Technology@ Leeds – March – April 2016 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: Publishing and sharing your student education activity online (e.g. OERs, VideoLeeds, ITunesU)

Date & Time: Wednesday 02 March 2016, 14:00-15:30 (webinar online)

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) This workshop is an interactive small group session which uses group, activities to consider publication platforms, publication considerations and licencing.  This session is online.

Title:  Digital Dates: Lecture Capture

Date & Time: Monday 07 March 2016, 12.15-12.45

Content: Personal Capture offers staff and students the opportunity to create digital content easily and quickly from a PC, laptop or mobile device as part of the Lecture Capture and Media Management service. All staff and students have access to the Mediasite Desktop Recorder which is the software used to create personal captures.  This demonstration of Personal Capture aims to introduce academic staff and students to the concept and benefits of Personal Capture.

Title: First Steps with Blackboard Collaborate

Date & Time: Monday 07 March 2016, 15.00-15.30                                            Additional dates: Thursday 24th March 2016, 12:30-13:00; Thursday 7th April 2016, 15:00- 15:30; Tuesday 19th April 2016, 10:00-10:30

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: Demonstration of BoB National (Box of Broadcasts)

Date & Time: Tuesday 08 March 2016, 12.30-13.00                                            Additional dates: Tuesday 26 April 2016, 15.00-15.30

Content: Box of Broadcasts National (BoB) is an online TV and radio recording service for further and higher education institutions in the UK. The University of Leeds subscribes to BoB, enabling staff and students to watch, listen, share, and embed audio/video content for educational and non-commercial purposes.

Title: Create Ad-hoc Recordings using Lecture Capture

Date & Time: Tuesday 08 March 2016, 15.15-15.45                                            Additional dates: Monday 25 April 2016, 10.15-10.45

Content: The aim of this 30 minute practical session is to support small groups of academic teaching staff to use the ad-hoc lecture capture system in the teaching rooms and lecture theatres (in particular the “Gold” rooms). The focus will be on using the hardware (microphones, lanyards, visualizer, roving camera) and lecture capture software for ad-hoc recordings. Advice on best practice and pedagogical benefits of using ad-hoc capture will be discussed and there will be a brief demonstration of the review, edit and approve process.

Title: Designing for Blended Learning 4: E-Submission and E-Marking

Date & Time: Wednesday 09 March 2016, 13:30-15:00

Content: This session will provide an opportunity to consider the benefits and practicalities of e-submission, and marking and giving feedback online as well as consider the workflow to successfully embed online marking and feedback into your practice, taking account of the desktop and mobile applications.

Title: Media Management: Publish Recordings to VideoLeeds

Date & Time: Thursday 10 March 2016, 14.30-15.00                                          Additional dates: Wednesday 20 April 2016, 09.30-10.00

Content: The session is a 30 minute session providing an opportunity for colleagues to explore VideoLeeds and ask questions.


Title: Going Social: Raising your professional profile

Date & Time: Wednesday 16 March 2016, 14.00-16.30

Content: This practical workshop will introduce participants to managing and raising their professional profile online through the use of social media.

Title: Designing for Blended Learning 2: Embedding technology in module and programme design

Date & Time: Monday 21 March 2016, 14:30-16:00

Content: The University of Leeds promotes the use of technology to enhance face to face teaching on campus through a Digital Strategy for Taught Student Education and a Blended Learning Strategy. In this session we will consider effective practice for blending technology into programme and

module design.

Title: Designing for Blended Learning 3: Facilitating and supporting student learning in online environments

Date & Time: Tuesday 22 March, 2016, 11:30-12:30

Content:  As part of a blended learning student experience many of us facilitate student learning online. This can raise particular teaching and

learning challenges and opportunities. This session will consider the particular issues which arise when supporting student learning in an online environment. These include access, socialisation in an online environment, and support of group activity.

Title: Copyright for teaching: how to use text, images, audio and video

Date & Time: Monday 11 April 2016, 10.00-11.30

Content:  There are a multitude of images, sounds and materials available, which we all use in aspects of our work or study at the University to make our work more visually interesting or informed. Are we able to use this material in our teaching (e.g. lecture material, hand-outs, VLE areas, video and audio recordings, website pages) without breaching copyright?

Title:  Digital Dates: Preparing to make a video

Date & Time: Tuesday 12 April 2016, 12.15-12.45

Content: When creating an educational video, good planning is the key to success. Whether self-producing or working with a professional video crew, this talk by the Digital Learning Team will share some good practices and strategies to ensure a great final product.

Title: Going Social: Social media for University business

Date & Time: Tuesday 12 April 2016, 14.00-16.30

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:  Writing for the Web

Date & Time: Wednesday 20 April 2016, 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 27 April 2016, 14.00-16.30

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

Title: Lecture Capture: Review, edit, approve, publish

Date & Time:  Monday 04 April 2016, 13.00-14.00

Content: The session aims to introduce academic colleagues to the process of review, edit, approve and publish using the Media Management System,

Mediasite. All recordings can be edited using Mediasite so whether a lecture capture is scheduled or ad-hoc or it has been created using a mobile device or with personal capture (the Desktop Recorder) academic colleagues need to have the confidence to edit and publish these recordings. Students can view the recordings via the VLE although some recordings may be externally available on other public channels.

Title: Use Personal Capture at your Desktop

Date & Time: Monday 04 April 2016, 09.30-11.00                                               Additional dates: Wednesday 27 April 2016, 14.00-15.30

Content: The session aims to introduce colleagues to the use of Personal Capture using the Desktop Recorder. There will be an opportunity to record a

short screencast/presentation and then use Mediasite to access, review, edit and publish the recorded captures.

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.

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:

screenshot of the Changing Landscapes web pageOnline Resources

SDDU offers in depth online resources:

Changing Landscapes:

This website accompanies the Digital Learning Programme and includes:


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