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Panopto Downtime - August 15th
Please note, on Saturday, August 15, Panopto will be making a number of updates to the Cloud infrastructure to improve performance and scalability. These updates will require downtime for Panopto. We expect up to 3 hours of downtime, with a target start time of 10:00 pm BST. The update has been scheduled at this time to avoid as much disruption as possible. For more information see the blog post: Panopto Downtime - August 15th
Turnitin Scheduled Maintenance
Turnitin will be down for maintenance for six hours on August 1, 2020 from 16:00-22:00 BST as part of Turnitins annual maintenance schedule to carry out firmware updates on their network infrastructure.
Teaching Live Delivery and Video Conferencing Solutions
The team are currently trialling and evaluating a number of video conferencing solutions including Teams, Zoom and Big Blue Button (Conferences in Canvas). An announcement about Video Conferencing solutions will be made in the coming weeks.
Course Checklist and Minimum Specification
We have developed a Course Checklist and Minimum Specification to help you develop your course for the new academic year.
It offers guidance and recommendations about Module Information, Course Access, Course Content and Assessment, but don’t panic, you’re already doing most of this. This document simply good practice in course design and some helpful reminders of what to add and when.
Active Blended Learning Guide
Learning is characterised by students having both cognitive and social presence in the learning environment. Current approaches tend to the classroom as the ‘location’ of presence, with the VLE in a supporting role to offer materials for independent learning. A future approach has to ensure that cognitive and social presence is a feature of both online and face-to-face teaching. Active blended learning is offered as an approach.
Active Learning Course
We have developed a course to help you identify new ways of working and encourage student engagement within your own Canvas courses. It’s designed to take you from first steps to developing an active blended learning approach. It is designed to get you thinking about how active blended learning will work for you and your students. The training provides you with examples of good practice and encourages you to share your ideas with your colleagues. It is an active course, so we will ask you at each stage to share your ideas and explore those of your peers. This will not only help you plan but encourage you to connect with staff from across the institution to learn from them.
Key Module Information Area
A new Key Module Information Area will automatically be added to your Canvas Course. The new design allows students to access key documents in a consistent way across a program. The new area will contain the following resources for students to access:
- Delivery Hours
- Assessment Details
- Learning Outcomes
- Reading Lists
- Module Proforma
- Module Evaluation
- Teaching Team
The new design should be available in your course in the coming weeks.
Using Technology to Support Learning Website Developments
You may have noticed that there have been a few changes to the Learning Technology website to help you find tools and enable you to browse themes more easily. We are also in the process of adding additional good practice guides alongside existing content to help you get the most out of your course.
You may also have noticed that there is a section labelled ‘Things to think about this month’ on the homepage which provides better access to timely help and information .
Keep Assessing with Canvas
In light of the current public health situation, alternative assessment is required for any assessment strategy that requires face to face contact. This includes invigilated examinations and presentations. This blog post makes recommendations for alternative assessments, via Canvas.