Showing posts from June, 2012

Moving forward with Submitting and Grading Electronically (SAGE)

Moving forward with SaGEbyonJUNE 22, 2012 · LEAVE A COMMENT · inGENERALSTAFF GUIDANCE For your information, this paper was taken to University Executive Team Committee on 14th June: Taken from Moving forward with Submitting and Grading Electronically (SAGE) Proposal Following a trial period in some areas of the University, it has been agreed by UET that all students are required to submit all text based assignments on-line from 1 September 2012. Support for academic staff has been and will continue to be provided by the learning technologists. The date of 1September has been determined so that all module guides and handbooks can be clear in advising students how to submit their work. It would not be possible to implement this within an academic year without causing confusion. Background Moving to on-line submission will standardise submission for all students wherever they are studying and make submission easier for students on placements or in work. It should enhance the experienc…

Preparing your NILE sites for the new academic year

Taken from: by Rob Howe
As previously described in the blog posting on linking NILE to the Student Record System, new NILE sites have been created for the 12/13 academic year and are ready to be used.  You should now move content from your old sites to the newly coded areas. There are a number of steps which will help you in this task: Find the modules which you will be involved in during 12/13. Ensure you select the correct module which should have a course ID which describes the module, the session, and the year of activity (e.g. DRA1018-STD-1213). The name of the module will be prefixed with the year of activity (e.g. 12/13 Technologies for Performance)Add yourself to the module using this guidanceFollow the guidance inside the module template to copy material from other sites as needed. The template should be used where possible to assist you to structure material and provide stu…

Junkbots with session plans

The results of a funding from HE STEM South West has enabled the junkbot project to go into primary schools and the material to be revised based on good practice in STEM public engagement in primary schools. 

The funding looked at adopted the ideas and practice developed previously to produce STEM activities in this case targeted at Primary schools.

Details of the work developed and a case study can be found at:

Details of the case study can be found at:

Example session plans 

These were based on the seminars and tools from and the published guide Guide to Delivering Effective STEM Public Engagement

Details of an in-school session plan can be found at: of an STEM club session plan can be found at:…

Marking Online – DSE Health Guidance

Taken from: By Adel Gordon

With the increase of marking on line don’t forget to follow advice from Occupational Therapy regarding working with computers. Have a look through the Good Practice guidance and check list to make sure that you are using equipment in the best way. Also, attached to this post are documents containing policy, and management procedures for DSE which may be of use.
DSE Policy (Revised January 2012)DSE Management Procedure (Revised January 2012)

Opinion: Microsoft Learning Content Development System

I have recently being 'playing' with Microsoft Learning Content Development System (LCDS)  a free tool from Microsoft for developing interactive on-line material. The case study was research methods for an MSc Computing course.

By no means have I looked at all the features, but there are some nice features I have looked at  like the ability to produce interactive tables only revealing a topic at a time, or the ability to embed questions inside the 'course'

It is SCORM compliant so does fit within some VLEs such as backboard fairly easily.

Problems? It does not work with Google Chrome, but is fine with Firefox and Internet Explorer (not entirely surprising). Personally I find the font size used too small, it is alright when viewed on a monitor but when it is projected it is too difficult to read.

Are there features I have missed? Yes, there are lots of features at the moment I have only used those features I want at the time and it would be worth exploring others further.


CEISEE 2012 in Shanghai

Recently two members of the School (Gary Hill and Scott Turner), went to CEISEE 2012 (China-Europe International Symposium on Software Engineering Education) in Shanghai, the 8th symposium is this series, following on from the successful event here in Northampton last year.

Two papers were presented see in the Journal of Computer Education.

The symposium focused on the teach of Software Engineering and preparing students to be both technically competent but also employable as possible. Perspectives and experiences from China, UK, Germany, France, Ireland and Italy were all presented, discussed and considered; along with the importance and the advantages of transnational programmes. Some very interesting discussions about potential for collaborative research in all these areas were held.

Over 10,000 pages viewed

This week the School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton's teaching and learning  blog exceeded 10000 pages views, with it being viewed from many countries (see sample below). The blog was set up for member's of the School to disseminate their work (both internally to the school but also externally) and for the work of the research group - Science and Technology Research in Pedagogy (STRiPe)  based within the school to be more widely disseminated.

Pageviews by Countries United States 3,922 United Kingdom 3,538 Sweden 517 Russia 440