We are back with our Summer Schedule!

The eLearning Team run a set of courses and workshops to help familiarise you with different pieces of software that will enable you to deliver your courses. Please see below for our course list and links for booking; details for the courses can be found further down this page.

Click on a course title to learn more and book!

NEW Summer 2019: Team Training

If you work in a team and will be using a particular online Teaching and Learning tool which the eLearning Team supports, you can now request team training for you and your colleagues. The eLearning Team are happy to offer more bespoke dates* for your training as long as 4-8 people will be in attendance at the training event. This will be of help to staff involved in new programmes, or who have taken on additional online teaching or support duties. To discuss your training needs, please contact kate.hilton@manchester.ac.uk.

*Please note that bespoke dates are limited by eLearning Team member and Training Room availability, and not all dates and times can be accommodated. Dates must be decided upon with the eLearning Team a minimum of 1 month in advance, as “last minute” training sessions cannot be accommodated.

 

The Blackboard/Learning Environment Series

Our first set of courses are designed to help you learn more about the University’s chosen Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard and the systems that are directly associated with its use.

Blackboard Basics: A course for beginners (3rd September)

This course is aimed at both Academic and PS Staff or Postgraduates who will be helping with teaching with the use of Blackboard, but who have little to no prior experience using the Blackboard System.

This course will get you through all the basics of setting up or helping out on your first Blackboard course. You will learn: How to navigate Blackboard, how to add files, organise folders and add items, create discussion boards and calendar events.

  • This is a training course for members of FBMH at The University of Manchester. Please only book if you have a University of Manchester email address.
  • Course participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow time for registering and logging in.
  • Please remember to bring your Duo device.

This course will run on:

03/09/19: 10am- 1pm BOOK HERE!

Blackboard Assessments (5th September)

This course is aimed at anyone who intends to set up Assessments/Tests/Quizzes in Blackboard.

Attendees will learn how to set up assessments and tests using Blackboard, including how to create different question types, question groups and test settings. Time will also be devoted to teaching how to run tests in a manner which decreases the likelihood of students sharing answers.

Attendees will need basic knowledge of Blackboard, such as: how to navigate around Blackboard, how to add text or files (if you are unsure of your skills, please also book onto the Blackboard Basics course).

  • This is a training course for members of FBMH at The University of Manchester. Please only book if you have a University of Manchester email address.
  • Course participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow time for registering and logging in.
  • Please remember to bring your Duo device.

This course will run on:

05/09/19:  10am – 1pm BOOK HERE!

Managing Students in Blackboard: Content Release Rules, Groups and Grade Centre (29th September)

This course will be relevant for Academic and PS Staff, if/when involved with distributing distinct content to specific students or the monitoring of students.

This course is designed to help you to adaptively release your content to students based on certain criteria, such as: how well they complete assessments, whether or not they are part of a group, etc. This can help you provide extra assistance to DASS students, or any other students with specific requirements. By the end of this class, you should be able to tailor your course units to individual students. Topics covered include: Adaptive Release, Group set up and the Grade Centre.

Before attending, attendees should have a basic knowledge of how to navigate around Blackboard, add files and add text before attending. If you feel you lack these skills, we suggest you book onto our Blackboard Basics course first.

  • This is a training course for members of FBMH at The University of Manchester. Please only book if you have a University of Manchester email address.
  • Course participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow time for registering and logging in.
  • Please remember to bring your Duo device.

This course will run on:

29/08/19: 10am – 1pm BOOK HERE!

Blackboard Administrative Setup

Assistance on the administrative setup of Campus Solutions to enable a Blackboard Course to be created can be found from the University Student Records and Student Systems Team, as well as the Staff Training and Development Unit.

For help guides on Campus Solutions, please click here.

For Campus Solutions Training, please click here.

Build My New Blackboard Course (Bespoke)

If you wish to build a new course unit, or to refresh or overhaul an existing unit, we would love to hear from you.  We can work with you to design and plan your learning content, activities and assessment, and to recommend further training that may be of benefit.  However, putting together the components in Blackboard is usually the end stage in this process, with most of your preparation taking place prior to that. Therefore, we offer a bespoke service for this type of request, rather than a scheduled training date.

To ask about getting bespoke help for your courses please email Kate.Hilton@manchester.ac.uk with details.

TurnItIn from Zero to Hero (22nd August, 10th September)

A course for Academic or PS staff who create or maintain TurnItIn submissions as part of their role.

This course is for any staff member who wishes to run a TurnItIn assignment while supporting others in marking TurnItIn papers or checking originality reports. It is appropriate for both Academic and Administrative staff. The course covers: How papers are submitted into TII, how to set up an assignment, marking papers and providing feedback, plagiarism report reading, distributing marking by groups.

  • This is a training course for members of FBMH at The University of Manchester. Please only book if you have a University of Manchester email address.
  • Course participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow time for registering and logging in.
  • Please remember to bring your Duo device.

This course will run on:

22/08/19: 10am – 1pm BOOK HERE!

10/09/19: 10am – 1pm BOOK HERE!

 

Where Feedback and Technology Meet (4th September)

This session will cover ways of employing technology to improve the feedback delivery to students using Blackboard and associated tools.

  • This is a training course for members of FBMH at The University of Manchester. Please only book if you have a University of Manchester email address.
  • Course participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow time for registering and logging in.
  • Please remember to bring your Duo device.

This course will run on:

04/09/19: 10am – 12 BOOK HERE!

Canvas (WAITING LIST)

Canvas is  virtual learning environment used in FBMH when the usual combination of Blackboard and Campus Solutions cannot provide the required functionality, or where a full IT account is not required. Current uses include CPD courses, PGR student inductions, and units for programmes starting outside the normal academic year.

This course will introduce you to Canvas, and explain when and why it should be used. You will learn about the full life cycle of Canvas courses, from creation, through user enrolment, progression and to the closure and duplication of courses for the next year.

ALL INSTANCES OF THIS COURSE HAVE NOW RUN, PLEASE CONTACT KATE.HILTON@MANCHESTER.AC.UK TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST.

 

The Interactive Teaching Series

Our interactive teaching series aims to enable you to use software to improve your day to day teaching. The software we use is easy to pick up if you are familiar with Microsoft Office or equivalent, and designed to be as user friendly as possible, so you can hit the ground running when introducing it into your classroom. You are also able to get copies of the software for your own computer.

Creating Online Interactive Handbooks and Content with SoftChalk (WAITING LIST)

A course for teaching staff who wish to move online with paper handbooks or other textual content, including online questions!

SoftChalk is a piece of software that enables a teacher to make an interactive website of learning material, including questions. FBMH has chosen SoftChalk as its primary software for online learning material/handbooks because it is easy to use. This class will go through: How to get SoftChalk onto your computer, SoftChalk cloud, how to add content to SoftChalk, how to add questions or interactions, how to create navigation, how to change styles. See examples here.

  • This is a training course for members of FBMH at The University of Manchester. Please only book if you have a University of Manchester email address.
  • Course participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow time for registering and logging in.
  • Please remember to bring your Duo device.

This course will run on:

PLEASE CONTACT KATE.HILTON@MANCHESTER.AC.UK TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST. NEW COURSES WILL BE SCHEDULED WHEN THE WAITING LIST REACHES MINIMAL NUMBERS.

Creating an eLearning Package with PowerPoint add on: iSpring (WAITING LIST)

A course for teachers who wish to make an eLearning package for their courses, using a PowerPoint add on called “iSpring”. Design all your content in a PowerPoint and then use iSpring to convert into an online accessible interactive resource.

This class will cover: How to get iSpring, demonstrations of what is possible with iSpring, content design, iSpring native features, using PowerPoint to enhance your iSpring, how to upload to Blackboard.

Please bring a PowerPoint file with you, on a memory stick or in your P drive for example, that you would like to convert to an iSpring resource. This could be a lecture in which you would like to add a formative quiz, or a tutorial that you think might benefit from a simulated conversation, or something that you would like to convert into a branching format. See examples here.

  • This is a training course for members of FBMH at The University of Manchester. Please only book if you have a University of Manchester email address.
  • Course participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow time for registering and logging in.
  • Please remember to bring your Duo device.

This course will run on: 

PLEASE CONTACT KATE.HILTON@MANCHESTER.AC.UK TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST. NEW COURSES WILL BE SCHEDULED WHEN THE WAITING LIST REACHES MINIMAL NUMBERS.

Interactive Classrooms made easy with Nearpod (WAITING LIST)

A course for teaching staff who wish to bring interaction into a “classroom” in a quick and easy way.

Nearpod is a cloud based presentation tool that enables you to engage your users via mobile devices. The tool allows you to poll your users, create flipped classrooms and have your users interact with you to enhance your teaching. See examples here.

  • This is a training course for members of FBMH at The University of Manchester. Please only book if you have a University of Manchester email address.
  • Course participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow time for registering and logging in.
  • Please remember to bring your Duo device.

This course will run on:

PLEASE CONTACT KATE.HILTON@MANCHESTER.AC.UK TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST. NEW COURSES WILL BE SCHEDULED WHEN THE WAITING LIST REACHES MINIMAL NUMBERS.

Pebblepad: Portfolios (WAITING LIST)

Several areas of the faculty are now using Pebblepad to enable students to maintain online portfolios.

Introducing a portfolio into your teaching and learning is very dependent on what you want your students to do, so this course is designed to get you on track in designing and creating a portfolio tailored to your users.

This page allows you to book on to our training which consists of 2 parts:

1) You will be sent learning materials a week in advance of the booking for you to orientate yourself with what Pebblepad can bring to your course and how you might consider using it.

2) You will then have a one hour, one-on-one personal consultation with a specialist who can help you to get your ideas underway.

If you and a colleague are working together, both can attend the booking. Please note: for people working in teams of 3 or more, please submit an eLearning Enquiry to eLearning via this link

Please note that bookings close 1 week before the training day to ensure everyone has time to go through the provided training material.

  • This is a training course for members of FBMH at The University of Manchester. Please only book if you have a University of Manchester email address.
  • Course participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow time for registering and logging in.
  • Please remember to bring your Duo device.

This course will run on:

ALL INSTANCES OF THIS COURSE HAVE NOW RUN, PLEASE CONTACT KATE.HILTON@MANCHESTER.AC.UK TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST.

Playposit: Videos with inbuilt tests (WAITING LIST)

A course for teaching staff who wish to release videos to students and would like to track whether students have watched the videos or not. Playposit allows you to add questions into your regular video and track usage of the footage you have released. See examples here.

This is a one hour class with optional 1 hour Q and A with the instructor.

  • This is a training course for members of FBMH at The University of Manchester. Please only book if you have a University of Manchester email address.
  • Course participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow time for registering and logging in.
  • Please remember to bring your Duo device.

This course will run on:

PLEASE CONTACT KATE.HILTON@MANCHESTER.AC.UK TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST. NEW COURSES WILL BE SCHEDULED WHEN THE WAITING LIST REACHES MINIMAL NUMBERS.

Self Podcasting and Small Video Learning Asset Creation from Home or Office (12th September)

This training is aimed at anyone who wishes to create a podcast from their own device and is open to both Academic and PS Staff.

You will learn the ins and outs of University supported software, Techsmith Relay and how to best use it to capture ad hoc, catch up or flipped classroom podcasts, created outside of lecture theatres. These can be any combination of video, audio and screen recordings/slides.

Beyond lectures, you will be shown how to quickly create video-based learning assets for describing tricky concepts with the help of images or documents.

Other techniques to record will also be covered such as PowerPoint narration with embedding in BB, Nearpod and PlayPosit recording. After the session you will be able to get the most from your recording equipment and make sure the resulting videos get to the right place for students to view them.

  • This is a training course for members of FBMH at The University of Manchester. Please only book if you have a University of Manchester email address.
  • Course participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow time for registering and logging in.
  • Please remember to bring your Duo device.

This course will run on:

12/09/19: 10am – 12 BOOK HERE!

Further training opportunities

The Centre for Academic Research and Development (CARD) delivers a number of face-to-face training programmes providing a variety of development opportunities for postgraduate students, research staff and academic staff.

To find out more about CARD and the programmes it provides, follow the links below: