Free quiz – with prizes – for new students…

New students are invited to enter our FREE quiz in Vision.  It’s quick, it’s easy – and it gives prizes…

All you need do is explore the services we offer both globally and locally (on our website and on campus) and then answer 10 easy questions.

Last year nearly 1000 students took part (see New Student Quiz Winners 2016) – it would be great to break the 1000 mark this year.

Answer all questions correctly and you will be entered into a prize draw.  Three lucky winners will be drawn from the all correct entries for each campus.

The quiz is in Vision (our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)) in the Skills for Success organization.

  • Once you are fully enrolled you can log into Vision
    See the Student Guide to Vision for a quick overview of the VLE
  • All new students are automatically enrolled on Skills for Success.

To enter

  1. Log into Vision using your HWU UserID and password
  2. Click on Skills for Success
  3. Select New Students Quiz from the top of the menu on the left
  4. Choose the quiz for your campus

You can try the quiz as often as you like from 1st September to 30th September.  Your highest score will count.

Good luck!

Vision/Blackboard Webinars for staff

bbwebinarA new series of webinar training is now available for using Vision/Blackboard.

  • When: Ongoing recordings are available
  • How: Self enrol onto the Vision course: Bb Training Webinar Series

This series of webinar provides instruction on the essential features and functions of Blackboard Learn™ 9.1. (Vision).

Through a variety of activities, including hands-on exercises, participants learn how to organise and build a course online, monitor and assess student performance, and use communication tools to enhance interaction.

Throughout the workshop, participants discuss pedagogical principles related to online learning, along with best practices for teaching in both Web-enhanced and fully online environments.

The Webinar series covers three broad themes:

  • Course Design
  • Assessment
  • Connectivism

Live webinars will be recorded and added to the Bb Training Webinar Series course.

To Self Enrol:

  1. Login to Vision
  2. Click Courses tab
  3. Type Bb train into search box – Click Go
  4. Hover over Bbtrainweb – Bb Training Webinar Series – Click arrow
  5. Click Enrol
  6. Click Submit
  7. Click OK

That is it!  You are now enrolled and will see the Bb Training Webinar Series in My Courses

New Student Quiz winners 2016

We have had an excellent response to our new student quiz in Vision with a total of 970 students taking part across our 5 campuses: –

  • Dubai: 199
  • Edinburgh: 527
  • Malaysia: 204
  • Orkney: 8
  • SBC: 32

The prize winners – selected at random from the all correct answers – have collected their prizes of gift vouchers for local cinemas, food outlets etc.

Dubai campus

Edinburgh campus

Malaysia campus

Orkney Campus

Kapoe Jimenez, MSc Renewable Energy Development

Kapoe Jimenez, MSc Renewable Energy Development

  Scottish Borders Campus


We hope you found it a bit of fun, but also a useful introduction to the services and support offered by Information Services – and to Vision itself.

Thank you to everyone that took part.

Vision Service Interruption – downtime scheduled 7th October 2016

We have been requested by our Managed Hosting Company (Blackboard) to schedule 6 hours downtime to enable software updates to be applied to our Vision application.

This downtime has been scheduled to take place from

22:30 BST Friday 07/10/2016 to 04:30 BST Saturday 08/10/2016

Please note that the Vision service will be unavailable during this time.

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See the System Status page for updates.

Student quiz goes global…

Following on from the success of last year’s quiz for new students (see Vision Quiz Winners) we are running it again this year – but this time we have gone global giving students on all campuses the chance to take part while they explore the services we offer both globally and locally.

It’s quick, it’s easy – and it gives prizes…

Get all the answers correct and you will be entered into a prize draw with 3 lucky winners drawn from each campus.

The quiz is in Vision (our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)) in the Skills for Success organization.

  • Once you are fully enrolled you can log into Vision
    See the Student Guide to Vision for a quick overview of the VLE
  • All new students are automatically enrolled on Skills for Success.

To enter

  1. Log into Vision using your HWU UserID and password
  2. Click on Skills for Success
  3. Select New Students Quiz from the top of the menu on the left
  4. Choose the quiz for your campus

VisionQuizYou can try the quiz as often as you like from 1st September to 30th September.

Your highest score will count.

Good luck!

New! Vision Power Hour

A new Vision topic has just been added to the summer Power Hour programme.

Vision: Preparing a course for Semester 1 2016/17

This hands on session will focus on key tasks to prepare your Vision course for the start of the year.

After this session you will be able to:

  • Highlight course goals and objectives
  • Enhance content presentation
  • Update course content

Date/time

  • Wednesday 31 August from  1000 – 1100
  • Friday 16 September from 1400 – 1500

Venue

Teaching room in the Edinburgh campus library.

Book your place

You can book your place on a workshop at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Places are limited to 10 delegates per session.

Summer Power Hour Programme

There are still a few spaces on some of the August Power Hours already advertised.

  • Introduction to Office 365
  • Introduction to OneDrive
  • EndNote
  • Discovery

Full details at Power Hours

Vision update

The Blackboard software upgrade was completed successfully giving us accessibility and security updates as well as bug fixes.

The functionality of the system remains the same but the user interface has been given a cleaner, more modern look.  You’ll notice this the next time you use Vision.

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If you have any queries please contact ithelp@hw.ac.uk

Vision upgrade – 25th June 2016

Blackboard, the software which underpins our VISION Virtual Learning Environment, will be upgraded on Saturday 25th June between 1 am and 2 pm BST (you can check your local time at http://bit.ly/28Jy5rA)

Vision will be unavailable during this time.

Times at our campuses are

Campus Start Time End Time
UK 01:00 BST 14:00 BST
Dubai 04:00 GST 17:00 GST
Malaysia 08:00 MYT 21:00 MYT

 

Benefits of the upgrade will include: –

  • Accessibility updates
  • Bug fixes
  • Improved User Interface
  • Security updates

If you have any queries please contact ithelp@hw.ac.uk

Vision Service Interruption – 5th March 01:00 – 05:00 GMT

Blackboard, our Managed Hosting Company,  have scheduled Datacenter Maintenance on Saturday 5th March 2016, 01:00 to 05:00 GMT.

Local time for our campuses are:

Campus Date Start Time End Time
UK Sat 5 March 01:00 GMT 05:00 GMT
Dubai Sat 5 March 05:00 GST 09:00 GST
Malaysia Sat 5 March 09:00 MYT 13:00 MYT

 

You may experience service interruption during this time and the service will be down at some point.

You can check your local time here.

Ignore at your peril – long document formatting essentials!

A couple of really useful videos to help you format your dissertation/thesis/report/essay.  They’re a bit longer than I normally suggest (which is probably why I’ve missed them before…) but get yourself a cuppa and take time to watch them.  They’ll save you loads of time in the long run!

The first one shows you how to format headings using Styles, add multi-level numbering and create a TOC.

 

This next one shows you how to add captions to figures and create a list of figures automatically.

 

Word for Long Documents in Vision

The Word for Long Documents workshop in Vision has been updated with these links and other new content.

If you’re not an expert Word document formatter – take a look!

In Vision, go to the Power Hour organisation, and choose Word: Word for long documents from the left hand menu.