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Digital Learning training and support

Posted on: 21 Mar 2018

The Office for Digital Learning will be providing systems training and academic development support for Ulster staff during Spring Semester 2018.

Digital Learning Webinar Series

The series consists of six short online seminars about digital learning at Ulster. These aim to provide staff with the opportunity to find out about a range of digital learning topics, in response to student expectations and educational priorities.

Qwickly attendance monitoring
Student attendance can be an indicator of success. This session provides an overview of Qwickly attendance monitoring, which is now available in Blackboard. Qwickly allows staff to record attendance for the whole cohort, or for students to check in, using a web browser on their own device with a time limited PIN number.
Mon 16 April, 2pm-2.30pm, Online

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Bb Collaborate Ultra is a virtual classroom available for Ulster staff and students in Blackboard. It provides real-time communication using audio, video, interactive whiteboard, screen and application sharing and interactive polling. It could be used for a range of educational purposes, e.g. online lectures, guest speakers, tutorials, group work, etc. Sessions can be recorded and shared.
Wed 18 April, 2pm-2.30pm, Online

Interactive learning
The Student Digital Experience survey 2017 shows that Ulster students want an interactive learning experience, in class and outside of it. This session highlights Ulster technologies that enable interactive learning, along with some recent examples of practice. It also showcases the newly available StudyMate Campus in Blackboard, which staff and students can use to easily create and share flash cards and learning games.
Wed 25 April, 2pm-2.30pm, Online

VLE student experience
What is the student experience of their course in the VLE? This session considers the student experience across all their VLE modules (via desktop and app); in terms of layout, learning content, communication, collaboration, assessment, marks and feedback. It showcases best practice to ensure a quality and consistent student experience.
Wed 2 May, 2pm-2.30pm, Online

Blackboard Predict
Predictive learning analytics can help identify at risk students, enabling better informed interventions that can help struggling students. This session introduces Bb Predict which will available for staff in AY 2018/19. It will provide an overview of Bb Predict - the benefits, procedures and best practice for using it.
Wed 9 May, 2pm-2.30pm, Online

Online portfolios
An online portfolio can be a flexible and accessible way to showcase achievements, encourage reflection and prepare for the workplace. This session shows supported technologies available at Ulster and some examples of practice.
Wed 23 May, 12pm-12.30pm, Online

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Designing Flipped Learning workshop

An activity based workshop to plan flipped learning, with online pre-workshop activities to prepare for this. Participants will sequence flipped and blended learning to enhance their educational practice, either individually or as a group. There will be the opportunity to discuss and share practice, overcome challenges and find out about technologies that support flipped learning at Ulster.
Workshop outline
Workshop blog post

Wed 9 May, 12.30pm-3.30pm, 15J19, Jordanstown

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Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA) workshop

This practical workshop explores how Blackboard can be used to enhance assessment and feedback practice in line with the expectations of Ulster's Electronic Management of Assessment Policy. The session focuses on Turnitin Feedback Studio and the Blackboard Assignment tool for online submission, marking and feedback.

Wed 30 May, 10am-12pm, 2B11, Jordanstown

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Individual support sessions

Bookable half hour slots, offering tailored one-to-one advice and support for your digital learning queries.
Click on the calendar date to book your slot. Please book at least one day before the date of session. You will be contacted directly by the facilitator to arrange the session details.

Wed 16 May, 1pm-5pm, Coleraine
Wed 23 May, 1pm-5pm, Jordanstown
Wed 30 May, 1pm-5pm, Belfast
Wed 6 June, 1pm-5pm, Magee

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For further information, or if you require any further support, please email