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Teaching continuity: Staff development sessions for teaching online with Moodle, Lecturecast, and Collaborate

By Jo Stroud, on 13 March 2020

UCL’s teaching continuity efforts include resources and information to support teaching and assessment of our students during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. In addition to extensive guidance material the Digital Education team will offer a series of staff development sessions for Moodle, Lecturecast, and Blackboard Collaborate. These sessions will be delivered remotely via Blackboard Collaborate and are available to all UCL staff.

**We will update this post with sessions as they are scheduled, so please check back regularly if you are interested in attending.**

General drop-in sessions: Moodle focus

Moodle is our primary learning platform and hosts a range of supported activities and tools to enable teaching online. These sessions will be offered on a drop in basis with no specific session aims.

No booking is required, to join a session navigate to the Connected Learning Live Sessions Moodle course, self-enrol, and select the appropriate session.

  • General drop-in session – Moodle focus – 4th November 2020, 3pm – 4pm (60 minutes).

General drop-in sessions: Tools for interactivity and active learning

In these sessions we will introduce the main interactivity tools available to staff:

  • Mentimeter
  • H5P
  • Lecturecast ALP

Discussion will include the pros and cons of each tool, when it is recommend that they are used and why.  As these are drop-in sessions, we will aim to answer all queries about the tools.

No booking is required, to join a session navigate to the Connected Learning Live Sessions Moodle course, self-enrol, and select the appropriate session.

  • General drop-in session – Tools for interactivity and active learning – 3rd November 2020, 10m – 11am (60 minutes).

Lectures and instructional material: Lecturecast Universal Capture Personal

It is recommended that staff pre-record any material that is typically delivered as a lecture using Lecturecast Universal Capture Personal, rather than attempt to stream them live. These sessions will provide an introduction to the tool and highlight potential best practices for video recordings.

To enrol on this course via MyLearning, please select one of the following sessions:

Please navigate here for advice on How to enrol on a course or register interest in a course in MyLearning.

Important: to enrol on a course or view your enrolments you will need to be using Desktop@UCL or a VPN as you need to be on the UCL network to use the system.

If you encounter any problems when attempting to enrol please contact isd-digiskills@ucl.ac.uk

Lecturecast: ‘The Fifteen Minute Flip’

Lecturecast provides a powerful suite of tools to facilitate student engagement. With these tools, Tutors can set up interactive activities, to engage and support students, while learners can access Study Guides which consolidate their notes and queries.

This online session, aimed at teaching staff, is designed to give participants hands on experience of these tools and how their use can benefit both staff and students.

At the end of this online course you will be able to:

  • Recognise the various engagement tools within the Lecturecast system
  • Appreciate and understand the benefits of using the engagement tools to engage with students before, during and after a lecture.
  • Upload presentation slides into the Lecturecast system
  • Create interactive question slides
  • Run engaging teaching sessions using the Lecturecast engagement tools

 No booking is required, to join a session navigate to the Teaching and Assessment Continuity – Staff Development Sessions Moodle course, self-enrol, and select the appropriate session.

  • Lecturecast: ‘The Fifteen Minute Flip’ – 26th October 2020, 2pm – 3.30pm (90 minutes).

Seminars and group study: Blackboard Collaborate

It is possible for seminars and group study classes to continue as live, synchronous events and be recorded for review by any students who are unable to attend using Blackboard Collaborate. These sessions will introduce Collaborate functionality, demonstrate how to create a session within Moodle, and highlight some potential teaching approaches.

To enrol on this course via MyLearning, please select one of the following sessions:

Please navigate here for advice on How to enrol on a course or register interest in a course in MyLearning.

Important: to enrol on a course or view your enrolments you will need to be using Desktop@UCL or a VPN as you need to be on the UCL network to use the system.

If you encounter any problems when attempting to enrol please contact isd-digiskills@ucl.ac.uk

Teaching Tools and Student Engagement

With the move to Connected Learning it is increasingly important to ensure students are on track and to be able to adjust teaching to changing student needs.

In these sessions we will:

  • Discuss what we mean by student engagement;
  • Identify key data sources;
  • Discuss how these can be used to identify if students are on track and how they could be used to make ‘in-flight’ changes to our learning designs.
Important: to enrol on a course or view your enrolments you will need to be using Desktop@UCL or a VPN as you need to be on the UCL network to use the system.

If you encounter any problems when attempting to enrol please contact isd-digiskills@ucl.ac.uk

Practical Online Teaching Tips

Themed drop-in sessions to learn about, discuss, and exchange practical online teaching tips. Sessions  will be structured with:

  • Talk-through of exemplars;
  • Q&A and open forum to address individual issues.

Themed sessions:

  • Keep it simple – tips for online session patterns;
  • Keep it clean – tips for your Moodle course structure;
  • Keep it manageable – running online discussions;
  • Keep it fun – enhance the social presence.

Sessions will be moderated by Tim Neumann from the UCL Knowledge Lab and occasional colleagues.

No booking required.

Tips & suggestions? Log them here

Recordings of previous sessions on UCL Media Central

Further support

If you need more support with any of these tools, please complete the online form for teaching and assessment continuity.

If you have any issues in relation to accessibility, please contact us on: digi-ed@ucl.ac.uk.

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