Technology for learning or for employment?

How do we use digital technology in Higher Education? It’s not just about using it to create better ways to enhance learning, focusing on facts and skills in a particular discipline. A big driver for us now is using digital technology to create an education that prepares students for life and work in the future.  …

Moodle 4.1: Introductory video for staff

This summer, Moodle will upgrade to version 4.1. This new version brings a range of positive changes to enhance the layout and appearance of your module site pages. To ensure a smooth transition to Moodle 4.1, Nicholas Cameron has created an introductory video for staff to highlight upcoming changes before the launch. In this short …

Implementing UDL 3: Multiple means of Action & Expression

If you’ve read any of our previous blog posts on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) or encountered it somewhere else, then you’ll know there are three main principles of the UDL Framework, developed by CAST. Each UDL principle is designed to help academics and others involved in teaching to improve how we present information, engage …

13 years as a learning technologist

Long term Moodle maven Helen Whitehead retires at the beginning of June, so we asked her to reflect on her 13 years at the University. How long have you been at the University? I started in the Learning Technology Section in 2010 as a Learning Development Support Officer. I still do essentially the same job, …

Implementing UDL 2: Multiple means of Representation

If you’ve read any of our previous blog posts on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) or encountered it somewhere else, then you’ll know there are three main principles of the UDL Framework, developed by CAST. Each UDL principle is designed to help academics and others involved in teaching to improve how we present information, engage …

Implementing UDL 1: Multiple means of Engagement

If you’ve read any of our previous blog posts on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) or encountered it somewhere else, then you’ll know there are three main principles of the UDL Framework, developed by CAST. Each UDL principle is designed to help academics and others involved in teaching to improve how we present information, engage …

Turnitin: what does the % similarity score really mean?

At the University of Nottingham, as elsewhere, student assignment papers are submitted to the Turnitin service. This produces a Similarity score and report but it doesn’t indicate plagiarism or a lack of academic integrity. What Turnitin does is check a student’s work against a database of previous submissions, web pages and journals. If there are …

How to schedule announcements in Moodle

Did you know you can schedule announcements in Moodle to be sent out at a time you specify? Useful if you want to make sure the message drops in inboxes at a particular time, when you might not be around (or if you’re me, might not remember!)  It works for other forum posts as well.  …

Moodle is Upgrading in the Summer of 2023: Moodle 4.1 is coming!

This summer Moodle will upgrade to version 4.1. This new version of Moodle brings with it lots of changes to the layout of Dashboard and My modules pages when you first login, and to your module site pages. The biggest changes in this upgrade relate to the look and feel of Moodle, such as the …

Turnitin (& Moodle) assignment submission: checklist for students

We are often contacted by students worried about why their submissions to assignment dropboxes are not succeeding. Here are some of the most important things to check. Your document: please check Your filename must be no longer than 40 characters (you may get an error message if your filename is too long: it will be …