Training and Support

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 is also being developed to accompany this programme.

Events and training sessions

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.  The redesign incorporates technology and furniture allowing group work as well as traditional teaching methods.

Throughout 2017/2018 there will be workshops delivered in each of the lecture theatres. The aim is to support staff to use the technology within the redesigned lecture theatres. This includes using the lighting and audio equipment, student ThinkPad devices and NEC MultiSync Interactive Display.

Training can be booked HERE.

Interactive Classroom and Online Learning

Blackboard Collaborate ULTRA: The First Steps

Academic Staff now have access to Blackboard Collaborate ULTRA from within Minerva. Detailed information on Collaborate ULTRA is available on the VLE support site for staff at: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/staff/collab/collaborate/

Organisational Development and Professional Learning (OD&PL), in partnership with volunteer Collaborate Super Users, are offering various online training sessions on Collaborate ULTRA throughout the academic year 2017/2018 and these will be advertised shortly.

Lecture Capture and Media Management Training available for booking: 

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.

Introductory workshops will also be advertised shortly.

Media Management: Publish to Video Leeds

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 VideoLeeds. Media is categorised by topic rather than by school or faculty. VideoLeeds has now replaced other media channels such as LUTube which was phased out in 2016.

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 the VLE. You can also share your recordings externally to public audience or upload to VideoLeeds.

Personal Capture is available to all students. Separate courses on personal capture for postgraduate research students are also available.

Training can be booked HERE.

Copyright Training

The interactive guide, copyright explainer, provides online support: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/copyright-explainer/

There are a multitude of images, sounds and materials available, which we all use in aspects of our work or study at the University to make our work more visually interesting or informed. Are we able to use this material in our digital content without breaching copyright? If so, are we able to record the material without copyright infringement?  These sessions are aimed at anyone who is creating online media and  will help you to identify whether material is freely available or licensed for use;  know what ‘fair dealing’ means and when it applies, and obtain permissions for use or find licensed material available online. Click for dates and to book.

Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

The University subscribes to Box of Broadcasts.  BoB allows staff and students to record any programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions. For details see: https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/help.php/about.

Organisational Development and Professional Learning along with the Digital Learning Team offer 30 minute 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 b.snowden@@leeds.ac.uk.

Online Training

Online resources and tutorials

OD&PL have produced a comprehensive (and growing) 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: https://mymedia.leeds.ac.uk/Mediasite/Channel/resourcesandsupport 

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

Minerva Support on Lecture Capture 

IT Support website

Central Teaching Space Support

Faculty Support Contacts

Faculty Support Contacts

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

Blended Learning Academic Champion: Antonio Martinez-Arboleda
Student Blended Learning Champion: TBC for 2017-18

Faculty of Biological Sciences

Blended Learning Academic Champion: Dr Matthew Lancaster
Blended Learning Enhancement Officer: Veronica Volz
Student Blended Learning Champion: TBC for 2017-18

Faculty of Business

Blended Learning Academic Champion: Emilee Simmons
Blended Learning Enhancement Manager: Catherine Wilkinson
Blended Learning Officer: Sean Gledhill
Student Blended Learning Champion: TBC for 2017-18

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Blended Learning Academic Champion: Alex Beresford
Student Blended Learning Champion: TBC for 2017-18

Faculty of Engineering

Blended Learning Academic Champion: Duncan Borman
Student Blended Learning Champion: TBC for 2017-18

Faculty of Environment

Blended Learning Academic Champion: Clare Gordon
Blended Learning Officer: Blayn Parkinson
Student Blended Learning Champion: TBC for 2017-18

Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Blended Learning Academic Champion: Richard Ansell
Faculty Blended Learning Intern: Jamie Ridley
Student Blended Learning Champion: TBC for 2017-18

Faculty of Medicine and Health

Blended Learning Academic Champion: James Pickering
Student Blended Learning Champion: TBC for 2017-18

Central Support Contacts

The Digital Learning Programme is led by Professor Neil Morris, the Director of Digital Learning at the University of Leeds and supported by colleagues from SDDU, the Digital Learning Team, the University Library, Teaching Technology Support and ISS.

Strategy Queries

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

Intellectual Property and Copyright

Training and Staff Development

  • Andy Hagyard (Senior Academic Consultant) technology enhanced learning, technology events and workshops, rights and responsibilities in relation to use of technology.
  • Beth Snowden (Academic Staff Development Officer of Learning Technology), Lecture Capture, Blackboard Collaborate, mobile learning, technology enhanced learning

Publication on External Channels – Digital Learning Team

The Digital Learning Team for publication on external channels such as MOOCs, iTunesU, YouTube and Jorum

Blended Learning Coordinator for Faculty Student Champions

  • TBC for 2017-18

Support for Students

The VLE (Minerva)

The VLE Service for enquiries about use of the VLE telephone: 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 eshelp@leeds.ac.uk. To view an online tutorial on technical equipment in the teaching rooms visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk/estate_services/fss/articulate/player.html

General Information systems support

IT Service Desk for information systems support 0113 3433333 or online