provide support where possible, on an ad-hoc basis.

 

Alternatively, download the guide as a document here:  eLearning tools overview.docx


Contents

 

 

Adobe Connect

Function

This tool is recommended for delivering online seminars/training (“webinars”).  It enables collaboration across firewalls (therefore suitable for the China Campus) on virtually any device, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry PlayBook and desktop platforms.  No software downloads are required by the presenters or participants in order to use Adobe Connect however a license needs to be purchased by the host; the host is usually a frequent user or the manager of a team of staff.  To purchase a license through the university contact paul.garton@nottingham.ac.uk:  

  • To run a webinar, you must purchase a host licence (£~100); It is free to participate.
  • Several members of staff already hold a host licence - please contact Learning Technology if you are interested in using Adobe Connect
  • See this videocast from Jonathan Houdmont talking about his experiences of using Adobe Connect on his distance learning course.

Please note: the maximum number of 'attendees' at a normal Adobe Connect session is 100. The system won't allow any more attendees to join the session once this number is reached, unless a more expensive licence is purchased.

Help & Support

Instructions for host participant about accessing and using Adobe Connect.  If you have any queries about how to use Adobe Connect please contact: NAMED TEAM

Adobe Connect offer 30min Daily Demos on the usage of webinars for one of three topics: Content Marketing, Collaboration or eLearning.  To register for one visit their site here: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=2457281&loc=en_us.

Courses in running sessions in Adobe Connect are run occasionally, on demand, for University of Nottingham staff. These take place over two weeks, with up to two hours a week synchronous sessions in Adobe Connect.  Contact learning-technologies@nottingham.ac.uk for details.

Webinars

Join us in Adobe Connect for our Moodle Bytes webinar series, and experience it for yourself.

Curriculum Mapping System

http://curriculum.nottingham.ac.uk

Function

The University curriculum mapping system, developed by the LRLR Learning Technologists in conjunction with Medicine, Engineering and Nursing in particular, has been populated with the information generated from the process of identifying learning outcomes at programme, module and teaching session levels. Module outcomes can be mapped to matrices of outcomes for a course as well as those of an accrediting body and at different levels e.g. programme, module, session or learning activity.  The learning outcomes for any module or programme of modules need only be mapped once.  A report can be produced to suit any of the engineering institutions.  Moodle modules can also be linked to the curriculum mapping system to show learning outcomes in the module or generate specific sections to aid module content organisation when using the timetable and curriculum map formats (for Saturn modules only).  It can also be linked to Rogo to allow assessment questions to be linked to multiple learning outcomes to produce relevant reports and enable the review of a programme or module learning outcomes. Mapping of questions in Rogo also allows outcome based feedback to be given to students.

Help & Support

There are help pages within Workspace at: http://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/display/CuMa/Home, however if you have any queries please contact learning-technologies@nottingham.ac.uk.

Echo360

Function

Lecture capture can simultaneously record audio and/or video of the presenter alongside the presentation. You can record your lectures within Ech360 enabled lecture theatres and interactive teaching rooms (ITRs) where live streaming can also be organised; other centrally bookable rooms; your personal PC or laptop via personal capture (see http://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/display/LeCa/Echo360+System+types for further details).  You can make your lecture captures open access, private or restricted to university login and integrate them with your Moodle module (for Saturn modules only) via the Echo360 Lecture Capture block (see for how to add a block:  http://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/display/Moodlehelp/How+to+add+a+block). 

Help & Support

The Teaching Room Support Group provides a call out service for University staff requiring urgent help operating audio visual (AV) facilities in centrally timetabled rooms.  To find out who the designated team are for your building please view http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/it-services/help-and-support/teaching-room-and-video-conferencing-support.aspx

Please contact lecture-capture@nottingham.ac.uk if…

  1. You have any questions about capturing your lecture and using Echo360.
  2. You do not currently have a folder within Echo360 for your module.  Email your module ID number (found in your Moodle module > Administration block > Edit settings) and the title of your module.
  3. You wish to run a live streamed event.  You MUST contact this email address a minimum of 3 days in advance so the necessary arrangements can be made.

Lync

Function

Lync is recommended as a tool for communicating with other staff, particularly for online meetings and cross campus seminars as you can share screens, present PowerPoint presentations, share documents and have a live text chat for questions during the meeting.  Students do not have access to Lync at present, it is a relatively new tool only for communication between staff.

 

Key functions:

  • Available to all staff and students at UoN on all three campuses.
  • Send Instant Messages (IM) to other colleagues using Lync
  • Communicate with colleagues via audio and video using webcams
  • Share your desktop and programs with global colleagues (including Word documents,  PowerPoint and screen based sharing)
  • Send Lync meeting invites via your Outlook calendar

For more information on how to install and use Lync please see http://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/display/MLP/Home

Help & Support

If you have any questions please contact the IT Helpline for support:

Mahara

http://mahara.nottingham.ac.uk/

Function

E-portfolio tool to support personalised and community learning for students and staff.  It enables students to compile content from external resources, tjheir own personal development plans and reflective pieces, a compulsory feature of Nottingham Advantage Award modules.  Mahara is frequently used by schools and departments whereby students go on placements to enable them to keep track of student progress during their time away from the university.  There is also a collaborative feature enabling group interaction with other users.  Overall students remain in control of how and with whom they share their information, but for placements for example they are encouraged to share their eportfolio with their mentor.

For further information and details on functionality please see https://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/display/ISLT/Mahara

For exemplars please see https://epip.pbworks.com/w/page/59052144/An%20overview%20of%20use%20-%20University%20of%20Nottingham

Help & Support

At present Mahara is not centrally supported but if you have any questions please contact learning-technologies@nottingham.ac.uk who will try to assist.

Moodle

http://moodle.nottingham.ac.uk/

Function

Moodle is an open-source virtual learning environment (VLE) meaning the university can integrate different features (referred to as plugins) such as Turnitin (assignment submission and text-matching tool), Rogo (e-assessment system) and Xerte Online Toolkits (online learning materials creation) with Moodle to enhance the teaching and learning experience for both staff and students. 

Moodle is used to support blended learning programmes and programmes for distance learners where the online learning spaces are the key resource for learning materials and activities.  Moodle is the place for uploading learning materials such as lecture slides, handouts, readings, web links, audio and video. It is also used for submitting assignments and has facilities for discussions, wikis, blogs and student databases.

Moodle is also integrated with Saturn ensuring student accounts and module enrolments are created within Moodle 24 hours after their details have been updated in Saturn by the School.  Staff accounts are at present manually created.

All modules within Moodle should contain the basic essentials laid out in the Moodle Everywhere mandate.  For details see http://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/display/Moodlehelp/Moodle+Everywhere

Help & Support

Staff Moodle Help: http://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/display/Moodlehelp/Moodle+Help+Guides+for+staff

Student Moodle Help:

Reading Lists (online)

UK: http://readinglists.nottingham.ac.uk/index.html

China: http://readinglists.nottingham.edu.cn/index.html

Function

This is a tool managed by LRLR.  By creating an online reading list direct links to the library catalogue and information about library availability is provided for students.  Once you have created an online reading list it can also be made directly accessible to students enrolled on your Moodle module (modules in Saturn only) by adding the Module Resources block to your module.  See here for details:  http://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=178128954.

This tool also sends automatic alerts to library staff when you make amendments to your reading list online to ensure the necessary resources are available for students; this is very useful if new or more of a particular resource need to be purchased by the University.

Help & Support

UK: How to create an online reading list:  http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/library/documents/libraries/reading-list-guide.pdf.

If you would like to know more about online reading lists, please contact ua-collections@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk OR if you have any suggestions for improvement please contact Chris Middleton, c.middleton@nottingham.ac.uk.

China: Please refer to the support information on UNNC library website, http://www.nottingham.edu.cn/en/library/help-and-support/reading-lists.aspx.

Rogō

https://rogo.nottingham.ac.uk/

Function

Online assessment for informal formative self-assessment quizzes to formal summative exams.

What you can do in Rogō:

  • Assessment papers can be created using any combination of 15 question types together with graphics, audio files and videos.
  • Reports on student performance can be accessed and exported.  These reports are useful when assessing the appropriateness of particular questions; inappropriate questions can also be excluded from the assessment paper post exam if necessary. 
  • Questions can be mapped to an individual or selection of learning outcomes created via the Curriculum Mapping System (see above), which can be linked to your assessment paper in Rogō with the click of a button.
  • Each assessment paper has a unique URL which can be linked to on any resource.
  • Your module in Rogō, once created, automatically links to Saturn to add student enrolments.  Links to Rogō assessments can be added to your Moodle module via the External Link activity. 
    • For parent modules in Moodle (e.g. two modules with the same content, a different set of students on each but taught by the same person) a normal URL resource to the assessment paper needs to be added within the Moodle module.

Help & Support

Rogo has a large number of help pages held within the system, accessed from a link in the top right corner.  Rogo help is the main source of information but some additional information is held in Workspace at: http://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/display/TouchStone/Home.  You can also find helpful tips in the Learning Technology blog:  http://comms.nottingham.ac.uk/learningtechnology/category/rogo/

Students get automatic access to modules within Rogō but staff accounts and modules need to be created as required to ensure you have editing access to the correct module.  To request access and a module in Rogō or if you have any please contact learning-technologies@nottingham.ac.uk

You can sign-up for Rogō: An introduction to this online assessment tool training via https://training.nottingham.ac.uk/cbs-notts/Guests/GuestCourse.aspx?CourseRef=TouchIntro

TurningPoint

Download the software here:  http://softwarelibrary.nottingham.ac.uk/moreinfo.aspx?application_id=413

Function

Turning Point adds new functionality to PowerPoint by adding an interactive tool bar.  Once you have downloaded the software, when you access it a PowerPoint slide-like creation window will appear but with the TurningPoint tool bar included, enabling you to create an interactive presentation.  Questions written in TurningPoint enabled PowerPoint are turned into Audience Response slides whereby students can choose their response via a hand-held keypad.  Wireless technology sends a signal from the keypad to a USB receiver plugged into the presentation computer and the results are instantly displayed on the screen.

Help & Support

The held-held keypads need to be booked through the local Training Room Support team, see here for details on their locations:  http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/it-services/help-and-support/teaching-room-and-video-conferencing-support.aspx.  Please contact the relevant team if you have any questions.

Timetabling (online)

http://timetabling.nottingham.ac.uk

Function

It is a regular occurrence that students have seminars and lectures that follow each other, therefore their ability to arrive on time for the next activity should be facilitated at all times.

You will find web timetables for courses, modules, departments and rooms for academic sessions on the online timetabling system.

Help & Support

For queries regarding:

Turnitin

Function

An online service which enables the text-matching of submitted texts against an extensive library of internet pages, journals, periodicals and student essays previously submitted. It is a tool for use in preventing plagiarism. Turnitin produces an originality report which indicates the percentage of text matched, i.e. the percentage that is thought to have been copied as well as the suspected sources. Turnitin is integrated into Moodle.  Turnitin has now been integrated within Moodle assignments as well.

Help & Support

See here for a list of help documents in Workspace for using Turnitin in Moodle, from creating the assignment submission dropbox to setting up a marking rubric.  http://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/label/Moodlehelp/moodle_turnitin

If you have any questions please contact learning-technologies@nottingham.ac.uk

Video conferencing

Function

The video conferencing suites at the University let users see and hear each other in real time using the internet or via digital telephone lines. The systems used by the University are designed to connect to similar dedicated video conference systems. There are a number of these suites at the Ningbo and Malaysian campuses.

Connection from these suites to desktop systems such as MSN, Skype and Yahoo is not possible. If you wish to use a desktop system, please see the information on Skype.

Help & Support

For more information:  http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/is/it/video-conferencing.aspx

Workspace

Function

A collaboration tool where you can create and share content with your team.  It allows you to publish web pages that you can read and edit online via a web browser. You can create something as simple as text on a page, add images, diagrams, activity streams, videos etc. Workspace puts your content online in a central place where your team can search, edit and discuss it at any time.  You might use Workspace to write and discuss meeting notes, project plans, requirements, how-to guides etc.

Help & Support

For a quick guide on how to use Workspace to create content see here:  http://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/display/ds/Welcome+to+Workspace

Xerte online toolkits

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/toolkits/

Function

With Xerte Online Toolkits staff and students can create interactive learning materials that integrate text, images, sound and video.  Content is assembled using wizards and templates.  Once you have published your Xerte resource it can be made accessible through a unique URL or embedded within your module in Moodle using External Tool activity.

Note: Xerte Online Toolkits is not the same thing as “Xerte”, its parent program. Xerte is designed for the developers of eLearning materials who wish to create sophisticated content with some scripting.

Help & Support

Watch this help video for getting started in Xerte Online Toolkits:

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/toolkits/modules/xerte/training/toolkits.swf?KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=600&width=800

To see examples of different page types that you can create in Xerte Online Toolkits see this interactive resource:  http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/toolkits/play_560

General support

If you have any questions please contact learning-technologies@nottingham.ac.uk 

For details of tools not supported by the University see Content Authoring Tools and Scenarios:  http://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/display/~uiznm/Content+Authoring+Tools+and+Scenarios

For staff reviews of visual learning tools such as three-dimensional virtual environment technology (used in Engineering), combining visual and auditory teaching methods using transcripts etc. see http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pesl/themes/visuallearning/

Social media comms and marketing help:  http://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/display/CandM/How+to+guides

 

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