I am hoping to attend at least part of a few ALT Winter Conference sessions today, notes below.
Jessica Gramp (UCL): Welcome to ‘Moodle My Feedback’
- Moodle plugin being developed at UCL – this was an update on progress as it has been showed at previous events.
- Adds My Feedback to profile block.
- Problems with default Moodle included feedback is stored in TurnItIn – this tool aggregates links back to TII, rather than having to go into different courses to find them.
- Tells you if students have looked at feedback.
Using Social Media Data in Learning Practice and Research
- 9 minute demo video: https://vimeo.com/147996126 using Facebook data, visualized, for research.
- Overall I took that the point here was there are a huge amount of possibilities and questions from this.
Gaming the Conference: can Playful Interactions Engage Delegates
- Some details on the game that took place at the conference.
Arena Blended Connected (ABC) rapid curricula development at UCL
- Presentation on an approach that has been found to be a great way to engage academics.
- Previously did not have a coherent way to talk to academics about their programmes, they have adapted Ulster’s approach from JISC Viewpoints project.
- “Connected Curriculum” – wider framework for good design at UCL: this is the C part. A and B help with the structure to reach those outcomes.
- Core to the approach is a “Gamestorming” 90 minute workshop, have a high energy discussion on what to do. Consider issues such as what learners should be doing, mockup of examples of modules (broken down by learning types), etc.
- Argue best to not start with assessment as to allow for mindset that anything could be assessed.
- Use session to bring in other elements such as high level costing of module development, impact of including videos, etc.
TFPL – Dashboards in Excel Made Easy
- Not an ALTC session but another webinar I attended today.
- How to build dashboard combining one function, a chart, some data validation.
- Used COUNTIF to count a total from data. COUNTIFS for multiple.
- Use bar conditional formatting and then create chart from there.
- Add data validation with tool-tip for interactivity on page.
- Then format the worksheet as a dashboard – basically calling on data elsewhere through a visualised approach.
- Overall this was relatively straight forward stuff.
The Future of Learning: Project-based teaching and assessment supported through new media technologies
- I didn’t attend too much of this one but when I came in then there was a discussion of some of problems with current university education, including the student focus on grade and the resulting concentration on what the exams will be.
- Presenter’s research has just reconfirmed that content heavy education leads to rote learning.
- Need to align assessments with what you really want the students to learn.
- About personal journeys – only way to ensure students take subject to heart.