• TEL Services Overview

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    The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team are responsible for the core teaching and learning environments at St. Mary's University: 

    • Moodle
    • Turnitin
    • Mahara

    Use the sections to find out more about each service.

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  • Recipes for Online Teaching (Staff)

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    Before cooking up a storm for teaching online, it is important to understand that blended or online learning:
    • Gives students greater flexibility to study anytime, anywhere. This means they can schedule their learning around work, family commitments and social demands without compromising one or the other. So, we should not expect students to access learning materials or complete tasks in the "traditional" scheduled timetable.

    • Creates a greater need to construct social interaction between students-students and tutor-students. With reduced face-to-face interaction, students may have less opportunity to socialise with one another. It is very common for students to feel isolated and disengaged with their programme for online learning. Therefore, it is crucial to build in time and activities to help foster a sense of belonging and support network for students online.

    • Greater use of technology to help enhance student engagement and learning experience.  While we cannot replicate face-to-face in-person class teaching, we can use technology to mimic the collaborative and engagement environment. This will help motivate and signpost students towards a more enriched learning experience online.
    Here are eight key "ingredients" to help you cook up meaningful learning experiences when teaching online. Click on the links below, mix and match the ingredients and find out how you can deliver your blended programme into something your students can thrive on!
     
     1. Building Connection  2. Structure and Navigation
    3. Learning Agreement  4. Content Presentation 
    5. Content Delivery  6. Maintaining Connection 
     7. Collaboration Strategies 8. Assessment and Feedback  

    These lists of suggestions are not exhaustive. Online teaching and learning is constantly evolving, and we are constantly adding to our experience. This page was developed in cooperation with ADSE and teaching staff - your continued feedback is essential so we can go on updating and improving it. 
    • Moodle Help Guide (Staff)

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      Moodle is the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for St Mary's, used to support different teaching methods in the University, both face-to-face and blended / online learning provision.

      This is a central point for students to access teaching and learning resources. Staff can take advantage of Moodle by:
      • Delivering and organising teaching content and activities that are engaging and relevant.
      • Offering dynamic interaction, communication and collaboration.
      • Providing links and information to essential resources Tracking, monitoring and assessing student progress.
      Moodle is an open-source learning management platform, hosted by our external partner, CoSector, with support and development from Application Services.
    • Turnitin Help Guide (Staff)

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      Turnitin is a service that compares written text against a database of academic sources, student papers and websites to check for signs of plagiarism.

      Within Turnitin, academics can use the Feedback Studio feature to provide meaningful feedback by using text comment, voice recording, quick-marking and rubrics. All written text assignment in the University is to be submitted via Turnitin Assignment 2 on Moodle.  Turnitin can take up to 40MB of file submission and be setup for anonymous marking.

      However, most of the time Turnitin is being used for plagiarism detection and what appears to be plagiarised content within the context of Turnitin, may actually be a lack of knowledge of how to write in an academic setting and how to cite a source properly.

      When Turnitin is used as a learning tool, it can help students to learn from feedback and incorporate it into their writing; to understand how to interpret their similarity report and educate students to develop their own voice and cultivate good writing skills.

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    • Teaching and Learning Capture Help Guide (Staff)

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      NOTE: There is NO need to opt-in or sign-up to TLC to use Panopto. This requirement has been temporary suspended to minimise any barriers for staff adopting Panopto to support remote teaching and learning.

      Getting Started with Panopto: 

      • How to use Panopto off-campus
      • How to download Panopto software on your personal or work computer
      • How to enable Panopto block to be used in Moodle
      • How to make a Panopto recording 

      How to embed Panopto video to Moodle

      • How to publish and embed a Panopto video you captured to Moodle



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    • Mahara Help Guide (Staff)

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      Mahara (formerly known as MyPortfolio) is St Mary's e-portfolio system which supports personalised and community learning for students and staff. 

      Mahara is an open-source e-portfolio system, hosted by our external partner, CoSector.

      You can use Mahara to:

      • Encourage reflective writing and planning
      • Allow students to work on an assignment over time
      • Create formative or summative assessment and feedback
      • Develop authentic and deep learning
      • Make students aware of the personal and professional benefits of an e-portfolio beyond their course

      Mahara can be found at the following URL: mahara.stmarys.ac.uk

      The full manual for our current version of Mahara is available here: https://manual.mahara.org/en/18.10/new.html

      • Vevox - Polling Software Help Guide (Staff)

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        Vevox is a cloud-based polling system that enables lecturers to engage with their students by allowing them to respond to polls, ask questions anonymously, or give feedback, using their phone, tablet or laptop. 

        The TEL team are piloting Vevox at St. Mary's from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2021 - if you would like an account, please request a login via helpdesk@stmarys.ac.uk.


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      • Migrating to 20/21 modules (Staff)

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        This section provides:

        • Guides to help you migrate content from 2019/20 modules to 2020/21 modules on Moodle.
        • Guides to help you import the new 2020 Moodle template to new Moodle sites.

      • Recipes for Online Learning (Students)

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        Click on each of the sections below to find out more about how to cook up a successful online learning experience. If you need extra support please contact helpdesk@stmarys.ac.uk in the first instance. 
        Being Connected Being Professional
        Being Safe and Well Being Engaged 


        • Moodle, Mahara and Online Submission Help (Students)

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          In this section you will find more detailed guidance on the main platforms used at St. Mary's for teaching, learning and assessment:

          READ THE UNIVERSITY'S ONLINE SUBMISSION POLICY AND YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES HERE


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          Moodle
          is your learning platform. Your module pages contain information about your module; materials and instructions from your lecturers/ tutors; links to relevant reading materials; and learning and assessment activities.

            

          Take a "tour" of Moodle (video below)

          Submitting a Moodle assignment


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          Turnitin is a service used for online submission of assessments. It helps you check where your work is too similar to a variety of sources so you can avoid plagiarism. Lecturers also use this to provide marking and comments online.

          Submitting an assignment to Turnitin| Viewing the similarity report| Interpreting the % similarity score|



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          Panopto is the University's video and lecture capture software. It contains video content relevant to your modules and also allows video assignments to be submitted for assessment. 


          Submitting a video for assessment on Panopto

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          Mahara is the University's online portfolio. It can be used to collect evidence of your studies or practical activities and this evidence can then be submitted for assessment or shown to recruiters and employers.

          Mahara (e-portfolio) guidance for students




          • TEL Training Booking (Staff)

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            Please find links below for forthcoming staff training sessions.
          • Banner Images for Modules (Staff)

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            In this section, you will find a repository of copyright-free images that can be used as banner images for modules on Moodle. Click on the image you would like and select Download.

            The images are sized at 1600 x 470.

            If you would like to use your own image, for best results please ensure the following:

            • The image is copyright-free/owned
            • The image is high-quality
            • The image is large
            • The image is more abstract
            • The image is less subject focused

            These recommendations are due to dimensions of the image shifting depending on the device and screen width.

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