LTD on Location – English and History

Recently, I popped into the Department of English and History to discuss the upcoming academic year (Yes! we really do start that early!) and as a result of a brief conversation about what the department needs from Learning Technology, we came up with a great idea for me to be based in the department for portions of time through the two upcoming busy marking weeks.

Turnitin, Grade Mark, Grade Centre and Learning Edge can become a little overwhelming when all those submissions land.  So the best way to support academics was for me (as the Learning Technology Development Officer for English & History) to be stationed in the department during certain times.

Quite often a problem or question can be solved so easily by simply saying – “could you just take a look at this?”  Usually at the end of a phone or email it seems like it’s a game of 20 questions just to get to the beginning so that you’re both at the some point.  Being able to quickly pop into a tutor’s office or to quickly bring it up on a PC together cuts out so much description time!

I also had the chance to meet some colleagues who I’ve never had the pleasure to meet before.  We worked through lots of interesting ideas and Learning Edge ‘wish lists’, tackled some little (and some bigger!) problems that staff had had and all in a very timely manner and no hot ear from being on the phone for 20 minutes!

I had the company of Sheila Lewis in the admin department and the staff made me feel very welcome while I was there. I was even treated to a home-made custard cream!  (Thanks Andy!)

As a result I now know the department even better than before!  They know the areas I can help them with and hopefully the marking regime was a little easy.  In addition, I’ve committed myself to a game of ‘Marrying Mr Darcy’ one lunchtime at the end of June!

If you have a particular interest in having a member of LTD stationed in your department at key times during the year, speak to your departmental LTDO (listed below) and find out if they can be on location for you to help ease any technology woes!

David Callaghan
Mark Wilcock
Education CPD and Health PPE
Peter Beaumont
Martin Baxter
Media, Geography, Biology, Business, Social Sciences, Psychology, Law & Criminology
Carol Chatten
Computing, English and History, Sports, Performing Arts, Clinical Education



Carol Chatten
Learning Technology Development Officer

Accessible and Inclusive Design: iSpring Version

For those who couldn’t make it to the recent session on creating accessible content I thought it would be worth making a version of the session available.

In the session we looked at how content uploaded to Edge Hill’s Learning Edge online learning environment can be created in ways that make it more accessible to a wide range of students including those with SpLDs and those using mobile devices to access content.

By the way, I used the Yeti Pro microphone that Carol wrote about earlier this month, so the recording will give you the opportunity to listen to it in action.


Peter Beaumont
Learning Technology Development Officer

Students, would you like to represent #Prezi at Edge Hill University?


Prezi are currently taking applications from students who wish to become the Edge Hill University Prezi ambassador for 2014-1015.  The role of Prezi ambassador will involve you evangelizing Prezi on our campus by promoting various showcases and campaigns.

The Perks:

  • Free EDU Pro License of Prezi
  • Start Up Experience
  • Access to a network of student Ambassadors around the world
  • Prezi Swag
  • Letter of recommendation at the completion of your term
  • Prizes to top performers may include gift certificates, an iPad, a visit to the San Francisco office, and a trip to Budapest to interact with Prezi’s founders
  • Potential visits to Edge Hill University from Prezi team members

For information on how to apply follow the link below:


Mark Wilcock
Learning Technology Development Officer


Tomorrow’s World: #EHUGetConnected Roadshow

We hope you enjoyed the previous roadshow events we hosted at the end of January. We’re happy to announce the next event which will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, 25th Feb 2014) in the Student Hub (Ormskirk Campus) between 11am-2pm.


If you haven’t been to see us at any of the previous #EHUGetConnected events, why not come down and see us tomorrow with any issues or questions you might have? The aim of the roadshow is to demystify some of the things you’ve heard about but don’t know how to use, so you can get the best out of resources such as Learning Edge (Blackboard), the campus Wi-Fi (eduroam), any mobile apps and electronic library resources.

For staff and students working off campus or are unable to attend, you can contact us during the event (and beyond) via our social media channels: Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be using the #EHUGetConnected hashtag so if they have something to say or a question to ask about using technologies for your studies, they can get in touch.

If you are passing, why not take time to pop in and talk to us or have a look at our freebie giveaway, who knows what you might discover!


Mark Wilcock
Learning Technology Development Officer