Our Workshops

We provide a programme of skills development to help academics get the best out of our suite of learning technologies. Usually, training and support for the topics below can be 1:1 consultations in staff offices, or group sessions in computer suites. All support is being delivered fully online while access to the campuses remains limited, therefore contact the Learning Technology Support team or view the daily webinar schedule.

eSubmission of coursework
Active learning in the classroom
Online and distance learning

Getting started with Moodle

Are you new to Moodle and are facing an empty module? Or have you taken over a module that needs to be updated? At this workshop you will gain the skills to build a well structured course that meets the minimum standards, and will cover the

  • layout of the Moodle dashboard and the course homepage
  • resource types for presenting and organising learning materials
  • activity types for assessing, organising and communicating with students
  • key processes of the University’s learning technology environment.

This is a 3 hour session that will get you familiar with the main Moodle features, and will give you time to work on your own content with our support.

Make Moodle Shine

Is your Moodle course a long, unending list of links? Do your students say they cannot find that document you told them to read? Is it a visual blight on the learning environment landscape? It doesn’t have to be this way! Beat the scroll of death and add some ‘shine’ to your course. In this hands-on session you will learn how to:

  • add a banner to the top of your course
  • add images to the course page and other areas of Moodle
  • add embedded videos from the Napier Video server or other video services such as YouTube.
  • apply simple techniques to keep your module well-structured and easy to follow.
  • follow the University’s minimum standards for creating a consistent and accessible Moodle course.

This 2 hour session is suitable for anyone looking to polish their course into a visually attractive and easily navigable learning journey for their students. It is not essential, but you will get more from the course if you come along with ‘ideas’ – images you want to upload, videos you may wish to disseminate, ways in which you hope to improve how the course looks and navigates.

Getting interactive with H5P

Learn how to easily create interactive revision content for your Moodle course. In this session you will create a revision quiz and an ‘Interactive Video’ for your students. Click here to get an idea of the content that can quickly be created in H5P.

Introduction to coursework eSubmission

Turnitin assignments and Moodle assignments are secure and flexible tools for managing coursework submissions, and in this hands-on session we will explore how

    • the upload process works and the acceptable file formats
  • Turnitin Originality reports support academic integrity
  • group work submissions can be handled
  • to manage deadlines and draft submissions
  • to create Turnitin and Moodle assignments in your module.

This 1.5 hour session is suitable for those new to eSubmission and are intending to print coursework submissions with minimal online grading or feedback.

Online grading and feedback with Turnitin assignments

Turnitin Feedback Studio is available to all staff via a Moodle plugin, and supports eSubmission of written coursework by incorporating originality checking and sophisticated grading & feedback tools.  In this hands-on session we will explore how to

    • create an assignment for individual submissions
  • manage deadlines and draft submissions
  • return grades as percentages or the PG scale
  • use rubrics and forms for grading against defined criteria
  • provide rich feedback using range of comment tools
  • promote consistency of feedback through the sharing of comment sets

This 3 hour session is suitable for those who are interested in an end to end management of electronic coursework.

Online grading and feedback with Moodle assignments

The Moodle Assignment allows a variety of electronic artefacts to be submitted and incorporates a range of grading and feedback options. In this hands-on session we will explore how to

    • create an assignment for individual and group submissions.
  • manage deadlines and draft submissions
  • return grades as percentages or the PG scale
  • use rubrics and forms for grading against defined criteria
  • provide rich feedback using range of comment tools

This 3 hour session is suitable for those who are interested in an end to end management of electronic coursework.

Activate student learning with TurningPoint classroom voting

Are you looking to increase participation in lectures and promote small group discussion and peer support? You can create simple TurningPoint questions on the web or embed more sophisticated questions within PowerPoint, and students respond using electronic handsets or web-enabled devices. The aggregated responses are then available instantly on screen providing a stimulus for further discussion and explanation. Use TurningPoint to gain an immediate insight into student understanding, respond to difficulties and misconceptions on the spot, and provide students with instant feedback on their progress. Come to this session to get started with TurningPoint where you’ll

  • try out the range of available question types
  • embed questions within your PowerPoint presentation
  • develop techniques for using Turning Point in your lectures

Staff need to create a TurningPoint Instructor account to use handsets or web-polling, so please visit the TurningPoint page for details.

Getting started with Panopto lecture capture

The University is trialling a classroom recording service during session 2018/19 using the Panopto platform which allows for the simultaneous capture of audio, video, and desktop applications such as PowerPoint. This hands-on session will get you up and running with basic recording, editing and publishing classroom recordings to your students, and covers .

  • preparing your Moodle module to host Panopto recordings
  • exploring the student viewer and the analytics available to instructors
  • using the Panopto recorder to create a quick recording
  • controlling the availability of your recordings
  • editing your recording to remove unwanted sections

This 2 hour session suitable for anyone new to the Panopto system and those who have used other recording software such as Camtasia Relay.

Managing your flipped classroom

Would you like to move some of your content delivery outside of the classroom, and use the class time in more engaging learning activities?  There are an array of online technologies available for developing micro-course content and for adding interaction to encourage students to engage with the content before class.

This online course runs over two weeks and showcases examples of content developed with a range of available technologies, and to aims help you identify appropriate content types for your flipped classroom. The course includes a face to face session where you will receive close support from the course facilitators to develop your micro-content.

The course will showcase a range of classroom techniques for promoting active learning and peer instruction, and you will develop a plan for implementing your micro-content to your flipped classroom.

Introduction to learning online

Are you thinking about teaching fully online or in blended learning contexts? The best way to learn about preparing your students for online learning is to become an online learner yourself. This online taster course runs over two weeks where you will be actively engaged in educational fun; diagnostic quizzes, short assignments, sharing ideas and resources. Topics include the importance of online social presence, digital literacies, coursework assessment characteristics, and the affordances of educational media, all of which are designed for reflecting on your own online learning readiness. You will use both Moodle and external tools where the emphasis is placed on providing an exploratory platform for evaluating the online tasks and tools.

Course participation is flexible but you will be expected to devote around 5 hours to the activities activity during the two weeks, and the success of the experience very much depends on your active engagement. The course facilitators will be providing feedback on activity participation and generally offering online support throughout including ‘virtual office hours’ hosted in Webex. The course concludes with an optional (but recommended) face to face session to discuss themes arising from the activities, and to provide a ‘behind the scenes’ insight into the course design.

Connect with remote learners using Webex

Training Center is the new addition to our Webex service and has a range of features for connecting with remote learners and keeping them engaged. In this session we explore the tools and techniques for conducting effective Webex sessions, including how to

  • share your content and give presentations
  • encourage responses using polls and feedback tools
  • support collaboration with breakout rooms
  • facilitate question and answer sessions

The session takes place at your computer and to participate you will require a headset (or headphones + a microphone), and a webcam is optional.

Note: The purchase of IT equipment is now centralised in Information Services and so if you are thinking of purchasing a headset then we suggest the Enhanced Plantronics Blackwire 3220 Dual from the device recommendations list.