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This page lists the academic development workshops currently available from the Quality and Enhancement Office.

Workshops are run on request at team, department, or school level. Please contact a QEO academic developer to discuss and arrange. Workshops also run intermittently throughout the year, details of which can be viewed under 'Staff Development Events' in the side bar.

The descriptions below provide a brief summary of the session and its aims, along with the proposed duration and the level of complexity of the workshop. Complexity is presented at 3 levels. All workshops are aligned to the displayed elements of the UKPSF.

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These sessions are designed to introduce basic teaching, learning, assessment and feedback activity to staff who are new to teaching, new to the area of their academic practice being addressed, or looking to refresh their basic skills in that area. These sessions introduce activity intended to enrich key aspects of student’s individual and collaborative learning and assessment. The focus of these sessions are skills for academic staff to increase student access and choice in relation to their learning and assessment experience. These sessions introduce activity intended to empower student’s in key aspects of their individual and collaborative learning and assessment. The focus of these sessions are skills for academic staff to facilitate increased student activity and control over learning.

Workshops are grouped under the following headings:

Learning & Teaching // Assessment & Feedback // Communication, Course Administration and Academic Support // Digital Skills

Learning & Teaching

Summary:

This session will provide a basic introduction to the use of Blackboard at University of Salford including key tools and their application, the Blackboard mobile app, and how we facilitate the adoption of new features of Blackboard. Participants attending this session are encouraged to also attend 'New to Learning and Teaching with Technology' and 'New to eAssessment' workshops.

Outcomes:

By the end of this training session participants will be able to:

  1. Locate and access Blackboard.
  2. Prepare content in Blackboard.
  3. Idenitfy the range of resources and activities which can be shared via Blackboard.
  4. Apply Blackboard discussion and collaboration tools in teaching and learning.
  5. Interpret the Blackboard Minimum Standards.

Learning Technologies Involved:

Blackboard

UKPSF

A3, K2, K3, K4, K6, V1, V2, V3

Summary:

Classroom environments, such as lectures and seminars, can often become disengaging environments for students. Large numbers of students can make running engaging activities highly challenging to implement with lecturing often becoming the default method of delivery. This workshop introduces a number of technologies which, making use of the students own mobile device, can be used to break up lectures by with engaging student activities as well as allowing for formative assessment of the students learning in the lecture.

Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the benefits of active learning in classroom environments.
  2. Identify opportunities during classroom delivery for student activity.
  3. Prepare suitable activities for students in a classroom environment.

Learning Technologies Involved:

Kahoot, Padlet, Nearpod

UKPSF

A1, A2, A3, K2, K3, K4, K5, V1, V2

Summary:

The term 'flipping the classroom' has been around for a few years now, but what does it actually mean? This workshop discusses theories and concepts which define the flipped classroom approach to teaching and presents a series of tools currently available to staff to support this approach to teaching and learning.

Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the key theories of the flipped classroom.
  2. Apply flipped classroom concepts to their teaching.
  3. Identify available technologies to support this style of delivery.

Learning Technologies Involved:

Blackboard Forums, Screencast-O-Matic.

UKPSF

A1, A2, K2, K3, K4, V1, V3

Summary:

Learning technologies are quickly becoming a vital part of a student academic experience, with blended learning techniques becoming the norm in many classrooms. This workshop considers the relationship between the online and face to face environments, and how these need to be balanced in order to deliver an effective curriculum in which the student can succeed. This workshop will introduce the key principles of constructive alignment and will provide a toolkit for staff to support them in designing the delivery of their module, making the most of blended approaches using online resources, activities, and formative assessment and feedback.

Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the key concepts of constructive alignment.
  2. Produce an aligned map of their modules delivery.
  3. Apply blended approaches to teaching and learning which effectively meet learning outcomes and performance indicators.

Learning Technologies Involved:

N/A

UKPSF

A3, K2, K3, K4, K6, V1, V2, V3

Summary:

Building on the Blackboard Minimum Standards for University of Salford, this workshop introduces how clearly mapping and structuring your Blackboard site can make it easier for students to find content and make it clearer how that content correlates with their face to face experience. This workshop will demonstrate and discuss use of more advanced Blackboard tools for laying out and structuring module content. This coupled with examples and basic instructions on creating supporting resources such as audio and video aims to enable participants to make the Blackboard experience more enjoyable and less frustrating for staff and students alike.

Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Recognise elements of their Blackboard site which may cause frustration or confusion for students.
  2. Apply content structures their Blackboard module sites which are clear to students.
  3. Apply layout and peripheral information to their Blackboard module sites which are supportive of student learning.
  4. Produce basic multimedia including audio and video supporting the content of their Blackboard site.

Learning Technologies Involved:

Blackboard Content Editor, Audacity, Screencast-O-Matic.

UKPSF

A1, A4, K3, K4, K6, V1, V2,

Summary:

Engaging students and driving satisfaction can often be attributed to empowering them and giving them ownership of their own learning. Tools which encourage this approach to teaching and learning can be made available to students in Blackboard. This workshop introduces a series of activities using simple tools such as wikis, forums, and audio recording tools. These are designed to allow students to generate reusable content through which learning is promoted during the generation of the material, but which can also be used for revision purposes later in the module and which can be used to formatively assess the students during the module.

Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Identify suitable tools to support student collaboration online.
  2. Identify suitable tools to support student generation and sharing of reusable learning objects.
  3. Prepare activities suitable for students collaboration online.
  4. Prepare activities suitable for student generation and sharing of reusable learning objects.

Learning Technologies Involved:

Blackboard Forum, Blackboard Wiki, Blackboard Glossary, Screencast-O-Matic.

UKPSF

A1, A2, A4, K2, K3, K4, V1, V2

Summary:

Webinars have been identified as key platforms for delivery of synchronous online learning experiences both for distance and campus based students. However, starting out using webinars for teaching and learning can be a disconcerting experience for even the most experienced lecturer. The workshop will discuss how webinars can be used to greatest effect in teaching and learning, utilizing tools to help design and deliver engaging and productive webinars for the first time with recommendations based on practitioner research.

Outcomes:

  1. Identify elements of the curriculum suitable to webinar delivery.
  2. Prepare a session plan for an academic webinar.
  3. Prepare webinar software for academic use.
  4. Apply a variety of basic activities suitable to webinar delivery.

Learning Technologies Involved:

Blackboard Collaborate

UKPSF

A1, A2, A4, K2, K3, K4, V1, V2, V4

Assessment & Feedback

Summary:

Designed for staff both new to teaching, and experienced teaching staff looking to explore e-assessment for the first time, this workshop introduces some of the basic approaches to using technology for formative and summative assessment at the University of Salford. This will include submission of text based documents, multimedia files and use of online quizzes and tests. Basic tools for e-assessment will be introduced, along with key concepts and theories for their use. Basic use of technology for feedback will be demonstrated, with more advanced use of technology for feedback discussed.

Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Identify methods of summative and formative e-assessment supported by the university.
  2. Identify methods of providing feedback supported by the university.
  3. Prepare a method of summative e-assessment.
  4. Produce annotated text based student feedback.

Learning Technologies Involved:

Blackboard Tests, Blackboard Assessments, Blackboard Gradebook, Turnitin.

UKPSF

A1, A3, K2, K4, K5, K6, V1,

Summary:

The workshop introduces the use of the 'test' activity in Blackboard, and the various question types available, to create self directed formative student assessment. The types of questions available and how to create effective questions for these will be discussed. The use of the feedback tools within these questions will also be highlighted, with effective feedback for formative purposes discussed.

Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Identify available question types in the Blackboard 'test' tool.
  2. Prepare clear test questions for delivery in Blackboard.
  3. Prepare valuable feedback for the questions.
  4. Analyse test results from the student group for formative use in the delivery of the module.

Learning Technologies Involved:

Blackboard Assessments, Turnitin.

UKPSF

A1, A3, A4, K2, K3, K4, K5, K6, V1,

Summary:

Using multimedia in place of more traditional assessment formats can both encourage creativity in students and provide content allowing a more rigorous assessment process. This workshop introduces staff to examples of alternative means of assessment, both formative and summative, which involve the use of audio and video. A selection of examples of use will be discussed and participants will consider an element of assessment on a module they deliver which could be redesigned to incorporate audio or video to improve the assessment.

Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the benefits of using audio and video to assess students.
  2. Identify existing assessment which would be suitable to amend to incorporate use of audio and video.
  3. Design a method of assessment for a module they deliver using audio or video.

Learning Technologies Involved:

Blackboard Assessments, Helix Media Server, Audacity, Screencast-O-Matic.

UKPSF

A1, A3, K2, K4, K5, K6, V1,

Summary:

Emulating more traditional methods of written feedback, online annotation of feedback can make feedback clearer, more contextualized, and more accessible. This workshop will introduce the various online feedback tools available to staff at University of Salford which focus on annotation of student submissions. It will discuss effective ways these tools are being used both in the university and more widely in the sector, and will offer advice on best implementing these tools with module teams to ensure consistent yet rich and personalized feedback is provided to students.

Outcomes:

  1. Identify available tools for annotation of feedback.
  2. Explain the key benefits these tools offer to staff and students.
  3. Apply basic techniques of providing annotated feedback using the tools.
  4. Plan implementation of online annotated feedback with their colleagues to ensure consistency.

Learning Technologies Involved:

Turnitin, Blackboard Assignments

UKPSF

A3, A5, K2, K3, K4, K6, V1,

Communication, Course Administration and Digital Literacies

Summary:

Many students are reliant on clear, concise communication through university channels to stay engaged and updated on their programme of study. This workshop discusses key areas of frustration for students when engaging with communications through platforms such as Blackboard and based on this makes recommendations on how to more effectively communicate with students. It will also introduce techniques for enhancing the use of announcement and discussion forums for communication with students, including embedding multimedia such as audio and video, and linking to additional resources.

Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Explain key areas of frustration for students in relation to online communication.
  2. Organise a consistent approach to online communication with their colleagues.
  3. Apply Blackboard tools for embedding and linking online content within communications.

Learning Technologies Involved:

Blackboard Content Editor, Blackboard Forums

UKPSF

A4, K4, K6, V1, V2

Summary:

Social Media is everywhere. Using it effectively calls for a very specific set of skills and awareness that might surprise you and make you think about your own practice. This session will help you get to grips with Social Media.

Outcomes:

By the end of this training session participants will be able to:

  1. Explain benefits and implications of Social Media use in teaching and learning.
  2. Apply Social Media in teaching and learning scenarios to student.
  3. Apply security settings for the main Social media tools to protect thier digital identity.

Learning Technologies Involved:

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter.

UKPSF

A4, K4, K6, V1, V2