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:
- Digital Strategy for Student Education (Student Education Service website)
- Blended Learning Strategy (Student Education Service website)
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:
- Digital Practice site
- Teaching and learning online (Coronavirus site)
- Online learning training sessions (Coronavirus site)
- Staff Frequently Asked Questions (Coronavirus site)
- 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.
- Getting Started with Minerva online course: learn more and book
- Self-enrol on the new Getting Started with Minerva demo organisation
- Getting Started with Minerva face-to-face workshop: learn more and book
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Collaborative lecture theatres are available in Mechanical Engineering (Lecture Theatre B), Dentistry (Dental Worsley Lecture Theatre) and Roger Stevens (Lecture Theatre 8).
- Introduction to the collaborative lecture theaters (Microsoft Sway presentation)
- Self-enrol on the OD&PL Collaborative Learning Spaces (Minerva Organisation)
- Promote Active Learning in the Collaborative Lecture Theatres: learn more and book
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.
Learning Technologists’ Network (LTN)
Suitability: there are 2 types of LTN membership:
- 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).
- 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.
- Subscribe to the LTN mailing list: the mailing list can only be accessed from networked computers or Desktop Anywhere. Advice on how to subscribe or unsubscribe from elsewhere, is available in the Creating and using mailing lists guide (IT website).
- Learning Technology Network Yammer Group: log into your university Office 365 account, go to Yammer and search for the Learning Technology Network and submit a request to join.
- Learning Technologists’ Network events: learn more and book
If you have any questions about the LTN, please contact Kirsten Thompson.
- Digital Practice site
- Digital Accessibility (website)
- Collaborate Ultra support (Minerva Support website)
- Lecture capture and media management (IT Knowledge Base)
- Collaborative Learning Spaces: University of Leeds (opens in Microsoft Sway)
- VideoLeeds (case studies and online resources: requires login)
- Breaking the ice online (website)
- Digital skills (Library website)
- OD&PL Getting Started with Social Media site (includes links to workshops)
Find out more
If you have any questions about our digital practice development, including our bespoke provision, please select from the following:
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