About Elaine Czotter

ICT Staff Development Co-ordinator, based in the LiNC Building

Dissertation – A professional finish

Do you want your dissertation to stand out from the rest?

Do you want to present a professional document that reflects your skills and knowledge?

Then why not attend the bite size learning session ’Dissertation – A professional finish’.

This workshop is available to all students and is included in the ‘Steps to Academic Success’ sessions. It will deliver practical experience in using features of MS Word to ensure you have a consistent approach to titles and sub titles, can format text and pages in different ways and use automated features for tables of contents and figures. All of which will save you valuable time when word processing and enhance the presentation of the finished document.

The workshop is just an hour long so, book direct for the next session on 5th February

If you cannot attend a session then navigate to our guide and try out the features in the self-paced assignment. You can work on it anywhere! What you learn here you can take to the workplace too, to ensure that all your documents have a professional finish.

We look forward to seeing you!






ICT saving you time on frequent tasks

We all want to make good use of the technology we have in the University and our ICT staff development workshops are built on improving efficiency with everyday tasks.

This blog will introduce you to some ‘time saving’ features and provides links to ‘quick reference cards’.

GroupWise Mail

Many of us often send out the same email message at different times, so why not use a GroupWise template file for these frequent messages? GroupWise will allow you to create a template file with the message content you frequently use and then you call up the file each time you wish to use it.

Microsoft Word Table of Contents and document Navigation

When you are working with a large document or report, Word provides a feature that will build an automatic table of contents.  This is based on using Styles which are a collection of text and paragraph formats and which you can modify for your own use.

Using Styles on your headings will also allow you to use the navigation pane to move swiftly through a large document to update and add content.

Microsoft Excel Multiple Worksheets

If you need to view more than one worksheet in an Excel workbook, you can use the New Window feature to view different worksheets at the same time. This is useful when comparing data across worksheets.

Photo Album with Microsoft PowerPoint

Have you photographed your students on a project, task or other event and wish to use the photographs in a presentation? Try the Photo Album command to insert multiple pictures.

Screenshot (2010): this feature is available to Excel, Word and PowerPoint

When you wish to use an image of something on your computer, the Screenshot feature allows you to capture the full screen or part of it with the Screen Clipping feature.

These and other features are reviewed more fully at our individual ICT workshops where you will get ‘hands on’ experience of using them.

Please see details of the following workshops and book an event at the staff development wiki

  • GroupWise Email
  • Word 3 Advanced Features of Word Processing
  • Excel 2 Functions and Worksheet Management
  • PowerPoint 2 Enhancing your On Screen Presentations

Elaine Czotter, ICT Staff Development  Extension 4214                                    

Enhancing your On-Screen PowerPoint Presentations – February 6th 2012

We are always striving to deliver interesting presentations to engage with our students and colleagues, so this workshop will give you ideas to improve your PowerPoint slide shows.

Using audio and visual objects in a presentation makes for a more interesting ‘watch’ but more importantly ensures your audience will remember the message. You can also use objects you have already developed.

Mixing both text and graphics we will be looking at customising slide shows for different audiences and building in links to other objects. We will also consider best practice in the production of PowerPoint slides.

‘Death by PowerPoint’ – No not here!

To book a place on this workshop, please register at the Staff Development WIKI

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Upgrade to Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 – How does it affect you?

Staff Development Overview Sessions have been running since July to give staff a first look at the Windows 7 operating system with Microsoft Office 2010. Further sessions are scheduled and I would encourage you to come along as there is important information conveyed regarding file structures and where to find your files.

Sessions are just 40 minutes in duration and you get the opportunity to try out the new features for yourself. You can register for a session via the staff development wiki.

Venue: LiNC Open Access IT Lab 2
Monday 12th September 11:00 am
Wednesday 14th September 9:30 am
Thursday 15th September 2:00 pm

Venue: LiNC Development Room S 7
Tuesday 20th 9:30 am
Thursday 22nd 3:00 pm

As a result of the upgrades currently being deployed by colleagues in ITS and Learning Services, we will all soon have a new login screen which will take us to the Edge Hill University Desktop.


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Student facing PCs are being upgraded first so all teaching and lecture rooms will be running the Windows 7 operating system with Microsoft Office 2010.

As those of you who are Sunray (Sunny) users will already know, the move to Office 2010 is a painless one as it uses the same Ribbon interface which we know and now love in Office 2007. The Ribbon replaced the traditional menus and toolbars of previous versions of Microsoft Office and groups together commands and tools and provides additional ribbons when working with specific objects.

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The 2010 Ribbon has the addition of an old friend the File menu!! The File tab is the first on the left in each application, shown here in Microsoft Word. It is known as ‘backstage view’ and allows you to work with a number of features for managing your files within the application.

The layout of the Ribbon is very similar to that in Office 2007 with some new additional features. Some of those features are improved graphics handling for pictures and photographs, paste previews when copying information and screenshot options for capturing views of your computer screen. New professional themes and transitions are also available in PowerPoint and they are now on separate tabs.

So come along and be prepared for the change. Jenny Jordan and I look forward to seeing you at a session.

Elaine Czotter
ICT Staff Development Co-ordinator

Did you know…about the essential tools and good practice guidelines for computer users?

Whether you are developing teaching and learning content or professional documentation for your department or service, there is good practice guidance and software available which all users may add to their resource toolkit.

Inspiration® mind-mapping software creates visual representations of plans / ideas or concepts in the form of a diagram or mind map. Inspiration can transform your visual map into a linear format at the touch of a button to suit all preferred learning styles. You can create your own map or use one of the many templates on offer.

Inspiration is an excellent tool for any form of planning such as modules, presentations, lectures or seminars. Inspiration is used for scoping research activities and analysing key findings from both quantitative and qualitative data. The colour-coding, visual and diagrammatical aspects are helpful in linking key themes and formulating research analysis.

TextHelp Read and Write® allows you to access text in an auditory format and text is read aloud directly from your PC. TextHelp can assist when reading assignments for marking, proofreading and highlighting errors within written work. TextHelp highlights the text when reading and identifies grammatical, spelling and homophone errors with its advanced functions and has an in-built dictionary where definitions are read aloud.

Inspiration® and TextHelp® incorporate their own training videos and mini training guides are available from the Learning Services Wiki via Locate a User Guide and Using ICT.

To access Inspiration or TextHelp on the network: select Start →Network Programs → Accessibility → Inspiration or TextHelp.

Good Practice

Accessibility Essentials Series by JISC Techdis. This series provides guidance on creating accessible documents using a range of everyday applications that we access on the Edge Hill University network, such as Word, PowerPoint or via PDF files. JISC Techdis guidelines are available via the Staff Development wiki.

Guide to Accessible Documents for the VLE . This guide is available from the Learning Services wiki via Locate a User Guide and Using ICT.

For further advice or guidance please contact Julie Keen extension 4372 or via email to [email protected].

Did you know?…..Learning Services can help with your ICT skills.

The ICT staff development co-ordinator Elaine Czotter is based in the Learning Services Academic Support Division. You can usually find her in the staff office or the development room in the LINC building. She delivers a range of workshops throughout the academic year and is the British Computer Society (BCS) Approved Centre Manager for ECDL qualifications.

Elaine says……….If you have identified an ICT skills need to support your role but are unsure what is available to you, then you can find our workshops and resources on the staff development wiki. Workshop outlines are available and I would also recommend checking the pre requisite skills for each workshop and then you can register directly on-line. If you cannot make a scheduled workshop then register your interest and I will arrange an appropriate time with you. You can also access a range of course manuals and quick guides which support our corporate systems.

If you want to accredit your ICT skills, then maybe ECDL is for you? This qualification assesses your skills across 7 modules and improves your understanding of computers and promotes best practice in the use of software.

I also work closely with the ITS team to keep abreast of emerging systems and corporate upgrades then we can provide an appropriate support plan for staff. This in turn contributes to supporting the needs of our students.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the events available or would like to discuss your own, team or departmental needs then please contact me on extension 4214 or via email [email protected].