ūüíĖ Sharing admiration for the Teaching Online Reading Group: @EHU_TORG.

The journey so far ‚Äď blog number 1‚Ķ

In the beginning…

In 2020 the Teaching Online Reading Group (TORG) for academic staff members was launched, via MS Teams by Dr Claire Hawkins, Senior Lecturer in Primary Computing Education and Sonia Edwards, Academic Engagement Manager in Library and Learning Services.

The aim is to provide a space to discuss user-friendly, research-based articles about online teaching and learning. Providing a valuable opportunity to actively and critically consider what it means to teach in a virtual world.

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Discover More and eResources ‚Äď what‚Äôs next?

Over the past two years Library and Learning Services have developed a new Collection Development Policy and invested in resources to assist our digital-first approach.

This approach supported the pivot to online delivery in March 2020, where we aimed to provide as much online content as we possibly could. At the time we were supported by publishers and provided with some new and innovative ways of providing access to resources. Unfortunately, much of the publishers free access to eTextbooks and eResources was temporary, and removed when students returned to campus in the same year.

eBook Engagement Figures 2019 – 2021

Our data tells us that as students returned to site there continued to be high demand for online access.

The number of eBooks accessed between 2019 and 2021 from September to November
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Getting Digital Ready

For staff interested in developing their digital skills or looking for some staff development opportunities, the new ‚ÄėGetting Digital Ready‚Äô Wiki pages have launched.

Since working from home it is fundamental that staff are still provided with the opportunity to develop their digital skills and get involved in staff development. Developed as part of the ‘My Staff Development‘ offer, ‚ÄėGetting Digital Ready‚Äô has launched, aiming to provide staff with high quality interactive booklets, guides and videos to support them whilst working from home. 

These newly developed Wiki pages by Library & Learning Services aim to support staff working from home with digital staff development opportunities. These pages include a variety of materials for staff to engage with, including bespoke interactive guides, support materials, videos and recommended LinkedIn Learning courses.

The interactive guides have been designed to support staff, enhance their digital skills and provide them with the opportunity to engage in staff development.

The guides have received much praise and success, with staff across the university accessing the guides over 500 times and spending on average 33 minutes engaging with the materials. Within these guides (divided into parts) staff will be able to develop their skills in focused areas, with videos to watch, links to webpages, guides and more. 

The guides are being developed weekly in response to staff training needs and digital advancements. Content has included: Top tips for working from home; Microsoft Teams; Making documents accessible; PowerPoint: Recording and adding voiceovers; Microsoft Sway: Creating interactive presentations. 

Above is a screen recording of Part 1 of the Getting Digital Ready guides.


Staff have praised the guides, commenting: 

‚ÄúReally great bite size sessions you can explore‚ÄĚ 

‚ÄúI have really enjoyed the opportunity to enhance my digital skills. I hope to learn lots more.‚ÄĚ 

‚ÄúVery clear and accessible. Thanks!‚ÄĚ 

‚ÄúThese have been great!‚ÄĚ 

To access the ‘Getting Digital Ready’ Wiki pages, visit the following webpage for more information: https://go.edgehill.ac.uk/display/staffdevelopment/Getting+Digital+Ready

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Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

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 ‚ÄėShaping Digital Futures‚Äô and ‚ÄėInnovation in Learning & Development‚Äô!

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‚Äô developments and an opportunity to share their skills and interests. Sessions included: ‚ÄėCreative Card Making‚Äô, ‚ÄėRubber Stamp Printing‚Äô, ‚ÄėSign Language‚Äô, ‚ÄėWriting for the web‚Äô and ‚ÄėPocket Photography‚Äô

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 ‚Äėplenty of variety‚Äô and ‚Äėsomething for everyone‚Äô.

Alongside face to face activities we also launched DigiQuest 2.0. This year‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėvaried‚Äô 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 ‚ÄėShaping the Future‚Äô as they both revolve around progression, development and progress. Staff enjoyed the ‚Äėinventive‚Äô space theme and found the opportunity to achieve digital badges ‚Äėmotivating‚Äô. 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.


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 ‚ÄėLearning at Work Week – Halloween Spectacular‚Äô 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 ‚Äď 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.

Digital Workplace Technologies

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.









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:


Helen Jamieson, Customer Services Manager


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‚Äôs perspective. ¬†By capturing the participant‚Äôs 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


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 РBlackboard 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 [email protected]

Phone: 01695 650754 ex 7754

Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication


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‚Äď1.00pm

Making research easier with mobile devices¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†14/1/14¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†12pm‚Äď1.00pm

(eJournals, Annotation and Referencing)

Keeping The Conversation Going Online¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†20/1/14¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†1.00pm‚Äď2.00pm

eShare: Making the Most of Your Digital Repository¬†22/1/14 ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†2.00pm‚Äď3.00pm

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‚Äď12pm

Outlook¬†Web access¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 9/1/14¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†10.00am‚Äď12pm

Folder and file management¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†15/1/14 ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†2:30pm‚Äď3:30pm

On the Edge Hill University Network

PowerPoint 1 – Introduction to On-Screen¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†16/1/14¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†9:30am‚Äď11:30am


Word 1 ‚Äď Managing Paragraph¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 23/1/14¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†10.00am‚Äď11:30am

and Page Formats

Book your place via the HR Staff Development wiki

Happy New Year, the Developing Digital Excellence Team