Go digital in 2015: TEL’s new staff development workshops


iPad photo by Kitty Horne

Learn something new this year with the TEL team’s new workshop programme.

Following the success of the Mobile Technologies Week, the TEL team have expanded our staff development programme and refined sessions.

The new programme is ideal if you are interested in exploring ways in which technology can support teaching, such as:

  • engaging and enthusing large groups;
  • alternative ideas to help your students understand complex concepts;
  • creating or using digital resources for teaching and learning.

The workshops are designed for anyone, from technogeek to technophobe.

TEL workshop menu

We have six new workshops, some of which were delivered during Mobile Technologies Week, to run alongside our popular standard workshops. Here is a list of the new training opportunities available to you:

  • ‘Lights, Camera, Apption!’
    Filming, editing & publishing
    This workshop will take participants through the process of filming, editing and publishing a video using their 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.
    Visualising classroom concepts
  • ‘Visualising classroom concepts’
    Interactive tools for capturing discussion 
    This workshop will introduce three interactive tools to create, capture and enhance in-class discussions. Participants will learn to create online mindmaps with MindMeister, interactive discussion boards with Padlet, while Post-it Plus will show how paper discussions can be easily captured, recorded and shared with students.
    Visualising classroom concepts
  • ‘Managing your digital footprint’
    Protect your online identity
    This workshop will identify and explain ways you can take control of your digital footprint without losing the connectivity that online working allows.
    Visualising classroom concepts
  • ‘Media On-Demand’
    Using TV & radio in teaching 

    This workshop is aimed at discovery and use of audio and video resources for use in teaching, including recording radio and TV programmes on Box of Broadcasts, investigating the multimedia archives of JISC Media Hub and uploading sound clips from the British Library Sound Archive into Study Direct.
    Visualising classroom concepts
  • ‘Cloud Confusion: Backing up your work’
    Backing up and saving your work

    This session will explore the use of cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive and the benefits that these services can have when backing up and storing important documents. Best practice for saving work will also be covered.
    Backing up your work: 
  • ‘Getting Started with your iPad’
    Introduction to using the 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.

Workshop staples 


Learn how to bookmark

In addition to the above workshops, we will also be carrying on with the majority of the workshops from last term:

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.

If you would like a training session that is tailored to your school/department, contact your school liaison learning technologist who will be happy to discuss this with you.

How do I book?

To book your place, follow the link to the TEL training page and you will see under the course entry an invitation to book a place, for example, Book onto the Interactive teaching with mobile devices workshop here. Click on this and it will take you straight to the booking page. Simply click ‘Book now’ to reserve your place.

You can also sign up to our TEL training session mailing list. To get updates about all up-and-coming sessions, go to the mailing list page and add ‘telworkshops@sussex.ac.uk’ to the box under the section ‘Quick links for list members‘.

Future courses


creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by Tim Morgan

If you know of technologies which staff would benefit from learning about, either institution-wide or within your discipline, then please do not hesitate to contact us at tel@sussex.ac.uk with your ideas and suggestions.

Thank you!

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