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Pete Mella

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"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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Nav K Hundal

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Thanks to those of you that have expressed an interest in a TEL Journal Club. A few of us have met up to discuss organising this based on the feedback you provided, namely +Farzana Latif +Ian D Loasby +Bryony C Olney +Daniel Villalba Algas I've pencilled them in the roughly every 2 months over 2017. We will select the first paper to get us started but after that we can rotate this. I will add those of you who are interested to the first Journal Club calendar invite, this will be the 8th March at 12.30pm-1.30pm in the Digital Commons Rm1.20 in the IC. These are informal so no need to sign up and feel free to let others know.

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Nav, would you add me to the invite - thanks, Mike.
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James Little

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Find out how MOOCs have changed #edu approaches & institutions. #mooc survey final results at 12.15GMT https://goo.gl/OotFWY #altc #edtech
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Trish Murray

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Turning Point are doing on online training course tomorrow on their newest product Turning Point Cloud and responses with students phones (Thursday 8th): 11-1pm.

This technology will be available to anyone at the University so keen to get any of the learning tech people along to the event so they can cascade out the training.

If anyone wants to come, just let me know?

Cheers, Trish
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darn.. got a training day tomorrow :( Let us know what you think. Means no Arts Faculty LTechs will be able to attend...
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Ian D Loasby

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Anybody use the built in calendaring function in Blackboard MOLE? I believe its main drawback is lack of 2 way sync with Google Calendar where students have their timetables available via a link. However in our new degree the timetables are not available centrally so that is not an issue and it would give the lectures a top down view on what the students are supposed to be working to , when and what deadline . We would have to manually populate it but with just 6 subjects that is not so bad. Givne the way its taught, 1 days contact a week I've given it some serious thought as our default calendar. Just trying to get the 1 way feed to work in google. 
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incidentaly if you try this note that Blackboards ics feed updates every 4 hours. Just found out thast snippet asfter much head scrathing 
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Pete Mella

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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.
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Pete Mella

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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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Thanks Chris, will pass that on to Pebble support for advice.
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Pete Mella

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The launch of the new version of PebblePad (v5) will be on 8th August.

The switchover will not require downtime, and all existing assets and resources will automatically be converted to the new version. The changes include the following:

*PebblePad now runs on HTML5 not Flash, meaning a more responsive interface compatible with mobile devices.
*A cleaner and less confusing look
*Simplification of some of the language used
*Vastly improved user interface for building Portfolios, Workbooks and Templates.
*Simplification of the Asset and Resource Stores
*Improved file uploading
*In-built helpguides and videos
*Some extra features in Workbooks

ATLAS will not be changing in the short term.

Students will hopefully find using PebblePad much more intuitive, but those currently working on projects will find a change in layout which will be initially confusing, and change should be communicated to students on ongoing projects. Online help documents will be ready for launch.

Please also be aware there is a bug where converted Workbooks see hint text centre aligned, which we have been told should be fixed in time for the September term. While not a major issue for many, this may cause usability issues in the short-term if you have a Workbook with a lot of text. If you are concerned about this please let us know.

We are running training events on the week commencing 8th August for staff to show the new version and answer questions. These are as follows:

8th August 11am - Existing users
9th August - 2pm - Existing users
11th August - 10am - New users

Please register your interest in these sessions here - http://goo.gl/forms/v4EdE0KLJMzUoGjW2. Please state on the form if you cannot make those dates but would like to meet up at a different time.

Please also be aware if you have any guides or instructions to the old version on CMS, these will need to be replaced. While I can't give full access to the new version in advance, please get in contact if you need any assistance with bespoke guides before the launch.
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Danny Monaghan

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Blackboard now have a monthly newsletter that can be subscribed to on the link below.
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This is an early invitation to the first Digital Commons seminar on May 20th, 11:00-1230.

Our guest speaker will be Bob Harrison on "The University student of 2022-23", thinking about the experiences and expectations that children presently starting their secondary school career will have of higher education, in particular in terms of digital tools.

Bob has had extensive experience in schools and colleges as a teacher, senior manager, principal and governor. He's worked with head teachers developing leadership training and is a member of the Ministerial Educational Technology Action Group, which advises both the DfE and BIS.

You can sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/AYpmQCzAy6
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Pete Mella

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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
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Farzana Latif
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Thank you for those that attended TEL meets today. The next meet up will be 2 March 17 and led by Ian Loasby. They are scheduled to run monthly thereafter.

TEL meets are informal, regular meetings, arranged to keep you updated on institutional projects and support sharing of practice across the institution.

If you are not invited, but would like to be, please send me an e-mail and I will invite you to upcoming meetings.
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Pete Mella

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

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The 16-17 guidelines for MOLE examinations have now been published. If you are considering, or already preparing, the delivery of an exam in MOLE, please refer to these as part of your planning.

They are available via the MOLE Examinations section in the Examination & Assessment Resources for Staff webpages:

https://shef.ac.uk/exams/pre/requestexam/mole (login required)
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David Read

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Is anyone at the ALT conference over the next few days? I'll be here for the duration (and presenting on Tuesday!) so would be good to meet up
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I'll be doing the ALT course in the future. ;-) 
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You may be interested in know that the Online Learning Team now has a blog and an online booklet detailing the processes and successes of our foray into MOOCs and the wider online learning world. https://issuu.com/shefunionline/docs/booklet4_web
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Looks great Dave! G
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Nav K Hundal

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For those of you that haven't seen this, ALT are developing their strategy for 2017-2020. Theres a suggestion box which you can add comments to around policy, strategy and membership. I know some of us have spoken recently about the value of CMALT and membership so this is a good opportunity to put your thoughts forward.

https://www.alt.ac.uk/news/all_news/suggestion-box-new-alt-strategy-2017-2020
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Farzana Latif
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Dear all

In case you missed the e-mail sent from Wyn Morgan last week, the booking form for TELFest is now open.

We hope to see you there and please do advertise amongst your academic and teaching colleagues.

Farzana
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Gemma Holtam

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Hi,

Next year I'm going to be running a number of workshops on the free apps dyslexics can use to develop their reading and writing skills. As well as a number of iPads I am wanting to buy a set of android tablets and was wondering what devices you would recommend. I am looking for a large screen size and enough memory to store up to 20 apps. The tablets will also be used by a group of digital champions who will create video reviews for the AT YouTube channel so a good camera and microphone is also needed.

Thanks,

Gemma
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Thanks Danny
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Pete Mella

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I've put together a blog post summarising the preview of PebblePad v5 yesterday. If you have any questions give me a shout.
Matthew Wheeler from PebblePad visited the University this week to demo the new version (v5) to users across the institution. The biggest change is the move from Flash to HTML5, which leads instantly to a more responsive and ...
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I've not got any written up/filmed, but I'd be happy to have a chat with anyone about how it's currently being used.
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