• 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.

  • Remote Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Staff)

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    Below is a list of recommendation you can use to enhance teaching, learning and assessment in Moodle. Bear in mind most will need some introduction to your students, and if you have not used an interactive forum before on a module, it may take some handholding to get to the desired results.

    NOTE: The University has produced helpful guides to better prepare staff for remote working and teaching. If you have not seen this, please take time to read the "Guidance for Remote Working" and "Guidance for Remote Teaching"

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  • Moodle - Virtual Learning Environment

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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.
    • Panopto - Teaching and Learning Capture Software

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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.


      • Mahara ePortfolio

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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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      • Assessment Submission (Student Help)

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      • Turnitin Guides (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.

      • Moodle Assignment (Staff)

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        ***IF USING MOODLE ASSIGNMENT, MARKING MUST ALSO BE DONE IN MOODLE ASSIGNMENT. DO NOT MARK MOODLE ASSIGNMENTS IN TURNITN REPORTS***


        When to use Turnitin, and when to use Moodle Assignment


         Use Turnitin IF: the assignment is text-based, and needs to be validated as the student’s own work, and/or checked for referencing.

         Use Moodle Assignment IF ANY of the following:

        -          the assignment is predominantly not text-based 

        -          comprises multiple files of mixed type

        -          comprises multiple text-based files AND is to be marked anonymously

        -          uses Mahara

        -          is a graphic, video, audio or zip file

        -          will have multiple markers / markers allocated specific students

        -          is a group assignment with a single submission (e.g. one PowerPoint between 5)

        -         does not require submission but students receive grades/feedback (e.g. practical)


      • Vevox - Polling Software (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 2020 - if you would like an account, please request a login via helpdesk@stmarys.ac.uk.


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      • Zoom Training Booking (Staff)

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        Please find links below for forthcoming staff training sessions.
      • Quick Start to New Moodle 19/20 (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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      • Moodle Scheduler - Quick Start (Staff)

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        Using Moodle Scheduler

        Moodle scheduler allows students to book tutorials or meetings with staff in pre-determined slots. Staff can record attendance, create notes, and even use the scheduler to assign a grade which can be spidered by the Moodle Gradebook.

        Group tutorials and meetings can also be booked. The scheduler can also be used to assign students to a specific meeting slot. 

        Moodle Schedulers can, like all Moodle activities, only be created by staff with editing rights on the specific module/programme page the activity is to be created in. Like all Moodle activities, they can only be accessed by those enrolled on a module.

        To add a scheduler to a module: Click on Create learning activity at the bottom of the page in the section you wish to add the Scheduler to, and select Scheduler from the Activities listed. 

        Title the scheduler, and use the Introduction space to explain what students should do, e.g. “Please book your tutorials for 21st October using this scheduler.”

        The options allow you to choose how many slots a student can book (default: one) and whether or not groups will be used for booking (default: no). 

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        You should use the Options to turn Notifications On – this will allow both you and the student to be notified when slots are either booked, or cancelled.

        Click Save and Display.

        You now need to add slots to the module. Click Add Slots to begin this process. Choose repeated slots to add more than one slot.

         Settings for adding slots to Moodle Scheduler:

        1.   Start date for making slots.

        2.   End date for making slots. Keeping it equal to start date will make slots for a single day. Over these dates, slots will be repeated based on the day of week and time.

        3.   You can choose which days of the week to create slots on. Take care to not disable all of the days in the date range you selected.

        4.   The hour range for making slots can be set here. The hour range can roll over 00:00.

        5.   Selecting "Divide into slots" will create multiple slots fitting within the range specified above. If not selected, a single slot with the given duration will be created at start of the hour range.

        6.   Set the duration for each slot.

        7.   You may set a break to appear after each slot, allowing you time to write notes or rest.

        8.   The "Force when overlap" setting will allow the slot creating procedure to continue even if there are some other slots on the way. This will also remove the old slots after the new ones are created.

        9.   Using "Maximum number of students per slot" you can specify how many students should be able to sign up for each slot. For one-on-one meetings, this would be 1 student.

        10. Here, you can set the location where you will meet students.

        11. If you have the correct permissions, you may be able to create slots for other lecturers on the module.

        12. You may change these setting to limit availability of slots to students based on how far away the slots are. Options include "Now" (always available), "1-6 days before", and "1-6 weeks before."

        13. You may control when a reminder will be sent by mail to the student. Options include "Now" (always available), "1-6 days before", and "1-6 weeks before."

         How does this appear to students?

        Students only see available slots – slots that are booked already are not shown. The student clicks a radio button next to the slot they wish to book, and then saves their choice. If the scheduler has been configured to send notifications immediately, these will be sent at this stage.

        Useful features: under the table of slots, there is a list of students who have yet to book meetings, making it easy to see who still needs to sign up.

        You can copy and paste the URL to the scheduler, so can include it in an email or Quickmail to students. This may be additionally useful if you wish to use a Scheduler for personal tutees who are not all on a specific module (to action this, it is suggested that the scheduler is hosted on a programme page all students have in common).

        For any further support in setting up or configuring a Moodle Scheduler, please contact the TEL Team.

        • 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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        • Mid-Module Evaluation in Moodle (Staff)

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          Mid-module evaluations can be conducted easily in Moodle. Students can fill out the evaluations on their own devices, and results will be automatically compiled and displayed appropriately. 

          To create an evaluation form, in the section you want to add the form to, select Create Learning Activity, and choose Feedback from the activity grid. 

          Give the activity a title, and, using the options on the right hand side of the setup page, select the Availability of the activity. The default setting is that responses are anonymous: this should not be changed, and should be emphasised to students when instructing them to complete this. 

          Select Save and Display.

          Now select Templates, and choose the appropriate template from the dropdown. 

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          Do not make any alterations to this template. Select Save Changes to return to the activity page.

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          The module evaluation will now be available to students from the times selected. 

          • Groups in Moodle (Staff)

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            Groups can be used to display certain content (inboxes, forums etc.) to specific groups of students, and not to others. If you are in a situation where you have multiple inboxes or discussion forums, you may wish to use these to ensure clarity of content for students.

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