Staff Development

iLead iLearn Webinar Series – Using PebblePad with your Students. 30th January 2018.

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The session started with a refresher of what PebblePad is and its development over the years. PebblePad is the market leader in the ePortfolio world and we have been using it at UoC since 2005. All staff and students have accounts at UoC which can be accessed from the Staff and Student hubs and even from within Blackboard itself. The system is complemented by a wonderful app, PebblePocket, which is free from Google Play and iTunes. If anyone leaves the university, they can register for an alumni account, which is free forever.

We outlined a few of the many ways PebblePad can be used: creating a wide variety of assets such as portfolios, blogs, activity logs, or by creating assets from the in-built templates provided by the system. These assets can then be shared with other PebblePad users or those without PebblePad account. Items can also be created and provided with a weblink which the intended audience can click on without the need for a username and password, so it’s also an excellent web publishing tool.

We then continued to talk about how PebblePad can be used for assessment and the various ways of getting the best out of students. Custom templates can be designed (workbooks) – usually by academic staff – which can provide the student with structured scaffolding on which to build their work. We also looked at the many ways of giving feedback – both formative and summative.

The session ended with a quick demonstration of how to easily add items to PebblePad and we had a glimpse of some good examples of templates currently in use at the University of Cumbria.

Once users login, PebblePad provide lots of in-built support via their homepage (called the Learning Centre) and we in AQD have supplemented this information with various articles and helpsheets via our TEL Knowledgebase which can be found here.

Anyone interested in using PebblePad with their students is encouraged to contact aqd@cumbria.ac.uk to start off interesting conversations!

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iLead iLearn Webinar Series – Preparing and enhancing your Blackboard site. 29th January 2018

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The session started with a brief recap of how Blackboard usage has grown at the university, with the system now being classed as “mission critical”.  A move to module-site delivery and a consistent approach resulted in a set of protocols being developed, and these were shown during the webinar, along with other support available, such as a staff-facing knowledgebase.

Access to these resources can be found via the Staff tab on Blackboard, along with the route to accessing your Blackboard module site, which was demonstrated during the webinar.

The option to review and reuse existing content was highlighted, and a tour of an exemplar site showed how a course could be organised; following the protocols and making the most of the tools available.

A quick walkthrough of adding a profile picture to your site, and making a screen-recording introduction to your course then followed.

Finally, there was a quick update on some system changes that are being planned for 2018/19

A additional question asked outside of the recording was about creating a banner on Blackboard.

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View “preparing and enhancing your Blackboard site” webinar recording (university login required)

 

 

 

PebblePad V5

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PebblePad has moved from v3 (used Flash) to v5 (uses html5). The main difference is to Pebble+ – the personal space within PebblePad – where assets are created, shared and stored.

ATLAS, the assessment area within PebblePad, remains unchanged.

Everything in your Pebble+ account has transferred over into the new version.

The main differences:

  • Works on all mobile devices and looks and behaves the same, no matter what device is used.
  • Drag and drop to add files to your asset store.
  • Improved text editing functions – you can use your mouse to copy and paste text.
  • All Assets and Resources are in one place – no separate tabs for shared assets any more.

Here are some guides to help you navigate your way around the new version:

PebblePad v5: click the link to see what the new interface looks like; how to create assets; upload files; share with people or for assessment and Alumni information.

Academic PPDR instructions: click the link to find out how to fill out your Academic PPDR for the first and subsequent years.

Don’t forget, you can take your PebblePad account and all its contents with you if you leave or graduate from the university and you can continue to use it FREE forever. Just register for an Alumni account before you leave or graduate.

Academic Professional Workshops January 2017

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Academic Development Sessions

In the week of January 16th – 20th AQD, in collaboration with LiSS, are running a number of academic professional development workshops.  These sessions have been designed and developed to cover a range of activities and meet the needs of colleagues who teach and support learning.

We will be running sessions on our 4 main campuses.  Each session will last for one or two hours; 10:00 – 12:00 or 14:00 – 16:00.  Additionally, we will have half hour or one-hour lunchtime webinars focusing on our learning technologies.

All sessions are bookable through the staff development booking system:
http://tiny.cc/aqd-workshops
please follow this link.

Workshop Schedule

Below, you will find the timetable for the week. The full session descriptions are available here and on the online booking system. If you have any queries please email AQD@cumbria.ac.uk .

Webinars

During the Lunchtime of this week we will be running a series of lunchtime (12:30-13:30) webinars using Skype for Business. These webinars will provide quick introductions to key learning technologies, digital activities and their use within your professional practice. Sessions include:

Monday:
Bristol Online Survey
Using Video in Blackboard

Tuesday:
Introduction to Camtasia Relay
How are your students using Blackboard?

Wednesday:
Blackboard Tests and Quizzes
Introduction to Pebblepad

Thursday:
Turnitin Originality Reports
Adaptive Release in Blackboard

Friday:
Coming soon in our Learning technologies
Copyright & Scanning

Development Week Schedule:

Lancaster

Ambleside

Fusehill Street

Brampton Rd.

Monday

10:00 – 12:00

Turnitin Essential

Turnitin Rubrics

 

Best Practice Assessment & Feedback

Blackboard Essentials

Pebblepad Essentials

Pebblepad Assessments

14:00 – 16:00

Gathering Evidence for your UKPSF Application

Leading Academic Teams and Programmes

Turnitin
Essentials

Turnitin Rubrics

Mobile
Learning

Copyright
and scanning Journals and E-resources for your subject area

Tuesday

 

10:00 – 12:00

Best Practice Assessment & Feedback

Delivering Engaging Teaching Sessions

Copyright
and scanning

Journals and E-resources for your subject
area

Gathering Evidence for your UKPSF Application

14:00 – 16:00

Leading Academic Teams and Programmes

Designing Teaching for Learning

Pebblepad Essentials

Pebblepad Assessments

Social Media for Academic Purposes

Wednesday

10:00 – 12:00

Delivering Engaging Teaching Sessions

Quality Assurance – headlines and priorities

Social Media for Academic Purposes

Turnitin Essentials

Turnitin Rubrics

14:00 – 16:00

Designing Teaching for Learning

Copyright
and scanning

Journals
and E resources for your subject area

Leading Academic Teams and Programmes

Blackboard Essentials

Blackboard Assessment Tools

Thursday

 

10:00 – 12:00

Social Media for Academic Purposes

Mobile Learning

Gathering Evidence for your UKPSF Application

Delivering Engaging Teaching Sessions

14:00 – 16:00

Blackboard
Essentials

Blackboard Assessment Tools

Turnitin Essentials

Turnitin Rubrics

Best Practice Assessment & Feedback

Designing Teaching for Learning

Friday

10:00 – 12:00

Pebblepad Essentials

Pebblepad Assessments

     

14:00 – 16:00

Quality Assurance – headlines and priorities