EYE Placement Pathbrite categories

At the start of your course, you created a Pathbrite profile. You also created two e-portfolios: Personal Development Portfolio and Professional Placement Portfolio.

You will need the Professional Placement Portfolio throughout your placement. If you have not already done so, please create the following 11 Categories in your PPP:

Professional Placement Portfolio
A. Activities of Everyday Living
B. Sensorial
C. Literacy
D. Numeracy
E. KUW
F. Creativity
G. Planning
H. Reflective section
I. Target Child observations
J. Formative Feedback
K. Forms

Using text boxes

In some of your assignments, you might need to use text boxes within Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Text boxes are squares which you can insert into your document. You can then add text in them. You can change the size/colour/font of your text, you can change the inner colour of the square, and you can change the colour of its outline.

Here’s a quick guide on how to do all this.

  • In your document, click at the point where you’d like to add a text box.
  • In the top tools bar, select Insert, then Shapes.
  • Select Text Box (it’s the first option in the section Basic Shapes).
  • Go back to your document, and drag/drop your mouse pointer to ‘draw‘ the box.
  • To resize it, ‘grab’ it with your mouse from any of the little circle points around it, and drag it.
  • To change the inner or outline colour of the box, click once on the outline of the box. Then in the top tools bar, select Format. Then play around with the Shape Fill or the Shape Outline colours.
  • To add text, click once inside the box and type (or paste).
  • To change the appearance of text, select the text and edit it as you normally would (make sure you’re in the Home section at the top tools bar).

Webinar Guide

MCI webinars – via Zoom

Introduction

We use Zoom’s Virtual Classroom to facilitate all our course webinars.

Be system ready

  • Read carefully through this Webinar Preparation Guide and ensure you meet all requirements, pass all tests and obtain a score of 3.0/5.0 or above.
  • Run the Pre-Call Test in order to confirm your call quality before joining each webinar.
  • Have a headset handy, as you’ll need it for the webinar.

Download Zoom onto your device

Joining a session

  • Click on the link you will find in the relevant VLE section within your course.
  • You will be asked to register by entering your name and your email address.
  • If you haven’t already done so, you will be asked to download Zoom onto your computer.
  • You can then join the meeting by clicking on the URL provided on the screen.
  • A “Launching Screen” will appear – follow the instructions.
  • Once the session starts, you will be asked to:
    • Join with video – please click on this button
    • You will then be asked to join with computer audio – please click on this button
  • You have now joined the session – please note that you will be initially muted by default.

Participating in the session

zoom chat

  • When you join the session, you will be muted by default – whilst you can unmute yourself, please leave your status set to mute – your tutor will unmute you to allow you to speak.
  • To enable class participation, please open the Chat box (see picture above).
  • Once the chat box is open, you can raise your hand to indicate you would like to ask a question. We will unmute you so you can ask your query.
  • You can also type your question in the chat box at the bottom right (either privately or to the whole group).
  • You can upload files to share with the group in the chat box in the bottom right hand corner.
  • If the tutor uses the whiteboard during the session and invites you to participate, click on “View Options” at the top of your screen. Click on Annotate and an additional tool bar with annotation tools will open up. You can close the annotation tools at any time by clicking the X in the bar.
  • Other options will be shared with you during your session.

 

 

 

Using images in your tutorial sessions

If you’d like to use digital images found online to enrich your tutorial sessions, the two golden rules are:

• do not use Google Images – use safe sites instead (see bottom of page)
• always credit the source

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geralt, pixabay.com

That is because the vast majority of images on Google Images are someone else’s copyright. That means that even though they’re viewable online, the public do not have the right to freely use them. Furthermore, if there are people in the picture, there’s the added issue of not knowing if the pictured people have given their consent for their image to be freely used by the public. It would be a lengthy process to locate the copyright owners, and all people pictured, and ask their permission. In order to avoid all this trouble, please only search for images on websites which contain Creative Commons images. That means that the copyright owners of the images have given their consent, thus everyone can use them for free and without need to ask permission.

Our top two favourites are:
pixabay (photos, illustrations)
openclipart (clipart)

More safe image websites:
pexels
foter
freefoto
freeimages
imageafter
negativespace
everystockphoto
PublicDomainPictures
Flickr creative commons
Wikimedia commons

 

 

Using images in your assignments

You will need to find and use images in some of your assignments.

The two golden rules when using online images are:
• do not use Google Images – use safe websites instead (see bottom of page)
• always credit the source

human-2944064_640

geralt, pixabay.com

That is because the vast majority of images on Google Images are someone else’s copyright. That means that even though they’re viewable online, the public do not have the right to freely use them. Furthermore, if there are people in the picture, there’s the added issue of not knowing if the pictured people have given their consent for their image to be freely used by the public. It would be a lengthy process to locate the copyright owners, and all people pictured, and ask their permission. In order to avoid all this trouble, please only search for images on safe websites which contain Creative Commons images. That means that the copyright owners of the images have given their consent, thus everyone can use them for free and without need to ask permission.

Our top two favourites are:
pixabay (photos, illustrations)
openclipart (clipart)

More safe image websites:
pexels
foter
freefoto
freeimages
imageafter
negativespace
everystockphoto
PublicDomainPictures
Flickr creative commons
Wikimedia commons

To add an image to a Word document:
• Find an image (as described above), and save it on your computer.
• Click at the position where you want your image, in the Word document.
• Click on Insert, then Pictures.
• Select the picture from your computer, then click Insert.

To make the text appear tighter around the image in your Word document:
• Click and select the image.
• Click on Format, then Position, then More Layout Options.
• Select Text Wrapping (the middle tab), then select Square, and OK.

 

 

 

Pathbrite: add these settings to your portfolios

Please make sure you add all the following settings on both your portfolios. This will ensure that they’re easy to view and work with, that your tutor(s) can comment on them, and that your intellectual property is protected!

set up portfolio1

style and settings

 

  1. Click and enter your portfolio. On the menu on the right, click on Edit, then Style & Settings.
  2. Click on Layout and select Bricks.
  3. Click on Theme and select Dark.
  4. Click on Portfolio Settings and make sure it is set to Private, Portfolio Industry is set to Education, the Allow Comments box is set to Yes, and the Show Download Links box is ticked.
  5. Finally click on done editing at the bottom right. Don’t forget to do this, otherwise your changes will not be saved!

Go back to your Profile and repeat the above steps to set up your second portfolio.

Once you’ve set up both your portfolios, go back to your Profile. Both your portfolios should be listed below your profile picture. Make sure that when you hover over a portfolio, the padlock icon at the top left of each portfolio (‘Toggle Visibility’) looks locked. This means that the portfolio is private. Always make sure that this padlock looks locked!

padlock icon

How to add images to documents

Open your document and go to the page where you’d like the image added. Click at the position where you’d like the image added. Most programmes (like Microsoft Office programmes for example) have a button or tab called Insert, and then the further option to Insert Image.

Watch this short video for more details.

Moodle: How to give Peer Feedback

*DIPLOMA EYE ONLY*

You must exchange peer feedback with another student before you can submit your assignment. This happens within each unit, in the online workshop found in the Peer Feedback section of each unit.

There are three steps in each workshop: first you upload your draft, then a couple of days later you provide feedback to your peer and they to you, and finally a couple of days after that the workshop closes so that you can view the feedback. Take this feedback into account when working on the final version of your assignment before you submit it.

If for some reason you do miss a peer feedback workshop, please complete the Request for Exceptional Coursework Extension form and send to your tutor. The workshop will reopen for late submissions for one week only at a later stage.

You’ll find the exact dates of all workshops, and of late workshops, on your Moodle calendar.

 

The short video below will give you a walkthrough on how to give peer feedback:

Click here, to download a printable paper guide.

Pathbrite: Work with categories

category plus sign

Categories are like colourful post-it notes. You can apply them on your documents so as to categorise them and find them easily. Here’s how to apply one (or more) categories to a document, how to remove a category from a document, plus some tips:

  • Go into your portfolio.
  • Click Edit, then Style & Settings, then Categories.
  • Left-click once first on the Category you’d like to assign. Then look at your documents on the left: they will each have a + sign on them, the same colour as the category you’re working with right now. Left-click once on the + plus sign on the document. That means that this document now belongs to this category. Repeat till you have classified your documents.
  • If a document has a coloured – minus sign, then that means that it already belongs to this category. Click on the minus sign if you want to remove that category from that file.
  • Once you’ve finished assigning/removing categories, click at Done Editing at bottom right.

◊ Tip: you can assign multiple categories to the same one document.

◊ Tip: in the main view of your portfolio, all assigned categories appear as a colourful dot-list at the top of your portfolio. Categories which contain no items will not be displayed there though.

FAQ: I do not want my tutor to have access to my portfolio; how do I un-share?

If you have shared your portfolio with someone you do not wish to have access to your portfolio anymore, or if you have finished your course, but would like to continue with your portfolio privately, then you might want to disable the link for the person you have shared this with.

To un-share a portfolio, click on the Share icon on it, once. Then in the box that appears, click on manage privacy settings.

Please click here for a guide on how to do this.

FAQ: How do I change the email subscription to the forum posts?

Once you have posted to the student chat forum or the academic forum on moodle, you will receive one email per new forum post anyone makes in this forum.

However, you may want to change your subscription mode, only subscribe to certain forums or track the forums without receiving emails.

Please note that you cannot un-subscribe from the news forum.

Please click here for a guide on how to manage your forum subscription

FAQ: What do I need to share with my course tutor in my Pathbrite account?

Your Pathbrite profile includes your e-Portfolio that you will be keeping during you MCI course. Because your e-Portfolio is set up to private, it will only be visible to your Course tutor if you share: you profile and your e-Portfolio.

Once you have done this, your tutor will be able to access every document you upload to this portfolio, so there is no need to share individual documents with your tutor!

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Pathbrite: Comments, Likes, Notifications

comments and likes

Here’s how to see if your tutor has liked your documents and/or has commented on them:

  • Click on the notifications bell icon at the top right of the screen. This will show you all recent likes and comments.
  • Clicking on any item on the bell icon list that appears will take you straight to that item/comment.
  • Or if you prefer to check out an individual document, click on it and then scroll down. See if the heart icon (Liked) is highlighted, and see if there are any comments at the bottom of the page.

 

To make sure that you receive email notifications from Pathbrite:

  • Go to My Account.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Make sure that the Send Email Notifications box is ticked.
  • If it is ticked and you’re still not seeing Pathbrite notifications in your inbox, you will need to check your email’s spam / junk settings, in case the notifications end up in there.

 

This video guide will show you how to find feedback left by your tutor:

Pathbrite: Share your profile and portfolios

share

You will need to share your Profile and both your Portfolios with your tutor(s). Here’s how:

  • SHARE YOUR PROFILE: Go to My Account > My Profile. Click on the Share icon on the right of your profile image. Enter your tutor’s email in the next pop-up window, and click Share.
  • SHARE YOUR PORTFOLIO: Hover over your portfolio and click Share, or click and enter your portfolio and click Share. In the next pop-up window, click on the SHARE small button (it’s got an envelope to its left). Enter your tutor’s email in the next pop-up window, and click Share.
  • See the table below to find out what to share, who with, and when.
  • Please note: only share your Profile and your Portfolios with tutors. There’s no need to share with them each individual document you upload!
item to share who with? when?
your profile your tutor or the group address (as instructed during induction) straight away!
your personal development portfolio your tutor or the group address (as instructed during induction) straight away!
your placement portfolio EYE: your placement tutor
FdA/CertHE: group address
EYE: when placement starts
FdA/CertHE
: straight away!

You can also watch this video guide on how to share your profile and portfolios with your tutor:

Please view our Pathbrite FAQs for further tips, e.g. how to re-share or un-share your Pathbrite e-portfolio.

 

 

 

Pathbrite: Working with documents

Please complete and upload now on your Personal Development Portfolio the following document:

Student Agreement

You’ll find it in the Resources section of your course on the Moodle VLE. You will of course keep adding documents to your portfolios throughout your studies, however the above document needs to be completed and uploaded onto Pathbrite at the very beginning of your course.

How to upload documents on Pathbrite:

  • Click and enter a portfolio and then click on the Edit button at the top right.
  • Either drag and drop files from your computer into the central upload box, or click on Add Work on the menu on the right and select what type of document you’d like to upload.
  • If you don’t like the way a document appears on your portfolio ‘wall’: click and enter your portfolio, then click on Edit. Find your document, hover over it, and click on Adjust Image. Then follow the instructions to add your own ‘cover’ of the item.

To DELETE a document:

  • Go into your profile.
  • Click and enter your portfolio.
  • Click on Edit at top right.
  • Scroll down, find the document you want to delete, and click on the Bin icon on the document (at the top right of the document).

 

This video guide will show you how to add documents to your portfolios:

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