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Hi all,

We are currently undertaking a survey into the use of flipped learning in the University, in order to get a rounded view of how it is being used, identify any staff development needs, and to gather data for a report into how colleagues in the institution are undertaking flipped classroom approaches. If you use flipped learning it would be much appreciated if you could fill in the form below, or pass it on to any colleagues undertaking flipped learning who you think I may have missed.

https://docs.google.com/a/sheffield.ac.uk/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeM5XKGIc1fl4Dyv3RrJ1Jo2C8nIM0ZJbzCQSgPgbxhJ9mzcA/viewform

Hi all, I'm getting a list together of people at the University currently undertaking Flipped Learning. If you know of someone who you think may not be on my radar can you let me know?

"Your First Flipped Learning Adventure" is a new collaborative resource created as part of the Digital Commons project, by +Kirsten Bartlett of Psychology, +Layla Croll of the Online Learning Team and +Pete Mella of the TEL Team.

The self-enrol MOLE course is designed to give help and advice to any colleague looking to start using a flipped approach to their teaching, looking at Kirsten's experience in her own practice, and case studies from other practitioners, drawing on resources and support from throughout the University and bringing it to one place.

To enrol:

Go to http://tinyurl.com/flippedenrol
(If you get an 'Access Denied' message, click on the blue 'Log In' button, and enter your usual username and password)
On the self-enrolment screen click 'Submit'
Click 'OK' to complete the process.

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Hi all,

Just a note the following event on ePortfolios in Professional Development is taking place on 15th Feb, hosted by PebblePad at Sheffield Hallam University. Karen Ford and I will be representing UOS.

Please pass to any colleagues you think may be interested.

http://bit.ly/pebblepda

Hi all,

We're running a three-week series of MOLE Exemplary course sessions in January. Please pass this on to any colleagues who you feel would find it useful. The programme gives design and content advice on improving content in MOLE, making your courses more intuitive, navigable, accessible and visually appealing, and showing some advanced features that will help you get the most out of the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).

Participants will work together in peer support between sessions to improve their course design.

It is expected participants will attend at least session 1 and 3, and must already know the basics of how to create content in MOLE.

The sessions are as follows:

17th January (10am) - Session 1 gives an overview of good practice in creating "exemplary" MOLE courses, looking at course design, rich media and collaborative tools.

24th January (10am) - Session 2 is an informal session where participants can work on their courses, with members of the TEL Team and peers on hand to advise.

31st January (12.30pm) - Session 3 is a "Show and Tell", where participants can show their improved courses, with honest and open feedback from the group.

Please sign up via LMS at - https://lms.shef.ac.uk/#LTT, or contact tel@sheffield.ac.uk if you have any questions.

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New features in the PebblePad Nov update (due soon) include a much-needed collaboration function on assets and resources.

Hi all,

We're delivering a number of sessions throughout November and December, on Flipped Learning, smart-working in MOLE, course design, and managing feedback. These shorter sessions are 40 mins long and are repeated and at different locations, for your convenience. Sessions are designed to introduce digital concepts and tips that can help to enhance your delivery of teaching, learning and assessment. Sign up via the learning management session: https://lms.shef.ac.uk/#LTT

Intro to Flipped Learning
This session explores some of the basics of flipped learning, and how it can improve the contact time we give our learners. What is flipped learning, and how can it benefit our learners? What barriers are there, and how do we overcome them? And what resources are available to help you achieve your goals? (22nd Nov, 1st Dec)

Intro to Exemplary Course
The MOLE Exemplary Course programme has helped colleagues from around the university improve their modules' online material, and create engaging courses on MOLE. This session gives a taster of what the programme involves, giving basics of good course design and information on how to take part further. (15th Nov, 24th Nov)

Make your feedback more efficient
This session explores the use of online feedback and introduces some of the tools that can make the feedback process easier and more efficient.
These include:
• Audio feedback

• QuickMarks - These are commonly used marking that can be quickly added to students work

• Rubrics and grading forms

• Group assessment

• Offline marking (via an iPad)

(17th Nov, 6th Dec)

MOLE - Organising Content and Smart Working
This session explores ways in which you can streamline your work with content and marking. The areas included are:
• Organise the release of content, 

• Setup Grade Centre For use with assessment weighting

• Maximising the group tool

• Smart Views for marking

(29th Nov, 8th Dec)



Hi all,

We're delivering a number of sessions throughout November and December, on Flipped Learning, smart-working in MOLE, course design, and managing feedback. These shorter sessions are 40 mins long and are repeated and at different locations, for your convenience. Sessions are designed to introduce digital concepts and tips that can help to enhance your delivery of teaching, learning and assessment. Sign up via the learning management session: https://lms.shef.ac.uk/#LTT

Intro to Flipped Learning
This session explores some of the basics of flipped learning, and how it can improve the contact time we give our learners. What is flipped learning, and how can it benefit our learners? What barriers are there, and how do we overcome them? And what resources are available to help you achieve your goals? (22nd Nov, 1st Dec)

Intro to Exemplary Course
The MOLE Exemplary Course programme has helped colleagues from around the university improve their modules' online material, and create engaging courses on MOLE. This session gives a taster of what the programme involves, giving basics of good course design and information on how to take part further. (15th Nov, 24th Nov)

Make your feedback more efficient
This session explores the use of online feedback and introduces some of the tools that can make the feedback process easier and more efficient.
These include:
• Audio feedback

• QuickMarks - These are commonly used marking that can be quickly added to students work

• Rubrics and grading forms

• Group assessment

• Offline marking (via an iPad)

(17th Nov, 6th Dec)

MOLE - Organising Content and Smart Working
This session explores ways in which you can streamline your work with content and marking. The areas included are:
• Organise the release of content, 

• Setup Grade Centre For use with assessment weighting

• Maximising the group tool

• Smart Views for marking

(29th Nov, 8th Dec)



The PebblePad upgrade seems to have gone well today - people seem happy with the changes and there are some vast improvements to the system. All work seems to have transferred OK, which is always a relief (even though I wasn't expecting otherwise). If you've looked at PebblePad before and was put off the old interface I'd recommend having a look.

Just a few issues to note:

*Workbooks that have been brought across from v3 have some formatting issues with text being centre-aligned. I've discovered this is solvable by editing the offending page, making any change, and hitting save. We've been told there is a fix coming to do this automatically in a future update.

*There seems to be an issue with custom banners on workbooks not showing up on the respective asset. I've put a support query in about this.

*I'm aware some of the language used in the save reminders may not be as endearing as Pebble seem to think, and I've asked them if we can get this changed to something less childish. Which would be super duper.

*Intra-asset links don't seem to be working any more, but I'm not sure many people use them.

*I'm aware that the LTPRS site (which is built in Pebble) is not fully accessible. This seems to be because it is a mix of Portfolios and Workbook elements, and it's getting confused somewhere along the line. I'll fix this ASAP.

A few niggles then (as you get with all migrations) but nothing huge has cropped up (yet!). If anyone finds anything else weird do let me know.

PebblePad v5 is live this morning - give it a spin and let us know what you think, and if there's any issues.
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