Staff Development

Learning Services offer a programme of informative sessions and hands-on training opportunities to help staff develop their use of technologies and enhance teaching, learning, assessment and research practice.

Explore details of the events for 2018-19 below and get your professional development plan organised now!

If you are interested in attending any of the below sessions, register your interest through MyView

Excel for Beginners
Session Overview: This session introduces delegates to adding data, using basic functions, formatting cells and preparing various outputs in Microsoft Excel.

Turnitin Feedback Studio & EMA Awareness
Session Overview: This session will provide an awareness of the EMA (Electronic Management of Assessment) tools used at EHU. Then concentrating on Turnitin Feedback Studio it will look at EHU guidelines, consistency of set-up, student formative use and offer hands-on practice. Delegates will be given the chance to mimic the whole electronic submissions process from both a tutor and student perspective.

Powtoon – Create Animations
Session Overview: This session will introduce delegates to animated presentation software Powtoon and explore the different features available for adding text, images, audio files and applying animations.

Project – An Introduction
Session Overview: This session will allow delegates to practice using Microsoft’s project management software. Within the session, delegates will set up a calendar, add tasks, assign tasks to staff, and update and track progress.

Excel Intermediate
Session Overview: This session will allow delegates to practice using various functions to manipulate data, conditionally format cells and work collaboratively on spreadsheets in Excel.

Visio – An Introduction
Session Overview: This session will provide delegates with an introduction to using Visio to create professional diagrams, including flowcharts, organisational charts and timelines.

Getting Started with Learning Edge (for academic staff)
Session Overview: This session aims to introduce delegates to the basics of using Blackboard. This will include adding files and various other materials, using the announcements tool and working with discussion boards.

Sway – Create Interactive Presentations
Session Overview: This session will introduce delegates to Sway, which is the presentation software within Office 365. Delegates will learn how to navigate Sway, how to add, edit and embed material, and how to publish and share their finished presentations.

Excel Advanced
Session Overview: This practical session will show delegates how to perform complex sorting, filtering and sub-totalling lists of data, along with creating and manipulating pivot tables in Excel.

New Reading Lists Training for Academics (for academic staff)
Session Overview: This session is relevant to all academic staff who are responsible for updating reading lists. Learn how to use the new system Talis to create an account, add items to your reading list and develop your lists to suit your students’ needs.

Word – Advanced Features for Long Documents
Session Overview: This session will focus on using the features in Word to put together long documents or formal reports, including using styles, creating tables of contents, applying section footers and working collaboratively with master documents.

Creating Brochures with Adobe InDesign
Session Overview: This session will allow delegates to learn the basics of InDesign, including setting up a template, adding text and images, and formatting the colours, background and layout.

Classroom Interaction Apps
Session Overview: An introduction to the range of apps that support voting and other online activities in the classroom. Kahoot, Plickers, and MeeToo will be included.

PowerPoint – Tips and Tricks
Session Overview: This session will enable delegates to practice using some of the features of PowerPoint to create exciting presentations, including using animations, embedding videos, working with master slides and ensuring presentations are accessible.

Photoshop – Getting Started
Session Overview: This session will introduce delegates to the basics of Photoshop, and the available tools for image editing. This includes using filters, cropping images, working with layers, and removing blemishes from photographs.

Get the most out of Outlook
Session Overview: This session will provide delegates with useful tips for using the features in Outlook email and calendar to save time and enhance productivity.

Create Easy Infographics with Piktochart
Session Overview: This session will introduce delegates to using Piktochart to create infographics which contain text, charts, images and videos, and look at how to share them via print and online methods.

Maximise your use of Twitter
Session Overview: This session is designed for staff who already use Twitter but want to learn more about how to get the most out of it. Delegates will practice using lists to manage people they follow, creating media to tweet and look at their Twitter analytics.

Online Marking, Grades & Feedback
Session Overview: Gain an overview of the different processes involved in electronic marking, grading and feedback and discover how you can become well versed in a giving a tip-top student experience.

Marking in Turnitin & Bb Submission Tool
Session Overview: Session Overview: In this session, we will provide an awareness of marking within the Turnitin Feedback Studio and the Blackboard Assignment Submission Tools. It will also include guidance on some of the processes surrounding marking such as, second marking and external moderation.

Adding interest to your online content
Session Overview: Gain an overview of the tools available to you to add interest to your Learning Edge online content within the VLE with hands on practice of the tools.

Online collaboration and social tools
Session Overview: This session provides an overview of online tools for collaboration and interaction. The session will focus on setting up and managing Blackboard tools for different outcomes. There will be a brief overview of other available social and sharing tools.

You can book onto all sessions via the Edge Hill University staff self-service portal – My View.  Log in and select My Learning and Development – Search and Request. Select Learning and Teaching Technologies from the Type drop-down and select the session you wish to attend from the list. If there is a suitable date available, click on that to complete your booking. If not, select Request Different Date and we will be in touch within 10 working days to discuss your requirements.

Please note: If you encounter any issues booking onto a course please contact


Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Your Faculty Learning Technologist can also provide bespoke staff development sessions.  We can deliver a tailored session to groups of staff and teams. Please get in touch!


Leah Wilson 
Learning Technology Development Operations Coordinator

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