Centre for Academic Practice

Technology Enhanced Learning

Tools for Teaching

This Tools for Teaching page holds a list of online tools and systems used here at Loughborough. Associated resources and contact information for each of the tools and systems is also given. Support for all these tools is available from technology enhanced learning staff within the Centre for Academic Practice – face to face; online; and in scheduled CPD workshops.

Tools:

ReVIEW Lecture Capture

What is it?

ReVIEW is Loughborough University’s lecture capture system. It allows you to record a teaching session, and make the recording available for students to view online through the LEARN platform.

ReVIEW allows for the simultaneous capture of audio, video and any computer application (including Microsoft PowerPoint) although by default, the recording includes only what is shown on the projector screen, and your voice. During a ReVIEW session, you have the option to pause the recording at any time if content is being explored which is not suitable to be captured. You also have the option to edit the video after the session, before the recording is made available to students.

Where can I find out more?

Further information can be found on the ReVIEW website.

Who can I talk to about this?

All enquiries should be addressed to review@lboro.ac.uk‌.

A lecture capture literature review completed in September 2015 can be found here: Lecture Capture Literature Review.

Turnitin Feedback Studio

What is it?‌

Turnitin Feedback Studio is a web-based tool which allows users to check their text against a wide range of web sources.  It does NOT detect plagiarism – it simply matches text, so if it has been correctly cited, matching text is not plagiarised.  Nevertheless it is quick and simple to use and is valuable as a primary filter.

The use of Turnitin has an established deterrent effect, but should be part of an awareness campaign to which all starting students are exposed, so that they adopt acceptable academic practices early on in their career.

Who can I talk to about this?

All members of the Technology Enhanced Learning Team are conversant with Turnitin Feedback Studio, but Lee Barnett is the primary contact.

Camtasia

What is it?

TechSmith Camtasia Studio is a piece of software which enables you to:

  • Record your onscreen activity, including your mouse movements and typing, whilst recording the audio from both your microphone and your computer. In addition you can capture images from your webcam images (or other video recording devices attached to your PC)
  • Edit your recordings to create a professional video. You can zoom in and highlight screen elements; insert images and text to enrich the content; collate recordings and videos and clip and reorder as required; insert interactive elements such as buttons, quizzes etc.
  • Share your video in different formats for different locations such as Learn. You can also adjust the production settings to style your video and it’s controls, including adding a table of contents

Who can I talk to about this?

Contact your School Technology Enhanced Learning Officer for more information, primary contacts within the e-learning team are Matt Hope and Lee Barnett.

 

WebPA

What is it?

WebPA is an online peer assessment system, or more specifically, a peer-moderated marking system. It is designed for teams of students doing group-work, the outcome of which earns an overall group mark. Each student in a group grades their team-mates (and their own) performance, which is then used with the overall group mark to provide each student with an individual grade, reflecting their contribution to the group.

Where can I found out more?

Go to the WebPA login page and click on ‘Take a tour’. There are academic and student versions of the tour.

Who can I talk to about this?

Any member of the Technology Enhanced Learning Team, in particular Lee Barnett.

Bristol Online Surveys (BOS)

What is it?

Bristol Online Surveys is an online survey creation tool. It enables you to create, run and analyse surveys without having any technical knowledge. It is free to use for any member of staff or student at Loughborough University.

Who can I talk to about this?

Talk to Sasha Dosanjh by email (s.s.dosanjh@lboro.ac.uk) for support on BOS or email IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk to request a BOS account.

 

Electronic Voting Systems (EVS)

What is it?

Electronic Voting Systems (EVS) enable you to encourage student interaction with the lecture content, which you can then use to guide learning direction, initiate formative assessment, get feedback on content, or just change the pace of learning.

The Electronic Voting System in use at Loughborough is called TurningPoint, and is a plugin for Microsoft PowerPoint.  This plugin allows you to build interactive questions as PowerPoint slides from within PowerPoint. In addition to the plugin (which is freely available from turningtechnologies.com) a wireless dongle and handsets are required.  The dongle is plugged in the PC or laptop from where you are running your TurningPoint PowerPoint questions slides from, and the handsets are given out to your students to allow them to vote.

Who can I talk to about this?

Matt Hope and Sophie Cookson are the main contacts for advice on the software. 

 

Adobe Connect

What is it?

Adobe Connect is a web conferencing tool which allows users to

  • Speak to each other.
  • See each other.
  • Share presentations.
  • Share files with other users.
  • Allow remote control of presenter’s computer

Meetings are limited to 100 participants online at any one time.  External users can be given a meeting URL which gets them straight into the session, member of the university can gain access via a Learn activity.

Some of the most popular uses of this communications and teaching tool are for revision tutorials, sometimes held out of normal teaching hours and which students can access from home using their own PCs and broadband connections.

Using our portable equipment, any location with mains power and a wired network connection can host an online meeting.  The system has been successfully used to webcast a lecture presentation allowing remote participants to contribute to a conventional lecture situation.

Connect has three grades of user: the Host calls the meeting, invites the others and acts as the chair.  There must be at least one Host for every meeting.  A Presenter has most of the rights of the Host and can conduct the meeting. A Participant has fewest rights.  Meetings can be set up to automatically promote all Participants to Presenter status and this has successfully been used for groupwork amongst Distance Learning students.

See Also:

Connect training videos      

Who can I talk to about this?

All members of the Technology Enhanced Learning Team are conversant with Connect, but Lee Barnett, Sophie Cookson and Matt Hope are the primary contacts. ‌

Digital OHPs (Visualisers)

What is it?

A Digital OHP or Visualiser is a presentation resource that directly connects to a PC or projector. It can pick up any kind of material placed under it be it photographs or objects. It is essentially a camera which sits over a flat surface on which you place an object whose image/video is projected on screen.

Over the summer of 2012, Digital OHPs (also known as ‘visualiser’) were installed in c.80% of pool teaching rooms on campus, replacing traditional OHPs.

 Who can I talk to about this?

 Teaching Support:

Learn

What is it? 

Learn is Loughborough’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), now based on the Moodle 2 system which is widely used across Further and Higher Education.

Each module listed on the LUSI student information system automatically having a module page on Learn.

Learn allows you to upload, or link to, resources of any kind – Word documents, Powerpoints, PDFs, spreadsheets, webpages, videos, etc. With the new version of Moodle/Learn it is possible to schedule the release of these resources to your students, so that (for instance) your Week 7 lecture notes are uploaded to the system but ‘greyed out’ until after the lecture.

Learn also has facilities for creating forums, wikis, glossaries, learning diaries, online assignments, and a range of other ‘interactive’ features. Support material on these aspects of Learn can be found in the Staff Hub module on Learn.

Who can I talk to about this?

Anyone in the Technology Enhanced Learning Team, or if you have a specific technical query contact learn@lboro.ac.uk.

Learn Quiz

What is it?

Moodle Quiz is Learn’s inbuilt assessment engine and consists of two distinct parts:

  • Question banks
  • Quiz

For each module tutors can create banks of questions in a wide range of questions types (though not as many as QMP). These questions banks, although associated with an individual module, can be exported and shared with other tutors running different modules. The questions in these banks can also be used with other activities in a module like the ‘Lesson Activity’, not just with the ‘Quiz’ activity.

The quiz is basically a ‘container’ for the questions you have created in the question bank, but allows you to define how many questions from the bank are displayed, the duration of the test, when it is open to and from and all manner of other settings to control how the quiz operates.

Who can I talk to about this?

All members of the Technology Enhanced Learning Team are conversant with Learn Quiz, but Lee BarnettSophie Cookson and Matt Hope are the primary contacts.

Optical Mark Recognition (OMR)

What is it?

Optical mark recognition (OMR) is a well-established means for automating the capture of paper-based data. OMR provides an opportunity to reduce workload for diagnostic, formative or summative assessment. Students fill in pre-printed forms, making a mark which an optical scanner will capture and interpret. OMR CAA (Computer Assisted Assessment) is particularly useful in assessing large student numbers.

Who can I talk to about this?

Tim Baseley in IT Services is the primary contact.

Co-Tutor

What is it?

Co-Tutor is an online Staff and Student Relationship management system and is used by academic staff and administrators to communicate with and manage Personal Tutees, as well as project students, industrial placement activities, PG(R) supervision and course cohorts. The system is recognised by the University as an appropriate digital system to record these interactions, and retains the information in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Who can I talk to about this?

Box of Broadcast (BoB)

What is it?

BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National is an innovative shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions.

BoB enables all staff and students in subscribing institutions to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions.

Think of it as an academic iPlayer or Sky Plus box, that allows you to flag up forthcoming programmes you’d like to ‘record’ and make available online to your students. You can also create clips and composite playlists if you want your students to focus on particular bits of programmes. The material you’ve recorded is then retained for others, including your own future cohorts, to access indefinitely (or as long as the institution continues to subscribe to the service).

How do I login to BoB? 

  • Go to the homepage of the BoB website at https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/ 
  • Click on the 'Sign In' button.
  • In the "Where Are You From?" box, enter Loughborugh University and choose 'Loughborough University (ATHENS)' from the list that appears,then click the 'Go' button.
  • Use your Athens login details (available under the 'Staff Resources' drop-down menu on Learn) to sign in.

Who can I talk to about this?

Anyone in the Technology Enhanced Learning Team.

Lynda.com

What is it?

Lynda.com is an online learning platform that can help you acquire software, technology, business and creative skills to achieve learning, personal and professional goals.

The resource, which offers access to over 5000 video tutorials, has been purchased as part of the Digital Strategy for Learning and Teaching and is now freely available to all Loughborough University staff and students from any desktop or mobile device.

For further information see our Lynda.com pages.