Example of upcoming events and latest announcements blocksBlocks are used in LEO to provide students and staff with additional information and functions in units.

Blocks appear in LEO on the home page to provide functionality to staff (such as the ability to create a new unit).

They are used in units to provide access to or an overview of certain information, such as a calendar of events, recent announcements, or unit completion information.

Blocks can be added or removed from a unit as required by an Editing Lecturer. They can be configured to display on certain pages in your units, and can be repositioned and reordered as desired.

An Editing Lecturer can select which page types they display on (for example, any type of unit main page, any page, or any unit page) and choose to place them at the centre or right hand side of the screen, and in what order.

Blocks are a way of adding additional functionality to your LEO unit.

The Block is a versatile tool, which can allow you to bring in external web-based content for your students.

Using the HTML Block for example, you can embed a YouTube or Vimeo video, a social media feed, or embed any other content from the web.

Similarly, you can use a Remote RSS feed block to add a RSS feed to your LEO unit.

Every time your students log in, the HTML Block will have changed. Adding a HTML Block to your LEO unit will make it a dynamic, engaging, digital learning space.

The 'Latest Badges' Block will display all of the badges a student has earned within that LEO unit. Put simply, a badge is a digital representation of an activity completed within LEO. Badges are a way of extrinsically motivating your students to complete activities within your LEO unit, in a theory known as 'gamification'. Badges can function as a reward for the student upon completing particular tasks or series of tasks, and some students may be motivated to engage with additional activities within your LEO unit in order to collect all of the available badges.

This case study reports the results of an experiment at The University of Hong Kong, which sought to examine the effects of gamification on students’ engagement and learning. Gamification strategies, which included the use of digital badges, were found to be effective in motivating students to view and post more within the Moodle environment. Students in the gamified group were more likely to engage with extra-curricular activities in the Moodle site (LEO unit) then students who were a part of the control group. The authors suggest that "in tertiary education, educators and practitioners may consider using gamification strategies, at least in the short term, to scaffold out-of-class learning" (2015, 280).

Huang, B., Hew, KF (2015) Do points, badges and leaderboard increase learning and activity: A quasi-experiment on the effects of gamification. In:The 23rd International Conference on Computers in Education. [online] Hanszhou, China: The 23rd International Conference on Computers in Education, pp.275 - 280. Retrieved from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/286001811_Do_points_badges_and_leaderboard_increase_learning_and_activity_A_quasi-experiment_on_the_effects_of_gamification [Accessed 3 Dec. 2019].

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