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E-Learning Newsletter – September 2016

30 September 2016 Posted in: News Tagged: By: Manoj Singh

Here is the E-Learning Unit newsletter for September 2016. We hope you find this month’s articles useful.

We have moved

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The E-Learning Unit, along with the rest of the CAPD, have moved into the Scape building on the Mile End Road directly across the road from Law.  At the moment we are still settling in to our new location with our new E-Learning Studio still in the process of being fitted out. We hope to be fully operational by the week beginning October 3rd. You can read more about what you should do if you are coming to one of our sessions or to meet with a member of staff. We look forward to seeing you in our new location.

E-learning staff survey – give us your views

2015-02-25 21_11_06-QMplus Student Survey 2013_14 Executive summary - WordOur e-learning staff survey is open now and we need your views. If you are a member of staff, or an external partner, who makes use of any of our learning applications complete the e-learning staff survey today (and enter for a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher). Access the survey now to have your say.

Is your QMplus module ready for teaching?

We have created a handy guide to make sure you are ready to teach with QMplus for the start of the semester. This guide covers the basics such as –

  1. Checking your basic module information is correct
  2. Updating your module assessment information
  3. If your lectures are being recorded, make sure your Q-Review link is active
  4. Checking your students are being enrolled
  5. …and more…

Read the full checklist to make sure your QMplus module area is in tip-top condition this semester!

Pulling the plug(in) – QMUL at ALT-C

The E-Learning Unit, in the form of Manoj Singh, were represented at this year’s Association for Learning Technology conference, ALT-C. The themes at this year’s conference were Connect, Collaborate, Create. Manoj, along with a colleague from the Bloomsbury Learning Environment, spoke specifically about what happens when a service is removed suddenly, something that happened to us last year when our media server provider discontinued their product. Manoj described how QMUL dealt with this, through collaborating with other institutions in the same position and also ran a workshop encouraging others to think about what impact a situation like this might have on them. Read more about the sessions.

QMplus outstanding issues

We have discovered a few issues after our summer upgrade, including:

  • An issue which makes it difficult to edit topic sections
  • An issue with true/false and multiple choice quiz questions
  • An issue with Gradesplus showing Turnitin scores when they should be hidden

We are currently working to get these fixed as soon as possible. Please go to our outstanding issues page to learn more about what the outstanding issues are and what the timeframes are for fixes. As usual, if you are experiencing technical problems which aren’t on this list, please raise a ticket on the Helpdesk.

New QMplus Media

Just a reminder that our new QMplus Media service is available. Currently the service is only available through QMplus, we are working towards making the service available through a web interface in the future.

If you do encounter any issues with your video content, get in touch with us via the Helpdesk (http://helpdesk.qmul.ac.uk) and we will try to fix things as soon as we can. If you’d like to learn more, we are running a session on October 20th to introduce you to the new service and the exciting new features it provides. Book a place through our online booking system.

Staff development opportunities during October

workshopWe have a number of staff development opportunities during October:

You will find all of these scheduled sessions on our course booking system. You can also:

  • Drop-in to the E-Learning Studio between 1 – 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays to chat to a member of the E-Learning Unit about any issues you are having. Ideal for small problems that can be cleared up quickly face to face. Remember that the E-Learning Studio is now located in the Scape building!
  • Schedule a one hour meeting with a member of the team for a more in-depth discussion about any aspect of using technology in teaching
  • Request a bespoke workshop or session – if you have a number of colleagues who’d like help with something specific, we are happy to arrange a bespoke session for you. Please get in touch on elearning@qmul.ac.uk and we can discuss the options.
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