E-Learning @ Royal Holloway, University of London

Welcome

This site is for those members of staff who are interested in realising the benefits of learning technologies in the delivery, assessment, and administration of their courses. Use the tabs below to find out about e-learning at Royal Holloway, University of London. The links to the right take you directly to news, support, services and resources.

E-Learning @ Royal Holloway, University of London

E-Learning can be described as learning activities facilitated and supported through the use of a broad range of information and communication technologies. Such technologies include Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), online submission tools, e-assessment services, audience voting/participation systems (Clickers), social networking tools (blogging, microblogging, social bookmarking), and MOOCs.

E-Learning activities at Royal Holloway, University of London include:

  • the publication of key course information
  • the timely and persistent availability of course materials and resources (including Anti-Plagiarism and Study Skills resources to which all staff and students have access)
  • the provision of a portal to a range of internal and external online resources, e.g., e-journals, open educational resources, websites and web 2.0 content
  • use of efficient communication channels between students and between students and staff
  • the use of discussion fora to build confidence, develop writing skills, encourage deeper approaches to learning, to extend and support full participation in discussions, and in support of group project work
  • the use of electronic submission of assignments to check against plagiarism and collusion
  • the use of electronic submission of assignments to facilitate the rapid turnaround of marking and the timely provision of feedback
  • the use of electronic tests and exams for both formative and summative assessment, making use of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), short text answers, numerical answers, and mathematical formulae
  • gathering of student feedback and 'feed-forward' through the use of voting, survey and discussion tools
  • the use of Audience Participation Systems or 'Clickers' to to test understanding, interact easily, and respond to student experiences
  • Producing and delivering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to global audiences of learners

Tools & Services

  • Moodle - The Virtual Learning environment of choice at Royal Holloway.  Every taught course and many more academic support resources has a designated area in Moodle.
  • Turnitin - An electronic submission and 'originality checking' service.  Used mostly as an aid to deterring and detecting plagiarism, this service also offers online marking and feedback, and peer reviewing tools.
  • GradeMark - Part of the Turnitin suite and integrated fully with Moodle, this is an online marking and feedback tool
  • Clickers: Audience participation/voting systems
  • Social Media services - Social networking tools such as Twitter, You Tube and Padlet
 

Getting Started

It's easier than you may think to get started with the various e-learning technologies.  Follow these links to find out about accessing your various spaces, services and tools:

How to access your Moodle courses

Each validated course has a space in Moodle.  Students are enrolled upon their courses once their Banner records are updated by Departmental Administration Teams.  Moodle courses are hidden from students until those teaching them - ‘Course Authors’  - make them visible. 

Note: There is currently no mechanism which automatically assigns teaching staff to the role of ‘Course Authors’ in their Moodle courses.
  1. Contact either your Departmental Administration Team, or the E-Learning Team at e-learning@rhul.ac.uk to request access to your courses
  2. Visit the E-Learning Support section of Moodle for some online guidance on building your courses
  3. Book a place on a Moodle development session, or
  4. Speak to a member of the Moodle Support Team at e-learning@rhul.ac.uk for advice
  5. Start building your course content and activities
  6. Make your course available to students
 
How to access your Turnitin/GradeMark Assignments

It is highly likely that your course is already using Turnitin, and that your Departmental Administration Team has added Assignment inboxes to the Moodle space.  There is generally no further action required to start using Turnitin and Grademark, once the assignments have been submitted.

We recommend that as a marker you:

  1. Contact your Departmental Administration team to confirm that your courses are using Turnitin
  2. Contact the E-Learning Team for further information, advice and training
  3. Visit the Using Turnitin and  Using Grademark resources in Moodle for information, demonstrations and user manuals
 
Using Clickers
  1. Download and install the plug-in for PowerPoint
  2. Visit the Using Clickers resource in Moodle
  3. Contact the E-Learning Team for advice and training
  4. Contact the Audio visual Team to book Clickers and a Receiver
 

Keep in touch

The E-Learning team employs a variety of communication tools to help keep you informed.  In addition to our measured use of e-mail and the College Intranet, we also support the academic community with the following services: