Rebecca is a Senior Learning Designer at Macquarie.
She is passionate and opinionated about many things, including education, art, music, reading, postcards, coffee and Hello Kitty.
You can often find Rebecca queuing for coffee, hanging around the free postcard stand, browsing the books in the Co-op or wandering Wally's Walk, the most popular walk on campus!
Yes, it’s the first of the twice yearly upgrade of iLearn time and I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite features of this upgrade:
1. A word count on forums (while you can’t [yet] set a word limit in the settings of a forum, you can now see how many words a student [or your own] post is).
2. Assignment improvement – show students rubrics BEFORE they submit!
3. Drop and drag onto the main page of the unit directly instead of uploading a file or adding an image into a label
4. Collapsed edit activity forms – what the??
When adding an activity to your iLearn unit, kiss the long, confusing options goodbye. Just remember if you are allocating a mark, to open the Grading section!
The road to an awesome LMS is a long one, an iterative process, you might say. iLearn runs on Moodle and this latest upgrade is to Moodle v2.5. We are always keen to hear your ideas for enhancements, so why not email email@example.com with your suggestions.
For any help with iLearn, please either lodge a OneHelp ticket or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the iLearn upgrade in February, one of the new features is an online collaboration space, aptly called Collaborate!
The use of Collaborate for virtual classrooms was successfully trialled in 2013 as part of LTC’s Faculty Partnership Program in an introductory Chinese language unit. The academic was able to hold a web conference to introduce the objectives and activity for the session, send students in pairs to ‘break out rooms’ to undertake the learning activity, then regroup for a debrief of the activity. These sessions were also recorded and available to students after the live event.
Collaborate allows for real-time, synchronous engagement so there are many possibilities:
Collaboration space for group work
Virtual lab experiments
Guest expert lecture or interview
Authentic role play
Tutoring for external students
Virtual meeting spaces
Virtual consultation hours
Meeting space for academics and their tutors, meeting space for departments, etc
Collaborate tools include:
Engagement tools (emoticons, polling, hand raising to ask questions)
Communication tools (microphone, chat, application sharing)
So now you’re hooked and want to know more? Sit tight and stay tuned, more details will be posted when available for use but if you’re as keen as mustard, lodge a OneHelp ticket expressing your interest in using Collaborate.