Your digital practice

About digital practice

Our University provides us with a wide range of technologies to support student education and research. You can access many of these technologies in lecture theatres, clusters, labs, at your desk and via a web browser. This enables you to work flexibly and collaboratively with your students and peers at other institutions across the world. All our digital practice development supports our University’s strategic priorities relating to digital:

Our digital practice development

Are you interested in developing your use of technology? We provide a series of online, face-to-face and blended development opportunities for staff and postgraduate researchers. Some of our wider digital provision is also listed on the Professional Skills page.

Teaching and learning online

A new programme of workshops, resources and support is available to support you in transitioning to teaching and learning online during the coronavirus outbreak. All resources and provision on this page can support you with this activity but here are some key resources you should be aware of:

  1. Digital Practice site
  2. Teaching and learning online (Coronavirus site)
  3. Online learning training sessions (Coronavirus site)
  4. Staff Frequently Asked Questions (Coronavirus site)
  5. Digital Accessibility site

Getting Started with Minerva

Suitability: staff and postgraduate researchers involved with delivering and supporting student education

This course will introduce you to Minerva Portal and VLE (virtual learning environment). Minerva provides access to a rich range of tools and options available for supporting student education. The course is available online and as a face-to-face workshop.

Lecture capture and media management

Suitability: academic staff and professional staff supporting academic practice

We offer a range of workshops on all aspects of lecture capture and media management.

Collaborate Ultra

Suitability: staff and postgraduate researchers

Support and guidance on Collaborate Ultra is available for all staff on a bespoke basis. To learn more, please contact

Collaborative lecture theatres

Suitability: all staff interested in using the redesigned lecture theatres

The redesign of three traditional tiered lecture theatres is informed by the latest research into the relationship between:

  • Learning spaces
  • Technology
  • Pedagogy

Collaborative lecture theatres are available in Mechanical Engineering (Lecture Theatre B), Dentistry (Dental Worsley Lecture Theatre) and Roger Stevens (Lecture Theatre 8).

External online provision: LinkedIn Learning Pilot

As part of our institutional pilot, LinkedIn Learning provides flexible access to a wealth of resources to enhance your digital practice. There is an Inclusive Teaching collection (LinkedIn Learning) which includes courses on learning to teach online and making learning accessible. If you haven’t already registered, visit the LinkedIn Learning guide (IT Knowledgebase) to get started.

Our networks

Learning Technologists’ Network (LTN)

Suitability: there are 2 types of LTN membership:

  1. Core members: learning technologists working at the faculty and institute level. These members are directly employed within faculties, institutes* and the Student Education Service. *This includes learning technologists working for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
  2. Associate members: work in a wide range of roles and have an interest in learning technology. They include staff (in faculties and central services), postgraduate researchers and other NIHR staff.

The LTN provides you with an opportunity to keep updated with developments in educational technology, strategic priorities and collaborate. If you are a core member, there is also support to assist you with obtaining professional recognition.

If you have any questions about the LTN, please contact Kirsten Thompson.

Additional resources

Find out more

If you have any questions about our digital practice development, including our bespoke provision, please select from the following:

Our Bespoke Services page | Contact us:

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