Online or offline…you choose: TEL’s staff development workshops

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Following the success of last year’s staff development offering and the online bitesize courses we piloted over the summer, the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team have expanded our professional development programme for 2015-16 to include both online and offline courses and sessions.

Summer success

The online bitesize courses that TEL delivered sought to develop skills in different technological areas, which could be utilised both inside and outside of academia. The original idea was to run these courses as a pilot to gauge interest, needs and requirements. However, the response we received from university staff was overwhelming with over 100 individual staff members signing up for the courses and incredibly positive feedback from participants.

As a result, TEL will rerun a selection of the courses this autumn, whilst also extending the regular offering to include new online courses.

The courses are designed for those who may be too busy to attend a one or two hour workshop and so can be completed in a lunch break or spare time. Each course is split into five days;

Day 1: Define
Day 2: Discover
Day 3: Design
Day 4: Develop
Day 5: High 5 (tips from an expert)

Each course has an interactive element organised into it to ensure participants have the opportunity to share their knowledge, ideas and experiences with fellow participants.

 October
Take 5: Podcasting (online)
Learn how to plan, write and record your own podcast (audio file) or screencast (video file recorded from your computer screen) in easy steps. Discover how to use podcasts and screencasts to provide new and exciting teaching resources.

Dates:

19/10/15

 23/10/15

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 November

Take 5: Blogs (online)

An introduction to blogs and blogging. This course will introduce you to the concept of blogging, ways to discover blogs, how blogs can be used in teaching and learning as well as providing guidance to help you start your own blog.

Dates:

02/11/15

06/11/15

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Take 5: SMART Software (online)

An in-depth look into how you can use the various functions of the SMART Software to make your presentations more interactive, visual and relevant to your subject. The course will also focus on some of the newer features of the SMART Software including creating concept maps and GeoGebra integration.

Dates:

16/11/15

23/11/15

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Take 5: Digital Notemaking and Bookmarking (online)

This blended course combines online learning with a face-to-face session. The online course will introduce a range of digital tools for making notes, capturing, organising and sharing online material. Participants will be able to find out about and try tools such as: OneNote, Evernote, Diigo, Pocket and Flipboard. The face-to-face meeting with TEL will provide an opportunity to discuss the tools, ask questions and compare approaches with other participants.

Dates:

30/11/15

04/12/15

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TLI (Teaching, Learning and Innovation) Fridays

Starting in Autumn 2015, the TEL team will deliver a workshop every Friday – based on feedback from schools – that will assist staff with their use of technology in Teaching, Learning and Innovation (TLI). These sessions will continue to address common issues faced within university teaching whilst giving you the opportunity to test and assess new technologies before using them in the classroom, or in your work or study routine.

Don’t worry if Fridays are not good for you. We also offer school-specific workshops on a different day upon request. Just visit the workshop requests page and let us know what you would like to do and when. We also offer introductory sessions on both Study Direct and the A/V equipment in teaching rooms which can be requested by emailing tel@sussex.ac.uk.

 
 October

Visualising classroom concepts

This workshop will introduce three interactive tools to create, capture and enhance in class discussions. Participants will learn to create online mindmaps; use sharing/discussion boards with Padlet; and capture, record and share Post-it activities with an iOS app.

Time:
13-
14:30
Date:16/10/15  
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Evernote Essentials
This workshop will introduce participants to Evernote, the popular productivity app for writing and collecting notes, web content and more. If you would prefer to learn online and/or explore other digital note-making tools see our blended course ‘Digital note-making and bookmarking’.

Time:
11:30-13
Date: 23/102015
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Study Direct: Building online quizzes

This workshop will introduce teaching staff to the Quiz activity in Study Direct. The aim of this session is to provide efficient and effective methods for creating online quizzes and writing questions and feedback.

Time:
11-13:00
Date:
30/10/15
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 November

Building and maintaining a professional learning network

This workshop will introduce you to the concept of managing an online professional learning network and building a professional identity. Find out how to use online tools such as professional and social networking sites to create networks and use them to develop your own knowledge and skills.

Time:
12-13:30
Date:
06/11/15
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Designing engaging and visual presentations
This workshop will introduce two different types of presentation tools (NearPod and HaikuDeck) that academic staff can use to create more dynamic and interactive presentations. Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using the two tools.

Time:
14-15:00
Date: 13/11/15
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Getting started with your iPad
This beginner’s session aims to help you realise the potential of the iPad and learn how to turn your mobile device into a smart device. The hands-on demonstration will cover the basics such as: customising the home screen; downloading and organising apps; connecting your email; accessibility features and how to secure your device.

Time:
12-13:00

Date: 20/11/15
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SRS SOS: Using Student Response Systems in the classroom

This workshop will introduce two applications (Poll Everywhere and ResponseWare) that can take advantage of mobile devices to increase student engagement and interaction in large groups and seminars.

Time:
12-13:30
Date:
23/11/15
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Lights, Camera, Apption

This workshop will take participants through the process of filming, editing and publishing a video using their personal mobile device. The session will begin by introducing the WeVideo app (available on iOS and Android) and then hand over to the participants to create, edit and publish their own video.
Time:
TBA
Date:
27/11/15
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December

Study Direct: Digital Collaboration

Join this workshop to find out more about the different ways that you can use digital tools to work collaboratively with colleagues and students using Study Direct. Forums and wikis will be the main tools looked at in this session.

Time:
11-12:00
Date: 04/12/15
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Study Direct: Reflection, Evaluation and Feedback

This workshop will introduce two features of Study Direct, the Journal and Feedback activities which can be used to facilitate effective online communication between teaching staff and students.

Time:
13-14:00
Date:
11/12/15
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TEL requests

As a team, we are always on the lookout for new technologies and new ideas to use in teaching and learning. If you know of technologies which staff would benefit from learning about, either institution-wide or within your discipline, then please visit our workshop requests page to send us your ideas and suggestions. Thank you!

 

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