These are resources from some of the CPD sessions organised and run by the LTEU.
Active Learning & Student Engagement Online
Active learning can help students engage with learning tasks, promote deeper learning, and foster higher order thinking. The result can be better retention of learning.
This session explores why and how we might want to make lectures more interactive. While there is already a lot of good practice in active learning at our university, especially in seminars and practicals, it can be challenging to use active learning in a lecturing context. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Two common approaches are to break up lectures with short interactions or hold longer problem-solving activities that require students to prepare outside of class.
Moving to Online Teaching
This session provides a basic introduction to teaching online. These videos provide information about various aspects of online teaching:
Introduction (7 minutes)
Using Blackboard (6 minutes)
Panopto and Teams (10 minutes)
Assessment (11 minutes)
Third Party Software (4 minutes)
We also have a set of short recordings on setting up interactive activities in Blackboard
- Overview: what interactive activities can I do in Blackboard? (5 minutes)
- Finding and using your practice module (2 minutes)
- Blogs (10 minutes)
- Discussion Boards (5 minutes)
- Wikis (4 minutes)
- Journals (3 minutes)
You can also view these as a single video (35 minutes)
Creating Accessible Learning Materials
Choices you make when creating learning materials can make a big difference for your students, especially those with a disability or specific learning difference. There is no one formula that is perfectly suited for all students, but you can easily make your documents as accessible as possible for as many students as possible. Moreover, accessible documents are simply easier to use, which helps all students learn better.
These recordings covers Word documents, PowerPoint, PDF, and media files that staff make available electronically through Blackboard or elsewhere. We work through the Digital Accessibility Checklist and explain how small changes can help your students.
After viewing these materials you should be able to
- Use the Accessibility Checker when creating MS Office documents
- Use Styles to make the structure of your material clear to students
- Use appropriate colour choices and contrast to make documents readable
- Use appropriate settings when creating PDF files from MS Office documents
Introduction (3 minutes)
Why accessibility? (6 minutes)
Introducing the Accessibility Checklist (2 minutes)
Creating accessible Word documents (13 minutes)
Creating accessible PowerPoint presentations (6 minutes)
Creating an accessible PDF (4 minutes)
Accessible audio and video (2 minutes)
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Academy Forum Handouts
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