This is what the FE community are discussing…in alphabetical order….
Champs list summary May2011,100 posts from 50 individuals. There are currently 599 members.
Advantages & Disadvantages of eAssessment
The list discussed the main advantages of eAssessment:
-The teacher cannot lose what is handed in (easily).
-Comments are legible.
-Enables plagiarism detection software to be used, such as TurnitIn, or even simple Google searching.
-The learner can prove they handed something in, and can do that from anywhere.
-audio feedback, inserted in text or as attachment is much quicker than written feedback, easy to personalise. Works best if recorded using an template prompt list to ensure all points are covered. Suggested recording tools: Audacity (Free Open Source) or MyPodcast recorder.
-Useful for clarity when Verifying, allowing open decisions to be made.
-Screencast technology works well for providing narrated annotated feedback into docs (Jing, ScreenR etc)
-Issues with varied formats, and increasingly sophisticated home equipment outpacing capabilities of institutional kit to read submissions.
-On screen marking may not be as natural as paper and pen, and requires a change of workflow to include comment upload… and becasue students can read the feedback, it actually has to make sense.
-Students are still often required to undertake a handwritten paper exam as summative assessment, so need to spend some time practicing.
It’s also worth highlighting the recent JISC publication, effective assessment in the digital age, and the resources created around the events.
Chopping a YouTube Video then embedding into PowerPoint.
provides a way of highlighting a specific section of a YouTube video which can be embedded in Powerpoint. Dave Foord produced a screencast explaining how to do this:http://youtu.be/EtejNC-PGNA The embedding is easier and bypasses issues Blackboard has with iframes.
AVC will also capture the clip but can be as an AVI or WMV, which allows use of Moviemaker or i-Movie.
It should be remembered that whilst all things may be technically possible, there may be copyright implications, if working on Video that is not your own, TubeChop avoids these issues.
The list was asked for suggestions for a document camera on a gooseneck that could also cope with close up Hair and Beauty recording- facials, massages. Both Promethean and Smart board offerings received favourable comments.
The list was asked to comment on their experiences with eILPs:
Experience of e-Tracker has been mixed, with issues over duplicate entries of data for teachers/tutors uncertainty over the benefit from the data they are required to enter on the ILPs.
The ILP developed by ULCC www.ulcc.ac.uk
has been quite popular with the learners and the staff. Good for target setting and end of term/year reports. Designed to sit inside Moodle and connected to MIS system to track attendance etc.
ProMonitor was reported to work well, and link to Unit-E and Bromcom, though reportedly clunky and it requiring quite a bit of staff training.
Equality and Diversity Impact Assesment for Moodle
The list discussed the value of undertaking an Equality and Diversity assessment as part of a Moodle roll out.
Equality Impact Assessments (EIA’s) are now considered to be requirements for policies and procedures in many areas of college provision, and these are increasingly being used as evidence in inspections.
The EIA can be used to document that a VLE has been analysed against the different EIA requirements specifically learning difficulties/disabilities and how the accessibility has been enhanced through peripherals, additional software, change of theme etc, then this is evidence that the provider can utilise in inspections/audits as required.
The review can act as a focus to identify staff development requirements.
Where issues are identified with provision they can be addressed.
For many years JISC Techdis has argued that simply having a VLE and having content on it is a major step forward in terms of accessibility and inclusion – access to resources any time, any place. As people learn how to change font size and colour or use free text to speech tools, the VLE becomes a primary assistive technology tool. As staff move beyond passive documents and start to use interactive learning resources (whether Word, HotPotatoes, Xerte, eXe) the VLE becomes a central tool of inclusive good practice. A good example is Southampton city College http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=245895
Techdis have senior manager briefing “e-learning as an accessibility investment” and self-assessment resource shows how to assess the potential impact on accessibility and inclusion.
Good coaching practice
High Court upholds the Digital Economy Act
Launch of two new resources – supporting and sustaining innovation
Supporting and sustaining innovation through good practice:
Sustaining and Embedding Innovations – Good Practice Guide:
Critical Friends: Effective Practice Guide:
New Leap2A site launched
The list discussed IT budgets, which varied wildly from institution to institution. RSC London IT Survey of London colleges in 2009 showed average IT spend at around 5% of the college income.
Depreciation of kit varied, from 3 – 5 years.
The list discussed the use of JING [http://www.techsmith.com/jing/
] the collaboration tool, it is flexible, and can support assessment and feedback:- student emails work, teacher opens it, opens Jing,annotates and narrates feedback, saves to screencast AND locally for audit purposes, sends student screencast link. It can be installed across a network.Upgrades are
regular and fiddly individual history is not saved (hence the need to keep a local copy). It also works in Xerte.
Screenr, was suggested as an alternative, it is easy, pushes to YouTube and can be viewed on an iPhone.
The output from the free jing version won’t play on iPhone and the file must be downloaded and sent to YouTube.
Another alternative is camstudio which is free and can be run from a memory stick or installed on computers, although output options are either large avi files or flash files.
Adobe’s Capitvate supports annotation and allows the screencast to be edited.
JISC Techdis launches accessible IT practice support programme
The programme can lead to City & Guilds ITQ accreditation and provides an ideal platform for raising awareness of inclusion issues at the same time as developing the skills to create more inclusive teaching and learning environments.
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Read Write Gold
A planned upgrade to Win 7 from XP means Read Write Gold will no longer work. Alternatives were sought that support reading the on-screen text out loud and allow recording to be saved as an mp3 and also a text prediction facility.
My Study Bar has text read back and also the ability to save as an MP3 file. Text prediction is available via LetMeType.
Some colleges policies block use of USB drive apps making it awkward to use AccessApps/MystudyBar. It may be useful to pick out a few of the apps and make them available on the network.
Windows 7 offers a range of excellent accessibility options (Ease of Access Centre) such as a an on-screen keyboard with word prediction, accurate Speech Recognition, and a range of features to customise the Windows environment to suit individual preferences.
The default synthetic voice on Windows 7 is Microsoft Anna, which is better than her predecessors but of course not as good as
commercial voices. Cereproc which is based in Edinburgh, offer quality voices starting from £10.99 per single user licence: http://www.cereproc.com
One of the advantages of Office 2010 is that you can customise the Ribbon and add customised tabs. For example, it is possible to create a ‘Literacy Support’ tab which contains a range of appropriate Word features enabling the learner to get quick access to, such as AutoText, Full Screen Reading, Phonetic Guide etc. A combination of MyStudyBar alongside the FX Toolbar:
Resource Portal Software
Other advice highlighted two main difficulties with content repositories. Firstly, getting people to deposit at all, and to add metadata when they do. Secondly, ensuring that quality control, if you use it, is done in a timely fashion. A good open source platform would be DSpace and EPrints.
Webinar and Videoconferencing
The list was asked for suggestions regarding webinar solutions:
Info related to desktop and a report about using skype from VTAS (a bit old
but skype review may be of interest in terms of how useful for WBL for webconference)
Xerte LO – xerte possibilities for psychology and sociology
slideshow to create an interactive psychology experiment online and exemplifies statistical sampling which didn’t get
into the earlier stats session at the beginning of the year. A link to the recording of the session can be found at: