Announcements (Monday, 15 May 2017)

    Multi-Modal Feedback: New Ways to Engage Students and Enhance their Learning Experience

    Presented by Callan Rose, Senior Learning Technologist, Centre for Education Futures

    Interested in learning about multi-modal feedback? Now is the time!

    Multi-Modal Feedback

    Date: Tuesday, 23 May 2017

    Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Venue: Futures Observatory, Hackett Hall

    Format: Presentation

    Research indicates that written, audio and video feedback on assessments results in a positive impact on engagement, performance and overall perception of the unit and its coordinator.

    In this session you will have the opportunity to:

    • examine how feedback methods intersect with UWA’s new assessment policy,
    • review the results of some recent Australia studies investigating the provision of multi-modal feedback on staff and students,
    • learn more about how the Centre for Education Futures strategic “Shooting Stars” Initiative aims to enable staff to adopt new feedback methods, and
    • explore possible workflows for integrating audio and video with written feedback, enabling you to provide more feedback in less time.

    Futures Enthusiasts Meet-Up (FEMU)

    Presented by the Centre for Education Futures

    An opportunity to meet, interact and team up with other Futures Enthusiasts!

    Virtual Reality image Date: Wednesday, 31 May 2017

    Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Venue: Futures Observatory, Hackett Hall

    Format: Presentation by Dr Michael Ovens on Virtual Reality. Followed by a networking session.

    The FEMU event for the month of May will feature a presentation by Dr Michael Ovens, a recent Humanities doctoral graduate and educational Virtual Reality developer.

    Michael will discuss that Virtual Reality can be used to enhance rather than replace traditional teaching if educators and designers focus on the three things Virtual Reality does best: immersion, interaction, and impossibility.

    Virtual Reality experiences will be available for trial on the Futures Observatory's HTC Vive device.

    Student Perception of Teaching (SPOT)

    SPOT imageWould you like to receive feedback from students about the design, teaching and management of your Semester 1, 2017 unit? Now is the time to set up a SPOT survey.

    Instructions on how to set up, customise and deploy the SPOT survey within your LMS unit can be found on the online guide or contact the eLearning Helpdesk.

    Students' Unit Reflective Feedback (SURF)

    SURF surveys are now delivered automatically to students via the Learning Management System (LMS). 

    SURF imageOn Friday, 19 May 2017, a SURF survey will be made available for each Semester 1, 2017 unit within the LMS. Please pass this information onto your students via class announcements and/or LMS notices, so that participation rates can be maximised.

    The SURF survey will be accessible to students as a link within your LMS unit. Additionally, students who have not completed the survey will automatically receive a reminder email every 7 days, which will also contain a link to the survey on the LMS.


    For further information on the SURF process, please review the online guide or contact the eLearning Helpdesk.

    Assessment and Feedback Futures Project - New Website

    AFFP website image The Assessment and Feedback Futures project has a new website!

    A range of checklists have now been released, featuring easy to follow micro-videos, to assist with the setup and management of assessment items within the Learning Management System (LMS).


    Click on the checklists below for resources for each stage of an assignment: 

    Immediate support image SET UP


    These checklists, as well as information about events, helpful resources and infographics can be found on the Immediate Support page.

    Text Matching and Digital Submission of Assignments

    The University will be phasing out the use of Turnitin for text matching, online marking and assignment submission in the Learning Management System (LMS) by 30 November 2017.

    SafeAssign image Many staff have already started using Blackboard Assignments with SafeAssign instead of Turnitin with success. A transition plan is being prepared for all other units.

    There are a range of resources available that will help you to create and mark Blackboard Assignments with SafeAssign. 

    New Unit Outlines (NUO)

    From 1 January, 2018, every unit will need a Unit Outline, published via the Learning Management System (LMS).

    To make this process quicker, easier and consistent, the Centre for Education Futures has developed a new way of offering Unit Outlines to help you meet the University Policy requirements (Policy No. UP15/5 - Part 3 - 9.4.1). It will be available from 2018.

    Coming soon image New Unit Outlines will be created entirely within the LMS, with no need to build a document and then upload it to your unit.

    The majority (over 70%) of the required content will be automatically harvested from CAIDi (the curriculum management database) and loaded into a non-editable tab. 

    Additional editable tab will contain a few, compulsory headings that Unit Coordinators must complete. The additional tab will also provide room for Unit Coordinators to elaborate and to add their own additional information as required. The first time a unit uses a New Unit Outline, this additional information will need to be entered into the system.

    In subsequent teaching periods, the information in the NUO will automatically roll over and will only need checking and updating.

    Each NUO will remain available through the LMS for two years, as well as automatically backing up to TRIM at the end of each teaching period. 

    NUOs will be set up in the second half of 2017 for use in 2018 teaching periods. Stay tuned for further information!

    If you have any feedback, please contact your Faculty’s Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning).

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