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    News for Lecturecast users: Direct booking is introduced and the Lecturecast Resource Centre gets a make-over.

    By Rod Digges, on 18 August 2014

    neon video sign


    A new booking form, linked into the Lecturecast system allows UCL staff members to schedule recordings for portico registered modules directly.

    Staff wishing to book non-portico module recordings should email ele@ucl.ac.uk

    The Lecturecast resource centre  has been substantially updated, giving more detailed information about a number of existing and new topics. We very much hope that the UCL Lecturecast community find the resources both interesting and useful – included is new information about:

    • Live webcasting and an invitation to join with ELE in a preliminary study of its potential for teaching at UCL.
    • The new personal capture client – the PC version is even more user-friendly with a completely new look and feel. The lastest Mac version is more reliable. (PC users should download the latest personal capture software from Lecturecast the old version will no longer automatically update).
    • A new embed facility allowing Lecturecast recordings (voice and display only) to be embedded in Moodle and other web pages – much like embeding a YouTube video.
    • How Lecturecast course instructors can use EchoCenter pages to access viewing figures.

    MyPortfolio upgraded to 1.9.2

    By Domi C Sinclair, on 12 August 2014

    MyPortfolio was successfully upgraded on 12 August 2014 to version 1.9.2.

    You can now access a number of new features and service improvements, including improved accessibility, support for Creative Commons 4.0  and sorting of files within a folder.

     Improved accessibility –  W3C WCAG 2.0 level AA

    Creative Commons 4.0 licenses support – the new generation of CC licenses offer improved global protection for your work, read more on their website.

    Sorting of files within a folder – when you include a folder block on a page you can now choose how to sort the files, in either ascending or descending order.

    If you have any questions about the upgrade please email ele@ucl.ac.uk and we would be happy to answer your questions.

    All times are for the UK (GMT or BST), for other locations please convert: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

    E-Learning Development Grant Winners 2014

    By Natasa Perovic, on 7 August 2014

     The winning bids for E-Learning Development Grants (ELDGs) 2014/15  have been selected. 

    Congratulations to all!



    Summary title

    Alan Parkinson, Lynsie Chew, Jim Berry Management Science & Innovation Using e-voting Data and Feedback to Steer Teaching and Learning
    Kevin Kiernan Management Science & Innovation Multi-part Mixed Media Questioning For Objective Formative Assessment
    Antonis Bikakis; Anne Welsh; Simon Mahony; Charlie Inskip Department of Information Studies LOBD: Linked Open Bibliographic Data: creating an open, linked and interactive educational resource for bibliographic data
    David Bowler Physics & Astronomy Investigating IPython notebook servers for teaching physics
    Michael Clarke & Chris Donlan Developmental Science Evaluation of a new blended learning programme
    Nicole Johnston LIS – Social and Historical Sciences – UCL Qatar Using Lecture Capture to flip the classroom for students who speak English as a foreign or second language
    Sarah Warnes Management Science & Innovation Using scenario and action-based blended learning to engage and motivate students in a large cohort
    Adam Liston UCL Institute of Neurology Distance Learning Neuroanatomy Workshops – development of an online resource
    Amit Batla UCL Institute of Neurology Interactive case based instructional methodology in clinical neurology
    Daven Armoogum Physics & Astronomy The Custom Analysis Toolkit
    Gesine Manuwald Greek and Latin Artefacts from the Petrie Museum in Greek and Latin classes



    Call for Apps!

    By Dean Mohamedally, on 6 August 2014

    Several of UCL’s Undergraduate and Masters courses at the Department of Computer Science have a focus on app development for industry and for faculties across all of UCL. This includes mobile and cloud applications. These courses have team of 2-3 students who work closely on a consulting learning experience with their clients (you). The Department of Computer Science have successfully run this for several years in a row, with sponsorships from Microsoft, Google and other companies. Read more about the programme here…

    Dean Mohamedally would be delighted to hear from you on this year’s “Cross-faculty – Call for Apps” especially if

    • You are part of healthcare, public sector services or charity organisations that require public domain app technologies
    • You are part of a UCL faculty, in research or teaching, with content ready to be disseminated in the form of an interactive app or data to be collected by an app
    • You are a new UCL spinout or existing UCL enterprise and need app development support for existing materials
    • You are working with industry sponsors or startups and see a need for apps that will benefit the university and industry
    • In general, you have a great idea for an app!

    A contract from UCL Advances is issued with the IP of the app project belonging to you, the client. UCL Advances will also assist with the app publishing.

    Please get in touch with Dean at D.Mohamedally@cs.ucl.ac.uk

    You can send him an initial app description (about four lines) of what you would like the student teams to work on and what kind of technical resources this will require.

    TERM 1 Deadline (Oct-Jan) call for apps:  send apps descriptions to Dean by Friday August 15th at 5pm
    TERM 2 Deadline (Jan-April) call for apps: send apps descriptions to Dean by Tuesday October 21st at 5pm.

    Please note that the deliverables from these projects will not be maintained by the students, so you should consider how they will be supported and maintained once the term has ended. While it is possible for students in following cohorts to improve upon existing apps if you resubmit it to the project pool, there is a gap between May and September each year when no projects are running. You should also consider how your project will fit in with UCL’s existing web and mobile services.

    A new way of handling calls and emails to E-Learning Environments

    By Domi C Sinclair, on 28 July 2014

    As of the 29th July both the E-Learning Environments (ELE) team and the majority of ISD will be moving to a new ticketing system. At the moment ELE use a system called ARS Remedy to manage all incoming emails to our shared account. From Tuesday 29th July we will be moving to a new system called RemedyForce, where we will also be raising tickets for any issues or requested made by phone as well.

    We recommend using the new self-service portal, where you can raise tickets and monitor their progress. This is also the location you will be directed to for updates on the progress of any issues or requested you submit.

    This new system should allow tickets to be shared more easily across ISD and should help us better manage support. There is also a portal where you can view any tickets associated to you, and see what updates have been made to them. As this is a new system however we do ask that you are patient with us, as there is a transition period and so response times may initial increase, but this should be temporary.

    You can read more about the switch on the ISD News pages.

    Live lecture broadcast study at UCL

    By Rod Digges, on 22 July 2014

    Students in Lecture


    Many Lecture spaces at UCL that have been equipped with Lecturecast are now able to stream (broadcast live) lectures but this aspect of Lecturecast has yet to be introduced to the UCL teaching community.

    In light of this, E-Learning Environments will be undertaking a limited exploratory study of live streaming, inviting a number (5-10) interested academics to use streaming in addition to recording their lectures.
    If you are interested in taking part in this study or want to find out more read on..