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Improving the student experience of our online study platform: Introducing consistency

Early reports suggest that Canvas, our new online study platform at Sussex, has been well received by students, particularly first years. One of the strengths of Canvas is that students find it easier to stay on top of their studies

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Adding Requirements & Prerequisites in your Canvas modules.

Tutors can develop their use of the Units area in a Canvas module by making use of the Requirements and Prerequisites tools. These tools allow you to further guide your students through your module, directing them through the resources and

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Posted in Canvas, Learning Design

Preparing for the assessment period and Spring teaching term? Staff development opportunities from TEL

To celebrate the new year, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new programme of workshops and webinars taking place over January. What is this and who is it for? Technology Enhanced Learning provide advice, training and guidance

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What’s New in Canvas? (December 2018)

The new Canvas release for December has just been rolled out across the University, this will bring a few helpful changes to Canvas that will enhance your day to day experience. Two of the biggest changes are the ability to

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Canvas Know-How: Using the Accessibility Checker

When developing your teaching materials in Canvas, it is important to consider online standards of accessibility to ensure that your content is inclusive of as many individual students as possible. This is important to ensure that equal access and opportunity

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Peer feedback for student learning

Professionals in all fields are constantly giving feedback to, and receiving feedback from, their peers. This blog post, for example, was reviewed by one of my colleagues before it was published and they made suggestions for ways to improve it.

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Facilitating discussion and collaborative note-making in lectures through a backchannel

What is a backchannel? The ‘backchannel’ is a term coined by Victor Yngve, Professor of Linguistics (1970) to acknowledge subtle and informal responses from a person actively listening to someone else speaking. This term has since been adapted to fit

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Posted in Technology Enhanced Learning

Padlet Backpack for staff and students

Users of Padlet will be aware that the popular tool underwent some changes in April which introduced limits on a free account. As many University of Sussex staff use Padlet in their teaching, we have purchased a Backpack licence for

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