| Activity name || 11. Tool enhancements
| Participants || Newcastle
|| Aims Covered: 4
| Timescales || July 05 - Sept 07
| Background ||Support
tools are the approach whereby support for our activities can be
appropriately and effectively provided. ALiC, because of the computing
skills of the team, has available a significant number of support tools
which can be utilised to support the change process. These tools
include the Newcastle E-learning Support System (NESS), Leeds Student
Information Service (SIS) and Durham's Automated Questionnaire
Management system. Current support for group- and project-work and for
students with disability is rather limited in these systems.
| Activity ||
This activity will merge/adopt/enhance these tools to provide
functionality for the support of the activities of other CETLs and in
particular those relating to group- and project-work. Specifically
there is a need to design appropriate interfaces for staff and
students, and to support the communication mechanisms. Concurrent with
this is the need to define the repository of information received
(design diagrams, formal specifications of software, etc.) that is
available to students to support their work, as well as to staff for
the purposes of assessment. Further adaptation to these tools will also
be necessary if they are to be employed more fully by consortium
members in order to reflect the inevitable variations in practice that
exists at each site.
| Evaluation ||
- Regular automatically-collected feedback from students and partners (via the tool itself) on the effectiveness of the work.
| Expected outcomes ||
- Identification and later incorporation of key features in student learning-environments that support AL activities.
- Adaptation of the tools within the consortium followed by roll-out in other areas.
| Risks ||
- Transfer to other sites - since most development expertise is currently concentrated at Newcastle. Mitigation: ensure that the development expertise is disseminated across the consortium.