UCS Elevate Software Mix

As previously mentioned the Elevate Team are implementing a mixed economy software solution. The idea is to provide, support and recommend a core number of packages for staff and students to use at UCS, and facilitate staff as they use externally hosted solutions where we facilitate good practice in their use for teaching, learning and assessment.

So, similar to models I’ve implemented elsewhere (http://www.bath.ac.uk/learningandteaching/themes/e-learning/tools). The idea is to coordinate, and standardise around a number of UCS tools which are supported by various units / teams (ITS, Research, Library etc.,).

The support level will change, with tool and team ownership. However, the expectation would be a number of FAQs (http://faq.ucs.ac.uk), and a number of staff development events (workshops, master classes and seminars).

The tools are represented visually via >> http://docs.google.com/present/edit?id=0AcaF5QN3s_UDZGY2azRwajVfNzg2Y2twYnZkZzg&hl=en&authkey=COHG-J4C

Directly supported by Elevate

  • Elevate manages the web based service / application, and is the primary owner for support and development (face to face and online), and service evaluations.

Core Institutional Services

  • VLE – Blackboard
  • QR Code Generator & Short URL Service
  • ePortfolio – Mahara (externally hosted)

Pilot Service (until end of 2013/14 – unless fast tracked as a success)

  • Linear learning activities – Xerte
  • Video recording & streaming – eStream
  • Blogs – WordPress

Proof of concept (until end of 2011/12 – unless fast tracked as a success to pilot)

  • Augmented Reality – Layar
  • Desktop conferencing – Big Blue Button
  • Open Educational Resource Repository – ?

Partly supported by Elevate (technical & user support)

  • Elevate manages the desktop software (ie., request for upgrades, talks to the supplier) and is the primary owner for support and development (face to face and online), and service evaluations.

Core Institutional Services

  • Audience Response Systems – TurningPoint
  • Desktop Recording Software – Camtasia

Pilot Service (until end of 2013/14 – unless fast tracked as a success)

  • Optical Mark Reader – FormReturn

Partly supported by Elevate (user support)

  • This is UCS desktop software, where Elevate highlights to staff it exists, and provides some face to face and online support for specific needs

Core Institutional Services

  • Desktop Recording Software – Debut Video Capture Software
  • ELMO Visualiser software
  • Audio recording software – Audacity
  • Desktop Conferencing Software – Skype

Recommended by Elevate (technical & user support)

  • These are external web based solutions (Web 2.0+). Elevate is the primary owner for support and development (face to face and online), and service evaluations. Elevate are also the owners of the guidelines for their use.
  1. Slideshare
  2. Google Apps
  3. Dropbox
  4. Diigo
  5. Twitter
  6. YouTube
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