Moodle v3.5 available for testing!

We’re planning to roll out v3.5 of Moodle on 30 August 2018. There are some changes to look and feel, and to navigation and so we are giving colleagues the opportunity to experience the new version on our test server at http://moody-test.st-andrews.ac.uk  (on campus or through VPN only). Here‘s our familiarisation document which outlines the main changes, although it should be noted that the fundamentals of using Moodle are relatively unchanged. Please send your feedback to mhma@st-andrews.ac.uk.

New TELStA Space coming!

Next semester will see the launch of new space for TELStA activities in the Gateway Building (formerly Seminar Rooms 4 & 5 in the basement of the building). This will be a specially developed and supported space where staff can come and try out new technologies to enhance their teaching, on their own or with small groups of students. Watch this space for more news on this exciting development!

We’re looking for a name for the TELStA space – you can make your suggestions here.

All our technologies are designed to support one or more of the learning activities described here.

Here’s a taste of one of the technologies you’ll be able to try out: the SmartKapp mobile whiteboard.

 

 

For more information, please contact learningtechnology@st-andrews.ac.uk.

JISC Student Digital Experience Tracker 2018

This year, we are participating for the first time in the JISC Student Digital Tracker.  This annual sector-wide survey will provide us with useful evidence from students as we seek to develop technology enhanced learning across the University. It will also allow us to benchmark ourselves against the sector. Please encourage your students to access the survey at http://tracker.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/uosta.

New Team Member!

TELStA welcomes Daryl Haynes to the team as Lecture Capture Co-ordinator. Daryl joins us on a one-year secondment from Media Services (so he will already be a familiar face to many of you). He will be working on technical implementation, training and communication around the Lecture Capture service. He is also happy to advise on other classroom-based technologies. Daryl can be contacted on dkh3@st-andrews.ac.uk, or learningtechnology@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Moodle Upgrade Plans

moodle.fwThe Moodle Team are planning to upgrade Moodle to version 2.7. The  proposed timeline is:

  • Development Server to be upgraded during week commencing 7 September 2015 (access to development team only)
  • Test Server to be upgraded during week commencing 15 October 2015 (access to staff for test purposes)
  • Live server to be upgraded during week commencing 21 December 2015 (access to all users)

Staff users of Moodle will be able to log in to the test server from week commencing 15 October and test the new version with their existing content, as well as explore new functionality. An overview of new features can be accessed here. Available additional plugins for Moodle can be viewed here (select Moodle 2.7 from the dropdown at the top of the page). If you would find any of these plugins useful to test, please email learningtechnology@st-andrews.ac.uk with details as soon as possible in advance of 15 October.

Top Ten Tweets for Thursday

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Here is a selection of our favourite tweets and retweets from the TEL_St_A Twitter feed this week – just in case you missed them!

 Tweet  Tweeted by
Educators worry about using technology effectively without looking like idiots. Students? bit.ly/1D2G54N #dpc2015 @timbuckteeth
@timbuckteeth – thinking of the flipped classroom as flipping roles, not just content. Teacher becomes student. #dpc2015 @tel_st_a
Fantastic use of video example in the presentation by Ben Hartshorn and Simon Stevenson. #dpc2015 t.co/pHbVHTBcsV @ucdoncaster
“Why blogging works in academia” — @Write4Research t.co/gsRWzOpbf3 @StA_Classics
Using Twitter for research. It’s a thing, now. bit.ly/1CqZMbr @DevilleSy
Course approval processes changing to respond to needs of online learning at Glasgow Uni #elesig @vhmdale
No separate elearning strategy @GCU – technology is a
key enabler of the L&T strategy #elesig
@lcreanor
Teaching staff not engaging w/ elearning. We’ve been talking about this since the start of this century. Why is it still an issue? #elesig @tel_st_a
@ClareJK talking about @unilincoln student partnerships – students “buddying” SMT members – two way mentoring #uogapt @tel_st_a
Technology is now “disappearing into use”, and we can focus on the why and how rather than the what and when #uogapt @daveowhite
@nickbknickbk talking about convergence between science and design – publication titles as evidence. #uogapt @tel_st_a