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Announcements, This course, Turnitin, assessment and help: eLearning Services Staff Newsletter #2

Week 11, Spring 2016
eLearning Services Staff Newsletter #2

Thanks for the positive feedback on last week’s inaugural newsletter! For the next few weeks, we’ll be focusing on advice for the tasks at the top of your mind as we approach the end of the spring term.

Are students missing your announcement emails?

When you make a post in the Announcements forum in your module, an email is automatically sent to students. A feature has recently been added to their email accounts, which is sending some Moodle messages into a “clutter” folder. If students say they aren’t receiving your emails, they should try turning off this folder under Options.

This Course menu helps you find items in your module site

At the top of every module site, you’ll see a menu called This course. Here you can quickly find all your Turnitin assignments, forums, quizzes and other activities. The list of people enrolled on the course can also be found here. It replaces features found in the Navigation and Activities blocks.

Help your students succeed with their Turnitin submissions

When you remind them about their deadline, also let them know they can find useful help guides through the Help & Support menu in Moodle. It also doesn’t hurt to emphasise that leaving it to the last minute is a very bad idea! The last weeks of term are some of the busiest for the Turnitin service and it can run slowly.

Assessment toolkit

As the spring term is nearly over, it’s a good time to think about the assessment you’ll be using next year. At last week’s RIDE Conference, Claire Gordon, Jane Hughes and Colleen McKenna at the University of London presented on a practical guide about the ways you can use eLearning to assess students’ learning. It’s available via the link above.

Help yourself with our user guides

We’ve made it easier for you to help yourself. Our help guides are now available through the Help & Support link on the Moodle top menu.

Further questions? Contact your department’s dedicated eLearning Adviser

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