Project Update: 17 Apr – 30 Apr

Over the last few weeks we’ve been making final alterations in order to have the new environment ready for staff to use in mid May. This has included adding all 18/19 modules and undertaking a series of tests to establish if all features are working correctly.

Training

Off the back of the video and information sessions we’ve received several requests for group training which we’ve scheduled in. Over the next few weeks we’ll be making contact with awards we’ve yet to hear from to get sessions booked in. The new environment will be available mid May for building modules ready for the 18/19 academic year. To book a session for training and access please email etsupport@falmouth.ac.uk

We’ll also be holding the following drop in sessions from 9:00-17:00, please note a representative of the library will be present for the 7th June at Falmouth and 11th June at Penryn for any assistance required for Talis resource lists.

Falmouth

  • Thu 07 June* – Seminar F
  • Tue 12 June – Seminar F
  • Thu 21 June – Seminar F

Penryn

  • Tue 05 June – Exchange Green
  • Wed 06 June – Exchange Green
  • Mon 11 June* – Exchange Blue
  • Mon 18 June – Exchange Blue
  • Tue 19 June – Exchange Blue

*Library present for help with Talis resource lists

Launch of new environment and MA Courses

We’ll be launching the new environment on the 3rd September – we realise some MA Courses will be making use of online handin at the end of August/beginning of September and we’ll be making contact with these teams to ensure the transition between environments will be as smooth as possible for staff and students.

Project Update: 6-20 March

For the last couple of weeks we’ve been focusing on getting the final system configurations in place so we’re at a point to start user testing with staff and students. Some unforeseen delays have occurred which have put us back a little, but we’re still hoping to have our environment fully configured and running within the next few weeks.

Information Sessions – Final Reminder

As a reminder this week we are running information sessions at both campuses, academic staff have already been invited to these sessions but we’d also welcome attendance from any professional services staff who’d like to find out a bit more about the upgrade project. We will releasing a video version of the session for those unable to attend, this will be emailed out to staff next week.

  • 19 March, 3:00-4:30, PL Lecture 3 (Penryn)
  • 22 March, 10:30-12:00, Lecture theatre 1 (Falmouth)

Environment Configuration

To give you an idea of the level of development going into to creating an environment that works as a replica in terms of functionality we’ve included the table below. In total over 2,100 individual changes have been justified and implemented on the new version of Learning Space, these are documented in our Change Log so there’s a complete record of every alteration.

Module Template 

Finally inconsistency of information across modules is something we hear routinely from students, to help address this every module will have a suggested template to follow. This template has been developed based on best practice and in partnership with students and serves as a guide when creating a module within Learning Space.

 

Learning Space Upgrade Project Update: 20 Feb-3 March

It’s been another couple of busy weeks with the ET department as we prepare the new environment for testing in the coming months.

To give you an idea of the bigger picture, and what the upgrade means to you we’ll be hosting information sessions at both campuses. This will be a chance to find out your role in the project and to ask any questions you may have relating to the upgrade. We’d ask that one representative from each course attend one of the following:

19 March, 3:00-4:30, PL Lecture 3 (Penryn)

22 March, 10:30-12:00, Lecture theatre 1 (Falmouth)

Here are a few things we’ve been working on this fortnight:

  • Students assigned to modules

Integration work has been continuing between student records and the new environment. While this won’t affect how students access their modules within Learning Space behind the scenes the approach is now a lot more streamlined.

  • Login

To simplify the login process we are utilising Office 365 as the method for signing in. This minimises the amount of clicks needed to access Learning Space, meaning staff and students can get to the content they need even quicker.

Dear Geek Santa….

Once the festive season arrives thoughts in the team turn to what Santa might be bringing us in our Christmas stockings. We’ve had another busy year and hope we’re all still on the nice list, so Santa please be kind and make a little note of our tech based wishes!

This year Mark’s keen to get his hands on a pocket synth set, ideally Teenage Engineering’s PO Superset.

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Perfect for making noise on the go the Superset features synthesizer engines, punch in effects and a built in speaker. These ultra portable devices fit in the palm of your hand and allow you to create studio quality electronic beats. We’ll be keeping an eye out for Mark’s future music releases.

Adel recently got herself a bike and would like to upgrade her FitBit Charge to something that will track her cycling and swimming activity. Having shopped around she likes the look of the Moov Now. Although not able to be charged it’s got a 6 month battery which is replaceable, and won the Sports Wearable of the Year 2016 award from Wearable.com.

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It’s safe to say wearable tech has come on leaps and bounds over the last year and exercise trackers and now able to monitor more than before. With the accompanying app you’re now able to track all types of fitness, whereas previously with Moov you needed a different app for every activity. It’s safe to say that fitness trackers will develop more during 2017 so who knows what might be on Adel’s list next year.

Topping Amy’s list this is year is the Sonos Play 5. Already a keen Sonos fan she would like to expand her home based music system. Not only does the Play 5 configure will the other speakers in the Play system it has a dedicated line in making it slightly more advanced than other speakers in the same range.

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With it’s dedicated app and ability to stream music to all speakers in the same system it’s a really great setup for home audio.

Also keen on some new audio for Christmas is Oliver; on his wish list this year is a Kastle modular synth. Pocket sized and reprogrammable using an Arduino it has two inputs/outputs and can be combined with other modular gear such as the PO Superset mentioned on Mark’s list.

So if you could make our Ed Tech Christmas dreams come true Santa that would be great. We’d also like to take the time to wish all staff and students a Merry Christmas and we’ll see you in 2017!

Importance of collaboration in Educational Technology

Educational technology is a vast field, the individuals who work within this area are often as diverse as the topics they cover. From online assessment to user experience, learning design to technology best practice, we work in a diverse environment. Within the University environment there are several ways learning technology practitioners are embedded into an institution, most commonly this involves either having a centralised department, using a hub and spoke method or assigning individuals at a departmental level.

How departments are structured ultimately affects how learning technologists collaboratively work together, and while this is important within the context of a University it’s often outside of your own institution that these opportunities become more valuable.

The learning technologists, designers, educators and developers who make up the learning tech community are some of the most collaborative people I know. Keen to swap best practice advice and tips with others working in education and providing a sounding board for innovation and educational enhancement ideas. You only have to look at initiatives such as #LTHEChat to see the benefits of a collaborative virtual meeting of minds.

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Similarly collectives such as ALT’s special interest groups (pictured above) make it possible for individuals to come together for a common goal. Making the effort to attend meetups and conferences either physically or virtually is a really important enabler for collaboration in any field. These connections can be especially useful should you need input from others who might have experience implementing certain technologies at an institutional level or if you want to bounce ideas around with someone else working in the same area as you.

As a team we’re always up for collaborating and see its value in driving forward change in learning technology. Should you wish to get in touch we can be reached by email: etsupport@falmouth.ac.uk

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