Students: share your views of digital learning

Researchers at Swansea University want to know what students across Wales think about digital learning. And we’re encouraging students at Aberystwyth to take part in the research.
 
All AU students are invited to join other students from across Wales in a Zoom focus group discussion. The focus group will be a chance to talk about your digital learning experience over the past year. What has worked well for you and what you need now, to keep learning effectively?
 
To take part (and receive a £20 Amazon voucher) email menna.brown@swansea.ac.uk. Full details of the research will be provided to everyone taking part.

Why and how we manage Blackboard enrolments

One of the most common queries we get is from people who aren’t enrolled on modules in Blackboard. Our standard answer is that staff and students should be enrolled on the module in the module record in AstRA. Once this is done, it takes about an hour for that enrolment to make its way to Blackboard.

But we know that there are still times when students and staff are added manually to modules. We’d like to reduce this as much as possible, so we need to understand when and why it happens. Our short survey will help us do this. The results of this survey will help us to see if we need to make changes to our processes to make it easier for everyone who needs to be on a module can get access quickly and easily.

It can be tempting to just manually add someone to a module, especially if you are in a rush or can’t find someone to make the change for you. However, there are reasons why we take all our enrolments from one source:

  1. Who has access to a module is transparent. This is particularly important for staff enrolments as staff have access to marks and student details. If all our records are taken from AStRA we know that someone should have access to the module; their enrolment has been approved. Also, there are checks within AStRA to make sure that only staff IDs can be given teaching permissions to a module. This avoids mix-ups with logins or typing mistakes which could see students accidentally being given access to grades (for example).
  2. Students only get access to modules they are registered to. Although we encourage students to check their student record, they will often go by the modules they are registered on in Blackboard. So, if a student is manually added to a module in Blackboard, but not properly registered in the Student Record, this can cause all sorts of issues. Especially when we reach exam board season.
  3. Enrolments can be re-built if needed. If a problem with Blackboard we can easily rebuild permissions to modules quickly and easily as there is a central source for them. Any manual enrolments will not be included in this process and could lead to delays with access.

If you manually add staff or students to modules (or ask someone else to do it for you) please take a few minutes to complete our survey.

[:en]Changes to Teaching Machines[:cy]Newidiadau i Beiriannau Dysgu[:]

[:en]Over the summer, Information Services have made some changes to equipment in teaching rooms:

  • Whiteboard capture with Crestron Airboard cameras
  • PowerPoint Presenter Mode with screen mirroring
  • Interactive whiteboards with CleverTouch screens

These tools are available in a selection of rooms around campus.

Crestron Airboard

Whiteboard capture will project everything you write onto the screen. You can also use it to record your whiteboard notes.

Whiteboard capture is available in:

  • IBERS 0.30,
  • IBERS 0.31,
  • Edward Llwyd 3.34
  • Hugh Owen E3
  • Hugh Owen C22

After you have logged into the computer:

  1. Click on the Crestron Airboard icon on the desktop
  2. There is a Crestron unit on wall near the whiteboard.
  3. When the button on unit flashes blue, press it

The Crestron page will then appear on screen and will display your handwriting on the screen. You can share a link to this page with your students. They will be able to see your handwriting on a laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

If you want to record the handwriting with Panopto, you will need to make sure that you select to capture the computer screen as well as any PowerPoint you are using when starting your recording. You will need to make sure that the Crestron web page is the main window open on the computer when you are writing on the board.

Presenter Mode

You can use Presenter Mode to show your PowerPoint slides to students, and see the speaker’s notes yourself on from the teaching room machine.

Currently in:

  • Edward Llwyd 3.34
  • IBERS 0.30
  • IBERS 0.31
  • IBERS, 0.32
  • Hugh Owen Language Labs (BA8 and BA9)
  • Hugh Owen C22 (permanently in presenter mode with two monitors)
  • All teaching rooms in Penbryn 5.

When you go into the PC it will default to screen mirroring. This means that the display on the monitor will be the same as the display on the projector screen. If you want to use PowerPoint Presenter Mode (speaker notes on the monitor and slides on the screen):

  1. Click on Extend Display on the desktop
  2. To record the slides but not the notes, set up Panopto to capture Second Screen and not the Main Screen.
  3. You can move windows from your main screen (monitor) to the Second Screen (screen) by dragging it to the left-hand side of the monitor
  4. To go back to normal, click on Mirror Display

Interactive Whiteboards

Currently in:

  • All teaching rooms in Penbryn 5.

To use the CleverTouch boards just as a whiteboard:

  1. Tap the bottom of the screen > choose Lux
  2. Tap left or right arrow > choose Note

This will then open a whiteboard application and you can annotate it. Be aware that it isn’t possible to record these screens with Panopto.

To go back to the PC tap the bottom of the screen and then select HDMI.

To annotate PowerPoint etc on PC (HDMI mode)

  1. Click on the left or right arrow on the board
  2. Click on the pen icon
  3. This will provide an image of the screen that you can’t interactive with, but you can write on it.
  4. To move onto the next slide, click on the left or right arrow on the board
  5. Click on the cross icon

This will lose your annotations. Note that the annotations will disappear when you move to the next screen. Also, annotations aren’t captured with Panopto.[:cy]Dros yr haf, mae’r Gwasanaethau Gwybodaeth wedi gwneud rhai newidiadau i’r offer yn yr ystafelloedd dysgu:

  • Cipio bwrdd gwyn gyda chamerâu Crestron Airboard
  • Dull Cyflwynydd PowerPoint gydag adlewyrchu sgrin
  • Byrddau gwyn rhyngweithiol gyda sgriniau CleverTouch

Mae’r offer hyn ar gael mewn detholiad o ystafelloedd ledled y campws.

Crestron Airboard

Bydd cipio bwrdd gwyn yn taflunio popeth yr ydych yn ei ysgrifennu ar y sgrin. Gallwch hefyd ei ddefnyddio i recordio eich nodiadau bwrdd gwyn.

Mae cipio bwrdd gwyn ar gael yn:

  • IBERS 0.30,
  • IBERS 0.31,
  • Edward Llwyd 3.34
  • Hugh Owen E3
  • Hugh Owen C22

Ar ôl mewngofnodi i’r cyfrifiadur:

  1. Cliciwch ar yr eicon Crestron Airboard ar y bwrdd gwaith
  2. Mae uned Crestron ar wal ger y bwrdd gwyn.
  3. Pan fydd y botwm ar yr uned yn fflachio’n las, pwyswch y botwm

Bydd tudalen Crestron wedyn yn ymddangos ar y sgrin ac yn dangos eich llawysgrifen ar y sgrin. Gallwch rannu dolen i’r dudalen hon â’ch myfyrwyr. Bydd modd iddynt weld eich llawysgrifen ar liniadur, llechen neu ffôn symudol.

Os hoffech recordio’r llawysgrifen gyda Panopto, bydd angen i chi wneud yn siŵr eich bod yn dewis cipio i sgrin y cyfrifiadur yn ogystal ag unrhyw PowerPoint yr ydych yn ei ddefnyddio wrth ddechrau eich recordiad. Bydd angen i chi wneud yn siŵr mai gweddalen Crestron yw’r brif ffenestr sydd ar agor ar y cyfrifiadur pan fyddwch yn ysgrifennu ar y bwrdd.

Dull Cyflwynydd

Gallwch ddefnyddio’r Dull Cyflwynydd i ddangos eich sleidiau PowerPoint i fyfyrwyr, a gweld nodiadau’r siaradwr eich hun o’r peiriant yn yr ystafell ddysgu.

Ar gael yn:

  • Edward Llwyd 3.34
  • IBERS 0.30
  • IBERS 0.31
  • IBERS 0.32
  • Labordai Iaith Hugh Owen (BA8 a BA9)
  • Hugh Owen C22 (bob amser yn y dull cyflwynydd gyda dau fonitor)
  • Pob ystafell ddysgu yn Penbryn 5.

Pan fyddwch yn mewngofnodi i’r cyfrifiadur bydd yn mynd yn awtomatig i adlewyrchu sgrin. Golyga hyn y bydd yr hyn a ddangosir ar y monitor yr un fath â’r hyn a ddangosir ar y sgrin taflunio. Os hoffech ddefnyddio Dull Cyflwynydd PowerPoint (nodiadau siaradwr ar y monitor a sleidiau ar y sgrin):

  1. Cliciwch ar Extend Display ar y bwrdd gwaith
  2. I recordio’r sleidiau ond nid y nodiadau, gosodwch Panopto i gipio Ail Sgrin ac nid y Brif Sgrin.
  3. Gallwch symud ffenestri o’ch prif sgrin (monitor) i’r Ail Sgrin (sgrin) drwy ei lusgo i ochr chwith y monitor
  4. I fynd yn ôl i’r wedd arferol, cliciwch ar Mirror Display

Byrddau Gwyn Rhyngweithiol

Ar gael yn:

  • Yr holl ystafelloedd dysgu yn Penbryn 5.

I ddefnyddio’r byrddau CleverTouch fel bwrdd gwyn:

  1. Tapiwch ar waelod y sgrin > dewiswch Lux
  2. Tapiwch ar y saeth chwith neu dde > dewiswch Note

Bydd hyn wedyn yn agor rhaglen bwrdd gwyn a gallwch ei anodi. Byddwch yn ymwybodol nad yw’n bosibl recordio’r sgriniau hyn gyda Panopto.

I fynd yn ôl i’r cyfrifiadur tapiwch ar waelod y sgrin a dewis HDMI.

I anodi PowerPoint ac ati ar y cyfrifiadur (dull HDMI)

  1. Cliciwch ar y saeth chwith neu dde ar y bwrdd
  2. Cliciwch ar yr eicon beiro
  3. Bydd hyn yn rhoi llun o’r sgrin, ni fyddwch yn gallu rhyngweithio â’r sgrin ond gallwch ysgrifennu arni.
  4. I symud ymlaen i’r sleid nesaf, cliciwch ar y saeth chwith neu dde ar y bwrdd
  5. Cliciwch ar yr eicon croes

Bydd hyn yn colli eich anodiadau. Noder y bydd eich anodiadau’n diflannu pan fyddwch yn symud i’r sgrin nesaf. Hefyd, ni chaiff anodiadau eu cipio gyda Panopto.[:]

[:en]What’s changed with Blackboard Saas?[:cy]Beth sydd wedi newid gyda Blackboard Saas?[:]

[:en]

Login

When you go to https://blackboard.aber.ac.uk you will now see the Login@AU page. Use your AU username and password on this page to access Blackboard.

Welsh Language

If you have set your Language to Welsh in ABW or your Student Record, you will automatically see the Welsh version of Blackboard. If you want to change your language setting have a look at the FAQ.

Blackboard App

If you have problems using the Blackboard app:

  1. Logout and close the app.
  2. Search for Aberystwyth University and click on the name.
  3. You will be told that you are logging in through the AU website
  4. Click Got it
  5. Login with your AU username and password

Updates

Blackboard will update at the beginning of every month. These monthly updates mean that we don’t need to take Blackboard out of service for maintenance any more.

Update dates for semester 1:

  • 5 September
  • 3 October
  • 7 November
  • 5 December
  • 2 January

You may notice that things have changed, or new features appear. We’ll try to keep you updated with major changes through the blog. You can also find out more at https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/SaaS/Release_Notes

Retention and Backup

Blackboard keep deleted material for 30 days. If you have deleted something from Blackboard and you want to get it back, please email elearning@aber.ac.uk as soon as possible. This includes course materials, users and grades.

Dealing with Queries

As Blackboard is now managed in the cloud, e-learning support staff may need to refer your query to central Blackboard support. We may need to:

  • Ask you for more details than normal about the problem – we may need to ask you for a detailed breakdown of the steps you took
  • Give Blackboard support staff access to your module

It may also take a little longer to get a reply but we’ll try to keep you updated on the progress of your query.[:cy]

Mewngofnodi

Pan ewch chi i https://blackboard.aber.ac.uk byddwch nawr yn gweld y dudalen Login@AU. Defnyddiwch eich enw defnyddiwr a’ch cyfrinair Prifysgol Aberystwyth ar y dudalen hon i gael mynediad i Blackboard.

Yr Iaith Gymraeg

Os ydych chi wedi nodi Cymraeg fel eich dewis iaith yn ABW neu ar eich Cofnod Myfyriwr, byddwch yn gweld y fersiwn Gymraeg o Blackboard yn awtomatig. Os hoffech newid eich gosodiadau iaith gweler y Cwestiynau Cyffredin.

Ap Blackboard

Os ydych chi’n cael problemau wrth ddefnyddio ap Blackboard:

  1. Allgofnodwch a chau’r ap.
  2. Chwiliwch am Aberystwyth University a chlicio ar yr enw.
  3. Cewch neges yn dweud eich bod yn mewngofnodi trwy wefan PA
  4. Cliciwch ar Got it
  5. Mewngofnodwch gyda’ch enw defnyddiwr a chyfrinair PA

Diweddariadau

Bydd Blackboard yn diweddaru ar ddechrau pob mis. Mae’r diweddariadau misol hyn yn golygu na fydd angen i ni atal gwasanaeth Blackboard i wneud gwaith cynnal a chadw o hyn ymlaen.

Dyddiadau diweddaru ar gyfer semester 1:

  • 5 Medi
  • 3 Hydref
  • 7 Tachwedd
  • 5 Rhagfyr
  • 2 Ionawr

Efallai y sylwch chi fod pethau wedi newid, neu fod nodweddion newydd wedi ymddangos. Byddwn yn ceisio rhoi gwybodaeth i chi am unrhyw newidiadau sylweddol trwy’r blog.  Gallwch hefyd gael rhagor o wybodaeth ar https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/SaaS/Release_Notes

Cadw Deunydd a Chopïau Wrth Gefn

Mae Blackboard yn cadw deunydd a ddilëir am 30 diwrnod. Os ydych wedi dileu rhywbeth o Blackboard ac am ei gael yn ôl, anfonwch e-bost at elearning@aber.ac.uk cyn gynted â phosibl. Mae hyn yn cynnwys deunyddiau cyrsiau, defnyddwyr a graddau.

Ymdrin ag Ymholiadau

Gan fod Blackboard yn cael ei reoli yn y cwmwl bellach, efallai y bydd angen i’r staff cymorth e-ddysgu gyfeirio eich ymholiad ymlaen at dîm cymorth canolog Blackboard.  Mae’n bosib y bydd angen i ni:

  • Ofyn i chi am fwy o fanylion nag arfer ynglŷn â’r broblem – efallai y bydd angen i ni ofyn i chi am fanylion y camau a gymeroch
  • Ganiatáu i staff cymorth Blackboard gael mynediad i’ch modiwl

Mae hefyd yn bosib y bydd yn cymryd ychydig yn hirach i gael ateb, ond byddwn yn ceisio sicrhau eich bod yn cael gwybodaeth am hynt eich ymholiad[:]

[:en]Blackboard Available[:cy]Blackboard ar gael[:]

[:en]The move to Blackboard SaaS is now complete. Blackboard is no longer read-only.

The Blackboard login page has changed. When you go to blackboard.aber.ac.uk you will login using the Login@Aber screen.
Screenshot of login@ASber page

If you have any queries regarding this process contact elearning@aber.ac.uk / 01970 62 2472.

Thank you for your patience.[:cy]Cwblhawyd y trosglwyddiad Blackboard SaaS. Nid yw Blackboard yn adnodd darllen-yn-unig bellach.

Mae tudalen mewngofnodi Blackboard wedi newid. Pan ewch i blackboard.aber.ac.uk byddwch yn mewngofnodi trwy ddefnyddio sgrîn Login@Aber.
Screenshot of login@ASber page

Os oes gennych ymholiadau o unrhyw fath am y broses cysylltwch ag eddsygu@aber.ac.uk / 01970 62 2472.

Diolch am eich amynedd.[:]

[:en]Blackboard SaaS Update 5[:cy]Blackboard SaaS – diweddariad 5[:]

[:en]Da iawn ni! The big development of this month has been a working version of the Welsh language interface. After a lot of thinking, and some investigations we have managed to

Iaith Gwaith logo - speech bubble containing the word Cymraeg

find a way to recreate our Welsh language tabs and boxes on the new SaaS environment. As users you won’t notice anything different, but for us it’s a major step forward. And it’s all nicely documented (all 9 pages of it!) to make sure that anyone in the team can do it, should we need to. It’s nice to see Blackboard back to its bilingual normality!

We’re also looking for teaching and administrative staff to help test the new Blackboard SaaS environment. If you are interested, please email us on elearning@aber.ac.uk

We’ll give our testers access to copies of their Blackboard modules on the SaaS site. We will then ask you to

  • Look at the course materials and check they work as you expect
  • Use some of the Blackboard tools to make sure they are working normally
  • Spot and report any problems or issues

All staff are welcome to join the testing. We are especially looking for staff who use Blackboard in Welsh or who use tools like tests and discussion boards.

If you would like more information, you can email elearning@aber.ac.uk[:cy]Da iawn ni! Y datblygiad mawr y mis hwn oedd creu fersiwn sy’n gweithio o’r Iaith Gwaith logo - speech bubble containing the word Cymraegrhyngwyneb Cymraeg. Ar ôl llawer o feddwl a gwaith ymchwil rydym wedi llwyddo i ffeindio ffordd o ail-greu ein tabiau a blychau  Cymraeg ar yr amgylchedd SaaS newydd. Fel defnyddwyr ni fydd unrhyw beth yn edrych yn wahanol, ond i ni mae’n gam enfawr ymlaen. Ac mae’r cyfan wedi’i ddogfennu (dros 9 tudalen!) i wneud yn siŵr y gall unrhyw un yn y tîm ei wneud, os bydd angen. Mae’n braf gweld Blackboard yn ôl i’w normalrwydd dwyieithog!

Rydym hefyd yn chwilio am staff dysgu a gweinyddol i’n helpu i brofi’r amgylchedd SaaS Blackboard newydd. Os oes gennych ddiddordeb, e-bostiwch ni ar elearning@aber.ac.uk

Byddwn yn rhoi mynediad i’n profwyr i gopïau o’u modiwlau Blackboard ar y safle SaaS. Byddwn wedyn yn gofyn i chi

  • Edrych ar ddeunyddiau’r cwrs a gwirio eu bod yn gweithio fel y disgwyl
  • Defnyddio rhai o offer Blackboard i wneud yn siŵr eu bod yn gweithio’n iawn
  • Adnabod a rhoi gwybod am unrhyw broblemau neu faterion

Mae croeso i’r holl staff ymuno yn y gwaith profi. Rydym yn chwilio’n arbennig am staff sy’n defnyddio Blackboard yn Gymraeg neu sy’n defnyddio offer megis profion a byrddau trafod.

Os hoffech gael rhagor o wybodaeth, gallwch e-bostio elearning@aber.ac.uk[:]

[:en]Blackboard SaaS Update 4[:cy]Blackboard SaaS – diweddariad 4[:]

[:en]The focus of most of our testing over the last month has been making sure that our local settings in Blackboard work correctly. We’ve spent a lot of time working on the Welsh language translation. Our translation files are quite old and need updating, so we’ll be spending time getting the Welsh interface working correctly.

We’re also checking all the main Blackboard tools to make sure that they work as we expect – and for that to work properly we will need your help. We plan to invite staff to test the new SaaS environment to get more feedback – look out for an email inviting you to join the testing group.

In the last blog post we mentioned we are planning downtime for the final data transfer. It has been quite hard to find a suitable time that isn’t either too early or disruptive during the supplementary exam period. We believe that we’ve now found a suitable date. Our plan is to take Blackboard out of service on 29th August. It should take a couple of hours to transfer the data and when we bring Blackboard back into service it will be read-only until 2nd September. If staff need access to update anything between 29th August and 2nd September, please email elearning@aber.ac.uk[:cy]Ffocws y rhan fwyaf o’n profi dros y mis diwethaf oedd gwneud yn siŵr bod ein gosodiadau lleol yn Blackboard yn gweithio’n iawn. Rydym wedi treulio llawer o amser yn gweithio ar y cyfieithiad Cymraeg. Mae ein ffeiliau Cymraeg yn eithaf hen ac angen eu diweddaru, felly byddwn yn treulio amser yn ceisio sicrhau fod y rhyngwyneb Cymraeg yn gweithio’n iawn.

Rydym hefyd yn gwirio holl brif offer Blackboard i wneud yn siŵr eu bod yn gweithio fel y disgwyl – ac er mwyn i hynny weithio’n iawn, byddwn angen eich cymorth. Rydym yn bwriadu gwahodd staff i brofi amgylchedd newydd SaaS i gael mwy o adborth – cadwch lygaid allan am e-bost yn eich gwahodd i ymuno â’r grŵp profi.

Yn y blog diwethaf gwnaethom grybwyll ein bod yn cynllunio amser segur ar gyfer trosglwyddo’r data’n derfynol. Mae hi wedi bod yn anodd dod o hyd i amser addas sydd ddim yn rhy gynnar neu’n rhy aflonyddgar yn ystod cyfnod yr arholiadau atodol. Credwn ein bod wedi dod o hyd i ddyddiad addas erbyn hyn. Ein cynllun yw trefnu amser segur i Blackboard ar 29 Awst. Dylai gymryd ychydig oriau’n unig i drosglwyddo data a phan fydd Blackboard ar gael eto, bydd ar gael i’w ddarllen yn unig tan 2 Medi. Os yw staff angen cael mynediad i ddiweddaru rhywbeth rhwng 29 Awst a 2 Medi, e-bostiwch elearning@aber.ac.uk[:]

Padlet

[:en]Over the last few weeks, I’ve been taking a FutureLearn course called Using Technology in Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning. It’s run by the Chartered College of Teaching and focuses on the use of learning technologies in primary and secondary education. Although the context is different to higher education, it’s been a really interesting and enlightening course. It’s been useful to find out more about the education system that our students have come from, and it’s also good to find out about different tools and technologies that we may not use so much in universities.

Screenshot of a Padlet board

One of the tools that teachers in school use a lot is called Padlet. We know that Padlet is used in universities and there may be Padlet users amongst our readers. However, it wasn’t something that I’d used much, so I decided to take a look at it.

Padlet (https://padlet.com/) describes itself as ‘productivity software’ which makes collaboration easier. It’s designed around the idea of a wall or a board, to which you and users can add cards or notes. The cards can contain text, images, links, videos and files.

To create a Padlet board you will need to create an account – you can have a free account, which provides you 3 boards and an upload of 10Mb. You will also see adverts on this free version. You can sign-in with Google or create your own account. Students can contribute to the boards without creating an account, although if you want to know what who has posted what they will need to set-up an account. Boards can be private or public, and you can control who you invite to post to the boards. (Have a look at our post on polling software and privacy considerations)

There seem to be two uses that are obvious for Padlet – the first is for curation or research type activities, and the second is for collecting feedback for students.

You can find lots of case studies of schools, colleges and universities using Padlet to allow students to collaboratively collect resources and materials. This could be for group presentations and projects or for seminar preparation. A nice example is with Foundation Year Psychology undergraduates at University of Sussex (https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/compass/article/view/714)

Many of us may also have seen Padlets used to facilitate interaction in lectures or presentations. Students can post up their questions to a Padlet wall during a lecture allowing the lecturer to view comments and questions. Used in this way, Padlet has some of the same tools as other polling software. While it doesn’t allow participants to answer questions, it’s a great way of collecting text-based responses. And these can be used later, or archived for future reference.

There’s a very useful set of resources from University of Derby (https://digitalhandbook.wp.derby.ac.uk/menu/toolbox/padlet/). Do be aware that this contains information specific to Derby staff, but you should find the ideas useful. If you’re already a Padlet users, do get in touch; we’re always looking for guest bloggers. Also, you may want to consider putting in a paper proposal for July’s Learning and Teaching conference.[:cy]Yn ystod yr wythnosau diwethaf, bûm yn dilyn cwrs FutureLearn o’r enw Using Technology in Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning sy’n cael ei redeg gan y Coleg Addysgu Siartedig ac yn canolbwyntio ar ddefnyddio technolegau dysgu mewn addysg gynradd ac uwchradd. Er bod y cyd-destun yn wahanol i addysg uwch, bu’n gwrs diddorol a goleuedig iawn. Bu’n ddefnyddiol i ganfod mwy am y system addysg y daw ein myfyrwyr ohoni, ac mae’n dda hefyd i ddysgu mwy am wahanol offerynnau a thechnolegau na ddefnyddiwn i’r un graddau efallai mewn prifysgolion.

Screenshot of a Padlet board

Un o’r offerynnau y mae athrawon mewn ysgolion yn ei ddefnyddio’n aml yw Padlet. Gwyddom fod Padlet yn cael ei ddefnyddio mewn prifysgolion ac efallai bod defnyddwyr Padlet ymhlith ein darllenwyr. Ond, nid oedd yn rhywbeth yr oeddwn i wedi’i ddefnyddio ryw lawer, felly penderfynais gael golwg arno.

Mae Padlet (https://padlet.com/) yn ei ddisgrifio ei hun yn ‘feddalwedd cynhyrchiant’ sy’n gwneud cydweithredu yn haws. Fe’i cynlluniwyd o amgylch y syniad o wal neu fwrdd y gallwch chi a defnyddwyr eraill ychwanegu cerdiau neu nodiadau ato. Gall y cerdiau gynnwys testun, lluniau, dolenni cyswllt, fideos a ffeiliau.

I greu bwrdd Padlet, bydd yn rhaid ichi greu cyfrif – gallwch gael cyfrif am ddim sy’n darparu 3 bwrdd a hawl i uwchlwytho 10Mb. Byddwch hefyd yn gweld hysbysebion yn y fersiwn hwn. Gallwch gofrestru drwy Google neu greu eich cyfrif eich hun. Gall myfyrwyr gyfrannu at y byrddau heb greu cyfrif, ond os byddant yn dymuno gwybod pwy sydd wedi postio beth, bydd yn rhaid iddynt greu cyfrif. Gall byrddau fod yn breifat neu’n gyhoeddus, a gallwch reoli pwy i’w gwahodd i bostio i’r byrddau. (Mynnwch olwg ar ein post ar feddalwedd pleidleisio ac ystyriaethau preifatrwydd).

Ceir dau ddefnydd posibl amlwg ar gyfer Padlet – gweithgareddau curadu neu ymchwilio yw’r cyntaf, a chasglu adborth i fyfyrwyr yw’r ail.
Gallwch ddod o hyd i lawer o astudiaethau achos o ysgolion, colegau a phrifysgolion yn defnyddio Padlet i alluogi myfyrwyr i gasglu adnoddau a deunyddiau ar y cyd, e.e. ar gyfer cyflwyniadau a phrosiectau grŵp neu ar gyfer paratoi seminarau. Mae gwaith israddedigion Blwyddyn Sylfaen Seicoleg Prifysgol Sussex yn enghraifft hyfryd (https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/compass/article/view/714)

Mae’n bosib y bydd llawer ohonom hefyd wedi gweld Padlet yn cael ei ddefnyddio i hwyluso rhyngweithio mewn darlithoedd neu gyflwyniadau. Gall myfyrwyr bostio eu cwestiynau ar wal Padlet yn ystod darlith i alluogi’r darlithydd i weld sylwadau a chwestiynau. O’i ddefnyddio yn y modd hwn, mae gan Padlet rai o’r un offerynnau â mathau eraill o feddalwedd pleidleisio. Er nad yw’n galluogi cyfranogwyr i ateb cwestiynau, mae’n ffordd wych o gasglu ymatebion ysgrifenedig y gellir eu defnyddio’n ddiweddarach, neu eu harchifo i gyfeirio atynt yn y dyfodol.

Ceir set ddefnyddiol iawn o adnoddau o Brifysgol Derby (https://digitalhandbook.wp.derby.ac.uk/menu/toolbox/padlet/). Dylech fod yn ymwybodol fod y set yn cynnwys gwybodaeth benodol ar gyfer staff Derby, ond dylai’r syniadau fod yn ddefnyddiol i chi. Os ydych eisoes yn defnyddio Padlet, cysylltwch â ni; rydym yn chwilio am flogwyr gwadd o hyd. Gallech chi hefyd ystyried cyflwyno cynnig ar gyfer papur yn y gynhadledd Dysgu ac Addysgu ym mis Gorffennaf.[:]

[:en]Blackboard SaaS Update 2[:cy]Blackboard SaaS – diweddariad 2[:]

[:en]At the end of last month, we blogged about getting our hands on a test Blackboard SaaS environment. This month we’ve started the process of testing the environment and finding out the differences and similarities between SaaS and our current version of Blackboard.

A lot of the work this month is being done by our Blackboard Project Manager in Amsterdam. Blackboard have taken a full copy of our local version and are importing it into the new SaaS system. Once this is done, we’ll be able to have a look at our existing courses, check that the migration process has worked and that everything is behaving as expected. This will mean looking at existing content, testing all the tools work properly, and running through all the normal daily processes we use.

In the meantime, we are testing all the Building Blocks that have been developed in-house at AU. Building Blocks are the Blackboard name for extension tools – some examples of Building Blocks you’ll recognise are Turnitin and Panopto. A Building Block embeds third-party functionality into Blackboard, for example using Blackboard enrolments to control permissions, and making it easy to display content in a Blackboard module. However, there are other tools that you use every day, but you probably don’t even know have been created at AU. The scrolling banner and My Modules box are examples of these. We also have some tools that we as System Admins use and ordinary users will never see – things that allow us to deliver the NSS information to third year students or provide a Blackboard feed to ApAber.

The testing process has involved documenting what each tool does and how it behaves now. We then use the same tool in our SaaS environment to check that it has the same outcome and behaves the same way. We make sure that all Building Blocks are tested in multiple browsers, as well as on PC and Apple. Where appropriate we’ll also test on a mobile device. And of course, we check in both English and Welsh. Once this has been done, we’ll pass feedback to our local developers for any changes that might be needed. And then the process starts again.

We’re also getting used to the continuous deployment cycle that we talked about in the last blog post. This means making sure we receive the emails that come from Blackboard and read them closely to look at what’s changing for our environment. We may have fixes for problems we’ve reported or new / updated tools. Once the deployment has been installed, we then need to test each of the new items to make sure it does what we expect it to do as well as making sure that our bug has been fixed where appropriate. We may also need to update our documentation, FAQs etc to reflect the changes that will be made.[:cy]Ddiwedd mis diwethaf, gwnaethom flogio am gael ein dwylo ar amgylchedd profi Blackboard SaaS. Y mis hwn rydym wedi dechrau’r broses o brofi’r amgylchedd i weld beth sy’n debyg ac yn wahanol rhwng SaaS a’n fersiwn presennol o Blackboard.

Mae llawer o’r gwaith y mis hwn yn cael ei wneud gan ein Rheolwr Prosiect Blackboard yn Amsterdam. Mae Blackboard wedi cymryd copi llawn o’n fersiwn lleol ni ac yn ei fewnforio i’r system SaaS newydd. Pan fydd hyn wedi cael ei wneud, bydd modd i ni edrych ar ein cyrsiau presennol, gwirio bod y broses fudo wedi gweithio a bod popeth yn gweithio fel y disgwyl. Bydd hyn yn golygu edrych ar gynnwys presennol, profi bod yr holl offer yn gweithio’n iawn, a mynd trwy’r holl brosesau dyddiol arferol yr ydym yn eu defnyddio.

Yn y cyfamser, rydym yn profi’r holl flociau adeiladu sydd wedi cael eu datblygu’n fewnol yn PA. Blociau adeiladu yw enw Blackboard am offer estyniad – rhai o’r blociau adeiladu y byddwch chi’n eu hadnabod yw Turnitin a Panopto. Mae bloc adeiladu yn mewnosod gweithrediadau trydydd parti i Blackboard, er enghraifft defnyddio cofrestriadau Blackboard i reoli caniatâd, a’i gwneud hi’n haws arddangos cynnwys mewn modiwl Blackboard. Ond, mae offer eraill yr ydych yn eu defnyddio bob dydd, ond nad ydych yn gwybod eu bod wedi cael eu creu yn PA hyd yn oed. Mae’r faner sgrolio a’r blwch Fy Modiwlau yn enghreifftiau o’r rhain. Mae gennym ni hefyd offer yr ydym ni fel Gweinyddwyr System yn eu defnyddio ac na fydd defnyddwyr arferol byth yn eu gweld – pethau sy’n galluogi i ni gyflwyno gwybodaeth yr ACF i fyfyrwyr y drydedd flwyddyn neu ddarparu porth Blackboard i ApAber.

Mae’r broses brofi wedi golygu dogfennu beth mae pob offer yn ei wneud a sut mae’n gweithio nawr. Rydym wedyn yn defnyddio’r un offer yn ein hamgylchedd SaaS i wirio ei fod yn cael yr un canlyniad ac yn gweithio yn yr un modd. Rydym yn gwneud yn siŵr bod yr holl flociau adeiladu’n cael eu profi mewn nifer o borwyr, yn ogystal ag ar gyfrifiaduron PC ac Apple. Pan fo’n briodol byddwn hefyd yn profi ar ddyfais symudol. Ac wrth gwrs, byddwn yn gwirio yn Gymraeg a Saesneg. Pan fydd hyn wedi cael ei wneud, byddwn yn pasio’r adborth ymlaen i’n datblygwyr lleol i wneud unrhyw newidiadau angenrheidiol. Ac yna bydd y broses yn dechrau eto.

Rydym hefyd yn dod i arfer â’r cylch adleoli parhaus y gwnaethom siarad amdano yn y blog diwethaf. Golyga hyn ein bod yn gwneud yn siŵr ein bod yn derbyn y negeseuon e-bost sy’n dod gan Blackboard ac yn eu darllen yn ofalus i weld beth sy’n newid ar gyfer ein hamgylchedd. Efallai fod gennym ddatrysiadau i broblemau yr ydym wedi rhoi gwybod amdanynt neu offer newydd/diwygiedig. Ar ôl gosod yr adleoli, bydd angen i ni wedyn brofi pob un o’r eitemau newydd i wneud yn siŵr eu bod yn gwneud beth maent i fod i’w wneud yn ogystal â gwneud yn siŵr bod y nam wedi’i drwsio pan fo’n briodol. Efallai y bydd angen i ni hefyd ddiweddaru ein dogfennau, Cwestiynau Cyffredin ac ati i adlewyrchu’r newidiadau a fydd yn cael eu gwneud.[:]