Improve TEL – sign up for a Design Sprint!

The TEL Project is currently exploring the how to better integrate the systems that support learning and teaching within the university, with the outcome of improving students’ online experience and making it easier for academic staff to access and use a broader range of online teaching tools. Critical to the success of the project is having the input of both students and academics. You are invited to a design sprint workshop, where participants will be briefed on the outline plans for the integration of current and future technology-enhanced learning systems, and have the opportunity to help refine the emerging designs so that they can best meet the needs of academic staff and students. The process is interactive and facilitated, and no previous design experience is required. Following the design sprint, the project team will use participants’ input on designs to improve and enhance future technology-enhanced learning systems.

Please book by emailing digitalcommunications@st-andrews.ac.uk

Staff: Wednesday 20 March, 12:00 – 17:00, Gateway Lecture Room 2

 

Moodle Attendance Plugin – Testing Available!

We are testing a new Moodle plugin for attendance monitoring. It can be set up to allow students to self-report attendance; and has various features to try and minimise false reporting, such as restricting access to on-campus users, not allowing multiple attempts from the same device, password protection and time release. Staff can also use the tool to take a manual attendance. Anyone who is interested in trying this out, please contact us on learningtechnology@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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.