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February 2, 2011
» Gwella Report: Enhancing learning & teaching through technology for Higher Education in Wales

The Gwella Programme supports the implementation of HEFCW’s Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Technology (TEL) in Wales strategy. The University of Glamorgan’s CELT TEL team has submitted a report in the form of a “Glamorgan’s case study” to the Academy with Gwella project outcomes . The case study considers one such set of institutional efforts to generate change – at many levels, including pedagogic change – through technology.

There are some significant outcomes and messages from the Gwella initiatives about the institutional initiative in an engaging, interesting and thought-provoking way. This case study presents an institutional initiative as part of the Gwella project with the following focus: (1) milestones and achievements; (2) where are we now? (3) looking back and looking forward – the wider context and sustainability.

All the key developments in the past three years have been achieved through the institutional Gwella enhancement evidenced by Glamorgan students, staff and external bodies (e.g. JISC e-learning evaluation programme case studies).

The student engagement and voices for supporting student learning enhancement in the digital world has been recognised by the JISC Study of how UK FE and HE institutions are supporting effective learners in a digital age ( SLiDA project). For example, online submission and self-assessment for learning through Turnitin on GlamLearn have enhanced both home and international student experiences. Richer and prompter assessment feedback is provided to students via GradeMark and audio feedback (see the SLiDA wiki and Turn it in or Turn it off project for more details).

There are also increasing discussion and debate across the faculties about the readiness and consistency of both staff and students for various learning technologies. This will be a continuing discourse and challenge in years to come. However, Glamorgan academics are overcoming these challenges by realising for themselves the student-driven benefits of their increased use of TEL . Such commitment to enhance student learning and assessment experiences, added to individuals’ persistency and patience towards technological constraints has given rise to enhanced performance. In sum, there are three key messages to the sector:

1 – Challenge: Enhacement than embedding

2 – Celebrate the focus: Pedagogy than Technology

3 – Change: Student experiences driven changes

It is essential that the messages from the Gwella initiatives are known by all stake holders in the Welsh HE and particularly those who have a role in implementing change in institutions.

Last but not least, an interesting book for your reference on this agenda: Transforming Higher Education Through Technology Enhanced Learning book – chapter visualisations

January 22, 2011
» Achieving Effective Institutional Change

At the beginning of the University’s JISC Building Capacity Project I wondered if a short project could really achieve the ambitious targets we had set ourselves.

This week saw two events which reminded me that Archimedes was right when he said Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

The first event was the CELT Technology Enhanced Seminar entitled Curriculum Design through Technology Enhanced Learning during which the team who have been working on the project outlined their achievements to date and engaged academics from across the University in discussing the next steps in enhancing learning and teaching through technology. The slides from the event will appear on the blog in the next few days.

The second event was a project steering group meeting where our two critical friends, Paul Bacsich and Tony Toole provided us with feedback on the project to date which was positive and encouraging. For me it was an opportunity to listen to the team and the way the project had engaged them with JISC, JISC materials and our academic staff, so as to link the JISC resources with our own delivery of Technology Enhanced Learning.

So the project is well under way and the opportunity the project gives us for enhancement is taking place in a wide variety of ways, including a series of faculty focussed events started this week.

January 6, 2011
» You can now download Turnitin GradeMark paper!

Please see the following Turnitin product updates since last month (live Dec. 15th). There are mostly improvements to GradeMark:

• Download and Print - Instructors and students can now download and print a printable PDF view of any paper from within the document viewer.

• Import/Export of QuickMark Sets and Rubrics - Instructors can now import and export QuickMark sets and Rubrics.

• Text Comments - Instructors can now make text comments directly on the paper within GradeMark.

It has been a long waiting times that finally instructors and students can now download and print a printable PDF view within the document viewer. Depending on which services are visible at the time, the printable view can include the data from OriginalityCheck and GradeMark. This is certainly a good feature for student to keep their reports, marked assignments and also for external examiners and instructors to keep a local copy of marked work.

Instructors can now export QuickMark sets from within the QuickMark Manager, either within the Document Viewer or within Libraries. The export is downloadable to your system as a .qms file, which you can then send to other users. Correspondingly, instructors can import any valid .qms file from within the QuickMark manager. This improvement in Turnitin2 means all comment developed by a instructor can be shared across the department or saved to local work machine for future use.

October 22, 2010
» Turnitin 2 is so different!

TurnitinUK has introduced the new and upgraded version, Turnitin2. A narrated "walk-through" video is available, view now! TurnitinUK claims that all improvements found in Turnitin2 are based on customer feedback and in-depth usage studies world-wide.

The most notable change is Turnitin2’s 3-in-1 view, working with a single, "all-in-one" view of a student's paper in its original format, including styled text, graphics and photos for OriginalityCheck™ Plagiarism Prevention (Turnitin online submission), PeerMark® Peer Reviewing, and GradeMark® Digital Markup and Grading—to a digital image of the formatted paper.

Below are links to important resources about Turnitin2:

Comprehensive web page about Turnitin 2

Quickstart Guides for Instructors, Administrators, and Students

Live Walk-through Schedule (pdf) 2

» JISC Building Capacity Programme Update

22nd October, 2010

The Technology Enhanced Learning Team at Glamorgan in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is undertaking a Building Capacity Project as part of a group of Welsh institutions building on the success of the HEFCW Gwella (Enhancement) project.

At Glamorgan our project, overseen by the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning and Student Support), Professor Clive Mulholland, and managed by the Head of CELT is focussed on Curriculum Design through Technology Enhanced Learning.

Meetings with our ‘Critical Friends’, Professors Tony Toole and Paul Bacsich, have been arranged. This will give us useful insights into the broader context of Technology Enhanced Learning into which this project fits. Issues such as how best to deploy Reusable Learning Objects will be explored.

A critical review of the most pressing needs that staff identify is also underway. Within this, stakeholder groups at the University are being surveyed about how they fit into the Blended Learning Continuum, and importantly how they can move from where they are to using more technology enhancements in their learning, teaching and assessment.

Simultaneously, a programme of Faculty-based workshops where CELT’s TEL team are providing focussed technology-related training is underway, as are a number of bespoke, specialist TEL training sessions covering things like Web 2.0 technologies, Turnitin and ePortfolios.

Here’s a link to the JISC Programme page into which the project fits.

June 2, 2010
» Building Capacity Project

The Technology Enhanced Learning Team at Glamorgan in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is undertaking a Building Capacity Project as part of a group of Welsh institutions building on the success of the HEFCW Gwella (Enhancement) project.

JISC is managing similar projects in Wales and England as part of the Building Capacity Programme.

At Glamorgan our project, overseen by the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning and Student Support), Professor Clive Mulholland, and managed by the Head of CELT is focussed on Curriculum Design through Technology Enhanced Learning.

The initial focus of the project will be to identify the way the range of resources which have emerged from previous projects funded by JISC can be deployed at Glamorgan. At this point in the project we will be able to draw on two experienced ‘critical friends’ Professor Tony Toole and Professor Paul Bacsich.

Once the resources have been identified they will be used to build institutional capacity with three key groups:

  1. Those who are already leaders in Technology Enhanced Learning leadership – who will have the opportunity to showcase new and innovative technologies which can be utilised in the learning and teaching environment at faculty and course level
  2. Those who are already engaged with Technology Enhanced Learning – who will be given the opportunity to receive bespoke guidance and advice to enhance their current and future curricula
  3. Those who are less engaged with Technology Enhanced Learning – who will be involved in assisting CELT in identifying the barriers to further engagement, so that they can be addressed at an institutional level

The Building Capacity area of this blog will act as the project website and project progress will be updated here regularly as it progresses over the next few months.

October 29, 2009
» TurnitinUK's New Features and Updates in Oct 2009

Turnitin and GradeMark are now available in 10 different languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Japanese, Korean, Malay Bahasia, and Thai. These 10 languages are available to all customers using the drop-down language selection menu in the upper right corner of every Turnitin web page. Papers submitted in these languages will be matched to an ever-growing base of English and non-English language-based content.

Recent upgrades to Turnitin application web servers have resulted in improvements to both performance and system reliability. GradeMark is showing dramatic speed improvements of approximately 3.5 times. Improved system reliability means that users will experience uninterrupted system access. More new features can be found from the TurnitinUK's New Features!

Glamorgan's updates

In October, more than 34 staff were supported through emails, phone calls and office visits for the online submission and assessment agenda. 5 training for staff were conducted with 15 attendees. 10 student sessions were conducted and in total of more than 200 students attended these sessions in group.

As a result, the TurnitinUK System statistics (figures on the 29th Oct 09) for the University of Glamorgan shows that there are currently 416 instructors (385 instructors in Sept 09); 6393 students (4944 students in Sept 09) and 12412 submissions (11793 submissions in Sept 09)

There are some updates on the Glamorgan's Turnitin wiki for the user guides, training Power Point, upcoming sessions and FAQs. There are 262 visits; 217 absolute unique visitors up-to-date. Upcoming training can be found from the Turnitin wiki site.

October 8, 2009
» The Peak Season for Turnitin - the Sept updates

September 2009 is one of the busiest months for CELT in supporting "Technology Enhanced Learning, Teaching and Assessment" agenda. We had many queries and support requests for Turnitin and GradeMark. More than 40 staff were supported through emails, phone calls and visits. In September, 8 training for staff were conducted with 50 attendees. 14 student sessions were conducted and in total of more than 500 students attended these sessions in group.

The accumulated total from 21 Jan to 30 Sept 09: (1) One-to-one support: more than 154 staff were supported; more than 26 students were supported; (2) 30 staff sessions were conducted; 142 staff attended the training; (3) 24 student sessions were conducted; more than 624 students attended the sessions.

As a result, the TurnitinUK System statistics (figures on the 8 Oct 09) for the University of Glamorgan shows that there are currently 385 instructors (311 instructors in Aug 09); 4944 students (4005 students in Aug 09) and 11793 submissions (11372 submissions in Aug 09)

The Glamorgan's Turnitin wiki were shared across the Glamorgan and the UK user group for the upcoming sessions and FAQs. There are 227 visits; 164 absolute unique visitors up-to-date. Upcoming training can be found from the Turnitin wiki site. Please contact Esyin Chew if you have further query.

September 9, 2009
» Latest on the Turnitin in Glamorgan - Aug 2009

It is indeed an active month for CELT in terms of the efforts spent in Turnitin and Grademark. Some up-to-date figures for the month: In Aug 2009, more than 24 staff were supported in one-to-one approach through emails, phone calls and face-to-face meetings. In the same month, 3 staff training and 2 student sessions were conducted. In total of 13 staff and 12 students were trained in group.

The accumulated total from 21 Jan to 1 Sept 09:

- One-to-one support: more than 114 staff were supported; more than 23 students were supported.

- 22 staff sessions were conducted; 92 staff attended;

- 10 student sessions were conducted; 96 students attended.

As a result, the TurnitinUK System statistics (figures on the 5 Sept 09) for the University of Glamorgan shows that there are currently 311 instructors (284 instructors in July 09); 4005 students (3885 students in July 09) and 11372 submissions (10944 submissions in July 09)

The Glamorgan's Turnitin wiki were shared across the Glamorgan and the UK user group for the upcoming sessions and FAQs. There are 117 visits; 77 absolute unique visitors.

Upcoming training can be found from the Turnitin wiki site. Please contact Esyin Chew if you have further query.

September 8, 2009
» Pedagogy of new media

The first keynote at ALT-C was from Michael Wesch

I’ve blogged about it as it was going on here you can also follow live discussions about the talk on Twitter