Hillcroft LRC

Posts Tagged ‘Virtual Learning Environments (VLE)

iPod in handOur colleague Andrew Checkley E-Learning Manger at Croydon College has been developing a Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) course with his Learning Resources (LRC) team which he talked about at the March 16 London FE Moodle Roundtable event. The course is on academic writing. Find out more about it on their E-Learning blog post.

As well as using material from the LRC on the course Andrew found some useful research material on the State Library of Victoria’s website. The resource covers:

 

  • working out what question you are trying to answer
  • finding the information
  • choosing the resources you use
  • making and organising notes
  • presenting your material
  • reflecting on your work.

There’s also some handy material on writing essays too which covers:

  • identifying the essay question
  • using quotations
  • writing
  • editing.

Plus there are tips on study skills:

  • stress management
  • dealing with exams.

Last but not least at this time of the year many of our students are doing GCSE examinations in English and maths so this BBC Bitesize app available on Android and iOS will help you. The app has flashcards which will help you revise and covers numerous GCSE subjects.

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Self-service issue deskThis week the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) team have been getting ready for the Women into Management (WiM) set of inductions starting on 28 February.

Our LRC Manager will be giving the students a tour of the library, showing them how to search the catalogue on and offsite and use our self-service issue computer to borrow material. As we’re a small college – and only have one issue computer – we show the students how to use the barcode reader to issue material on their borrower card one by one. If there’s 15 students then obviously this takes a while so the team decided to create something interactive that we could load onto the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as a reminder.

As the team were strapped for time – and didn’t want to spend hours editing a film – they first tried doing a video on the iPad. But it seemed a bit shaky and unprofessional almost like a scene from Acorn Antiques! Then we tried downloading Jing to do screencasts but still needed a video rather than a screencast to demonstrate how to scan with the barcode reader. Our LRC Assistant found Storyboard That a piece of freeware/subscription site where you can create comic strips that you can then embed into websites, VLEs or share with others.

The result – two comic strips; one showing how to borrow material using a barcode scanner and the second how to return material via the return bin. They’re now both embedded on our VLE’s LRC Services page.

Sony eBook Reader by James F ClayAs we’ve been showing our Women in Management (WiM) students how to use ebooks all of them have said how much they’d like to get the material the Institute of Leadership and Management publishes as ebooks.

We’ve now bought some of the first ones available as ebooks. You can get into them as a Hillcroft student using your OpenAthens username and password from our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) LRC Eresources page. This autumn we’ll be inducting students on using the ebooks. For a preview view our new Ebook essentials video.

Did you know if you’ve bought a Kindle you can also buy them through Amazon’s Kindle store’s Kindle ebooks area.


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