What Was New in Spring 2016?

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The UniLearn team are running a number of workshops, webinars, and drop-in sessions this Spring term.

These sessions are designed to help improve understanding of USW’s available technologies and how to use them. Using these UniLearn systems could help enhance your learning and teaching practice.

In case you missed it, remind yourself what was new in Autumn 2015!

Blackboard Course Organisations

All courses within Blackboard should contain a minimum standard of information to ensure all students are receiving consistent and accurate details about their course. This is in line with the University’s Academic Blueprint, which highlights the need for students to identify with their course and cohort.

UniLearn Tools — a Tool Guide and Tool Selector

Need help identifying the best technologies for you and how these technologies can be used? Then try UniLearn Tools, a recently-launched tool set which is made up of three main areas:

  • a simple index, which is a list of tools with clickable links which offers greater detail;
  • a full tool guide, which is a table detailing information about – and the strengths of – each tool;
  • a tool selector, which is a branching database designed to help you choose the best tool for your purpose.

This new resource offers a thorough overview of the UniLearn technologies that are available and details of how and where each technology can be best used.

New Workshops

As well as our usual Blackboard Basics, Blackboard Refresher, and Online Assessment and Feedback workshops, we also have new workshops on Collaborate and Panopto running this term.

Collaborate — an online teaching and webinar tool

Would you like to offer support and tutorials to your students online? Collaborate might be the tool for you! Collaborate is a virtual meeting space which enables users to connect via audio, webcam, and chat. Throughout the Spring term, UniLearn are running a series of online workshops covering the fundamentals of Collaborate, including its practical features and pedagogical benefits.

Find out how you can incorporate Collaborate in your teaching, and sign up for one of our Collaborate sessions now!

Panopto — a tool for capturing lectures and sharing recordings

Panopto is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to capture lectures and make the recordings available for students online. Our new workshops will help familiarise you with Panopto. They will show you how to set up Panopto to record, how to manage and edit your recordings, how to configure modules to Panopto, and more!

Learn more about Panopto for yourself, and sign up for one of our new Panopto workshops today!

Friday Lunchtime Webinar Series

Our Friday lunchtime webinar series will continue this term, now offering a choice of two time slots: 12.15pm or 1.15pm. These short, online sessions focus on providing you with tips and ideas about how to use particular UniLearn tools, with forthcoming webinars on: Turnitin & Grademark; Blogs & Wikis; Using audio and video; Groups; Surveys & Quizzes.

Sign up for a webinar that’s convenient for you!

Drop-in sessions

Need quick support for a specific issue or query? Need a five-minute refresher on how to set up an assignment using Turnitin? Want to know how to add a video to your module? Pop into one of our drop-in sessions and we will be able to help. Each campus will be visited once a week on a regular day by a helpful member of the UniLearn team.

Find out when we’ll be on your campus.


“How can I improve my teaching skills?”

Find out about all of the workshops, short online webinars, and drop-in sessions available this term by visiting our Staff Development & Training opportunities page.

Remember, you can also find additional resources here on TEACH, or you can follow self-directed training in your Blackboard organisation entitled Enhancing Learning through Technology.


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