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Farzana Latif
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Dear All

We are recruiting for 2 Full Time/Permanent Learning Technologists to be part of the central TEL team here at the University.

Salary: Grade 7 £29,552 to £37,394 per annum, with potential to progress to £40,847

More Information: goo.gl/5WJ6S1

Informal enquiries should be made to Farzana Latif 0114 222 1168.

Do pass this on or take a look to see if this is something that is of interest to you. 

Farzana
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Graham F McElearney
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Children should be taught "digital literacy" as a core skill alongside maths and English, says a report by a House of Lords committee.
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Responseware vs Lecture Tools:
At the forum this week, I promised to share a doc that the FSS Learning Techs put together comparing Responseware and Lecture Tools - both good for increasing interactivity in lectures - but quite different features. The document was designed to help us pinpoint what an academic would hope students could achieve in a lecture - and point to the right tool. It's a work in progress and I've opened it up to comments, so feel free to add to it if you want to. 
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ResponseWare vs Lecture ToolsResponseware vs Lecture Tools This list was compiled by Learning Technologists from the Faculty of Social Sciences as a way of knowing which software to recommend to staff who wish to increase engagement in lectures. It should be recognised that both technologies are in the early stages of adopt...
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Hi Ros, I've been working on a similar document for various tools today and was going to give you a shout, so cheers for sharing! To clarify the wireless issues, the main issue is the amount of simultaneously connected devices catered for rather than the bandwidth being used, which theoretically would be the case with any BYOD stuff. Increased wireless points planned in lecture theatres by the end of the summer should hopefully eliminate, or at least vastly reduce, this issue.

To me what I've seen of RW, it does what it does very well (and probably more elegantly than LT), but LT does a lot more in terms of what students can do with it - polling is just one part alongside note-taking and question-asking. It's also worth noting too that if/when we get the integration into Echo360 it'll be really interesting to see how the two meld, and how useful students find that (potentially being able to watch the lecture back alongside their own notes, annotations and questions). On the flipside, obviously some departments already have Turning Point heavily embedded into their teaching.
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Beniamin Orza

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Hello all,

Has anyone used wikispace as a discussion board/forum before? Can you give me any feedback of what works and what doesn't compared to other tools i.e blackboard/ms-office365 or other..
Education. For anyone in education including teachers, students, parents, librarians, schools, and universities. Featuring Wikispaces Classroom and Wikispaces Campus. Or. Everyone Else. For businesses, non-profits, government, community groups, individuals, and everyone else not in education.
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Hi again Ben - we're still very happy to have a chat with you about this - I'm back from leave now. We were having a quick chat here and going down one of the supported routes seems to be favourable - Google Classroom looks interesting but it's not currently on of our core services. G
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Dan D Smith

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This is amazing considering how many people get bested when they've got to make a simple amendment to a PDF
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We're experiencing an issue on MOLE where some students can't see their Spring courses - for some reason the current semester is switched off on their course list view in their settings.

If you get any queries about this it's easy for them to change this, with details in the link below. Sadly it's not a setting we can change globally.

http://tel.group.shef.ac.uk/faq/students-cant-see-spring-1415-courses-in-course-list/
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Dan D Smith

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The Blackboard help pages look all clean and updated (see https://help.blackboard.com/en-us/Learn/9.1_SP_14/Instructor/). They've even got a button which lets you 'Click here to create a book containing this page'...
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Is it!???? A print button? In MOLE? Really? That would make my decade :)
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Graham F McElearney
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There's a free download of this excellent looking book available - follow the link to the book and you'll find it....

https://plus.google.com/100321889553532703879/posts/LJhShrygjAh

And here's the actual book

https://plus.google.com/s/%23EdTechBook
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I've got carried away with the superb Adobe Voice app after +Pete Mella showcased it at the TELFest App Swap Breakfast workshop I ran last month. I've created over 30 Research Hack videos - that took far less time than they probably imply. The main rule is to sript your talks and they're far easier to record. I think I've managed to use every theme and audio track, just a few clip arts left to raid and then my work is complete. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1mJ7IZ3qFxjR8HhL9HX-ETHUFJz639Bt
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A Google+ Community for those involved with learning technologies / technology enhanced learning in their practice at the University of Sheffield
 
Just been looking at Office Mix - essentially a way of annotating and recording a PowerPoint presentation - so a screencast - but it all happens within the PowerPoint with an extra tab added to the PowerPoint software. I haven't tested it as it would appear that you need 2013+ to run it and I'm still on Office 2010. Has anyone else tried it yet? https://mix.office.com/
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Thanks for sharing this Ros, I like to have a look around into other screen capture technologies. This one definitely has it uses when trying to explain concepts.
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Nav K Hundal

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Hi +Farzana Latif +James L Goldingay (or team), could you explain a little more about the TEL Meets and how they will differ from the LT forums meetings please? Cheers :) 
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Farzana Latif
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Hi All

I just wanted to let you know that I am going to set up a Technology Enhanced Learning Community for staff across the institution to share ideas related to TEL etc. Its a follow up from TELFest and I will be inviting all staff that attended TELFest to it.

It won't replace this community which is aimed at learning technologists, professional staff, innovators and early adopters.

Farzana
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Dan D Smith

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This might go a long way to giving badges the credence they could/should have
 
Interesting development, in beta first.
The Open University (OU) is building on years of knowledge, experience and research into Open Educational Resources (OER) with its release of innovative new free Badged Open Courses (BOCs). These have been developed in response to the needs of informal learners who are seeking access to study ...
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Dan D Smith

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It took me a while to conclude that the title of this student analytics company wasn't the work of The Onion
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Ros Walker

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Just sharing the link that I will be using this morning at the TEL session. This was the page that I put together for our Faculty Challenge, State of Sheffield website. It was designed to have tools in that were quick and intuitive to use. This page was accompanied by skills sessions that looked at the tools, collaborative working and digital asset production. See some of you later: http://bit.ly/1FW4mfn
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This is a great collection of tool, we used it on out Health Challenge  resources page too minus some tweaks so thanks for that +Ros Walker 
Here's an overview of the technology used to support our achieve more challenge.

http://navdeepinthought.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/using-tel-to-support-achieve-more.html
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Hello all,

I work at Coventry University where I teach English for academic purposes and have remit over learning technologies for EAP courses.

A few others and I across CU are trying to convince the university to sign up and support Google Apps for Education, which would sit alongside the university-mandated use of Microsoft Office and more specifically O365. IT Services are requesting that we put together a business proposal to this effect...

It's a bit of a headache considering some of the concerns they have raised, which are listed below.

Would anyone be able to assist in providing counter arguments with evidence/data that addresses these areas? For some reason, Jisc agreements and documentation, I suspect, will simply not be enough. 

The aim of us who are interested in using Google Apps for Education for learning/teaching purposes is to have another tool (free at that!) along side MS Sharepoint/OneDrive, which does not offer the level of collaboration, it seems, that Google's apps do. 

Any advice, support and the like would be very welcomed. 

Thank you.

Dustin

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Concerns IT Services has raised: 
 
1.       Your Data is not yours
 
With Google Apps for education, important security capabilities such as data loss prevention—and continuing support for management, maintenance, and security—are only available through third-party services with separate licenses and service level agreements. The Google business model depends heavily on advertising, and Google’s consumer privacy policy allows customer data to be scanned to provide targeted advertisements to users. Unless Enterprise users take additional steps to secure their user-data privacy by opting-in to a Data Processing Amendment (DPA) for Google Apps for education, Google has the right to use their content to operate, promote, and improve its services, and to develop new ones. Ultimately your unlimited Drive belongs to Google and so does everything in it, it is not the University’s IP.
 
2.       Industry Trends
Market research is showing that there is very little interest in companies requiring skills in Google apps from students they progress from University.  This is also apparent from our University focus groups on cloud services. Google promotes its cloud services as leading edge, but missing workloads, limited flexibility, and data at risk undercut that claim. Google offers consumer-oriented productivity and business terms that aren’t suitable for our requirements. Google Apps for Education is only delivered as online services, so you have to move to the cloud all at once—ready or not—with only limited support, and virtually no flexibility to choose certain elements you need e.g. GMAIL.
3.       Google Vs Office 365
There isn’t anything you can do in Google Apps that we do not offer to students already in our Office 365 programme. It is duplication of effort. The Office 365 space we offer students is currently 1TB and is being increased to unlimited by the Summer. This is already installed, we have a support contract and we manage all of our data with the correct privacy guarantees. It is linked into all our systems ranging from authentication services, students records and alumni.
The link below is provided to compare the two services. It is a MS link so there is maybe bias there but it is all factual information.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/products/office365/default.aspx#fbid=knjz50qOe5q
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How about the potential concerns that have been raised? Could anyone perhaps give advice per security and evidence that shows Google Apps are just as secure? 
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Ros Walker

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Latest Show and TEL newsletter (Faculty of Social Sciences TEL) now online. http://www.showandtel.info/2015/02/12th-february-2015.html
Message from the Newsletter Writer This week I celebrated a year at the University of Sheffield and 6-months in the Faculty of Social Sciences. It has been a particularly happy and fulfilling time. As with any anniversary, I ...
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Looks like nearpod are being driven by the lecture tool's features
 http://news.nearpod.com/2015February/schoolPromoA/
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Interesting. It was bound to happen. 
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Exciting collection of case studies from Jisc looking at the "digital student"

http://digitalstudent.jiscinvolve.org/wp/exemplars/

including our very own All About Linguistics
Following a call in November 2014, we have identified almost 50 exemplars of effective practice in support of students' digital experiences. The exemplars have been written up with the support of the staff (and in some cases students) involved. They can be accessed via the seven challenges for ...
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great stuff, some excellent reading there
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Ian D Loasby

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Another top tip. Don't be tempted to go fetch your sandwich while you're editing a complicated turnitin rubric for when you return the turnitin frame in MOLE will have timed out and you new rubric and the last hours work will be lost. Seriously folks, what is the time-out on turnitin via MOLE?
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Hi Ian, I can at least sympathise as this has indeed happened to me, minus the sandwich. The advice for this one is save as you go (there is a save button at the bottom right).. MOLE timeout is 30 minutes.. Turnitin itself can time out too, but this is  after one hour.
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