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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iPad standingThis week we have our final weekend course Dyslexia/Dyspraxia and Creativity running and the last weekend for our level 3 course Diploma in Massage Therapy. Then our last course of the year will be the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Summer School near the end of July. College students usually think all staff at Hillcroft finish working and go straight off on holiday once they finish their courses. This is not the case!

We’re busy moving our eresources from OpenAthens to Shibboleth. Once Shibboleth is up and running we’ll be looking to use it as the gateway to integrating other college databases and software like Office 365 and BKSB (a learning and assessment tool) and our eILP (electronic Individual Learning Plan). The impact on students will be they only need one username and password to access any of the them instead of having multiple ones.

We’re also upgrading our Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) from 2.6.1 to 2.9. Once this is done we’ll be giving it a summer clean with new photos for a fresh feel for the autumn and running more staff training.

In addition we’re looking at integrating our Management Information System (MIS) into our Heritage online library catalogue so we can automatically transfer student address details into it. At the same time we’re aiming to get more of our students rating our material on the catalogue and writing reviews to build their confidence in using digital resources and writing. Plus there’s nothing better than getting a recommendation from someone who has read the book or watched the DVD…

There are many more things we’re doing over the summer. Next week’s post will tell you a bit more about what we’re planning for our Academic Integrity Workshops where we teach information literacy skills.


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