Enhancements to Blackboard

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Just sharing with you all that on the 2nd of December Blackboard will be upgraded.  Although the changes to take place are considered to be minor, these enhancements are very important as they aim at improving the staff and student experience in online learning and teaching.  These are as follow: Browser Support Blackboard 9.1 to support the Microsoft Edge Browser …

Create a Quiz with Google Forms

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We all know that Google Forms are an easy and handy way to design questionnaires and surveys; however, few people know that Google Forms can also be used to create a quiz with correct and incorrect answers for questions with multiple choices, checkboxes, or drop-down options.  For the purposes of this blog, I will assume that you already know how …

Learning Environments: Creating a positive user experience

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A few weeks ago, the Digital Learning Team published a blog post called “Designing an advanced online learning environment for higher education” in where we discussed the importance of having a set of principles in mind that could guide the design or selection of a learning environment for higher education.  I strongly encourage you to read it, if you haven’t …

Be Blackboard and Google Drive/Apps ready for semester 2

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The beginning of a new semester can be a daunting experience not only for students but for teachers as well; in particular for those who are teaching for the first time, are relatively new to teaching or simply are returning to teaching after a break.  Teachers often get asked: “Are you ready to go? and the answer to this is …

Reflecting upon the concept of Innovation

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For the last couple of years, under the leadership of Howard Errey, the DSC Digital Learning Team has been running the Innovation Incubator.  The Innovation Incubator has been conceived as a space where academic staff across the college can come together to share, discuss and work on creative and innovative ideas.  This year, I have been given the opportunity to join Howard in the running of the Incubator, and so far I can say that it has been amazing to get to know the members, witness their enthusiasm and hear about their projects.

Starting on “I love blended learning”

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As I slowly familiarise myself with my new role, I am also making progress in learning more about the projects I will be leading and participating in for the first part of the year.  I have just returned from building 100, the Design Hub, where I met Soumitri Varadarajan (Deputy Dean Industrial and Interior Design) and Juan Sanin (Lecturer of Industrial …

Youtube Live to create instructional videos

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Using Hangouts on Air (HoA) and Youtube to create and distribute instructional-videos and screen-recordings.

Google+ Communities for in-class projects

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Google+ Communities allow real-time collaboration, sharing and engagement while creating a repository of artefacts Related pattern: What Eloise Thomson teaches future teachers, and looks for ways to integrate technology into courses so that students can see examples of how to integrate it into their teaching. In “Geography in a Social Context” the in-class time is spent in workshops where students …

Youtube and the School of Fashion

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Digital Learning DSC will support staff in the school to set up and manage their own Youtube channels, as well as support the School in setting up co-managed Youtube channels

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Learning spatial awareness: virtual reality and 360-degree video

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Educators in areas such as Property Construction and Project Management, and Architecture and Design, need to provide building site experience for large numbers of students – in some cases hundreds per class. The practicalities of turning up to a major building site with large numbers of students for reasons such as safety, make these site visits increasingly difficult to organise.