Starting this September, Newcastle University is working with Advance HE to offer online External Examiner Training. The training will run over two months and is aimed at aspiring, new, or experienced examiners. It will support you to:
- understand the role of the external examiner as articulated in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, and be confident to undertake it;
- develop a deeper understanding of the nature of academic standards and professional judgement, and explore the implications for external examining;
- use evidence-informed approaches to contribute to impartial, transparent judgements on academic standards and the enhancement of student learning.
Participation in the course can be used as evidence towards gaining (Senior or Principal) Fellowship of the HEA.
The course begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be guided to complete five units over two months. Each unit takes 2-3 hours to complete, and on the whole there are 4 hours of online contact with the team.
More information can be found in the External Examiner Training Poster.
Colleagues should register by Friday 16 July by completing this form.
Should you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can now book onto one hour webinars which will cover the core functionality and exciting new features of Canvas, providing colleagues with the skills and knowledge to set up their Canvas courses ready for the 2020/21 academic year. All sessions are available to book on Elements.
You can find details of sessions below and further information and resources are available at services.ncl.ac.uk/digitallearning/canvas/colleagues/ (including answers to Canvas FAQs) and on NUConnect.
A one hour introduction suitable for all staff.
Begin your Canvas journey with this workshop which will explain how to navigate the key areas of Canvas and how to utilise Canvas to provide engaging learning materials and communicate with students.
Sign up to Canvas Fundamentals.
Canvas PS session
For Professional Service colleagues who will be responsible for supporting Canvas in their academic unit.
Sign up to the Canvas PS session.
Find out more with these webinars
You will learn about:
- How students interact with Canvas when submitting assignments.
- The Canvas Assignment tool and Turnitin Assignments and the differences between them.
- How to decide what the most appropriate option will be for the assignment(s) you are setting up.
Sign up to Canvas Assignments.
You will learn:
- How students interact with Canvas when completing quizzes.
- How to use the powerful quizzes functionality within Canvas. You will see the wide range of question types available and the extensive feedback made possible by the Canvas Rich Content Editor.
Sign up to Canvas Quizzes.
More dates to come
We know that the demands on colleagues mean that many may not be able to engage with the training opportunities at this time. The team will be offering a comprehensive programme of webinars throughout the summer, so we hope that if you wish to participate in a webinar you will be able to do so at a time that fits with all your other commitments.
You can also find out more about the range of self help resources available on the Canvas website.
For any queries get in touch at Canvas@ncl.ac.uk
All Learning and Teaching colleagues can now log in to Canvas, our new Virtual Learning Environment, which will be replacing Blackboard from 1st August 2020. This is an exciting milestone as we transition to Canvas and with access to a personal sandbox (practice) course and an online Canvas Orientation course, colleagues have an early opportunity to familiarise themselves with the platform.
How do you get access?
Go to https://canvas.ncl.ac.uk and log in with your email@example.com account. Once you have access you will see your personal sandbox (practice) course and the Canvas Orientation course on your Canvas dashboard. Please do not use Internet Explorer as this browser is not supported by Canvas.
What training and support is available?
To support you with the transition from Blackboard to Canvas and to help you to get the most out of Canvas, a comprehensive suite of training has been developed including Canvas Fundamentals, Professional Service sessions, Assignments and Quizzes and more.
Sessions taking place throughout April-June are now available to book. There will be further sessions released in March to run from July 2020 onwards.
If you are based at our London, Malaysia or Singapore campuses and are unable to attend face to face training sessions in Newcastle, we are working with colleagues at each campus to organise suitable sessions, which will be communicated to you shortly.
Further information regarding PGR access to training will also be communicated soon.
In addition to training, the following support is available:
- Access to the 24/7 help from Canvas. This is a fantastic resource and is available to all staff and students. You can contact Canvas via live chat, from within the platform, phone or email for all of your ‘How do I’ questions.
- The online Canvas Orientation course accessed from the Canvas dashboard. This has been designed to support you in using the key features and tools in Canvas and there are a number of self-check quizzes for you to check your understanding as you work through each section.
- A comprehensive library of Canvas step-by-step guides and video tutorials. These can all be accessed via the digital learning website or the Canvas Community or from the Help Menu within Canvas.
- The digital learning website. This is a key source of information with answers to FAQs, upcoming events and project timelines.
If you have any queries about any of this information or would like to speak with a member of the project team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.