Health E-Learning and Media (HELM) Team

HELM news update October 2016

Start of term 

It’s a busy time for everyone, and we are excited to welcome our new students to the School of Health Sciences. HELM team members have been running induction sessions for students in all areas of the curriculum and finalising content for all of our blended and flipped modules. 

pebblepadPebblePad Version 5 (V5) Rollout 

Sheila, our E-portfolio Officer, is pleased to announce that PebblePad V5 is now live for all staff and students in the school. Sixty members of staff have attended our workshops to introduce the new system and all students and staff have been emailed guidance. 

We have a number of drop-in sessions planned to further support students on Tuesday 18 October 4.30-6pm and Friday 25 November 4-6pm. Both of these will be held in A18 Medical School. 

Designing E-Learning for Health – free online course 

On 13 February we are pleased to announce we are re-running our free online course, Designing E-Learning for Health on the FutureLearn platform. You can ‘register interest’ in the course, and it will be open for registration later in November.

Those who have delivered a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes to get the course live and ready for learners. So, this week, our MOOC team met to plan the launch and review our content for next year. Here is a taster, Exploring E-Learning for Health from Week 1 of the course. 

Filming for Fire Safety

HELM team members, Cherry, Mike, Simon, Lydia and MacJay and one of our second year students, put on their director’s hats and brushed off their acting skills to film scenes for a new learning resource about Fire Safety. We are working with Faculty Operations Managers and the Fire Safety experts to develop this online faculty resource. 

‘Appy Hour!

Aaron will be giving a 10 minute demonstration of HELM’s wearable camera. Students and staff in Physiotherapy are using the camera to create their own learning resources with a ‘first person’ viewpoint. 

‘Appy Hour is on 18 October 10.30-11.30am at Jubilee B35A Exchange Building. These regular events are run by Angelique Bodart in the Learning Technologies team and other apps being discussed are “The 12 Apps of Christmas” and Mendeley. 

Learning Analytics and Student Engagement 

As a team we are always looking for ways to see how we can improve student engagement with learning.

We have a small group (Heather, Richard, Stathis, Kirstie, Aaron) looking at learning and learner analytics, and also at our school’s requirements. James and Simon have also been investigating how we could use Open Badges within Moodle to support student engagement with content.

RLO Updates

RLO redevelopment project 

We are currently running a project to redevelop some of our older RLOs into HTML5 so they are more accessible. The first to undergo an upgrade are: 

  • Probability and Inference
  • Synapses
  • Drug Receptor Information
  • Drug Receptor Interaction
  • My Name is Tom 

As soon as these are reviewed and tested, they will go onto HelmOpen, where you can also find all of our latest resources. 

Support for Hearing Aid users

You may have seen the C2HEAR resources on YouTube. We are continuing to work with this project to develop a new RLO ‘Communication Tactics’ for hearing aid users. James is developing this, and it will be released in due course. 


Jisc Student Experience Experts Group 

Kirstie attended this event in Birmingham on 12 October. This was a forward thinking and thought provoking event at the forefront of learning and technology, focusing on influencing and informing Jisc’s research and development in their student experience work.

Posted on Tuesday 18th October 2016

Health E-Learning and Media Team

School of Health Sciences
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Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2UH