Good Practice at USW

There are many ways of using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and the student experience. We want to share the best examples with you so that you can see good practice in action, including:

  • Good practice exchange — a showcase of innovative approaches in the adoption of TEL by colleagues across the University.
  • UniLearn and good practice — the ways that we are working to make the tools within UniLearn as useful as possible.
  • Approaches — concepts and theories that sit behind a lot of work in technology-enhanced learning.

Don’t forget: Good practice also needs to comply with USW policies such as the VLE Minimum Requirements. Read about the relevant policies on our Policy pages.

Good practice exchange

In this section you can find out directly from the staff here at the University about their good practice in the use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).

If you are a member of staff at the University of South Wales and would like to share your own story on the use of technology in online assessment practices please email the Technology-enhanced Learning Teams via lta@southwales.ac.uk

UniLearn and good practice

The following are features that you’ll see in Blackboard that have been implemented as standard across the university after being demonstrated as good practice.

Course organisations in Blackboard

Autumn 2015 sees the introduction of new course organisations in Blackboard. Course organisations have been developed to provide students with a more coherent and organised picture of their course within the Unilearn environment. Find out more about Course Organisations

Course and module evaluation (Loop)

A new course and module evaluation system was introduced in the autumn term, 2016, to simplify the process of obtaining, collecting and reporting the evaluation of individual modules. All modules now have the Loop evaluation tool automatically embedded.

Blackboard template

Most modules will be arranged with the same basic template of buttons and tools. This was implemented to help ensure consistent student experience (in response to student feedback) in 2009 and was updated in line with the Minimum Requirements Policy in 2015.

  • Read about the Blackboard template
  • Please note: You are free to alter your module layout to fit the requirements of your course, but you will still need to ensure that it meets the minimum requirements.

Approaches

There are many ways to approach ELTT ('enhancing learning through technology’ and similar terms). However, the main aim of any approach is that the use of technology is designed for learning rather than designing the learning around the technology. You can read more on this on the Design for Learning page. We also aim for online resources that encourage an 'active’ rather than 'passive’ experience for your students. Find out more about designing for learning and a range of practical approaches available to help you embed technology in your teaching practice on the TEL | Approaches page.

A Learning-activity-based design approach

Learning-activity-based design is an approach that has been developed by staff at USW using JISC’s research and our own experiences to achieve better online delivery through design. It allows you to easily make use of established good practice methods in course design to encourage active learning through task templates, custom icons, and step-by-step planning documentation. This approach has been successfully adopted by several academics at the university.

Reusing and sharing content

Reusing and sharing content is one of the key developments in digital learning; it stops you from having to reinvent the wheel, freeing up time to develop innovative practice and new content. In this section you can find out about resources from USW and third-parties that you can reuse to enhance your module, OERs (open educational resources), and sharing you resources with others.

Read more about reusing and sharing content

Smoothies — Recipes for a Blended Learning Experience

Smoothies is a pack of resources to support the development of blended learning practices materials at the university. It explains and showcases some ideas on the ways in which technology can support, assist and enhance learning and teaching activities and includes a full range of templates and guidance.

Read more about Smoothies