Centre for Academic Practice

Technology Enhanced Learning

Key Technology for Staff and Students

This 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.

How are we responding to Coronavirus?
As a result of remote working due to the current pandemic, we have also put together a page with a wealth of information on how you might deliver teaching remotely.

Virtual Learning Environment

Learn

What is it? 

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

Each module listed on the LUSI student information system will automatically have 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. Learn also has facilities for creating forums, wikis, glossaries, learning diaries, online assignments, and a range of other ‘interactive’ features.

Where can I find out more?

Support material 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.

Online Assessment

Introduction to Anonymous Marking

An anonymous marking policy was introduced into the University in the 2019/20 academic year. Details of the policy can be found on the following page - https://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/cap/projects/anonymous/

Staff Guidance

A comprehensive and searchable online guide to anonymous submission and marking has been developed for academic staff and there is also a dedicated guide for admin staff to assist with the creation of assessment points, creating groups and managing student queries. You can access them via the following links:

Academic Guide to Coursework

Admin Guide to Coursework

 

Online Coursework with Turnitin and Learn

There are several tools available within Learn for supporting online coursework submission and marking. 

Turnitin Feedback Studio

Guidance to marking with Turnitin Feedback Studio

Learn Assignment Activity

Guidance to marking with the Learn Assignment Activity

Learn Quiz (online guide coming soon)

Groupwork (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.

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.

Electronic Voting Systems

Vevox

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 Vevox (previously called Meetoo), and works as both a standalone platform and a plugin for Microsoft PowerPoint.  This plugin allows you to build interactive questions as PowerPoint slides from within PowerPoint.

Participants can log into the session and vote using their own mobile devices.

Who can I talk to about this?

Visit http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/cap/projects/voting-systems/ to request an account and for more information

You can contact any member of the Technology Enhanced Learning Team for support.

Lecture Capture

ReVIEW

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.

Web Conferencing

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?

You can contact any member of the Technology Enhanced Learning Team for support.

Personal Tutoring

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?

Learning Resources

LinkedIn Learning

What is it?

LinkedIn Learning (formally 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.

To access the platform, go to https://www.linkedin.com/learning/ and sign-in using the organisational account option. 

Learning on Screen

What is it?

Learning on Screen (formally call Box of Brodcasts) is an innovative shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions.

This service 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 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' from the list (not 'Loughborough University (ATHENS)') that appears,then click the 'Go' button.
  • Use your standard University login details to sign in.

Who can I talk to about this?

Anyone in the Technology Enhanced Learning Team.

Office365

Office365 Groups

What is it?

Office 365 Groups give you access to collaborative working and information sharing across the University and with external partners. It is a platform that brings together conversations, Outlook calendars, files and planner tasks into a single collaborative space. 

For further information see the IT Services Office 365 Groups page. 

Research

Online Surveys (formally BOS)

What is it?

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 Online Surveys or email IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk to request an account.