Open University selects Elluminate for desktop conferencing

Posted Posted in Announcements, Collaboration, Moodle, OU VLE

A press release yesterday announces the selection of Elluminate for our synchronous desktop collaboration and communication requirements. This comes after a lengthy procurement process in which 14 vendors submitted tenders. Elluminate scored the highest on our educational and technical criteria. Our evaluation team think the product is particularly well-suited for distance education and includes features […]

Computers now marking free text responses better than humans

Posted Posted in eAssessment, OU VLE

Sally Jordan gave a workshop today on how to use the Intelligent Assessment Technologies system we’ve got plugged into our VLE to develop short text response questions. One example she gave (I’ve reworded it slightly): A raindrop falls vertically with constant speed. What can you tell from this about the forces acting on the raindrop? […]

New OU VLE Newsletter out

Posted Posted in Announcements, OU VLE

The second edition of Horizons (PDF – 375k) is now out and about to hit every staff desk in the OU. It includes an interview with OU VLE Programme sponsor, Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof. Denise Kirkpatrick, articles on the eassessment work, library search tools, the new audio recording tool, podcasting, and a course in the Business […]

Tutors give their verdict on new gradebook

Posted Posted in eAssessment, Moodle, OU VLE

Initial feedback on the new Moodle gradebook is promising. Tutors on the Open University course SDK125 “Introducing health sciences: a case study approach” reported: Gradebook seems very useful, as I now get to view a list of all of my students results, without having to go into each of their StudentHome pages. It was also […]

VLE tool league table

Posted Posted in Adoption, Moodle, OU VLE

Chris Jones and Anne Jelfs recently evaluated a two-week course called Moodling for Beginners which was carried out earlier this year with 80 Associate Lecturers (tutors) from the Open University (OU). The participants were from all faculties and all OU regions and nations. All but one completed the course. There was an 81% response rate […]

Elearning and Minority Groups

Posted Posted in OU VLE

Some issues come up frequently in my travels around the Open University regions and nations. On Saturday I spoke to a lively bunch of tutors at Tulliallan Castle, North of the Border. The debate got fairly heated at one point when we strayed onto the topic of Scottish Independence and matters reserved for the Westminster […]