Snippets from yesterday’s LTC Forum

Yesterday’s annual LTC Forum focused on assessment and feedback at UOW.  If you missed the forum or you want to catch up on some of the highlights, Marcus O’Donnell has put together a neat package in Storify with tweets and images. Thanks Marcus.

Changes to Chrome that may effect your use of Moodle

From September 2015, Google is removing NPAPI support from Chrome which means that the Java plugin will no longer be available for that browser. For additional information, see https://java.com/en/download/faq/chrome.xml.

Impact for the UOW Learning Platform

The Java plugin is required to use some tools in EQUELLA and Moodle.

EQUELLA

  • File Manager
  • In-place Editor

Moodle

  • TinyMC Editor (Equation Editor) – changing the default editor to Atto will resolve the Java issue for Moodle as Atto is not Java-reliant

Temporary workaround

Between now and September 2015, Chrome can still be used with the following workaround. 

As of Chrome Version 42, an additional configuration step is required to continue using NPAPI plugins (Java):

1.   In your URL bar, enter: chrome://flags/#enable-npapi

2.   Click the Enable link for the Enable NPAPI configuration option

3.    Click the Relaunch button that now appears at the bottom of the configuration page

Long term

After September 2015, a different browser will be required, such as Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Contact UOW IMTS for assistance

Grade student Power Point presentations ‘live’

Turnitin is much more than Plagiarism detection…… Watch this video to see how one Academic uses it to make notes on a student’s presentation, use comments, add rubrics and voice comments for feedback and submission of a final grade.

 

For more great ideas on using your iPad for live marking check out the Turnitin Videos on Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/search?q=grade+anything

Free Book: Teaching in a Digital Age (Bates: 2015)

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This text might be of interest (and it is freely available):

Tony Bates (2015) Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for designing teaching and learning for a digital age.

The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when everyone,and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework for making decisions about your teaching is provided, while understanding that every subject is different, and every instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching.The book enables teachers and instructors to help students develop the knowledge and skills they will need in a digital age: not so much the IT skills, but the thinking and attitudes to learning that will bring them success.

You can read it online, or download in PDF, epub, or mobi formats (268 page PDF) at http://opentextbc.ca/teachinginadigitalage/

Getting started with the UOW Digital Learning Thresholds (DLT)

What are the DLT’s? Here are a few answers to common questions about the UOW Digital Learning Thresholds (DLT)

Digital Learning Thresholds Examplars

What are they?

The Digital Learning Thresholds are a strategy developed at the University of Wollongong to enhance digital teaching and learning. The DLT strategy was approved by Academic Senate in February 2014, and outlines expectations for digital learning across a range of online learning elements (e.g. Communication and Assessment). To find more about these elements please download the printable DLT definitions document online http://www.uow.edu.au/dvce/ltc/dlt/index.html

Why were they developed?

The Digital Learning Thresholds strategy was developed to enhance the learning experience of students through the incorporation of minimum expectations and good practices in digital learning. The DLT strategy supports that all students will have access to digital learning, and that both students and staff will have clear expectations about digital learning.

What do they mean for me?

The DLT strategy supports and guides staff in improving current practice and developing skills in the digital environment. A subject development tool is available to help you self-review and assess to what degree your online subject/s meet DLT guidelines.

This tool can be accessed at https://cedirsd.uow.edu.au/dlt/login

What do they mean for my students?

The DLT strategy promotes access for all students to digital learning that is underpinned by good practice.

Where can I find out more?

The following list of links will guide you to where you can find out more the DLT strategy:

The DLT Website

All DLT information and resources can be accessed from the DLT website http://www.uow.edu.au/dvce/ltc/dlt/index.html

DLT Definitions

For a more comprehensive understanding of each DLT element, a list of definitions can be accessed at http://www.uow.edu.au/dvce/ltc/dlt/index.html

Training and Support

For training and support contact a member of the Educational Design team. Contact details and information regarding upcoming workshops and training sessions can be found on the DLT website at: http://www.uow.edu.au/dvce/ltc/educationaldesign/index.html

DLT Guide

For an outline of the implementation of DLT phases and reference to ways in which to meet specific DLT guidelines, a guide document can be accessed from: http://www.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@dvce/@ltc/documents/doc/uow182208.pdf

DLT Exemplars

For examples of the ways in which academics have been able to incorporate each element of the DLT strategy in their online courses visit: http://www.uow.edu.au/dvce/ltc/dlt/exemplars/index.html (Online video case studies coming soon)

Subject Development Tool

To review your online courses in light of the DLT strategy guidelines, a subject development tool for each of your sites can be accessed at: https://cedirsd.uow.edu.au/dlt/login

Additional Support

If you have additional questions or wish to book a consultation to further discuss any ideas about the DLT or concerns please contact your the Educational Designer attached to your Faculty www.uow.edu.au/dvce/ltc/educationaldesign

 

 

National Forum: Curate, Credential and Carry Forward Digital Learning Evidence

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Date: November 13, 2014
Location: Deakin University, Burwood Hwy, Burwood Building BC, Level 2 (200 seats available)

Virtual attendance:

  • Curtin University in Perth
    Building 204 Room 122 (30 seats available)
    Kent Street, Bentley, Perth
  • University of South Australia in Adelaide
    Jeffrey Smart Building JS4-12 A/B (72 seats available)
    217-243 Hindley Street, Adelaide
  • University of Wollongong
    Bld 67 Room 102 (60 seats available)
    Northfields Ave, Wollongong NSW
  • Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane
    QUT Health Clinics, U2.43 (66 seats available)
    44 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove campus, Brisbane

This Office for Learning and Teaching national forum will showcase examples from the thought leaders in the field in prior learning, credentialing, open badges practice and research, and offer an employer’s perspective. The forum is a national event at Deakin University Burwood campus with sites for colleagues in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. We are utilising Cisco’s WebEx as our streaming to University of Wollongong for our NSW/ACT colleagues through our partnership with Cisco as a project partner.

Mozilla’s Open Badges project has opened up a new way of recognising skills and learning through an open, stackable framework and provided an opportunity to recognise more detailed aspects of learning. For example, whereas achievement of learning may be somewhat invisible in collated marks and grades, open badges enable the warranting of capabilities including those that are difficult to measure (such as team work and intercultural competence). Badging skills, experiences and knowledge can supplement or even replace traditional assessment signals such as marks and grades. Open badges can also enable a more social approach to assessment: badges can be issued or endorsed by designated stakeholders – peers, mentors, industry, associations – both within and outside of an institution and build the learner’s ability to judge their own and others’ performance.

Presenters:

  1. Dan Hickey, Indiana University; Director of the Open Badges Design Principles Documentation Project
  2. Nan Travers, SUNY, Director of the Office of Collegewide Academic Review
  3. David Gibson, Curtin University
  4. Allyn Radford, CEO, DeakinDigital
  5. Michael Evans, Neukom Fellow, Dartmouth College
  6. Joanna Normoyle, Experiential and Digital Media Learning Coordinator; UC Davis
  7. Janet Strivens, Centre for Lifelong Learning Educational Development Division, The University of Liverpool, Senior Associate Director, The CRA
  8. Susi Steigler-Peters, Education Industry Executive, Telstra

For further details and registration, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/digitalcredentialing

Save the Date for IETC AU2014

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IETC AU2014  ANNUAL CONFERENCE

OCTOBER 3RD | TAFE ILLAWARRA, WOLLONGONG CAMPUS – J BLOCK

Have you ever wondered about how you could better use technology to enhance learning in the classroom?  What are the potential affordances of technology to create inclusive environments?

The second annual Illawarra Educational Technology conference is being held on 3rd October 2014. The focus for this year is Laying the Learning Foundations: Representing Relationships.

The conference brings together Illawarra educators in a conversation about technology enhanced learning. The key focus for IETC 2014 is on how to design inclusive learning environments and build relationships between individuals and the community.

IETC is designed for education professionals in all sectors: from early years, schools, universities, VET providers, NGOs and industry. It provides an opportunity to network, showcase ideas, and explore regional challenges. It is supported by HEPPP funding, LTC at the University of Wollongong, TAFE Illawarra and corporate sponsors.

Date:                     3rd October 2014

Location:              TAFE Illawarra, Wollongong Campus

Cost:                      Free – Full catering provided

Places are limited. For full details and registration go to http://ietcau2014.wix.com/ietcau2014

Event: Curate, credential and carry forward digital learning evidence

On September 2, the University of Wollongong will be host to a seminar titled Curate, credential and carry forward digital learning evidence: The potential of open badges in higher education.

This seminar is open to all University of Wollongong and NSW and ACT Higher education providers to openly discuss their ideas, views, aspirations and concerns about micro credentialing in the form of open badging. The 3 hour seminar includes the opportunity to hear from and speak to 3 thought leaders and practitioners in the field of Open Badges in Higher Education.

This OLT strategic project at Deakin University partners Curtin University, HASTAC, The CRA, AAEEBL, Mozilla, Telstra, Cisco and Education Services Australia (ESA) to network and advise Australian higher education providers how to (1) deploy tools that enable all students to curate rich evidence of learning; (2) credential learning outcomes using digital badging; and (3) explore and disseminate pathways, alliances and business models to remain competitive in a disrupted environment.

Register for the event via Eventbrite — https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/curate-credential-and-carry-forward-digital-learning-evidence-the-potential-of-open-badges-in-tickets-12613127203

More details available on the event flyer.

Are you looking for online training in Moodle?

Some academic and professional staff at UOW have asked about online training options for Moodle. Our Uni subscribe to Lynda.com where you will find an excellent number of online training resources on Moodle and other software used across the uni.

Try Lynda.com here-

Moodle 2.5 on Lynda.com

To find these and other useful training resources go to the Library Home page and navigate to databases, select “L” then search for Lynda.com. http://uow.libguides.com/content.php?pid=94329&sid=705357

Once there you will be required to set up your own Lynda account.

When in Lynda run a search for Moodle. The university is currently using Moodle 2.5 version and in November 2014 will be upgrading to Moodle 2.7, so look for these options or ones specific to the tool your interested in using.

An assessment alternative – digital storytelling

If you are considering innovative assessment ideas, you may like to consider getting your students to create a digital story as a response to an assessment question. Digital stories provide the opportunity for individuals or small groups to research and present ideas on a topic in a contemporary format.

Digital storytelling usually involves short videos,  two to three minutes in length. A digital story can be made from a range of audio and visual elements. The backbone of a digital story is a written script, approximately 250 words long. The script is converted to an audio voice over and combined with visuals such as photos, drawings, diagrams, video, and animation to create a digital story.

For more information about digital storytelling, explore a LibGuide produced by the Faculty of Commerce, http://uow.libguides.com/digitalstorytelling