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VLE Review Course Build Focus Group Update

Another Course Build focus group took place on Thursday 2nd February at the Business School. This session was primarily attended by staff from the HaSS Faculty with representation from the Careers Service.

As with the other focus groups that have taken place over the past few weeks, many requirements were gathered and discussions covered topics such as version control, system navigation and ease of uploading content, setting up and managing groups and content availability (e.g adaptive release). Continue reading VLE Review Course Build Focus Group Update

VLE Review Focus Group Updates

Since my last post we have held three more focus groups to gather requirements for the University’s future VLE provision.

A group of Professional Service staff from across the University met on the 24th January and had a very productive discussion which resulted in a lot of requirement gathering. This was a more general focus group spanning all themes; course build, assessment and feedback and communication/collaboration. It was very important to hear about the features in our current provision that staff feel are essential. We need to ensure that these are not lost through the procurement process.

On the 25th January we ran the only communication and collaboration focus group as the first session was cancelled due to low numbers. Unfortunately, only half of the staff who had signed up were able to attend but we were still able to gather many requirements. A big focus of the session was on discussion boards which were seen as an essential tool within the VLE, particularly on modules that have online elements.  Improving the interface and user experience across many of the collaboration tools was a common feature of the discussions.

Yesterday, 29th January, the second of the assessment and feedback focus groups took place. This was a well attended focus group with very lively discussions. The session had representation from staff who use Blackboard and staff who use the LSE, the VLE used on the MBBS programme. It was interesting to hear about the functionality currently available on the LSE and how this would be useful on other courses outside of the MBBS programme.

We are running one more Course Build staff focus group on 1st February and then two student focus groups with a more general theme on the 15th February and the 21st February. Please encourage your students to sign up by sharing the links below:

 

There will be free pizza!!!

The next stage of the consultation phase will be to invite suppliers in (March-April) to present their product to us based on the outcomes of the survey and focus groups so look out for invites to these events soon.

VLE Review Assessment and Feedback Focus Group

The first of the Assessment and Feedback focus groups took place on the 19th January 2018. This was a very productive session and many requirements were gathered. Areas discussed included:

  • Tests and quizzes (functionality, usability, security, auto marking)
  • Assignments, including third party integration e.g. Turnitin, NESS
  • Grade Centre (management, prevention of leaked grades, general interface)
  • Student view
  • Reporting

The requirements gathered will be tidied up and sent to the members of the Task and Finish Group once all the focus groups have taken place.

A second Assessment and Feedback session will take place on the 29th January 2018 in which we hope to gather further requirements. There are no spaces left on this session but if you would like to share your thoughts, please send the project team an email and we will be in touch.

VLE Review – Course Build Focus Group

The first Course Build focus group took place on the 15th January 2018. This was a great session with a number of requirements resulting from the discussion. Topics covered included:

  • the availability of content (adaptive release),
  • the management of large files
  • layout and style of a module/course
  • the process of uploading/removing content
  • ability to share content with non-enrolled students/staff
  • integration with internal/external systems

The requirements gathered will be tidied up and sent to the members of the Task and Finish Group once all the focus groups have taken place.

There is an additional Course Build focus group taking place on the 1st February 2018 1.30pm-3.30pm and there are limited places still remaining if you would like to sign up and share your thoughts.