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E-Learning Newsletter – July 2017

3 August 2017 Posted in: News By: Manoj Singh

Q-Review Upgrade – 7th August 2017

Our lecture recording system, Q-review, will be upgraded during the week of  7th August 2017, bringing an improvement in the service and some new features. You can find more information on our Q-Review upgrade page.

10 new little features that comes with the QMplus upgrade

This article contains a round up of  top 10 little things that could make a BIG difference for you – all part of the July 2017 QMplus upgrade. For example:

  • Recycle Bin
  • Module/Course searching
  • ‘To do’ later feature
  • Download selected assignments
  • Easier section/topic editing

Case Study: Heidrun Bien – Engaging, interactive learning tool to learn about Systematic Reviews

The E-Learning Production Scheme enabled us to develop a new, engaging, QMplus embedded tool to support our students learning about Systematic Reviews. Divided into sub-topics, students are able to quickly access specific content and directly test their understanding. Each topic contains a video, slides and an optional tool presenting interactive quiz questions of various formats, offering automatic feedback and unlimited re-takes. Preliminary feedback has been very positive and the tool is ready to be trialled with our full new cohort of students starting in 17/18.

MOOC in the Blended Essentials series

Digital skills are essential in today’s workplace, as there are few jobs that don’t require these skills, yet employers report a shortage of digital skills. It is therefore vital for teachers to expand the digital skills of their learners. Building on the highly successful Blended Learning Essentials series of MOOCs, the third course, commissioned and funded by the Ufi Charitable Trust, entitled ‘Developing Digital Skills’ has just been launched and will start in October –  http://go.alt.ac.uk/2ubecuX.

QMplus known issues after the upgrade

There are a few known issues we have discovered with the upgraded QMplus which will  be fixed in the September release. You can find them all here, but if you discover any other problems with QMplus then please raise a ticket on the Helpdesk (by emailing helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk or logging into https://helpdesk.qmul.ac.uk/).

Staff development opportunities

Our drop-in sessions will continue to run over the summer. They take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2pm in the E-Learning Studio. Come along with any questions you may have.

If you’d like to discuss something in more detail, we also continue to offer our Book a Learning Technologist service. 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.

Top topics on our Helpdesk this month

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  • Stand-alone access to TurnitinUK
  •  Enable guest access on a course
  • Making videos publicly available?

These are three of the common topics that our support team have been dealing with this month.  Read our post  to find out more about the solutions to these issues.

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