Can technology enhance your teaching? Take a look at the range of tools available at UCL. E-learning guides and case studies can also provide inspiration, while the E-Learning Environments team is on hand to offer support.
Moodle is an online Learning Environment. It's easy to use and has a number of innovative tools that make it an excellent environment for creating courses that promote collaborative learning and the creation of learning communities.
Lecturecast is an automated system for recording lectures and subsequently making them available via the web. Staff can also make and upload recordings from their desktop, and also upload other media files for distribution by the system.
Electronic voting systems (EVS)
Electronic Voting Systems (also known as Audience/Personal Response Systems) can be used within lectures and classes to increase student engagement and promote a deep and thoughtful approach to learning. The presenter poses a question on the screen, and invites students to vote on this question using the voting handsets.
Turnitin is an Internet-based plagiarism detection service. Students can submit work which is then checked against a database of submitted papers, web pages and leading library databases and publications. Staff can also use Turnitin to mark and provide feedback on submitted work.
MyPortfolio is a private online space to store evidence of your learning and personal development, share it with others for comment and feedback (if you wish), and select and present it to potential employers or colleagues outside of UCL. You can form groups with friends and have discussions or share documents, or just blog to reflect on your own learning. In short, MyPortfolio is a place to help you support and develop your own learning.
Allow online collaboration regardless of geography and increases the potential number of students accessing a lecture. Guest lecturers and remote experts are able to communicate easily with students, and the system can also be used to host meetings and peer-to-peer events.
Open educational resources (OER)
When academics share their teaching materials online, for free, these are refereed to as open educational resource. These resource can be anything from complete courses to recorded lectures, essay questions, discussion topics or reading lists.
ReadingLists@UCL provides students with an online version of their reading list, ensuring they have quick and easy access to course readings. Teaching staff can create and update their reading lists whenever they want to, from wherever they are.