This post provides a summary of current learning technology developments and projects at the University of Brighton.
From Sept 2018, all studentcentral modules will have access to the a class Photo Register. This tool sits alongside the Photo Classlist and provides a route for tutors to register attendance by clicking on the photos of students at module or group level. This may be useful for seminars and workshops in place of paper registers.
A wider, electronic (card scanning) attendance monitoring solution is in development which will provide a standard solution across all teaching spaces.
A technical Proof of Concept is underway to see if we can better integrate services for students into an app instead of the studentcentral Home tab. This work will also look at how communications to students can be better targeted. The evaluation will be carried out with two cohorts of students in November 2018.
This summer we will upgrade studentcentral to provide a much more mobile responsive experience when using studentcentral on a phone or tablet and using the Blackboard apps.
We are also investigating moving studentcentral to a Software as a Service model which will allow us to upgrade more quickly with no downtime.
A pilot will take place in Semester 1 looking at alternative originality checking tools.
Learning and Teaching Committee approved the vision of a future VLE in 5 years time and we are closely watching the development of products in the marketplace to monitor what becomes available that matches that vision.
studentfolio will be upgraded this summer to bring in better compliance for data protection and interface improvements.
MediaStream and MediaLecture
Techsmith Relay (often called ‘Camtasia’) is withdrawing from the UK market and Information Services are preparing a new solution for video/screen capture in 2018/19 – MediaLecture: full details of the change. Camtasia Studio is unaffected.