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E-Learning Newsletter – August 2017

29 August 2017 Posted in: News Tagged: By: Manoj Singh

QMplus September 2017 Release

On Tuesday, 5th September 2017, between 7am-9am, we will be making an update to QMplus. This update aims to add new functionality as well as fix outstanding issues in QMplus since the July upgrade. Read more.

Q-Review upgraded – what to expect

Our lecture recording system, Q-review, was upgraded on 7th August, bringing an improvement in the service and some new features, such as:

  • Instructors can copy and edit recordings within QMplus and allow colleagues to do the same via an email invite
  • Student interaction with the recordings and materials can be reviewed, with it being possible to set up metrics to analyse their engagement with the content
  • Live question polling in PowerPoint presentations

You can find more information on our Q-Review upgrade page.

QMplus Student Inductions

As we approach the new academic year, you may be holding inductions for your students to get them familiar with Queen Mary’s E-Learning Applications. If you would like the ELU to carry out a short presentation on QMplus (and other E-Learning Applications) for your students’ induction, please email ‘elearning@qmul.ac.uk’. Read more.

Funding available for small scale e-learning projects

Lots of coins

Do you have an idea for something you’d like to do with technology in your teaching but you don’t have the time or resources to pursue it? The E-Learning Unit is looking for mini-project proposals as part of the E-learning Production Scheme. The deadline for applications is Monday 25th September. Read more.

Case Study: Enhance science practical teaching using multimedia

Laboratory work is an essential component of any science degree in higher education to develop skilled graduates and highly competent individuals for research laboratories. Dr Zarbakhsh created a series of short videos to enhance ‘hands-on’ laboratory training for Chemistry undergraduates in a coherent and professional manner as part of a wider process of learning and also to reinforce the importance of professional conduct for working in a safe laboratory environment. This pilot study was funded under the E-Learning Production Scheme and carried out with second year undergraduate chemistry students. Read more.

Staff development opportunities in September

As we head towards the beginning of a new academic year we have a number of staff development opportunities to help you get ready.

Workshops

Our programme of workshops will begin in mid-September with our standard Getting Started with QMplus sessions for those new to the system, sessions on building quizzes in QMplus and sessions on video editing and creating screencasts. Please see our online booking system for further details and to book a place on any of the sessions.

Also, we are happy to run bespoke sessions for groups of individuals on any e-learning topic. Get in touch with us on elearning@qmul.ac.uk.

Drop-in sessions

Our drop-in sessions continue to run every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2pm on the Mile End campus. In addition we will be running drop-in sessions from 1-2pm every day during welcome week, 18th-22nd September, for any member of staff who needs help with getting things ready. Come along to the E-Learning Studio, room 0.09 in the Scape building, and we’ll do our best to help.

Book a Learning Technologist

If you’d like to discuss something in more detail, appointments are available through our Book a Learning Technologist service. Book a one hour appointment with a member of the team to discuss your use of technology in more detail.

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