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learn.gold and more – drop-in sessions for staff

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Drop-in sessions to find out about learn.gold, Mahara and other learning technologies, including e-voting, multimedia for learning, designing online peer learning, deterring and detecting plagiarism, e-assessment and feedback, conferencing and more.

Around Goldsmiths, learn.gold, its portfolio and group-work counterpart Mahara, and other technologies are being used for:

• Conversations and debates
• Tutor and peer feedback on assessment
• Surveying and polling
• Collaboration and peer learning
• Presenting in different media
• Meeting and conferencing
• Tutors setting, collecting, assessing and feeding back on work
• Building portfolios
• Deterring and detecting plagiarism
• Organising and communicating
• Representing courses online
• Making resources available
• And much more

We are here to help you get started or become more advanced and ambitious.

We know that colleagues are very resourceful, but some of you have told us that you feel you are muddling through. We can help you save time and effort, future-proof your course areas, find not-so-obvious short cuts, and reconceive activities to take advantage of the online environment.

If you have any questions about learn.gold, Mahara or other learning technologies, or if you’d like to meet up with us to discuss ideas, organising sessions for your department, or to plan a new initiative, come and see us.

N.b. we’re varying the weekly times to improve colleagues’ opportunities. Please see the Goldsmiths Events Calendar for ongoing dates.

See the Goldsmiths Events Calendar for dates and times.


Written by Mira Vogel

December 22, 2010 at 17:41

Engaging academics in professional development for technology-enhanced learning – the report

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As I mentioned in a previous post, the Higher Education Academy funded me to carry out a synthesis of literature on engaging academics in professional development for technology-enhanced learning.

This was a beneficial experience in terms of my personal and professional development. It improved my understanding of what is required in my role and the findings prompted me to change the way I go about my work.

I’m pleased to say that the report is now available on EvidenceNet (home of many other relevant pieces of work – do browse).

Written by Mira Vogel

August 6, 2010 at 16:33

Help with media

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At Goldsmiths we have a well-appointed Digital Media Suite (see its staff’s site) and Media Equipment Centre (with a loan collection) staffed by friendly and knowledgeable technicians and technologists. In Goldsmiths’ Learning Enhancement Unit, learning technologists can discuss with you about different forms of media used to support different kinds of learning, with reference to examples and research findings, and we can work with you to design different learning experiences.

At a national level, JISC provides information from its advisory service based in Bristol. From them I received this today by email:

Hi all,

Tomorrow (Wed 7th Oct) at 13:30 we will be available online for our second online surgery. <http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/surgery/>

JISC Digital Media are providing fortnightly one-hour online help and support sessions to answer any queries you have regarding digital media. Queries regarding any aspect of still images, moving images (including video), audio and how they can be used for teaching and learning are welcome. Technical, workflow related or general queries will be answered and there are no limit to the number of queries that can be asked. No query is too simple to be explored.

Hope to see you online,


Zak Mensah, e-Learning Officer
JISC Digital Media – A JISC Advisory Service

Still images, moving images and sound advice

Free Helpdesk for UK Further and Higher Education:
Online advice documents: <http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/>
Hands-on training: <http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/training/>

Written by Mira Vogel

October 6, 2009 at 15:36

Media Law & Ethics learn.gold VLE area critical factor in winning Teaching Excellence Award

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bjtc_logoTim Crook, convenor of the popular Media Law and Ethics course in the Media and Communications Department and former CELT fellowship holder, emailed to let us know that his course area on the learn.gold virtual learning environment was the swinging factor that persuaded the UK Broadcast Journalism Training Council to give Goldsmiths the Excellence in Teaching Broadcast Journalism Award for 2007-2008.

At the awards ceremony it was stated ‘The intranet site provides anything and everything, and much more to any student studying or needing to find out about Media Law & Ethics. It is outstanding.’

Here’s a short mp3 format interview with Tim (right-click, or apple-click for Macs, that link to save to e.g. a portable player). The first part of the recording is an excellent introduction to the course itself; how it is taught and the kinds of learners it attracts. At 7 min 49 sec Tim discusses the aspects of the course and the VLE area which were valued by his learners and by the BJTC. Of particular interest is the role of this enormous repository of resources in a course whose focus is media ethics and law as a dynamic collection of texts. At 10 min 53 he talks about his use of the log files to gauge use and perceived relevance of the different resources he has made available. At 11 min 42 he observes that theory students, whose assessment is based on coursework, are beginning to opt for a fearsome-sounding 3-hour unseen paper. From 13 min 21 sec he talks about the award ceremony.

Written by Mira Vogel

May 5, 2009 at 11:33

Engaging academic staff in professional development for e-learning

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I searched the peer-reviewed literature on this topic, made a digest available via Google Docs and presented at a recent M25 Learning Technologists Group meet-up – slides downloadable from Slideshare.

Written by Mira Vogel

April 17, 2009 at 12:47

Protected: Staff Development Network Meeting 28 Nov 08

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Written by Mira Vogel

November 28, 2008 at 15:39