• 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.

  • 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. Community Agreement  4. Content Presentation 
    5. Content Delivery  6. Maintaining Connection 
     7. Collaboration 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 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.

    • Panopto Help Guide (Staff)

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      Teaching and Learning Capture (TLC) is available in St Mary's from Semester 2. This means AV equipment with recording capabilities (camera and microphone) have been installed in many fixed teaching rooms to allow teaching sessions (e.g. lectures, workshops, seminars, assessment etc.) to be captured by audio, video and/or screen using the Panopto software. These rooms are setup for manual recording i.e. an academic will have to start the Panopto recorder from the PC desktop to initiate video and audio capture in the room. 

      TLC is designed to aid revision, complement note-taking and reinforce certain topics. It is to supplement students' learning and not a substitute for attending classes. Academics will decide what sessions will be captured as not everything will be captured. So students' attendance is still essential.

      Panopto allows students to search for spoken words in captured session, use automated captioning and make notes. Students will be able to stream or playback the captured content on Moodle or Panopto web but they can download for offline viewing in the Panopto app only.

      To find out more about Teaching and Learning Capture, please visit the TLC Moodle site.


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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

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    • 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 new modules 20/21 (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 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.

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    • 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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