From January 2018 the Digital Learning Support team in the Exchange will be moving its introductory workshops online.
These sessions about our core platforms (Moodle, MyBlog and Workflow) will be scheduled on a regular basis and delivered using Blackboard Collaborate. This is a virtual classroom where the tutor will lead a presentation, engage participants in online discussion, answer questions and support people through a number of short exercises to help develop familiarity with the core features of each platform.
There are a number of benefits from participating in online training. First of all is the flexibility provided, enabling participation from a location convenient to you.
Being online also supports the development of your digital skills, and provides you with experience of being a learner in a digital space. The questions, challenges and opportunities you experience in these online workshops will enrich your knowledge and appreciation when it comes to applying your learning in your own context.
What equipment is needed to participate?
To take part you will need a computer that is connected to the internet and a quiet space. If taking part from a shared environment then headphones will give a you a degree of privacy and help block out background noise. A microphone isn’t necessary as there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion via the online chat facility.
Will the Exchange still offer Face-to-Face training?
The simple answer is Yes! The online sessions cover the basics. If more in-depth training on any of the platforms is required, or you need specific advice or help with embedding digital into your teaching, then do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can provide bespoke face-to-face training to small groups and course teams to help colleagues explore, plan and implement digital approaches to teaching. Popular themes include:
- Online Assessment Feedback
- Online submission
- Collaborating and online group working
- Teaching virtually using an online classroom
- Using the Digital as a space for engaging students
Details of the new online offer and how you can book will be on the Teaching and Learning Exchange website from early December.