LTDS are running an ULTSEC Innovation Fund workshop on December 12th 2-3pm in KGVI 1.36C. You will be given an overview of the fund as well as guidance from the Careers Service about how to employ students for your project. There will also be presentations from successful project teams from previous years who will share details of their project and the application process.
To sign up to this workshop please do so via the following link: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ltds/about/training/ultsecinnovation/workshops/. We would love to see you there.
Further information including key dates and application forms and guidance can be found on the Innovation Fund section of the LTDS website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ltds/funding/teaching/
Numbas is a web-based assessment system with an emphasis on mathematics. It helps users to build sophisticated online tests suitable for numerate disciplines, including support for interactive graphs, statistical functions and the assessment of algebraic expressions.
Suitable for both practice and in-course assessment, Numbas tests integrate seamlessly with Blackboard, returning marks to Grade Center and offering the opportunity to download scores and reports directly from the tool.
Numbas is used in a wide range of subject areas here at Newcastle University, including accounting, biomedical sciences, engineering, physics and psychology. It is also used to deliver online support material in the ASK Academic Skills Kit.
Developed here at Newcastle University by the School of Mathematics & Statistics e-learning unit, Numbas is an open source project with users and partners around the world. More information can be found on the Numbas public website.
The Numbas section of the LTDS blog is in its infancy, however the team is very happy to answer any queries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nick Cook and teaching staff in Computing Science use templates to help ensure that their Blackboard materials are easy to find and use.
Nick said: ‘Basically students had said that they often found it difficult to navigate Blackboard modules as each module was divided up totally differently in another, making it hard to work out where lecture notes or even assessment information might be.
‘We decided that what we needed was an agreed format , so that every module had the same folders, with the same names, for the same sorts of materials.
‘This makes it much easier for students to find things and even for staff to decide where to put them!’
The folders they selected were: Announcements, Teaching Materials, Assessments, ReCap Recordings, Contacts and Overview.
They made sure that, at least for student’s viewing Blackboard, both menus matched up, so that they no longer had to click through so many folders to find key information.
Nick said: ‘LTDS provided us with basic templates but staff across the School just updated their own modules.
‘Although people were unsure at first, afterwards staff commented on how refreshing it was not to be faced with lots of muddled and overflowing folders.
‘Most remarked that the new streamlined version was easier to populate and made them feel much more organised.’
Students also found the system much easier to use and no further comments were received about confusing Blackboard modules or materials which were difficult to find.
Nick said: ‘We don’t enforce it in the School but most people seem to have more or less stuck to it because it’s so much easier to use.’