Moodle showcase module winners

Winners were chosen based on the four university Strategic Learning Environment themes:  Learning and Research Assets, Curriculum Design, Assessment & Feedback, Communication & Collaboration.

A big thank you and congratulations to the people mentioned below. We really appreciate the way you have embraced Moodle and made the extra effort to use it to improve the student experience.

Please pop in and collect your iTunes voucher from D330 in Social Sciences.

Department Modules Name of winners Module Code SLE theme & module details
Sociology 2010/11 Frank Webster SG2016 Extensive and structured range of materials (Learning & Research Assets)
Sociology 2009/10 Liza Schuster SGM233 Global Migration Wiki (Assessment & Feedback)
Psychology Kielan Yarrow PS2004 Revision Presentations in Adobe Presenter (Curriculum Design)
Music Miguel Mera Popular Music Now Innovative use of toggles to structure materials (Learning & Research Assets)
Economics Victoria Serra-Sastre EC2011 Use of quiz tool for formative assessment (Assessment & Feedback)
Politics Gemma Collantes-Celador & Anastasia Nesvetailova IPM004 & IPM012 Extensive and structured range of materials (Learning & Research Assets)
Journalism James Anslow JO2106 RSS & Web 2.0 integration (communication & collaboration)
Creative Industries Debbie Dickinson EL2008 Creative use of forums (communication & collaboration)
Centre for Creative Writing, Publishing and Translation Evelyn Reisinger, Karen Seago & Lisa Migo – admin PG Cert Principles and Practice of Translation Distance Learning Courses (curriculum design)
Cultural Policy and Management Vicky Woollard & Mary Dines – admin AMM404 Innovative use of forums for placement choices (communication & collaboration)
School Prizes Name of winners Module Code SLE theme & module details
PDP (Personal Development Planning) Helen Scott & Lara Zibarras PSM505 Using the Wiki tool for students personal  development planning (curriculum design)
Administration Hugh Westcott Social Science Modules Implementation of online submission (assessment & feedback)
Student Support Kieran Brookes Sociology Student Common Room Innovative use of virtual spaces for student support (communication & collaboration)

Moodle showcase winners to be announced tomorrow!

Back in September 2010 the Education Support Team in SASS (in other words Anna, Mo and I) announced that we were running a competition for showcase Moodle courses that we could use as case studies of good practice across the schools from the modules that were built last term.  A winning module from each department has now been selected to win, winners will be announced tomorrow!

We would also suggest that all winning modules consider submitting a presentation for the 3rd Annual Learning at City Conference: Engaging Students in Learning. The conference takes place on 23rd June and proposals should be submitted electronically to LDC, using the proposal form, by Thursday 31st March 2011.

Now you have all become Moodle experts we are launching a new series of workshops to run up until the summer around some of the areas we have had a lot of questions about since the launch, this encompasses everything from designing out plagiarism and best practice, to writing challenging multiple choice questions for both moodle and clickers.  Alongside our full sized workshops we are also running some hands-on half hour lunchtime sessions, these range from embedding multimedia in your moodle course, to ‘how to’ use the latest web 2.0 tools for research.  We will of course still be running some of our old favorites, so if you meant to attend a moodle workshop but haven’t quite got around to it yet – you haven’t lost your chance!

Patrick Baughan and Olivia Fox, our school representatives from the LDC, will also be running some sessions specifically for Social Sciences and Arts Staff, these include support sessions for re-writing module specifications, information about the MA in Academic Practice, and the LDC’s “Creating Effective, Interactive Handouts workshop”.

For full descriptions of the workshop series, and to sign up click here or drop us an email. 

Education Support Team awarded for Innovation

On Friday 10th December 2010 Kate Reader and Anna Campbell of the Education Support Team attended the City University London Central Services christmas party and central awards ceremony.  We were very proud to have been nominated in the Innovation category, particularly because we were recognised by a number of professors and key members of management staff within the School.
We were very thrilled to win this prize as there was tough competition from other central service innovators.

On announcing our award the Chief Operating Officer Henrietta Royle said

‘They have been fundamental to the School of Arts and Social Sciences in meeting its aims and objectives associated with the move to Moodle; never appearing too busy to give individual attention if required and being flexible, co-operative and energetic, which has boosted confidence among staff enormously.’