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JISC's 4th Learning Analytics Network Event

The following are my notes and thoughts from this event.  Please feel free to comment pointing out errors or suggested additions.  I will try and clean them up post-event.

Housekeeping taken care off.  Interesting that Bradford are smoke free on their campus except designated shelters.
Introduction to the day - Niall Sclater, Jisc Rundown of what to expect today and a reminder to network and explore others expectations and experiences.
A working demonstration of Jisc’s learning analytics solution for UK further and higher education - Michael Webb, Jisc (MW) Aims of project:
Application of big data techniques to help learners meet their goals.

Developed a 'plug-and-play' system to bring this all together.

Data Collection

About the studentDemographics etc.Activity DataInteraction with HE systems etc.e.g. VLE interactionLibrary book loansUsing TinCan (xAPI) Student Insight Provided by Tribal - Target Date November 2015 - 98% ready to go.
Tool for doing one …

#HEFE2015 - My notes

09:30 Dr. Nicola Millard (NM)
A look into the workplace of the future
(NM) psychologist in background

6 trends  - 6 D's
Dr. No

(Look into term "techno stress")

BOYD is a big trend, IT dept. don't always like this as they start to lose some control.

Diversity: Cultures, gender, age, personality etc.

Age - First time ever we now have 5 generations in the workplace.  Due to living longer and the expectation our pension will last around 18 years, we will need to work for longer.  How do you retain expert, knowledgeable employees? Not everyone in later life will want to work Mon-Fri 9-5.  This is where flexible working starts to come into play.
Business is becoming increasingly virtualized.  Collaboration is becoming recognised as beneficial but that the older generation have been taught collaboration = cheating.
Email is a terrible collaboration tool - you need to know who you wish to collaborate with before you email them.  If you…

How to create a macro in Microsoft Office Excel to process survey and test data from Blackboard 9.1

For the last 7 years I've been working with data from firstly WebCT then from Blackboard 9.  Staff and students wanted to be able to take the data from tests and surveys and then report on it in Microsoft Excel.
Simple? No.
WebCT and Blackboard would prefer you to purchase their additional tools to do all of this. As someone familiar to working with macros in Excel I chose to do my own thing.  I wrote a macro to churn through the output and produce graphs and readable text. I then went on to producing RAG ratings (Red, Amber and Green indicators of performance) and everything was formatted into a report for surveys such as module evaluations.
Recently I've started developing my own survey tool in .net using a responsive design, but I'll cover that another time.
I've been asked by Laura Sheffey from Mary Baldwin College OIT if it would be possible for me to share how I've been doing this.  I've put together the basics in the following video and provided a strip…

New pointer tech for digital displays

I had the pleasure of watching a presentation this week being given on one of the new 70 inch displays that are starting to replace some of our projectors.

All looked great; bright, clear image with no reflections. I didn't have to squint nor did I have to turn off the lights and close the blinds.
There was just one issue.

Reference List on Posters

We have a lot of staff and students producing posters at the moment and are asking how they can include all of their references (including the ones for the images they are using!) on their poster without taking up much space. I put this video together to quickly show how this can be done with the use of a public Google Doc and a QR code (+ link for those who can scan QR codes): Let me know if you do it differently.

MELSIG - Creative Lecture Capture, Webinars & Screencasting #MELSIGUoN

[I will be live blogging from this event and cleaning up my post later.  Please feel free to comment and share the link to this blog.  All feedback and corrections welcomed] The event investigates how live and recorded video are being used creatively in higher education to promote learner engagement. Digital media developments have appeared to compound existing approaches to teaching and learning, rather than transform them. Looking more deeply the event will demonstrate how the Flipped Classroom, asynchronous access to rich content, and making technology more accessible to diverse producers, for example, is changing the learning landscape. The focus of this event relates to ongoing MELSIG interests: the opportunities of digital and social media to enhance learninguser-generated content and the use of digital media by diverse peoplealternative modes of assessment and feedbackactive engagement and inclusion throughout the formal and informal university experienceacademic and profession…

15th Annual Durham Blackboard Users' Conference - Students as Partners #durbbu

Here is the final version of the Conference Programme with all abstracts etc

I will be blogging live from this event.  I will try and keep my comments accurate, well written and legible.  I will edit them after the event too.  All comments welcomed and please feel free to share with attribution and a link back to .

LTI in Action workshop - part of #durbbu

Being delivered by Simon Booth and Stephen Vickers.

IMS Website for certification:
This includes a catalogue of certified applications: also list some LTI apps but they are not all LTI nor are they all certified!

Going to look today at:

TurnitinScribblarAtomic Learning We will be working through the basics of this slide today using the three examples above.