Thursday, 23 November 2017, 12:08 AM
Site: Learn.gold
Course: Learn.gold (Learn.gold)
Glossary: Quick help
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Accessibility

The best way to think about accessibility in terms of using learn.gold is to ask yourself the question, can everybody who needs this information get this information with minimum fuss? On the whole it is very easy to access and relay text using phones, computers and tablets and you are almost certainly familiar with the synthetic voices they use.  All they are doing is reading text and relaying it.  They tend to fall down where there is insufficient information about the thing they are trying to deal with and this can happen with images and video in particular.  So if you want to use these kinds of resources, you need to consider if everybody who needs access will get fair access.  

A simple check for anything you are writing in to the text box (this is a text box) it to make sure the text box is expanded and click the check access button

make sure the text box is expanded and click the check access button

You will either get an all clear message or a list of errors like the one below:


Accessibility checker error report.


Add Reading List

You can easily add your reading list to your pages by doing the following:

Make sure editing is turned on.

Add activity or resource > Reading list (this is towards the bottom of the Resources section.

addReadingList

Set the basic parameters of the list and then select Link to Reading list button

Link to reading list

You will be taken to the main reading list search page where you can find the reading list you want and either select all of it or parts.

Search for reading list

Administration block

The Administration Block (usually on the left) contains lots of useful functions. What you can do with all of these depends on your role and whether you are in an activity or on your main course area.

If you are editing teacher on a course area you can change some key settings for your course area such as: 

  • Course area title and module code
  • Description
  • Course format
  • Files and upload

More on how to work with Course settings in the Administration Block


Analytics (Learning)

Learning Analytics draws on the practice of data mining in online environments that make use of big datasets to find meaningful patters on behaviour that they can then use to both shape and predict future interaction.  In terms of online learning environments Learning Analytics makes use of digital traces left by learners in order to improve teaching and learning as well as informing the development of online environments.

Analytics can also be used by students to track their own learning journey.  One US university (Purdue) uses a traffic light system which draws on activity logs to tell students whether things are going well ( green) whether there is a cause for concern ( amber) or if they are at risk (red). The system links to advice for students on what they can do to get themselves back on track.  

In the UK, OpenEssayist can be used by students to help them structure their essay. None of these tools replace teachers but do encourage students to be reflective and to take responsibility for their own learning.  They use a combination of data analysis, visualisation and pedagogy to inform the learning process.  

There are challenges around the use of Analytics. The focus cannot just be on those things that are easy to measure but on more nuanced combinations of factors. And, of course, there are ethical issues around the use of data and it has to be used in an informed way without compromising the identity and privacy of any individuals or groups involved.

See Reports and logs for more guidance on how you might use Analytics in your teaching at Goldsmiths.


Assessment, departmental workflow

There are quite a few individual elements to an assessment: title, word count, submission format, submission date/time, marking, second marking, releasing grades and feedback, reflection on the result. Each of those elements can be dealt with using the electronic tools inside learn.gold.  In order to make the most of the tools within learn.gold best, it is a good idea to visualise the process from start to finish and then to map this on to the relevant tools.  Decisions will also have to be made about roles and responsibilities within departments for different stages of the workflow.

TaLIC will be working with departments to help them develop processes in the academic year 2015-16.

Assessment, online

On learn.gold the main types of online summative assessment activities used are:

It is also possible to grade other online activities such as the Quiz, Forum participation or Glossary contributions.

Grades are fed into the Gradebook on learn,gold

For information on creating assignments (learn.gold or turnitin) go here.

For information on marking assignments go here.

For information on checking your own work, go here.



Assignment, create

On learn.gold the main types of online summative assessment activities used are:

It is also possible to grade other online activities such as the Quiz, Forum participation or Glossary contributions.

Grades are fed into the Gradebook on learn,gold

For information on creating assignments (learn.gold or turnitin) go here.

For information on marking assignments go here.

For information on checking your own work, go here.



Assignment, mark

On learn.gold the main types of online summative assessment activities used are:

It is also possible to grade other online activities such as the Quiz, Forum participation or Glossary contributions.

Grades are fed into the Gradebook on learn,gold

For information on creating assignments (learn.gold or turnitin) go here.

For information on marking assignments go here.

For information on checking your own work, go here.



Assignment, submission settings

You can require students to manually finalise their submission.  There are two options for this; accept the submission statement, which is not customisable, and/or click a Submit button.

Submission Settings

If the submission statement is required, it is not possible to clear the submission page until it has been selected.  

If the Require students click submit button is selected, files will be uploaded, but they will remain as draft and they will not appear as submitted in the gradebook and it is not possible to mark them.  

YOU SHOULD ALWAYS INFORM STUDENTS THAT EITHER OF THESE TWO OPTIONS HAVE BEEN SELECTED IN THE DESCRIPTION WHEN YOU SET UP THE ASSIGNMENT!  Because someone will always miss this information.

This is what a submitted and unsubmitted assignments look like in the gradebook:

Draft Submission

if an assignment is not submitted, then select Edit > Prevent submission changes.  This will submit the assignment.


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BIg Blue Button

Big Blue Button is a web-conferencing tool that allows one or more remote people to talk to each other and/or watch a presentation given by the presenter. The presenter can appear on screen using a webcam and a chat pane allows a 'backchannel' for questions and comments.

On learn.gold, if you have editing rights you have the ability to add a Big Blue Button activity.


Blocks

Blocks are found on either side of the central column of any learn.gold area.

Some Blocks, such as the Administration and Navigation block, are integral and cannot be removed or hidden. 

Other Blocks allow for different functions such as giving you a link to the Participants list on the course area, links to activities or forums on the course area, links to Twitter feeds, access to the Moodle calendar and so on. Blocks can be added, edited, moved or deleted.

When you are setting up your learn.gold area it's best to think about which ones you will use and remove any that that aren't useful.

More information on how to work with Blocks



Book (a learn.gold Resource tool)

The resource you are now looking at is created through using the Book Resource, one of the many tools you can use to organise content.   It's especially useful in cases where you have a lot of related content that you want to group together such as handbooks, assessment information and so on. You can include videos, images and text.

Please see our guidance on adding and using the Book Resource in your course area.

Breadcrumb trail

The breadcrumb trail refers to the links along the top of the course area that lead you back to your Home page.

breadcrumb trail

Browser, learn.gold

We do not recommend using Internet Explorer if the version is earlier than 9.  

Here are some useful Browser tips

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Camtasia

Camtasia is a screen and video recording software.  It is easy to use and helps you create professional videos by recording your screen movements and actions, or importing  HD video from a camera or other source.

Camtasia software requires a license but is inexpensive.   Its available for Mac and Windows and enables you to share videos on most devices.

Many of the TaLIC videos are made using Camtasia. 

This is a commercial product and you must have a licence to use it.  There are educational discounts if you are going to use it for teaching or learning purposes.  More information can be found at the TechSmith website.  


Change an Existing Course

In a course with no forum, no news forum no assignments: change the content of a course by deleting old files and adding new ones.


In course areas with assignments, discussions any other tool that has student data in it (choice, feedback, quiz etc) you will need to think about resetting the course to remove old data.  The easiest way to do this is to remove the students and their data.  Before you do this you MUST BE VERY SURE that you have saved all of the data that you might need later.  if you are not sure that you need to do this, contact TaLIC (tel@gold.ac.uk).  

Once you are sure you can reset your course.  For more information on how to do this, read this section Course area lifecycle & refreshing.



Change role on learn.gold

Editing teachers can change the role of an existing users by clicking on the people icon and assigning the new role to them.  Note that that the only roles editing teachers can assign are student, editing teacher, and non-editing teacher. Anything with a higher level of permissions is not possible.


change role 1


You then need to delete the old role.

change role 2


Choice activity

The Choice activity allows users to choose from a list of options.  You can use the Choice activity for: 

  • In class polling tool with students using mobiles or tablets to make their choice. I
  • Booking tutorials or seminars:  As long as you don't have too many sessions to choose from, the Choice tool can be used as a booking mechanism. 
  • You can use 'Group choice' option where users can sign up to groups. This enables you to email the whole group.


CMALT

Certified Membership of the Association of Learning Technology. (CMALT) is a peer and portfolio based professional accreditation scheme offered by The Association of Learning Technology (ALT). At Goldsmiths we have a mentoring scheme for any member of staff interested in gaining this qualification. Please contact TaLIC for information: talic@gold.ac.uk 



Communicating in learn.gold

The forum tools are very useful as they eliminate the need for email contact lists and ensure that the tutors and students do not end up sending the same information several times to different users.  Because the forum stays in the course area, it also means that there is a searchable archive of discussions.  

Some people dislike forums because they can end up getting a lot of emails so it is with this in mind that there are two different types of forum in learn.gold.

News Forum: By default all learn.gold course areas contain a news forum.  The news forum is a broadcast mechanism for everybody on the course and usually only someone with an admin role can post to it.  If everybody on the course needs to know this information, then it should be posted in the news forum.

Discussion Forum: A discussion forum is more flexible and course members can often choose to subscribe or unsubscribe to getting email alerts.  All course members still have access to the forum even if they do not subscribe.  The success or failure of these kinds of forums is down to the way they are planned and managed.  it is always best to set some kind of a rule, students post by Wednesday, tutor answers on Friday (anybody can chip in before or after...).  Not setting a rule can give the impression that nobody cares about the forum, if it looks like the tutor doesn't care, then why should the students?


For more see guidance on Communication and Forums





Completion tracking

Completion tracking is useful if you need students to complete activities on learn.gold or if you want students to track their own progress on a set of activities, for example in for self paced or blended learning design.

The conditions for completion can be set for each activity e.g. must view a Page, make a certain number of posts on a Forum, answer a question on a Choice activity.

Completion tracking  must be enabled in the Course area settings before the conditional resources and activities are added although tracking can be backdated to start of module.


Conditional activity

Conditional activities (or conditional release) restrict the availability of an activity according to certain criteria such as  dates, grade obtained, prior activities being completed.  This is a useful strategy for  self paced or blended learning design, for example.

Completion tracking has to be enabled on course settings for this to work. When it is you will see 'Restrict access' option in any of the activity settings. 

See attached pdf for an overview of how this works.

Also please note that Conditional activities do not work with groups.

If you are going to use conditional activities, it is really important that you plan it out carefully before you set your course up, if you are in any doubt at all, the members of TaLIC would be more than happy to support you please get in touch at tel@gold.ac.uk

Contact Help

There are three parts to learn.gold and for each area there are specialists who can help you, IT Services, TaLIC and your own department.  


IT services can help you with problems with primary access as they look after user ids and passwords for your account. In fact, only IT services can help you with your account, so if you have questions about your user id or password, then you should contact IT services: helpdesk@gold.ac.uk or contact them through their support desk in the library. 

TaLIC can help you with more specialised advice once you have access to learn.gold; if you can log with no problems but you encounter difficulties; can't see courses that used to be there, can't do some of the things that you think you should be able to do, then contact TaLIC tel@gold.ac.uk.

Your department will be able to help you with questions about your particular study area; content, missing files, unsure about a deadline for an assignment, cannot find your module in learn.gold.

Copyright

In its baldest terms copyright means this: Protection for published works.  Published works are basically anything that can be distributed an accessed by multiple users: books, journals, digital files, video etc.  The purpose of copyright is to protect the rights of the entity that created the work in in the first place because creating work is work and work and this work should be recognised. Copyright is not for the purpose of locking things away, it is to ensure they are used fairly.  In academia in particular but not exclusively, as long as works are cited properly and used in a reasonable and purposeful way, there should be very little problem.  The most important thing to understand is just because something is available on the internet or in a library that it has no copyright attached to it.  The responsibility always rests with the user of a piece of work to ensure that reasonable efforts have been made to not infringe the copyright of the owner of any work you reference or use.  

Copyright licences are different for different pieces of work, so it is important to understand that too.  Ultimately, citing properly, taking your content from reputable sources, making requests of copyright owners to use content and fair use will protect you.  Plagiarism and copyright are not the same thing; copyright is a binding legal term, plagiarism is cheating.

If you would like more information on copyright in the UK have a look at these pages from the UK Government.

This is a very handy resource in the form of a flow chart.  This resource is from the USA and relates to the laws there, however, it does give you a good idea of how copyright work particularly in education.

Copyright flowchart.

Click on the image to view the chart.

Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This… Then… Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano June 10, 2014 Retrieved from 

http://langwitches.org/blog/2014/06/10/copyright-flowchart-can-i-use-it-yes-no-if-this-then/?utm_content=bufferf0802&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Course area

Goldsmiths has programmes consisting of modules. However, the Moodle term for an individual area on learn.gold is 'course' - this can't be changed.  You'll therefore see course used in learn.gold's navigation.

A 'course area' normally equates to a single taught module. However, some course areas may be used for other purposes such as a virtual office.

A course area is basically a container for resources and activities. There are usually two or three columns:
    • A middle panel for the main content which is divided into distinct sections - either by topic or by date (such as one per week)
    • Blocks on either side.
    • Near the top is a breadcrumb trail for navigation
    • At the top of the page are menus for Goldsmiths-specific help, Mahara, Archive of old course areas and access to your profile.

More on the elements of course areas

Course area format

The Course area format setting relates to the central panel of content in the course area which is divided into sections. We recommend Topics format, but some departments use Weekly format (which puts the date in automatically).

You can determine the number of sections you want to show. If you have 10 areas of content but the number of sections is set at 5 then you won't see all of your content on the course area. As soon as you change this to 10 everything will reappear.

More on Course area format 

More on Topic area or sections


Course short name

The Course short name appears in Course settings ( via Edit settings in the Administration Block) and the breadcrumb trail ( the links along the top of the course area that lead you back to your Home page):

short course name


It's best to use the module code and year for the Course short name so that the system can easily identify the course area.

To change this select Edit settings in the Administration Block.  Under the General Settings window you can change the course short name.



Course summary

The Course summary is displayed when students search for course areas. You can also display this information on your course area by adding the Course summary Block.

You can edit the description through the Administration Block - Edit settings.

And if you have added one to your course area you can edit it by clicking the pencil icon in the block content.


More on the Course summary

Creative Commons

This is a kind of licence that grants people the right to use copyrighted content in certain ways.  If something has a creative commons licence, it does not automatically mean that you can use this content in any way that suits you.  There are differing degrees of what you may do with something.  More information is available here.  

Customise the Dashboard

The front page is called the Dashboard and you can edit this to suit you.  First you need to click the Customise this page button.

Turn editing on


Once you have done this you will see new editing buttons that allow you to hide, dock, and customise each of the blocks on the page.  Notice also that the Customise this page button now says Stop customising this page and you also have another button that says Reset page to default.  This will set the page to the site default.


Make changes


You can also add more blocks by accessing the Add Block function which is usually at the bottom and on the left of the page:

Add Block

The elements you can add include elements such as: List of courses; Global Search; Html etc.

Once you have finished, select the Stop customising this page button on the top right hand side.


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Database

learn.gold has a dedicated tool that allows students or tutors to collect, share and order information into a database.  A difficulty with the tool is that it works with the underlying principals of a database and it is important to understand that different types of data are stored in different ways; so numbers have a specific field, as do dates and text.  This might not seem like a problem, but try answering this question: is a telephone number a number?

If you are sure that a telephone number is a number, then you have fallen at the first hurdle of data types so unless you want to learn about databases, steer clear of the tool because in a database a telephone number is stored as text.  Number fields are for things you might want to do maths with, phone numbers are really references which should not change.  Dates, text, files, all of these attributes are stored differently in the database.  If all you want is a searchable list of things that people can add to, use the Glossary tool.

Design for learning

Design for learning is an integration of pedagogical best practice with current learning theories. Another term commonly used is 'instructional design'.   Learning design is at the heart of all teaching and involves making decisions on what, when, where and how to teach. In the context of online or technology enhanced learning this means to utilise best practice models to aid and support learning.

See Design for learning for more information and real-life examples at Goldsmiths.



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E-portfolio

At goldsmiths we have a tool called Mahara, but there are lots of other kinds of portfolio.  In a nutshell it is a space for staff to keep resources that may or may not relate to work or study.  The system is made of two distinct parts: a place to store content privately and the area where you can curate and collate this content to share with other people.  

Advantages of using the portfolio:

  • always have access to your material as long as you have access to the internet
  • collect external content and add it to files that you have saved
  • share similar content in different ways to suit your purpose
  • control who sees what
  • limit how long something is available for

Disadvantages:

  • Can be a steep learning curve
  • Limited space for files (under review)


Email subscriptions, learn.gold

By default everybody is subscribed to the News Forum in a course area.  This is why this forum should be used sparingly.  All other forums in course areas will have their subscription properties set by the person who sets them up.  If you encounter problems such as getting email that you think is unnecessary, in the first instance you should look at the subscription options for the forum you are having problems with, if you think the discussion is not necessary for you to get notifications from, then unsubscribe. If you cannot unsubscribe, talk to the person who is administrating the forum as this option can be changed.  This will stop most of the issues that people get with forums.

Video:

It is possible to stop ALL emails from forums being sent to your email address by making a change to your profile.  TURNING THIS OFF COULD CAUSE YOU TO MISS IMPORTANT INFORMATION and college cannot be held responsible if you miss out on some communications if you have chosen to turn this off.  This is a big step to take, so before you exclude yourself, go through the steps above.  If you deicide that you really do want to run the risk of not getting important emails from your department, then you can do the following:

Select your name in the top right hand corner of the browser > Select edit profile > Select Messaging.

Set your messaging options

FURTHER WARNING, doing this is GLOBAL, across your entire presence in learn.gold.  If you are having a problem with a single forum, it is best to see if you can unsubscribe or unenrol from the course area if it is not necessary for your study.



Email, alerts

Email alerts from learn.gold

News forum posts are emailed out to members of that course area. It's possible to opt in and out of other forum discussions, depending how they are set up.

It is possible to stop ALL emails from forums being sent to your email address by making a change to your profile.  TURNING THIS OFF COULD CAUSE YOU TO MISS IMPORTANT INFORMATION and college cannot be held responsible if you miss out on some communications if you have chosen to turn this off.  This is a big step to take, so before you exclude yourself, go through the steps above.

Enrolment Key

This is a 'secret' word or phrase that is shared by the Teacher on a course with the users that the teacher wants to have access.  If you try to access a course and are asked for an enrolment key, you need to contact the tutor in charge of the course or the departmental office.

Enrolment Key, Setting

An enrolment key is set in the Course Administration > Users > Enrolment methods > specific method that requires the key (for example, Self enrolment).  This is only available to set for people with the correct privileges.  The key can be as simple or as complex as you like.  

Once someone has accessed a course with an enrolment key, they will retain access even if the key changes.  So changing a key is not a way to purge old users.  To do this you will need to reset your course.  For more information see Managing people, roles and groups.


Enrolments on learn.gold (manual)

In order to manually add users and assign them roles on a course area,  you need to have a certain level of permissions. 

Those with editing teacher rights can add users and assign the roles of editing teacher, non-editing teacher and student to others.  Those with non-editing teacher or student rights cannot.



You will know that you have editing rights if you see a 'turn editing on' button at the top right hand side of your course area (indicated by the arrow in the screenshot below).  

turn editing on screenshot


How to get editing teacher access

TaLIC do not allocate editing teacher rights for staff unless you have requested a new course area and there are no pre-existing editors on it.  If you are a member or staff and need editing rights on a course area please ask another member of your team with editing teacher role to give you these permissions ( this might be the module convenor or departmental business manager). 


Department Managers can add Course Administrators at category level - meaning that they can grant editing rights across an entire department for administrative staff.


Video:  


Editing teachers: how to view, add or change roles
Turn editing on then go to the Administration Block where you will find the Users menu.  From there click on Enrolled users.  You will then see the list of enrolled users on the course area with their assigned roles.  To enrol a new user click Enrol users button on the right hand side.

enrol users 1


A box will then appear. In the drop down menu at the top, select the role you want to assign.  Enter the name of the person you want to enrol in the Search box at the bottom. You can just enter their surname or first name;  if it's an uncommon name you won't get too many results.

enrol users 2


If you have more than one have more than one user to enrol (with the same role assigned to them) enter their name next and click Enrol as before. Carry on doing this until you have found all of the names. Then click Finish enrolling users.

enrol users 3


You will now see the name of the person in the list of enrolled users. 

If the person's name does not appear this means one of two things; either they are already enrolled on the course area OR they have never logged into learn.gold.  The first log in registers the ID in the list of users. They need to be asked to log in before you can enrol them.


enrol users 4



See also Change roles and information for Students: how to enrol

NB: If you have a large number of people to enrol or a large number of course areas to enrol them onto, please contact the TEL team at TaLIC  tel@gold.ac.uk who may be able to do this as a bulk upload for you.

External examiners

External examiners are very important to maintaining fairness and quality in the assessment process at Goldsmiths and some times they need access to learn.gold.  They will need special accounts creating and this is done by contacting TaLIC tel@gold.ac.uk

Request an account for External Examiners

You will need to provide the Name, email address of the examiner (an institutional address, not a personal one) and start and end dates for when they require access.

Before you request an account for an External examiner, check whether they have an existing one.  Your department should have records on this.

TaLIC can reset passwords if examiners have an existing account but have forgotten their password.

Multiple External examiner accounts & multiple course areas

TaLIC can bulk upload groups of External Examiners. We can do that either by creating all the accounts and you can then manually enrol the users or we can bulk enrol onto onto multiple course areas as well.  To do either of these this we need you to send in a completed csv file (more below on this).   We can create new accounts or update existing ones from the same file. The information you need to fill in for each person is as follows:


1. For accounts only

  • username (initial and surname, all lowercase)
  • password (if they don't have one already or have forgotten it then enter 'changmenow'. They will be able to change this to one they prefer after they login)
  • firstname
  • surname
  • email address (institutional address)

2. For accounts plus course area enrolmments

All of the above PLUS

  • course short name. this must not contain any commas.  The course short name is entered in the Administration Block and which appears in the breadcrumb trail above the course area.  TaLIC can provide you with a list of these and corresponding course full names.
  • role shortname - external.   The role of 'external' will allow them to edit and they should not get any emails from learn.gold. 
In order to provide us with the correct information we have provided a template with an example entry - download and open the CSV file link below - it should automatically open in a spreadsheet program (Excel, OpenOffice Calc, etc.).

Download CSV file

On the top line you will see the field names: username, password, firstname, lastname, email, course1, role1,course2, role2 and so on. (all lower case). You can add as many course columns and role columns as you like but please remember NO spaces and NO capital letters before or after entries  ( i.e. course 1 or Course1 won't work but course1 will)

On the second line is an example - delete this before you send it.

If you don't want to add them to a course area automatically - delete the course1, role1 field names.

Save the file as CSV and send it to tel@gold.ac.uk, along with a date when the accounts should be deleted. Once we have created the accounts, we will get back to you and you can then contact your new users with instructions.

Remember to contact your new users in advance to let them know their usernames, and what to do next.

Then save the file for your records. 




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Feedback Activity

The Feedback activity is useful if you want to create a survey for participants using a range of question types including multiple choice, yes/no or text input.

Feedback responses may be anonymous if desired. Feedback is useful for

  • End of Module or Programme evaluations
  • User experience surveys
  • Sign ups for modules, events etc.

If you have editing rights you can add a Feedback activity to your module area.

Fellowships, TaLIC

The TaLIC Teaching & Learning Fellowship scheme is an annual award to academic staff at Goldsmiths that enables the holder/s to undertake a project on behalf of their School or department that looks to explore innovation in relation to their teaching, learning and assessment practice.

There is an ‘open call’ for individual fellowship projects impacting at the Departmental level (‘strand 1’), a larger project proposal affecting more than one Department, or at the School level (‘strand 2’). In addition TaLIC encourages bids for specifically nominated areas. 

Award holders will be released from part of their teaching duties in order to focus on their project. For this reason the Head of Department and Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee must support the application.


For more on this please see the Fellowship area of learn.gold



File upload limit

The file upload limit can be set for a course area through the Administration block - Edit settings.  Currently the limit is set at 128MB.

More on file upload limit


File, upload for assessment

You can upload any file type you like into learn.gold.  When it is accessed it will automatically be downloaded to your machine.  Please be aware that learn.gold does not read the files, so you need to be sure that the person downloading the file understands that they will need the correct program on their machine in order to open a document.  

If you have a lot of files to upload, then you can choose to upload a compressed or zipped file or to upload a Folder.

Common file types: 

  • Wordprocessing (text, essays etc) doc, docx, rtf, txt
  • Data (spreadsheet, database etc): xls, xlsx
  • Presentations: ppt, pptx
These will all open on a Goldsmiths computer.
Less common file types:
  • Wordprocessing: odt (OpenOffice) pages (Mac)
  • Spreadsheet: ods, (OpenOffice)

These may not open on a Goldsmiths computer.

You should try to use the most common program for work you submit as some departments will mark a submission down for the wrong file type.  If this information is missing on an assessment or other submitted piece of work, it is always best to check with the department.


See our guidance on files and folders for more.

Find My Course

There are a few ways to find your course area.  The quickest way is to request that your department sends you the link directly.  Some departments have a departmental home page that includes links to all of the course areas so once you have that, you can access all of the course areas you will need.   Alternatively you can follow the instructions on this page


Folder (a learn.gold Resource)

Folders are a good way to make a multiple files available on a course page.  They usually need a bit of extra information that explains the contents and what they are for/why users should access them.

  • is an icon on the course area that students can click on to reveal its contents
  • can contain files or other sub-folders
  • can keep your course area tidy and useable.
For example, you might want to provide a single 'resource documents' folder and divide it by topic or week. If you have PDFs scanned for you by the library, you can place all these in a single 'Reading material' folder and hide it when the module comes to an end.

See guidance on creating Folders and subfolders




Formative assessment

This tends to be contrasted with summative assessment so this is a good point from which to start.  Summative assessment generally comes at the end of a programme of study, your degree classification is a summative mark.  Formative assessment tends to happen during the whole process to give you an idea of where you are heading and hopefully pinpoint some areas where you might concentrate a little harder.  It might seem that formative assessment is just extra work, but it can inform students and tutors of progress and in some cases quickly flag up areas where attention is needed.  This is a very important part of any period of study as it is incredibly difficult for us to gauge our own learning and to be able to confidently say what steps we should be taking to improve our chances of a better final grade. Formative assessment can help with this. 

If you would like to use some of the tools in learn.gold to support this kind of assessment, contact TaLIC tel@gold.ac.uk.

Forum, online discussion

The forum tools are very useful as they eliminate the need for email contact lists and ensure that the tutors and students do not end up sending the same information several times to different users.  Because the forum stays in the course area, it also means that there is a searchable archive of discussions.  

Some people dislike forums because they can end up getting a lot of emails so it is with this in mind that there are two different types of forum in learn.gold.

News Forum: By default all learn.gold course areas contain a news forum.  The news forum is a broadcast mechanism - everybody receives the message and usually only someone with an Editing teacher role can post to it.  If everybody on the course needs to know the information, then it should be posted in the news forum.

Discussion Forum: A discussion forum is more flexible and course members can often choose to subscribe or unsubscribe to getting email alerts.  All course members still have access to the forum even if they do not subscribe.  The success or failure of these kinds of forums is down to the way they are planned and managed.  it is always best to set some kind of a rule, students post by Wednesday, tutor answers on Friday (anybody can chip in before or after...).  Not setting a rule can give the impression that nobody cares about the forum, if it looks like the tutor doesn't care, then why should the students?


For more see guidance on Communication and Forums





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Getting started

If you are a new member of staff or new to learn.gold and will have involvement with learn.gold provision, you will need to do an induction with TaLIC. Please add yourself to the new starters list and we will book you in for a workshop.

Glossary

The tool you are using for this searchable help is a Glossary. It is basically a list of headwords with definitions. This is one of the most useful activities available on learn.gold as it is a very flexible tool and, depending on the settings you activate, can enable different types of user capabilities including collaboration and comments on entries. Tutors can also grade entries.



If you create a Glossary on one area and want to use it in another area you can either

create a link to the original Glossary (if you want both to be live and don't want to duplicate your updating efforts). OR if you only need one current and live version you can export the Glossary entries from the original and import into the new one.

Export and Import Glossary entries guidance.  


Gradebook

Every course has a gradebook within it.  This is where all of the grades go for each gradeable piece of work.  Things that can have grades include: assignments, quizzes and discussions.  In order to get a grade it is not always necessary that a file should be submitted as this would be impractical for something like a presentation.  The gradebook is really just a table that where the grades can go.  

Currently the gradebook is NOT connected to the student records system, so the grades you find in learn.gold may be subject to alteration, so please always check with your department.

Groups and groupings

Organising your users into groups and groupings is a good way of managing large cohorts. 

Groups

The group function enables you to:

  • divide users into seminar or study groups.
  • assign groups to activities such as forums , quizzes and so on.
  • create tutor groups for marking assignments
  • allow students to sign up to seminar groups
  • contact different groups within the cohort
They're less helpful, though, if your groups change frequently. And if you happen to be using conditional release or completion tracking, these won't work with groups.


Groupings
Groupings are groups of groups! They are useful if you have a large cohort that you want to divide up into groups and subgroups. For example, you might have a group of Yr 1 full time and part time students. Your groupings could be called Yr 1 part time and Yr 1 full time and within these have a set of seminar groups.

Group Choice
Adding a Group Choice activity to a course area allows students to sign-up to a group for themselves. You can control which groups students can choose from and the maximum number of students allowed in each group

The guidance on Groups and groupings  includes step by step information on how to work with all of these functions.


H

Helix

This is a new system that is being piloted at Goldsmiths.  It enables video content to be created by tutors and submitted by students for assessment.  It is only available to users who are taking part in the pilot.  If you are interested in taking part in the pilot you will need to contact Tina Rowe t.rowe@gold.ac.uk

Hide course content

If you create content or activities on learn.gold you can choose to hide it until you are ready to show it to students.   These will appear greyed out to editing teachers but be completely invisible to students. 

You can hide or show any elements or sections on a course area by closing the 'eye' icon:


hide show


You can also hide or show the course area. 


See our guidance on hiding or showing elements of learn.gold. 


Hide or Show Course

When you are working on a course area you may want to keep it hidden, but once you are happy and you want your users to have access you need make it visible, this is done through the Course Administration block and this is in the General Settings section at the top.

edit General settings Admin

 If the 'Visible' option is set at 'Hide' students and non-editing teachers will not be able to see the course area at all.  If you have editing rights, when you browse for course areas you will see the  'Hidden' course areas as greyed out with a dotted line under them and visible courses are blue links:

    • visible hidden

      You might want to let users know when it will be ready and when it is you can then change to 'Show'.


Hyperlinks (or URLs)

You can add a link in two ways: 

  • by adding a URL learn.gold resource. This is useful if you want to track how many students click on the link. See Reports and Analytics if you are interested in tracking user activity. 
  • by creating link within the text of a forum post, book or page. 

For more on how to do this please see our guidance on adding hyperlinks

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Image, add

Adding an image is fairly straightforward, but it's important to check a few things:

  • there's no copyright problem
  • it's a web-friendly format
  • it isn't an enormous file size

To add an image to a forum post, book, or page, click the image icon in the editor toolbar (looks like mountain scenery) and click Find or upload an image. Then browse for the image and upload it.

Add Image

ALWAYS give the image a description (accessibility requirement).

In the Appearance tab you can (crudely) resize the image by specifying a pixel size.


For more see guidance on using images.


Image, remove

Highlight the image (put your cursor on it) and delete.

Image, update

Highlight the image (put your cursor on it) > select the image icon > 

Highlight image

Replace the image by selecting a new image from your file store or repository.

Replace image


Import Content from One Course to Another

You can now access your course content from previous years to enhance your course for the new year.  It is very easy to do:

Make sure editing is turned on and find the Import link in the Administration block.

Admin panel

Administration > Import

Search for course you want to import content from

Search for the area you want to import from > Select Continue

Import Core Settings


Import the core settings, this can include groups and groupings, question banks etc.

Select the items you wish to bring over from the old course area.


You will then see a list of all of the content in the course you wish to import from.  Select each item you would like to bring with you.

You will need to select the topic in order to select the individual items.

This is the official Moodle information on importing: https://docs.moodle.org/31/en/Import_course_data


Importing Content from Different Course Areas

You may have content in a course area that you would like to move into a different area, this is easier than you might think.  You need Editing Teacher access to do this.

Turn Editing on > in the Administration block select Import.

Admin Panel




Then you need to find the course area with the content.  The quickest way to find any course area is through the short name which is frequently the module code.

Choose Course


Select Course Area

Once you find the course area you need to decide which things to import. leave the first screen and select Next

Backup Settings

You will then see a list of resources in the course you want to import from.  You select what you want from here.  By default the entire course area is selected, so the first thing you need to do is select NONE from the top options.  Once you have done this you can select the individual items.

Select None

You must select the section in order to be able to select individual items from the section.  This is easy to miss and can be frustrating if you miss it!

Select the section

Once you have everything you need, you can go to the summary page where you will see a preview of what you will and will not be importing, if there are any errors or omissions, you can select Back and make the changes you need.

Summary

Once you are happy with your choices select Perform Import

Import

Your new content will appear in the course area.

Imported Content

NB: It may not put everything exactly where you would like it, you can move content around using the cross icon.

Interaction and Interactivity

Interaction in this context is when communication of one kind or another goes in more than one direction.  What you are reading now is text and you are not able to alter or comment on it in this context.  You could send an email about it, or speak directly to a member of the TaLIC team, but this would divorce it from its context.  So, the direction is outwards and the reader is passive.  There is nothing wrong with this, but there is no way to test if this information is actually useful.  

Using tools that allow interaction can make the system richer as members of the course area input their own ideas or questions.  This doesn't have be be a free for all say what you want forum.  It can be used for simple things like polling the cohort about a particular question: the choice tool, getting information about the experience of the course: the feedback or questionnaire tools; wide ranging themed discussions around topics: the forum...  

On the whole, it is best to consider what kind of a result you are looking for first and then to map that to a tool.  If you are not sure and would like a little help or would just like to talk through an idea, contact TaLIC tel@gold.ac.uk


See also guidance on how to Increase the interactive potential of learn.gold

Interactive

This term is often used to describe online activities. It means creating something for users to do online and often in groups so that they interact with content and with each other.  The best way to create effective interactive content is with a focussed approach so that students understand

  • why they are being asked to engage in the activity
  • what the pay-off is in terms of learning (whether this be an actual grade or formative assessment)
J

Java Unit testing (Automated code marking)

This is a question type that can be added to the Quiz tool, for example. It is useful for Computing students to test them on their knowledge of Java.


In the question the tutor provides a partial code (skeleton answer) and the student is asked to fill the rest in.

The tutor writes a JUnit test class which is code that actually tests the code that the student submits.  This moves processing off learn.gold but allows students to answer questions within learn.gold environment. 


Try out an example of automated code marking.


K

Keyboard shortcuts

In the olden days, there were just two kinds of of computer that people generally used: Macs and Windows.  Each of these came in two flavours: desktop and laptop.  The world is a more confusing place these days, we have pads, tablets, smart phones and all other manner of things that you can access learn.gold with, so with this in mind here is a link to a list of keyboard shortcuts you may like to know about and why they might be useful.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_shortcut

L

Label (a learn.gold Resource tool)

The Label is a Resource on learn.gold. Labels may be used to :

  • insert text and embedded multimedia into the course area. 
  • split up a long list of activities with a subheading or an image

  • add a short description to a course

See guidance on Labels


Learn.gold

Learn.gold is the name of the Goldsmiths Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) hosted on Moodle.

There is an institutional expectation at Goldsmiths that all modules or programmes have a presence on learn.gold and that at the very least, key information, resources and activities are made available tor all currently registered students there.  



learn.gold How-to guide

A reference guide on how to upload and manage content using the range of available tools on learn.gold can be found on the staff area of learn.gold. This will help you improve the user experience of your course area to ensure that they key information, are clear, well signposted and accessible. 

The guidance is mainly concerned with basic content and structure of learn.gold course areas and does not go into how to use the Activity tools to support teaching and learning  (things students do or interact with on learn.gold , such as Assignments, forums, quizzes and so on). These are covered in the other staff guides. 

learn.gold How-To guide can be found on the staff area of learn.gold in the 'Meeting learner's needs' section.




Learning Analytics

Analytics, the big buzzword.  What does it mean here?

learn.gold is a data driven website that requires you, the user, and me the admin to log in.  This means that your actions are logged as data, mine are too.  

This data is not destroyed at the end of each session because it is kept in a database.  Millions of actions can happen inside learn.gold over the course of a day and these actions can be read and analysed.  This is what we are talking about when we talk about analytics.

Who does that help? Well if you submit assignments, it recognises you and remembers you submitted, someone marked and what your grades were, the same goes for everything else in learn.gold and this means that it will deliver the content that you are supposed to see.  This is all done by linking certain things about you, user id, courses you are enrolled on, interactions you have made etc to the tools and resources that you use.

Why is that useful?  Say Professor Aardvark has been delivering a course on Fourier Transforms for 10 years and for some reason the professor notices that one document is being downloaded a lot more than any of the other documents according to the reports on usage, it might make sense to question the students why they keep downloading this document. It could uncover an issue with the document.  

Some people are worried that analytics can be used as a means to point out productivity and effectiveness with a course area.  A busy course being a successful course and a course with regular peaks and troughs being classed as unsuccessful.  Without a benchmark to compare this with, such claims are meaningless.  Some departments use the forums as their main means of communication and expect students to regularly login and look at the postings.  Some departments only use their course areas for administration and assessment submission.  Analytics are only useful if you know why you are looking.

Accessing Analytics: Everybody in learn.gold has access to their logs, which is all of their interactions that are recorded in learn.gold.  The quickest way to look at your own is to go to your profile and look at the Activity Reports.

Analytics and activity reports in learn.gold

learn.gold also keeps logs about the usage of tools by users.  Logs are always available to the users who created the resources or to the people with the same permissions as the person who created the resources.  

Lecture capture

Lecture capture is the recording of lectures or seminars and consists of both hardware such as cameras and microphones, and software that is used to edit, distribute and view recordings. Lecture capture platforms include Echo360 or Panopto.  

Recording full lectures can be problematic for a number of reasons including data protection. Research shows that short video clips for students is more effective as a teaching resources than whole lecture recordings. 


Lecture flipping

Flipped learning reverses the traditional classroom approach where the students first encounter with material happens in the lecture (transmission of information from lecturer to student). 

With the flipped lecture, students encounter content prior to lecture and classroom time is used for activities that allow for sense making, critical thinking and assimilation of material.

See guidance on lecture flipping


Local Roles

Sometimes you may want someone to have editing rights on a particualr resource.  This is easy to do achieve.


Access the tool that you want to give editing roles to > open the Administration panel > Locally assigned roles

Locally Assigned Roles

Select the role you want to add

Select the role you wish to give on the tool

Search for the user you want to give the role to

Search for and add user

Logs

Logs are reports created from the data that is generated by actions in learn.gold.  Every action you make in learn.gold is logged.  Tracking is just recording things that can be recorded, mouse clicks on links, responses to questions, saving text input (forums, form fields) grades and so on. It isn't sinister, it just means that you see the courses you are enrolled on or what assessments are due or any messages you may have been sent.

Everybody has access to their logs, they are in your profile > Administration > Activity reports.

Analytics and activity reports in learn.gold



M

Mahara

An ePortfolio

There are many kinds of ePortfolios some of them are commercial and some are OpenSource.  Mahara, like Moodle which is what learn.gold is built on, is OpenSource.  An ePortfolio is a place to collect, curate and present work or ideas.  You can access Mahara from the menu at the top of each page in learn.gold, it is the second item from the right.

ePortfolio or Mahara

There are three distinct parts to Mahara: Content, Portfolio and Groups.

Content

This is where you keep resources.  This can mean documents, images, sounds etc.  There is a section for building a CV, an area to set tasks with goals and timescales and finally a place to keep a journal or blog.

Portfolio

A portfolio is a good place to showcase the best of your work and the portfolio section in Mahara enables you to do this by allowing you to take resources from your content, youtube, Vimeo, news sites, cloud-based storage such as google drive and drop box, and make it available in a coherent way to anybody you wish to make it available to.

Groups

As the name implies, a space to work with other people.  Groups can be private, have a distinct set of invited members or open.  External people can have access to resources within a group.  Resources can be shared into and amongst the users in a group.

All of this comes at a price.  You need to understand how the separate parts of the system work together in order to get the best out of it.  A lot of the power of Mahara is that you can share with other users and even the world in general.  This can only be really successful if your own security and that of the people you are working with is maintained.  It is a tool for reflection and you need to be prepared to reflect on why you are using it to get the most benefit.


Managing content (learn.gold)

A reference guide on how to upload and manage content using the range of available tools on learn.gold can be found on the staff area of learn.gold. This will help you improve the user experience of your course area to ensure that they key information, are clear, well signposted and accessible. 

The guidance is mainly concerned with basic content and structure of learn.gold course areas and does not go into how to use the Activity tools to support teaching and learning  (things students do or interact with on learn.gold , such as Assignments, forums, quizzes and so on). These are covered in the other staff guides. 

learn.gold How-To guide can be found on the staff area of learn.gold in the 'Meeting learner's needs' section.

Marking an Online Assignment

The assignment tool allows submissions to be accepted and marked inside learn.gold or Turnitin.  Marking online is much the same as marking in the real world as certain decisions need to be made before the assignment can be evaluated.  Things that need to be considered:

  • Does feedback go on a separate document to the submission?
  • Does feedback go on the submitted document itself?
  • Is marking done according to a particular scale such as a rubric or some other set criteria?
  • Could video or audio be used for feedback?
  • What kind of grading will be used?
  • Will marks be returned as soon as they are given, or will there be a set date when all of the marks will be released?
  • If this is the case, who will be responsible for releasing the grades?

These are a few of the considerations that need to be addressed.

More information specifically on marking online assessments is available here in the online assessment course.

There is also a whole course covering the subject of online assessment here.


Modules, Find

1. Find the Goldsmiths block on My home or Site home and click on the browse link:

browse link

2. A list of departments will load. Click on a department name.

department list

3. A list of course areas will display. Click on a title.

click on a title

4. Click on the Join button (if displayed). You may also need an enrolment key from your tutor or department (a password to get you into the course area).

join

5. Don't see a join button? Look in the course area's administration block and click the Join link (if present) Then on the next page, click the join button.

join link in admin block

This is part of the Essentials Course area that is useful for all students and staff who are not familiar with learn.gold, more of the content is available here.

Modules/Courses, Join

if you are sent a link to a course or module area, you will need to join it.  When you follow the link you will see a summary of the course area and below this you will also see a button that has the text: Join this learn.gold course.  Click this button and you will be granted access.

Join this course


MOOC

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course suited for large cohorts. Many institutions now use MOOCs for taster courses, marketing or for dissemination of research to the wider community.

MOOCs utilise social networking approach to help learners learn from each other.  They are generally free, non certificated and open to all, although some paid certificated options are now being made available.

MOOCs area a good source of innovative ideas for online delivery, especially with large cohorts.  Future Learn and Coursera are amongst the most well known. 

Moodle

Moodle is an Open Source learning platform,  widely used in HE both in UK and globally. Moodle provides institutions with a single robust, secure and integrated system and enables users to create personalised learning environments.

Moodle is underpinned by a constructivist pedagogical model which says that people construct their own understanding and knowledge of a subject through experiencing things and reflecting upon those experiences. 

The focus is on the learner (and community of learners) , rather than the subject or lesson that is being taught  along with their interactions and experience of learning.



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Navigation

Navigation on learn.gold ( and Moodle in general) can be tricky. The pdf attached contains some useful tips on how to find your way around. See also Useful Browser Tips


New Course, Request

Complete this request a new course area proforma on the staff area if you need a new course area created.  We can also mass produce them from a spreadsheet. Please contact the TEL team at TaLIC if this is of interest.

News forum

News Forum: By default all learn.gold course areas contain a news forum.  The news forum is a broadcast mechanism for everybody on the course and usually only someone with an admin role can post to it.  If everybody on the course needs to know this information, then it should be posted in the news forum.

O

Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OER) are learning and teaching materials that have been made freely available online for anyone to use.   OERs are shared via institutional websites or public services like  i-Tunes U, SlideShare, YouTube and Jorum.

Goldsmiths Research Online is an OER  containing research publications and other research outputs conducted by academics at Goldsmiths as well as Goldsmiths' collection of doctoral theses.

Open Source or OpenSource

Open Source is a model for software that promotes free and universal access to a products design and use.  Open Source resources are usually built through collaboration rather than being the products of an entity such as Microsoft or Apple.  Free access does not necessarily mean that everything about it is free in much the same way as I could give you a car but you cannot use it on the road until you have: a licence, road tax, insurance, petrol/diesel etc.  

Moodle and Mahara are Open Source, things like Adobe PhotoShop, Ableton Live, Microsoft Word, Google Chrome are not.  



P

Page (a learn.gold Resource tool)

The Page on learn.gold is one of the resources you can use to organise content.  It is literally a single web page, linked from your course area and is particularly useful for taking chunks of text off of the top level to help streamline your course area . 

Separating out content into pages means the overall course area is shorter and easier to scan for the person reading it. It avoids the so-called 'scroll of death'.Pages can contain embedded sound and video / images / links / downloadable files and, of course, text. They work across a range of devices and open near instantly - so the students don't need to download anything before viewing it.  A student can easily adjust the font size on their browser - making a Page more accessible than an uploaded file.  

For more see our guidance on the Page resource.


Peer instruction

Peer instruction is a teaching strategy which is based on the premise that students studying the content are best place to determine what the challenging concepts are. The focus in peer instruction shifts from teaching to how students learn.  It is usually paired with lecture flipping where the students encounter content prior to lecture so that the classroom time can be freed up for activities that allow for sense making, critical thinking and assimilation of material.

For more on this see the guidance on Peer instruction.


Plagiarism

The main plagiarism software used in UK  and elsewhere is Turnitin, a third party platform available on learn.gold but not supported in house. Turnitin is the preferred submission and marking activity for departments who feel they need to pass all student work through a plagiarism check.

There is some very useful information for students on using information ethically on the library's GIST resource. There is also a student self-check area on learn.gold.

Please also see our guidance on Turnitin on the Assessments in learn.gold staff help area.




Post

A forum post is a single message, submitted to a forum.

Q

Questionnaire

The Questionnaire activity on learn.gold is quite similar to the Feedback activity but has slightly more options.

This tool can be used for teaching and learning but also for institutional surveys, module evaluations, assessment and research.

The template feature allows for sharing of questionnaires across modules. Results can be downloaded as a csv file and converted to Excel. 

See Moodle.org guidance on setting up and using the  Questionnaire

Quiz

The quiz activity is a versatile teaching and learning tool that can be used for both formative and summative assessment.  A range of media, question types and feedback options can be used.

See the quiz in learn.gold: staff resource area  for more on Quiz creation, setting up a Question bank and applications.

R

Reading lists

The library at Goldsmiths have introduced a new Reading List software called Talis Aspire to manage readings and resource lists and to deal more effectively with scanning and copyright clearance.

Reading lists created through Talis allow you to combine an online collection of different types of resources. You can combine scanned pdf's,  electronic journal articles, book references, URLs and so on.  You can also write some notes or guidance with the resources and organise them into different categories.

To create a reading list you need to ask the library to give you list creator status. You then create your content and submit to the library.  Once the list is ready, the library will send you back a link.  The library also offer a list creation service at certain times in the academic year whereby they create it on Talis Aspire for you.

Once you have created your Reading list you can make it available via learn.gold in one of two ways:

  • The link can be posted on the course area in learn.gold ( as a URL resource or embedded link)
  • Through a Block with the Talis link in it.


See also Reading Lists ( TALIS) guidance.




Remove Users from a Course

There are a couple of options here, easiest is to individually remove the students who no longer have access:

Go to Course Administration > Users > Enrolled users > select the red circle with the cross to the right of the student name.

Remove Individual Users

This could be a bit cumbersome if you have a lot of people to remove.

If the course allowed students to enrol themselves on it, then they can unenrol by accessing the course area and selecting Unenrol me from [coursename]

Individual Remove


Access the Reset button from the Course administration block

Remove by Reset


Select the role that the users you want to remove have.

Reset




Reports

Reports and logs on learn.gold give you information on user activity on your course area. They are accessible through the Administration block in your course area but you will need Teacher role to see them.   Using this kind of data, looking at patterns in order to predict usage and performance is called Analytics and has become commonplace in online environments and increasingly in educational contexts, where it is usually referred to as Learning Analytics.

Learning Analytics makes use of digital traces left by learners in order to improve teaching and learning as well as informing the development of online environments.  Usually the data sources have to be large to generate anything meaningful but even with relatively small set of users as we have at Goldsmiths, they can be illuminating and useful. They can inform your teaching and tell you when and how users are accessing your online content. 


See Reports and logs for more guidance on how you might use Analytics in your teaching at Goldsmiths.







Reset Course

If you have a course area that you would like to reuse but as a fresh course with new users, discussions, assessments etc, the quickest and best way to achieve this is to use the Reset course function.  More information in the Course Area Lifecycle and Refreshing area.

Responsive

Learn.gold is a responsive web site - meaning it will adapt itself to different sized screens. Typically it will rearrange itself into a single column on smartphones.

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Scheduler Tool

Scheduler is a Moodle Activity that allows users with editing rights to post available meeting times and then have those enrolled on the module to sign up for the slot that best suits them. 


This is useful for required meetings between student and lecturer, such as tutorials, or simply for optional office hours. 

More information can be here: Scheduler Help Page 

Section headings (course area)

The sections down the middle column of a learn.gold area are called 'Topics' in Moodle terminology. 

These are the areas you can use to organise your content, for example, by date or subject areas.  You can add resources and activities into each section, move them around, rename them, hide them and so on.


Social Media

Social Media or other web-based platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress are effective teaching and learning tools. 

If you use these in your teaching and learning alongside learn.gold,  you can combine both approaches within learn.gold through links and RSS feeds, creating a more 'porous' online environment for users.


Students: how to enrol

There is step by step guidance on the Student guide area on how to find and enrol yourself onto your course area.


Submit an Assignment

On your learn.gold course area and/or handbook there will be information on assignment submission.

If you are required to submit online there will be a submission area on your course area ( or sometimes departments put all assignments into a separate area).  If you cant find this please ask your administrator or module convenor.

Once you have located the correct submission area you can upload your assignment. Please refer to our step by step guide on submitting assignments