WordPress Upgrade

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This summer, the University’s WordPress blogging platform will undergo an upgrade. To minimise disruption during the work, the ICT department aims to identify those blogs and sites that are currently active so that they can be checked following an upgrade to a test environment. To do this, staff members who are site administrators will be contacted by email in the week commencing 30th April. If you are a course tutor or programme leader who uses the blog platform for student assessment and you do not receive an email by Friday 4th May, please email wordpress@lincoln.ac.uk explaining how you use the platform and including a link to at least one example site or blog. Please note that students who are site administrators will be contacted at a later date.

Please rest assured that at this stage there are no plans to remove or delete any sites or blogs and everything will be done to ensure that the upgrade has minimal impact on staff and students.

More details are available at http://blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2018/04/30/upgrades-to-the-wordpress-service-being-planned/

If you would like to to get more involved with the University WordPress community or have any questions about the plans to update the platform, please get in touch with Ben Samuels, ICT Project Manager, or Tom Wright, Director of Digital Student Life, directly or via wordpress@lincoln.ac.uk.

Reposted from the Staff News Blog

#DigiEd18 Event Series

Following the success of the LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age event, the Digital Education team are starting a new series of short themed events called ‘#DigiEd’. The events are aimed at academics who want to enhance their learning and teaching strategies and elements of technology that are used to support: collaboration, inquiry etc.

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Next Event – Presentation and Demonstration

Wednesday 24th Jan – 12:15 – 13:00 – DCB1111 – Flipped Learning

Academic: Jasper Shotts

Title: Developing collaborative partnerships for flipped learning

Abstract: This session will look at a variety of different methods for creating collaboration between students and staff. It will also focus on using flipped learning to help and support students via collaborative work.

Visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digied18-demonstration-24th-jan-developing-collaborative-partnerships-for-flipped-learning-tickets-41944705744?aff=DigiEd18jasper to book a place on the course.

Future events

We are currently looking for academics, with interesting uses of technology, to be involved in these events. If you know someone who would like to be involved then please contact dwakefield@lincoln.ac.uk

Below we have a list of the themes for both the future presentations and marker space events.

Presentations

21st Mar 12:00 – 13:00 SSB0102 Assessment and Feedback
23rd May 12:00 – 13:00 DCB1111 Discussion

MakerSpace

21st Feb 12:00 – 13:00 SSB0102 Interactivity in the classroom
18th Apr 2:00 – 13:00 DCB2111 Students as producers (creation)
20th Jun 12:00 – 13:00 MB1020 Video – based learning

Benefits to staff

• Short sessions
• Innovative new uses of technology to enhance pedagogy
• Solve pedagogical problems
• Sharing of information between colleagues
• Led by academics for academics

Below is some information about each type of activity that will take place inside the #DigiEd series.

Demonstration and presentations

The purpose of this event is to share current examples of good practice with other members of staff. It will be a chance to share different experiences with digital technology and how it is used by different academics to deliver a pedagogical outcome or solve a teaching challenge.

Makerspace

The purpose of these events is to support colleagues in creating a resource/or to gain new skills to create resources for their learning and teaching. These are ‘hands-on’ sessions and designed to be very practical and enabling.

Video Case Studies

A series of video case studies that are designed to promote elements of good practice across the university.

University Staff Now Have Access to Lynda.com Online Learning Platform

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All University staff can now use Blackboard to access Lynda.com, the leading online learning platform for professionals looking to develop their digital technology and creative skills.

Lynda.com is a library of thousands of video support tutorials covering a range of topics relevant to higher education professionals, from how to get the most out of Microsoft Office 365, through to creating engaging presentations and teaching online.

The platform has been delivering professional e-learning resources for 20 years and, now part of Linkedin, is currently used by more than 10,000 organisations around the globe.

The University of Lincoln has an institutional subscription to Lynda.com giving free access to all staff.

To start exploring the resources available, log in to Blackboard as normal, then click the Lynda.com link in the right hand corner of the top navigation, next to Bb Help & Support. You will need your University network username/password to create an account and log in to Lynda.com; full instructions can be found on Blackboard.

More information is available from the Digital Education team in the Lincoln Academy of Learning and Teaching (LALT).

Brand Guideline changes

To make you all aware if you haven’t seen them already, the university branding guidelines have changed.

The new guidelines can be found here: http://lincoln.ac.uk/t4media/pdf/UoLBrandGuidelinesAug2018.pdf

If you have any concerns regarding web-based materials you are currently using that you feel may be affected by these changes, please contact us via the form on this site and will help you look at them and your requirements.

New academic year, new goals?

The new academic year is upon us and we would like to hear from you about what support members of staff would like us to provide going forward.

We are currently working on a resource inventory for this site and are looking at putting on some introductory workshops for academics looking to get to grips with using technology for blogging and social media. These could be as involved or as informal as you would like them to be.

If you would like to send us suggestions for topics or would like use to come along informally to meet with you and your working/research group, please contact us through the form on this website and we will get back to you to arrange a date.