The Exemplary Course Award – Streamlined Application Process

Annually, the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit run the Exemplary Course Award, which recognises the very best practice in using Blackboard. This blog post details changes we have made to the process, when dedicated training sessions will be run, how and why to apply, and when the deadline for applications is.
To get an idea of what an ECA-winning module might look like, you can view last year’s winners’ module walk-throughs here (Lara Kipp, in English only, and Rhianedd Jewell, in Welsh and English).

Recognising the particular challenges of this academic year, we have put our heads together to streamline the process in the hopes that even more applicants submit their modules for consideration. The process is still rigorous and detailed, but we have made some key changes to encourage as wide a range of applications as possible.

What has changed?
• You can now submit in two different formats: either a written narrative of up to 500 words, or a Panopto recording up to 4 minutes in length.
• We have streamlined the form in such a way that applicants only need to tick whether a criterion is fulfilled or not – no need to agonise over how many points to award yourself.
• We have integrated the criteria weighting into the form, meaning applicants do not need to calculate scores anymore.

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[:en]How can we help you with the Blank Course Copy?[:cy]Sut allwn ni eich helpu chi gyda’r Copi Gwag o Gyrsiau?[:]

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Postgraduate Blackboard modules for 2020/21 academic year will be created with no content. Previously, year by year the content was automatically copied over for all Blackboard modules.

Preparing postgraduate modules for the next year will require the module co-ordinators to copy over existing and/or upload new material into the new iteration of their module. All modules will contain an agreed departmental menu template that content will need to be organised under.

We would like to assist staff with preparing their modules as much as we can. We are happy to come to your office or for you to come and visit us. If you would like to book an appointment with a member of the E-learning Group, please let us know a convenient time and place where you would like to meet.

We have prepared these FAQs with detailed guideline on copying different elements on Blackboard and produced the information help sheet below.

We look forward to work closely with all staff and supporting you in any convenient for you way. [:cy]

Bydd modiwlau Blackboard Uwchraddedig ar gyfer blwyddyn academaidd  2019/20 yn cael eu creu heb gynnwys. Yn flaenorol, roedd y cynnwys yn cael ei gopïo drosodd bob blwyddyn yn awtomatig ar gyfer holl fodiwlau Blackboard.

Bydd paratoi modiwlau Uwchraddedig ar gyfer y flwyddyn nesaf yn golygu bod cydlynwyr y modiwlau’n copïo deunydd presennol drosodd neu’n uwchlwytho deunydd newydd i’r ailadroddiad o’u modiwl. Bydd yr holl fodiwlau’n cynnwys templed o ddewislen adrannol y cytunwyd arni a bydd rhaid trefnu’r cynnwys yn unol â’r ddewislen hon.

Hoffem gynorthwyo staff i baratoi modiwlau gymaint ag y gallwn. Rydym yn fodlon dod i’r swyddfa neu i chi ddod i ymweld â ni. Os hoffech drefnu apwyntiad gydag aelod o’r Grŵp E-ddysgu, rhowch wybod i ni lle a phryd yr hoffech gwrdd.

Rydym wedi paratoi’r Cwestiynau Cyffredin hyn sydd â chanllawiau manwl ar sut i gopïo elfennau gwahanol ar Blackboard ac wedi cynhyrchu’r daflen wybodaeth sy’n cael ei harddangos ar yr ochr chwith.

Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at weithio’n agos â’r holl staff a’ch cynorthwyo mewn unrhyw ffordd sy’n gyfleus i chi.

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[:en]Quizdom Virtual Remote (QVR) no longer available after December 2018[:cy]Ni fydd Quizdom Virtual Remote (QVR) ar gael ar ôl mis Rhagfyr 2018[:]

[:en]The licence for the Quizdom Virtual Remote (QVR) which allows students to use their own mobile devices for in-class voting expires in December 2018 and will no longer be available.

We are aware that some of you used it in your sessions, therefore we would like to encourage you to keep using interactive course activities and consider one of the options below:

  • Although it will no longer be possible to use the remote version of Quizdom allowing students to vote from their own devices, you will be able to use four sets of Qwizdom with a total of 118 handsets. Rather than using their own mobile devices students will have to vote using the handsets. If you wish to book the sets please email is@aber.ac.uk including the date(s) and time you wish to use the equipment and how many sets you wish to use.
  • The E-learning Group have been surveying the growing number of online polling tools available. Most of them are paid for services with different packages available depending on the types of tools, size of class etc. However, almost all have a free option which is a cut-down version of the paid-for service. All the services that we looked at are cloud-based – they don’t have software that you download, but you create your presentations via a web page and they are saved and run remotely.

Some of the polling software we recommend:

PollEverywhere

  • 40 participants, unlimited number of questions, 23 question types , PowerPoint integration

Mentimeter

  • unlimited number of participants, 7 questions per presentation (5 quiz and 2 other type), 10 questions types, Power Point integration

Socrative

  • 50 participants, unlimited number of questions, 3 questions types, reporting available

Please note that you will still be able to use the QVR in the first semester 2018.

Please contact the E-learning Group if you wish to get more information or training on using different classroom polling methods.

 [:cy]Mae’r drwydded ar gyfer Qwizdom Virtual Remote (QVR) sy’n galluogi i fyfyrwyr ddefnyddio eu dyfeisiau symudol eu hunain i bleidleisio yn y dosbarth yn dod i ben ym mis Rhagfyr 2018 ac ni fydd ar gael wedi hynny.

Rydym yn ymwybodol bod rhai ohonoch yn ei ddefnyddio yn eich sesiynau, felly hoffem eich annog i barhau i ddefnyddio gweithgareddau rhyngweithiol yn eich cwrs ac ystyried un o’r dewisiadau isod:

  • Er na fydd hi bellach yn bosibl defnyddio’r fersiwn o bell o Qwizdom sy’n galluogi i fyfyrwyr bleidleisio o’u dyfeisiau symudol eu hunain, bydd modd i chi ddefnyddio pedwar set o offer Qwizdom sydd â chyfanswm o 118 set law. Yn hytrach na defnyddio eu dyfeisiau symudol eu hunain bydd rhaid i’r myfyrwyr bleidleisio gan ddefnyddio’r setiau llaw. Os hoffech archebu’r setiau e-bostiwch gg@aber.ac.uk gan gynnwys y dyddiad(au) a’r amser yr hoffech ddefnyddio’r offer a sawl set yr hoffech eu defnyddio.
  • Mae’r Grŵp E-ddysgu wedi bod yn arolygu’r nifer gynyddol o offer pleidleisio ar-lein sydd ar gael. Mae’n rhaid talu am y rhan fwyaf ohonynt ac mae pecynnau gwahanol ar gael gan ddibynnu ar yr offer, maint y dosbarth ac ati. Ond, mae gan bron iawn bob un opsiwn rhad ac am ddim o’r gwasanaeth y mae’n rhaid talu amdano. Mae’r holl wasanaethau yr ydym wedi edrych arnynt yn seiliedig mewn cwmwl – nid oes ganddynt feddalwedd i’w lawrlwytho, ond rydych chi’n creu eich cyflwyniadau drwy dudalen we ac yna cânt eu cadw a’u rhedeg o bell.

Some of the polling software we recommend:

PollEverywhere

  • 40 cyfranogwr, nifer anghyfyngedig o gwestiynau, 23 math o gwestiwn, integreiddio PowerPoint

Mentimeter

  • nifer anghyfyngedig o gyfranogwyr, 7 cwestiwn am bob cyflwyniad (5 cwis a 2 math arall), 10 math o gwestiwn, integreiddio PowerPoint

Socrative

  • 50 cyfranogwr, nifer anghyfyngedig o gwestiynau, 3 math o gwestiwn, adroddiadau ar gael

Noder y byddwch yn dal i allu defnyddio’r QVR yn ystod semester cyntaf 2018.

Cysylltwch â’r Grŵp E-ddysgu os hoffech gael rhagor o wybodaeth neu hyfforddiant ar ddefnyddio’r gwahanol ddulliau o bleidleisio yn y dosbarth.

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[:en]Celebrating excellence in teaching: AU Blackboard Exemplary Course Awards (ECA)[:cy]Dathlu rhagoriaeth mewn addysgu: Gwobrau Cwrs Eithriadol Blackboard PA[:]

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We are proud to announce that the winners of this year’s AU Blackboard ECA awards are being presented with their awards during this week’s graduation ceremonies.

Adam Vellender, Catherine O’Hanlon, Daniel Low and Stephen Chapman, the winners 2017-2018 ECA winners are being presented with their awards during their department’s graduation ceremony. The winning modules all showed the high standard of learning and teaching at Aberystwyth University and inspire others to innovate and engage students in active learning and contained many exemplary practices. The winners’ modules contained many exemplary practices and received Highly Commended Awards.

Now in their fifth year, the Exemplary Course Awards recognise excellence in course design, interaction and collaboration, assessment and learner support.The ECA provides an excellent opportunity for staff to share their work with other colleagues, refle~@ct on their use of tools such as Blackboard, and get feedback on their learning activities from their peers. We congratulate all our Highly Commended staff this year and encourage other staff to consider entering their modules in the future. The E-learning Group are happy to provide advice and support for any interested in finding out more about the ECA.” Kate Wright, E-Learning Group Manager

For further information see here.[:cy]

Rydym yn falch o gyhoeddi y bydd enillwyr Gwobrau Cwrs Eithriadol Blackboard yn derbyn eu gwobrau yn ystod seremonïau graddio’r wythnos hon.

Bydd Adam Vellender, Catherine O’Hanlon, Daniel Low a Stephen Chapman, enillwyr Gwobrau Cwrs Eithriadol 2017-2018 yn derbyn eu gwobrau yn ystod seremoni raddio eu hadran. Dangosodd yr holl fodiwlau buddugol safon uchel y dysgu a’r addysgu ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth a gwnaethant ysbrydoli eraill i arloesi ac ymgysylltu’r myfyrwyr ag addysgu gweithredol ac roeddent yn cynnwys nifer o arferion eithriadol.Roedd modiwlau’r enillwyr yn cynnwys nifer o arferion eithriadol a chawsant Wobrau Cymeradwyaeth Uchel.

Bellach yn eu pumed flwyddyn, mae’r Gwobrau Cwrs Eithriadol yn cydnabod rhagoriaeth mewn dylunio cyrsiau, rhyngweithio a chydweithio, asesu a chefnogi dysgwyr. “Mae’r Gwobrau Cwrs Effeithiol yn rhoi cyfle arbennig i staff rannu eu gwaith gyda chydweithwyr eraill, myfyrio ar eu defnydd o offer megis Blackboard, a chael adborth am eu gweithgareddau addysgu gan eu cyfoedion. Rydym yn llongyfarch ein staff Cymeradwyaeth Uchel eleni ac yn annog staff eraill i ystyried cyflwyno eu modiwlau yn y dyfodol. Mae’r Grŵp E-ddysgu’n hapus i roi cyngor a chymorth i unrhyw un sydd â diddordeb mewn cael gwybod mwy am y Gwobrau Cwrs Eithriadol.” Kate Wright, Rheolwr y Grŵp E-ddysgu

I gael rhagor o wybodaeth gweler.[:]