Tool Guide

Educate-it offers teachers a broad range of IT tools with many and varied applications in education, all of which have proven their value in practice. Find out which tool is the best one to help you work towards your goals in the tool guide. This guide contains information on the tool itself and on how it can be applied to education. You will also be able to see how many teachers have already used each tool in practice and how highly they rate it. Of course, Educate-it also provides technical, practical and didactic support as needed. If you have a great idea to innovate education using one or more IT tools Educate-it doesn’t support (yet), then you should apply for an innovation project.

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Animations in your education
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What is Vyond?

Vyond is an online program which can be used to create animations. An animation is a short video with drawn characters, objects or texts. The program offers the user characters, images, templates, movements, music, and more, to use in the animations. An animation is often created using a predefined script. The program offers many standard options for creating scenes, but it is also possible to upload your own pictures and music.

(Vyond was previously known as GoAnimate)

How can I apply it?

Animations can be used when a subject requires visualization. The images then contribute to the transmission of the information. An animation can also make information ‘more attractive’ to listen to. Subjects that can be suitable for processing in an animation are, for example, procedures, narrative themes or complex concepts. Make sure that the information you want to communicate, is not too elaborate or extensive. An animation will not be able to serve as replacement for a lecture, book or article. Animations are more useful as catchy and short ways to explain a topic.

Below you can find some links to animations that have already been made by Educate-it, using the programme Vyond.

How can I get started?

Would you like to get started with animations? Educate-it manages several accounts for Vyond. When you would like to make your own animation(s), you can start working in a 14-days free trial account, for which you can sign up with your own email address. This trial account enables all functionalities of Vyond, except for the downloading function. After the 14 ‘trial’ days, your account will be linked to a licence for one day. This enables you to download your animation(s). Before you start working in a 14-days trial account, we advise you to make a script for your animation.

Requests with educational purposes will be granted priority over other UU-related requests (for example for communication). If the animation can be used university-wide, there is a possibility that the animation can be developed by Educate-it.

Procedure:

  1. Send an email to educate-itbalie@uu.nl, mentioning when you would like to make use of Vyond, and what (educational)purpose you have in mind. A  more detailed description of the procedure for a request can be found in the manual on this page.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within three working days.
  3. Optional: follow a workshop on Vyond or make an individual appointment during which the possibilities of Vyond and storytelling can be discussed.
  4. Write a script for your animation. A basic template for this can be found in the teacher manual.
  5. Develop your animation in Vyond during the 14 days of your free trial account. Make sure to reserve some time in your planning for possible feedback from your colleagues
  6. Finish and download your animation on the day that your account is linked to the licence.

Starting date: semester 1 2016-2017. We intent to renew this license yearly.


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Digital Microscopy
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What is PathXL?

PathXL facilitates digital microscopy by offering slides online. The slides are scanned, uploaded, and offered to students by way of a URL. A microscope is no longer required to view the slides, which can now be accessed from any computer at UU or at home.

This allows students to prepare for practicals at home, perform practicals from home entirely by digital means, and/or review slides at their leisure. Teachers are no longer tied to practical rooms with available microscopes or to limited numbers of physical slides.

Take a look at an example of a digital slide.

How can I apply it?

PathXL offers numerous ways to use digitised slides in education:

  • Students can use PathXL to prepare for a practical, reducing the need for instruction during the practical.
  • Students can (be instructed to) take a second look at the slides they worked with in the practical in their own time.
  • Practicals can be conducted from a computer rather than from a microscope. Everyone will be looking at the same slide, making it easier for groups of students to examine and analyse structures together.
  • A practical can be replaced entirely by an e-learning module which students can complete through self-study. Reviewing digital slides will be an integral part of such an e-module. Take a look at this example of how PathXL has been implemented in Xerte.
How can I get started?

Scanning, uploading, and providing access to the slides is handled by the CPIO (Biology, cpio@uu.nl). Teachers are assigned an account in PathXL which allows them to add their own notes to the slides. Please follow these steps to get you started with PathXL:

  1. Send an e-mail to cpio@uu.nl in which you state which coupes you want to use.

If the coupes need to be scanned, start no later than three weeks prior to the start of the course. If you want to use existing material in PathX, then start no later than one week prior to the start of the course.

  1. Analog coupes can be scanned. Make an appointment with CPIO. After about a week, your analog coupes will be published online. For each coupe, indicate the subject, colors, and owner.
  2. You will be granted access to the server with relevant material to select digitalised coupes.
  3. Now book an appointment for instruction about PathXL with CPIO. This can be done simultaneously whilst collecting the scanned coupes.
  4. Optional: follow a workshop on PathXL.
  5. Create cases in PathXL on the coupes. These cases receive a unique URL which you can use in your education. One cases can contain multiple coupes.
  6. You can now also make annotation in coupes.
  7. The URLs can be shared with your students through BlackBoard. Students do not need to log-in once they received the link.

http://cpioweb.science.uu.nl/cpio/

Starting date: semester 1 2015-2016. This tool is licensed infinitely.


FAQ

  1. How do I digitise my slides (or have them digitised)?

The slides are scanned at the Pathology department of the UMC. You can submit your slides to the CPIO (cpio@uu.nl, Kruytgebouw Z406). They will usually be scanned and become available online within a week. The CPIO will require you to submit some additional information (metadata) about the slides so that they can be properly stored and organised.

  1. What requirements do slides have to meet?

Most slides are already old enough that they will need to be scanned by hand. Their dimensions will be off, or the preparation will have lost too much colour to allow for automatic scanning. It may be helpful to put a new piece of cover glass on the slide if the light got to it.

  1. At what magnification and are the slides scanned, and what options will the student have when viewing them?
  • A standard scan is performed at 40x magnification, at a resolution of 0.2 to 0.5 microns per pixel (resulting in an image of about 20,000 by 20,000 pixels). The student can zoom into and move around the image.
  • It is also possible to scan multiple layers (Z-stack). This will allow students to quickly switch between layers, looking deeper into the slide. Bear in mind that each additional layer will increase the file size. If you want multiple layers of your slides scanned, please specify the number of layers and each layer’s depth.
  • Fluorescent slides can also be scanned. The different colour channels will be viewable separately.
  • Students can rotate the image, measure distances and surface areas, and compare slides side by side.
  • Students can also view the slide’s label, though unfortunately the labels on old slides are often illegible or only partially scanned.
  • The teacher can add notes, arrows, circles, and explanations to digital slides, which can help students make the most of a slide.

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Digital learning environment
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What is FeedbackFruits?

FeedbackFruits is an online learning environment that stimulates interaction through discussion, (peer) feedback, and knowledge exchange. Students and teachers share files with each other, such as videos, documents and articles.

How can I apply it?

FeedbackFruits has four sections.

  • Dialog: FeedbackFruits can help create online interaction by providing forum and comment functionality for teachers and students, facilitating discussions, questions, and feedback.
  • Share: This is where study materials can be shared. Teachers can upload materials and share links. Students can upload assignments and review the posted materials. All files in FeedbackFruits can have feedback posted to them, often even to specific parts of files and videos.
  • Live: You can create interaction in your face-to-face teaching with the FeedbackFruits voting tool from the Live section.
  • Learn: Students can create their own summaries in this section and review those summaries with flashcards.
How can I get started?

If you want to get started with FeedbackFruits, please follow these steps:

  1. Contact Educate-it through educate-itbalie@uu.nl or the contact form and ask for a course in FeedbackFruits.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within one work day to ask for additional information.
  3. Educate-it will invite you to your course environment by e-mail.
  4. Optionally: follow a workshop on FeedbackFruits or make an individual appointment in which the possibilities for FeedbackFruits will be exemplified.
  5. Fill the course environment. Need any help? Please, contact the Educate-it desk.
  6. Add students to the course using their UU e-mail addresses. Students can log-on using their Solis-IDs and can immediately access the course environment.
  7. During the course, you can use all the functionalities of FeedbackFruits (Dialog, Share, Live, and Learn). Check your course environment regularly for student activity.

Starting date: semester 1 2015-2016. This tools is licensed until January 31st 2020.



FAQ

What can I use FeedbackFruits for?

Using FeedbackFruits, you can make your teaching practice more ‘blended’ by doing such things as having students post videos for other students to leave feedback on, making your lectures more interactive by having your students respond to questions and assertions with the voting tool, or having students debate each other online about a text or video you provide.

 

How do I add students to my course?

You can invite students by adding their email addresses to the course. They will then be able to log in with their Solis IDs and get immediate access to your course.

 

What experiences have my colleagues had with FeedbackFruits?

Arjen Vredenberg, Science

“FeedbackFruits provides an intuitive and user-friendly way for students to interact with each other and their teacher about the subject matter and about specific assignments.”

Daniëlle Vlaanderen, Social and Behavioural Sciences

“It’s great when students from different working groups post the results of an assignment to FeedbackFruits and the groups exchange and discuss knowledge.”

Doris Abitzsch, Humanities

“With FeedbackFruits, students are actively processing the subject matter even before the lectures have started, and specific assignments then put them to work applying the theory they’ve acquired.”FeedbackFruits is an online learning environment that stimulates interaction through discussion, (peer) feedback, and knowledge exchange. Students and teachers share files with each other, such as videos, documents and articles.FeedbackFruits is an online learning environment that stimulates interaction through discussion, (peer) feedback, and knowledge exchange. Students and teachers share files with each other, such as videos, documents and articles.


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“By having students write exam questions, you make them work with the subject matter in an engaging way.”

Students develop exam questions - PeerWise

In PeerWise, students develop exam questions themselves. They can share these questions with each other and give each other feedback. Coming up with questions stimulates them to think the subject matter through more thoroughly. Answering the questions others have made helps them consider the subject matter from new perspectives.

How can I apply it?

There are all kinds of ways you could use PeerWise in your teaching practice:

  • You could have your students develop a number of questions and the answers to go with them in preparation for a tutorial. During the tutorial, you could discuss with the entire group which questions you would include in or exclude from an actual exam and why.
  • Your students could develop questions and submit them to a central database so that everyone on the course could use them to prepare for the exam.
  • Students could give each other feedback on the content and quality of the questions. They could then improve their questions using the feedback they just received.
How can I get started?

If you want to get started with Peerwise, please follow these steps:

  1. Create an instructor account on: https://peerwise.cs.auckland.ac.nz/. See the manual.
  2. Create a course in PeerWise.
  3. Invite students to Peerwise. Please see the manual about how to invite students.
  4. During the course you can monitor your students’ questions.

Peerwise does not require a license; the tool is free to use for everyone.



FAQ

How do I get started with PeerWise?

Create an instructor account on the PeerWise website. For more details, please refer to the teacher manual.

Please note: PeerWise will become available immediately. Your account must be manually approved, which may take up to two days. After approval, you’ll receive an email with a username and password with which to log into PeerWise.

How do I give my students access to PeerWise?

Students create their own student accounts at: http://peerwise.cs.auckland.ac.nz/at/?uu_nl

Can the questions be exported from PeerWise?

Developed questions are easily exported to a text file, which makes discussing them in a lecture or tutorial that much more convenient.

How are questions organised within PeerWise?

Teachers can add ‘course tags’ within a course. This allows you to create categories for each subject and allows your students to add the questions they develop to specific categories. Subjects from the course are useful categories, but you could just as easily categorise the questions by week. There is also an option for letting students add their own categories.


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Developing e-modules
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What is Xerte?

Xerte Online Toolkits (XOT) is an e-learning development tool that lets you create interactive study materials (e-modules). Teachers can use this online development platform to quickly and easily create a module with interactive questions, videos, images, and instructional texts.

How can I apply it?
  • You can use e-modules as preparation for lectures and/or practicals so that your students will come to class better prepared.
  • E-modules can replace a lecture or practical entirely by presenting the subject matter to the student online. This frees up classroom time for questions, discussion, and in-depth exploration of the subject matter.
How can I get started?

If you want to get started with Xerte, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to xerte.uu.nl and use your Solis-ID to log-in to Xerte. You will have direct access to the course environment.
  2. Optionally: follow a workshop on Xerte or make an individual appointment in which the possibilities for Xerte will be exemplified. You can also contact the Educate-it desk for further information on how to create an e-module.
  3. Think about how the module will be implemented into your education and create the content.
  4. Create module(s) in Xerte (possibly with a colleague or student assistant). Make sure to have enough time to create a Xerte module. Within the Xerte environment, you will find a demo, quick quide, and a manual.
  5. Do you want to use the module in your education? We offer different ways to do so. We will be happy to help. Send an e-mail to educate-itbalie@uu.nl.

Starting date: semester 1 2016-2017. This tool is licensed until July 31st 2018. We intent to renew this license yearly.



FAQ

How do I give students access to an e-module I created in Xerte?

There’s an ‘export’ feature in your e-module’s project properties in Xerte. You can put the module in your Blackboard course environment as a SCORM package. Your students will access the module through your course.

I’d like to get started right away. Where do I begin?

There is a Xerte quick start guide.


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Interactive Knowledgeclips
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Scalable Learning is an online platform where you can post knowledge clips (or web lectures). When questions are added to the knowledge clips, students engage more as they watch. The answers students give to these questions can help you structure your classes, focus on subject matter your students don’t understand yet, and explore specific subjects in greater detail.

How can I apply it?
  • Scalable Learning is the ideal platform for ‘flipping’ your teaching practice. Students watch knowledge clips and answer questions at home. Students can indicate that they don’t understand something with the ‘I am confused’ button. They can also ask each other and/or the teacher questions.
  • You’ll get more insight into your students’ learning processes and needs by reviewing the answers they give to the questions. You can use the ‘in-class review’ feature to discuss the harder questions or explore the finer points of the subject matter in the classroom.
How can I get started?
  • If you want to get started with Scalable Learning, please follow these steps:
  1. Send an e-mail to educate-itbalie@uu.nl (of fill out the contact form) in which you state that you want to start using Scalable Learning and state your educational goal that you want to reach using Scalable Learning.
  2. Educate-it will contact you to plan an individual appointment about the use of Scalable Learning in your education.
  3. Design your course in Scalable Learning. You can select YouTube videos or record your own knowledge clips (more information: https://educate-it.uu.nl/en/knowledge-clips-and-e-lectures/)
  4. Add questions to the videos (see this video for more information)
  5. During the course you can use Scalable learning to plan your face-to-face learning activities.

This tool was licensed until August 31st 2018. There is an agreement for extending this license, more information will follow soon.



FAQ

How do I add students to my Scalable Learning course?

Your students have to add themselves to your course by means of an ‘enrolment key’.
They can do so by logging in to www.scalable-learning.com with their Solis ID, going into ‘my courses,’ selecting ‘join a new course’ and entering their enrolment key when prompted. Remember to hand out the enrolment key to your students through Blackboard, email, or similar means. You can find it in your Scalable Learning course under ‘administration -> add students.’

What kinds of questions can you create in Scalable Learning?

You can include closed questions in the video itself, which will make parts of the video clickable. You can also interrupt your video with closed or open questions. Finally, you can attach standalone tests or surveys.

How do I make a video for Scalable Learning?

You may be worried about how much time it will take to make a video. It’s not actually that bad. You can easily record a knowledge clip with the materials you already have. PowerPoint allows you to record your voice as you go through your slides and save it all as a video. Or you could go with a ‘screencast’: a separate programme you can install on your computer to record both your voice and everything happening on your screen and convert that into a video. And finally, you could record in one of the DIY studios available to UU teachers. Your recording will look more professional and you can get technical support from UU by appointment.

How do I add a video in Scalable Learning?

Upload your video to YouTube, then add the link (found by clicking “Share” under your video on YouTube) to Scalable Learning.

Does the video always have to be on YouTube?

For now, yes. You can, however, set your video to ‘hidden’ on YouTube. This will let you use the video on Scalable Learning without anyone finding it on YouTube.

Can I add a recording from MyMediasite/LectureNet directly into Scalable Learning?

No, you can’t. What you can do is download the video you want from MyMediasite or LectureNet, then upload it to YouTube. We’re looking for ways to make direct transfers from MyMediasite possible in the future.

Can I add anything else to my Scalable Learning course?

You could theoretically include any kind of teaching material (texts, websites, images, etc.) with your course using hyperlinks. Besides that, there is room for a description with each of your modules and videos in Scalable Learning and you could use that space for explanation and instruction.

What experiences have my colleagues had with Scalable Learning?

Marjolein Haagsman, teacher, faculty of Science

“Scalable Learning is a tool for the productive integration of videos into your teaching. Students are full of praise about the course design. The videos are convenient for revision and the questions help students digest the subject matter.”


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What is MyMediasite?

Knowledge clips are short videos, usually about 5 minutes long, that explain difficult concepts from the course. Using MyMediasite, you can record your own knowledge clips either from home or in a DIY studio.

How can I apply it?
  • Part of the knowledge transfer for your course will take place online, creating room in your classroom teaching to explore the finer points of the subject matter.
  • Knowledge clips can be used to include remote guest speakers in a course.
  • Students view knowledge clips in their own time, wherever they like, and at their own pace. This has been known to motivate them.
  • Teachers can monitor which knowledge clips students (re)view most and adjust their classroom teaching accordingly.
  • You can add questions to knowledge clips so that students actively engage with the clip. This is accomplished with the Scalable Learning tool.
How can I get started?

If you want to get started with MyMediasite, please follow these steps:

  1. Request your MyMediasite account here. It takes up to two work days until your account will be made available. When your account has been created, you can log on through mediasites.sites.uu.nl.
  2. Reserve a DIY studio using your Outlook Calender (https://educate-it.uu.nl/opnemenindiy-studio/) or contact the Educate-it desk. You should also contact Educate-it if you would like to be supported in the recording of your video.
  3. For tips regarding the preparation of your knowledge clip, please see the e-module. We also offer workshops on how to make knowledge clips. Please see the agenda on our website.
  4. Go to the studio and bring your PowerPoint presentation on a USB.
  5. In the studio, you will find a manual on how to record your video. The first time you log on to the computer might take a little longer than you are used to. It is not possible to use your own device in the DIY studio.
  6. Record your knowledge clip.
  7. Tidy up the room and hand in the key.

For more information on MyMediasite, please see the manual.



FAQ

What’s the difference between knowledge clips and e-lectures?
A knowledge clip is a short video, no longer than 5 or 10 minutes, that explains a single, specific topic. Having watched such a video (and having completed any associated exercises), the student will come to class better prepared. This allows the teacher to use classroom time to explore the details and background of the subject matter.

E-lectures are recordings of traditional lectures, which you can make available to students as a service. You could record one yourself using a MyMediasite account or you could have someone come out to record it. For the latter, contact LectureNet.

 

Where can I find a DIY studio?
In support of innovating teaching and offering blended forms of education, the Educate-it programme has opened DIY studios in the city centre and De Uithof. These DIY studios are available to all teachers at faculties of Utrecht University:

  • DIY Studio Buys Ballot building Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL), room 3.25
  • DIY Studio Descartes building, room 2.01
  • DIY Studio Hugo R. Kruyt building, room Z4.05
  • DIY Studio KNG80, room 1.03
  • DIY Studio University Library, room 2.48

Students can use the DIY studio in the University Library in De Uithof.


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What is Peergrade?

Peergrade is an online platform for giving and receiving peer feedback by students. The teacher formulates course specific feedback questions or a rubric that students use to comment on each other’s work. Peer feedback can be used with every file type, among which Word documents, and PDF files, audio and video documents.



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“The majority of the students indicated they would rather use Peergrade to give peer feedback, than do so during the seminars. Especially the specific feedback questions, and the anonymity contributed to giving critical feedback, as well as rating the received feedback. A huge success all together!”

Docent K. Gielen

Moreover, Peergrade offers many possibilities to:

  • Give anonymous feedback
  • Have students reflect on their work
  • Use group assignments
  • React to feedback

As a teacher, Peergrade offers many possibilities to monitor your students using learning analytics. For example, check if all feedback is authentic and check how many words are used to peer feedback a particular student.

How can I apply it?

Peergrade is ideal to use as a peer feedback tool, so students will receive feedback on an assignemtns before handing in the final version to a teacher.

By using the rubric in Peergrade, you can create parameters for students to give peer feedback.

With the learning analytics, you can monitor which students have received limited feedback or feedback that does not meet the feedback criteria. You can then intervene by, for example, giving feedback yourself.

How can I get started?
  1. Send an e-mail to educate-itbalie@uu.nl (of fill out the contact form) in which you state that you want to start using Peergrade and state your educational goal that you want to reach using Peergrade.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within three work days about your account details.
  3. Optional: follow a workshop on Peergrade.
  4. Create an assignment in Peergrade. We recommend you to take an appointment in which we help you set up the first assignment. We will offer this appointment automatically. In less than an hour, the assignment will be up and running!
  5. During the course, you can monitoring given peer feedback.

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    Peergrade maakt het heel eenvoudig om studenten peer feedback te laten geven op elkaars schrijfproducten. Het is niet mogelijk voor studenten om in-line opmerkingen te plaatsen, maar zij beoordelen de tekst op een aantal punten, die je als docent zelf kunt opstellen. Logistiek is er veel mogelijk; bijvoorbeeld studenten beoordelen alleen studenten die binnen, of buiten de eigen groep vallen, of het aanpassen van deadlines, voor de groep, maar ook voor individuen. Anoniem, niet anoniem, et cetera, et cetera. Als docent vind ik het ook fijn dat ik kan zien of er tussen studenten grote overeenstemming is over de beoordeling van een product.

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    + Nice that students can flag offensive or inappropriate language in feedbacks.
    + It accepts submitting assignments in different file formats.

    Improvements:
    – I would like to be able to download an Excel file with all partial data; for instance, the groups of students that submitted together, the students who did not submit, the students who gave feedback and who did not, the amount of flagged feedbacks per student (e.g. offensive language). I don’t want just the grade computed by Peergrade.
    – I would like that it is possible to configure an assignment to allow late submissions (with some point deduction or at least flag the submissions as late) without needing that I intervene manually to allow the late submission.
    – I can see value in allowing for a second round of submission (i.e. submitting a second version of the same assignment), without needing to create a second assignment. Or, if creating a second assignment is needed, then it should be possible to link both in a way that the same students get to see how the group used their feedback to improve the assignment.

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    + Studenten geven gerichter feedback als je goede vragen bedenkt en in het systeem invoert (i.p.v. spelfouten eruit halen bijvoorbeeld) en leren hier zelf ook van.
    + Je kunt zien welke feedback welke student geeft en dat zorgt ook dat dit serieuzer gebeurt en je kunt ingrijpen als dit niet zo is

    Minpunten:
    – Het uitnodigen van de studenten was lastig omdat dit op e-mail moet en ik niet zomaar een lijst met alle e-mail adressen van de studenten per groep heb. Die kun je als docent ook niet zelf uit Osiris halen. Dat was even zoeken
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    Peergrade maakt het heel eenvoudig om studenten peer feedback te laten geven op elkaars schrijfproducten. Het is niet mogelijk voor studenten om in-line opmerkingen te plaatsen, maar zij beoordelen de tekst op een aantal punten, die je als docent zelf kunt opstellen. Logistiek is er veel mogelijk; bijvoorbeeld studenten beoordelen alleen studenten die binnen, of buiten de eigen groep vallen, of het aanpassen van deadlines, voor de groep, maar ook voor individuen. Anoniem, niet anoniem, et cetera, et cetera. Als docent vind ik het ook fijn dat ik kan zien of er tussen studenten grote overeenstemming is over de beoordeling van een product.

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    + Nice that students can flag offensive or inappropriate language in feedbacks.
    + It accepts submitting assignments in different file formats.

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    – I would like to be able to download an Excel file with all partial data; for instance, the groups of students that submitted together, the students who did not submit, the students who gave feedback and who did not, the amount of flagged feedbacks per student (e.g. offensive language). I don’t want just the grade computed by Peergrade.
    – I would like that it is possible to configure an assignment to allow late submissions (with some point deduction or at least flag the submissions as late) without needing that I intervene manually to allow the late submission.
    – I can see value in allowing for a second round of submission (i.e. submitting a second version of the same assignment), without needing to create a second assignment. Or, if creating a second assignment is needed, then it should be possible to link both in a way that the same students get to see how the group used their feedback to improve the assignment.

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    + Je kunt zien welke feedback welke student geeft en dat zorgt ook dat dit serieuzer gebeurt en je kunt ingrijpen als dit niet zo is

    Minpunten:
    – Het uitnodigen van de studenten was lastig omdat dit op e-mail moet en ik niet zomaar een lijst met alle e-mail adressen van de studenten per groep heb. Die kun je als docent ook niet zelf uit Osiris halen. Dat was even zoeken
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What is I Hate Statistics?

Statistics is a major and important part of many study programmes. Grasple is an online platform that helps you to practice with statistics. Grasple aims at students who need a little more help with grades and mathematics.

A student will be given an explanation on certain subjects and can practice with different question types. Grasple offers more than 100 subjects and over 2500 questions (in Dutch and English).

Moreover, Grasple offers:

  • Different types of questions; multiple choice and open questions, formulas, texts, and arithmetic symbols.
  • Feedback on students’ answers.
  • Formative test (automatically created based on learning goals).
  • Learning analytics.
  • Editor to create and adapt content as a teacher.
How can I apply it?

How can I use Grasple?

As a teacher, you can use the assignments through selecting the weekly subjects.

Students can practice wherever and whenever they want with subjects that they do not yet fully understand. This saves time during face-to-face education.

As a teacher, you can adapt the content and add lessons and questions through the editor. Content that you created yourself, can also be shared outside of the course environment. The material can also be adapted and created by multiple teachers at the same time.

Grasple also offers learning analytics. You can use these analytics to check if your students understand certain subjects, and if further face-to-face education on a subject is necessary.

How can I get started?

If you want to get started with Grasple, please follow these steps:

  1. Send an e-mail to Grasple employee Pim Bellinga pim@ihatestatistics.com with a cc e-mail to t.p.p.devries@uu.nl in which you state when you want to use I Hate Statistics.
  2. Grasple will create a teacher account for you within three days and they can help you to tailor the course to your needs.

 

Teachers at FSW complete changed their courses using Grapsle. How? Click here to learn more!



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FeedbackFruits: v1.0 and v2.0 differences

FeedbackFruits 1.0 is a complete online learning solution that stimulates interaction in the form of discussion, (peer) feedback and knowledge sharing. FeedbackFruits 2.0 is the next step in the development of those features allowing each to be installed as a separate Blackboard plugin. This allows teachers to implement only the specific features that will enhance their courses.

What is FeedbackFruits 2.0: Interactive Document?
Interactive Document allows users to upload documents enriched with discussion points, practice questions and teacher comments. This allows students to actively engage with the document’s contents on their first reading.

How can I apply it?

As a teacher, you can:

  • Start an online discussion;
  • Add (debate) questions to documents; and
  • Emphasise specific elements of the text.

This will help you coach students as they prepare for class. Student contributions and the students’ answers to your questions may reveal what elements of the subject matter need special attention in the classroom.

How can I get started?
  1. Send an email to educate-itbalie@uu.nl (or fill out our contact form) to indicate that you want to start using Interactive Document.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within one business day to request some additional information about the class you are teaching.
  3. The plugin will be activated in your Blackboard course environment within 24 hours of supplying the requested information.
  4. Optionally, you can take part in a FeedbackFruits workshop or book a one-on-one appointment to discuss how FeedbackFruits could enhance your teaching.
  5. Choose where to add Interactive Document in your Blackboard environment.
  6. Set your preferences for Interactive Document and populate it with texts, questions and comments.

This tool is licensed till September 1st 2020.


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FeedbackFruits: v1.0 and v2.0 differences

FeedbackFruits 1.0 is a complete online learning solution that stimulates interaction in the form of discussion, (peer) feedback and knowledge sharing. FeedbackFruits 2.0 is the next step in the development of those features allowing each to be installed as a separate Blackboard plugin. This allows teachers to implement only the specific features that will enhance their courses.

What is FeedbackFruits 2.0: Interactive Video?
Interactive Video lets you increase your students’ engagement with the subject matter by offering relevant videos with embedded questions and discussion points.

 

 

How can I apply it?

This tool will allow you to upload and make available to your students any kind of video, like a knowledge clip, for example. You will be able to embed discussion topics and practice questions into the video in order to coach your students as they prepare for class. Student contributions and the students’ answers to your questions may reveal what elements of the subject matter need special attention in the classroom.

How can I get started?
  1. Send an email to educate-itbalie@uu.nl (or fill out our contact form) to indicate that you want to start using Interactive Video.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within one business day to request some additional information about the class you are teaching.
  3. The plugin will be activated in your Blackboard course environment within 24 hours of supplying the requested information.
  4. Optionally, you can take part in a FeedbackFruits workshop or book a one-on-one appointment to discuss how FeedbackFruits could enhance your teaching.
  5. Choose where to add Interactive Video in your Blackboard environment.
  6. Set your preferences for Interactive Video and populate it with videos, questions and comments.

This tool is licensed till September 1st 2020.


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What is Revisely?

Revisely is an online tool for assessing written assignments. The programme facilitates the entire process; Posting the assignment, checking for plagiarism, providing feedback, and monitoring the submissions and review process. Revisely can also be used for peer feedback and the submission of group efforts.

How can I apply it?
  • Draft assignment, evaluation criteria, and scoring model. Send assignment to students through Revisely.
  • Teacher grading: Based on the predetermined scoring model, standard feedback and open feedback, the teacher can grade and provide feedback for an assignment.
  • Check assignments for plagiarism with the built-in plagiarism checker (Urkund).
  • Peer grading: students can provide feedback on the work of their peers and even assign each other grades.
  • Team hand-in: students can collaborate on an assignment and turn it in as a team with Revisely. All students on a team will receive the teacher’s feedback.
How can I get started?
  • For some initial exploration of Revisely, you can apply for a trial account.
  • If you want to actually start working with Revisely, please follow these steps to get you started:
  1. Send an e-mail to educate-itbalie@uu.nl (of fill out the contact form) in which you state that you want to start using Revisely. Do this no later than ten work days before you want to start using Revisely.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within three work days to create your course environment in Revisely. We also advise you to make an appointment with our pedagogical advisor to talk about the implementation of Revisely within your education.
  3. Upload your assignment, corresponding assessment criteria, and settings to Revisely. Link your students to the assignment. See manual for more information. Possibly, Educate-it can assist you with these steps.
  4. Invite students to the course in Revisely by sending a message to hand-in an assignment. Students log-in using their SolisIDs, and hand these in through Revisely.
  5. Give feedback and grade the assignment.
  6. Inform your students through Revisely when their assignments have been graded, they can then log-in to Revisely and see their feedback and assessment.

 

Do you want to prepare your students for giving effective feedback? Show them this video!

Starting date: semester 1 2016-2017. This tools is licensed until August 31st 2021.



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Why should I use Revisely?
Revisely offers students a comprehensible way of insight in whether their assignment meets requirements and in which areas they still need to improve. In the case of intermediate feedback, this insight can be used to adjust assignments. Revisely also supports you, as a teacher, with the workflow regarding writing assignments: using paper will not be necessary, as well as separate mail flows.

How does it work?
The programme runs online; it doesn’t need installation and it’s usable on tablets, iPads, desktops, and laptops. Students’ assignments can be placed in Revisely, including the requirements and due date. Students work on the assignments and hand them in through Revisely’s digital environment. Subsequently, the assignments are graded and feedback can be added: standard comments from the database or personal feedback. After grading the assignment, it can be send back to the student from Revisely. The student will receive an e-mail telling him or her that the assignment has been graded and can be accessed. It is also possible to use Revisely for the handing in of group assignments (team hand-in function) or for letting students provide feedback on each other’s work by using the option of peer grading. With peer grading, students provide feedback on the writing assignments of their peer students and score each other.

Is there a direct connection to Blackboard?
No, Revisely does not work in connection to Blackboard.

How do students gain access to Revisely?
As a teacher, firstly you add the list of students to Revisely. Then students can log-in to Revisely using their Solis-Id and their password.


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What is PresentersWall?

PresentersWallis a web-based voting tool. With PresentersWallstudents can answer questions before, during or after a lecture via their smartphone or laptop. During a lecture, the teacher is able to show the results: this is an interactive way of testing knowledge or assessing opinions of a (large) group of students.

What is the difference between PresentersWall and Mentimeter?

Mentimeter is also a web-based voting tool. PresentersWall is a tool that already has a lot of users within the University of Utrecht and logging in is easy with your Solis-ID.Mentimeter however, has more variations indemand and representation forms.

How can I apply it?

With Mentimeter you can easily give each student a voice. This can have a positive effect on student involvement. An idea could be to ask your students what they already know about the subject matter before starting your lecture. This prepare students and gives you information on how much the student knows.

How can I get started?
  1. Familiarize yourself with the different ways to implement a voting tool.
  2. Which approach suits best in your education? Design the questions and multiple-choice answers.
  3. Which votingtool best suits your education? Choose Shakespeak (PowerPoint plug-in) or PresentersWall (webbased).
  4. Use the Quick Quide on page 4 of the manual.

Starting date:  Q3 2015-2016. This tool is licensed till august 31st 2019.



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Which votingtool to pick?

There is a lot to choose from. Educate-it offers three different tools: PresentersWall, Shakespeak and Mentimeter. Depending on your personal wishes, one tool might be a better fit than the other. This table can help to make a choice. Would you like personal advice? Please contact us at educate-it@uu.nl, and we will schedule a meeting.

What is de maximum number of students that can participate in a PresentersWall session?

PresentersWall does not have a maximum number of users.

Do I have to install a program in order to use PresentersWall?

No. You can log in at edu.presenterswall.com to use PresentersWall.

How do students experience PresentersWall?

Through the quizzes in PresentersWall …
“… .. the teachers could explain difficult material.”
“…… I received feedback on whether I had understood something right.”
“… .. I started talking more to fellow students about the material.”
“… .. I was more motivated to go to the lectures.”

 


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    As the answers are projected unto the screen, you can go into more details if you want. As a result, a conversation is started.

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    As the answers are projected unto the screen, you can go into more details if you want. As a result, a conversation is started.


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Wat is Shakespeak?

Shakespeak is a votingtool integrated in PowerPoint. Using Shakespeak, students can answer questions via their smartphone or laptop. During a lecture, the teacher is able to show the results: this is an interactive way of testing knowledge or assessing opinions of a (large) group of students.

How can I apply it?

With Shakespeak you can easily give each student a voice. This can have a positive effect on student involvement. An example could be to ask a question halfway your lecture about the material, did your students understand you?

How can I get started?

If you want to get started with ShakeSpeak, please follow these steps:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the different ways to implement a voting tool.
  2. Which approach suits best in your education? Design the questions and multiple-choice answers.
  3. Which votingtool best suits your education? Choose Shakespeak (PowerPoint plug-in) or PresentersWall (webbased).
  4. Install Shakespeak (see: manual). Important: this can take up until three days if you do not yet have the right to download programs to your computer. You will have to request these rights through ICT services (4500).
  5. After downloading, follow the steps that Shakespeak takes you through in the PowerPoint slides. This will explain how you can insert questions.
  6. Test your session.
  7. More than 20 students? Request a paid account through the Educate-it contact form.


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Which votingtool to pick?

There is a lot to choose from. Educate-it offers three different tools: PresentersWall, Shakespeak and Mentimeter. Depending on your personal wishes, one tool might be a better fit than the other. This table can help to make a choice. Would you like personal advice? Please contact us at educate-it@uu.nl, and we will schedule a meeting.

What is de maximum number of students that can participate in a PresentersWall session?

Educate-it has a license for a group size of maximum 450 students.

Do I have to install a program in order to use PresentersWall?

Yes. At a UU workstation, search  for Install Shakespeak PowerPoint Add-in under the Windows start button. At a non-UU workplace you can download the software via shakespeak.com (green button).

How do people experience Shakespeak?

“The results of the exercises give the teacher the opportunity to monitor how well students master the material. You can adjust the lecture if necessary by accelerating or looking back. ”

“It gives students the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned.”


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    The advantage of this tool compared to other web-based tools (i.e. Mentimeter and Kahoot) is that this tool is embedded into PowerPoint. This means that you don’t have to switch between PowerPoint and the voting tool. The disadvantage of this tool is that it has less features. For example, it is not possible to have students assess an item using a scale from 1-10, or to rank multiple items. Other web-based tools do allow for such features.


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Digital exams

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Digital assessment Remindo
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What is Remindo?

Remindo allows you to perform summative and formative digital assessments. Exams are performed on Chromebooks in a secure environment. Practice tests can be performed either in a secure environment or on students’ personal devices. Remindo’s features, like more supported question types, direct feedback and analytics, will help you improve the quality of your assessments. You will also be able to work more efficiently by doing things like creating a database of questions and reusing them. The Alpha, Beta, and Gamma halls of the Educatorium will accommodate up to 650 students to be assessed on Chromebooks at any one time. Smaller-scale secure assessment locations are now also available at the faculties of Veterinary Medicine; Law, Economics and Governance; Humanities; Science; Geosciences; and Social and Behavioural Sciences.

How can I apply it?
  • Question types: multiple-choice question, multiple-response question, order question, matching question, hotspot question, graphic associate question, text entry question, drag & drop question, open question.
  • Adding media to questions: images, videos, audio, and pdf files can all be added to questions in Remindo.
  • Score types: assigning points (singular or multiple true/false). Closed questions are corrected automatically and open questions are corrected manually, but still digitally.
  • Recipe: Create a recipe and select in that recipe which questions will show up on the actual assessment. Remindo can perform a selection from a group of questions.
  • Test analysis: The following values are obtainable from Remindo. At the assessment level: Cronbach’s Alpha, P, Rit, Rir, Rar, and Rat values and the standard deviation. At the question level: P, Rit, Rir, Rat, and Rar values.
How can I get started?

If you want to get started with Remindo, please follow these steps:

  1. Use the scheduling website to plan a digital test
  2. Contact the Remindo key-user at your faculty to plan an intake. When it is the first time that you are going to use digital testing, please contact them no later than four weeks prior to the test.
  3. During the intake, both advantages and limitations of Remindo will be dealt with (60 minutes).
  4. The key-user will make sure that your course will be added to Remindo, so you can add a test and questions.
  5. Together with the key-user and the Remindo support website, you will create question for a Remindo test.
  6. The key-user will take you through some practical issues that need to be dealt with in order for the exam to be taken smoothly.
  7. The test takes place.
  8. After the test, you will check open questions manually in Remindo. Remindo automaticaaly checks closed questions. You can use data from Remindo to analyse your test.
  9. If you want to plan a resit or exam review you need to use the scheduling website again (no later than two weeks prior).

Every faculty might have a slightly different workflow regarding Remindo, please talk to your key-user.

 

There are many ways to use Remindo in your teaching practice:

  • Get a feel for what Remindo can do by taking a demonstration exam.
  • Each faculty has a Remindo key user to help teachers make their examinations digital. The key user offers personal support and can answer any question teachers may have.
  • The Remindo support site has clear and comprehensive information about assessing with Remindo.
  • Would you like to know more about what form of assessment is the best match for your teaching practice? Would you like more information about how to design, construct and present a great exam (question)? Or about how to grade and analyse your assessments? Then our online module on assessment is for you!

 

 

 

 



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    very handy if you work on an exam with several colleagues and the variety of possibilities incentivizes to experiment with different types of questions!

    + check exams per question if desired (vertical and horizontal approaches are both possible)

    + allows to assign scores with decimals and alongside a written explanation of the score can be provided
    (my experience is that correctors are more inclined to provide a explanation with this system compared to handwritten exams)

    + automatic calculation of final results for each student

    + digital results overview and statistics
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    + anonymity of the students
    (conversion into a number is not entirely safe from a student perspective, but sufficient); no disadvantages incurred due to bad handwriting

    + possibility to adapt results in a second, third…correction round

    + no need to decipher students’ handwriting, plus automatic correction of all questions with fixed answers (can save time)

    Minuspunten

    – two different user environments for setting up the exam (recipe) and for exam execution and grading

    – all questions need to be graded before results become visible
    (availability of results per question could be very handy at times to get a first overview on the students performance; after all, if you find out at the end that half the course failed/half the course scored a 10 and this is not an acceptable result, you have to modify the scores of every single question manually or raise/lower the overall scores in the system – the latter is visible for the students and will have to be justidied in front of students)

    – correcting exams on the screen can be as demanding for the eyes and attention as having to decipher different handwritten answers
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    – not yet as handy for all question types, for example calculations and free drawings

    – exam reviews are still ‘passive’, i.e. the system cannot yet handle disputes – students access their exam and see their answers and the scores given but there is not yet a dialogue box for the student to respond to the correctors explanation (this feature may be added in the future)

    Overall, a great tool which can still see some improvements. If you like ‘old school’ and handwritten you can consider to use it for designing the exam (digitally) only and print the completed exam for each student. In any case, you should discuss your preferences carefully with the support personnel of Remindo to make sure that you can use all the Remindo functions you would like to have available (e.g. you would have to enter scores into the system manually to allow for all the statistical features and an easy review process).

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    Pluspunten:
    + store questions in the data bank, reuse or modify any time, high variety of question types (open questions, multiple choice, graphs, drag-and-drop etc.)
    very handy if you work on an exam with several colleagues and the variety of possibilities incentivizes to experiment with different types of questions!

    + check exams per question if desired (vertical and horizontal approaches are both possible)

    + allows to assign scores with decimals and alongside a written explanation of the score can be provided
    (my experience is that correctors are more inclined to provide a explanation with this system compared to handwritten exams)

    + automatic calculation of final results for each student

    + digital results overview and statistics
    (also provides indication if the exam has adequate quality and difficulty and a self-check for the corrector on his/her use of the full grading spectrum)

    + anonymity of the students
    (conversion into a number is not entirely safe from a student perspective, but sufficient); no disadvantages incurred due to bad handwriting

    + possibility to adapt results in a second, third…correction round

    + no need to decipher students’ handwriting, plus automatic correction of all questions with fixed answers (can save time)

    Minuspunten

    – two different user environments for setting up the exam (recipe) and for exam execution and grading

    – all questions need to be graded before results become visible
    (availability of results per question could be very handy at times to get a first overview on the students performance; after all, if you find out at the end that half the course failed/half the course scored a 10 and this is not an acceptable result, you have to modify the scores of every single question manually or raise/lower the overall scores in the system – the latter is visible for the students and will have to be justidied in front of students)

    – correcting exams on the screen can be as demanding for the eyes and attention as having to decipher different handwritten answers
    (there is a possibility to print the exams, but this is not yet possible per question), time savings from correcting on screen may not be too high in the end

    – not yet as handy for all question types, for example calculations and free drawings

    – exam reviews are still ‘passive’, i.e. the system cannot yet handle disputes – students access their exam and see their answers and the scores given but there is not yet a dialogue box for the student to respond to the correctors explanation (this feature may be added in the future)

    Overall, a great tool which can still see some improvements. If you like ‘old school’ and handwritten you can consider to use it for designing the exam (digitally) only and print the completed exam for each student. In any case, you should discuss your preferences carefully with the support personnel of Remindo to make sure that you can use all the Remindo functions you would like to have available (e.g. you would have to enter scores into the system manually to allow for all the statistical features and an easy review process).


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What is Revisely?

Revisely is an online tool for assessing written assignments. The programme facilitates the entire process; Posting the assignment, checking for plagiarism, providing feedback, and monitoring the submissions and review process. Revisely can also be used for peer feedback and the submission of group efforts.

How can I apply it?
  • Draft assignment, evaluation criteria, and scoring model. Send assignment to students through Revisely.
  • Teacher grading: Based on the predetermined scoring model, standard feedback and open feedback, the teacher can grade and provide feedback for an assignment.
  • Check assignments for plagiarism with the built-in plagiarism checker (Urkund).
  • Peer grading: students can provide feedback on the work of their peers and even assign each other grades.
  • Team hand-in: students can collaborate on an assignment and turn it in as a team with Revisely. All students on a team will receive the teacher’s feedback.
How can I get started?
  • For some initial exploration of Revisely, you can apply for a trial account.
  • If you want to actually start working with Revisely, please follow these steps to get you started:
  1. Send an e-mail to educate-itbalie@uu.nl (of fill out the contact form) in which you state that you want to start using Revisely. Do this no later than ten work days before you want to start using Revisely.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within three work days to create your course environment in Revisely. We also advise you to make an appointment with our pedagogical advisor to talk about the implementation of Revisely within your education.
  3. Upload your assignment, corresponding assessment criteria, and settings to Revisely. Link your students to the assignment. See manual for more information. Possibly, Educate-it can assist you with these steps.
  4. Invite students to the course in Revisely by sending a message to hand-in an assignment. Students log-in using their SolisIDs, and hand these in through Revisely.
  5. Give feedback and grade the assignment.
  6. Inform your students through Revisely when their assignments have been graded, they can then log-in to Revisely and see their feedback and assessment.

 

Do you want to prepare your students for giving effective feedback? Show them this video!

Starting date: semester 1 2016-2017. This tools is licensed until August 31st 2021.



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Why should I use Revisely?
Revisely offers students a comprehensible way of insight in whether their assignment meets requirements and in which areas they still need to improve. In the case of intermediate feedback, this insight can be used to adjust assignments. Revisely also supports you, as a teacher, with the workflow regarding writing assignments: using paper will not be necessary, as well as separate mail flows.

How does it work?
The programme runs online; it doesn’t need installation and it’s usable on tablets, iPads, desktops, and laptops. Students’ assignments can be placed in Revisely, including the requirements and due date. Students work on the assignments and hand them in through Revisely’s digital environment. Subsequently, the assignments are graded and feedback can be added: standard comments from the database or personal feedback. After grading the assignment, it can be send back to the student from Revisely. The student will receive an e-mail telling him or her that the assignment has been graded and can be accessed. It is also possible to use Revisely for the handing in of group assignments (team hand-in function) or for letting students provide feedback on each other’s work by using the option of peer grading. With peer grading, students provide feedback on the writing assignments of their peer students and score each other.

Is there a direct connection to Blackboard?
No, Revisely does not work in connection to Blackboard.

How do students gain access to Revisely?
As a teacher, firstly you add the list of students to Revisely. Then students can log-in to Revisely using their Solis-Id and their password.


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FeedbackFruits: v1.0 and v2.0 differences

FeedbackFruits 1.0 is a complete online learning solution that stimulates interaction in the form of discussion, (peer) feedback and knowledge sharing. FeedbackFruits 2.0 is the next step in the development of those features allowing each to be installed as a separate Blackboard plugin. This allows teachers to implement only the specific features that will enhance their courses.

What is FeedbackFruits 2.0: Peer Review?
Peer Review is a framework that allows students to offer each other well-structured feedback on assignments. Students can use the feedback they receive from their peers to improve their assignments.

How can I apply it?

You can use the tool to streamline the process of students checking each other’s work. Your task as a teacher is mostly to set the criteria by which submissions should be judged. When the submission deadline has passed, students are automatically assigned to one another. Students can select specific sections of text and provide feedback on those sections. The student receiving that feedback will have an opportunity to respond.

How can I get started?
  1. Send an email to educate-itbalie@uu.nl (or fill out our contact form) to indicate that you want to start using Peer Review.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within one business day to request some additional information about the class you are teaching.
  3. The plugin will be activated in your Blackboard course environment within 24 hours of supplying the requested information.
  4. Optionally, you can take part in a FeedbackFruits workshop or book a one-on-one appointment to discuss how FeedbackFruits could enhance your teaching.
  5. Choose where to add Peer Review in your Blackboard environment.
  6. Set your preferences for Peer Review.

This tool is licensed till September 1st 2020.


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What is FeedbackFruits?

FeedbackFruits is an online learning environment that stimulates interaction through discussion, (peer) feedback, and knowledge exchange. Students and teachers share files with each other, such as videos, documents and articles.

How can I apply it?

FeedbackFruits has four sections.

  • Dialog: FeedbackFruits can help create online interaction by providing forum and comment functionality for teachers and students, facilitating discussions, questions, and feedback.
  • Share: This is where study materials can be shared. Teachers can upload materials and share links. Students can upload assignments and review the posted materials. All files in FeedbackFruits can have feedback posted to them, often even to specific parts of files and videos.
  • Live: You can create interaction in your face-to-face teaching with the FeedbackFruits voting tool from the Live section.
  • Learn: Students can create their own summaries in this section and review those summaries with flashcards.
How can I get started?

If you want to get started with FeedbackFruits, please follow these steps:

  1. Contact Educate-it through educate-itbalie@uu.nl or the contact form and ask for a course in FeedbackFruits.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within one work day to ask for additional information.
  3. Educate-it will invite you to your course environment by e-mail.
  4. Optionally: follow a workshop on FeedbackFruits or make an individual appointment in which the possibilities for FeedbackFruits will be exemplified.
  5. Fill the course environment. Need any help? Please, contact the Educate-it desk.
  6. Add students to the course using their UU e-mail addresses. Students can log-on using their Solis-IDs and can immediately access the course environment.
  7. During the course, you can use all the functionalities of FeedbackFruits (Dialog, Share, Live, and Learn). Check your course environment regularly for student activity.

Starting date: semester 1 2015-2016. This tools is licensed until January 31st 2020.



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What can I use FeedbackFruits for?

Using FeedbackFruits, you can make your teaching practice more ‘blended’ by doing such things as having students post videos for other students to leave feedback on, making your lectures more interactive by having your students respond to questions and assertions with the voting tool, or having students debate each other online about a text or video you provide.

 

How do I add students to my course?

You can invite students by adding their email addresses to the course. They will then be able to log in with their Solis IDs and get immediate access to your course.

 

What experiences have my colleagues had with FeedbackFruits?

Arjen Vredenberg, Science

“FeedbackFruits provides an intuitive and user-friendly way for students to interact with each other and their teacher about the subject matter and about specific assignments.”

Daniëlle Vlaanderen, Social and Behavioural Sciences

“It’s great when students from different working groups post the results of an assignment to FeedbackFruits and the groups exchange and discuss knowledge.”

Doris Abitzsch, Humanities

“With FeedbackFruits, students are actively processing the subject matter even before the lectures have started, and specific assignments then put them to work applying the theory they’ve acquired.”FeedbackFruits is an online learning environment that stimulates interaction through discussion, (peer) feedback, and knowledge exchange. Students and teachers share files with each other, such as videos, documents and articles.FeedbackFruits is an online learning environment that stimulates interaction through discussion, (peer) feedback, and knowledge exchange. Students and teachers share files with each other, such as videos, documents and articles.


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What is Pitch2Peer?

Pitch2Peer is an online environment where students post pitches. A pitch is the result of an assignment presented by students in the form of, for instance, a video recording, a knowledge clip, a Prezi, animation, poster, or blog. The focus is on concise information. Video recordings shouldn’t be over 8 minutes, blogs no longer than 500 words, and posters should be legible from 10 feet away.

Students are matched with a number of pitches for them to supply with feedback. After the feedbackround all pitches per course, or workgroup appear in an overview. Feedback is given based on criteria and/or questions.

How can I apply it?
  • The pitches can be created, reviewed and provided with feedback entirely outside classroom hours. That’s what makes Pitch2Peer a good fit for blended learning. It frees up classroom time for other activities or in-depth reviews of interesting pitches.
  • Pitch2Peer can be used for assignments that challenge students to represent what they’ve learned briefly and concisely in one of the aforementioned formats.
  • Pitch2Peer will teach students skills like pitching concepts and speaking concisely, but will also train them to analyse carefully and give thoughtful feedback. The main focus is on the creative aspects of the assignment.
  • The teacher writes the assignment and specific scoring criteria. The students evaluate each other’s work based on those criteria and add comments. They can also assign star ratings (1 through 5), likes, and awards. These gamification elements and this degree of interaction make for a very modern approach to processing the subject matter.
How can I get started?

If you’re considering using Pitch2Peer in your courses, please follow these steps to get you started:

  1. Send an e-mail to educate-itbalie@uu.nl (of fill out the contact form) in which you state that you want to start using Pitch2Peer. Do this no later than ten work days before you want to start using Pitch2Peer.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within three work days to link Pitch2Peer to your BlackBoard account. We also advise you to make an appointment with our pedagogical advisor to talk about the implementation of Pitch2Peer within your education.
  3. Formulate the assignment and assessment criteria, think about how you want to go about the feedback process, choose deadlines, and finally upload the assignments to Pitch2Peer.
  4. Student go to Pitch2Peer through BlackBoard, hand-in the assignments and give peer feedback.
  5. If necessary, as a teacher you can also grade the assignments within Pitch2Peer.

Do you want to prepare your students for giving effective feedback? Show them this video!

Starting date: semester 1 2016-2017. This tool is licensed until at least July 31st 2021.



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How does Pitch2Peer work?

Pitch2Peer is a web-based tool. There’s no need to install, download, or update anything. Pitch2Peer is directly accessible to students through Blackboard.

Can I assign actual grades to Pitch2Peer student pitches and can I give personal feedback to pitches as a teacher?

As the teacher, you can certainly post feedback to student pitches. You can also optionally assign a grade. The grade and personal feedback will only be visible to the authors of the relevant pitches.

Can pitches, feedback, and scores be exported from Pitch2Peer?

Yes, the pitches can be exported, as can the feedback and scores.
This allows you to reuse pitches in other courses or to hold them up as examples in class.

Are manuals available

Pitch2Peer itself includes a comprehensive manual, roadmap, and FAQ as well as a Getting Started Guide. These will become available as soon as a course environment has been created for you in Pitch2Peer.


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What is Toolwijzer?

Scorion is a digital portfolio (e-portfolio) that gathers different types of forms (to be create by the student) who students can fill out or ask others to fill out. For example:

  • Assessment documents
  • Feedback documents
  • Reflections documents

In this way, students and tutors can monitor their progress easily.

How can I apply it?

Scorion can be used as an e-portfolio toll in which students can gather and share material with others to document their progress. Scorion is a perfect solution to document progress during internships. Students can share documents of progress to keep their tutors at university updated. Furthermore, it is a perfect way to document progress in certain skills that need to be addressed multiple times during a study programme (for example  research skills, collaboration skills, and professionalisation).

How can I get started?

If you want to get started with Scorion, please follow these steps:

  1. Send an e-mail to educate-itbalie@uu.nl (of fill out the contact form) in which you state that you want to start using Scorion and state your educational goal that you want to reach using Scorion.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within three work days to plan an appointment with you, because Scorion will be created to tailor your needs. Educate-it assists you technically as well as didactically in this process.

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FeedbackFruits: verschil 1.0 en 2.0

FeedbackFruits 1.0 is a complete online learning solution that stimulates interaction in the form of discussion, (peer) feedback and knowledge sharing. FeedbackFruits 2.0 is the next step in the development of those features allowing each to be installed as a separate Blackboard plugin. This allows teachers to implement only the specific features that will enhance their courses.

What is FeedbackFruits 2.0: Group Member Evaluation?
Using Group Member Evaluation, you can evaluate your students’ cooperation by inviting each student to rate and review the members of their group.

 

How can I apply it?

Guided by criteria you provide ahead of time, students will rate and review the contributions of the other students who worked on their group assignment. This feedback will include a long-form review as well as a number grade. Afterwards, the students will write a reflective response to the feedback they received.

Teachers using Group Member Evaluation gain increased insight into the individual contributions students make to their group assignments.

How can I get started?
  1. Send an email to educate-itbalie@uu.nl (or fill out our contact form) to indicate that you want to start using Group Member Evaluation.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within one business day to request some additional information about the class you are teaching.
  3. The plugin will be activated in your Blackboard course environment within 24 hours of supplying the requested information.
  4. Optionally, you can take part in a FeedbackFruits workshop or book a one-on-one appointment to discuss how FeedbackFruits could enhance your teaching.
  5. Choose where to add Group Member Evaluation in your Blackboard environment.
  6. Set your preferences and assignments for Group Member Evaluation.

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FeedbackFruits: v1.0 and v2.0 differences

FeedbackFruits 1.0 is a complete online learning solution that stimulates interaction in the form of discussion, (peer) feedback and knowledge sharing. FeedbackFruits 2.0 is the next step in the development of those features allowing each to be installed as a separate Blackboard plugin. This allows teachers to implement only the specific features that will enhance their courses.

What is FeedbackFruits 2.0: Peer Review?
Peer Review is a framework that allows students to offer each other well-structured feedback on assignments. Students can use the feedback they receive from their peers to improve their assignments.

How can I apply it?

You can use the tool to streamline the process of students checking each other’s work. Your task as a teacher is mostly to set the criteria by which submissions should be judged. When the submission deadline has passed, students are automatically assigned to one another. Students can select specific sections of text and provide feedback on those sections. The student receiving that feedback will have an opportunity to respond.

How can I get started?
  1. Send an email to educate-itbalie@uu.nl (or fill out our contact form) to indicate that you want to start using Peer Review.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within one business day to request some additional information about the class you are teaching.
  3. The plugin will be activated in your Blackboard course environment within 24 hours of supplying the requested information.
  4. Optionally, you can take part in a FeedbackFruits workshop or book a one-on-one appointment to discuss how FeedbackFruits could enhance your teaching.
  5. Choose where to add Peer Review in your Blackboard environment.
  6. Set your preferences for Peer Review.

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FeedbackFruits 1.0 is a complete online learning solution that stimulates interaction in the form of discussion, (peer) feedback and knowledge sharing. FeedbackFruits 2.0 is the next step in the development of those features allowing each to be installed as a separate Blackboard plugin. This allows teachers to implement only the specific features that will enhance their courses.

What is FeedbackFruits 2.0: Assignment Review?
Assignment Review helps teachers provide detailed and well-structured feedback to the assignments their students submit.

 

How can I apply it?

You will create an assignment in Assignment Review for students to submit their work to. Before the students submit anything, you will define evaluation criteria for the assignment and decide whether to rate submissions on a scale or in a rubric. After the deadline, you review the submissions online. You will be able to link your criteria and any specific comments to the relevant passages in each submission by highlighting text. That way, students can see right away where improvement is needed. Students can respond to your feedback online to, for instance, request clarification.

How can I get started?
  1. Send an email to educate-itbalie@uu.nl (or fill out our contact form) to indicate that you want to start using Assignment Review.
  2. Educate-it will contact you within one business day to request some additional information about the class you are teaching.
  3. The plugin will be activated in your Blackboard course environment within 24 hours of supplying the requested information.
  4. Optionally, you can take part in a FeedbackFruits workshop or book a one-on-one appointment to discuss how FeedbackFruits could enhance your teaching.
  5. Choose where to add Assignment Review in your Blackboard environment.
  6. Set your preferences for Assignment Review.

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What is Communicate!?

Communicate! allows teachers to quickly create a simulation in which students can practice conversational skills with a virtual character, such as how to deliver bad news or conduct a pharmaceutical consultation. The character will respond to the choices the student makes with both text and emotions. These choices lead to a score.

How can I apply it?
  • Communicate! can be used to prepare for face-to-face exercises of communication skills so that students can practice different kinds of conversations.

 

How can I get started?
  1. Use your Solis-ID to log on to www.communicategame.nl. you will be granted access to an example scenario that you can also play. Communicate offers manuals to develop your own scenarios.
  2. Optionally: follow a workshop on Communicate and/or make an individual appointment in which the possibilities for Communicate will be exemplified. For questions or help on creating your own scerarios you can contact the Educate-it desk through educate-itbalie@uu.nl or 030 253 2197.
  3. In Communicate we offer different ‘domains’. The Utrecht University domains are pharmaceutical sciences, psychology, veterinary sciences, medicine, biomedical sciences, informatics, and pedagogy. Send an e-mail to educate-itbalie@uu.nl to receive access to one of the current domains, or ask for your own domain.
  4. Select an existing scenario, adapt an existing scenario or create a new scenario.
  5. Publish the scenario in your domain in order for your students to be able to see it.
  6. Invite students who need access to the scenario using the student number.
  7. Now students can log on using their Solis-ID and directly play your scenario.


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What experiences have colleagues had with Communicate!?

“The ‘delivering bad news’ scenario provides a clear example of a possible situation, the different ways you can choose to act in that situation, and what the consequences of those choices might be.”

 “I have a much clearer picture now of how delivering bad news might go in real life and the kinds of things you can say to help a conversation like that go well.”

 “The fun part of the game is that you can deliberately give the wrong answers and watch how the patient reacts.”


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What is TrainTool?

TrainTool is an app students can use to train their communication skills (soft skills) online. The app presents students with a situation in a short video. They will then be asked to respond to that situation, which they will do by recording themselves on a computer, tablet, or mobile phone. They can do as many takes as they wish. Once they have a recording of themselves that they are happy with, they can share the video with their peers and/or teacher and solicit feedback.

How can I apply it?
  • Students can train their academic communication skills in TrainTool, including presentations, performing intakes, delivering bad news, and conducting qualitative interviews.
  • TrainTool breaks up the practice of communication skills into sub-skills. For instance, it splits ‘talking to patients’ up into sub-skills that include ‘information-gathering’ and ‘displaying empathy.’ You can include instructions and examples with each sub-skill.
  • Peer feedback: Students can share the videos they record in TrainTool with each other. Their peers can give them feedback and judge their ability at each of the sub-skills.
How can I get started?
  • If you’d like to use TrainTool in your teaching, please follow these steps:
  1. Send an e-mail to educate-itbalie@uu.nl (of fill out the contact form) in which you state that you want to start using TrainTool and state your educational goal that you want to reach using TrainTool.
  2. Educate-it will contact you to plan an individual appointment about the use of TrainTool in your education.
  3. Educate-it offers technical support, but you may also decide to find your own ways within the tool. You can use a default training or create your own.
  4. During the course, you can monitor your students’ progress and, if desired, give feedback.

Starting date: semester 1 2015-2016. This tool is licensed until July 31st 2020.



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What sort of teaching is TrainTool suitable for?

TrainTool helps students train their communication skills. Examples include: academic presentations, qualitative interviews, conversational skills (as with patients, clients, students), or language skills.

What sort of videos is TrainTool suitable for?

TrainTool uses roleplays: short video assignments (5 to 30 seconds) that present the student with a scenario. The student should react to that scenario with a reaction video (that should not be more than 60 seconds long). Keeping videos brief is important. It allows for targeted feedback on relevant sub-skills and competencies.

Wat kinds of assignments can you create in TrainTool?

The roleplays in TrainTool are short assignments linked to a sub-skill. Some example roleplay subjects:

  • Gathering the correct information about a patient (Pharmacy)
  • Trying to find out how a child is feeling (Pedagogy)
  • Effectively kicking off your lesson (Teacher training)
  • Correctly explaining how anonymity is guaranteed in your study (Qualitative research methods)
  • How best to use intonation in a presentation (Academic presentation)

The sub-skills are part of the skill that students have to learn (such as academic presentation).

How do I make videos for TrainTool?

This may seem worryingly time-consuming. It’s not! You can record videos for your training just using your own smartphone, laptop, or camera. You can record yourself acting the part of a patient, for instance, or you can ask co-workers, family and friends to help out.

You could also record videos in one of the DIY studios available to teachers at UU. The recording will look more professional and technical support from UU staff is available by appointment. If you want to get professional about it and outsource some of the work, TrainTool can help. They have actors and recordings available for their users. This is an external service that will need to be budgeted for.

Can I add other teaching materials to my TrainTool course?

You could add some preparation before a roleplay assignment in the form of a video or image and explanatory text. You can also attach files (such as a manual) to your course’s main page.

How does giving feedback in TrainTool work?

When a student has created a reaction video, they can share it with their peers. Teachers can also offer feedback to any video submitted by a student. All feedback is text-based. In it, you judge whether the student has attained the competencies the assignment demands.


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