Projects and funding

Our current projects are listed below, along with selected past projects. If you are running or thinking about running an e-learning project we'd love to hear about it. We can help with a range of things such as (resources permitting):

The earlier you involve us the more help we can offer. Contact us on tel-help@bristol.ac.uk and we'll be in touch.

Active projects

Blackboard development project

Status: active

Info: Alongside the annual upgrade of Blackboard software we are also running a wider Blackboard development project to: support work improve Blackboard's performance planned for summer 2013 and extend our ability to pre-populate Blackboard with essential data and information to reduce staff time and improve consistency.

Current activity: Developing project plan and key deliverables

Scale: University-wide

Runs until August 2013

Blackboard Mobile Learn

Status: active

Info: Pilot of a system allowing activities, information and tools in Blackboard OLE to be easily accessible on a range of mobile devices (iPhone and iPod touch, Android, iPad, Blackberry) via a free app.

Current activity: Being piloted, business case being prepared to turn in to ongoing service

Scale: University-wide

Funded until July 2013

Lecture Capture in Social Science and Law using the Panopto System

Status: active

Info: using an externally-hosted service to make audio, computer screen, and (occasionally) video recordings from lectures available to students in a semi-automated way.

Current activity: system in active use on several courses

Scale: Faculty of Social Sciences and Law only

Currently funded until August 2013

Maths and stats support

Status: active

Info: Building a community to share resources and ideas on maths and stats teaching across a range of subjects

Current activity: Blackboard community and occasional meetings

Scale: University-wide

Open-ended project

Open Education

Status: active

Info: Looking at the work already happening at Bristol around open educational resources (OERs) and related topics, and what work is likely to be needed in the future.

Current activity: High-level review

Scale: University-wide

High-level review to be completed by summer 2013

PhD thesis online submission

Status: active

Info: Offer a scaleable and simple way for PhD students to submit electronic versions of their dissertations, and ensure that the theses can be checked for plagiarism using the Turnitin service.

Current activity: Briefing meeting for Faculty Education Directors arranged for May

Scale: University-wide

Timescales to be confirmed

Staff survey

Status: active

Info: Design and run a staff survey in 2013 to assess staff engagement with technology enhanced learning (TEL), to understand what barriers stop them from engaging with technology, and to gauge staff views of what they think their needs for TEL will be in the future.

Current activity: Planning

Scale: University-wide

Runs until August 2013

TEL Benchmarking

Status: active

Info:The need to clearly identify and document TEL activity arose initially out of the TEL Strategy. Undertaking a baselining exercise subsequently became essential both to support the TEL Strategy projects in an informed way, and to identify changes in TEL activity or practice that result from TEL Programme activities. The report details activity trends for key technology enhanced learning practices and systems supported by the central TEL team.

Current activity: Consultation on Faculty Reports

Scale: University-wide

Runs until July 2013

Wimba Create Replacement

Status: active

Info: This initiative aims to identify and establish a suitable product to replace Wimba Create, which will reach the end of its life on 31 December 2014.

Current activity: Preparations to implement eXe and identifying resources required to implement Xerte.

Scale: University-wide

Runs until December 2014

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Completed projects

Arts Faculty eSubmission

Status: completed

Info: Support for faculty-wide move to esubmission.

Current activity: Implementation

Scale: Faculty of Arts

Evaluation by Faculty after TB2 2013

Blackboard Automated Administration

Status: completed

Info: automation of processes designed to reduce the time school and faculty staff spend on basic administrative activities like creating courses and enrolling users.

Scale: University-wide

Completed: January 2012

Blackboard Performance Audit and Tuning

Status: completed

Info: external audit and tuning of the Blackboard Learn software, to assess the stability and reliability of our current environment and to make improvements to the performance.

Scale: University-wide

Completed: August 2012

Blackboard Upgrade 2011

Status: completed

Info: upgrade of the core Blackboard functionality to Blackboard 9.1.

Scale: University-wide

Completed: July 2011

Blackboard Upgrade 2012

Status: completed

Info: a number of workpackages, designed to add new features, enhance existing functionality and design, and fix bugs and issues with the current version. Includes a temporary Blackboard replacement service.

Scale: University-wide

Completed: September 2012

Blackboard upgrade 2013

Status: complete

Info: Upgrade the core Blackboard software to add new features, enhance existing functionality and resolve issues with current version. A temporary replacement service will be provided.

Current activity: Evaluation of software options, review of known issues, develop project plan, update test environment for functional testing

Scale: University-wide

Runs until August 2013

e-Pens Pilot

Status: completed

Info: exploring the use of e-pens for feedback and marking, and for the production of learning materials involving diagrams and notation

Scale: 6-10 academics across several faculties

Completed: September 2012

Embedded e-Voting Trial

Status: completed

Info: loaning students TurningPoint handsets to use in practical classes and lectures. The aim is to evaluate how effectively the technology can be used to:

  • Increase real time feedback
  • Track student attendance
  • Monitor individuals' progress
  • Collect unit/element feedback

Scale: 480 students on the MB ChB Programme (FMVS and FMDY)

Completed: October 2013

Integrated e-Learning Services (IELS)

Status: completed

Info: a major project upgrading Blackboard from the basic "Learning System" to the full "Blackboard Learn" suite. Main features and sub-projects:

  • Content System launch
  • Community System launch
  • eReserves pilot
  • Migration of Faculty of Engineering from WebCT
  • Assignment Handler pilot
  • Medical repository pilot

Scale: University-wide

Completed: August 2012

PhD thesis online submission: Engineering pilot

Status: completed

Info: Pilot an approach to ensure PhD students are able to submit electronic versions of their dissertations, and these can be checked for plagiarism using the Turnitin service.

Scale: Faculty of Engineering

Service launched: 2012/13

Postgraduate support for effective academic writing

Status: completed

Info: Postgraduate support for effective academic writing.

Current activity: Implementation

Scale: School of Biological Sciences

Feedback at the end of TB2 2013

Questionmark Blackboard integration

Status: completed

Info: Implementation of software allowing Questionmark to share student and staff profiles and grades with Blackboard, and to schedule and run Questionmark assessments within Blackboard.

Current activity: Testing

Scale: University-wide

Pilot during 2012/13

Questionmark Perception Snapshot Exercise

Status: completed

Info: survey and evaluation of the use of Questionmark Perception, used to set priorities for future development of the system.

Scale: University-wide

Covered usage between August 2009 and August 2010

Questionmark Perception Version 5 Upgrade

Status: completed

Info: a major upgrade of both the software version and the server infrastructure of the dedicated online assessment software.

Scale: University-wide

September 2011

Review of staff development

Status: completed

Info: The ESU's TEL team are undertaking a short review of their staff support and development provision. We will develop a clear strategy and implementation plan for our staff development activities, in order to make them as effective as possible.

Current activity: Recommendations

Scale: University-wide

Runs until June 2013

"Student Expectations": Attitudes to Mobile Learning Survey

Status: completed

Info: a survey to identify current use of mobile devices, and identify key things which our students say they need mobile access to.

Scale: University-wide

Completed: July 2011

TEL Case Studies

Status: completed

Info: To rerun the exercise first undertaken in March 2012 which collated examples of good and innovative practice in the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching.

Current activity: Preparing the case study data for circulation

Scale: University-wide

Runs until August 2013

 

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