Every module run and programme has a site on Blackboard. Use it for making announcements, launching learning activities, providing materials, and for online assessment and feedback.
For recording and delivering video and audio. Use it to capture your slides and desktop, to add captions and quizzes, and to securely store and release recordings in Blackboard.
An online polling tool to add interactivity to a live or recorded presentation. Used for icebreakers, knowledge checks, gauging opinion and prompting debate.
A virtual classroom webinar tool for communicating online in real time by voice or text. Use it for group discussions, collaborative activities, one-to-ones and as a social space.
An online platform where students evidence their learning in portfolios and workbooks. Use it to securely view, assess and provide feedback on students’ work as it develops.
LinkedIn Learning has thousands of training videos for software, design and business skills. Use it to supplement teaching and to help students develop skills.
interactive learning materials
Xerte is a tool for creating accessible, multi-media, interactive resources. Use it to create engaging learning materials that students access using a web browser.
A resource for students to access their recommended reading quickly and easily. Use it to create dynamic reading lists that can be embedded within Blackboard.
assessing maths and statistics
A web-based algorithmic assessment system for maths and statistics. Use it for summative assessment or allow students to use it for formative learning.
suitable for your subject
Lots of other great learning tools are available on the web. To help ensure tools are suitable for use with students we have a checklist of things to look out for.
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Options for running a synchronous test or quiz in a classroom or webinar.
Compare the different tools for running asynchronous tests and quizzes.
Find out about the changes to the 2020/21 FET Blackboard Module Template and other support to help you create an accessible module site.
IMPORTANT: Please read before setting up your new 2020/21 Blackboard module runs.
Make your desktop recordings more accessible by using Panopto automatic captioning.
The Interactive Tutorials Report in Collaborate shows you who joined your live sessions.
Delivering content outside the lecture theatre – tips for desktop recordings.
A workaround for recording your meetings in Teams.
The recording feature in PowerPoint presents a convenient alternative to using Panopto to create desktop recordings. The main benefit of recording in PowerPoint is that each slide is an independent…
While a Blackboard submission point can accept file sizes of up to 100MB, they will not be processed by SafeAssign unless they are below 10MB. This is because SafeAssign is…
The LIU’s guide to participating in webinars for students.
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Breakout groups allow multiple linked Collaborate sessions to happen at the same time; the online equivalent of students splitting off to work in groups in a classroom. In a breakout…
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5 short videos from the LIU covering how to make, edit and publish a desktop recording.
You can use Panopto to provide video content from guest lecturers to your students on Blackboard.
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These instructions cover setting up a submission point for an online exam (as part of the contingency plan).
As a UWE member of staff, you can use Panopto on your work or home computer. Here’s how to do it.
Add interactivity to your videos using Panopto quizzes, Mentimeter or Xerte.
A short video guide to changing your assignment dates in PebblePad.
If you or your students are denied access to a recording, please read on for the solution.
An article on using Panopto for desktop recording and running webinars using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
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Our new resource introduces you to six effective HE feedback practices, their benefits and how you can implement them in PebblePad.
If you have previously used a different in-class polling system such as TurningPoint, here are some things to consider when converting your polls to Mentimeter.
Learn how to manage your Mentimeter presentations in and outside of class: how to hide results, close a poll and share both the results and the presentation itself.
If you have a self-created video resource, this post explains how to improve accessibility by associating a caption file with it using Panopto.
This article explains how to improve accessibility on your self-created video resources by creating a captions file in YouTube.
If you have a self-created video resource, this post explains how to improve accessibility by associating a caption file with it using Kaltura.
UWE has adopted Mentimeter as the new polling tool for the university. Here is a quick guide to help you find your way around.
Xerte is an open-source browser-based tool that allows educators to develop rich, interactive and highly accessible content quickly and easily and to seamlessly publish that content online
Use Panopto to record your lectures and classes while they happen or to record presentations at your desk.
Record, upload, manage and deliver video and audio files. Enable students to record and submit video assignments
This is an example of a FET Blackboard programme site.
Find out how Blackboard’s originality checker can be used to embed good referencing practice.
Step by step instructions from Blackboard Support for copying your recording(s).
Use the ‘Add a YouTube video’ button to safely, and seamlessly, include YouTube content in your learning resource.
If you have teaching and learning material lying dormant in an online topic, Xerte offers you a great way to give this content new life.
There are lots of good things about PebblePad (and a few not so good, too!) and in this article I will share with you my top three.
For information about the new Programmatic Blackboard view, please read on.
To help you get started with Kaltura this September, the LIU has produced a collection of videos and instructions covering four essential tasks.
The first consideration would be the type of questions your test needs to have. Blackboard has a wider variety of question types and, depending on the subject matter of the test, this may be the deciding factor.
Have you come across references to Dewis and were unsure of what it is? Does the module you teach involve numeracy and maths?
Following these tips should help your Panopto experience in the classroom go smoothly.
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Collaborate online in real time by synchronous text or voice chat
Many courses in our faculty involve students using equipment in laboratories and studios – from simple scalpels to much more complex items.
The intention is to provide students with a more integrated student experience and cohort identity
Bring a timeline of dates to life with images, videos, maps and web pages
PebblePad provides individual and collective online spaces for students and staff to develop, share, reflect on and communicate their learning and achievement
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With Xerte you can create interactive, multi-media, accessible learning objects using just a web browser – no need to install any additional software on your computer. Xerte is available for any members of staff in FET to use.
A wiki is simply a website on which users can easily create and edit web pages and edit the content (text, images, hyperlinks etc.) on those pages. They are good for group and project work where students are asked to work together to plan, develop or present their work.
TurningPoint is polling software that enables students to ‘vote’ or respond to questions in classrooms and lecture theatres using ‘clickers’ and/or smartphones, tablet computers or laptops to make responses. TurningPoint can help make teaching in classrooms and lecture theatres more interactive. It can be used, for example, to survey views, assess understanding, group revision, and to give learners more control of the content or pace of lectures.
Piazza is a Q&A and discussion platform designed to simulate real class discussion. It aims to get high quality answers to difficult questions, fast.
A blog is a website which usually takes the form of a series of posts arranged in reverse-chronologocal order, i.e. the most recent post appears at the top of the page. Students writing their own blogs, commenting on other people’s blogs, and consulting blogs written by experts in their field are common learning activities in Higher Education today.
It might be a good way to promote active and informal learning and to help learners make connections between academic work and the sector they wish to work in after…
Types of Questions
Many instructors see multiple-choice questions as limited to testing students’ recall of facts. However, multiple-choice clicker questions can actually serve many other purposes in the class, including assessing students’ higher-order thinking skills. Since clicker questions can be used not only to assess students but to engage them, some very effective clicker questions are quite different than multiple-choice questions that might appear on exams.
Here are a few types of clicker questions.
Recall Questions: These questions ask students to recall facts, concepts, or techniques relevant to class. They are often used to see if students did the reading, remember important points from prior classes, or have memorized key facts. They rarely generate discussion, however, and don’t require higher-order thinking skills.
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A wiki is a website where users can easily add, edit and delete content without specialist software or technical knowledge. Users can create new wiki pages and link them to others, and they can edit existing pages, including those created by other learners.
In UWE we can use ‘clickers’ and software from TurningPoint to make presentations and lectures more engaging. A number of lecture theatres (4D56, 1N05, 2B020, 2B025, 2D67, 4B031 and ECC…
For several years now wikis and blogs have both been widely used in Higher Education. Both are platforms for easily publishing material to the web and both provide a platform for feedback. Both are ideal for learner-centred activities with learners taking part in collaborative tasks aiding knowledge construction. And both can be used to deliver rich content for learners to absorb.