Hillcroft LRC

Archive for July 2014

Screen with VLELast week we launched our new design for our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle. Our designers at Overt created it using their Overt Quick Metro design.

The new look for the VLE was a collaboration between teaching and learning staff and students. Both the students and staff wanted a cleaner more modern feel that made it easy to navigate the site. Students wanted all the regular things they use to be easily accessible from one place.This includes their email, courses they are registered on, My Learning Space (MLS) their electronic Individual Learning Plan (eILP), BKSB and course feedback forms. These are now under the My Learning Room area.

We’ve incorporated a new accessibility toolbar as over 45% of our learners have a declared disability. The toolbar is a Moodle block which has readback features, allows them to change the font size, background colours and use overlays.

The LRC Manager has created a course template to make course creation easier and bring together essential course material that students wanted together eg aims and objectives, scheme of work, assessment and course handbook through consulting with colleagues Angela Rideau Elearning Coordinator from Barnet Southgate and Rod Kain LRC Manager at NewVic colleges via Kav Dev Senior Advisor at RSC London. She’s also created a guide to help students and staff understand the new design, get hints and tips on creating material eg sizing images to fit the new course grid blocks and a style guide.

This week the LRC team started revamping the LRC pages. It’s been a great chance to use the training we had from Dave Foord at A6 Training using Moodle Books and embedding videos.

 

BlendspaceLast week the LRC team was working with students on the Introduction to Careers in Fashion, Crafts and Retail. The team created content to help the students gather ideas for a project they were working on to design a necklace.

Once the team had found a collection of websites on fashion history and design in clothes, shoes and other accessories they supplemented websites with video clips. Enthused by a demonstration of Blendspace at Jisc RSC London’s E-factor 2014: It’s All About  Learning and Teaching the LRC Assistant added the material onto Blendspace for the students to access. She then linked it into the course page on Moodle our Virtual Learning Environment.

Blendspace was demonstrated at E-Factor 2014 by Martin Compton from Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College at his Less Teaching More Learning session. Martin recommended Blendspace for creating course material that students can use for self-directed learning.

Take a look at the Blendspace our LRC Assistant created on Researching for Innovation and Ideas in Fashion. And visit E-factor 2014: It’s All About  Learning and Teaching for more best practice and tips on creating interactive learning content.

CLA Copyright and the Creative Industries bookWhile our Learning Resources Centre (LRC) Manager was following the exhibition track at the Academic and Research Libraries’ Group (ARLG) annual conference at the University of Sussex she picked up this handy guide explaining how copyright works for those working and creating material in the creative industries:

Copyright and the creative industries: a short introduction to copyright and reference guide to related organisations

It lists the contact details of key agencies protecting the rights of the creators.

The Copyright Licensing Agency have an excellent website area CLA Further Education dedicated to how copyright works for those working  in Further Education colleges. Plus they’ve done a guide for students.

There’s also a handy website called Copyright User which explains how copyright protects those who create images, music, film and other works. It’s useful for anyone wanting to copyright the material they have created or use copyrighted material and avoid breaking the law.

The LRC team teaches students on the Access to Higher Education Business, Health and Human Sciences Humanities and Social Sciences and Preaccess about copyright as part of their induction.

 

Bailey Women's Prize for Fiction booksWe added one more book from the the Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction nominees to our shelves this week:

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Take a look at the shortlisted books as a reminder. We’ve already added this one by Jnumpa Lahiri to our collection from the shortlist:

The Lowland by Jnumpa Lahiri

and from the longlist:

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto

We also submitted some of our students for the national prize draw for completing the 2014 Six Book Challenge. Our students could win a free weekend trip to London with a friend or Kobo ereaders. Visit the Reading Agency’s About the Six Book Challenge to discover what it entails.

If you’re like our students and just getting back into reading the Reading Agency’s Find a Read page is handy for choosing books that interest you to suit your reading level.