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    Central IT Services Induction for new students

    By Caroline Norris, on 14 September 2017

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    Central IT services induction talks for new students will take place on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 September from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (last talk starts at 1.30 p.m.)

    Due to a change of room allocation these are different dates and times to the ones that were previously advertised. 

    As in previous years, the talks will take place every half an hour on a rolling basis so students can attend any talk.

    Further details and a recorded version of the talk are available on our student induction page.  Further information for students about IT services can be found on the ISD students page.

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    Jisc student digital tracker 2017 and BLE consortium – UCL report available

    By Moira Wright, on 11 September 2017

    markus-spiske-221494The UCL report on the data collected from the Jisc student digital tracker survey (see my previous post on this)  is now available.  The survey was jointly conducted by Birkbeck, LSHTM, RVC, SOAS and UCL back in March. Following a workshop in July, and using the Jisc national survey results as a benchmark, we have been able to make some conclusions and recommendations regarding the digital experiences of our students, based on the survey responses.

    Please note Appendix C is available on request (moira. wright @ ucl.ac.uk)

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    Jisc student digital tracker 2017 and BLE consortium

    By Moira Wright, on 10 August 2017

    computer-767776_1920UCL participated in the 2017 Jisc Digital Student Tracker Survey as part of a consortium with the Bloomsbury Learning Environment (BLE) made up of SOAS, Birkbeck, LSHTM and RVC. 74 UK institutions ran the tracker with their students collecting 22,593 student responses, while 10 international universities collected an additional 5,000 student responses

    We were the only consortium to participate in the survey and had come together as a result of institutional surveys, such as the National Student Survey, meaning that the time available to run it independently was short (a month) and we therefore felt that our individual sample sizes would be too small. We treated the survey as a pilot and advertised a link to it on each College’s Moodle landing page as well as some promotion via social media and the Student Unions. The survey generated 330 responses, which given our constraints was much more than we expected.

    The survey comprises five broad areas: Digital access, digital support and digital learning. Most questions were quantitatively recorded, but there were four open questions, which produced qualitative data. We were also able to choose two additional questions to the survey and we selected e-assessment, since that was a previous shared enhancement project (see www.bloomsbury.ac.uk/assessment) and Moodle, since all members of the consortium use the platform for their Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

    Once the survey closed and we had access to the benchmarking report we ran a workshop for representatives from each of the Colleges in July 2017 whereby the results corresponding to the survey’s open questions were analysed in institutional groups, which facilitated interesting discussions over commonalities and potential implications.

    Sarah Sherman, the BLE Manager and myself, have been working to produce a report which will examine our collective responses to the survey in comparison with the national survey population with a recommendation that individual Colleges independently analyse their own results in more detail. For confidentiality, each College will be presented with a version of this document, which contains the relevant data for their institution only and not the complete BLE data set. A disadvantage of the consortium approach was that we were not able to benchmark individual Colleges to the survey population as the resources would not allow for this. In the future, the participating Colleges may wish to run the survey individually rather than as part of a collective as it was not possible to conduct deep analysis with this data set. 

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    Although the sample size collected by the Bloomsbury Colleges was small and not statistically viable, there is much we can extract and learn from this exercise. For the most part, our collective responses tended to fall within the margins set by the national survey population, which means we are all at a similar phase in our student’s digital capability and development.

    You will have to wait for the full report for more information on the UCL data collected but just to whet the appetite you can see the key findings from Jisc in this 2 page report: Student digital experience tracker at a glance .

    Finally, you can see this collection of case studies, which features the Bloomsbury Colleges consortium, here.

    Please get in touch with me if you would like to get involved (moira.wright @ ucl.ac.uk)

    Sarah Sherman and Moira Wright

    Jisc/ NUS student digital experience benchmarking tool 

    Jisc guide to enhancing the digital student experience: a strategic approach

     

    Lynda.com Tips and Tricks webinar

    By Caroline Norris, on 1 August 2017

    UPDATE: these sessions have now run but the recordings are available from the links below.

    Scappucinoara Ramodoro from LinkedIn Learning will be hosting two webinars for UCL over the summer.  These sessions are aimed at UCL staff who are involved in promoting Lynda.com to others and who want to gain a better understanding of the key features.  Sara will also be sharing some tips on how to engage learners and maintain their interest.

    The content is the same for both sessions:

    15th August 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

    13th September 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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    Dissertation Clinics in August

    By Caroline Norris, on 11 July 2017

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    Need help with your dissertation?  We are running two drop-in clinics on 8 and 21 August from 2 – 5 p.m.  There is no need to book, just turn up.  If the session is busy you may need to wait to be seen so bring something to do.  Staff can help with formatting your disseration and bibliographic referencing using Word, LaTeX, NatBib, Endnote and Zotero.  Location details are provided on our drop in page and please check the page before travelling to a session in case any details have changed.

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    New Matlab and Software Carpentry dates and help with your dissertation

    By Caroline Norris, on 29 June 2017

    Develop-text-summer-photofunia-crop2It’s the summer holidays but there are still opportunities to develop your digital skills this July and August.

    Places are still available on our two-day Matlab course on 20 and 21 July.  If you are interested, visit the UCL training booking system to find out more and book a place.

    Need help with your dissertation?  We are running two drop-in clinics on 8 and 21 August from 2 – 5 p.m.  There is no need to book, just turn up.  If the session is busy you may need to wait to be seen so bring something to do.  Staff can help with formatting your disseration and bibliographic referencing using Word, LaTeX, NatBib, Endnote and Zotero.  Location details will be provided on our drop in page and please check the page before travelling to a session in case any details have changed.

    Research IT Services are running their ever-popular Software Carpentry  on 25 and 26 July.  This intensive course is designed to help researchers  become more productive by teaching them basic computing skills like program design, version control, testing, and task automation using Unix, SQL, Python and Git. Visit the UCL training booking system to find out more and book a place.

    Finally, don’t forget, wherever you are this summer you always have access to a vast range of high-quality video-based courses from Lynda.com and you can even download content to view offline. There are videos covering technical skills but also business, personal and creative skills as well.  Visit the UCL Lynda.com page to find out more.  We also have a range of technology-focused online courses available from Microsoft Imagine Academy

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