E-learning Summer School 2013

Writing this post during a freezing-cold, wind-lashed rainstorm, what more cheering thought could there be than the prospect of this year’s eLearning Unit summer school? None? Then read on…

Running from Wednesday 12th to Thursday 20th June the sessions will include:

  • The introductory workshop for academic staff ‘An introduction to technology-enhanced learning using VITAL’
  • Turnitin assignments and Originality Reports
  • GradeMark for online marking and feedback
  • Marking by criteria with the Blackboard Rubric tool
  • VITAL Plus – tips and ideas for taking your use of VITAL to the next level
  • A workshop on the Wiki, blog and journal tools available in VITAL

We’re planning a small-scale session and some drop-ins around podcasting and ideas for screencasting (although please note that there are very limited tools available at the University for screencasting). These will appear on the booking system soon.

Also, the annual Learning and Teaching conference falls during this Summer School and there will be a dedicated room with three sessions on innovative uses of learning technologies from around the University, with a chance to try these out yourself, as well as colleagues from the library and CSD demonstrating some new online applications throughout the day.

Full details on each workshop and booking can be found at our booking site linked to here, look for sessions prefixed ‘E-learning summer school’. Below is the current full schedule and brief descriptions of each session (available in other formats – please email).


Click to view current schedule for 2013 e-learning summer school

The sessions will generally be a mix of hands-on practical work, application to your learning and teaching, and case studies of practice at the University. The introductory workshop is suitable for  staff who have not used VITAL or Blackboard at another institution at all – if you are already familiar with the system then this session will be too basic. The main pre-requisite for the other summer school sessions is that you are familiar with VITAL and using its main facilities, but please contact us if you want to discuss the suitability of any of the sessions. You are welcome to book on as many sessions as you wish, although we would ask that if you find yourself unable to attend to unenrol as soon as possible.

As usual, we can only run these sessions with a minimum of 5 attendees. If we have to cancel a workshop that you have booked then we will arrange to run the session with you on a one-to-one/small group basis at another time convenient to you. We will confirm all workshops by Monday 10th June.


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