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E-learning News – April 2014

14 April 2014 Posted in: Articles, News Tagged: By: Manoj Singh

Dear colleague,

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Event Report – Mobile Technology in Teaching and Learning

The E-Learning Unit ran its first 2014 college-wide event on ‘Mobile Technology in Teaching and Learning’ on Thursday 3rd April 2014.  As well a presentation on introductory concepts around mobile learning by Brett Lucas, we also heard from five colleagues engaged in a variety of mobile initiatives around Queen Mary. Please click on the individual topic to watch the recording:


The event ended with a panel discussion. You can read more detailed commentary of the event and view the Twitter storyline here.


QMplus Upgrade in Summer

As you know this summer we will be upgrading QMplus to Moodle 2.6. This will add some interesting new features together with enhancing some of the existing activities. Please go to our regularly updated website to find out about the improvements, road map and date of releasing the test site to our users.


E-Learning Unit Event

Our final e-Learning event for this academic year will be held in early June. We will be taking a look at the new version of QMplus and the ways some of our colleagues are using it. The event will take place in the afternoon and will be followed by a drinks reception together with the showcase of other e-learning developments.


New Assessment and Feedback Guides

Four short guides to technology-enhanced approaches to assessment and feedback are now available from Jisc.The guides aim to inform you about innovative approaches to assessment and feedback, supported by technology, that better meet the needs of learners, employers and staff. They are built on the experiences, approaches and lessons learned from recent work Jisc have carried out with over 30 institutions in UK further and higher education exploring a range of new approaches to assessment and feedback. The guides cover four key themes:


Upcoming E-Learning Courses

There are plenty of opportunities for new starters as well as a wider programme of training for those keen to enhance their teaching with technology. You’ll be able to see the full list of courses we’re offering during 2013/14 by visiting QML’s  Course Bookings site and selecting the date range that you are interested in, so you can start planning your professional development. Over the next month, the e-learning unit has the following opportunities for you to develop your skills in e-learning. What would you like to learn more about? If you don’t see a course listed that covers what you want to know,please email:


Click on the titles above to see more about a specific course.


Other interesting links

In this new section of the newsletter we will provide a few select links from around the web that have caught our attention here in e-Learning.

  • From lecture halls to laptops: how do we like to learn? – an interesting piece of research conducted by the Open University and the Guardian
  • Poll Everywhere – is a free web-based audience response system that allows any student with a web enabled mobile device to interact. Collaborative learning can be encouraged without the need for any additional equipment.
  • Pakt on mobile learning with Moodle – Practical ideas for demonstrating how to implement mobile learning with Moodle.


Best Wishes,

E-Learning Unit, April 2014



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