6. Help and Training

IT Services run regular training courses to help get started with WebLearn. These courses are run in conjunction with the IT Learning Programme, in order to attend you must book a place online. If any courses are scheduled then they will appear directly below; this list also includes WebLearn User Group meetings.

Thu 16 Oct 2014, 14:00 : WebLearn User Group
Mon 13 Oct 2014, 14:00 : WebLearn: Fundamentals
Tue 4 Nov 2014, 09:15 : WebLearn: Fundamentals
Tue 9 Dec 2014, 14:00 : WebLearn: Fundamentals
Tue 18 Nov 2014, 14:00 : WebLearn: Design and content
Tue 28 Oct 2014, 14:00 : WebLearn: Surveys

Mon 3 Nov 2014, 12:30 : WebLearn Bytes: Assignments
Mon 20 Oct 2014, 12:30 : WebLearn Bytes: Site management and resources
Mon 27 Oct 2014, 12:30 : WebLearn Bytes: Surveys
Mon 17 Nov 2014, 12:30 : WebLearn Bytes: Tests and quizzes

Wed 22 Oct 2014, 12:30 : Plagiarism: WebLearn and Turnitin
Thu 23 Oct 2014, 14:00 : Plagiarism: Turnitin fundamentals
Wed 5 Nov 2014, 12:30 : Plagiarism: Interpreting originality reports using Turnitin

If you have already attended a WebLearn course then extra face-to-face help is available most Friday mornings by booking a place for the WebLearn Drop-in Surgery at Computer8.

There is also a special WebLearn Guidance site within the new system which acts as a gateway to all sorts of useful information including documentation and information about training courses.

The following ITLP training courses are either available or planned.

Name Topics Length Frequency
WebLearn User Group Meet with members of the WebLearn team; give feedback; share ideas and practices; hear about developments. 2 hours Once per term
WebLearn: Fundamentals Orientation; navigation; roles; tools; basic site management. 3 hours Twice per term
WebLearn: Design and Content After having attended the 'WebLearn Fundamentals' course, and / or having used WebLearn for some time, site owners need to know more about the planning, structure and design of WebLearn sites and the effective use of WebLearn tools. This course builds upon 'Fundamentals' and highlights how to use some more advanced features of WebLearn 3 hours Once per term
WebLearn: Surveys Use of surveys; comparison of online survey tools; overview of the WebLearn survey tool; three steps to create a WebLearn survey; build your own survey using the WebLearn tool . 3 hours Once per term
Learning and Teaching: Using Technology Tools This workshop is aimed at academic staff who are interested in making more creative use of technology tools, to the overall benefit of student learning. There is some reference to WebLearn, among other possible tools. 3 hours Trinity Term
WebLearn: Overview For Local WebLearn Coordinators This one-hour course outlines the function and responsibilities of Local WebLearn Coordinators. If you are a Local WebLearn Coordinator in your department or college, and are not sure what your responsibilities entail, then come and find out about Administration sites, managing your unit's WebLearn presence and how to support your WebLearn users. 1 hour Once per term
WebLearn: Drop-in Surgery One-to-one session available to all past course attendees. 2 hours 10am - 12pm every Friday during term-time
WebLearn: Tools to Support Teaching and Learning The aim of this course is to explore WebLearn tools that are designed specifically to support teaching and learning in the electronic environment, as a supplement to face-to-face teaching and tutoring. Tools include messaging and mail tools, tutorial signup, syllabus, Oxford Podcasts, reading lists, timed release, tracking and reporting, surveys (brief overview) and tests (brief overview). 3 Hours Once per term
WebLearn: Tools for creating interactive online resources This one-hour session gives an overview of three free, open-source, e-learning authoring tools: eXe, Xerte and GLO Maker. It emphasizes the strengths of each tool and suggests where each might be applicable. A short demonstration of an aspect of each tool will be given. 1 Hour Once per term
WebLearn: Assessment and Feedback Overview of assessment practice; Assignments; Tests; Markbook; Dropbox; Forums (to be assessed) Prerequisite: WebLearn Fundamentals 1 Hour Once per term
WebLearn Bytes: Assignments Writing essays and receiving feedback on submitted work is an important part of the Oxford student experience. Did you know that the WebLearn Assignments tool allows a tutor or lecturer to set up an assignment (essay), with instructions, attachments, a specified due date and marking options? Students submit their essay in WebLearn, which keeps track of all submissions. Tutors have found that using this tool enables them to provide more extensive and meaningful feedback to students. 1 Hour Once per term
WebLearn Bytes: Resources What is the best way to make learning and organisational materials available to your students so that they can find them easily? Come and experiment hands-on with the Resources tool, using features such as creating HTML pages, reading lists, web content links, group-specific material and permissions. 1 Hour Once per term
WebLearn Bytes: Site Management’ Are you making best use of your site management tool, Site Info? Do you know how to control site access and prepare or duplicate sites for the new academic year? Come and experiment hands-on with the Site Info tool. 1 Hour Once per term
WebLearn Bytes: Surveys Did you know that the WebLearn Surveys tool is freely available and can be used to create surveys for course or lecturer evaluation, research purposes, or general data gathering? Surveys can be delivered to site participants, ad-hoc groups, or the general public, with or without requiring login, and data can be exported for further analysis. 1 Hour Once per term
WebLearn Bytes: Tests and Quizzes The WebLearn Tests tool provides a useful way to design and deliver informal tests to your students for the purpose of ongoing formative assessment. Questions are entered into question pools, and you can create a test using manual or random selection of questions. Hints and immediate feedback can be provided to reinforce learning. 1 Hour Once per term
Plagiarism: How to avoid it (for students) Academic integrity requires authors to accurately record and acknowledge the source of words, ideas, diagrams, images, research results (all forms of output from others) that they use or refer to in their own work. This course supports students in learning how to avoid unintentional plagiarism. A customised version of the course can be delivered in colleges or departments, on request. 45 minutes Once per term
Plagiarism: WebLearn and Turnitin This lunch-time session is aimed at examiners, tutors and supervisors who need to use Turnitin plagiarism detection software to check assessed essays for originality and also for general formative purposes to improve student academic writing skills. 45 minutes Once per term
Plagiarism: Turnitin Fundamentals Accessing Turnitin; creating a class; advanced settings; enrolling students; submitting papers; originality reports; other tools in the Turnitin software suite Once per term
Plagiarism: Interpreting Originality Reports using Turnitin Lunch time session including overview of Turnitin originality reports; similarity index; viewing options; detailed look at originality reports Once per term

The following ITSS training courses are also available.

Name Topics Length Frequency (during term time)
WebLearn: For ITSS Demonstration for technically astute ITSS. 45 minutes Once per term

The above are supplemented by the following documentation which is available on the WebLearn Guidance site:

6.1. Book: Sakai CLE Courseware Management

Sakai book cover

The Sakai Foundation and PACKT publishers are proud to announce the Sakai CLE Courseware Management book. This is the official guide to the Sakai CLE.

This book is the officially endorsed Sakai guide and is an update to the previous book, Sakai Courseware Management: The Official Guide. From setting up and running Sakai for the first time to creatively using its tools and features, this book delivers everything you need to know.

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