Development Opportunities

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We provide development opportunities supporting individuals and programme-level development in the use of learning technologies across a range of themes. We offer:

  • Individual consultations
  • Programme team training and workshops
  • Departmental strategy consultations
  • Lunchtime webinars
  • Cross-institution seminars and faculty discussions

For an introduction to Yorkshare, you can complete the online, self-paced Getting Started Tutorial. Colleagues wishing to undertake a structured development programme can participate in our PGCAP sessions or our supported CMALT portfolio scheme. Contact us to find out more about these formal development opportunities or to arrange an individual consultation.

Lunchtime webinar series

We will be running a series of lunchtime webinars throughout the academic year, using Blackboard Collaborate. The sessions will take the format of a 20-30 minute online presentation followed by the opportunity for questions and discussion. Times and dates for upcoming webinars are listed in the table below. Our webinars are usually recorded, with the recordings shared within 48hrs on our Lunchtime Webinar Archive page.

Joining instructions for our webinars are emailed out the morning before the session to everyone that’s registered their interest via the linked Google Form. Blackboard Collaborate does not require a download to work; the session will just run through your web browser. You do not require a microphone or webcam to participate in the session.

Date and time Theme Sign up (Google Form)
*Session postponed – Please email to request details if interested

Turnitin Webinar II: Interpreting Originality Reports (for staff)

Stephen Gow, Academic Integrity Coordinator in the Learning Enhancement Team will be our special guest to host the April 2017 lunchtime webinar on staff use of Turnitin at the University of York. This webinar on Interpreting Originality Reports in Turnitin is a follow-up to the May 2016 lunchtime webinar: Turnitin, the basics (for staff)

In this webinar Stephen will look at specific features within the Turnitin Originality Report, particularly using the filters and match overview to help identify plagiarism. The session will focus on the strengths of using Turnitin, such as using reports as proof of misconduct and using Turnitin formatively to highlight poor practice. It will also explore some of the drawbacks of the software, for example the increasingly complex database and risk of staff shifting to policing rather than teaching. It is hoped that by the end of the session you feel more confident to explore the Turnitin reports, however will also be aware that Turnitin is only one tool to hand in ensuring academic integrity.

*Session postponed – Please email to request details if interested

For recordings of previous webinars, see our Lunchtime Webinar Archive or visit our YouTube channel.
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For more information on Blackboard Collaborate visit our dedicated Collaborate page.

Development Themes

The Development Themes listed below are indicative of the type of training and consultation we can provide to individuals and departments.

Getting Started with Yorkshare and Baseline Approaches

eldt-site-case-study-nextsteps-38This can be tailored to an academic or support staff context, specific to your use of the VLE in your role. Ideal for those who are new to using Yorkshare or who may need a refresher on certain tools and functionality. Section 1 of the York TEL Handbook also covers recommended good practice for baseline use of Yorkshare. As well as 1:1 consultations at the modular level, we can tailor this session to programme teams for a more holistic overview.

Learning Design: Using Technology to Support Student Work

eldt-site-case-study-methodology-38We can offer advice on planning and creating online content, blended learning design and flipped classroom approaches. We can consult with individuals and departments to advise on how you can embed technology into your learning design across programmes and within modules. Section 4 of the York TEL Handbook covers recommended approaches to using technology to support student work.

Yorkshare Collaborative Tools and Online Group Work

eldt-site-case-study-reflection-38We can advise module leaders and assistants in the appropriate selection and use of learning technologies. We can show you how to facilitate collaborative group work online with tools such as Yorkshare Blogs and Google Sites. Section 5 of the York TEL Handbook also has guidance on facilitating online activities.

In-class Technologies: Polling and Bring-Your-Own-Device

GuideWe can provide guidance on the use of in-class technologies, such as polling clickers, and how students’ own devices, such as mobiles and laptops, can be used to enrich classroom teaching. In the 2015/16 academic year we are running a pilot of in-class polling tool ResponseWare, which can be used on students’ own devices in class. Contact us at to take part in the pilot or to arrange a consultation.

Formative and Summative Assessment: Tools and Approaches

Icon_BlueCircle_200x200_DocumentsPileWe can provide assistance and recommend workflows for how technology can be used to support assessment and feedback processes. We have experience of working with departments at a strategic level to support summative and formative assessment activities. Section 6 of the York TEL Handbook has further guidance on how Yorkshare tools and other technologies available at York can support assessment and feedback.

Multimedia for Learning: Student and Staff Created Video and Audio Resources

Icon_BlueCircle_200x200_FilmCameraOne-to-one and group consultations can be organised to show staff how audio, video and multimedia can be created, sourced and deployed to support learning and teaching, considering tools and approaches within the VLE and other supported technologies. Replay offers an institutional platform for narrated slides and podcast creation in addition to lecture capture facilities. Section 3 of the York TEL Handbook has a chapter on the learning benefits of using multimedia.

Evaluating Technology-Enhanced Learning

eldt-site-case-study-overview-38We can advise staff on a variety of approaches for the evaluation and development of technology enhanced learning that can benefit your learning and teaching activity, departmental approaches to the use of learning technologies and your own professional development. Contact us to arrange a consultation or visit Section 7 of the York TEL Handbook to learn more about evaluating technology enhanced learning.

Yorkshare Administration

Icon_BlueCircle_200x200_MouseAndCursorArrowYorkshare Administration training is for departmental administrators who need to create and manage Yorkshare module sites and content system privileges. To arrange a training session please contact Andrew Parkinson (ext 1140).

Write-ups on past workshops can be found in our blog. For more information or to arrange a consulation, contact us.