Staff development workshops

We offer a range of staff development workshops. To see which are running soon, and to book a place see Events.
 
We can often tailor and run ad hoc workshops for a specific Faculty, School, Department, group or project. If you are interested please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk and one of the team will be in touch to discuss your requirements.
 
Workshops on offer

Designing and creating digital materials

Course description

The increased availability of mobile devices gives teaching staff an opportunity to allow guided  and self-paced learning to continue outside of traditional settings. This workshop will help you to get started in creating digital materials, moving from the initial idea through to creation and publishing the final content. The course will give you hands on experience with content creation tools and approaches and is intended for anyone wanting to create their own online or electronic resources.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to :

Tutor

Martin Nutbeem

Duration

3 hours

Effective course design

Course description

In this workshop participants will explore and critique examples of approaches to course design, and identify how these can be applied in their own Blackboard courses. Through exploration of approaches that have proven effective in the University or elsewhere in HE institutions they will learn key principles of effective online course design to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of courses for staff and students. This will include strategies for addressing common issues, for example, avoiding too much content on a single page. Participants will be offered a follow up individual consultation with the TEL team to complete their course re-design.

Duration

2.5 hours

Tutors

Roger Gardner

See our information about Course design.

 

Getting the most out of the Blackboard Grade Centre: advanced administration skills for electronic management of assessment (EMA)

Course description

Increasing numbers of staff are supporting electronic management of assessment (EMA) in Blackboard. This workshop is aimed at colleagues who wish to deepen their knowledge and expertise of administering the grade centre effectively, in particular when dealing with large cohorts of students. During the workshop participants will be able to explore examples and try out a range of advanced grade centre tools. They will also be given access to a set of resources to take away.
By the end of the workshop participants will:
· be able to apply advanced features of the grade centre to their Courses eg use grading periods to organise assignments by teaching block.
· be able to make the grade centre easier to work with eg for markers and moderators
· have strategies to administer the grade centre effectively including filtered views and managing large cohorts of students
· be able to import and export data from the grade centre from/to other systems.
· be able to ensure controlled student access to relevant grade centre data

Pre-requisites

Participants should already have a basic knowledge of setting up and managing assignments in Blackboard.

Tutor

Naomi Beckett

Duration

3 hours

Introduction to Blackboard for academic and research staff

Course description

Blackboard is the University of Bristol’s centrally supported Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Blackboard provides a range of tools for communication, collaboration, and assessment as well as offering an online area to share resources like course notes and reading lists. This workshop will provide an introduction to Blackboard’s tools and features. As part of the workshop participants will build their own Blackboard course and if possible should bring materials such as reading lists, lecture notes or ideas for online activities to the workshop.

The aim of this workshop is to provide a concise overview of the tools and features of Blackboard, enable participants to create their own courses and share ideas on how Blackboard can be used to support learning and teaching based on examples from the University of Bristol.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

Pre-requisites

This course is intended for all academic and research staff who are new to Blackboard or wish to refresh their knowledge. Participants are encouraged to bring materials they wish to publish online (Word documents, web pages, Powerpoints, etc.) to work with during the session.

Tutors

Duration

2.5 hours

See our Blackboard support information

Introduction to Blackboard for administrative and support staff

Course description

Blackboard is the University of Bristol's centrally supported Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Blackboard provides a range of tools for communication, collaboration, and assessment as well as offering an online area to share resources like course notes and reading lists. This workshop will provide an introduction to the key features of Blackboard most used by administrative and support staff, including:

Pre-requisites

This course is intended for administrative or support staff who are new to Blackboard or wish to refresh their knowledge.

Tutors

Hanrahan Highland

Duration

2.5 hours

See our Blackboard support information

Introduction to Questionmark OnDemand

Course description

Interactive assessment by computer offers a range of benefits to teachers and students; e.g. instant marking, immediate feedback, a wider range of assessment types, flexibility of time and place.

The UoB Questionmark system was upgraded in July 2019. The new system has a different interface for administrators and offers a few new functionalities. In this workshop we will provide you with an overview of the new interface and demonstrate the steps required for managing student accounts, scheduling, writing questions, developing assessments and basic reporting.

We will also be running a short series of Webinars related to the new version of Questionmark.

Pre-requisites

Participants should know how to use a Web browser. Participants may wish to bring an example of an assessment that is currently delivered on paper.

Tutors Roberta Perli

  • Hanrahan Highland
  • Naomi Beckett

Duration

2 hours See our Questionmark Perception support information To arrange training on QuestionMark Perception please contact us 

Synchronous online teaching with Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is an interactive web conferencing tool available for staff and students. This hands on workshop will help you set up online spaces, timed sessions and use interactive tools with remote users and external guests. Share screens, create breakout rooms for groups and setup spaces for collaborate work. From feedback meetings to webinars, Collaborate can help you take teaching beyond the classroom.

Duration

2.5 hours

Tutor

Martin Nutbeem 

Video in teaching and learning

Course description

This workshop aims to introduce staff to the educational application of video, for example providing content prior to a lecture, clarification post lecture or feedback. It will take participants through the planning, design, production and evaluation of media rich resources.  The workshop will include a hands on session where participants can use the Mediasite Desktop recorder to create and publish content.

Duration

3 hours

Tutor

Pete Herbert
 

TEL essentials

Course description

This course is for teaching staff and aims to provide you with an overview of technology enhanced learning (TEL) and assessment. It provides some principles and strategies underpinning successful use of TEL, focussing particularly on a blended context where students have a mixture of online and face-to-face learning experiences. During the course activities you will also be able to try out a range of technologies

Objectives

By the end of the course you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate awareness of the importance and role of TEL in contemporary Higher Education, and describe examples of its use , including potential benefits and considerations
  • Explain principles underpinning the design of online and blended courses and key considerations when planning them
  • Analyse how different technologies can support different types of learning, teaching and assessment activities, and compare the use of institutionally supported technologies and those on the open web, in order to make informed decisions
  • Describe strategies for facilitating, managing and evaluating online and blended learning activities, demonstrating awareness of the importance of the tutor role online
  • Access further help and support, and plan next steps

Duration

3.5 hours

Tutors

  • Roger Gardner
  • Roberta Perli