cMOOCs and xMOOCs: hype or paradigm shift?

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If you’ve glanced at the educational media in the last 6 months, you’ll certainly have seen numerous articles (often with quasi-hysterical headlines) covering the rise and rise of the MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course. I had intended to put this post on the E-learning Blog, but as MOOCs are supposed to be on theRead more

Online submission FAQs

How do I download submitted coursework? The two main routes to online coursework submission each have a different mechanism for downloading the submitted files. The notes below describe approaches to marking and the provision of feedback using Learn’s online submission tools Downloading a class’ assignments Providing online feedbackRead more

E-learning Showcase 2013

Loughborough staff: we now have a confirmed date and venue for the annual E-learning Showcase – Friday 1st February 2013 in the newly refurbished Brockington Extension. The event should have even more to offer than previously as for the first time it incorporates the annual Teaching Innovation Award presentations. I’ll post more details about the format andRead more

History ranked 5th in Sunday Times University Guide 2013

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In the Sunday Times University Guide 2013, History at Loughborough has been ranked 5th, ahead of many other top competitors. Many congratulations to Prof Chris Szejnmann and his colleagues within the department of Politics, History and International Relations. This is a fantastic achievement for a small team that is committed to teaching excellence, as isRead more

Teaching and learning blog

If you find the E-learning Blog useful, you might also like to visit (and bookmark) the Teaching and Learning Blog, which is where we’re now posting items that relate to teaching, learning and assessment more generally. You’ll find it at: more

TurnItIn to end support for version 7 of Internet Explorer

Most people, if they use Internet Explorer at all, will be using version 8 or above. However, if you are still using version 7, perhaps at home or on an elderly laptop you need to be aware that TurnItIn will no longer support IE7 from January 2013. You can check which version you have byRead more

2012 Technology Enhanced Learning Survey

Every few years, UCISA (Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association) conducts a survey of the use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in UK universities and colleges. The report based on this year’s survey has just been published and is available here.  Here is a condensed version of the key findings from the executive summary: EnhancingRead more

Manifesto for Teaching Online

There is a tendency in Higher Education (and other sectors) for managers, academics and – let’s be honest – learning technologists to make lazy assertions as to what works in e-learning and what doesn’t. In response to this, teachers and researchers associated with the MSc in E-learning at the University of Edinburgh have developed aRead more

TurnItIn assignments on Learn

If you used a TurnItIn assignment activity in one of your modules last year, you will find that there is a copy of it in your 2012 module on Learn. The copy will not work. It was set up with the 2011 class list and will generate an error if you try to re-use itRead more

Initial Trials of Ephorus

This is a Dutch software app which claims to do much the same as TurnItIn (TII), only cheaper. A trial was set up whereby 20 files which had already been passed through TII were put through a demo version of Ephorus. The results: • The Ephorus demo account that was being used only checks againstRead more

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