Using portfolio-based learning at scale

Thinking of using e-portfolios to support learning? Want to implement that strand of our new strategic plan?

This webinar from PebblePad will show you how e-portfolios are being used at scale at Plymouth and Bradford Universities.

If you want to know more about how to use PebblePad, contact Averil Robertson in the CLE – and look out for our switch to version 5 on July 4th!

Coming soon – PebblePad V.5

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In August 2016, we upgraded to V5 of PebblePad.  Since then, Version 5 has been running concurrently with the ‘Classic’ version, in order to minimise disruption to those staff and students already working within it.

However, the older version will shortly cease to be supported by PebblePad, and we will therefore be switching as an institution to Version 5. The switchover will take place on July 4th at 8:30 a.m.

It’s important to note that the main difference in the new version is its ‘look’, and improvements to functionality – existing assets etc. will remain in your personal spaces. We have been working on a range of supporting materials (for staff and students), and will provide various hands-on sessions: for novice PebblePad users; for those who are transferring to V5; and for those who are already using it and just want to know more – look out for opportunities to sign up for these.

On July 12th, a representative from PebblePad will be at the University and available for Q&A and practical sessions – please get in touch if you would like to know more about this.

ATLAS
Please note that ATLAS is not changing in the short term, and all assessment activity (such as setting up assignments and marking) will continue as before.

4 ways to improve student retention

Colleagues may be interested in signing up for the following webinar, coming up soon:

4 ways to improve student retention – sign up here.

Making students feel included, engaged and listened to is a real challenge lecturers and teachers face and a hot topic in the education currently, which the April 2017 ‘What Works?’ HEA report highlighted.

We look at how technology can help create a sense of inclusion and belonging between students, but also make them feel they are being heard by their lecturers and teachers.

Join MeeToo’s Education Customer Success Manager, Amie, in this webinar to take a look at this report and discuss how Meetoo can help address some of the issues, covering the points below, and more:

  • Key takeaways from the latest ‘What Works?’ report
  • Supporting research carried out by Meetoo
  • How technology can help increase retention
  • Results seen from use of Meetoo within a leading UK university
  • Supporting success across an institution

Social media short course, June 5-16

This short course aims to introduce you to some of the main social media tools and how they’re being used in Higher Education.

Unlike most of our courses, this will not be a linear process – you can dip in and out and have a look at the tools that most interest you, over the course of two weeks.

We’ll include examples and some further reading so you can think of ways in which you can introduce these tools in your own practice to enhance student engagement and skills.

You can sign up here.

For more information, email pts@beds.ac.uk

Digital leadership in HE

New research highlights the growing importance of higher education staff being capable of delivering technology-enhanced learning experience for students.

A survey of 1,000 16-24 year olds, commissioned by Jisc, found that three quarters (75%) of higher education students surveyed believe that having staff with the appropriate digital skills is an important factor when choosing a university. 99% of students think that technology is becoming increasingly important in education, while 62% believe technology keeps them more engaged.

Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Want to know more about webinars? Welcome to Blackboard’s next generation web conferencing. It’s designed to run right in the browser, making online collaboration easier than ever. Group work, meetings, lectures, and more… whatever your goal, Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience makes communication easy. Now, you can forget about the technology… and focus on each other.

This video presents an example of classroom collaboration using Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience. Including file sharing, group annotation of the shared file, hand raise, notifications, video, chat, polling and breakout groups.

“Don’t call us lazy!”Jisc’s learning analytics app

This year, Jisc will be releasing a learning analytics student app (part of their effective learning analytics project) so that students will be able to see how their learning activity compares with others and set targets to do better in their courses. This will not only benefit students, but staff members too, who will be able to view a dashboard showing the learner engagement and attainment of their students, allowing them to better target students who might be struggling with the course, and prevent drop-outs too. The app will also help staff members to better understand how to make learning more effective.