Reflections on the March 2021 Mini Conference

On Thursday, 25th of March, the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit held their second mini conference of the academic year. Focussed on the theme of embedding wellbeing in the curriculum, the conference brought together internal and external speakers on three strands: recognising barriers to student well-being, building resilience in students, and encouraging students to flourish.

The conference boasted a range of speakers from across Aberystwyth University, as well as an external speaker from Coleg Cambria. Topics ranged from the ongoing work on wellbeing by the Student Support team, wellbeing in foundation year programmes, and building student resilience to reframing of mistakes as a learning opportunity, and personalising approaches to engaging with students and their work. Our two keynote speakers, Frederica Roberts and Kate Lister focussed on positive education and online communities respectively. In the spirit of the conference, the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit also organised two activities during the morning and afternoon breaks: desk yoga and a guided meditation with local yoga teacher Regina Hellmich, which several delegates identified as a conference highlight. The day concluded with a plenary session in which everyone was encouraged to reflect on their insights and identify concrete applications of best practice going forward.

If you missed the mini conference or could only attend parts of it, you can now access recordings of most presentations here. Simply log in with your Aberystwyth ID and password. In addition, we strongly encourage you to sign up to our next Academy Forum on the 20th of April, entitled “How can I embed wellbeing into the curriculum?” – we look forward to seeing you there.

Advice on managing face-to-face and HyFlex teaching successfully

Advice on managing face-to-face teaching successfully:
All staff should strive to maximise the amount of time that students are working back to back or side to side, wherever possible. However, where this is not possible, students may turn to one another, for example for seminar discussion, provided other mitigating practices remain in place (ventilation, masks, social distancing).

A short (10 minute) discussion among students can then be opened up by using interactive technologies such as polling software to allow students to pool their knowledge and begin a plenary discussion, for which all students will face forward again. The majority of in-person sessions should take place with students positioned back to back or side to side.

Please note:
• Any activities in which students face each other should be in very small groups (pairs or groups of three) to minimise the overall volume and ensure everyone can contribute.
• Reminding students of good conversational etiquette, in which people take turns to speak, is essential to minimising the volume of conversations, and thus the projection of aerosol droplets.
• In rooms with fixed and/or tiered seating, such discussion may prove difficult, as students are not permitted to change seats.
• In rooms with mobile seating, the layout of the room must not be changed, and staff must ensure that students maintain social distancing at all times when turning to others.

Advice on managing HyFlex teaching successfully:
• Set expectations clearly: what can student joining remotely expect? Will they be in an observer role? Will they be active participants? What are the limits of remote participation?
• Enable interactive tasks that bring remote and in situ students together, e.g. interactive polls that all can access synchronously
• If numbers are very uneven and the majority of students is present in one mode (e.g. only one student is joining remotely from quarantine), invite in situ students to the online session using their own devices, to enable peer discussion

[:en]Digital Insights 2018/19 benchmarking data[:cy]Data Meincnodi Mewnwelediad Digidol 2018/19 [:]

[:en]As promised in the previous post outlining some of the key findings of this year’s Digital Insights survey for students we will now present you with the benchmarking data from 29 other Higher Education in UK (14560 responses from students).

Having access to the benchmarking data gives us an opportunity to judge how well we are actually doing and determine which issues are specific to Aberystwyth and which are common to all HE institutions in our sector.

Overall, significantly more students at AU rated the quality of this university’s digital provision (software, hardware, learning environment) as ‘Excellent’.

 

 

 

 

In many aspects, the ratings of AU digital provisions were higher than the benchmarking data, however with regard to interactive digital activities such as using educational games or simulations, polling software or working online with others the results were lower.

In the next post from the Digital Insights’ series we will present you with examples of useful learning apps and tools given by students.


Significantly more students at AU responded that they have access to ‘recorded lectures’ at university whenever they need them.

 

 

 

 

Significantly more students at AU agree the university help them stay safe online.

 

 

 

 

 

Significantly more students at AU agree that they can easily find things on the VLE.

 

 

 

 

 

Significantly more students at AU agree that online assessments are delivered and managed well.

 

 

 

 

 

Significantly more students at AU never work online with others as part of their course.

 

 

 

 

 

Significantly more students at AU never use a polling device or online quiz to give answers in class as part of their course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 [:cy]Fel yr addawyd yn y neges flaenorol oedd yn amlinellu rhai o ddarganfyddiadau allweddol arolwg Mewnwelediad Digidol eleni i fyfyrwyr byddwn nawr yn cyflwyno’r data meincnodi o 29 o sefydliadau Addysg Uwch eraill yn y DU (14560 o ymatebion gan fyfyrwyr).

Mae cael mynediad i’r data meincnodi yn rhoi cyfle i ni weld yn union pa mor dda yr ydym yn ei wneud a phenderfynu pa faterion sy’n benodol i Aberystwyth a pha rai sy’n gyffredin i’r holl sefydliadau Addysg Uwch yn ein sector.

Yn gyffredinol, gwnaeth cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA nodi bod darpariaeth ddigidol y brifysgol hon (meddalwedd, caledwedd, amgylchedd dysgu) yn ‘Ardderchog’.

 

 

 

 

 

Mewn nifer o agweddau, roedd cyfraddau darpariaethau digidol PA yn uwch na’r data meincnodi, fodd bynnag, o ran gweithgareddau digidol rhyngweithiol, megis defnyddio gemau addysgol neu efelychiadau, meddalwedd pleidleisio neu weithio ar-lein gydag eraill, roedd y canlyniadau’n is.

Yn y neges nesaf yn y gyfres ‘Mewnwelediad Digidol’ byddwn yn cyflwyno enghreifftiau o apiau ac offer dysgu defnyddiol a roddwyd gan fyfyrwyr.


Gwnaeth cryn dipyn y fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA ymateb i ddweud bod ganddynt fynediad i ‘ddarlithoedd wedi’u recordio’ yn y brifysgol pryd bynnag yr oeddent eu hangen.

 

 

 

 

 

Mae cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA yn cytuno bod y brifysgol yn eu cynorthwyo i gadw’n ddiogel ar-lein.

 

 

 

 

 

Mae cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA yn cytuno eu bod yn gallu dod o hyd i bethau’n hawdd ar yr Amgylchedd Dysgu Rhithwir.

 

 

 

 

 

Mae cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA yn cytuno bod asesiadau ar-lein yn cael eu cyflwyno a’u rheoli’n dda.

 

 

 

 

 

Doedd cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA byth yn gweithio ar-lein gydag eraill yn rhan o’u cwrs.

 

 

 

 

 

Doedd cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA byth yn defnyddio dyfais bleidleisio na chwisiau ar-lein i roi atebion yn y dosbarth yn rhan o’u cwrs.

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Webinar: Instilling Self-Regulation in Learners & Using Sway for Online Learning

[:en]Academy Showcase is a space for sharing good practise among staff from Aberystwyth, Bangor and other Higher Education institutions. Every year we run two sessions with two presentations each, one from Aber and one from Bangor. Anybody can join Academy Showcase from their own machines using the link available here

We look forward this year’s presentations and we hope some of you will be able to join us.

 


20 March 2019 at 1pm -2pm

Instilling Self-Regulation in Learners by Dr Simon Payne (Aberystwyth)

We asked AU students and staff questions such as, “Why do students underachieve or even drop out?,” “What distractions do students face that interfere with their best intentions to study and improve?,” and “What happens to ‘turn students off’ from learning and striving to achieve?” The answers were remarkably similar from both groups, suggesting agreement on the problem and potential alignment on solutions. Self-regulation is the voluntary control of impulses which can facilitate or hinder us from achieving our goals. Hence, self-regulation includes the ability to regulate cognitive processes and activities, e.g. to plan, monitor and reflect on problem solving activities. Self-regulation also includes the control of one’s competing/conflicting motivational and emotional impulses and processes, e.g., overcoming social anxiety to contribute in class. Clearly, the development of self-regulation skills will help students achieve their objectives for entering HE. This presentation will provide techniques for tutors to help their students and tutees to be better self-regulators, and introduce and rationalise an ambitious AU-wide programme of studies that target student self-regulation ability.


Using Sway for Online Learning by Helen Munro (Bangor)

 

Sessions will be provided in English.[:cy]Mae’r Academi Arddangos yn lle i rannu arferion da ymhlith staff o Aberystwyth, Bangor a sefydliadau Addysg Uwch eraill. Bob blwyddyn rydym yn cynnal dwy sesiwn gyda dau gyflwyniad ym mhob sesiwn, un o Aber ac un o Fangor. Gall unrhyw un ymuno â’r Academi Arddangos o’u peiriannau eu hunain drwy ddefnyddio’r ddolen sydd ar gael yma

Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at y cyflwyniadau eleni a gobeithio y bydd modd i rai ohonoch ymuno â ni.

 


20 Mawrth 2019 am 1yp-2yp

Instilling Self-Regulation in Learners by Dr Simon Payne (Aberystwyth)

We asked AU students and staff questions such as, “Why do students underachieve or even drop out?,” “What distractions do students face that interfere with their best intentions to study and improve?,” and “What happens to ‘turn students off’ from learning and striving to achieve?” The answers were remarkably similar from both groups, suggesting agreement on the problem and potential alignment on solutions. Self-regulation is the voluntary control of impulses which can facilitate or hinder us from achieving our goals. Hence, self-regulation includes the ability to regulate cognitive processes and activities, e.g. to plan, monitor and reflect on problem solving activities. Self-regulation also includes the control of one’s competing/conflicting motivational and emotional impulses and processes, e.g., overcoming social anxiety to contribute in class. Clearly, the development of self-regulation skills will help students achieve their objectives for entering HE. This presentation will provide techniques for tutors to help their students and tutees to be better self-regulators, and introduce and rationalise an ambitious AU-wide programme of studies that target student self-regulation ability.


Using Sway for Online Learning by Helen Munro (Bangor)

 

Cynhelir y sesiynau yn Saesneg.

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[:en]Polling software: Mentimeter and Poll Everywhere[:cy]Meddalwedd pleidleisio: Mentimeter a Poll Everywhere[:]

[:en]The E-leaning Group is looking into how polling software can be used in lectures and seminars. Polling software is a great way to increase classroom engagement as it provides interactive presentations ranging from multiple choice questions to live word clouds. With their personal devices (such as mobiles, tablets etc.), students will be able to answer questions, vote and ask queries,which will appear on the presentation slides.  The recent Digital Insights survey, overseen by Information Services, showed that fifty-seven percent of lectures already use some sort of polling software in the classroom.

Some examples of positive comments from students include:

 “Provided quick feedback on what lecture we needed help with”

“Online poll, on parts of the subject asking the class how much they understood. This made it so people put how they actually felt as they didn’t have to speak in class”

“Polls in lecturers keep the students interested”

“It was fun last year when we did online quizzes in the lecture, interactive with each other and then went through the answers question by question on the big screen”

“Method of reviewing prescribed reading material”

The E-Learning Group has found Mentimeter and Poll Everywhere to be especially accessible and reliable:

  • Mentimeter is best used for lectures with larger audiences as it has no limit on participants. With Mentimeter you can create: quick slides, questions and quizzes. There is no limit on the number of quick slides, however with the free version you only be able to create two questions and five quizzes.
  • Poll Everywhere caps its audience at twenty-five so can best work in seminars and workshops. Poll Everywhere provides much of what Mentimeter does with the benefit of having no limit on the number of questions/activities.

There is a guide to creating presentations with both Mentimeter and Poll Everywhere available on our webpages.[:cy]Mae’r Grŵp E-ddysgu’n edrych ar sut y gellir defnyddio meddalwedd pleidleisio mewn darlithoedd a seminarau. Mae meddalwedd pleidleisio’n ffordd wych o gynyddu ymgysylltiad y dosbarth oherwydd mae’n darparu cyflwyniadau sy’n amrywio o gwestiynau amlddewis i gymylau geiriau byw. Gyda’u dyfeisiau personol (megis ffonau symudol, llechi ac ati), bydd modd i fyfyrwyr ateb cwestiynau, pleidleisio a gofyn cwestiynau, a fydd yn ymddangos ar sleidiau’r cyflwyniad. Dangosodd yr arolwg Mewnwelediad Digidol diweddar, a oruchwyliwyd gan y Gwasanaethau Gwybodaeth, bod hanner cant y cant o ddarlithoedd eisoes yn defnyddio rhyw fath o feddalwedd pleidleisio yn y dosbarth.

Dyma rai enghreifftiau o sylwadau cadarnhaol gan fyfyrwyr:

 “Darparu adborth cyflym ar ba ddarlith yr oedd arnom angen cymorth gyda hi”

“Pleidlais ar-lein, am rannau o’r pwnc yn gofyn i’r dosbarth faint oeddent yn ei ddeall. Roedd hyn yn golygu bod pobl yn gallu dweud yn union sut yr oeddent yn teimlo heb orfod siarad yn y dosbarth”

“Mae pleidleisio mewn darlithoedd yn cadw diddordeb y myfyrwyr”

“Roedd hi’n hwyl y llynedd pan wnaethon ni gwisiau ar-lein yn y ddarlith, rhyngweithio â’n gilydd, ac yna mynd dros yr atebion fesul cwestiwn ar y sgrin fawr”

“Dull o adolygu yn pennu deunydd darllen”

Mae’r Grŵp E-ddysgu wedi canfod bod Mentimeter a Poll Everywhere yn arbennig o hygyrch a dibynadwy:

  • Mae Mentimeter yn well ar gyfer darlithoedd sydd â chynulleidfaoedd mawr oherwydd nad oes cyfyngiad ar gyfranogwyr. Gyda Mentimeter gallwch greu cwisiau amlddewis, cymylau geiriau a siartiau i’ch cynulleidfa ryngweithio â hwy. Fodd bynnag, gyda’r fersiwn rhad ac am ddim dim ond dau gwestiwn a phump cwis y cewch eu creu. Nid oes cyfyngiad ar nifer y sleidiau sylfaenol.
  • Mae Poll Everywhere yn capio’r gynulleidfa ar bump ar hugain felly mae’n gweithio orau mewn seminarau a gweithdai. Mae Poll Everywhere yn darparu’r rhan fwyaf o bethau y mae Mentimeter yn ei wneud gyda’r fantais o beidio â chael cyfyngiad ar nifer y cwestiynau/actifadau.

Mae canllawiau  i greu cyflwyniadau gyda Mentimeter a Poll Everywhere ar gael ar ein tudalennau gwe.[:]

[: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.[:]