Sometimes its not the big educational ideas but more just getting things done.
So this week I have been mostly…
A nice little project to encourage academic staff to submit their reading list to a central point so that library staff can ensure that the libraries have appropriate book stocks in place. Currently there are a number of different ways that different areas communicate to the libraries (and I am assuming of differing effectiveness). In the long term the central reading lists will be held on a dedicated reading list system, but during the transition I am using Blackboard & Google to design as simple a process as possible for staff to upload their reading lists (and librarians to check them). The selling point for staff is that if they upload their list not only does it get checked by the librarians but it also magically appears in their next years Blackboard course.
Functional prototype up and running pretty will come later.
Our lecture capture project moves onward, this week we were looking at the data to connect the differing systems (VLE, Media Server, Timetabling). This will allow a event in timetabling to trigger a recording in the media server which will be placed in the appropriate VLE course. Sounds easy but every system has its quirks and workarounds. Still it was a useful discussion and a lot of the problems seem solvable.
Number and use of eReserve scans by department, how heavily used have our new “Student Course Rep” spaces been and what has been happening with a “Support Forum” project. Writing the SQL, messing about with pivot charts and getting some pretty graphs. A pleasant morning and the results should help inform the direction of a few projects.
And I also had a days staff development looking at blended learning which was really good.