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.

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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

Digital Workplace Technologies – Coming Soon

Digital Workplace Technologies is an exciting new programme that aims to provide all staff with a clear pathway to increase and enhance their digital knowledge and capabilities.

This year the current Digital Workplace Technologies offer has been restructured and refreshed in order to provide staff with a high level of training, support and online resources to support them on their digital journey.

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Our commitment is to improve staff digital capabilities and to develop our staff into digitally proficient learners and thinkers. Our vision is that staff will become digitally enabled professionals who are digitally competent and feel confident sharing their knowledge and expertise with others.

Depending on your job role and personal interests staff can choose to explore numerous pathways to further develop their digital skills.

These include:

  • Digital Productivity
  • Digital Communication
  • Digital Collaboration
  • Digital Creation
  • Digital Wellbeing
  • Digital Proficiency
  • Digital Participation
  • Digital Learning and Teaching Technologies

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. We hope that our supportive and forward-thinking offer will encourage staff to get actively involved in the sessions/guides and that they will be eager to follow the digital pathways.

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

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Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Developing a learning culture: Learning Services celebrate Learning at Work Week 2016

We have always had a strong commitment to staff development within Learning Services but over the last 12 months we have been focussing on how we can develop a real learning culture.  Learning at Work Week seemed an ideal vehicle to support this and so we decided to celebrate national ‘Learning at Work Week 2016′ with a fantastic programme of activities and events.

Harnessing the theme of CONNECT the main objective was for staff within our diverse ServiceImage-1 was to re-connect with each other, share knowledge, skills, expertise and ultimately learn something new!

The programme contained a mix of work related and non work related topics.

Despite the topic – the focus was always on the learning.

There was something for everyone with sessions ranging from new learning tImage-2echnologies and digital capabilities, to drawing for fun, photography and finding bargains online.  We even had a make up masterclass!  We certainly discovered some very talented staff in Learning Services!

Take up of the programme was excellent with lots of staff offering to facilitate sessions and even more staff coming along, listening and asking questions. A massive 242 places were booked over the 17 sessions offered.

The week concluded with a ‘collective break’ for all the staff (a cup of tea, a chocolate biscuit and a chat!) plus a ‘Guess Who’ baby competition which was lots of fun and generated some interesting conversations….

We also took the opportunity to take a group photo, something we would like to do every year.

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Early evaluation of the week shows that staff really engaged with the sessions, took something tangible away in terms of a new skill, and especially enjoyed re-connecting with colleagues from across the Service.

For more information about Learning at Work Week go to:

www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk/cfl/learningatworkweek/

Helen Jamieson, Customer Services Manager

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Learning Services staff are Edge Hill students for the day!

This week 8 staff from Learning Services will join staff from across the University to find out what it’s like to be a student for the day!  The aim of the Student For A Day project is for Edge Hill staff to get a better understanding of what it’s like to be a modern day student here at the University.

Learning Services staff will accompany a student for a full day and experience all aspects of University life. This will include lectures, library visits, use of other services such as food outlets, society activities etc, even going to lectures and seminars with them (although they won’t be writing any essays!).

Student for a DayA wide variety of staff from across the Service have volunteered to take part in the project to get a better insight into the student experience. Chris McCabe and Claire Hallworth from Customer Services, Joan Cullen from the SpLD team, Kate Johnson, Paul Reece, Michelle O’Connell and Louise Speakman from Academic Support and Meg Juss, Learning Technology Development Manager, are all looking forward to taking part.

The project is being managed by a group of staff on the University’s Development of Potential programme.  Our very own Help and Support Co-ordinator, Kathy Kinsella, is part of this years cohort and has been instrumental in getting the project off the ground.  Kathy says “The Student for a Day project gives staff a unique opportunity to walk in the shoes of our students and develop a real life understanding from the student’s perspective.  By capturing the participant’s insight on what aspects of the student experience work well and which areas can potentially be improved we hope to develop the delivery of our service going forward”

We wish our staff the best of luck!

Helen Jamieson, Customer Services Manager

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Learning Services newsletter – spotlight on technology enhanced learning and media and ICT

And so September and First Week planning begins….The latest edition of the Learning Services newsletter is a special issue dedicated to all those summer planning activities!

Find out about VLE enhancements, opportunities for training & development and the latest upgrade to Blackboard.

Articles include news to update academic colleagues both around the Blackboard upgrade and the latest development within the VLE – Blackboard Community, which some of you may already have heard about and want to introduce for your department.

Blackboard was successfully upgraded on Monday 21st July and there are two webinars to share the enhancements and new features and these take place on the 23rd and 24th of July.  More information about the new features of Blackboard can be found in the newsletter.

Also in the newsletter is an overview of the development of the classroom infrastructure across campus and helpful information about training and support if you are using new technology or rooms or lecture theatres you are unfamiliar with.

We have included some future gazing with a look at augmented reality uses in education and also the Horizon 2014 report.

Changes to technology can be very fast paced and we welcome your feedback about your experiences of using the VLE and technologies and very importantly, areas where you feel we can provide more training and opportunities for development so please get in touch.

email ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk

Phone: 01695 650754 ex 7754

Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication

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Staff Development in January

Make the most of the new year and any new devices you might have got as a Christmas gift, and come along to one of our Developing Digital Excellence staff sessions.

In January we have sessions running within the Digital Practitioner strand which will focus on getting the most from your mobile device and the digital tools which are out there.

The Digital Practitioner

Help! My Mobile Is Smarter Than me                        9/1/14              12pm–1.00pm

Making research easier with mobile devices             14/1/14            12pm–1.00pm

(eJournals, Annotation and Referencing)

Keeping The Conversation Going Online                 20/1/14            1.00pm–2.00pm

eShare: Making the Most of Your Digital Repository 22/1/14            2.00pm–3.00pm

Electronic Assessment Management                        29/1/14            1.00pm-2.00pm

 

ICT skills very much run alongside those skills needed to develop your Learning Edge and use more mobile technology with students.  If you have got a new mobile device or PC why not find out more around using Outlook, including using the web access version.  There are also sessions around the two most popular Microsoft Office products, Word and PowerPoint.

The Digital Office

Outlook email                                                        6/1/14                2.00pm-4.00pm

Outlook Calendar                                                  7/1/14                10.00am–12pm

Outlook Web access                                             9/1/14                10.00am–12pm

Folder and file management                                 15/1/14             2:30pm–3:30pm

On the Edge Hill University Network

PowerPoint 1 – Introduction to On-Screen            16/1/14             9:30am–11:30am

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Word 1 – Managing Paragraph                             23/1/14            10.00am–11:30am

and Page Formats

Book your place via the HR Staff Development wiki

Happy New Year, the Developing Digital Excellence Team

 

Developing Digital Excellence in December – come a long for a coffee and a mince pie

As semester 1 draws to close there are a number of opportunities for staff development and maybe reflect on some of the success of the term around using the VLE and share those with us and colleagues or you might be thinking about what you can do differently next year.  The sessions within our Digital Practitioner strand are sessions we have run previously but have been our most popular, especially the students’ ideal VLE

 

The Digital Practitioner  

Your Digital Tattoo – What the web says about you!              4/12/13      1.00pm- 2.00pm
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Radio Ga Ga, Host Your Own Podcast                                  5/12/13      12noon – 1.00pm

Learning Edge – The Students’ Ideal VLE                               11/12/13    1.00pm – 2.00pm

Bring Your Course to Life With Video and Audio Content       17/12/13   12noon – 1.00pm

Another popular session in the past has been Michelle Maden providing help and guidance around beginning a systematic review so this session is running again on the 10th of December.

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Systematic Reviews: Where to Search                               10/12/13    11.00am- 12:30pm

 

Elaine Czotter continues to provide support in terms of staff using our new email system and has two sessions, one looking at the use of the calendar and all the opportunities that can bring and also using and managing your Outlook email.

The Digital Office

Outlook calendar (new session)                                           4/12/13      2.00pm-3.30pm

Outlook email (new session)                                                5/12/13      10.00am-12.00pm

Publisher- Introduction to desk top publishing                      6/12/13      1.00pm-3.00pm

ECDL Induction                                                                     10/12/13    10.00am–11.00am

We will be offering coffee and minces pies at our Christmas sessions so we hope to see you over the next few weeks.

All off the sessions are held in the ICT Staff Development training room S 5 on the second floor of the LINC Building.

Please book online via the HR Staff Development bookings

 If you have any areas of development which you feel you would like more support with please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we can add sessions to our regular programme or we can provide bespoke sessions for you and your team.

Please contact  me via email or telephone ex 7757 or 01695 650757

Rachel Bury

Learning Services

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communications

Learning how to share

Staff Development: eShare: Making the most of your Digital Repository

What is eShare? Why do we have it? How can it benefit me? Come along for an introduction to our digital repository for teaching and learning and see how you can make the most of eShare.

eShare offers you the opportunity to showcase your work to the world, store presentations, video clips and images in an easily accessible way and find ready-made, adaptable materials for your teaching.

In this hands-on session you will:

  • Create a profile – your profile can then be used for departmental webpages, EHRA and CV creation.
  • Learn how to search the repository for teaching resources, guides to technologies and learning resources.
  • Upload your own items – copyright and creative commons will be explained and demystified.

Book on to this session online via the Staff Development Booking system.

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To arrange for a bespoke or 1:1 eShare session please contact me on x7229.

Developing Digital Excellence

As term begins we wanted to take this opportunity to let staff know about the skills and development opportunities Learning Services are providing as part of our Developing Digital Excellence programme.

This is the second year we have created a series of workshops where we wanted to share our expertise and collaborate with staff within a number of key development areas.  We are continuing to use the 4 strands as we feel they resonate with the key drivers for teams.  We have also got some new developing areas, following the feedback we had last year.

If you are a new member of staff, the sessions on using classrooms and lecture theatres may be very useful, and we are also keen to welcome all new academic staff to our introudctory session around using Learning Edge.  This session introduces staff to thier test area in Blackboard and looks at some of the key elements of the system for all new starters.

These sessions are face to face and are all delivered in our training room on the 2nd floor of the LINC building, however we are keen to deliver more sessions as online using Collaborate as we had some excellent feedback from our online session in July when we had over 50 people logged into the Blackboard Service Pack 12 update session.  

These sessions are all within our programme and you can book your place online via the HR Staff Development booking system..  If there are sessions you feel might be beneficial to your team as a bespoke event, or you feel your team could attend as an online session, please get in touch with me.

The Digital Classroom

Lecture theatre equipment            Wilson 1                    04/10/13         11.00am – 11.30am

Introduction to classroom equipment    B004                  04/10/13         4.00pm – 4.30pm

The Digital Practitioner   

Getting started with Learning Edge – essential skills for tutors using BlackBoard 

                                                                                        15/10/13           10.00am – 12.00pm

Restock your presentation toolkit                                   16/10/13           1.00pm – 2.00pm

Successfully managing online marking –    A guide to using the grade centre in  Blackboard                                                                      17/10/13          12.00pm – 1.00pm

Capturing workshop or seminar work in Learning Edge/Blackboard 

                                                                                         23/10/13         1.00pm – 2.00pm

Beyond the Baseline – building an exemplary course     30/10/13          2.00pm – 3.00pm

The Digital Researcher

Systematic Reviews: where to search                           10/10/13       10.00am – 11.30am                           

The Digital Office

Outlook desktop email                                                     3/10/13         9.30am – 12.30am

Outlook desktop calendar                                                4/10/13        11.30am – 1.00pm

Folders and file management on the Edge Hill  network    7/10/13        9.30am – 10.30am 

Word 1 – managing paragraph and page formats            8/10/13        10.00am – 11.30am 

PowerPoint 1 – introduction to on-screen presentations  14/10/13       2.00pm – 4.00pm

Excel 2 – functions and workbook management               22/10/13       10.00am – 12.00pm

Publisher 1 – introduction to desk top publishing              24/10/13       10.00am – 12.00pm

 Rachel_Bury

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Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication

Learning Edge Upgrade: Introducing New Features

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As most of you are aware Learning Edge is scheduled to be upgraded this weekend (July 21st-22nd). Once completed you will have access to a number of impressive new features and improvements to existing ones. Over the past few weeks we have promoted what these new features can do and how they can help you expand on current usage.

To help introduce you to what’s new, Learning Technology will be running an online webinar (via Collaborate) at 2.30pm on Wednesday 24th July to allow instructors on Blackboard to become acquainted with the new features and tools.  Anyone can join via a computer with an internet connection, regardless of where they are, you could even attend from the comfort of your own home.  Questions will be taken via the chat box in the webinar.

This online session will be very useful as it will provide you with the opportunity to have an overview of the new Learning Edge and the opportunity to ask questions on how and where you may wish to use the new features and tools. Please follow this link to register for the event via the Staff Development pages: http://tinyurl.com/lzzh7yu

Once you have registered, you will receive joining instructions and information via email on how to virtually attend.

You may find it useful to review our marketing flyers.  You can also download and share them with your colleagues.

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During the webinar, the following new features will be introduced:

Calendar – a unified calendar across all areas enrolled in to see ‘the big picture’ of what is happening in Blackboard.

Discussion Boards – revamped and easier to follow including profile pictures (if users have uploaded a picture or avatar).

Profiles – entering your own details or optionally using Facebook or Twitter to ‘pull’ through basic info about yourself into Blackboard.

Inline Grading – like Turnitin’s feature ‘GradeMark’ the Blackboard Assignment tool now allows online comments, feedback and grading against the actual work in a virtual window.

Global Navigation – quick links for all users to quickly get to key activity in Blackboard.

My Blackboard – still quick access, but more detailed information about the activity including the ability to reply to any discussion forums from the Learning Edge Homepage without having to click into each individual course or module!

Retention Centre – revamped ‘Early Course Warnings’ with much clearer graphics to monitor and keep track of students.

We will look forward to seeing you online and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the upgrade.

If you have any queries regarding the session please don’t hesitate to contact the Learning Technology Development team on 01695 650754 or via ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk

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Learning Technology Development Operations Coordinator