Development Opportunities

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COVID-Specific Development Opportunities

With the advent of COVID-19 and the shifting of all teaching online (for summer 2020) and dual delivery (going forward) our team have produced a detailed webinar series and supporting VLE resources on a number of topics, including (but not limited to):

  • Making collaborative online activities work
  • Lecture Replacement Strategies/Practical At-Desk Video Tips
  • Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for synchronous activities
  • Asynchronous seminars with recorded videos and discussion boards
  • Planning your module
  • From passive to active learning design: Delivering content
  • Creating content, using existing content, student-created content

Our offerings in this area are changing all the time due to the ever-changing pandemic situation. To keep up to date and see what is currently on offer, and what’s already been run:

General Development Opportunities

We provide development opportunities supporting individuals and programme-level development in the use of learning technologies and programme design 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.

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 tools, and how students’ own devices, such as mobiles and laptops, can be used to enrich classroom teaching. Contact us at 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.

Digital Accessibility

eldt-site-case-study-reflection-38We can advise on implementing and understanding digital accessibility requirements across all teaching and learning activities. Contact us to arrange a meeting, or see our eAccessibility Wiki for more information.

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. Contact us ( for more information or to arrange a consultation.