Meeting with Alison Domakin, Ian Simpson & Paul Woltham

AD is head of the Step-up to Social Work program.

I am writing to see if you can provide advice for us. As part of the Step up to social work programme we are wanting to move our placement documents from hard copy to an electronic format. The portfolio consists of a series of proformas which are very simple. We need both students and practice educators to be able to share this with each other.

Do you have any ideas as to what we could use for this? We have experience of pebblepad but do not wish to use this as the main concern is to use something which does not involve using a seperate system. Would we be able to do something using live@edu?

Met with Alison and colleagues to talk throught the implications of using Live@edu to deliver their requirements. As this applicatin is an integral part of the student experience this tool would provide the posiblity of sharing docs online. Staff would need access to Live@edu to be able to carry this proces out correctly. I pointed out that keeping secure documents on an external server was also a factor to consider when determining their decision. Alison and colleagues also were going to look at OneNote as a portfolio tool. LRT do not support Live@edu which was pointed out to Alison and colleagues.

To be continued …

Meeting with Deborah O’Connor

DoC wishes to setup a Ning network to use with the Pre-Reg MSc. students in the Psythiotherapy department. There would be approx 25 students and the aim of the netowrk is to provide a forum for students who are part-time students.

JG will be assisting DC with any issues which may arise during the setup and implementation of the network. Having looked at Facebook DC wanted a system which has a invite-only facility. She has attended the presentation given by JG at the L&T conference and another session. Her department are now confident that using NING as a forum/collaborative tool is the way forward.

Moodle Course

Simon FitzPatrick of Netskills showcased a number of tools which can be used with Moodle and allowed trainees to practice using the various options available with Moodle.

Allowed staff to practice to review these tools, their delivery and interact wth colleagues.

Livescribe Pen

Feedback form an admin user:

I start using the Livescribe pen several months ago. I have found it
very useful, although sometimes the acoustics are not great. For
example if someone sitting beside you is flicking through papers, or
there are noises outside and the window is open, it picks up these
noises as well (e.g. lawnmower on campus, noisy students etc). When
people speak clearly at meetings it is absolutely brilliant but
naturally soft voices are not picked up. All in all though, I would
highly recommend it. It’s especially useful for me because I wear
hearing aids.

Feedback received from another test user:

  • The pen should be trialled in a meeting by members of staff who feel it would be useful to them, as it was not possible to test the pen under meeting conditions for longer than one hour or by more than one member of staff in this situation.
  • It is expected that the physical form of the pen is likely to improve (becoming smaller and lighter) in the near future and that this might be worth waiting for.
  • Without the additional text translation software, the pen offers little more benefit than a Dictaphone. It is useful in that it is easy to find the relevant part of the audio but offers no other advantage.
  • As a general finding, it is not considered that the pen offers sufficient facility to make it worthwhile, but individual members of staff may find that it could be useful to them and this should be individually tested.

Responding to the issues raised above:

  • The translation software from written text to Word is available for a small fee. Dependent upon the quality of your handwriting the conversion is acceptable.
  • It is possible to change the mode of how the pen records audio to concert, lecture theatre or seminar room. This may help when using the pen in meetings, seminar rooms etc.
  • It is possible to playback audio relevant to a particular sentence or word.
  • Confidentiality can be an issue in any meeting even without a Livescribe pen.

Livescribe Desktop UserGuide

Livescribe FAQ

Learning & Teaching Conference – HSCP Faculty

Key Note: Enhancing Student Engagement with Feedback

Sheffield Hallam are running a number of initiatives in generating technology-enabled feeback. Staff publish all marks through the VLE as soon as they are avaialble.

An adaptive release of grades is also used where feedback is given to the students but not a mark. Students reflect on this feedback which is returned to the tutor before the mark is released.

Higher EducationNet Wiki: http://tinyurl.com/tfarlitreview

Heading for the list:

  • Improving studnet engagement
  • Teachnlogy-enhanced feedback
  • Disengaging the mark froom feedback

Current issues:

  • Traditional feedback practices are not effective
  • Staff complain feedback does not work

Feedback on a more personalised deleivery methid rather than provided ina classroom can be less intimidating.

L &T Workshops

Putting the ZING back into Pre-Entry Student Support with NING! and other educational networking systems

Workshop presentation with JG who will be showcasing his work while I will be highlighting a number of the new technologies which form part of the Core Plus Model.

JG showcased the nursingbuddies site and how it has hopefully helped student retention. There are a number of colleagues who were interested in learning about how educational networking could be utilised in the student engagement process for post grads and undergrads. One memeber of the team Andrew Brody was using Facebook as a pre-entry information point…. to add to

LRT presentation based on the follwing:

  • Who we are
  • Moodle
  • ASPIRE
  • Outlook
  • Podcasting

and showcased the Livescribe Pen which some members of staff were impresssed with. Feedback received was positive and staff were unaware of who we were, this will hopefully have changed now from the sessions. Each session lasted 50 mins with a Q&A carried out as the session progressed. One of the major questions which was asked was who would be carrying out the training and when.

Nursing Recruitment Strategy – MMU Newsletter: Issue 122

Nursing recruitment strategy
MMU’s pre-registration nursing programme received an ‘outstanding’ regulatory award from the Nursing and Midwifery Council for admission and progression with ‘good’ for all other indicators of the course.

The nursing team had demonstrated robust processes, placing the student experience firmly at the centre of the application, admission and induction procedures while developing materials to attract applicants and make MMU their first choice.

A booklet, designed with students, has increased the conversion rate from application to interview, allowing staff to select the best candidates for the programme and raise the standard of practitioners provided for the health economy.

A creative DVD complements the interview day and shows current students explaining why they chose MMU and the value the University adds to their nurse training experience. When successful applicants are offered a place, they then receive a ‘student’s eye view’ leaflet outlining what they can expect during their training.
Neil Wilson, Senior Lecturer and admissions tutor, said: “These valuable tools are complemented by a ‘nursing buddies’ social network site exclusively for the new cohort to engage with each other before the course starts.

“We anticipate a positive impact on our retention strategy that will ultimately lead to a smooth transition from application to graduation.”
Launched in 2007, adult nursing courses have 360 students across six cohorts