Technology@Leeds – Jan/Feb 2017 Technology Workshops, Networks and Online Resources


Technology@Leeds – January and February 2017

Technology Workshops, Networks and Online Resources –


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

For the full programme please see

VLE – Online Training


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.


Digital Dates

Digital Dates is a programme of short, informal workshops for both staff and students across the University coordinated by SDDU and Skills@Library to help us to develop digital skills to support all aspects of our lives at the University.

Title: Digital Identity: Reflecting on your Online Presence

Date & Time: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 12:15 to 12:45

Content:  Reflect on your current online presence, and share ideas about how you would like to shape your future profile. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their current online profile, look at examples of online tools being used effectively by others, and consider ways in which they could shape and develop their profile in the future. We will also provide some examples of further courses and online materials to further explore ideas raised in the session.


Title: Digital Dates – Adventures in Vlogging: One Student’s Experiences of Setting up an Academic YouTube Channel

Date & Time: Thursday, March 16, 2017, 12:15 to 12:45

Content:  This session aims to discuss the (somewhat untapped) potential of vlogging for students and academics at the University of Leeds. Sarah Mawby, a postgraduate researcher studying towards a PhD in music psychology, will share her experiences of setting up a YouTube channel which aims to document what it’s like to be a student and disseminate research findings to a broad audience of viewers and subscribers. Sarah will talk about her motivations for setting up the channel as well as the benefits, challenges and pitfalls she has encountered whilst navigating the relatively uncharted waters of vlogging in academia. Finally, some tips for getting started with your own channel will be shared for those interested in starting up their own academic YouTube channel.


Lecture Theatres, Lecture Capture, Blackboard Collaborate and Media Management




Title: Plan and Moderate Online Events with Blackboard Collaborate

Date & Time: Monday, January 16, 2017, 13:30 to 16:00 or Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 13:30 to 16:00

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


Title: First Steps with Blackboard Collaborate – Online Session

Date & Time:  Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 11:00 to 11:30 or Thursday, February 02, 2017, 10:00 to 10:30 or Thursday, February 16, 2017, 12:00 to 12:30

Content:  To introduce University staff to the Blackboard Collaborate online learning environment and explore the various interactive tools which can support and engage online participants. This session will be delivered online.


Title: DROP IN SESSIONS: Introduction to the Technology in the Redesigned Lecture Theatres – (Roger Stevens LT 08/ Worsley Dental Lecture Theatre)

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 13:00 to 15:00 (Worsley Dental LT) or Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 12:00 to 14:00 (Roger Stevens LT08)

Content: Colleagues from SDDU and the Facilities Support Service (FSS) team are jointly hosting “drop-in” events in the three redesigned lecture theatres. We encourage colleagues who will be delivering teaching in these lecture theatres to pop along any time between the stated hours to explore the technology and ask any questions.


Title: Introduction to the Technology in the Redesigned Lecture Theatres – Roger Stevens LT8/ Mechanical Engineering LT B/ Worsley Dental Lecture Theatre

Date & Time: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 09:30 to 10:30 (Mechanical Engineering LT B) or Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 10:00 to 11:00 (Roger Stevens LT8) or Monday, January 30, 2017, 12:00 to 13:00 (Roger Stevens LT8)

Content:  By the end of this workshop academic teaching staff will be able to use the new technology to present their lectures and connect to student devices to engage in collaborative learning activities. This is short, practical workshop for academic staff who plan to teach in the redesigned lecture theatres. Numbers are limited so that colleagues can familiarise themselves with the specific software and hardware now available.


Title: SMART Notebook 2011 & NEC MultiSync Display

Date and Time: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 13:00 to 14:00 (Mechanical Engineering LT B) or Thursday, January 19, 2017, 13:30 to 14:30 (Worsley Dental LT) or Thursday, February 09, 2017, 14:30 to 15:30 (Worsley Dental LT) or Monday, February 13, 2017, 13:00 to 14:00 (Mechanical Engineering LT B)

Content: The aim of this workshop is to introduce technical support staff, blended learning champions and academic teaching staff to some of the tools and functionality of the SMART™ Notebook Software 11 in order to deliver teaching and learning content. This software is installed on the large NEC MultiSync display available in each of the three redesigned lecture theatres and also on the student ThinkPads. There will be an opportunity to troubleshoot technical issues, ask questions and discuss pedagogical affordances.


Title: Breakout with Blackboard Collaborate

Date and Time: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 14:00 to 14:45 or Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 15:00 to 15:45

Content: The aim of this online discussion is to build on the First Steps introduction by exploring other functional tools within Collaborate. Participants will furthermore experience the use of “Breakout Rooms” and discuss how these can be best used to support collaboration amongst participants


Title: Create ad-hoc recordings using Lecture Capture in Teaching Rooms

Date & Time: Monday, January 30, 2017, 15:30 to 16:00

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. There will be a brief demonstration of the review, edit and approve process.


Title: Use Personal Capture at your Desktop: Record, Review, Edit, Publish  

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 14:00 to 16:00 or Thursday, February 16, 2017, 14:00 to 16:00

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 Mediasite to access, review, edit and publish the recorded captures.


Title: Lecture Capture: Review, Edit, Approve, Publish

Date & Time:  Thursday, February 02, 2017, 11:30 to 12:30

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. Students can view the recordings via the VLE although some recordings may be externally available on other public channels.


Online Resources


VideoLeeds has Online Tutorials on various aspects of Lecture Capture in the Resources and Support Channel at: Find relevant content by using the keyword search sddu.


Changing Landscapes:

This website accompanies the Digital Learning Programme and includes:


Step by step guides on Lecture Capture are available at:


Title: Blackboard Collaborate Training – Online Resources

Content: Blackboard 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



Online support is available for teaching with copyright.   You can access this from the Changing Landscapes website at: and


Visit the Copyright Explainer for further information.




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


Monday, January 23, 2017, 12:00 to 13:00

This hands-on session will introduce you to Learning Toolbox (LTB) and support you in starting to build your own ‘app’. Learning Toolbox (LTB) is a tool developed by the Learning Layers project, which allows you to easily create a stack of your learning resources, tools and materials in Learning Toolbox, which your students or colleagues can easily access from their mobiles / tablets / computers. It has already been used to support construction apprentices in Germany and training nurses in Spain (providing them with easy access to the learning materials and tools they need in specific locations), workshop and conference participants (providing them with easy access to all the event resources as well as providing access to collaborative tools to help them capture and share their experiences and discussions). Come and find out more, and explore how you could use LTB.


The remaining dates for 2016-17 are available to view on the network web page


To receive room details please email or use the link above



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

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Claire Perry, Co-ordinator

Organisational Development and Professional Learning (Formerly SDDU),

LG36 Baines Wing, University of Leeds, Tel no: 0113 3436658   

My working days are Monday,Tuesdays, and Thursdays


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