Supporting your students using Reading Lists Online

Edge Hill academic staff have been using Reading Lists Online since November 2017 to create up-to-date dynamic resource lists for their students.

As Reading Lists Online is a web-based tool, lists can be updated and published to your students immediately; there is no longer any need to wait for your lists to be updated. You can direct your students to any type of material, including webpages, Lynda.com tutorials and Box of Broadcasts playlists, as well as traditional books and journal articles.

You can use Reading Lists Online to instruct Learning Services of the new titles you want to purchase for the library collection.

Watch the video below to hear what a member of staff from Sport & Physical Activity has to say about using Reading Lists Online.

You can find additional information on Reading Lists Online on the Learning Services Wiki or please contact your Academic Engagement Specialist.

Moving forward with Reading Lists Online

Reading Lists Online provides you with the autonomy to drive selection and purchasing of the resources you want for your library collection.

Since November 2017, the Academic Engagement team have run small group training sessions, which have led to many Academic staff instantly creating, publishing and personalising lists to suit their module structure and enhance teaching and learning.

As this is a web-based tool many Academics have not just been adding e-books and full-text journals etc. but also links to online training resources such as Lynda.com.

Engaging with Reading Lists Online not only provides advantages for yourselves but your students will benefit from your lead by having:

  • Up-to-date module reading
  • Library stock available in time for learning
  • Integration into Blackboard
  • Click-through to digitised chapters and articles
  • Guidance notes
  • Personal reading record
  • Enhanced study experience

Watch the video below to hear what a member of staff from Performing Arts has to say about using Reading Lists Online:

You can find additional information on Reading Lists Online, including how to get started on our Learning Services Wiki or please contact your Academic Engagement Specialist.

Learning with Lynda.com – Computer Science

Edge Hill staff and students have free, unlimited access to Lynda.com, which includes thousands of high quality online courses and video tutorials written by industry experts.

We caught up with two members of staff from the Computer Science department to discuss how they use Lynda.com to enhance their own skills and the learning experience of their students.

Chris Nicholas is a Computer Science Research Assistant. He has used Lynda.com extensively to improve his knowledge of software development.

Oladotun Omosebi is a Computer Science Doctoral Tutor. He has used Lynda.com with his students to help them improve their skills in using various software.

Learn more about Lynda.com through our Lynda web-pages and explore the wide range of content for yourself.

Tea and Technology – New Sessions

We have three new Tea and Technology sessions available for you to book your place on now!

Zeetings Presentations 
Friday 16th March 10:30-11 in JD13
Explore Zeetings, a software which allows your audience to follow your presentation on their device, and allows you to add interactive elements such as polls and activity walls to your slides.

eShare 
What is it and how and why would I use it?
Tuesday 17th April 10:30-11 in JD13
Come and find out more about eShare – your digital repository for Teaching and Learning resources. Learn how to upload and link to items within Learning Edge and gain an understanding of Copyright and Creative Commons licences.

App Swap Break
Thursday 24th May 10:30-11 in JD13
This session aims to provide an opportunity for us all to share our experiences about how we use apps to encourage awareness and good practice amongst ourselves. This is not restricted to apps you use for your jobs, but any apps you find are useful, save you time or you just couldn’t live without!
Please come prepared to discuss any apps you may use to engage with students, organise a surprise party, share cat videos or anything else!

Book your place through MyView – search for Tea & Tech to locate the sessions.

 

 

Staff Development this Term

Learning Services offer a programme of informative sessions and hands-on training opportunities to help staff develop their use of various technologies.

Come along to our Turnitin Feedback Studio session and mimic the whole electronic submissions process from both a tutor and student perspective. Learn more in our Online Marking, Grades and Feedback session and discover how you can create the best possible experience for your students.

There are a selection of sessions on using different Office packages – including Microsoft Excel, Word, Project, Visio and Outlook!There are also sessions available which can help you get started on using Adobe packages InDesign to create professional looking brochures, and Photoshop to learn the basics of image editing. You can also learn to create animations with Powtoon, enhance your use of social media with Twitter and create infographics with Piktochart!

Throughout November and December we are running training sessions on using the features of our new Reading List software, which are relevant for all academic staff responsible for updating reading lists.

For more details, visit our new Staff Development information page, and book your place on any of the sessions through MyView.

And don’t forget, all EHU staff can access Lynda.com at any time for online training!

Tea and Technology this Term!

This semester there are three new Tea and Technology sessions available! Tea and Technology sessions are bite-sized 30 minute sessions, where staff can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee whilst learning something new. Search for ‘Tea and Tech‘ in the Request Training section of MyView to find the sessions and book your place.

Getting to Grips with EHRA
Weds 25th October 10:30-11 in JD13
In Open Access Week, come along and learn how to deposit your research outputs into the Edge Hill Research Archive (EHRA). If you wish, bring a device and your output details and you can try the process.

Manage Projects with Trello
Weds 8th November 10:30-11 in JD13
This session will introduce participants to project management app Trello. Staff will learn how to add teams, create lists and assign tasks to each other.

Give your Social Media some Spark
Tues 12th December 10:30-11
This session will look at using Adobe Spark to make images and videos which can be used to enhance your social media.

 

 

 

Curious and Creative – Learning Services celebrate Learning at Work Week 2017

Learning Services are always looking for innovative ways to increase engagement in staff development activities. We have a large and diverse team of staff and we are keen to ensure we provide opportunities for everyone to get involved and learn something new.

This year we celebrated national Learning at Work Week within our department. 198 places were booked on 20 different events over the week, and 65 members of staff engaged in our online course DigiQuest in the six weeks leading up to Learning at Work week itself.

Throughout Learning at Work week, we ran a fantastic and varied programme of events around the theme of ‘Curious and Creative‘. These included a session on Makerspaces in libraries, where staff explored technologies such as Raspberry Pi and Google Cardboard, a workshop on how to create a GIF from scratch and a session on using the more advanced features of Instagram. Staff also took part in a digital treasure hunt using the app Actionbound, learnt how to use their phones to create a stop motion animation, explored a virtual reality version of the plans for our new building, and discovered accessibility features on Apple devices.

Six weeks prior to the official Learning at Work week, we released our online course DigiQuest to Learning Services staff. The aim of this online course was to increase Learning Services’ staff confidence and skills in using a variety of digital skills for both personal and professional use. Staff took part in a variety of digital tasks over the six weeks and those who completed the course were placed in a draw to win a prize!

The week ended with a collective break, where staff came together for a cup of tea and a biscuit, celebrated the prize winners of DigiQuest and joined in with our game to guess the merged faces of library staff!

                  

 

Make a date with Lynda and Bob

Learning Services are inviting you to make a date to get to know Lynda and Bob, and explore what these resources can offer you and your students.

Lynda
Lynda.com contains a wide variety of online courses, on topics including IT software, media, business, design, educational tools and soft skills such as communication, teamwork and productivity.
The session will cover how to access Lynda, how to create playlists to share with other members of the university and how to embed useful courses for students within Blackboard.

BOB
Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education, with an archive of over 2 million broadcasts.
The session will cover how to access BOB and how to create clips and playlists from the available videos, and embed these into Blackboard.

The Lynda and Bob sessions are being held in G2 in the LINC at the following times…
Thursday 16th Feb 12:00 – 12:45
Monday 20th Feb 13:00 – 13:45
Friday 24th Feb 12:00 – 12:45
Weds 1st March 13:00 – 13:45
Book your place here!

Tea and Technology

Tea and Technology

This year we are offering more 30 minute staff development Tea and Technology sessions! These informal, bite-sized sessions provide staff the chance to learn something new in just half an hour, whilst enjoying a complimentary cup of tea or coffee!

Bring Printed Materials to Life with Augmented Reality
Weds 1st March 10:30-11
augmented realityAugmented reality has increased in popularity recently, with crazes such as Pokémon Go capturing everyone’s attention. This session will look at an app which allows you to create your own augmented realities and make printed materials spring to life with digital content.

The Course Awakens: Find or Create Video
Thurs 4th May 10:30-11
In a classroom far, far away (JD13), Meet BOBa Fett and Princess LYNDA and learn how to harness this software alliance to combat the dark side. COLLABORATE with your students or colleagues wherever they are in the universe, use Lecture CAPTURE to ensure your teaching force is strong and guides your students, and meet C-3PO’s best droid friend the 360 cam!

Assistive Technology at Edge Hill
Mon 15th May 9-9:30
A range of Assistive Technologies are available to staff and students. This session will focus on Text to Speech software, which can be used to convert written text into spoken word, and can help with blended reading or proofreading. It will also cover Mind Mapping software, which is particularly useful for visual learners to plan tasks.

To book your place in any of these sessions, click here!

Try January!

This January, why not make it your resolution to learn how to use a new technology? We will be running a series of Try January sessions throughout the month, on a variety of technologies. These include:

Padlet – Get started with online collaboration – Padlet allows the creation of online collaboration boards which can be used for collecting opinions, creating lists, gathering and giving feedback and more! Come to this session to learn how to create your own and see how others are using them in the education sector.

Kahoot – Get interactive with quizzes – Kahoot is an interactive software which allows quizzes to be created and then played competitively on mobile devices. The session will show you how to put together a multiple choice quiz, launch it and view feedback and results.

Manage your appointments with Calendly – Calendly is an appointment setting app which allows others to schedule time on your Outlook calendar. Set your availability preferences and share your Calendly link with colleagues and students, who can pick an available slot and add themselves to your calendar.

Twitter – If you have never used Twitter before but would like to set up a profile and learn about how it can be used then come to our Getting started session. If you already have an account but want to learn how to get more out of it, our Maximise your use of Twitter session will give you tips and advice on this.

Getting started with Collaborate Ultra for online classrooms and meetings – Blackboard Collaborate is a live web conferencing platform which allows the facilitation of teaching and learning, offices, conferences and meeting spaces on the web or on mobile devices.

Bring your course to life with Audio and Video – Enhance your teaching, learning or support materials for students by creating audio and video materials to use on Learning Edge or within presentations.

 

There are more sessions on the staff development list – click here to explore them all and book your place!