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.

Make Minerva Accessible with Blackboard Ally

These sessions are for any member of staff who is responsible for uploading content into Minerva.

The aim of this online workshop is to provide a brief introduction to Blackboard Ally which is a tool to improve the accessibility of digital content in Minerva. It will be available in all 20/21 modules and organisations in time for the upcoming academic year.

Ally is a tool that automatically scans the original content in Minerva and provides an Accessibility Indicator for each file. Blackboard Ally has three key features:

  • It will identify content with accessibility issues
  • It will show staff how to make their content more accessible and
  • It will also automatically give students access to files in multiple formats, such as braille, html and mp3 audio.

Please see training dates and links to book on below:

Date Time (online session) Ticket
Wednesday 1 July 1:30-2:45pm Ticket link – Wednesday 1 July, 1:30-2:45pm
Tuesday 7 July 12:30-1:45pm Ticket link – Thursday 7 July, 12:30-1:45pm
Thursday 9 July 2:30-3:45pm Ticket link – Thursday 9 July, 2:30-3:45pm
Thursday 16 July 2:30-3:45pm Ticket link – Thursday 16 July, 2:30-3:45pm
Wednesday 29 July 3:00-4:15pm Ticket link – Wednesday 29 July, 3:00-4:15pm
Tuesday 4 August 1:00-2:15pm Ticket link – Tuesday 4 August, 1:00-2:15pm
Thursday 27 August 3:00-4:15pm Ticket link – Thursday 27 August, 3:00-4:15pm

Top Hat for assessment

This event is suitable for academic staff and PGRs who teach. These sessions will cover:

  • Creating folders
  • Creating a MC question
  • Creating a page and instructions to give students for assessment
  • Adding questions in a Page
  • Quick overview of different question types available
  • Assigning the test to students – what it looks like for students and instructors.
Date Time (online session) Ticket
Monday 15 June 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link – Monday 15 June, 3:15-4:15pm
Thursday 18 June 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link – Thursday 18 June, 3:15-4:15pm
Wednesday 24 June 3:15-4:15pm Ticket link – Wednesday 24 June, 3:15-4:15pm
Thursday 2 July*** (See note below) 3:15- 4:15pm Ticket link – Thursday 2 July, 3:15-4:15pm
Wednesday 8 July 3:15- 4:15pm Ticket link – Wednesday 8 July, 3:15-4:15pm
Tuesday 14 July 2:45-3:45pm Ticket link – Tuesday 14 July, 2:45-3:45pm
Thursday 23 July 3:45-4:45pm Ticket link – Thursday 23 July, 3:45-4:45pm

*** Top Hat Session 1 – This session on 2 July is to enable staff to gain an understanding of the tool and be able to create and deploy quizzes and polls to students.

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
  • Recording presentations for students to view independently via Minerva

This will be a 1-hour online session to explore the functionality of Collaborate Ultra including the use of chat, audio, video, file share, polling, whiteboard tools and breakout rooms to conduct webinars. There will be a 10-minute Q&A session at the end.

Date Time (online session) Ticket
Thursday 25 June 2:00-3:00pm Ticket link – Thursday 25 June, 2-3pm
Thursday 2 July 1:30-3:00pm Ticket link – Thursday 2 July, 1:30-3pm
Tuesday 28 July 2:00-3:30pm Ticket link – Tuesday 28 July, 2-3:30pm
Thursday 6 August 3:00-4:30pm Ticket link – Thursday 6 August, 3-4:30pm

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.