Support and Guidance

The University offers support and training to enable staff to make the best use of Blended Learning approaches in their teaching and in using technology to support other aspects of academic work. To support the Digital Learning Programme we are organising events and training to enable staff to think about the new technologies and approaches in their own context and to gain practical skills in using the tools. This website has been developed to accompany this programme.

The Digital Education Service was launched in January 2018 and offers support for staff in developing online courses. Visit the Digital Education Service Website for further information.

The Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) also offers masterclasses, guidance and research on Learning and Teaching. Visit the LITE Website for further information.

Digital Education Academic Leads support the implementation and realisation of the University’s Blended Learning and Digital Education strategies, at both the University level and within Faculties.

Events and training sessions


Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Academic Staff now have access to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra from within Minerva. Detailed information on Collaborate Ultra is available on the Minerva support site for staff at:

Organisational Development and Professional Learning (OD&PL), in partnership with Learning Technologies Team, are offering various online and face to face training sessions on Collaborate Ultra throughout the academic year 2017/2018.

Further information can be viewed online.

Introduction to the Technology in the Redesigned Lecture Theatres

As part of the £520M investment being made in a transformative campus development programme three lecture theatres have been redesigned; Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 8, Mechanical Engineering Lecture Theatre B, and Worsley Dental Lecture Theatre.

Bespoke training is available. Contact  The aim is to support staff to use the technology within the redesigned lecture theatres whilst focussing on pedagogic design principles to enhance collaborative work and student engagement.

Training can be booked online.

Introduction to Lecture Capture and Media Management

A useful introduction to Lecture Capture and Media Management for new staff to the University can be found on VideoLeeds. Face to face sessions also provide guidance on how staff and students can create digital content to support Student Education.

Training can be booked online.

Media Management: Publish to Video Leeds, iTunes U and University of Leeds YouTube channel

The University of Leeds’ Lecture Capture and Media Management System provides new opportunities for the creation and sharing of digital content. The launch of VideoLeeds in June 2015 allows staff and students to publish lecture capture recordings and other multimedia to this new channel. Students can also publish content to the University of Leeds YouTube channel. Media is categorised by topic rather than by school or faculty. VideoLeeds has now replaced other media channels such as LUTube which is no longer in use.

Online screencasts are available below:

Use Personal Capture at your Desktop: Record, Review, Edit, Publish

This session aims to introduce colleagues to the use of Personal Capture using the Desktop Recorder.  There will be an opportunity to record a short screencast/presentation and then use Mediasite to access, review, edit and publish the recorded captures to Minerva. You can also share your recordings to a variety of publicly available channels.

Personal Capture is also available to all students. A Guide to Creating Digital Content (for staff and students) is available on the IT Website with accompanying tutorials.

Training can be booked online.

Copyright Support

The interactive guide, copyright explainer, provides online support:

OD&PL offer a variety of workshops supporting digital skills. For workshops on social media and all other technology related events visit the OD&PL website.

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) provided by Learning On Screen

The University subscribes to Box of Broadcasts (BoB) via an Educational Resources Agency (ERA) licence allowing staff and students to view, record and share digital content from over 65+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are available online indefinitely (no expiry) and are then added to a growing media archive with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions. Visit Learning On Screen for more information and to access Box of Broadcasts.

Workshops can be booked online.

BoB provides online tutorials on how to use the system.

OD&PL offer bespoke demonstrations on BoB.  If you wish to have a bespoke demonstration delivered in your School of Faculty please get in touch with Beth Snowden at

Online Training

Online resources and tutorials

OD&PL have produced a comprehensive set of online resources to support lecture capture and media management.

Change Owner Support Guides March 2015 and online tutorial (available to authorised change owners)

You will find a series of online video tutorials for staff and students on how to use various aspects of lecture capture and media management by visiting the Resources and Support Channel of VideoLeeds at: 

You will also find the websites below a useful source of information and advice.

Faculty Support Contacts

Faculty Support Contacts

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

Digital Education Academic Lead: Edward Venn
Student Champion for Digital Education: Hannah Webbe

Learning Technology Manager: Damian McDonald
Learning Technologist: Sarah Budello
Learning Technologist: Lucy Parkin
Learning Technologist: Chris Taylor

Faculty of Biological Sciences

Digital Education Academic Lead: Dr Matthew Lancaster
Blended Learning Enhancement Officer: Veronica Volz
Student Champion for Digital Education: Mohammed Samir

Faculty of Business

Digital Education Academic Lead: Emilee Simmons
Blended Learning Enhancement Manager: Catherine Wilkinson
Blended Learning Officer: Sean Gledhill
Student Champion for Digital Education: Sarah Bostan

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Digital Education Academic Lead: Alexander Beresford
Student Champion for Digital Education:  Maya Sterrie

Faculty of Engineering

Digital Education Academic Lead: Duncan Borman
Blended Learning Enhancement Officer: Hayley Whitefoot
Student Champion for Digital EducationMohamed Kamal

Faculty of Environment

Digital Education Academic Lead: Clare Gordon
Teaching Innovation Service Manager: Blayn Parkinson
Student Champion for Digital Education: Arianna Griffa

Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Digital Education Academic Lead: TBC
Student Champion for Digital EducationNicholas Clare

Faculty of Medicine and Health

Digital Education Academic Lead: James Pickering
Student Champion for Digital Education: Priscilla Ehikioya

Student Champions for Digital Education

Content Lead: Peter Finch-Sieg
Course Design Manager: Kate Nicolson
Student Champion for Digital Education Coordinator: Ahmed Al-Basha

Central Support Contacts

The Digital Learning Programme is led by Professor Neil Morris, the Director of the Digital Education Service at the University of Leeds and supported by colleagues from Organisational Development and Professional Learning, the Digital Education Service, the University Library, Facilities Support Services, the Learning Technologies Team and the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE).

Strategy Queries

Neil Morris, Director of Digital Learning Service for enquiries on Audio or Video Recording Policy, legal issues, Data Protection Queries and Legal Adviser’s Office

Intellectual Property and Copyright

OD&PL Support and Staff Development

  • Andy Hagyard (Senior Academic Consultant) technology enhanced learning, technology events and workshops, rights and responsibilities in relation to use of technology.
  • Keith Tellum (Online Distance Learning Advisor), co-ordinating and supporting the Online Distance Learning Programmes in Leeds University Business School and Engineering.
  • Kirsten Thompson (Digital Practice Advisor), social media strategy and development, online CPD for staff and postgraduate research students, OD&PL webmaster, Minerva support and guidance
  • Beth Snowden (Academic Staff Development Officer of Learning Technology), Lecture Capture & Media Management, Redesigned Collaborative Learning Spaces, Collaborate Ultra, technology enhanced learning

Publication on External Channels – Digital Education Service

The Digital Learning Service offer advice and support for publication of content on on external channels such as MOOCs on FutureLearn, iTunes U, and the University of Leeds YouTube Channel.

Digital Education Coordinator for Faculty Student Champions

Support for Students


For technical enquiries about Minerva contact 0113 3433333 or online via the IT Service Desk

Technical Enquiries

The Facilities Services Support team from Estates Services offer support with the use of technology in central teaching classrooms and lecture theatres. You can contact them on 0113 3435555 or email To view an online tutorial on technical equipment in the teaching rooms visit

General Information systems support

IT Service Desk for information systems support 0113 3433333 or online