Our Workshops

We provide a programme of skills development to help academics get the best out of our suite of learning technologies. Training and support for any of the topics below can be 1:1 consultations in staff offices, or group sessions in computer suites, or are delivered fully online. The Events Calendar shows the upcoming workshops with forms to register your place, or contact the Learning Technology Support team for further information.

eSubmission of coursework
Active Learning in the classroom
Online Learning

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.

Create and share videos to flip student learning

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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.

Introduction to learning online

The best way to learn how to prepare your students for online learning for it is to become an online learner yourself. Prior to a face to face session you have the opportunity to participate in this online taster course, with the session itself providing wrap-up activities for reflection and planning.

The online taster session runs over a 7 day period where you’ll be actively engaged in educational fun: self-test quizzes, short assignments, and sharing ideas and resources. Topics covered will include the importance of online social presence, digital literacies, learning preferences 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, whether you are preparing to teach fully online or for using selected elements to support a lecture.

You will be expected to devote around 3 hours during the week in the course activities and while no prior knowledge of Moodle is required, please note that the success of the experience depends on your active engagement. The course facilitators will be providing feedback on activity participation and generally offering online support throughout

Supporting remote learners with Webex

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