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E-Learning Newsletter – January 2018

5 February 2018 Posted in: News Tagged: By: Manoj Singh

QMplus January Update

The QMplus update on the 16th of January 2018 was successful. This has released some new features and resolved some outstanding issues.  Some of these include:

  • Pinning modules from within a module
  • Ability to scan coversheets for physical coursework
  • Assessment Management reports for all staff and student roles

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An Opportunity to join the E-Learning Unit

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the E-learning Unit. The Learning Technologist (Policy and Change) role has just gone live (for internal candidates only), here is the link – the closing date is the 18th of February 2018 and the interviews will be taking place shortly afterwards. Please consider applying if you are interested in or circulating this to any colleagues who you feel might be interested. 

QMUL Model Skills Review Development Sessions

On the 19th of January, the QMUL Model Skills Review went live, bringing a number of new functionalities to QMplus Hub, including:

  • Providing students with a Skills Review progress page of their achievements linked to the QMUL Model Competency Framework
  • Direct access for academic advisers to their own students’ skills review progress pages
  • Visual representation of a student’s current mastery of the core competencies

The ELU will be running training sessions for staff to allow them become familiar with QMplus Hub for their teaching and to support students. Head over to our CPD training course website here to book onto a course. You can also find support and guidance on the QMUL Model Skills Review help page here.

Case Study: Videos on how to make videos

Old film cameraDr Elina Vilar, Spanish Language Instructor from SLLF, shares the work done on her project to produce videos to help teach students how to make videos. Eli wanted her students to make videos as part of her teaching but she discovered that students required help and training in creating their videos. Gary Schwartz from the E-Learning Unit, with a specific focus on using video and multimedia, was able to provide some support. Watch the video case study here.

Information: Recording Whiteboard/Blackboard using Q-Review

We would like to inform our users that Q-review is not designed to record the content of whiteboards/blackboards. It should be used exclusively for the recording of the presenter and digital content via the classroom computers (powerpoint slides, websites etc) and the document camera. The content captured from the whiteboards will not be legible. If the recording of whiteboard content is required, we would suggest our users to utilise alternative methods such as the use of document cameras which should be present in all classrooms. For further information on what is recorded please see our guidance documentation found here.

What are our users asking on The Helpdesk?

It’s been a busy month on the Helpdesk this month, with us answering a large number of your support queries. To help you deal with some of these, so you get your course area accessible sooner, we have created a few tips and linked them to guides to assist you.

Please take a look at our January tips, here.

Staff development opportunities in January

Workshops

In February we are running the following workshops:

Please see our online booking system for more information about the sessions we run and to book yourself a place.

Drop-ins and Book a Learning Technologist

Our staff drop-in sessions continue to run every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2pm on the Mile End campus for any member of staff who needs help with their use of technology in their teaching.

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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