Online Learning and IT Resources
Technology Enhanced Learning now plays an important role across the University and the use of learning technologies now plays a key role in supporting the department's learning and teaching activities. We understand the importance of enhancing the digital literacy of our students in readiness for future employability; and to expand transferable skill sets to meet the demands of an ever-increasing digital economy. BMS students can access a range of learning and teaching technologies. The main online services include:
My Online Learning Environment (MOLE)
MOLE is the University of Sheffield’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and powered by the market-leading Blackboard software. MOLE provides a secure environment and gives BMS students flexible access (on or off campus) to registered online modules and a range of supporting course resources, such as:
For assessing coursework material, BMS utilises Turnitin software that’s integrated into MOLE courses, and allows students to submit assignments electronically. This form of e-submission quickly enables teaching staff/tutors to access a range of tools to grade and give feedback (written or audio) on-screen for an individual piece of work. Students can then easily access and retrieve marked feedback upon release.
In addition, Turnitin has the ability to match text in for any piece of submitted coursework (called an Originality check) within its extensive essay comparison bank; which, in turn, enables students to review their similarity score. The generated report can greatly assist students in developing effective writing techniques, referencing skills, enhancing academic integrity and, in turn, avoiding potential plagiarism issues.
The social media tool Google+ has a 'Community' feature that lets staff and students participate in a protected online environment productive to communication and information sharing. BMS now uses the University’s Google+ service to connect staff and UG students on a year level basis.
The G+ platform has proved to be an extremely productive teaching and feedback mechanism for supporting year level course modules - and subsequently promoting an academic community of learning and engagement.
Google Education Apps
Since the University adopted The Google Apps (For Education) suite in 2011, BMS has actively encouraged staff and students to embrace its core components - GMail, Drive, Calendar, and Sites - to facilitate communication, sharing/collaboration and, most importantly, learning. Sharing of documents, forms and websites couldn't be more simpler. For example, as a student, you will have access to:
All BMS module lectures are now recorded using the University's Encore system to capture the lecturer’s computer screen (e.g. PowerPoint slides), audio and, if available, visual inclusion of the presenter. The recorded lecture is then integrated into the relevant MOLE (module) course for student retrieval. This has several benefits for students. In particular:
You can usually find a link to myEcho lecture recording located in the left hand panel in your MOLE module course.