Getting ready for the new academic year 2021-2022

In preparation for the new academic year, we are both running and pulling together various training activities to help you get ready for teaching. Some of these are offered by us, the Learning Innovation Unit (LIU) in FET, and some by UWE’s Learning Development Centre (LDC).

Here is the link to our ‘Current Events‘ page with details of dates and how to book.

If there is anything you would like support with in regard to educational technology that is not listed, please get in touch with us and we will do our best to help and support you. We also offer bespoke training sessions by arrangement for clusters or departments to support learning and teaching.

Meet the LIU (Oli, Beth, Steve and Mike)

In addition to the training sessions we would love to meet you all again. Please come along to the LIU office (3q64) to say hello, have a chat and find out how we can support your teaching on the following dates (there may be cake):

  • 13:00 – 16:00 Wednesday 29th September
  • 13:00 – 16:00 Wednesday 6th October

LIU training sessions

Booking form for LIU sessions.

Hybrid streaming (on campus – Mike)

Hybrid streaming is where teaching with students in a classroom is streamed to remote students.

Whilst all core delivery will resume in-person across all of our programmes in 2021/22, it may be appropriate for complementary digitally-enhanced learning opportunities to be streamed to students who are unable to attend in person.

This face-to-face workshop covers:

  • Setting up a classroom for hybrid streaming using the podium PC
  • Using a laptop instead of a podium PC
  • Streaming a document camera

Prerequisites:

Please ensure that if you do not have previous experience with Blackboard Collaborate, that you have either completed the LDC training ‘Blackboard Collaborate Ultra’ or watched our Collaborate video guides.

Panopto for 2021 (online – Beth)

Panopto is used for recording, storing and delivering videos. This session is for those somewhat familiar with Panopto who would like to know more about using it effectively in teaching. If you have previously used Kaltura with students, you should also attend this session (Panopto is replacing Kaltura for student assessments from 2021).

This session covers:

  • Active learning in Panopto
  • Folders and permissions
  • Captioning
  • Student assessments in Panopto

Prerequisites:

Please ensure that if you do not have previous experience with Panopto, that you have either completed the LDC training ‘Getting Started with Event Capture (Panopto)‘ or watched our Panopto video guides.

Blackboard Collaborate for 2021 (online – Beth)

Blackboard Collaborate is used for webinars. This session is an update on new features as well as ways to engage students during online classes.

This session covers:

  • New features in Collaborate
  • Active learning in Collaborate
  • Links and security settings
  • The Collaborate Assessment Tool

Prerequisites:

Please ensure that if you do not have previous experience with Blackboard Collaborate, that you have either completed the LDC training ‘Blackboard Collaborate Ultra’ or watched our Collaborate video guides.

Assessment for learning using Mentimeter (on campus/online – Mike)

Mentimeter is an online polling tool. This workshop focuses on providing take-away examples of how Mentimeter may be used in formative assessment for learning.

This session covers:

  • When to use Mentimeter to check progress
  • Examples of how Mentimeter could be used to check progress and gauge understanding
  • Using Mentimeter to support engagement and monitor progress with asynchronous tasks
  • Improve engagement by enabling your audience to compete using Mentimeter ‘Quiz Competition’

Prerequisites:

Please ensure you have read our guide Getting started with Mentimeter if you have had no prior experience with Mentimeter.

Active learning with Xerte (online – Oli)

Xerte is used to create and deliver interactive learning materials in a web browser.

This session covers:

  • Making interactive materials in Xerte
  • Publishing Xerte materials in Blackboard
  • Using interactive materials during live sessions (e.g. webinars)

Prerequisites:

Please ensure you have watched our ‘Introduction to Xerte: Part 1’ video (15 mins) if you have had no prior experience with Xerte.

LDC training sessions

We highly recommend that new teaching staff in FET complete the following training from the LDC:

  • Getting Started with Blackboard VLE
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • Getting started with Event Capture (Panopto)
  • Creating accessible documents

We look forward to working with you in the new academic year.

Please contact us through FET.LIU@uwe.ac.uk if you have any queries.

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