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 has been 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.

Throughout 2017/2018  a series of workshops and drop-in sessions will be delivered in each of the lecture theatres. 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 HERE.

Interactive Classroom and Online Learning

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 training sessions on Collaborate Ultra throughout the academic year 2017/2018.

Online Workshops can be booked HERE.

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. Face to face sessions also provide guidance on how staff and students can create digital content to support Student Education.

Training can be booked HERE.

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 the University of Leeds YouTube platform. 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.

  • View information and the online tutorial on publishing content from mediasite to VideoLeeds.
  • View informaiton and the online tutorial on publishing content to the University of Leeds YouTube Channel.

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:

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) provided by Learning On Screen

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:

Organisational Development and Professional Learning along with the Digital Learning Team 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 (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: 

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

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

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 Blended Learning Champions

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 Digital Learning at the University of Leeds and supported by colleagues from Organisational Development and Professional Learning, the Digital Learning Team, the University Library, Facilities Support Services and the Learning Technologies Team.

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

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.
  • 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 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

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