Showing posts from May, 2012

Learntech Changes and Updates Summer 2012

Taken from by Rob Howe
During the next few weeks, there will be a number of changes to the systems which the Learntech team supports. Many of these changes have been made as a direct response to feedback which has been provided over the year and will represent a considerable investment in improvements to the current environment. NILE Following the decision by the University Executive Team to remain with Blackboard for a further three years, we will be upgrading this to the latest release which will provide a number of security updates and new features. Some of the key changes include an improved look and feel and enhanced features for assessment and monitoring. A separate page provides full details on these changes. As previously announced, there will be a move from the Campus Pack blogs and wikis within NILE to using the Blackboard tools. Staff should continue to migrate content out of the…

NILE Upgrade Summer 2012

Taken from: by Rob Howe
What’s happening? As part of our regular programme of NILE maintenance and improvements, this summer there will be a short period when work will be completed. When is it happening? Between  10:30pm on Saturday 21st July and 10:30am Sunday 22nd July, the Blackboard software that underpins NILE will be upgraded to the latest service pack (SP8). NILE will be unavailable during this time. Changes to NILE in v9.1 SP8 The Blackboard software that underpins NILE will be upgraded from version 9.1 service pack 5 to service pack 8. The service pack will fix some minor problems in the current version, and add some functionality to existing features. There will be some improvements to the look and feel. The main changes are listed below: Look & Feel New Theme for 2012 – user feedback and on-going development of NILE user interface means that there is a new look and slightly modified layout which sh…

Closer links between NILE and the Student Record System

Taken from  by Rob Howe

Since 2010, a group (QNIG) representing key parts of the University has been working to develop closer links between the student record system (QLS) and NILE. There are 3 main phases of QLS NILE Integration Group (QNIG): Username, password and email address synchronisationModule synchronisationGrading synchronisation Phase 1 was completed in July 2011 and now means that usernames, passwords and email addresses on NILE will be the same as used for all other central systems. Phases 2 and 3 are linked in that we need to ensure that modules in NILE are named in the same way as they are in QLS. Once this is completed then we will be able to automatically enrol students onto modules. Phase 2 is focused on module coding and automatic enrolment of students and this will be completed for summer 2012. Phase 3 is linked to the SaGE project and will be working durin…

Money - HEA teaching development grants

HEA launches next round of teaching development grants. Taken from: The call for bids in the Higher Education Academy’s second phase of its teaching development grants has opened today, 18 May 2012. Over the next year the HEA will make funding available to stimulate evidence-based research and encourage innovations in learning and teaching on the themes of assessment and feedback and flexible learning. However, 25% of the available funding will be reserved for an open call for learning and teaching development. These projects could build on previous pedagogic work, or they could seek to develop a new area of work entirely. Today’s call is for individual academic staff, with funding ring fenced for Fellows of the HEA and new academic staff. Proposals may request up to £7,000 and the deadline for applications is 17 June 2012. The departmental call will open on the 28 August 2012 with a closing date for applications on the 30…

Turnitin – Introducing Voice Comments!!

Turnitin – Introducing Voice Comments!! by Adel Gordon on MAY 17, 2012 
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You can now easily add audio feedback to student’s work! Tutors now have the ability to leave a voice comment in GradeMark to give students additional substantive feedback that is clear, engaging, and easy to understand. With just a few clicks, instructors can quickly record a detailed voice message and attach it to a paper. This new GradeMark feature is especially useful in disciplines where written assignments are graded primarily on content vs. writing skills (such as science lab reports). Also, adding a voice comment gives you the opportunity to more fully explain your feedback. With voice comments, students can hear the content of the message, and more importantly, the context of the feedback and tone of the tutor’s voice. To add a voice comment, go to the General Comments area in GradeMark, and click the micro…

Library and Learning Services Conference - Tuesday 19 June

The University of Northampton Library and Learning Services Conference 2012 takes place on Tuesday 19 June.
Library and Learning Services sit at the heart of the student experience - supporting, enhancing and contributing to the teaching, learning and research activities of the University.
The aims of this conference are to raise awareness of the formal and informal research activity that underpins the work in Library and Learning Services; to showcase our most innovative practice, and to receive feedback on potential areas for development.
The conference is brimming with new ideas to inform practice, to advance teaching and learning pedagogy and to utilise exciting new technologies.
Who should attend?
The conference is aimed at Northampton Library users and HELibrary and Information practitioners with an interest in research-informed practice.
For more information, please visit
Conference programme
9.30 Registration and coffee 10.00 Opening and welcome Vi…


Two blogs taken from the LearnTech blog by Rob Howe and Rob Farmer

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