Technology@ Leeds – May – June 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


Title: First Steps with Blackboard Collaborate – Online Session

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 15.00 to 15.30  Additional dates:  Monday, May 16, 2016, 10:00 to 10:30/ Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 11:00 to 11:30/
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 15:00 to 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.

Title: Going Social: Social media for University business

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 13.30 to16.00

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: Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 12:15 to 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: Use Personal Capture at your Desktop

Date & Time: Thursday, May 05, 2016, 14:00 to 15:30 or Friday, June 03, 2016, 09:30 to 11:00

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 Media site to access, review, edit and publish the recorded captures.

Title: Create Digital Content with Personal Capture – Online Demo & Clinic

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 12:00 to 12:45        Additional dates:  Thursday, June 02, 2016, 12:00 to 12:45  or  Monday, June 13, 2016, 12:00 to 12:45

Content:  This online webinar provides a 15 minute demonstration of how to use any aspect of personal capture including your mobile device. The rest of the webinar will be a Q&A opportunity for academic staff to ask specific questions about personal capture. Discussion amongst participants and sharing of good practice will be encouraged.

Title: Going Social: Your social media strategy

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 13:30 to 16:00

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

Title: Demonstration of BoB National (Box of Broadcasts) – Online Session

Date & Time: Thursday May 19, 15.00-15.30 or Tuesday June 14, 2016, .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: Plan and Moderate Online Events with Blackboard Collaborate

Date & Time: Thursday, May 26, 2016, 13:30 to 15:30       or Monday, June 06, 2016, 13:30 to 15:30  or  Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 09:30 to 11:30

Content:  The aim of this two hour session is to provide a general overview of how University staff can plan and deliver online events with Blackboard Collaborate effectively. The focus will be on setting up and moderating an online event and exploring the various interactive tools educators can potentially use to enhance student engagement and learning. Best practice and uses of Collaborate will be discussed during the session.

Title:  Digital Dates: Big Data – Why it’s not just for Data Scientists

Date & Time: Friday, June 03, 2016, 12:15 to 12:45

Content: Eat, Place, Love’ – This session will provide a short introduction to Big Data and explain how it affects and influences many aspects of your
everyday life. This session is suitable for anyone who works or studies at the University. By the end of the session you should be able to: Understand what Big Data is; See how Big Data is used in society; Take away tips to improve your diet.



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 meeting is on Monday 23rd May 2016, 13.00-14.00, this session is an introduction to Raspberry Pi and creating 3D environments for the web and virtual reality. Raspberry Pi: The history of Pi, models available, Operating systems available. Advantages and limitations to using a Pi and now to purchase a Pi. Creating 3D environments: Presentation of the different approaches and tools available, with a particular focus on how to create interactive and immersive 3D environments without writing any code and an opportunity to try out a 3D headset.

To book please email

Further dates

  • Friday, 24 June, 2016, 15.00 – 16:00: Tour of Mechanical Engineering ‘National Facility for Innovative Robotics Systems’
  • Wednesday, 20 July, 2016, 13.00-14.00: Edward Boyle Library Refurbishment / DSAS Technologies


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:


Please pass on to anyone who you think would also be interested in attending these events or accessing these online resources.

This message has been sent to the C&IT/VLE teaching contacts mailing list managed by the Learning and Teaching team – SDDU. It is a list of those who we know have an interest in Blended Learning, Learning and Teaching and the VLE, and who may or may not have an official role that recognises that fact. If you would prefer to be removed from the list please email the learning and teaching team at


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