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  • Educational Technology Workshops

    Preparing to teach in Term 2

    With the start of term 2 fast approaching many of you may be planning to teach online for the first time. The Educational Technology team is offereing a programme of workshops that cover the basics of planning your module for an online audience, setting up and running sessions on both Zoom and Teams and on creating multimedia resources. Please see below for full descriptions of each session and a link to sign up.

    Most of our sessions take place on Zoom. Please follow our participant guide to set up your City Zoom account and download the Zoom application prior to attending the workshops.

    For the session that is being held on Teams, please see our guidance on joining a meeting on Teams

    Workshop Recording

    Please note that synchronous sessions will be recorded so that the recording can be made available to staff who are unable to attend the workshops. You can switch your webcam off so that your camera is not recorded during the workshop.

    Professional Development Workshops Term 1

    LEaD will also conclude its programme of professional development workshops in November. See below for details of the remaining workshops covering Moodle quizzes and H5P.

    Session nameDescriptionDate and registration link
    Using a HUE camera as a visualiser and whiteboardThe HUE camera is a small, light-weight camera. This session will demonstrate how to use it as an alternative to a classroom visualiser or whiteboard. Please note: This session concentrates on the technical aspects of using the camera and does not cover any training on whiteboard activities.

    Thursday 14th January 14:00-14:45

    Postponed. A new date and the link to register for it will be posted here as soon as possible.

    Register here

    Online Educational Technology Drop-ins

    Weekly Education Technology Drop-ins will resume on Thursday 28th January between 14:00 and 15:00. Members of the team will be available on Zoom to answer any educational technology questions every week.There's no need to book, just come along.

    Meeting link

    Meeting ID: 852 4524 1776

    Passcode: 285410

    Please note: The Zoom meeting will only be available to those with a City Zoom account. Any users trying to join without a City account will not be admitted.

    To set up your account, see our Zoom guidance.

    Request Training Or Support

    Request group online training on any of our educational technology tools. Use the IT Service Portal to make your request. Please include the educational technology you would like training on in the Short Description of the form. In the Description Details, list the people who will attend, and times and dates that are most suitable.

    Professional Development Workshop Recordings

    LEaD has been running a series of workshops throughout 2020 to help you plan for online teaching and to increase your confidence in using educational technology to engage and support students.

    All the sessions were recorded and links to the recordings are available on our guidance site.

    The sessions covered:

    • Digital accessibility awareness
    • Designing an effective Moodle module
    • Getting started with Zoom
    • Facilitating synchronous teaching online (Zoom)
    • Synchronous whiteboard activities
    • Breakout room activities
    • Re-purposing existing lecture captures and other online video resources
    • DIY screencasts
    • Using Moodle quizzes
    • Using Moodle forums
    • An introduction to Poll Everywhere.

    In conjunction with IT Training, LEaD also ran sessions on using Microsoft Teams for Teaching.

    • Introduction to Microsoft Teams for Teaching
    • Preparing for Online Synchronous Teaching (Teams)
    • Sharing Your Screen (Microsoft Teams)
    • Recording and sharing your session (Microsoft Teams)

    LEaD Writing Group

    Are you interested in blogging, but not sure where to start? Never quite manage to find the time to sit down and do that piece of writing you’ve been putting off? This message is to let you know about the monthly LEaD Writing Group and invite you to join us.

    Since 2016, we’ve run an informal writing group within LEaD that focuses on support for blogging and giving participants some time and space to catch up on a little writing. Experienced bloggers, those new to it, or those thinking about starting one – all are welcome, as are those just looking for a quiet half an hour to finish off a paper or something.

    As with many LEaD events, we have taken the decision to shift these events online for the Autumn term and plan to start the Writing Group meetings up again in September. We’ve set up dates, times and topics for four sessions to take us up to the Christmas break. We will review whether to continue with these sessions online (or resume face to face meetings) in the new year, depending on how circumstances change.

    We hope that some of our regulars might want to join us online, but we’re also keen to attract some new faces to the group as well. We’ve taken the decision to run them on a regular day each month, Tuesday, before everyone gets ‘Zoomed out’ in the week with online meetings. The sessions will all run from 13:00 – 14:00, so you can take time out of your day but hopefully still get a lunch break.

    The following dates and provisional topics have been scheduled:

    • 15th September: Virtualising a Writing Group
    • 13th October: Blogging and Reflective Writing
    • 10th November: Unlocking your Creativity
    • 8th December: Writing in a Time of Crisis

    One advantage of running the session online is that we may be able to bring in some external guests. We also hope that the format might enable more people to take part in the sessions.

    Please fill in the sign up form if you would like to be added to our mailing list and we look forward to seeing some of you in the autumn.

    Before we start, you can browse previous posts to find out some of what we’ve covered in previous sessions