Learning at Work Week – Impact Awards 2019

We are very pleased to announce that in the Learning at Work Week Impact Awards 2019 we have won in two categories ‘Shaping Digital Futures’ and ‘Innovation in Learning & Development’!

Learning at Work Week took place in May and provided staff in Catalyst with an opportunity to not only get to know each other but develop their skills and express their interests.

During Learning at Work Week 28 creative and informative sessions took place, delivered by both internal and external members of staff. These sessions were predominantly delivered by staff within Catalyst, as it gave staff the opportunity to inform colleagues about their services’ developments and an opportunity to share their skills and interests. Sessions included: ‘Creative Card Making’, ‘Rubber Stamp Printing’, ‘Sign Language’, ‘Writing for the web’ and ‘Pocket Photography’

We also added in a range of informative sessions, which allowed staff to learn more about other teams, networking with colleagues and promoting a workplace learning culture. The sessions were very well received with staff commenting on there being ‘plenty of variety’ and ‘something for everyone’.

Alongside face to face activities we also launched DigiQuest 2.0. This year’s quest prompted staff to explore and investigate new pieces of digital technology, allowing them to enhance and develop their digital capabilities. Activities included creating an infographic, learning the basics of Excel, analysing their digital footprint, making online quizzes and participating in Twitter chats. The choice of tasks were described as ‘varied’ and staff relished the opportunity to try out tools they had never explored previously. The theme for DigiQuest 2.0 was around space exploration, selected to coincide with the theme of Learning at Work Week. The exploration of space links to ‘Shaping the Future’ as they both revolve around progression, development and progress. Staff enjoyed the ‘inventive’ space theme and found the opportunity to achieve digital badges ‘motivating’. The variety of sessions on offer and focus on innovative staff development therefore meant that staff had the opportunity to take an active hold of their learning with a blended learning offer.

DigiQuest

Learning at Work Week has successfully helped establish a positive learning culture and colleagues are keen to develop their digital skills further by getting involved in professional development initiatives. It has shown that learning and staff development works best when embedded in the culture of the department, so we have recently delivered ‘Learning at Work Week – Halloween Spectacular’ to continue the blended learning approach and further build a culture of learning at work.

For more information about the award please take a look at the following webpage: https://www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk/news/award-winning-events-shape-future-through-learning

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Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Libraries Week is coming soon to Catalyst!

This year Libraries Week is taking place 7th-12th October 2019. The theme this year of Libraries Week is celebrating libraries in the digital world. This gives us the chance to celebrate our fantastic library housed in Catalyst and explore how digital technology is being used and what technology is available for you.

Throughout the week there will be a variety of sessions, exhibitions and online support available to both staff and students at Edge Hill. The aim is to improve digital literacy skills, create an excitement around using technology and use it to its advantages. 

Take a look below at the sessions and exhibitions taking place and how to book on.

Students

Getting Started

Join our Student Advisors and discover how to navigate your new student homepage (MyEHU) and get the most out of Learning Edge and your My Library tab.

Weekdays 12pm-12:30pm – Book now via CareerHub.

Finding Your Resources

If you’re new to EHU, or just want a refresher after the summer break, join our Student Advisors for a virtual guided tour of your basic online resources, including Library Catalogue and Reading Lists.

Weekdays 1pm-1:30pm – Book now via CareerHub.

Staff

Cultivating A Growth Mindset with Digital Technology

Growth mindset, a learning theory developed by Carol Dweck, revolves around the belief that you can develop and improve your ability and performance as a result of establishing a positive mindset that encourages growth and positivity. In this session staff will explore how having a growth mindset can also empower digital transformation. This session will enable staff to try out new digital tools and find the benefits of using technology in different ways. 

Monday 7th October 11am-12pm – Book now via MyView.

Wiki: Updating and personalizing the Wiki

This session aims to introduce staff to the Wiki and guide them through updating and personalizing it according to their specific department. This session will look at creating a clear structure on your Wiki pages, creating a main page, adding a colour scheme and sourcing high quality professional images and photographs. 

Tuesday 8th October 2pm-3pm – Book now via MyView.

Annotating the Web: Encouraging Collaboration

This session will discuss different strategies and methods of making notes about online articles and webpages, considering ways in which technology can be used to make annotating the web more efficient and beneficial. Through the use of online pieces of software, we can now annotate the web, highlight key phrases and colour code our notes.

Thursday 10th October 12pm-1pm – Book now via MyView.

Students and Staff

Virtual Reality

Experience the Virtual Reality technologies that are being used extensively in the healthcare, sports, entertainment and engineering industries; during this exciting Libraries Week event you will have the opportunity to experience using a VIVE™ virtual reality headset and be immersed in a 3D gaming environment where physical space is irrelevant and the impossible can appear possible.

Tuesday 8th October 12pm-2pm – Catalyst Events Space

3D Printing

Learn more about the 3D printing technologies used to rapidly produce prototypes within the aerospace, medical, automotive, fashion and construction industries; this hands-on makerspace event held during Libraries Week will include an opportunity to design and print your very own 3D bookmark to take away.

Friday 11th October 12pm-2pm – Catalyst Events Space

So, what are you waiting for? Come to Catalyst and get involved in Libraries Week.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #librariesweek

What’s the word? Digital Workplace Technologies Feedback

We believe that listening to staff feedback is vital! It helps us to shape our sessions, develop new and exciting initiatives and respond to your needs and interests.

The Digital Workplace Technologies offer has now been active for over 6 months. During this time we have worked hard to develop a comprehensive and responsive offer, that has been adapted to suit staff’s digital needs and technological advancements. This year the current Digital Workplace Technologies offer has been restructured and refreshed in order to provide all staff with a clear pathway to increase and enhance their digital knowledge and capabilities. Learning Services aims to provide staff at Edge Hill University with a high-quality learning and development experience, enhancing staff digital capabilities through a variety of staff development sessions, online guides and resources.

So, what’s the word? Since launching in early 2019, over 350 members of staff have attended sessions and 100% of staff in the online feedback evaluation form said that ‘Overall the session’s objectives were met’. This is great news to hear and we are glad that we are making an impact!

Statistics about Digital Workplace Technologies,

Feedback has been a vital way in order to gather ideas, collate data and further develop the offer.

Staff have made the following comments about sessions that they have attended:

Feedback - "Excellent and beneficial for supporting 
students in my role"

"Great session and already booked for my next one"        
"Excellent session. I will be able to take the skills I have learnt and apply to my job role"

As a result of the feedback received, changes have been made to the structure of sessions, amount of participation and length of activities.

Also, due to staff feedback even more sessions have now been added! Some of these include: ‘Digital Participation: Encouraging Student Involvement’; ‘Word: Mail Merge 2016’; ‘Visio: Learning the Basics’; ‘Cultivating a Growth Mindset with Digital Technology’ and ‘Annotating the Web: Encouraging Collaboration’.

Alongside face-to-face sessions, there are also a range of online guides, videos and links to useful LinkedIn Learning courses on the Learning Services Wiki pages.

Book your session on MyView here.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

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Written by: Laura Riella,

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Staff Development Fortnight

Following our very successful June Academic Staff Development Fortnight, Library and Learning Services will be offering sessions again between the 2nd and 12th of September 2019.

Staff Development Fortnight - 2nd to the 12th of September

Staff Development Fortnight is designed to update your skills and knowledge of the support we offer – from Research Support to Student Engagement, and everything in between. Sessions include: Copyright, Beautifying Blackboard, Reading List Workshop, Disability Support and Assistive Technologies and Using Panopto and Ally.

All sessions can be booked now via MyView. For further information please see the Learning Services Wiki and the timetable below.

Information about the sessions can also be found here on Issuu.com, in our interactive timetable.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and join us to learn more about the support we can offer and update your skills!

If you have any questions or encounter any problems, please contact your Academic Engagement Specialist.

We look forward to seeing you in Catalyst in September.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

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Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Upcoming Digital Workplace Technologies Sessions

Are you looking to boost your digital skills? If so, then there are a range of Digital Workplace Technologies sessions taking place throughout August and September.

These sessions aim to boost staff’s digital capabilities, developing staff into digitally proficient learners and thinkers.

Take a look below at the upcoming sessions, including a brief summary of the session and dates/times. All sessions can be booked on MyView.

Digital Mindfulness

The modern world is a hyper-connected digital place where everything is just a click away and is available 24/7. Digital mindfulness promotes the presence of mind and is defined as the conscious awareness and acceptance of present experience. This session will provide staff with the opportunity to apply this approach to our use of digital tools and technology, evaluating why it is important to be digitally mindful.

Digital Mindfulness. Session taking place Tuesday 13th August 10am-11am.

Tuesday 13th August

Word: Formatting Long Documents

This session will focus on using the features of Microsoft Word to put together long documents or formal reports, including using styles, creating tables of contents and applying section footers and working collaboratively with master documents.

Word: Formatting Long Documents session taking place Tuesday 13th August

Tuesday 13th August  

Excel: Advanced

This practical session will show staff how to perform complex sorting, filtering and sub-totalling lists of data, along with creating and manipulating pivot tables.

Excel Advanced session taking place Wednesday 14th August 3pm-4pm

Wednesday 14th August

Making Documents Accessible

It is important that when producing documents using Microsoft Word that you follow a few simple steps to make sure that your document is accessible by all users. This session will consider how to reach all of your audience, how to make effective use of accessible communication formats (also known as alternative formats), how to add Headings and Subheadings, add alternate text (Alt Text) for images and use tables wisely.

Making documents accessible session taking place on Monday 2nd September

Monday 2nd September

Project Management

This session will be a key starting point for staff wishing to gain more knowledge about how to collaborate with colleagues using project management software. This session will cover project management software such as Trello and Microsoft Project.

Project Management session taking place Friday 6th September and Thursday 26th September

Friday 6th September and Thursday 26th September

Using Kahoot

This session will introduce staff to using Kahoot, a game-based platform that can be used for quizzes and games. Popular in educational institutions, Kahoot can also be utilised with staff members as a way to encourage group participation, gather feedback and conduct surveys.

Using Kahoot session taking place Thursday 19th September

Thursday 19th September

Getting The Most Out Of Outlook

This session will introduce staff to useful features in Outlook email and calendar that can enhance productivity and organisation. By the end of the session staff will be able to categorize their emails and calendar events, set up follow up messages on emails, create and schedule appointments and meetings and add meeting notes using OneNote.

Getting the most out of Outlook session taking place Friday 20th September

Friday 20th September

Eventbrite

This session aims to introduce staff to Eventbrite, an online event management and ticketing website. By the end of the session staff will be able to create events, manage and track attendees and promote the event using the custom design features.

Eventbrite session taking place Friday 20th September

Friday 20th September

Sway

This session will cover the basics of using Sway, a presentation software available as part of Office 365. Staff will learn how to navigate the application, how to add, edit and embed material, and how to publish their finished presentations.

Sway session taking place Monday 23rd September

Monday 23rd September

Instagram Hacks, Photography Skills and Camera Apps

Instagram is a popular and simple way to capture, edit and share videos, photos and messages. A photo and video sharing social networking platform, Instagram is a great way to share eye-catching and stunning photographs with your followers. This session will introduce staff to some simple tips and tricks that will allow you to take stunning photographs and introduce you to some beneficial camera apps to further improve your photography skills.

Instagram Hacks, Photography Skills and Camera Apps session taking place Tuesday 24th September

Tuesday 24th September

Alongside face-to-face sessions, there are also a range of online guides, videos and links to useful LinkedIn Learning courses on the Learning Services Wiki pages.

Book your session on MyView here.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

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Written by: Laura Riella, Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Case Study: Microsoft Sway

What is Microsoft Sway?

Sway is part of the Microsoft Office 365 package and can be used to create presentations, newsletters, portfolios and many more. A story-telling app that allows you to combine text and media, Sway is a powerful and versatile product that can be used in many different ways.

The below case study, will look at how a member of staff at Edge Hill University used Microsoft Sway to create a Faculty Newsletter.

Name:

Louise Habberfield

Department:

Education

Role:

Faculty Partnership Officer

Why did you decide to use Microsoft Sway?:

We wanted to introduce a faculty newsletter as a way of improving communication across the Faculty. I was looking for a way in which I could present key information in an appealing way but as well monitor readership and engagement rates.

What have you created as a result?:

The end result was a faculty newsletter distributed to all staff. Since it was distributed I have had other colleagues from across the institution approach me to ask what software I used, would I recommend it etc and that it was impressive.

What have you liked about Microsoft Sway?:

I really value the analytics I find that helpful to report on to the management team. I also like the way the text is displayed and appears interactive.

Would you receive further training on Digital Workplace Technologies?:

Yes, absolutely. There are always new things to learn, I consider myself quite computer literate and thought I was ok, but there is always new software and little tips to make working life easier!

Upcoming Sessions

If you are interested in using Sway to create a presentation or newsletter, then please take a look at the upcoming sessions. The session aims to guide staff through how to navigate the application, how to add, edit and embed material, and how to publish their finished presentations.

The next session takes place:Thursday 25th July – 11am-12pm

Book your session on MyView here.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

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Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Achieve a digital badge

As part of the Digital Workplace Technologies offer, staff have the opportunity to achieve a digital badge for each pathway that they complete. These pathways have been specifically designed to allow staff to enhance their knowledge in that area in more depth. Alongside face-to-face sessions, there will also be online guides, videos and links to useful LinkedIn Learning courses that will allow staff to be independent learners.

After attending the sessions as part of the pathway and engaging in discussion, you will receive a digital badge and personalised certificate that recognises that you have completed this pathway.

Case Studies

Please see below some case studies from members of staff who have successfully completed one of the pathways and achieved a digital badge.

Kate Munday

Student Journey Project Officer, Student Experience Team

Laura has been a passionate advocate of the digital workplace technologies and is able to tailor sessions to individuals needs. You are given the basic tools to explore the software, in a practical, hands on manner.

The digital collaboration pathway explores functionality of different programmes that have a focus on project management.  As part of the Students Systems workstream I support internal teams through management and implementation of change projects.  This pathway has given me a broader range of knowledge on software which encourages collaborative, project work.  In completing the training sessions I have been able to approach projects from a different angle using new, digital workplace technologies.


Emma Walker

HR MI & Systems Development Advisor, Human Resources

I attended both the Microsoft Teams and Project Management courses hosted by Laura Riella w/c 20th May 2019. This was my first week at my new job, and these sessions were recommended by my manager. 

HR uses Microsoft Teams for the majority of communication methods and project work, so it was vital I learnt how to use this quickly and effectively. The session was laid out really well, with a clear explanation of how/ why this is used, handy hints and tips provided, and a chance to ‘have a go’ yourselves at the end. I found it tailored well to both new users (like myself) and several colleagues who were there to learn how to get the most out of this technology. 

The Project Management session was particularly useful for me, as part of my role requires the organisation and ongoing maintenance of various HR System projects. Understanding how to use both Microsoft Project and Trello gave delegates the option to choose which one suited their working style best. Advantages (and potential disadvantages) to both were highlighted – and Laura was really helpful in discussing how this could relate to our specific departments/ goals throughout the session. 

Personally, I found that MyTeams and Trello compliment each other really well – and have already created several project groups and assigned tasks via this technology. I’ve found that this has helped me organise my work efficiently, encouraged collaboration across the HR team and inspired other team members to do the same! The Digital Collaboration Pathway was an invaluable part of my introduction – though I’d highly recommend to all staff members.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

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Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

 

Academic Staff Development Fortnight

Library & Learning Services are hosting an Academic Staff Development Fortnight in Catalyst from 17th to 28th June. Come and join us to learn more about the support we can offer and update your skills!

The schedule for the fortnight can be found here and the full timetable is available below.

Timetable of events

All sessions can be booked using MyView. For further information, including a description of all the sessions, please see the Learning Services Wiki.

If you have any questions or encounter any problems, please contact your Academic Engagement Specialist.

We look forward to seeing you in Catalyst in June.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

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Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Digital Communication

The internet, social media and the media have now become an essential part of our everyday lives. Digital Communication is forever changing and evolving, with the sector becoming more dynamic and diverse in the way it creates and publishes digital content.

The Digital Communication pathway aims to provide staff with an understanding of how to communicate across various platforms, such as social media platforms and internet technologies, using new and exciting technologies to stay connected with others. It is important that staff are able to deliver quality content and information to a range of digital audiences in a way that is accessible and easy to navigate.

Upcoming Sessions

Presenting Yourself Online: Digital Footprint

It is important to be aware of your presence online, and to create a positive image of yourself for current and future employers to see. This session will help you to consider how to communicate effectively through a variety of digital tools to achieve this, as well as looking at the importance of online etiquette and online security.

Thursday 23rd May – 11am-12pm

Book your session on MyView here.

Twitter: Promotional Marketing

This session will introduce staff to online tools and strategies for creating engaging promotional material for Twitter. Social media is a key way to communicate with different audiences and it is important to know how to successfully create engaging promotional marketing material that will impact visual communications.

Wednesday 10th April – 3pm-4pm

Book your session on MyView here.

Digital Newsletters: Adobe Spark

This practical session will enable staff to create an eye-catching digital newsletter which can be shared online using Adobe Spark. Adobe Spark allows you to create your own unique and custom newsletter for your department or team in minutes, with a variety of templates, images, text and interactive features.

Tuesday 4th June – 2pm-3pm

Book your session on MyView here.

Digital Newsletters: MailChimp

This session aims to introduce staff to email marketing and how to make it exciting and eye-catching using MailChimp. By the end of the session staff will be able to create an email campaign using a variety of features (including text, images, links to websites and social media), send an email campaign to subscribers and track the success of the campaign.

Monday 3rd June – 3pm-4pm

Book your session on MyView here.

Whether you are an academic member of staff and want to use social media to connect with other academics and professionals in your field or you are a support member of staff looking to inform colleagues about new developments, then these sessions will give you an advantageous starting point to further improve your digital communication skills.

Digital Communication Badge

 

Don’t forget that you can now achieve a digital badge – so why not attend these sessions as part of this pathway?

 

 

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

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Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Session Focus – Word: Formatting Long Documents

This blog post will focus on a recently delivered session – Word: Formatting Long Documents, which is part of the new Digital Workplace Technologies offer.

What were the objectives of the session?

This session focused on using the features of Microsoft 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.

Formatting long documents can be tricky, particularly when working with multiple pages  of text, figures and tables. This session aimed to navigate staff through the features of Microsoft Word that will successfully enable them to create a professional document that is clearly organised, structured and accessible. Page numbering can also make many people apprehensive, especially when you need the first few pages to be in Roman numerals and the rest of your document in Arabic numbers. Again, this session aimed to guide staff through this process, with lots of opportunities to practice and ask questions.

The session

This type of session lasts 60 minutes and enables staff to cover many areas of Microsoft Word and put their new knowledge into practice.

At the end of the session staff should be able to do the following in Microsoft Word:

  • Use styles to apply headings to a document
  • Create a table of contents for a document
  • Add captions and create a table of figures
  • Use section breaks and apply section formatting
  • Add custom headers and footers
  • Work collaboratively on a document
  • Work with master documents and subdocuments

The session took place in Oak room, Catalyst and provided staff with the opportunity to use computers to have a go themselves at formatting long documents. Modelling examples on the board, staff could then follow steps to format several long documents.

Personal Reflection Activity

At the start of the session I asked staff to write down on a post-it note how they currently felt about formatting long documents.

How do you feel before the session?

Staff responded with a variety of feelings towards the prospect of formatting long documents, with many using this session as an opportunity to develop their skills and refresh their current knowledge. How do you feel after the session?

After the session I asked staff to complete the same activity, instead now writing down how they feel after the session about the prospect of formatting long documents. The responses were dramatically different, with many staff feeling more confident, happier and sorted!

Members of staff said:

“A very clear and informative delivery while maintaining a friendly approachable setting.”

“It was brill and really informative! I found it really helpful.”

Upcoming Sessions

If you are a member of staff and are interested in improving your knowledge of formatting long documents on Microsoft Word, then take a look below at the upcoming sessions.

Tuesday 9th April 2019 2pm-3pm

Tuesday 16th April 2019 11am-12pm

Book your session on MyView here.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

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Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator