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From Bricks to Clicks – The Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education

The Higher Education Commission released their fourth inquiry report today. This report, From Bricks To Clicks, looks at the state of data collection and learning analytics across the HE sector in England. Continue reading From Bricks to Clicks – The Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education

Professional Accountancy: Ready for go live

We are approaching the culmination of a year’s hard work on Professional Accountancy. Many different strands of work have come together and over the end of last year and this week we have been working hard to make sure that the VLE for the new Professional Accountancy programme is ready. This has involved pulling together:

  • Finalising the VLE theme
  • Configuring VLE settings for a variety of roles, including students, student relationship managers, tutors, etc.
  • Proofing output of teaching content from our single-source publishing platform
  • Testing bespoke plugins for learner progress analysis
  • Monitoring results of automated enrolment and group-allocation processes
  • Looking over everything and making small tweaks here and there

Professional Accountancy goes live on Monday 11th January and we are ready for it. We’ll still spend the rest of the day double and triple checking everything.

A big thanks to everyone involved!

ePortfolios in a programme with an applied project

Development of ePortfolios in project-based learning can be a valuable activity for student-centered learning experience.  During development process an ePortfolio can serve as a way to track student progress and identify learning needs. After completion it can be submitted for assessment or peer review. In project-based learning it is a viable tool for formal and informal assessment.

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Content curation tips

Digital literacy is an essential skill for an online distance learner.  It can be defined as “the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.” (the American Library Association Digital Literacy Task Force)

Digital literacy can be developed through content curation techniques which can assist in developing such skills as searching, evaluating and organizing resources to create a balanced digital collection. There are many tools that make it very easy for anyone to select, collect and share their collections of digital resources.

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Upgraded VLEs

All our Moodle Virtual Learning Environments have now been successfully upgraded this summer with a new look and mobile-compatible theme. This will improve students’ experience of using their VLE and make it easier to access their teaching materials on screens of different sizes, and ensure they receive the latest security protection. We have already received positive feedback from both lead college staff and students about the improvements.

If you want to know more about any new features introduced in the latest upgrade of Moodle or would like a demonstration of any of the VLEs then get in touch here.

Moodle User Group meeting

Members of the Learning Technology Team recently attended the latest Moodle User Group meeting to learn about the latest VLE related news and updates.

For those that don’t know, Moodle is the online learning platform in which all of our VLEs exist. Four times a year, users of Moodle who are supported by ULCC (University of London Computer Centre) meet in Senate House to discuss progress and give feedback. Continue reading Moodle User Group meeting

UoLIA MOOC Report (2014)

I am delighted to announce that the University of London has just published its annual report on its Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) development and performances in 2014.

This 48 page report, prepared by our colleagues in the Academic Project Management team,  looks at the data of 9 MOOCs (5 new and 4 re-runs) developed by the University of London in collaboration with Lead Colleges and also covers the objectives behind the University’s strategy for MOOCs.

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