Upgrade to the eShare repository

Please make a note in your diaries.  On May 2nd 2017 our eShare repository will be upgraded to the latest version of the core ePrints repository software.  We have been informed that for 48 hours, the repository will be ‘at risk’.  Access to the repository will be frozen, therefore staff will be unable to upload or edit resources, however, it will continue to provide access to resources as read only. The upgrade will begin on the morning of the 2nd May and should be completed by the end of 3rd May.

We wanted to provide advance warning as the there will be an element of disruption and apologise for any inconvenience but hope the new features within the upgrade will be beneficial for staff.

Along with some workflow and interface changes the upgrade will feature:

  • Improved video and audio playback using a HTML 5 player for cross browser and greater device support.
  • Inline Previews – Updated inline previews of video, audio, PDF’s and office based documents, removing the need to download the file first.
  • Version Control – Versioning of documents now provides a true visible catalogue of uploaded documents to your resource within eShare.
  • Creative Commons 4.0 – Apply the latest creative commons licences to your work to permit use, reuse or redistribution by others.
  • Share your learning materials quickly and easily with anyone with a simple submission and lightweight metadata collection
  • Upload any type of file (Video, Audio, Images, Powerpoint, Word, Zip, iSpring etc.)
  • Use tags and collections to organise your learning materials according to their subject matter

Rachel Bury – Learning Services Academic Liaison Manager







How to add your Rebus List to your Blackboard course menu

As staff get ready for a new term we have produced some helpful information about how to add your online reading list to module.

1. With Edit Mode on click the add menu item button on the top left of the course menu and select Web Link.



2. Enter the link Name: ‘Reading List’ and URL you have been emailed from Learning Services: https://edgehill.rebuslist.com/list.php?list_id=xxxx and make: ‘Available to Users’.  Then click on Submit.  You can use the title ‘Reading List’ or something which you feel your students would recognise.rl2


3. This link will appear by default at the bottom of your course menu. Click on the drop down arrow to the right of the link name and select Set Link to Open in a New Window.



4. Finally, move the link so that it appears directly below: Module Information. (Hover over the item, click and drag into position).


This post is also available as a ‘Quick Guide‘.

If you have any questions please contact your subject liaison librarian.


Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication

Developing Digital Excellent staff development programme

Here is your chance to get involved in our award winning programme.  Sorry couldn’t resist mentioning we have won a prize!. (There will be more news and information in a blog post next week when Mark Wilcock gets back from the Blackboard Conference with the award).

We have a number of events in May within the Digital Practitioner and Digital Office strands, including sessions which we are delivering during Learning at Work Week 19th – 25th May.  Those particular events which we would like everyone to get invovled in, we will promote further in the run up to the week.

The Digital Practitioner

Electronic Assessment Management – Using the right tools                                                   6th May                        12.00pm – 1.00pm 


Successfully managing online marking – A guide  to using the Grade Centre in Blackboard 8th May                         12.00pm – 1.00pm   


Your Digital Tattoo – What the web says about you! Professional and employable digital identities  13th May      12.00pm – 1.00pm


Future Gazing: Exploring Tomorrow’s Technologies today                                                   20th May                        12.00pm – 1.00pm


Learn And Interact At The Touch Of A QR Code                                                                     22nd May                        12.00pm – 1.00pm


Learn About Campus Pack                                                                                                   23rd May                         1.00pm – 2.00pm


The Digital Office

POWERPOINT 1 –Intro to On-Screen Presentations                                                             6th May                          9:30am – 11:30am

EXCEL 1 – Getting Started with Formulas using   Microsoft Excel 2010                                 13th May                        9:30am – 11:00am

EXCEL 2- Functions and Workbook Management                                                                  29th May                       9:30am – 11:30am

Please book online via the HR Staff Development booking system.  You can see the full list of the sessions within the Developing Digital Excellence programme and book those you would like to attend.

If there are areas of development you feel you or your team would like to discuss, please get in touch with myself or Elaine Czotter

Rachel Bury [email protected]

Elaine Czotter [email protected]



Join us for some Digital Excellence

Learning Services are pleased to bring you the following sessions during March.  We are offering a number of new sessions within Digital Practitioner, and we are also repeating some of the very popular topics; the students ideal VLE and managing your digital identity.

For new members of staff or staff new to research, we are also offering a session on using the bibliographic software we have here at Edge Hill – RefWorks

The Digital Practitioner

Keeping up to Date: Following Topics Using Web Feeds and Social Networks
4th March 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Your Digital Tattoo – What the web says about you! Professional and employable digital identities
13th March 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Learn About Campus Pack
18th March 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Learn & Interact At The Touch Of A QR Code
19th March 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Learning Edge – The Students’ Ideal VLE
20th March 12.00pm – 1.00pm

The Digital Researcher

Introduction to RefWorks
13th March 10.00am – 12.00pm

The Digital Office

EXCEL 3 – Working with Data Lists and Pivot Tables
5th March 2.00pm – 3:30pm

All sessions take place in the staff development training room, 2nd Floor, LINC

Please book online via the HR Staff Development booking system.  You can see the full list of the sessions within the Developing Digital Excellence programme and book those you would like to attend.

If there are areas of development you feel you or your team would like to discuss, please get in touch with myself or Elaine Czotter

Rachel Bury [email protected]

Elaine Czotter [email protected]


Developing Digital Excellence

Welcome to the February programme of staff development under our banner of Developing Digital Excellence.  We have brought together a range of activities and support, including an opportunity to take a look at our brand new broadcast TV studio.

We are aware that Semester 2 has started in earnest now and our programme in February will hopefully support some of those pressing developments you have on the horizon.

Staff from our teams’ involved in Developing Digital Excellence will also be available for a chat at the up and coming Staff Well Being Day –  Monday 10th February.    We will be there to talk about  how we can help in terms of developing ICT and digital skills and relieve some of the stress and anxiety around using new technology.  Come and have a chat to find out more about the programme, and also our Blackboard course area which might be a useful resource for you.

The Digital Practitioner

Successfully managing online marking – A guide to  using the Grade Centre in Blackboard February 2nd 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Avoiding Digital Disaster In Your Presentations     February 12th 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Learning On Location: A Mobile Field Trip       February 26th 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Big Brother Knows: Supportive Online Tracking      February 28th 12.00pm – 1.00pm

The Digital Classroom

Tour of the TV Studio  – Creative Edge Building – places limited to 15 so please book early    February 13th 1.00pm – 2.00pm

The Digital Researcher

Introduction to RefWorks     February 14th 10.00am – 12.00pm

The Digital Office 

ECDL Induction     February 3rd 10.00am – 11.00am

POWERPOINT 2 – Enhancing Your On-Screen Presentations  February 4th 9.30am – 11.00am

WORD 2 – Working with Tables and Mail Merge     February 6th 9.30am – 11.00am

EXCEL 1 – Getting Started with Formulas using Microsoft Excel 2010     February 10th 2.00pm – 3.30pm

WORD 3 – Advanced Features of Word Processing     February 11th 9.30am – 12.00pm

EXCEL 2- Functions and Workbook Management     February 17th 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Places are available for all of our courses and more information for the coming months events, and how to book is within the HR Staff Development booking system.

We look forward to seeing you in February.

Developing Digital Excellence team


Developing Digital Excellence programme







Opportunities in November to find out more about using technology within your teaching and learning and research.  

Learning Services teams are delivering a range of sessions within our Developing Digital Excellence programme.

Our Learning Technology Development team have developed a number of specific sessions around using some of the key tools which we have been asked about over the past few months – these include using social media within your teaching and learning and using Apps.

The Digital Practitioner

Using Social Media tools in your teaching and learning         7/11/13        12.00 – 1.00pm

eShare making the Most of Your Digital Repository            13/11/13       1.00pm- 2.00pm

An APPle A Day, For Learning, Teaching, & Research      19/11/13       12.00 – 1.00pm

Electronic Assessment Management – Using the right tools 20/11/13    1.00pm- 200pm

The Digital Office

WORD 3 – Advanced Features of Word Processing              12/11/13   9:30am-12.00pm

EXCEL 3 – Working with Data Lists and Pivot Tables             7/11/13     9:30am-11.00am

All of the Developing Digital Excellence sessions are held in the training and development room on the 2nd floor of the LINC.  Book your place using the HR staff development booking system.

Our teams are also able to deliver bespoke sessions, if there any areas of training and development you would like to discuss, please get in touch.



Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication

Doing something different with data – using infographics to showcase your research

The 5th EHU Student eLearning survey closed in the spring of this year and we will be sharing the full report and feedback shortly, but we wanted to highlight some of the headlines using infographics.  Using pictures to tell a story is nothing new but we have been looking over the past few months at how we can represent research data in an infographic.  We can see many opportunities for communicating to our customers the messages from what in the past, they might have seemed like dry or complex data.  Seeing the trends, figures and statistics which are contained in research can be really hard sometimes but the infographic brings the message to the foreground in a visually appealing way.  Using a graphic can also very easily give your statistic some context, again, something which can be hard when you are writing a report.

A key element of the annual eLearning survey is seeing the trends in terms of the use of TEL and the VLE and also the technology the students are using to access learning.

Here are 5 infographics showcasing the following; the increase in student satisfaction and interaction with Learning Edge; personal means of accessing the internet (we all know where that one is going!); preferred place of study on campus – it is still the library but we will be tracking in future how students are using our new student HUB; the technology students feel could be best used in terms of their learning; and bringing us back to our campus and the facilities, the increase in students using wireless on campus.

We hope you find these graphics more appealing that just a percentage statistic and we will be sharing more technology and Learning Edge data soon, along with some library statistics so if we can excite people about book issues by using graphics, it’s a result!



Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication

New year – Why not develop your skills in using technology?

The Learning Services staff development programme – Developing Digital Excellence begins again in January.

We have got a wide range of sessions covering all 4 strands of the programme which will support staff across the university in their use of technology and hopefully enhance their knowledge and skills – and maybe learn something brand new.




Here’s the detail of what we have got coming up in January

  • Digital Classroom

Introduction to classroom and lecture theatre technology
W/B 21st January and W/B 29th January.

Please contact Glenn Allan direct to discuss suitable rooms and dates – ex 7227

  • Digital Practitioner

Help my mobile is smarter than me! – we all know how this feels!
28th January 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Technology road show and clinic – this is both for staff and students.  Please spread the word to your students about this road show
31st Jan The Hub 11.00am – 2.00pm.

No need to book, just come and see us in the Hub

  • Digital Researcher

Introduction to Refworks – a great training session to start your research project with
29th January 10.00am – 12.00pm

  • Digital Office

Advanced features of Word
28th January 2.00pm – 4.30pm

You can find out more about these sessions and also what we have coming up throughout the year via the Learning Services wiki


You can see at a glance the sessions we are delivering across all these areas and by using the link on the page, link through to book direct on the HR wiki.

All sessions, unless mentioned otherwise, take place in the Learning Innovation Centre (LINC) development room which is located on the top floor of the building. Teams across Learning Services can also deliver bespoke sessions to teams if there is something you would like to develop your skills in.  Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Rachel Bury
ext. 7757



Find out more about Learning Edge

Have you ever thought, what really is Learning Edge, what does it contain, why is it seen as eight tools in one!!!  What are the eight tools and do they effect me?

The Learning Technology Development Team are holding a pop up road show in the foyer of the University Library.  You can go along on Thursday 22nd November 2012 11.30 am – 2.30pm to speak to members of the team about all things technology, mobile, or VLE. 

The road show is for everyone – staff and students can come along to ask questions, share any issues and also share good practice.  We have mobile devices to show you how valuable the Blackboard mobile app can be in keeping in touch with your course and your students.  We will also have support and information about using other apps for resources.

We will have some freebies to give away – you can have a 1GB Learning Services wrist band if you tell us on a flip camera video (helpful staff will be around with the camera) what technologies help you with your studies – it can be anything!

Looking forward to seeing you

The Learning Technology Development Team

Developing Digital Excellence – Come with us on a mobile field trip

Are you a member of staff who wants to connect even more with your students who are using their mobile devices?

This development session, as part of the Learning Services Developing Digital Excellence staff development programme, could be perfect for you.

Join us on Thursday 25th October 12.00pm – 1.00pm.  We are starting in the Staff Development training room on the 2nd Floor of the LINC but from there it’s out on a field trip. 

Blackboard Mobile Learn has now been available for over a year and we have seen use by both students and staff increase significantly in that time.

This session will take you through where you can use mobile potentially in your teaching, learning, training and support to demonstrate the appeal it has to its users.

We will be taking you on a mobile field trip to collect resources, materials and ideas using your mobile phone or device (or you can borrow one for the session) to upload to Blackboard.

Book your place via the HR wiki

 Rachel Bury Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Communications and Marketing