Learning Technology@LJMU

TEL Developments – Completed Projects

Take a look at our list of completed TEL developments and projects.

TEL Team Completed Projects

The TEL team have completed the following developments, if you have any questions about any of these projects please do not hesitate to get in touch with the TEL team at ltsupport@ljmu.ac.uk.

Zoom Analytics Project

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The Zoom Dashboard is the next stage in the ongoing Canvas and Technology Enhanced Learning Analytics offering from the Teaching and Learning Academy It is intended to support teaching and learning by providing insights in to how students engage and interact with your teaching. Zoom has been an important tool in helping to deliver teaching in an online way and understanding how our students are engaging with the online delivery can help us to improve both their engagement and delivery of teaching. Using the dashboard it is possible to filter students by Faculty, School, Programme and Level of study in order to obtain a sense of their overall level of engagement and identify any recent drops inactivity. You can also select an individual student and examine in detail how their activity looks over time and even how much time has been spent in individual sesssions. Module tutors can filter by their details to view student session participation relative to their own online classes.

Curriculum Analytics Project

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This JISC research project explores opportunities to use extended learning analytics data to make meaningful insights around curriculum analytics and build a new service. This will involve working with IT services and Registry. It will connect with some of the directions in the Mycanvascourse and Feedback project. See this JISC link for more information.

Aquisition of Zoom

The TEL team have aquired Zoom to assist with Active Blended Learning and Online Teaching. This tool integrates with Canvas, providing a quick route for sharing meetings with students. More information about this tool can be found in the Zoom section.

 

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This image denotes that the project is in the Release Phase.

Canvas Induction Courses

Induction in 2020 will be very different to any previous year. Most of the activities will be online. The TEL team have created an induction area for each programme, providing a space for students and staff to meet and collaborate online.

 

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This image denotes that the project is in the Release Phase.

Key Information Area

The TEL team and Registry have developed a Key Information Area within each course. This area is automatically populated, bringing together information from several sources into one area in a consistent manner between courses.

 

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This image denotes that the project is in the Release Phase.

Canvas Institutional Open Courses

The TEL team are currently scoping the possibility of developing open course sites in Canvas. This project will develop in two distinct strands. An area or information site where a number of Professional Service Teams will develop an interactive information Canvas site, giving both enrolled and pre-reg students the chance to explore the full range of vital services they provide, without having to open a separate browser. There will also be the opportunity for students to enrol on an end to end open course, learning new skills and developing their knowledge.

 

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This image denotes that the project is in the Release Phase.

Accessibility and Inclusion

This will be an ongoing project that will demonstrate how the team are improving the accessibility of the content as we move towards compliance in September 2020. The information on this project is being collated here.

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This image denotes that the project is in the Release Phase.

Canvas Menu Consistency

To help students find resources, the TEL team are investigating the feasibility of delivering a consistent approach to the Canvas Course menu.

 

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Canvas Consistency

Over the last 12 months the TEL team have worked alongside programme teams to help identify the differences between their Canvas courses and bring this information together to deliver a more consistent approach. Findings in a recent report on a student survey of 30 HE UK institutions show that students see a consistent use of the VLE as very important to their digital experience. “As students come to rely more on virtual access to learning, they expect the virtual environment to be designed with their needs in mind. Timely upload of materials, and navigable course structures, are top of their list.”

 

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This image denotes that the project is in the Release Phase.

Course Journals

The TEL team examined the possible benefits and issues connected with developing a Canvas blogging tool. Blogging is form of personal publishing distinctive from other forms of online publishing  (such as websites) by its reverse chronological order, which enables the writer and reader to move through previous posts . Blogs are being used within education in a number of ways. Three key pedagogical applications at LJMU are:

  • Reflective Learning. Supporting students in examining their own learning process which enables the lecturer to understand students learning journey. For example, a student writing a blog entry each week about their experiences on a field trip.
  • Authentic Assessment. Creating assessments that allow students to act as practitioners on the border between education and ‘real world’ practice. Examples would include, arts students promoting their work through a website, or sociology students displaying content that could be useful for a general or local audience.
  • Professional-based Portfolio. Supporting students to construct and organise a display of their completed achievements. This is common in professional based courses such as nursing and pharmacy.

This Canvas development is now complete; private course journals can now be added to your course. Read More...

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Canvas Quizzes

The TEL team have undertaken an institution wide evaluation on how the quiz tool in Canvas is being used. Evaluating which quizzes have had the highest engagement with students we followed up with tutors and authors of these quizzes and asked them to share some of their practice. We have used this to develop some approaches and models of good practice that we can share with all staff to either provide some new perspectives for existing quiz users or to encourage other staff to adopt the quiz tool. Some of the approaches covered are
  • Diagnostic Assessment. Quizzes taken early on in a students time at LJMU are a helpful way to establish a baseline for newer students and identify where some of their strengths and areas for development may be. This can help to inform early personal tutor sessions
  • Formative Assessment. Some courses deploy a series of quizzes throughout the course of a semester. As well as providing indications as to how students are engaging with the course it also allows students to reflect on their learning and address any areas of concern prior to final assessments.
  • Summative Assessment. Many staff use online tests as part of summative assessment to count towards the overall grade of a particular course or module.

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My Canvas Admin Refresh

The TEL team have made some improvements to My Canvas Admin. This space is really useful for managing your course list and exporting grades, but the TEL team in consultation with staff have come together to offer you some new features including:

  • Displaying the number of student enrolments for each course.
  • Customised course filters, allowing you the ability to group courses by code or year for adding/removing/viewing.
  • Quick Unenroll, just click on the x next to the course you'd like to unenrol from.
  • Course Groups - You can now export a list of course groups and their enrolments.
  • Course Journals - My Canvas Admin now facilitates the option to create private course journal for each student within your course

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This image denotes that the project is in the Release stage.

Course Groups Download

This development improved the management and administration of large groups, allowing you to easily view and export your Canvas Course groups.

 

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Turnitin Framework Assignments

The TEL team have been investigating the feasibility of releasing a new Turnitin integration which integrates with Canvas more seamlessly. In the new integration students can submit their assignments into the Canvas interface, with TII working invisibly in the background. Tutors can quickly create assignments using the new workflow, which displays both TII and Canvas assignment settings on the same page. For more information please see the New Turnitin Framework Integration blog post.

 

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This image denotes that the project is in the Release stage.

Canvas Grades Export

This development was requested by a number of programme administrators to enable the mapping of student grades into a SIS compatible export file.

 

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This image denotes that the project is in the Release stage.

 

Accessibility