Grademark Trial

What is the project about?

Several modules within the department of Journalism are already using Turnitin with many of their online submissions. Academic staff within the department are wanting to investigate the use of Grademark for audio and annotated feedback for electronic submissions.

As Grademark only has a limited amount of user licences this project is being used as a trial.

Feedback from staff and students will asses how successful the trial has been.

Why are we undertaking it?

As Grademark only has a limited amount of user licences available to us, this project is being used as a trial. Feedback from staff and students will asses how successful the trial has been and may lead to further rollout.

Who’s Involved?

Amy Sampson – Learning Technologist

What will the project achieve?

Students will be able to receive timely assignment feedback electronically and this will include annotated and verbal communication.

When is the project taking place?

Review of TurnItIn usage by Feb 2014 and Report by March 2014
GradeMark Trial in February 2014 and through until June 2014

Where can I find out more?

Contact amy.sampson@falmouth.ac.uk

Teaching & Technology Asessment

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What is the project about?

We want to be considering the Virtual Learning Environment as an approach to teaching and learning, not a system or piece of software and not a replacement to the classroom or studio, but something that is complementary and seamless. To do this we must establish a process that allows us to constantly review the online learning environment at Falmouth and adapt well to external and internal influences.

Why are we undertaking it?

As a Creative Arts HEI, we are aware that traditional, centralised learning management systems are not always the most appropriate for the contexts in which we learn and teach.The online learning environment is rapidly changing as technology becomes more affordable and available to us. We need to not only be able to facilitate these  technologies within our teaching and learning landscape, but also to be adaptable to change. To do this we must understand the contexts in which our teachers and learners go about their practice.

Who’s involved?

Educational Technology
Teaching Staff

What will the project achieve?

The outcome of the project will be that all learning and teaching at Falmouth is adequately and appropriately supported by technology and this is seamlessly integrated with other core Falmouth systems.

When is the project taking place?

Phase 1- Assessment of current provision and state of market report. Jan 14 – July 14
Phase 2 – Rapid testing and small scale deployment of tools within the various academic departments.

Where can I find out more information ?

email:et@falmouth.ac.uk

Online Communities of Practice – BA (Hons) Fine Art

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What is the project about?

Initially a pilot with BA (Hons) Fine Art, this project has come out of a need to introduce students to blogging as a means of transformative reflective practice and provide a tool to allow them to communicate both within and outside the studio environment.

Why are we undertaking it?

Students work through their time at Falmouth without a grounding in the various social media tools that often prove vital for networking, communication and promotion of their work. This should be embedded within courses from the moment students arrive and ET should be promoting best practice in creating communities and providing the conduit for communication and development in this area.

The form should take an online open access programme, protected for Fine Art students and then opened to all if the pilot proves successful.

The Project should also seek to establish a Framework for Falmouth University in teaching with Social Media and a series of OER guides be produced to encourage teaching staff to utilise Social Media within their practice.

Who’s involved?

Mark Williams – Learning Technologist
Patrick Seery – Learning Technologist
Gillian Wylde – Lecturer, BA Fine Arts
Hilary Water – Educational Development Lecturer

What will the project achieve?

We will create and deliver a training program that engages with all 3 stages of BA Hons Fine Art, gives a background in use of social media and provides task based workshops for experimenting in the field. It will be measured by activity reporting within Learning Space and feedback forms throughout the instructional process.

When is the project taking place?

September 2013 – September 2014

Where can I find out more?

Learning Space course

University Of The Village

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What is the project about?

Working with BT and Superfast Broadband for Cornwall, this project is testing the functionality of Superfast by delivering a short writing course to villages in Cornwall.

Why are we undertaking it?

We need to further explore how superfast infrastructure can support links between and within rural communities and universities and explore sustainability of the project through developing local networks of knowledge production.

Who’s involved?

See UOTV Project Site

What will the project achieve?

The main objective for ET will be to support the project by developing a Tumblr site for the project and the villages. Through guidance and support, we will help the project evolve and define interactions with users. This will be supported by a range of re-usable open educational resources that encourage deeper learning engagement through exploring and developing digital literacies.

When is the project taking place?

October 2014 – March 2015

Where can I find out more?

See UOTV Project Site

x.0

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What is the project about?

Facilitated by Educational Technology in conjunction with Staff Development, #xpointzero aims to promote conversation around technology use in teaching and learning and provide a communal space in which to continue discussion and share practice.

The community takes the form of an online space, which utilises Staffspace and Google Communities (part of Google Apps for Education) and a physical space which swaps between campuses each month.

Why are we undertaking it?

Falmouth University staff work within a range of contexts across two campuses and increasingly within the digital environment. We need to be able to support and promote our uniqueness and transcend barriers of physical space and distance through making accessible spaces for conversation, collaboration and horizon scanning to happen.

Who’s involved?

Mark Williams – Learning Technologist
Debbie Waters РStaff and  Organisational Development Manager
Clare Manser – Staff Development Officer

What will the project achieve?

The monthly seminars/workshops allow the ET team to present and encourage awareness of sector trends pertinent to technology use in education. Each event explores a different method of presenting information; making use of lecture streaming, video resources, speed geeks and a variety of tools that staff might make use of. These resources will be made available under a Creative Commons license.

The initial project is planned for 12 months and aimed towards our academic and research community, however there is potential for expansion into supporting our professional services and wider teaching community in Cornwall.

When is the project taking place?

May 2014 – May 2015

Where can I find out more?

View the learning materials on Falmouth University’s Staffspace
Join the community on Falmouth University’s Google Apps for Education portal.

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