The Professional Development Offer
The Academic Registry – LTE team offers a number of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities for academic and support staff. You can reserve a place on any of these sessions via the Staff Development website.
Here are a selection of our upcoming sessions:
The main focus of this session will be an overview of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Blackboard. It will also introduce other services provided by the LTE Team – WordPress Blogging, Mahara ePortfolios, ReView and iPads. The session is not designed to be an in-depth technical session but more of an overview of the services we offer.
Lecture & Personal Capture using ReView
This one and half hour hands-on session provides an opportunity to explore and ask questions about the benefits and technicalities of recording and publishing a lecture and personal capture using ReView (Panopto). The ReView service is backed by a powerful, yet versatile video recording platform, Panopto that allows you to create high-quality, multi-input resources for your learning and teaching.
For further information, please visit Sumetha’s excellent article on the benefits of using video in teaching and learning and Michael’s fantastic piece addressing common lecture capture concerns.
Blackboard – Meeting the TQS
The University’s Quality Handbook includes a “Threshold Quality Standard (TQS): use of Electronic Module Sites”. This hands-on session will provide an overview of the TQS. The majority of the session will be spent helping you work through one of your modules to ensure it meets the required standard. Participants will leave with guidance they can use to ensure other modules for which they are responsible also meet the TQS.
Collaborate Ultra Introduction
The main focus of this session will be to introduce participants to Collaborate Ultra – an online classroom/webinar tool that facilitates the sharing of files (including presentations) and applications whilst allowing participants to communicate using audio and webcams. Collaborate Ultra is integrated into your Blackboard module(s), meaning it’s very simple to schedule sessions, run sessions and sharing session recordings with your students.
Portfolio@Tees, powered by Mahara
The main focus of this session will be to provide an overview of Portfolio@Tees, powered by Mahara. An ePortfolio is essentially a collection of artefacts which can demonstrate development and evidence learning, skills, attributes or competencies. It can be used to support and record personal growth and learning through reflective practices and demonstrate life-long learning.
Please read this excellent article by Richard for further information on how e-Portfolios can be used to enhance employability.
Grade Centre & Batch Feedback
This 60 minute session will focus on the “assignment lifecycle” and how Blackboard can be used to facilitate electronic assignment submissions, using the Grade Centre and/or the Batch Feedback tool to provide grades and feedback to students. The recently re-designed Batch Feedback tool enables quick and easy downloading of assignment submissions and uploading of grades / feedback via drag and drop, which is particularly useful and time-saving when dealing with large numbers of students. This session is useful for new academics who are looking at electronic submission/feedback for the first time, or as a refresher for those who have previously used the tools.
Please read Debra’s fantastic post for further details on how these tools can lighten the assessment lifecycle workload.
Inclusive & Accessible Content
The focus of this one-hour session is to look at inclusive learning resources and the development of inclusive practice when it comes to creating them. Referring to the University’s Guidelines for Inclusive Learning Resources, we will look at what factors contribute to inclusivity. Considering various factors such as font, background, the use of colour and the presentation of data will help you make your own learning resources more inclusive for everyone.
TEL Drop In
An informal drop in session, feel free to come along with any Blackboard or TEL related queries you may have. No booking is required.