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E-Learning Newsletter – March 2020

2 March 2020 Posted in: News Tagged: , , , By: Richard Chantler

A Message from The E-Learning Unit

Firstly, we would like to thank everyone for their efforts and willingness to adopt new technologies to deliver their teaching in particularly difficult times. We have seen a large number of inquiries and over 15,000 page hits over the past 2 months for our top 10 staff guides alone. We have been incredibly busy answering inquiries, tickets, running online workshops and holding drop-in sessions everyday, in addition to other everyday activities and we will soon be announcing new workshops to assist you with delivering your modules’ assessments. If there is anything else we can do to assist, please email your suggestions via elearning@qmul.ac.uk.

 

Learning Materials and Digital Accessibility

Given the current situation and also in line with our strategic vision of creating a truly inclusive environment for all of our staff and students (particularly now when teaching and learning is taking place online),  QMUL is fully committed to ensuring that all of our digital content is accessible.

Hence, we need to make sure that all our teaching materials on QMplus are also fully accessible. To assist our colleagues in making their content accessible we have created a QMplus area which outlines what Digital Accessibility means and also provides a suite of resources along with a checklist that will assist you in making your teaching materials more accessible. In the coming weeks we will run online sessions on Accessibility – this is in addition to other sessions such as Online Assessment etc. Read more on Digital Accessibility.

 

Teaching despite COVID-19

On the 17th of March Henri Huijberts facilitated a webinar with presentations from colleagues on our transnational programmes in which they described their experiences of moving their teaching online. The 4x 15 minute presentations and Q&A which follows are accessible via this article, along with links to resources which you may find useful.

 

Staff development opportunities in March

Workshops

The QM Academy are also holding ‘Interactivity in Webinars’ workshops online on the following days:

  • Wednesday 1st of April, 16:00-17:00
  • Thursday 2nd of April, 14:00-15:00

To attend the sessions, please just turn up (virtually) via the webinar session link at the bottom of this QMplus page.

 

Drop-in Sessions and Book a Learning Technologist

Drop-in sessions are still being held online everyday from 1-2pm. We will notify users when they revert to just the usual Tuesday and Thursday offering. 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.

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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