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Staff Help: Yorkshare VLE, Replay and More

This page provides links to help materials and guidance on the following systems/considerations.

Page Contents

If you would prefer support materials in a format not listed here, or if you still have issues/queries after reviewing the below please Contact Us.

Induction Materials

A new “Explore!” tab should now be visible in the top right of all Yorkshare VLE pages for staff and students, which links through to many induction-related resources

For Staff

For Students

Guidance you can share with your new students:

Building and Delivering Dual Delivery/Online Content, Activities and Assessment During COVID

Staff should visit our central COVID Summary Page which has links through to:

  • Central University guidance (which will likely vary term on term as the situation continues), and
  • Our Online/Dual Delivery Teaching & Learning One Stop Shop page which provides guidance on creating and delivering online activities, resources and assessments during COVID.

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e-Accessibility (aka Digital Accessibility)

It is key that you use accessibility-friendly formatting (eg. Heading styles, descriptive hyperlinks and alt text on images) and caption any video resources you are providing.

  • Training/Resources:
  • Tools:
    • Ally – Most University departments have elected to have a tool called “Blackboard Ally” enabled on their VLE site. Ally allows staff to identify potential accessibility issues at a glance, and allow students to download provided teaching materials in alternative formats. Staff guidance on Ally.
    • TextHelp – The University has installed Texthelp tools to make it easier to read, write and listen to text and maths. These tools can also help staff understand where content is not accessible and generate accessible alternatives. Information on TextHelp.
    • Simulators and other tools – We have various tools listed on our e-accessibility wiki’s “Resources” page.

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Yorkshare VLE (aka Blackboard)

Getting Started:

Technical Guidance:

Mobile Guidance:

Theory/Pedagogical Guidance:

Troubleshooting:

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Replay (aka Panopto, Lecture Capture, At-Desk Capture)

All requests for teaching sessions to be recorded using Replay should be sent to Timetabling: timetabling@york.ac.uk / 01904 32 4500

Getting Started:

Technical Guidance:

Theory/Pedagogical Guidance:

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Responseware/TurningPoint Electronic Voting Systems

The university Turning Technologies ResponseWare service will be retired at midnight on 3rd October 2021.
Mentimeter will become our new centrally supported polling tool from the academic year 2021-22. Please contact us with any information or support requests.

You can install TurningPoint from the software center (search ‘cloud’ and install ‘Turning Point Cloud’) or from our direct download link. Once installed try out the functionality and explore the tools. You will need to be added to the UoY licence before being able to use all Responseware functionality – Please Contact Us as soon as possible so that we can arrange this.

Technical Guidance:

Theory/Pedagogical Guidance:

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Padlet

Padlet is an online noticeboard/pin board that you can use with colleagues or students.

Logging into Padlet:

  1. Go to “https://uniofyork.padlet.org/” (NOT padlet.com)
  2. Click on “Log in with Google”
  3. Then enter your University email address, click “Next”
  4. Enter the password that you use for your University email/the VLE, click “Next”.

Technical Guidance:

Theory/Pedagogical Guidance:

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Collaborate Webinars

Collaborate Ultra is a free webinar platform available for use here at the University, it functions similarly to Zoom and Google Meet.

Theory/Pedagogical Guidance:

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Xerte

Xerte allows you to create interactive and engaging content without needing to learn how to code. You can create interactive activities such as word matching. Getting Access: Xerte requires you to contact us to request an account in the first instance, we will then grant you access and share training materials and further information with you directly.

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Other Systems, not supported by us (the PDLT)

The following systems are not owned by our team. Please use the below details to identify and contact the relevant team:

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