A few people have asked how they can use a spell checker within Turnitin GradeMark. Generally if you use Google Chrome as your Internet Browser spelling errors will be underlined with the red zigzagged line under the mispelled word. However, the dictionary on Chrome is US English. Also, there are some versions of Chrome that cause various elements of GradeMark to behave ‘weirdly’ (sorry, that’s the best word I could come up with for it!).
There is a way you can use Firefox to check spelling with a UK English dictionary. This is the browser we recommend that you use for NILE anyway, so it’s probably for the best really. There a few steps involved, but as always the LearnTech team has developed some guidance on how you can get this set up on your PC. Click the link below to open the guide.
Guidance from the Health & Safety Office has been updated for Online Marking. General guidance on the use of computers still applies to electronic marking so there is nothing within the document that specically talks about SaGE and the processes involved, but the principles remain the same and the pointers should be followed whatever the computer is being used for.
The new schedule of Autumn and Winter 2012 SaGE awareness events is now available for staff to sign up.
These sessions will provide staff with an opportunity to ensure they are familiar with the tools within NILE which will allow students to submit electronically and for them to provide feedback.
The first hour will consist of a presentation and demonstration, with the remaining hour for those staff who wish to stay and try the material on their own modules in NILE or a training module in NILE with the benefit of the Learning Technologist present.
Our next University STEM
networking event will be a lively, interactive session given by Ed Drewitt, famous for his Bristol Dinosaur Project (www.thebristoldinosaurproject.org.uk) and Nicholas Garrick from Lighting up Learning Limited (www.lightinguplearning.com
) Both are trained
practitioners and highly regarded in their field of expertise. Friday 8 February 2013
Newton Avenue Campus, University of Northampton, UK1.15pm Tea and Coffee1.30 start5.00pm finish The
session builds on recognition that many scientists
do not have the skills to interact effectively with school students (especially
Key Stage 1 - 3 pupils). The aim of the session is: students, PhD students and STEM academics to be more
involved with public engagement activities and to create and share a range of
materials for workshops in primary schools. This
is a must for all STEM Ambassadors or those interested in improving their
skills and techniques in public engagement and we encourage to you come to this
In previous posts the availability on the JISC Jorum repository of six Open Education Resources (OERs) from the former School of Science and Technology (now part of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology) at the University of Northampton was discussed. After 13 years the Jorum repository was discontinued.
Three of the OERs though were migrated across to the JISC Apps and resource store and available for reuse.
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In a previous post I discussed using Scratch and Excel to model neurones. This post looks at using Excel and six-sided dice as a way of developing insights into how Genetic Algorithm work, before going on to program one.
A very simplified version of Tournament Selection is used for the parent selection and the mutation works by rolling a die to get a number between 1-6.
The problem to be solved is to find the lowest values for x and y in the equation (x-6)*(x-6)+(y-1)*(y-1).
Using an Excel spreadsheet, roll two dice six times. Fill in the first two columns with these numbers - these are X and Y values for each solution.The fitness scores should be calculated based on the equation. Low values for this problem are best.1st Parent: Roll two dice, if the numbers are same reroll one die to until the numbers are different. Use the two values to select the 1st parent, the solution with the lowest fitness of the two. Take the X part of the selected parent and it forms the X part of the…