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Learning Technology Team

NILE Help, Support & Training

Information for Staff

An Introduction to Blackboard Ultra: Getting started with Ultra

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an overview of and introduction to Blackboard Ultra courses.

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

  • Find their way around a Blackboard Ultra course; 
  • Create a course structure via the use of learning modules and folders; 
  • Create and add content to their Ultra course (including creating Ultra documents, adding images and videos, and uploading external files into Ultra courses); 
  • Control the availability of their course and individual content items; 
  • Communicate with students via messages and announcements; 
  • Use Student Preview Mode.

In-person/on-campus workshops (Waterside Campus)

  • 7th November, 2022, 09:30 to 10:30
  • 5th December, 2022, 12:00 to 13:00

Online workshops

  • 18th November, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 19th December, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00

Using Turnitin Assignments in Blackboard Ultra

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to setting up and marking Turnitin assignments in Blackboard Ultra courses.

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

  • Set up and mark a Turnitin assignment in an Ultra course;
  • Use Turnitin Rubrics and Grading Forms.

Online workshops

  • 8th November, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 6th December, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00

Setting up Blackboard Assignments and Marking in Blackboard Ultra

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to setting up and marking Blackboard assignments in Blackboard Ultra courses. Please note that this workshop only covers the use of Blackboard assignments, not Turnitin assignments.

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

  • Set up and mark a Blackboard assignment in an Ultra course;  
  • Use a Blackboard Rubric to mark a Blackboard assignment. 

Online workshops

  • 14th November, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 7th December, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00

Discussions and Journals in Blackboard Ultra

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to the Discussions and Journals tools in Blackboard Ultra courses.

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

  • Enable and use discussions and journals in Ultra courses for formative (i.e., not graded) or summative (i.e., graded) assessment.

Online workshops

  • 14th November, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 13th December, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00

Creating and Deploying Tests in Blackboard Ultra

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to the Test tool in Blackboard Ultra courses.

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

  • Create and deploy computer-marked and manually marked Tests in Ultra courses.

Online workshops

  • 8th November, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00

Learning and Teaching in the Virtual Classroom with Blackboard Collaborate

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to the Blackboard Collaborate, the University’s virtual classroom tool.

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

  • Set up and run a virtual classroom session in Blackboard Collaborate.

Online workshops

  • 7th November, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 7th December, 2022, 15:00 to 16:00

Introduction to Padlet

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to Padlet.

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

  • Create, deploy, and use Padlet for teaching and learning.

Online workshops

  • 7th November, 2022, 13:30 to 14:30
  • 8th December, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00

Content Development

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully transfer presentations designed for classroom delivery into presentations designed for online, ABL (Active Blended Learning) delivery.

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

  • Plan the conversion of an online presentation session into a blend of online material and classroom activity;
  • Actively work with an example PowerPoint to plan the conversion to appropriate online material.

Online workshops

  • 28th November, 2022, 13:00 to 16:00

Recording and editing video

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with the knowledge and skills to make short, instructional/informational videos using a mobile phone and University-supplied laptop.

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

  • write a short script and plan how to video components (action and dialogue) of the script;
  • use their mobile phones to film the shots;
  • perform basic video and editing operations;
  • compose a video montage to convey information in a short film.

Online workshops

  • 22nd November, 2022, 09:30 to 11:30
  • 21st December, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00

Xerte for Beginners Training

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to the Xerte e-learning software, which is a University supported tool used to create interactive e-learning and online content.

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

  • Access and use Xerte, and understand the software templates, page types, and features and tools available to enable them to produce an interactive e-learning session or online content provision;
  • Understand the importance of instructional design for e-learning and online content projects, and benefit from some useful hints and tips, technical advice and items relevant to developing e-content generally.

Online workshops

  • 9th November, 2022, 09:30 to 12:00
  • 7th December, 2022, 10:00 to 12:30

Xerte Advanced Training

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with the knowledge and skills to make use of some of the more advanced features of Xerte.

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

  • use the advanced features of the Xerte software such as 'Variables', Opinion Page and the Results Page;
  • develop non-linear e-learning packages using options available.

Online workshops

  • 4th November, 2022, 09:30 to 12:00

Introduction to MyEngagement

This workship introduces the MyEngagement software which supports Personal Academic Tutors.

  • How to use MyEngagement to find information on students, make referrals and target support and interventions
  • How data can provide a starting point for discussions with students
  • How MyEngagement fits into the PAT role and wider University Support Services

Online workshops

  • 1st November, 2022, 14:00 to 14:45
  • 14th November, 2022, 12:00 to 12:45

 

H5P: using tutor-friendly tools within NILE for creating engaging and impactful content

H5P provides staff with a variety of content types to be able to produce interactive, responsive content in NILE playable on devices. You can use polling tools for real-time interaction, the chase to create H5P content in competition mode, interactive workbooks where users input can be saved and printed, and many more content types.

The H5P toolset can be used fairly quickly to create impressive resources for students to use in their learning on NILE courses, to provide online content which responds to student input, and to engage students as they participate in various online e-tivities.

Online workshops

  • 2nd November, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00
  • 21st November, 2022, 14:00 to 16:00
  • 8th December, 2022, 11:00 to 13:00
  • 22nd December, 2022, 09:30 to 11:30

Should you require urgent assistance with NILE, please contact the LearnTech Support Helpdesk via the online contact form