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James Little

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Hello!,

Taken part, run, or produced a MOOC? Final call for survey responses (closing 31 May 2016)!

Take the MOOC survey or pass onto interested colleagues and let's see how we're all using them within Higher Education: http://www.moocsurvey.org

Whatever your role your views and opinions are valuable, and appreciated.

This survey aims to understand the effects of MOOCs on institutions in the following areas
* Impacts that production of MOOCs are having within Institutions
* The process of how MOOCs are being implemented
* Drivers and rationale for producing MOOCs

The survey has been created by James Little, University of Sheffield, as part of his MEd. Masters Dissertation. It has been ethically reviewed and approved by the supervisor Tim Herrick, School of Education, University of Sheffield.

http://www.moocsurvey.org (closing 31 May 2016)

Please contact me on jlittle1@sheffield.ac.uk or twitter: @jimjamyahauk. Data from the survey will be available for all to use.

Many thanks,

James Little.

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Pete Mella

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Just a note on the changed invite for those coming to the PebblePad demo tomorrow - the presentation is at the same time, we've just added half an hour at the start to allow people to arrive and grab some food (if they want it) before it starts.
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David Read

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Lengthy paper from MIT about online learning, lots of interesting stuff in there but one thing caught my eye was the stress on the importance of 'learning engineers' (something that sounds very similar to a learning technologist)
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Ian D Loasby

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I feel we need better communication channels for the Learning Technologists as we are in key positions in our departments. We seem to have been missed off the VLE consultation process till the last minute and today an academic colleague has forwarded this to me.

I'm getting all this information via back channels and feel we are out of the loop.

Dear Colleagues,

We write to invite you to the formal launch of the Digital Commons on Monday 18 April, 11am - 1pm in the John Carr Design Suite, Portobello by the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, Professor Wyn Morgan.

As part of plans to develop a greater sense of engagement, the Digital Commons is space to inspire, provoke and support you in realising your personal and departmental ambitions in creating, maintaining and developing a great learning and teaching experience for students.

You may just want to network with like-minded colleagues for an hour or so over a sandwich. Or you may have a concrete project that you want to work on, with all the ancillary support and experience you need right beside you. This could be anything from creating new learning resources for your students to adapting a module to be taught in different ways.

The launch will showcase what the Digital Commons is all about and how we'll be working with you. It'll be followed in May with a seminar which will be an opportunity to get you thinking and networking about learning and teaching challenges.

If you plan to attend, please register by 13 April via this link: http://goo.gl/forms/kTdWYfuvX3

If you have any questions, please email Kim Marwood, Academic and Learning Services, at: k.marwood@sheffield.ac.uk or call 0114 2221351

We're really looking forward to working with you.

With best wishes,

Dr Christopher Stokes and Professor Marie Kinsey
Cross-Cutting Directors of Digital Learning
digitaldlts@sheffield.ac.uk

DIGITAL COMMONS
Provocation. Inspiration. Collaboration
A world top-100 university and number one in the UK for student satisfaction in the 2014-15 Times Higher Student Experience Survey.
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Cheers for this Ian - when I get passed the next few days filming I'll get back on it G
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Gary Wood

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Has anyone ever used InSync (www.insynchq.com) to synchronise Google Drive files to their local machine?

It works like Google's own drive app, but is more powerful in many ways. I'm interested in it for two features: it's ability to synchronise both a personal and work Drive account, and it's ability to selectively include and exclude folders from synchronisation (including nested folders).

Just wondering if anyone might already have experience with it, before I explore it further. I have a slight nervousness about using a non-Google app to synchronise files, although it does seem to be almost universally positively reviewed from what I've read.
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Perhaps Chris Willis or someone in CiCS might be able to advise?
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Do you have any good example of group work in TEL? We are organising some sessions about the use of Technology for our Curriculum Review and I would like to do a session on group work.
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I did a project with students where they built a website called All About Linguistics to promote linguistics to A-Level students. This involved them working in small groups to each tackle a topic, but there were relationships between topics so they had to collaborate across groups to highlight those and make links. We used Google Sites as the platform, and its page level permissions functionality to enable students to view the entire site in production, but only with edit rights on their own section. Happy to share further details, if this is of interest and the kind of thing you were looking for. There's also a video case study of the project, that might be of interest: http://tel.group.shef.ac.uk/casestudy-wood-googlesites
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Farzana Latif
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Dear Colleagues

AMRC are currently recruiting for 2 Learning Technologists, that might be of interest to this community. 

Closing Date: 4th January 2016
Salary: £29,847 to £37,768 per annum 
Fixed Term Post: Full Time for 24 months

More details:

The AMRC Training Centre has recently announced a new part-time degree in Manufacturing Technology. This new degree is supported by HEFCE and has been specifically designed as a new pathway to an engineering degree for students who have progressed through the apprenticeship route. The degree will be offered on a part-time basis and is intended for candidates who have passed through an apprenticeship programme and wish to study on a part-time basis while holding a post in manufacturing industry. Industrial experience will be a key part of this course and it is expected that all students will have the strong support and involvement of their employer.

The post-holder will be a key member of the team shaping the BMan/MMan in Manufacturing Technology Engineering and will work closely with academic staff and other Learning Technologists, to inspire change and transform learning and teaching. The successful candidate will be an excellent team player, keen to share ideas and able to work collaboratively through building strong relationships with colleagues. You will apply your experience of using technology to enhance the innovative delivery and adoption of both blended and distance learning. You will act as a source of expertise, offering both pedagogical and technical guidance to users in order to facilitate the use of a wide portfolio of learning.
View details for this Learning Technologist (2 posts) job vacancy at University of Sheffield in Northern England. Apply now on jobs.ac.uk #jobsacuk
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Ian D Loasby

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To Hull & Back.....just about to get my train ticket ordered for the January WRLT but just thought id check to see if anyone had already committed to driving up from Sheffield and had a spare seat
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And thanks for reminding me to put a a posting here too! G
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Hi, just a reminder that myself and +Graham F McElearney will be hosting another informal breakfast gathering at the View Deli Cafe on Wednesday at 9am to share apps with the intention of finding out what apps we should be using in 2016 - please bring your mobile devices and any apps you want to talk about
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I will be presenting a session on the ALT online conference on the 9th December, you can check the programme here https://altc.alt.ac.uk/online2015/#/day1
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Hi, is the first session on Wednesday at 9:30.
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Ian D Loasby

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Folks, are Diamond tours now over as Id like to take my year 10 work expereice studet rounbd for a look and get him awaay from setting up iPads . Looks like no new dates on the wwebsite 
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I'd be interested in this too. I've wandered round the space but never managed to get on a proper tour...
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Jenny Pacheco

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Hi, does anyone have a Swivl that I could borrow on Monday/Tuesday next week please? I am wanting to record a couple of short presentations being given, and Lecture Capture seems rather overkill for the 5-10mins required - plus it would be good to try it out! Anyone willing to lend me one? Thanks.
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+Luke Miller That would be brilliant! Thank you! Could I collect it on Friday, or Monday morning, and would you be able to show me how it works, briefly?
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Might be of interest to some of you, a blog post I wrote for the LSE Impact Blog on the weird and wonderful world of academic Twitter http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2016/04/13/the-weird-and-wonderful-world-of-academic-twitter/
Academic Twitter is more than just sharing research articles and live-tweeting at conferences. Andy Tattersall gives an overview of the humorous accounts that aim to pull back the curtain on the Iv…
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Ian D Loasby

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any Surveymonkey users out there.

If so is it running like an asthmatic ant for you to?

Indeed while waiting for the bad gateway errors to go away and watching my report buffer I was alerted to this gem.

All of your paper are belong to us even

http://okessay.org/

If you are looking for a good and reliable essay writing service, then OkEssay.org is your choice! Order any type of academic paper from our professional writers.
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They've fixed a lot of blatant typos on there from when I saw it the other day! It was hilariously bad.
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Thomas P Jolley

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I've come across an issue this morning affecting people with Apple devices using safari.

Seems in the search bar it keeps crashing and hanging for some users.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35420573

The workaround at the moment seems to be to disable "search engine suggestions".

This can be found in Safari>Preferences>search>include safari suggestions.
Users of Apple's Safari browser are complaining that the program has begun crashing when they try and carry out a search.
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Thanks for the update Thomas. 
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Thomas P Jolley

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Hi everyone,

Just wanted to quickly post to introduce myself.

I started my new role as a Learning Technologist yesterday in the Technology Enhanced Learning team in CiCs.

Prior to this role I worked in a TEL related role at Sheffield Hallam university for just under 5 years. My experience includes, Blackboard (or MOLE as I now call it :-) ), Google apps, Web conferencing and use of mobile devices in learning and teaching.

I'm happy to be on board and look working with many of you.

Thanks,

Tom

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Hi Tom - welcome on board, if any of the TEL team ask you to lend them a tenner, don't - you'll never get it back. Apart from that they're not a bad bunch ;-)
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Graham F McElearney
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Dear Colleagues,


We are delighted to be invited to The University of Hull for our next WRLTF meeting, kindly hosted by Chris Turnock, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning within the University’s Learning Enhancement and Academic Practice division.


For this meeting we have decided to return to our more familiar format, of having the programme both determined and presented by our members.  We will start the meeting with two interlinked sessions, looking at how we review the systems we use. Chris Turnock will do a presentation on their recent VLE review, and Graham McElearney will do a presentation looking at a project at underway at Sheffield, reviewing the hosting and delivery of digital media. We believe that both these sessions will be of interest to those currently working on their CMALT or HEA applications, as they serve as case studies on how we evaluate learning technologies in our Institutions.


The rest of the meeting is open to contributions from you, and you can indicate your interest in presenting a session in the appropriate slots in the document linked to below


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1emIlSV1UYG9CKz0BVSvLfg4Rd5WEChji41BSxM0ySQg/edit?usp=sharing.


Please indicate your intention to come in the delegate table below the programme

We have some catering arranged for 12.00, ready to start  the meeting at 1:00.

Please note:  we need to know rough final numbers by 14th January for catering purposes.


If anyone requires a car parking space reserving please email Chris at C.Turnock@hull.ac.uk as soon as possible.



all the best

Graham
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Ian D Loasby

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Particularly aimed at those off us with the job title Learning Technologist or something similar . We have a staff review at Law and the job description that I've been asked to review for me is so way out of date its hardly even a starting point. Do we have any generic learning technologist job descriptions at the University and would you be happy to share them with me?.

My starting point has been the various positions that have been advertised over the last couple of years


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James Little

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Hi, A heads-up that I'm presenting at the ALT Winter Conference: https://altc.alt.ac.uk/online2015/sessions/the-mooc-survey-key-results-so-far-visualised/,  The conference is online, free and has various topics represented.
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David Read

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In January I've been asked to present at the student services management conference on the topic of 'tech tools for better management'. I've got a few ideas of things to present: Trello/Todoist for project/task management; various Google Forms/sheets add-ons such as Formmule and Autocrat for automating form responses but if anyone has got anything else they could suggest, I'd be very happy to hear about it. These need to be focussed on better management/admin procedures rather than teaching related. 
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