Online learning training sessions

Development sessions are being provided to support staff in their transfer to remote and online working and teaching. You can find available sessions below.

Plan and deliver webinars – Collaborate Ultra

This webinar will introduce staff to Collaborate Ultra to plan and deliver webinars for:

  • Synchronous (real-time) teaching sessions
  • Small group seminars or tutorials
  • Q&A sessions with a small group of students

This will be a 75-minute online session to explore the functionality of Collaborate Ultra to conduct webinars. Participants may stay online after the session for an optional 15 minutes to explore the environment as a Moderator and ask any further technical questions.

By the end of the session you will be better able to:

  • Plan an online session
  • Employ the relevant functionality for your context using tools such as audio, video, chat, polling, whiteboard, file share, breakout groups
  • Consider strategies for effective delivery
Date Time (online session) Ticket
Thursday 10 December 12:30-2:00pm Ticket link – Thursday 10 December, 12:30-2:00pm
Wednesday 13 January 3:00-4:30pm Ticket link РWednesday 13 January,  3:00-4:30pm


Gradescope is an assessment tool that is particularly useful for assignments that require a handwritten response. This webinar will include a live demonstration of using Gradescope to manage and grade handwritten submissions for assessment, followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

On completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of using Gradescope for handwritten responses through a live demonstration
  • Add a Gradescope link within a module
  • Create a Gradescope assignment

Suitability – All teaching staff – first-time users of Gradescope from set up to marking.

Date Time (online session) Ticket
Tuesday 12 January 2:30-3:30pm Ticket link – Tuesday 12 January, 2:30-3:30pm
Tuesday 19 January 10:30-11:30am Ticket link – Tuesday 19 January, 10:30-11:30am
Wednesday 27 January 11:00-12 noon Ticket link РWednesday 27 January Р11:00-12 noon 
Tuesday 2 February 1:30-2:30pm Ticket link – Tuesday 2 February – 1:30-2.30pm
Tuesday 16 February 10:30-11:30am Ticket link – Tuesday 16 February – 10:30-11:30am

Teaching and Learning with Top Hat

In these sessions staff will learn how to:

  • Collaborate and Top Hat how they differ and how to use them together
  • Create folders
  • Upload slides
  • Create questions & discussions
  • Present – using Collaborate and Top Hat for synchronous instruction
  • Assign – asynchronous instruction
  • Minerva – resources.
Date Time (online session) Ticket
Tuesday 20 October 3:30-4:30pm Ticket link – Tuesday 20 October, 3:30-4:30pm
Thursday 29 October 3:00-4:00pm Ticket link – Thursday 29 October, 3:00-4:00pm
Wednesday 11 November 3:45-4:45pm Ticket link – Wednesday 11 November, 3:45-4:45pm
Tuesday 17 November 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link -Tuesday 17 November, 3:15-4:15pm
Wednesday 2 December 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link -Wednesday 2 December, 3:15-4:15pm
Wednesday 16 December 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link – Wednesday 16 December, 3:15-4:15pm
Tuesday 19 January 3:45-4:45pm Ticket link – Tuesday 19 January, 3:45-4:45pm
Tuesday 26 January 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link – Tuesday 26 January, 3:15-4:15pm
Wednesday 3 February 3:45-4:45pm Ticket link – Wednesday 3 February, 3:45-4:45pm
Thursday 11 February 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link – Thursday 11 February, 3:15-4:15pm
Tuesday 16 February 3:45-4:45pm Ticket link – Tuesday 16 February, 3:45-4:45pm
Thursday 18 February 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link – Thursday 18 February, 3:15-4:15pm
Wednesday 3 March 3:45-4:45pm Ticket link – Wednesday 3 March, 3:45-4:45pm
Thursday 11 March 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link – Thursday 11 March, 3:15-4:15pm
Tuesday 16 March 3:45-4:45pm Ticket link -Tuesday 16 March, 3:45-4:45pm
Thursday 25 March 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link – Thursday 25 March, 3:15-4:15pm
Tuesday 30 March 3:45-4:45pm Ticket link – Tuesday 30 March, 3:45-4:45pm
Tuesday 13 April 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link – Tuesday 13 April, 3:15-4:15pm
Monday 19 April 3:45-4:45pm Ticket link – Monday 19 April, 3:45-4:45pm
Wednesday 28 April 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link – Wednesday 28 April, 3:15-4:15pm

Top Hat for assessment

This event is suitable for academic staff and PGRs who teach.

These sessions will cover:

  • Creating folders.
  • Creating an MC question.
  • Creating a non-monitored assessment
  • Adding questions to the non-monitored assessment
  • Overview of different question types available.
  • Assigning the test to students – what it looks like for students and instructors.
Date Time (online session) Ticket
Tuesday 3 November 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link – Tuesday 3 November, 3:15-4:15pm
Wednesday 25 November 3:45-4:45pm Ticket link – Wednesday 25 November, 3:45-4:45pm


Using Teams for student-centered Active Learning

These sessions will demonstrate some of the ways that Microsoft Teams can be used to provide learning activities.

Demonstration of MS Teams includes:

  • How to link a Class Team from Minerva
  • How to develop asynchronous learning activities that can be used in Teams
  • Introduction to Class Notebook

This will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

Check back for new dates coming soon.

Blackboard Webinar Training Series: Remote Instruction from Basics to Advanced

There are a series of free webinars available to help staff with the transition to remote teaching. We are currently supporting topic 3: ‘Getting started with Blackboard Collaborate’. Register to find out more.

Online marking and feedback for written submissions in Turnitin

The drop-in sessions have been cancelled due to low demand. However, if you are interested in attending a future drop-in session please email the People Development team.