Apr 10th, 2012 by ltapodcasts
In this podcast Dr Claire Garden and Joan McLatchie discuss their use of Turnitin, an online text matching service. There are still many misconceptions about plagiarism detection tools and Claire discusses her use of a checklist to help students understand their Turnitin reports and staff to think about how they use Turnitin, allowing them to evaluate their own reports. This has freed up staff time on large modules and enabled us to engage in discussion with students about good scholarship such as paraphrasing. It supports the use of Turnitin as a tool to support scholarship as well as detecting plagiarism.
To visit Dr Garden’s case study in the resource bank please click here >http://staff.napier.ac.uk/services/academicdevelopment/LTA/resources/Pages/Details.aspx?ItemID=36&Section=CS
To listen to the podcast click here Turnitin Complete
Mar 22nd, 2012 by ltapodcasts
Welcome to another LTA podcast from Edinburgh Napier University.
This podcast is from Sara Wasson, Senior Teaching Fellow/Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University. Sara describes how she introduced reading diaries to help students of English develop their confidence and skills in reading challenging texts.
Where reading material for modules is difficult, a ‘reading diary’ assessment, can be used with two aims in mind: (a) to nurture student confidence and (b) to actively encourage students to seek out areas of challenge.
Student responses to the reading diaries were excellent. In addition to commenting very favourably on the assessment mode itself, student work was strikingly strong, students rising to the challenge and engaging with areas they were not sure they understood and actively leaving their comfort zone. The structures we set in place to support their confidence during this adventure seemed to help a great deal.
Have a listen to the podcast from Sara herself to hear more about how this approach may be of benefit to students in your own discipline. Reading Diaries podcast
To visit the case study in the Edinburgh Napier LTA Resource Bank please click here > http://staff.napier.ac.uk/services/academicdevelopment/LTA/resources/Pages/Details.aspx?ItemID=6&Section=CS
Mar 13th, 2012 by ltapodcasts
The Mentorcentre is currently in operation as online resource for nursing and midwifery practice based mentors, and provides mentors with the information they need to be able to work effectively as a mentor and to support students’ learning in practice. Registered Nurses and Midwives work closely with students in clinical areas, supporting and enabling them to achieve their placement outcomes. Mentorship plays a very significant part in determining whether students will go on to qualify from the programmes and register as nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
While this example is set in the discipline of nursing the principles of the mentorcentre may work well if applied to other practice based or work based learning disciplines.
There is a comprehensive FAQ database of issues relevant to mentoring students. It houses a number of education resources including video highlights of the latest conference along with full texts of presentations. There is also an interactive Discussion Forum and email links allowing users to communicate with fellow mentors and academic colleagues. The Mentorcentre provides direct access to mentors for any survey or research activity.
To listen to the podcast please click Mentorcentre podcast
To visit the case study in the Edinburgh Napier LTA Resource Bank please click here > http://staff.napier.ac.uk/services/academicdevelopment/LTA/resources/Pages/Details.aspx?ItemID=82&Section=CS
Feb 27th, 2012 by ltapodcasts
In this podcast Christine Penman, Lecturer and Teaching Fellow from the School of Marketing, Tourism and Languages discusses how she used wikis for collaborative exchanges between students of French at Edinburgh Napier University (Level B1 of the Common European Framework, mainly 1st year, post A-Level/Higher students) and students of English at the Université de Haute Alsace in Mulhouse. Both sides included a number of international students. The aims were to encourage students to practise writing in the language of their counterparts and explore each other’s cultural practices revolving around the student experience (timetabling issues, cost of living, listening/viewing/reading likes and dislikes).
Wiki technology provides affordances which align on the latest thoughts on learning and teaching as they provide a collaborative, constructive learning process, have the potential to make students feel engaged and empowered, and can make provision for analytical, reflective and creative activities (Johnstone 2010).
To listen to this podcast click here Christine Penman complete (2min 42secs)
To read more about this case study please visit the Edinburgh Napier Learning, Teaching and Assessment Resource Bank at http://staff.napier.ac.uk/services/academicdevelopment/LTA/resources/Pages/Details.aspx?ItemID=25&Section=CS
Feb 7th, 2012 by ltapodcasts
In this week’s podcast we interview Professor Bill Buchanan for the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. His module on advanced security techniques to BEng (Hons) and MSc students has one of the most extensive integrations of information infrastructures. For example, it uses iTunes lectures, which are converted from the stand-alone and Web-based versions. The module overall supports all types of learning, making sure that there is a range of on-line material, all of which is also available in a printed form.
The main advantage of the infrastructure is that students can learn in whatever way they prefer. As a core there is an extensive teaching pack, which has the notes, tutorials, coursework, labs and so on. This material is then scaled to the full range of online material, with full online lectures, on-line tutorials, online virtualised labs, online demonstration of the lab-based work, full iPhone lectures, fun activities (drag-and-drop, and fun tests), a unique simulator package, and much more.
Hear what Professor Buchanan has to say about this in the interview here Bill Buchanan Podcast
To find out more about this and see other case studies please visit our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Resource Bank which is available at http://staff.napier.ac.uk/LTA
Dec 6th, 2011 by ltapodcasts
Marking season is upon us! This podcast introduces a tool developed by Frank Greig, from the School of Computing which makes providing feedback to large classes, easy. Tight timescales for marking, and the submission of marks, means that we have to be efficient.
MarkItEasy produces individualised student feedback reports in PDF format which can be emailed to your students. MarkItEasy is simple to install, quick to learn and easy to use. You get a consistent look-and-feel to your feedback, it’s readable, and the comments manager allows you to build and reuse comments as you mark. The underlying principle is that you get more efficient as you mark. As you mark through a cohort of assessments, you build a table bespoke in a comments list, and these can be added to the remaining student’s feedback at the click of a button. Simple and quick! Obviously, comment lists are recyclable, simply import them for reuse in the next round of assessments.
Listen to the podcast: MarkItEasy (8:17)
To visit the case study on MarkItEasy in the LTA resource bank click this link: http://staff.napier.ac.uk/services/academicdevelopment/LTA/resources/Pages/Details.aspx?ItemID=39&Section=CS
Nov 28th, 2011 by ltapodcasts
This week’s podcast focuses on the usefulness of audio feedback. Feedback is an important issue for both students who receive it, and for academics who constantly seek effective ways of providing feedback. Elaine Mowat, Academic Development Advisor, from the Office of the Vice Principal (Academic), lead the ‘Talking about feedback’ project at Edinburgh Napier during Tri 2 of 2009/10. This involved 9 lecturers from across the University using audio feedback on students’ work.
In this podcast Elaine reports some of the findings from the pilot and discusses the experiences from the student and lecturers’ evaluation of the project, and provides some useful suggestions for using audio files to provide student feedback.
To listen to the podcast click here Talking about feedback podcast (9:21)
For more case studies on feedback from the LTA Resource Bank please visit our website at http://staff.napier.ac.uk/LTA or to visit the University’s Feedback for Learning campaign site visit https://studentportal.napier.ac.uk/University/FeedbackForLearning/Pages/home.aspx
Nov 7th, 2011 by ltapodcasts
In the move to the new VLE, the recently approved 3E Framework will provide guidance around the active use of technology in modules. In this week’s podcast Keith Smyth (Senior Lecturer/Senior Teaching Fellow) from the Office of the Vice Principal (Academic) explains how using the 3E Framework, which comprises an Enhance-Extend-Empower continuum, can help academics adopt simple uses of technology for enhancing the learning experience through to activities that engage learners in applying knowledge in sophisticated, authentic ways. The 3E Framework is already in use on the MSc Blended and Online Education, which is a fully online programme for educators who want to learn how to harness current and emerging technologies in their teaching.
Keith’s case study is available in the Edinburgh Napier LTA Resource Bank which also contains a number of other case studies which demonstrate the application of the 3E Framework. You can access the Resource Bank at http://staff.napier.ac.uk/LTA . For further detailed information on the 3E Framework and more examples why not visit the new website http://staff.napier.ac.uk/services/academicdevelopment/TechBenchmark/Pages/home.aspx dedicated to this new framework and lots of exciting examples of how technology can make a difference to learning.
Listen to the podcast here: Edinburgh Napier 3 E Framework (9:52)
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Oct 18th, 2011 by ltapodcasts
This week’s podcast come from Jyoti Bhardwaj, a Lecturer & Teaching Fellow in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier. Jyoti tells us about an exciting use of simulation which engages students and enhances employability skills.
SimVenture is a well-designed UK-origin business simulation package which is easy to use and engaging. In the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, SimVenture is set up to allow students run their own small business, making and selling computers. On entering their first lab, students are quickly put into teams of three or two; during the first few sessions, exercises help them become familiar with the software; alongside this, the teams assign themselves names and set up their business, identifying markets, deciding strategies and creating a company identity. SimVenture is a way of getting newly-arrived students into small and class-wide friendship and informal support networks. It is very pleasant to see 2nd year students still firm friends with their team mates from SimVenture the year before. Since first use in 2009-10, SimVenture has contributed to a marked improvement in retention rates amongst first years in the School of Computing.
Listen to the podcast here: SimVenture podcast (9:46)
You can learn more about SimVenture by visiting the case study in the LTA Resource Bank at:
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Oct 3rd, 2011 by ltapodcasts
Welcome to the third podcast in our LTA podcasts series. This week we hear from staff who have been using Elluminate Live! Julia Fotheringham (Office of the Vice Principal (Academic) Karen Campbell (SNMSC) and Gordon Hill (SNMSC) describe the different ways that Elluminate Live! (a virtual classroom) has been used as an integral part of the teaching and learning approaches. Elluminate Live! provides the opportunity for real time class sessions where getting to campus may be problematic, for example overseas students and part-time students. It also offers the chance to invite guest speakers who woudl otherwise not be able to present to your students.
You can visit the case studies in the LTA Resource Bank and some others at;
Listen to the podcast here: Eluminate Live Podcast