As we approach the start of the new term, we understand that this year the transition to a blended learning model may feel a little different. In response to staff needs and developments in delivery styles and technology, we have scheduled some new and exciting sessions to support you and your students.

These sessions, delivered by the LTD Team, aim to enhance your digital skills and empower your learning and teaching.

Take a look at the below scheduled sessions. More information can be found on the Getting Digital Ready wiki page and booked via the [email protected] email address.

Scheduled Sessions

  • Microsoft Teams (Part 1) – Thursday 15th October (1pm-2pm)
  • Microsoft Teams (Part 2) – Friday 16th October (11am-12pm)
  • How to Deliver Engaging and Creative Presentations Online *New* – Tuesday 27th October (12pm-1pm)
  • Using Padlet to Facilitate Discussion and Interaction with Students *New* – Thursday 29th October (12pm-1pm)
  • Digital Tools to Facilitate a Flipped Classroom – Wednesday 21st October (1pm-2pm)
  • Learn how to ‘Beautify’ your Blackboard *New* – Thursday 24th September (11am-12pm) and Friday 25th September (1pm-2pm )
  • Making Documents Accessible – Thursday 24th September (1pm-2pm) and Tuesday 20th October (11am-12pm)
  • Achievements within the Blackboard, planning, implementing and monitoring *New* – Thursday 1st October (12:30pm-13:30pm)
  • Portfolio tools in Learning Edge: Using Journals and Blackboard Portfolios *New* – Wednesday 21st October (1pm-2pm)
  • Getting Started with Panopto – Basic Setup *New* – Thursday 1st October (11am-12pm) and Friday 2nd October (11am-12pm)

Session Spotlight  

Using Microsoft Teams with Students (Part 3) *New*

Due to the demand and popularity of Microsoft Teams, this session will specifically consider how to use Microsoft Teams with students, including:

  • how to schedule and deliver online sessions
  • how to share your screen and audio
  • how to use the whiteboard function
  • how to boost interaction with the ‘Chat’ feature
  • how to set up private channels for group work/individual discussion
  • how to use breakout rooms (coming end of September)

This session will also be an opportunity to share best practice and generate ideas.

Thursday 8th October (11am-12pm)

Using Blackboard Collaborate with Students *New*

This session will cover the basics of using Blackboard Collaborate for teaching and learning.  Staff will learn how to setup a session within a module and be introduced to the Collaborate interface. At the end of the session academics will have a good understanding of the set-up procedure, options for joining a session, managing participants and be familiar with the Collaborate room interface and tools for sharing content.

Monday 19th October (12pm-1pm)

Drop Ins

Microsoft Teams – Drop In

This drop in session on Microsoft Teams will provide staff with the opportunity to come with any questions about how to use the platform, both with staff and with students. Thursday 22nd October (12pm-2pm)

Blackboard Ultra Navigation Drop-In Session for Academics

Are you unsure about how the new Blackboard home page works? We’ll be here to answer your questions. Friday 25th September (1pm-2pm)

For more information visit the Getting Digital Ready wiki page, which is part of the collaborative My Staff Development offer.

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All sessions can be booked via the [email protected] email address. Sessions will take place via Microsoft Teams or Blackboard Collaborate – full details/instructions will be provided.