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E-Learning Newsletter – Feb 2017

1 March 2017 Posted in: News Tagged: By: Richard Chantler

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On Tuesday, 4th April 2017, between 7-9am, we will be making some updates to QMplus in order to make improvements to its functionality. Read more here.

What is teaching excellence? – A TIGER group seminar

TigerFollowing a hugely interesting workshop at the Teaching and Learning Conference in January, TIGER group was keen to organise an event that explored what teaching excellence is. There will be three speakers for this event; Dr Jane Reid (Director of Taught Programmes & Senior Lecturer in EECS), Dr Nathalie Lebrasseur (Senior Lecturer & Deputy Director of Taught Programmes for Chemistry in SBCS) and Miranda Black (SU President). Each of the speakers will talk on the topic ‘What is teaching excellence?’ and this will be followed by a Q&A session. 

Tea, coffee and biscuits will also be provided. This seminar will be on Thursday 16th March, 10am-11.30am in France House, Ground Floor.  Please send an email to Rachel O’Callaghan if you have any queries.

Featured Tool: Using Recording Booth

Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 11.28.38Recording Booths – Video is widely used in teaching but it is not always easy to do. Thankfully we have a recording booth at Mile End in the Scape building that has been developed to make recording high quality video easy with the minimum of fuss. Read more or attend a session on how to use the recording booth.

JiSC co-design consultation

Last November JiSC put together six challenges for how technology will transform research and education in the future. Although the deadline has passed to provide input, it may be of interest to those involved in E-Learning to explore the identified visions and challenges associated with them. Read more.

Learning Technologies Fairs in London

BETT and the Learning Technologies yearly conferences host a number of companies and cover awide range of topics. With there being hundreds of stalls to visit and a myriad of technologies to investigate it can be somewhat daunting knowing where to start, or knowing which fair is the most suitable for you if time restricts you to visit just a few. We attended them both this year & have given our opinion on both of them to assist you in deciding and so that you can use your time efficiently once there. Read more.

Staff development opportunities during March

Book a Learning Technologist

Our Book a Learning Technologist service allows you to schedule a one hour meeting with a member of the E-Learning Unit for a discussion of any aspect of using technology in teaching. Recently our Book a Learning Technologist sessions have assisted staff in:

  • Setting up a peer assessment activity in QMplus using the workshop activity
  • Using Prezi as an alternative to PowerPoint for presentations
  • Using a QMplus Hub group to foster staff knowledge sharing
  • Making use of the TurningPoint audience voting system for in class student engagement
  • Using the scheduler activity in QMplus for managing face-to-face meetings with students
  • Considering the possibility of turning a face-to-face module into a distance learning module.

You can book a slot through our Book a Learning Technologist area on QMplus. If you find that none of the available slots suit you, please get in touch on


Drop-in to the E-Learning Studio between 1–2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays to chat to a member of the E-Learning Unit about any issues you are having. Ideal for small problems that can be cleared up quickly face to face.



  • Introduction to Video Editing – Friday 3rd March 10.00-12.00 – Whether you have recorded your own video or have some footage from somewhere else it is very likely that you will need to do some editing to produce a final product. No matter which software you use the principles of video editing are the same.  With knowledge of these basic principles, and a bit of time, you will soon find that you can create professional and compelling videos
  • Getting Started with QMplus Wednesday 8th March 13.00-15.00 – For those new to our online  learning environment, come along to find out how you can make the most of it. Lots of hands on activities to get you started.
  • What the recording booth can do for you – Monday 13th March 11.00-13.00 – The recording booth provides a facility to create high quality recordings for your teaching and for the students to create video assignments. The system allows you to record using a number of different templates. A green screen  is used to enable you to use many different backgrounds including PowerPoint presentations, video and images.

Log on to our online booking system to book yourself a place on any of these workshops.

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