Leicester School of Biological Sciences

25 July 2008

How do I extract data from the electronic voting system?

Filed under: how_to, voting — Tags: — jobadge @ 2:15 pm

The electronic voting system, Turning point, automatically collects data from every vote registered. This data can be saved and later analysed by question, participant responses and many other ways.

21 July 2008

What is electronic voting?

Filed under: how_to — Tags: — jobadge @ 2:17 pm

Electronic voting is a way for students to register a response to a question posed by a lecturer. Each student has a wireless handset which transmits a signal to a receiver that is plugged into a computer. Software is provided which integrates with PowerPoint to enable the creation of question slides for use in presentation. A short guide on electronic voting in the School of Biological Sciences is available online.

15 July 2008

Deadlines for submission of forms reporting Extenuating Circumstances that may have affected preparation or performance in exams

Filed under: news — Tags: , — jobadge @ 6:58 pm

Deadlines for submission of forms reporting Extenuating Circumstances that may have affected preparation or performance in exams
Please advise students with Extenuating Circumstances affecting exams that they must submit the appropriate form and documentary evidence to the School Office by the following deadlines:

  • September 2008: Monday 8th September 2008, 15:00
  • January 2009: Wednesday 28th June 2009, 15:00.
  • June 2009: Wednesday 10th June 2009, 15:00.
  • September 2009: Monday 7th September 2009, 15:00.

14 July 2008

How can I use eletronic voting in my teaching?

Filed under: Blackboard, how_to — Tags: , , — jobadge @ 2:16 pm

You may already have some element of interactivity in your lectures, if so, why not consider using the voting system in place of a show of hands or coloured cards? Here are some simple tips that will help you use the electronic voting system effectively in increase student engagement in your lectures.

11 July 2008

Upgrading to Turning Point 2008

Filed under: how_to, voting — Tags: , — jobadge @ 11:54 am

You can download the turning point 2008 software for free. You will need to register with the site to obtain your copy.

‘In order to update your software to the latest version, you will have to uninstall your current version of TurningPoint and install the full new version.’

Report on the use of electronic voting

Filed under: report, voting — Tags: , — jobadge @ 11:12 am

The School of Biological Sciences has been using the Keepad system and Turning point software with first year undergraduates. This report evaluates their uses. I am very pleased to report that all but 13 of the 159 handsets loaned to first years during the year have been returned, all in working (if not spotless!) order. We have ordered some replacement handsets and will be giving handsets to first years again in 2008/9.

Making a copy site for the new academic year

Filed under: Blackboard, how_to — Tags: , — jobadge @ 10:42 am

The taught MSc courses mostly operate on two Blackboard sites to cope with the quick change over between students in September. to do this, go the current archive course (2006/2007) and take an archive copy of the site :

CONTROL PANEL>ARCHIVE COURSE> click on ‘archive’ to create a new archive file. You will receive an email when the process is complete. Return to the archive page and right click on the new blue link to download the file. you can now recycle this course to remove the content and students.

To recycle the course:
CONTROL PANEL>RECYCLE COURSE> select the items to recycle, you can choose all the boxes, including ‘users’ as you need to make a clean empty site.

Now take a copy of the current live site (2007-8). to do this, go into the current site:


Type in the course ID for the old, now empty 2006/7 site. If you don’t know the ID, use the browse feature and search by name. Choose the items to copy across – it is easiest to select everything EXCEPT the users, as this will copy across the current students as well.

You can change the name of the copied site to ‘MSc xxx 2008/9’ by CONTROL PANEL>SETTINGS>COURSE NAME AND DESCRIPTION. This course will be unavailable. Remember to make it available in September and make the 2007/8 site unavailable!

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