Technology@Leeds – November to December Events

Technology@ Leeds – November to December Events

Our open programme of courses and workshops are designed for new and experienced academic staff and all staff who have a role in providing learning and teaching support. Please follow the links attached to book your place online or if you prefer you can contact


Face to Face Sessions

Title: Going Social: Social Media for University Business

Date & Time: Tuesday 17 November 2015, 10.00-12.00

Content: This practical workshop will introduce participants to managing a social media presence on behalf of the University, such as a faculty, service, department or research project.

Title: Digital Dates – Using Video Game-Style Virtual Worlds in Teaching

Date & Time: Thursday 19 November 2015, 12.15-12.45

Content: This presentation looks at how we are using virtual worlds to enhance learning and teaching in the geosciences.  We have created a series of video game-style worlds, using the Unity game engine, where students explore virtual terrains to learn basic geological mapping skills.  This use of serious game technology can be used for other visual-spatial style exercises and is an example of the use of Unity in STEM teaching.

Title: First steps with Blackboard Collaborate

Date & Time: Friday 20 November 11:00-11:30 & Tuesday 24 November 15:00-15:30

Content: To introduce academic teaching staff to Blackboard Collaborate, explore some basics features and start them thinking how they may use it in their teaching and learning. This session will be delivered online and participants will need to have installed the Blackboard Launcher on their PC prior to booking this course.

Title: Publishing and sharing your student education activity online (eg using OERs, VideoLeeds, ITunesU)

Date & Time: Tuesday 24 November 2015, 10.30-12.00

Content: Publishing and sharing our student activity online has many benefits:  it can create opportunities for access to knowledge beyond the institution, share our research, build partnerships and support research impact, help us market what we do and build both our own individual reputation and that of the University. The University has a number of platforms for external publication including iTunesU, VideoLeeds and it also encourages publication of Open Educational Resources (OERs).

Title:  Writing for the Web

Date & Time: Wednesday 25 November 2015, 13.30-16.00

Content: Understanding what makes a good website, developing web writing skills and targeting specific audiences.  Improved understanding of accessibility standards and metadata.

Title:  Going Social: Your social media strategy

Date & Time: Wednesday 25 November 2015, 14.00-16.00

Content: This practical workshop will introduce how to develop a social media strategy either for personal use or University business.

Title: The Leeds Curriculum 2 (6): Personal Capture for Flipped Learning: Record, Review, Edit, Publish

Date & Time: 8 December 2015 or 15 December 2015, 14:00 to 16:00

Content: This is a hands-on practical workshop in which participants will focus on recording, editing, reviewing and publishing content via the Mediasite Desktop Recorder to explore flipped learning pedagogies.

Title:  Helping you to use the technology in central teaching space

Date & Time: Available on request and subject to demand

Content: The workshop aims to support those new to teaching in the lecture theatres at the University to prepare to use the technology available.


Talking about Teaching Talking about Teaching is a programme of events, led by nationally recognised speakers, that is designed to provide new ideas and promote discussion about a range of aspects of learning and teaching.  The next in the series is:

19 November 2015 – Professor Christine Jarvis, University of Huddersfield. A project-based approach to driving teaching and learning strategy

The seminar will look at the University of Huddersfield’s approach over the past two years of trying to deliver significant aspects of its Teaching and Learning (TL) Strategy through projects led by staff from across the institution. The first part outlines the main strands in the TL Strategy and shows how these align with a series of projects overseen by the University’s Teaching and Learning Institute Management Group.  It will report on the progress of some of these projects to date, and offer a preliminary assessment of their strategic effectiveness and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the approach as a whole. The projects the session will focus on are: Developing students as researchers  – the development of an undergraduate research journal); Enterprise and Employability  – developing the use of simulations); Developing digital literacies in staff; and under the banner of the Inspire Module: voting technologies/ self and peer assessment; a speed dating approach to encouraging enterprise in design students; and using game theory to teach theoretical concepts.  To book please email


The Learning Technologists @ Leeds Network is coordinated by SDDU to enable an opportunity for colleagues to share ideas, practice and support around the area of educational uses of technology.

The next meet is on Tuesday 10 November 2015, 13.00-14.00 and will discuss:

  • Report on Alt-C
  • UoL Digifest/SEC 2016
  • Launch of Blackboard Collaborate
  • Upcoming topics for the network


To book please email

Online Training

Title: Blackboard Collaborate Training

Content: Blackboard Collaborate is the University of Leeds’ online interactive session platform.  Collaborate enables academic staff to deliver live, synchronous, interactive pedagogically informed teaching sessions using a variety of educational tools. It provides opportunities to prepare, run and manage a wide range of interactive classroom sessions, research meetings, part-time and distance learning modules, virtual open days and staff training sessions or staff meetings.

You can self-enrol on the Blackboard Collaborate training area by following the instructions on the course site page at


Title: VLE1: Getting started

Content: This course will introduce you to the University’s VLE and the rich range of tools and options available for supporting face-to-face and
distance student education at Leeds.
You can access the VLE 1 Getting Started course site immediately and self-enrol on the VLE module area by following the instructions on the
VLE 1 course site pages:

Title: VLE2: Managing Content

Content: This course will introduce you to designing a module (or organisation) in the VLE and the range of tools and options available for managing and sharing content to support face-to-face and distance student education at Leeds.

Title: VLE3: Getting Interactive

Content: This course will introduce you to a range of tools for communication, collaboration and assessment in the VLE.


Lecture Capture and VideoLeeds

VideoLeeds has  Online Tutorials on various aspects of Lecture Capture in the Resources and Support Channel at:

Step by step guides on Lecture Capture are available at:

The SDDU Website on Lecture Capture and Media Management also offers advice:

Online Resources

SDDU offers in depth online resources:

Changing Landscapes:

This website accompanies the Digital Learning Programme and includes:


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