21 June 2021
In this issue, you’ll find information on module creation, the baseline, guides in My Dundee 101, and you’ll get the opportunity to give a shout-out to colleagues who need a bit of public appreciation. You’ll also see some articles on making your videos short, preparing your students and if all else fails, why you should play with Lego.
Student feedback throughout 20/21 highlighted that the use of templates, aligned to the module framework significantly contributed to a positive, consistent online learning experience. Building on this and in consultation with all Schools involving staff and students we have reviewed and updated the module templates for 21/22 and all modules will be created based on these templates. Part of the work on the template creation was to streamline the Baseline (starting by renaming it from “Exemplary Module Framework” to “Baseline”). You can see the updated Dundee Module Baseline on our blog.
You can use the Index to see the complete list of guides and go directly to the information you’re looking for. Alternatively, you can peruse the Learning Modules that contain information on the following:
- Introducing my Dundee
- Assessing student learning
- Adding material to your course
- Managing course access
- Live teaching in Collaborate
- Pre-recorded content
- Attendance monitoring
Each of the sections also contains useful links to guides and forms from the University of Dundee, or the specific vendors such as Blackboard, YuJa, or Microsoft.
The first paper looks at a number of reasons why students might be “flip resisters” or “flip endorsers”, and what staff can do to support the move to endorsers.
- McNally, B., Chipperfield, J., Dorsett, P., Del Fabbro, L., Frommolt, V., Goetz, S., Lewohl, J., Molineux, M., Pearson, A., Reddan, G., Roiko, A., & Rung, A. (2017). Flipped classroom experiences: Student preferences and flip strategy in a higher education context. Higher Education, 73(2), 281–298 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-016-0014-z
The second starts to think about video length – for consistency, they’ve taken the same content, and presented it both as a single lecture, and as a chunked version. While this is looking more at lecture capture than pre-recorded content, it’s still useful to read.
- Humphries, B., & Clark, D. (2021). An examination of student preference for traditional didactic or chunking teaching strategies in an online learning environment. Research in Learning Technology, 29. https://doi.org/10.25304/rlt.v29.2405
And finally, nothing to do with flipping the classroom … but we can’t ignore a title like this!
- Brown, N., & Collins, J. (2018). Using LEGO® To Understand Emotion Work In Doctoral Education. International Journal of Management and Applied Research, 5(4), 193–209. https://doi.org/10.18646/2056.54.18-014
Sharing kind words
After having done this ourselves, we think the wider UoD community would benefit from this as well. To that end, we have created this Colleague Appreciation Form for you to use! It is completely anonymous, and you can enter the recipient’s name, email address, and compliment. We will then send the compliment directly to them and, if you’ve ticked the box saying we can share it here, you’ll see it in a future issue of the newsletter, too!
- Digitisation – What is digitisation? How do you apply for a digitised paper or chapter? Come along and the Digital Skills and Resources Librarians will show you how and when to apply for digitisation:
Friday June 25th: 10am- 11am Session Link
- Getting to know your Resources Lists – this will be very handy as you start on your new Module!
Thursday July 1st: 2pm- 3pm Session Link
What we’ve made:
We’ve noticed that ‘what we’ve made’ has been covered in other sections!
- Updated Dundee Module Baseline
- My Dundee 101 (staff) organisation
- All of the modules that start in Semester 1
- The Dune Trilogy – Frank Herbert: While it has some stylistic issues, after you’ve read the first couple of chapters it leaves you with that feeling of ‘just one more chapter’.
Official Secrets – Andrew Raymond: The first of a trilogy (right now…) that’s all about intrigue, plots and full of double twists, MI5, MI6, the CIA and journalists are all trying to discover who really killed the Prime Minister.
The Ready Player Two – Ernest Cline: Ready Player One was awesome, so this is in the read-this-next heap.