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    Professional Development Workshops

    LEaD is providing a new programme of professional development workshops from October 2020 onwards. We are offering both synchronous workshops and flipped workshops where you will be expected to watch a pre-recorded session or demonstration before joining online for guided exercises or Q&As. Please ensure you watch the sessions before attending, as the material in the workshops will not be repeated.


    Full details of the sessions and a link to sign up are available below.

    Session nameDescriptionDate and registration link
    Advanced Poll Everywhere

    This session will look beyond the basic functions of Poll Everywhere. It will cover creating surveys, embedding polls in Moodle or websites, sharing activities with staff teams and presenting polls within virtual classrooms.

    Tuesday 3rd November 14:00-15:00

    Link to register

    Setting up and running a Zoom session

    This session offers an overview on how to create a Zoom meeting, distribute the details amongst your attendees, and manage the meeting as it happens (including Whiteboard, Breakout Rooms and other common functions).

    NB: This session will be held on Microsoft Teams

    Thursday 5th November 12:00-13:00

    Link to register

    Flipped Session - Interpreting Turnitin Similarity ReportsThis session will introduce you to Turnitin similarity reports. You will learn to recognise if an assignment has been referenced correctly, if a student needs additional guidance or if there is evidence of academic misconduct. The recording introduces the basics of reports, and the synchronous session will give you the chance to interpret your own report and discuss your findings.

    Tuesday 10th November 14:00-15:00

    Link to register

    Please watch the introductory screencast before attending. A link to the screencast will be sent to you at least a week before the session.

    Flipped session - An introduction to Moodle Quizzes

    Quizzes provide an easy way to include formative and summative assessment in your module that students can access any time, and that you don't have to mark.  This session will give you the opportunity to ask questions about creating your own quiz.

    Wednesday 11th November 10:00-11:00

    Link to register

    Flipped session - Video Editing using Premiere Rush

    In this practical workshop, our trainer will edit together a simple film using Adobe Premiere Rush. For those with the software installed and a second screen, you will be able to shadow the trainer as he edits, adds effects and exports his movie - source files will be made available. Q&A afterwards for those needing extra support.

    Link to register

    Please watch this screencast before attending to gain an introduction to the software

    Flipped session - An Introduction to H5PIn this workshop, our trainer will build some simple Moodle interactive resources using H5P. For those with a second monitor, you will be able to shadow our trainer as he builds his resources - source files will be made available. There will be a Q&A afterwards for those needing extra support.

    Link to register

    Please watch the introductory screencast before attending. A link to the screencast will be sent to you at least a week before the session.

    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.

    Online Educational Technology Drop-ins

    The Education Technology team will be available for online drop-in sessions every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon during term time, from September 9th. If you have a quick question about any of our technologies, drop in via Zoom for help and advice.

    Wednesday 14:00-15:00

    Thursday 14:00-15:00

    Zoom Meeting ID: 984 7760 9227

    Password: #NgMW6

    The drop-ins will be held via Zoom and will only be available to staff using City Zoom accounts. If you access the meeting using a personal Zoom account, you will be moved to the waiting room and will not be admitted to the drop-in. Please follow our participant guide to set up your City Zoom account and download the Zoom application prior to attending the workshops.

    Request training

    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