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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
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is increasingly becoming embedded across the University of Sheffield. TELFest is the University of Sheffield's Technology Enhanced Learning Festival, designed to help academic and teaching staff make the most of technology to enrich learning and teaching.
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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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Bryony C Olney

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I couldn't help myself! I've had too much fun with this today thanks to +Thomas P Jolley's recommendation of Roundme. It's a little rough around the edges, and it looks a bit tipsy in places but it's a good start!
Welcome to the Department of Urban Studies & Planning. Join us on a tour of our offices and learning and teaching spaces.
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That looks great! 
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Ian D Loasby

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a few students are getting Blackboard Integration Error Error: 124 Object ID missing or invalid when they've tried to get thir feedback via turnitin / bb today. I guess I have to resynch the grdes? 
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I'm not sure +Ian D Loasby I'm a little untrusting of the resync method, particularly because it hasn't worked for some and instead I got an error message, so I usually opt to make the Turnitin link available OR I bulk download the grademark assignments before syncing just incase anything is lost.
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Bryony C Olney

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Has anyone got a simple database programme with reports they'd be happy to share, which compares MOLE membership on a course with CIES registration data?

I'm thinking something very simple where you import the 2 CSV files and it links the 2 based on Student ID and will output (a) the missing ones in MOLE and (b) the extras who shouldn't be there?

I thought I'd ask before I re-invent the wheel myself (and though I could probably do it, DB manipulation isn't a natural skill!).

Thanks in advance!
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Is anyone doing anything on personalized learning and/or learning analytics? I'm hoping to do a pilot in ScHARR for online learners giving them some personalized feedback by analyzing their forum postings. I know that Tom Stafford (Psychology) is doing some automated emails to students on their level of engagement. We wondered if anyone else was thinking/working on this kind of thing at Sheffield?
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Bryony C Olney

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Apologies for the cross-post (for those in the TEL community too):

We are holding an event on Wednesday 27th January and I've just had a request to live stream it...

The set up is such that it would be very helpful to have a Webcam that tracks motion. I've just spoken to AV who laughed at me :-(

Are there any Departments out there that have a motion tracking webcam that I might be able to borrow for a day please?
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This is great to hear :)
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Ian D Loasby

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Hmm...a meraki problem. Actually its more how iOS works rather than Meraki's fault but it means I can’t clear the users forgotten passcode on their iPad ..rats

Passcode-secured mobile devices:

Given that a passcode-secured device has had a previous Internet connection and can re-authenticate to a wireless network, you will be able to send commands to it via the Systems Manager dashboard.
If a device cannot get a valid Internet connection because it is locked, then it will have to be reset or restored to factory-default settings.
For example, it has been confirmed that an iOS device cannot be sent a "Clear passcode" command if the passcode has been forgotten and the device itself has been powered off for any period of time, losing its wireless session. This is ultimately because the device cannot complete the authentication process to a wireless network without entering a passcode. Unfortunately, this is a limitation of the manufacturer, even if the device has been previously allowed on a wireless network.

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I was asked to deliver two Bite Size sessions, well it's been a while, on Google Apps. The first one was delivered for the Faculty of Medicine and was really well attended by about 60 staff and PGRs. Then I delivered the same...
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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.
Innovate&Educate Newsletter by Blackboard: trends in education technology, best practices, Blackboard news and events, and more!
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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
Log into Online Services at The University of Sheffield. This web page allows staff, students and prospective students to gain secure access to a range of online services at the University of Sheffield. It offers the most secure way of accessing University systems. Read more > ...
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Call for Papers - the Social Media Learning in for Higher Education Conference 2016 is back #SocMedHE16

I know a few of us attended and spoke last year and found it quite a good conference - and on our doorstep :-)

The Empowered Learner?

Friday 16th December 2016 at Sheffield Hallam University, UK

#SocMedHE16: The Empowered Learner? will build upon #SocMedHE15’s Finding our social identity theme where we established our common interest in developing our understanding of social media for learning in HE.

This year we ask questions: are we empowering students by adopting and adapting social, open, mobile and networked learning and media? How critically are we shaping the opportunity that is emerging? How sure are we that the social, open and networked space, with all of the autonomy it suggests, is good for our students?

The conference will reflect a variety of positions including the student view of empowerment, the academic and teaching view, and the perspectives of support staff and strategic managers. We are particularly keen to receive proposals from students, and have an incentive to encourage this.

Please refer to the conference site for further information about the theme and for a selection of indicative topics.

Proposals should be based on evidence and experience of academic, or strategic practice; in any of the following formats:

· Short papers
· Workshops
· Thunderstorm presentations
· Posters

Please refer to the conference site for further information about the conference formats.

Accepted submissions will be eligible for writing up and inclusion in the #SocMedHE16 conference proceedings.

Accepted presenters will be encouraged to develop an artefact with creative commons licensing to accompany their submission, these will be made openly available during and beyond the event.

Submission deadline: Midday Monday 16th May 2016

To submit, complete the form on the conference site SocMedHE16­_submissionform16 you will need a title, 50 word abstract and 500 word summary and email it to socmedhe@shu.ac.uk.https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/socmedhe/
This site supports the Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference
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Look I can see you're put off by the idea of buying one, so will lend you and +Pete Mella my spares
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Pete Mella

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PebblePad are coming to show us the forthcoming new version (version 5) on 20th April. I've invited current and recent users, but if anyone is interested who isn't currently using it let me know and I'll send you/them an invite.
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Bryony C Olney

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Showing off with our new toy!

Take a look at Geography and Planning Building, University of Sheffield on #StreetView - https://plus.google.com/photos/115791695854421772437/photo/6262586742833386930
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+Thomas P Jolley I could literally spend hours experimenting with this stuff! I needs more time in the day!!
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Anyone exploring flipped content with their classes might like to give www.zaption.com a try. It allows you to embed questions into youtube, vimeo and other content and to easily track student responses. It also has a presenter mode that allows you to show the video on the lecture theatre screen and students to ask/answer questions via their mobile devices. The free version is virtually fully functional, but you can get two months of the pro version free by inviting a colleague (or yourself via a personal email). A sample lesson can be seen here http://zapt.io/t8hjxc3v and a guide to using it here http://eltc-tel.group.shef.ac.uk/a-guide-to-zaption/
Zaption provides free interactive video tools and ready-to-use video lessons to engage learners. Our video platform is perfect for K-12, higher ed & training.
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Great share, thanks Nicholas.
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Ian D Loasby

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MOLE question . who has statred rolling over empty courses in MOLE ? Who is lookinmg to do that in the future?
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In Geography we usually roll over full content but may well not do so next year. Following our curriculum review and many new modules it won't be relevant in a lot of cases.
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Pete Mella

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A forthcoming MOOC on Flipped Learning that looks worth a go, featuring interviews with the School of Maths & Stats' Sam Marsh and Nick Gurski.
To flip or not to flip? That is the question! Let’s walk together this path: how does flipped learning works? How to adopt this approach in teaching day life?
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I'll check that out, cheers.
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Ian D Loasby

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its coming up to that time....
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I came across this tool whilst in London last week. It's called the Academic Survival Kit and was developed by the University of Minnesota Library and helps students manage their assignments and work. I think it's mostly aimed at undergrads, but could be useful for postrad and helps them structure and plan their time better. You just put a start and end date in and it helps prompt students through the essay process and creates them a schedule to work to.
The University of Staffordshire have created their own 
http://www.staffs.ac.uk/ask/

ASK breaks the whole assigment task - which can seem daunting to students making the transition to HE - into smaller, more manageable steps and helps students with their planning and time management. It also directs them to sources of research information which they may not be aware of and should therefore help improve the quality of their research and final assignment work.
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This is great!  Thanks for sharing
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