TEL Breakfast Cafes 14-15

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at

Back by popular demand…we have a series of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Breakfast Cafes scheduled for 14-15. Tea, Coffee and Croissants will be provided at the sessions – to book a place email

Breakfast Cafés

Semester One

Enhancing Student Engagement & Tracking Progress in Moodle
Wednesday 8th October – 8am-9am – SK/036

Moodle offers a variety of options for enhancing student engagement & tracking progress, including Grades, Conditional Activities, Activity Completion, Course Completion, Open Badges, Course Reports, and Progress Bar & Engagement Analytics plugins. Come along to this session and find out a little about each of these approaches, and which ones might be useful to you.

Using TurnItIn for Assessment & Feedback
Tuesday 21st October – 8am-9am – SK/036

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection and electronic assignment submission service. It also facilitates quick and comprehensive online marking and feedback via its Grademark feature. To make grading even easier, you can now mark assignments offline on an iPad and sync them back to the system when you have a wifi connection. This Café is an opportunity to get an overview of Turnitin’s features and discover how it could improve your assessment and feedback workflow.

Enabling Peer Review with Technology
Tuesday 4th November – 8am-9am – SK/036

Students don’t just learn from tutors; they also learn from one another. Workshop is a peer assessment activity in Moodle with many options. Students submit their work via an online text tool and attachments. There are two grades for a student: their own work and their peer assessments of other students’ work. Turnitin also facilitates peer review (Peermark) so that students can evaluate each other’s work and learn from their classmates. Come along to this session and find out more about how these, and other approaches, might enhanced your teaching, learning & assessment.

Enhancing Teaching, Learning & Assessment with WordPress
Tuesday 18th November – 8am-9am – SK/036

WordPress is an online platform that allows you to (individually or collaboratively) create websites and blogs. Staff and students have access to WordPress here at York St John University, and many are already using it to facilitate reflective and collaborative learning. This Café, we’ll discuss potential uses for WordPress in your teaching, learning and assessment, look at how it’s currently being used at York St John and advise you on how to get started with your blog or site.

Open Badges for Online Recognition & Motivation
Thursday 4th December – 8am-9am – SK/036

Open Badges are an online standard for recognising and verifying learning. Individuals can earn badges as a digital reward, in recognition for the things they learn, both online and offline. They can then display them in their Backpack, or on their website or social media profiles. Read our blog post on Open Badges for an introduction. Moodle now has built-in support for staff wanting to issue open badges to students on their modules. Come along to find out more about how Open Badges could be used in learning, teaching and professional development, and how you can get started with creating your own badges and backpacks.

Flipped Classroom
Tuesday 16th December – 8am-9am – SK/036

Flipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter. Read our Flipped Classroom blog post, or come along to this session to find out more.

Semester Two

Delivering Online Lectures & Tutorials with BigBlueButton
Thursday 5th February – 8am-9am – SK/036

Built for online learning, BigBlueButton enables staff to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students. BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for on-line learning, it enables you to share documents (PDF and any office document), webcams, chat, audio and your desktop. It can also record sessions for later playback. Come along and see it in action, and find out how you might be able to use it in our own teaching & learning.

Supporting Work-Based Learning & Placements with Technology
Tuesday 17th February – 8am-9am – SK/036

Technology can be used to support students in applying their learning in the workplace, gaining practical knowledge & skills. Come to this session and find out how you could benefit from using Forums, Blogs & ePortfolios for observations, reflections, formative & summative reports with your students.

Using Audio & Video in Teaching, Learning & Assessment
Thursday 5th March – 8am-9am – SK/036

The majority of uses for audio-visual resources, to date, have been replicating traditional activities, yet these digital medium have the potential to offer much more. As use of digital learning technologies continues to grow around infrastructure (e.g. the VLE) and as teaching and learning pedagogy evolves within ‘uniquely’ digital contexts, we have begun to see new methods for using audio-visual content within teaching and learning. The widespread popularity of audio-visual content is due, in the main, to its ubiquity in our culture and ease of use both from a users perspective and more recently in the creation of audio-visual content. The tools have gotten easier to use and better documentation has lowered the entry barrier. Furthermore, affordable recording devices are readily available, particularly with most mobile phones now able to record audio-visual content to an acceptable standard, giving the majority of people the means to create and use audio-visual resources.

Moving Learning Online: Frameworks, Models & Good Practice
Tuesday 17th March – 8am-9am – SK/036

In this session we’ll take a practical look at the TEL Quality Framework and the 3E model, based on a tried and tested Enhance-Extend-Empower continuum for using technology to effectively support learning, teaching and assessment. We’ll also explore some other popular models & frameworks for adoption & integration of Technology Enhanced Learning.

Social Media for Teaching & Learning
Thursday 23rd April – 8am-9am – SK/036

Integrating social media into your teaching can encourage student engagement, facilitate informal learning and foster a course community and peer learning. Following on from our Learning at Work Week, this Café will look at why and how you might use social media in student education. You’ll also be introduced to case studies of how particular tools have been successfully used in learning and teaching; consider what social media might be most appropriate to try with your students; and know where to go for more information.

Empowering Students Through Technology
Wednesday 6th May – 8am-9am – SK/036

As outlined in our TEL Quality Framework, empowering students is about the ‘developed use of technology that requires higher order individual and collaborative learning that reflect how knowledge is created and used in professional environments’. In this session we will explore ways in which you can empower students by using the Quiz, Glossary & Forum activities in Moodle.

To book a place on any of these sessions, or to request additional training & development for you and/or your team, please email Alternatively you can visit the Academic Development Events website to find out about more workshops, forums, conferences, and other CPD opportunities.


Phil Vincent

Phil’s focus is to work across Faculties to support the implementation of the Academic Strategy, and in particular contribute to the effective development and implementation of technology enhanced learning.

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