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Development of technology enhanced learning in the School of Chemistry

CLAD, LDU (2009) Development of technology enhanced learning in the School of Chemistry. Project Report. University of Birmingham, Birmingham. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This project has completely changed the way that the School manages the provision of information (both teaching and administration-related) for undergraduate students. The Chemistry VLE is now at the heart of undergraduate teaching and learning. An example of the student use of the Chemistry VLE is reflected in the tracking data since the beginning of Spring term - all 325 students have used the VLE. The average time of use per student to-date is 4 hours and 7 minutes, with variation between ca. 1 hour up to a maximum of 31 hours. Staff engagement with the Chemistry VLE is also impressive – of the 25 staff involved in undergraduate teaching, 20 self-manage the uploading of their material (after appropriate training), and 2 require help in uploading material but still make use of the VLE. The Chemistry VLE is constantly evolving – each year more of the WebCT tools are used within the VLE, including online submission of assessments and assignments (where possible electronically), use of discussion tools, use of the “My Grades” tool for feedback of student marks, and the use of Questionmark Perception is being piloted as an assessment tool in the area of Spectroscopy, alongside some interactive animations. It is likely that use of Turnitin will begin next academic year, following a recent successful small-scale pilot.

Type of Work:Monograph (Project Report)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Chemistry
Additional Information:

The original papers that comprise this project are stored at Centre for Learning and Academic Development (CLAD), University of Birmingham. Please contact CLAD using the email address cladprojects@contacts.bham.ac.uk for any further information.

Series/Collection Name:Education Enhancement Projects
Keywords:LEaP, technology enhanced learning, learning technologies, staff structures, VLE, tracking data, Turnitin, material, WebCT, My Grades, feedback, student marks, Questionmark, Perception, Spectroscopy, uploading, lessons learnt
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Funders:LDU LEaP
Copyright Status:This project report is copyright of the author and the University of Birmingham. Any use made of information contained in this project must be acknowledged. Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
Copyright Holders:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1495

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