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NILE and Learning Technology Team training course catalogue

NOTE

These courses are still available during the Covid-19 lockdown period and are delivered online.


Scheduled training courses

Recording and editing video

Using the laptop camera app, mobile phone camera and video editor app .

In part 1 you will edit video clips provided to you to compose a video montage to convey information in a short film.

In part 2 you will write a short script, plan how to video components (action and dialogue) of the script and use your mobile phone to film the shots to then edit.

After this course learners will be able to perform basic video and editing skills and use the tools and techniques learnt to produce a video with relevant content to provide an information or instructor led tutorial video.

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Xerte Training

Xerte e-learning software is the University supported tool used to create interactive e-learning and online content. In this training session you will be introduced to the software templates, page types, features and tools available to enable you to produce an interactive e-learning session or online content provision.

You will also learn about the importance of instructional design for your e-learning and online content projects, and benefit from some useful hints and tips, technical advice and items relevant to developing e-content generally.

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Xerte Advanced Training

Xerte e-learning software is the University supported tool used to create interactive e-learning and online content.

In this advanced training session you will learn how to use the advanced features of the software such as 'Variables', Opinion Page and the Results Page.

You will also learn how to develop non-linear e-learning packages using options available.

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Training courses available on request

The following LearnTech/NILE training courses are available to groups of UON staff on request. Please contact robert.farmer@northampton.ac.uk if you would like to schedule a group training session. For one-to-one training on all aspects of NILE, including those listed below, please contact your learning technologist

Assessing non-Turnitin assignments

The purpose of this workshop is to show the different types of assessment in NILE, using the assignment tool.  

By the end of the session participants will be able to: 

  • Set up a submission point where students can submit any file type and multiple files; 
  • Grade and release these submission types; 
  • Understand some of the reasons and benefits of different submission types.

Building blogs, websites and online portfolios with Edublogs

The purpose of this course is to introduce staff to the process of creating blogs, websites, and online portfolios using Edublogs (WordPress). 

At the end of this course participants will be able to: 

  • Setup a basic WordPress site/blog/portfolio; 
  • Publish content to the site; 
  • Choose the appropriate privacy settings for the site

Creating interactive video quizzes in NILE

The purpose of this course is to show participants how to create interactive videos using the quiz tools in Kaltura and how to deploy them in NILE 

At the end of this course participants will be able to: 

  • Add a quiz to a pre-existing video; 
  • Deploy the video quiz in NILE; 
  • See how well students did in the quiz.

Evaluating learner engagement in NILE

The purpose of this course is to introduce adaptive release and learner analytics functionality within NILE which will enable academic staff to track learner engagement with NILE module course materials and activities. The course will also look at how utilising adaptive release can make the module more dynamic and accessible for the learner.  

At the end of this course participants will be able to: 

  • Evaluate learner engagement using NILE Performance Dashboard analytics; 
  • Set-up the adaptive release function so that module materials can be released at specific intervals and/or when certain learner engagement conditions are met. 

Getting started with PebblePad (e-Portfolios)

The purpose of this course is to introduce academic staff to Pebble+, the University’s e-portfolio tool.  

At the end of this course participants will be able to: 

  • Use Pebble+ in order to create online e-portfolios and workbooks; 
  • Support learners in their use of the tool.

Introduction to Padlet

The purpose of this course is to explore the range of options available within Padlet which can be used to facilitate Active Blended Learning. 

At the end of this course participants will be able to: 

  • Login to Padlet, set up a Padlet and embed it within NILE; 
  • Explore the different themes and layouts and features available; 
  • Be aware of considerations such as GDPR and accessibility; 
  • Experience the use of Padlet on multiple devices; 
  • Brainstorm ways in which the tool could be used in ABL; 
  • Share experiences and feedback of the tools’ efficacy.

Learning and teaching in the virtual classroom with Blackboard Collaborate

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce academics to online learning and teaching in a virtual classroom using Blackboard Collaborate.  The workshop will explore different ways the tool can be used for Active Blended Learning. 

At the end of this course participants will: 

  • Be able to set up a Collaborate course room in NILE with appropriate session settings; 
  • Be able to effectively run an interactive virtual class; 
  • Provide guidance to students so that they are able to participate effectively; 
  • Be able record a session and make the recording available.

Making screencapture and webcam recordings

The purpose of this course is to introduce staff to the process of making screencapture and webcam recording and embedding them in their NILE sites. 

At the end of this course participants will be able to: 

  • Make and edit a simple webcam recording; 
  • Make a screencapture recording (e.g., a voice-over PowerPoint recording, or software training video); 
  • Upload their recordings and deploy them in a NILE site; 
  • Find out which students have viewed the recordings.

Setting up and using groups in NILE

The purpose of this course is to allow participants to experience the benefits of using Groups in NILE, and to learn how to manage them. 

At the end of this course participants will be able to: 

  • Manage Groups in NILE; 
  • Set up group assessments; 
  • Grade group assessments.

Tools & techniques for reflection and discussion (discussion boards, blogs, journals)

The purpose of this course is to explore the range of tools available within the VLE which can be used to facilitate reflection and discussions. These include discussion boards, blogs, and journals. 

At the end of this course participants will be able to: 

  • Set up discussion boards, blogs and journals. 
  • Be aware of the practice of ‘e-moderating’ 
  • Share experiences and feedback of the tools’ efficacy. 

Understanding and using the grade centre

The purpose of this course is to show how the grade centre in NILE can be used to record grades and provide feedback to students, including some advanced features to aid in the marking process. 

At the end of this course participants will be able to: 

  • Efficiently record grades in the grade centre; 
  • Provide student feedback and understand how to link multiple assessment tools with the grade centre in NILE.

Using tests and surveys in NILE

The purpose of this course is to familiarise academics with the available online tools for creating and deploying online tests and surveys to students in NILE. This is a hands-on course where participants will learn how to use the software on their own laptop. 

At the end of this course participants will be able to: 

  • Create, deploy, and grade tests on NILE for both formative and summative purposes; 
  • Create surveys and view the results.

Using Turnitin for assessment and feedback of written work

The purpose of this course is to show the process of assessing students’ written work and giving feedback to students using the tools within the Turnitin environment inside NILE 

At the end of this course participants will be able to: 

  • Set up a Turnitin submission point with correct due dates and post dates, ensuring that the results are released to the students correctly; 
  • Understand the range of settings in Turnitin and what the implications of these settings are; 
  • Give feedback in Turnitin and/or in NILE and be made aware of the use of different rubrics.

What makes a 'good' NILE site: understanding and meeting the NILE foundation standards

The purpose of this workshop is for participants to understand what makes a ‘good’ NILE site and how to meet the NILE design standards. 

At the end of this course participants will: 

  • Have an understanding of why we need NILE standards; 
  • Know how to ensure their NILE site meets the foundation standards; 
  • Be able to use techniques to make their NILE sites more accessible; 
  • Know how to use their NILE site to promote Active Blended Learning (ABL).
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