Hillcroft LRC

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Moodle 2.9 HillcroftWe’re delighted we’ve had a successful upgrade to Moodle 2.9 for our Virtual Learning Environment and we’ve integrated it with Office 365 for Business over the summer.

Our LRC Manager has already given it a whirl and it’s really easy to attach your OneDrive for Business files if you’re creating a course or if you are a learner uploading an assignment document. Another added benefit is if you directly link your file as a shortcut to OneDrive you eliminate the file downloading  which clutters up your network drive!

We’ve also got Single Sign On for Moodle and Office 365 working with Shibboleth. This means the number of passwords are reduced for our students and so it’s easier to login at college and off site.

Ebook record on catalogue with direct linkOur LRC Manager has migrated all of our ebooks on Dawsonera and our eresources to Shibboleth. Now more than 160 ebooks on on the library Heritage catalogue have direct links to Dawsonera on them. Here’s an example of what it looks like. So if a student searches the catalogue they are merely one click away from the ebook. Again this has reduced the number of different usernames and passwords for accessing eresources for accounts which the LRC needed to create as each set of course students got access to ebooks.

 

 

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Most students in higher education are now watching videos both in the lectures and as additional learning. Often this means going to Google or Youtube but libraries also give students access to film and other media.

To prepare for university-level learning, Hillcroft long course students have subscription access to eresources like BFI InView. This is a website with videos about British history. It includes Panorama TV documentary footage and archived party political broadcasts.

Why search the library’s eresources when Google seems so easy? Let’s have a look at features of streaming BFI Inview videos:

Advantages of BFI inview over YouTube:

  • Curated lists of videos under themes designed for students like documentaries with a range of perspectives (see different sides to history).
  • Short introductory essays to topics written by academics who have authority in their fields (impress your tutor with your references).
  • Rare footage not available on other video-sharing websites (information that you haven’t heard before).
  • Tells you how long each video is (manage your time effectively).
  • Less distraction from off-topic videos/no advertisements (manage your time effectively).

How to log in to OpenAthens:

Go though the Hillcroft VLE. Log in. Under the ‘Library and Learning Resources’ course page (enroll if this is your first time) go to  ‘LRC eresources’ and there are links to all the resources we are subscribed to under ‘Eresources Using OpenAthens’.

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You could go directly to http://www.bfi.org.uk/inview/ and follow the button ‘log in via your institution’.

Over the Easter break we’ve placed all the ebooks you can use on ebrary into our Heritage library catalogue.

This means that you can use the catalogue as your first port of call to look for ebooks produced by ebrary and Dawsonera.

When you search for an ebook on the library catalogue you then get not only the cover of the ebook but also a link to the actual ebook itself. You will need to use your OpenAthens username and password to use the ebook to make notes, highlight text and print or save material.

Here’s a taster for you:

Neil McNaughton’s Understanding British and  European Political Issues


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