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E-Learning Newsletter February 2021

1 March 2021 Posted in: News Tagged: , , , , , , By: Richard Chantler

New Feature! Q-Review/Echo360 polling and analytics

There are a number of elearning solutions for adding polling questions to your videos, such as: QMplus Media/Kaltura, H5P interactive content or using Mentimeter in your virtual classroom sessions, etc., however the ability to export responses and analytics for polling questions was lacking.

This functionality is now available for content published via Q-Review/Echo360, allowing you to review your students’ understanding of the teaching content. To find out how to embed polling questions in your Q-Review videos and access their analytics, watch this video.


Updates to caption editing on QMplus Media/Kaltura

There have been some updates to the captioning feature on QMplus Media/Kaltura. These will be of most interest to those who are using Zoom and more generally to anyone who wants to import a caption file.

  • Caption files in SRT, DFXP and WebVTT formats are now supported. These can be uploaded and then edited using the online caption editor if required
  • Captions which have been automatically transferred from Zoom along with the recordings are editable using the online caption editor on QMplus Media/Kaltura

You can find further information in our How to edit closed captions for QMplus Media videos on our website.


Drop In Sessions – Now held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

We have added an additional slot to the e-learning drop in sessions to accommodate the increased demand for support. The extra drop in session will be held on Wednesdays from 1-2pm until the end of term, meaning that you can get assistance for your urgent e-learning inquiries on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, via the Online Support area.


Featured tool – Upcoming Events block

Does your QMplus course area contain lots of activities, with it somewhat difficult for your students to find their upcoming activities? If so, the Upcoming Events block is a great way to help with navigation, with events highlighted so that they can be found easily. Take a look at the video guide here to find out how to add the block and configure it so that they can locate the content quickly.


Staff development opportunities in March

Analytics on student engagement:

  • Wednesday 10 March, 2-3pm

Advanced Blackboard Collaborate:

  • Tuesday 16 March, 10-11am

Online grading and feedback with the QMplus assignment:

  • Monday 22 March, 2-3pm

Advanced QMplus quizzes

  • Thursday 25 March, 11am – 12 noon

Please register attendance via the CPD website. We have also developed some self-directed online courses (e.g. Getting Started with QMplus and other topics) which you can go through at your own pace and time.


Drop-in Sessions and Book a Learning Technologist

Drop-in sessions are online every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-2pm. There’s no need to tell us you’re coming; just drop-in via the Blackboard Collaborate webinar link on our E-Learning Online Support area on QMplus.

Should your inquiry require more discussion, please access the BALT QMplus page to book a session of up to an hour to discuss your e-learning ideas and issues with one of our learning technologists.


What are you asking the Helpdesk?

The top queries in February were related to: adding captions to videos, plus providing access to Blackboard Collaborate sessions & their recordings.  …Read more in our common support questions article.

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