Using images in teaching

We’ve been asked recently about good practice in using images in teaching. Which can you use, how do you prepare them and how do you use them? Copyright Images must all be checked for copyright. Provide your own images (take pictures) or use images that have a Creative Commons licence (include the correct attribution somewhere). The …

Why you should never reveal your SPY, SUPERHERO or ROCKSTAR name

You’ve seen it on Facebook loads of times (the examples are not real!). Questions like these: What’s your SPY name (middle name and current street name), e.g., Jane Middleham What’s your JEDI name (middle name spelled backwards, your mother’s maiden name spelled backwards): e.g.,Enaj NosnhoJ Your SUPERHERO name: (“The”, your favourite colour and your first car): e.g., The Purple Astra …

Starting out with Xerte Online Toolkits: new URL

Xerte Online Toolkits is an Open Source content creation tool that allows non-technical users such as academic staff to quickly and easily build rich, interactive and engaging online learning resources. It has high levels of accessibility already built in. If we can describe Microsoft PowerPoint as a specialist program for creating presentations to deliver live …

Advent Calendar #23: Take a break and complete the Learning Technologies Crossword

With Christmas very much on the horizon – just a couple of days to go! – we offer you an opportunity to grab a brew, maybe a mince pie too, and take a little break. Behind the door of today’s advent calendar, we have another H5P activity – a little puzzle in the form of …

Advent Calendar #19: BoB Playlists

Another box of delights to open today. In a previous entry in our Advent Calendar, we introduced you to BoB, the recording service from Learning on Screen. As well as being a recording service for staff and students at the University, BoB also can be used to create playlists of both TV and Radio programmes. This …

Advent Calendar #13: MediaSpace captions tips and tricks

Today’s Advent calendar tips about editing MediaSpace captions are in response to an academic query – so maybe an academic wish come true? You can add multiple captions files to each video in MediaSpace, so if you need to edit it, you don’t need to replace the one that’s there, at least at the start, …

Advent  Calendar #12: Getting students to annotate PowerPoint slides during a MS Teams meeting

It’s Day 12 and this tip has been written in response to a recent question via the Digital Learning Drop-in. A colleague asked if it was possible for participants during a Teams meeting to annotate PowerPoint slides. Apparently this is possible in Zoom, so we set out to find a way to do it with …

Advent Calendar: #7 Box of Broadcasts

In the Advent Calendar today we embrace the season by offering you a gift box: Box of Broadcasts (BoB). The University has an Educational Recording Agency Plus licence which allows us to use Box of Broadcasts (BoB) to record and access television and radio programmes – but with one big caveat: these can only be used …

Support with creating accessible materials

We have been made aware of a couple of external training sessions that could help in terms of meeting digital accessibility requirements. Open Educational Resources (OER) can extend the nature and type of resources available to teachers, researchers and students. This month’s free Future Teacher webinar is at 1 pm tomorrow, Friday 26th November 2021. …

Moodle improvements for all, from the University of Nottingham

Our key Moodle developer has been looking at our community plugins. By far the most popular of our plugins is Signup Sheets. Since the start of 2020 through to September 2020 we doubled the number of sites it is installed on from around 200 to 400 (we’re guessing thanks to the pandemic).  It has also …