Leicester School of Biological Sciences

31 March 2009

Anonymous marking in Turnitin

Filed under: Blackboard, how_to, turnitin — jobadge @ 10:31 am

The TurnitinUK plagiarism detection service has now released an anonymous marking option.

When you add a new Turnitin Assignment there is now a new screen with the usual options of setting the assignment’s title and start date etc. but at the bottom of the screen there is a “more options” link. Within “more options” is a new feature: “Enable anonymous marking?”. If this option is switched on then course instructors will not see any student names in the TurnitinUK system until after the post-date (which is set when the assignment is set-up).

25 March 2009

Wimba Create – the easy way to put course notes online

Filed under: how_to — jobadge @ 9:45 am

wimba create

wimba create

Wimba Create is an add-in to Microsoft Word which allows such documents to be  converted into a Web friendly format for inclusion in the Blackboard VLE. Converted documents are a series of Web pages with their own self-contained navigation structure.

The University has a site licence for Wimba Create and it is fully functional in both Word 2003 and Word 2007.

How to install and run Wimba Create on your local PC.

update 25 March 2009

I tried this out last week and had some terrible problems using the system on cfs with Word 2007. I wouldn’t recommend using this until we get to the bottom of these problems!

19 March 2009

Pedagogic Research in the Biosciences

Filed under: news — jobadge @ 9:30 am

HEA Centre for Bioscience event at Leicester
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Woodhouse Room, Charles Wilson Building, University of Leicester

The day will explore different methodologies and provide you with the opportunity to meet like-minded colleagues and promote pedagogy in the biosciences. This event is targeted at bioscientists with some experience of pedagogic evaluation and research. Registration form.


10.00      Registration and refreshments
10.20     Welcome and Introduction to the day Steve Maw, Centre for Bioscience
10.30     Social Science Research Methodologies: Bonnie Green, University of Leicester
11.15     Practitioner Perspectives: three scientists give the benefit of their experience in moving into education research with a “warts ‘n’ all” deconstruction of a piece of their own work.

  • Teaching about bioethics through authoring of websites: Chris Willmott, University of Leicester
  • Exploring peer and self assessment of oral presentations: opportunistically using residential field courses for Action Research: Mark Langan and Rod Cullen, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • A farewell to controls? The problems with experiments in education: Mark Huxham, Napier University

Followed by general discussion
12.30     Lunch
13.30     Afternoon Session: Facilitated by Paul Orsmond

Attendees will have the opportunity to join discussions on

  • Evaluating Pedagogical Research led by Jon Scott,
  • Feedback led by Paul Orsmond.

15.30     Feedback: Facilitated by Paul Orsmond
16.00     Reflections and Close

18 March 2009

iPhone app for Blackboard

Filed under: Blackboard — jobadge @ 12:41 pm

Blackboard Learn™ for the Apple iPhone™ and iPod® Touch mobile digital devices will be available from 26 March 2009, at no cost from the Apple iTunes® App Store.

Similar to the integration with the Facebook® platform, Blackboard Learn for the Apple iPhone is enabled through the Blackboard Sync central service.

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