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Successful ELDG applicants announced
3 June 2013
The winning bids for E-Learning Development Grants (ELDGs) have been selected, with project ideas ranging from a digital treasure hunt to a Mandarin wiki. A total of £28,850 has been awarded this year, and you can read about the successful applicants and their projects below.
Generation of mathematical quizzes II
Expansion of a previous ELDG-funded project to build mathematical question banks using a MatLab programme 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.
Transfer of the undergraduate 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Museums and Collections as well as developing students' digital literacies.
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.
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 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.
Summer internship programme for STS undergraduate students, job title: Research and Production Assistant for '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.
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.
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.
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.
Developing videoed learning material for pre- and post-field trip 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.
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.
Streaming the transition to university and UCL 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, which 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MSc Maths 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.
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.
Development of online 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.
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.
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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