ELDG Reports

E-learning Development Grants (ELDG) are made available via the Office of the Vice Provost (Academic and International) to fund the further knowledge and experience of e-learning within UCL, by developing resources, evaluation projects and innovating methods, or even visiting external institutions.

Successful bids from previous years:

Projects and reports from previous years are also available for reference:

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Current Projects

Tristan Robinson

Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
Generation of mathematical quizzes II
Expansion of a previous ELDG-funded project to build mathematical question banks using a MatLab programmed called QBank. The project involves making quizzes and question banks more widely available across UCL and producing accompanying training manuals and videos for staff and students.

John Draper

Psychology and Language Sciences

Transfer of  the Undergraduate (UG) Psychology VLE from Atheni to Moodle
Transfer of learning materials for UCL's undergraduate Psychology programme from Atheni to Moodle, to optimise value of resources and for consistency with other UCL programmes.

Jonny Evans

Mathematics 

Video lectures for Mathematics, filmed by students

Students will be employed to video-record board-based lectures in mathematics, to optimise student learning and to harness use of Lecturecast for detailed replay of problem solutions.

Gesine Manuwald

Greek and Latin 

E-Learning support for learning Latin and Ancient Greek Development of online assessments in Moodle for the Learning Latin and Learning Greek components of the Classics and Ancient World undergraduate qualifications. Innovative components include the use of Moodle analytics to review student progress collectively, and scoping of Ancient Greek characters in Moodle.

Elisabete Cidre 

The Bartlett School of Planning 

Moving narratives in MyPortfolio e-Images group – enhancing the visual literacy of undergraduate urban design students A student will video-record urban designs at different times to provide students on the first year Planning course with a moving narrative of architectural spaces. The video clips, with audio, will provide more contextual stimuli than existing still images and will serve to improve students' visual literacy.

Marcos Martinon-Torres

Archaeology 

Archaeometallurgy video podcasts Undergraduate students on the Archaeometallurgy course will create informative podcasts about metal artefacts in UCL museums. This will serve to showcase UCL museum collections as well as developing students' digital literacies.

Chris Blackman

Chemistry 

Lecturecast Library and Virtual Courses for PGT students This project seeks to optimise the value of video-recorded undergraduate chemistry lectures in Lecturecast, by cataloguing their contents and producing a searchable interface in Moodle. This will facilitate access to the lectures, and accompanying notes and quizzes, for students on other courses,

Jane Burns-Nurse

Management Science and Innovation 

Digital Treasure Hunt – Gamification of undergraduate e-learning in Marketing In conjunction with a new e-learning platform for Marketing students, Mozilla 'open badges' (a form digital certification of skills or knowledge acquisition) will be designed and implemented to be acquired during a 'treasure hunt', to stimulate student motivation and engagement with the subject.

Emma Tobin

Science & Technology Studies

Summer Internship Programme for STS Undergraduate Students, Job Title: Research and Production Assistant “Thinking About Science Podcast Series” Funding for a summer internship will enable a student to be employed as a Research and Production Assistant for the 'Thinking about Science podcast series' in which prestigious UCL scientists (staff and alumni) are interviewed about their work. The intern will also train other students in interviewing and podcast editing.

Emma Tobin

Science and Technology Studies 

Summer Internship Programme for STS Undergraduate Student, Job Title: Research and Production Assistant for “Careers Podcast Series” Funding for a summer internship will enable a student to be employed as a Research and Production Assistant for the 'Careers podcast series' to help UCL students plan their careers. The intern will also train other students in interviewing and podcast editing.

Jessica Sheringham

Epidemiology and Public Health 

Introducing blended learning in public health teaching in MBBS: converting a lecture on population screening to an online self-study resource To better enable fourth year medical students to grasp core concepts in population screening, the project aims to convert traditional lectures to online self-study modules. This interactive approach to the subject will incorporate short Lecturecasts, embedded video, MCQs and self-completion exercises, in order to provide a more student-centred and flexible programme of study.

Melanie Jackson

The Slade School of Fine Art 

Slade School of Fine Art and History of Art Department collaboration Second year students from the Slade School of Fine Art and the History of Art department will collaborate to produce a public exhibition, at Flat Time House, of digital artefacts (such as images) collected during a previous visit. The project will allow students to understand disciplinary differences and similarities and will facilitate the development of digital literacies.

Danuta Kaminski & Wendy Kirk

Earth Sciences

Developing videoed learning material for pre and post fieldtrip training and enhanced interactive learning – an example of Lecturecast in the field. Aspects of the on-site geology will be recorded on nine field trips to help Earth Science students prepare for, and reflect on, the field trips. The material will include images and video-recordings with the lecturer's narrative that may be used to promote the course, as well as enhancing student learning.

Lynsie Chew

Management Science & Innovation

Enhanced use of Moodle quizzes for assessment in undergraduate and postgraduate Accounting This project seeks to produce a comprehensive learning package for undergraduate and postgraduate Accounting related modules, incorporating Moodle quizzes, screencasts of worked examples, Excel templates and Powerpoint files with audio commentaries. An infrastructure to manage formative and summative assessments in Moodle will also be investigated.

Margot Finn, Antonio Sennis, Adam Smith, Jason Peacey 

History

Streaming the Transition to University & History A series of videos (including conversational 'talking heads') will be produced and made available online to introduce UCL History fresher students to aspects of teaching and learning at university, that they can revisit throughout their degree. The videos will focus on adjusting to university studies, introduce personal, departmental and course tutors, and help them think about how the history degree contributes to their employability.

Chris Dillon 

Information Studies 

Mandarin conversations for Bridge to China
Building on UCL's reputation as a global university, this project seeks to further develop the community-sourced language-learning wiki 'Bridge to China', by developing conversations or scenarios to promote the study of modern Mandarin spoken and written languages. These will be converted to a Pinyin (Romanized Chinese) version and links to vocabulary and grammar resources will be included.

Kevin Chetty

Security and Crime Science 

Enhancing Computer and Visualisation-Based Courses with e-Learning Tools A number of e-learning tools will be used seamlessly together on the Crime Mapping and Spatial analysis course to enhance student understanding, encourage greater dialogue about the subject among students and between students and teachers, best support part-time and distance learning students as well as adopting innovative educational approaches such as lecture flipping, digital ink technologies, electronic voting and peer marking.

Philip Lewis

Cell and Developmental Biology 

Exploring uses of open badges and community rewards to motivate learners Exploration of open badges to motivate learners in the context of national CPD courses in mathematics and computing skills for biology researchers. The project will assess technical challenges as well as the perceived benefit of the badges to learners and their potential impact on practice.

Philip Lewis

Cell and Developmental Biology 

Interactive Web Applets to demonstrate Mathematical Concepts Production of interactive web applets, created using a library developed in JSXGraph, to demonstrate parameterised functions, models and systems, allowing students to explore mathematical concepts. The project will also deliver accompanying exercises and documentation to develop similar apps.

Caroline Wood

Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology 

Development of a sustainable e-learning programme to encourage user engagement, provide guidance and support related to the design, reporting and evaluation of behaviour change interventions Building on the outcomes of an MRC-funded study into taxonomies for evaluating behaviour change interventions in psychology, this project seeks to develop an interactive e-learning module about the Behaviour Change Technique taxonomy for third year Psychology students, and to explore the extent to which such e-learning resources might become public-facing.

Ema Muk-Pavic & Rebecca Shipley

Mechanical Engineering 

MSc Math Booster Self-Learning Online Course A Maths 'booster' course will be developed as an interactive online resource to ensure that all students enrolled on Mechanical Engineering MSc courses have the required level of baseline knowledge. The course will be available via Moodle and will incorporate lecture notes, worked examples and quizzes and may be developed further for use by other Engineering departments at UCL.

Stan Zochowski

Physics and Astronomy 

Enhanced feedback on maths-based coursework This project will allow staff to provide useful and timely feedback to students submitting work electronically in Physics and Astronomy through the use of PDF annotations and audio commentaries.

Stephen Fossey

Physics and Astronomy 

Development of on-line tutorials for observational astrophysics To help students master threshold concepts in Physics and Astronomy, a set of online resources, including short videos, will be produced to consolidate practical, hands on training in operating modern telescopes and control systems at the University of London Observatory.

Adrien Desjardins

Medical Physics and Bioengineering 

Development of an iterative framework for e-learning video creation This project will build on a previously funded ELDG initiative to develop a novel e-learning framework that encourages students to produce multimedia tutorials in PowerPoint (converted to videos), and to engage in the peer review of their counterparts' submissions, with reference to their pedagogical effectiveness. This will facilitate the development of digital literacies and peer review skills.

Frances Elton

Psychology and Language Sciences 

Developing Moodle for BSL Linguistics and Sociolinguistics courses Using a variety of interactive features available in Moodle (such as video, quizzes and forums), this project will update and create new, online learning resources to teach British Sign Language to deaf people throughout the UK.

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