Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

Workshops and courses

Support for online teaching and assessment - new webinars available

TEL's programmes of staff development webinars focuses on effective online teaching and learning.Please click on the titles of the workshops for more details and to book, or download our pdf TEL Calender.

 To find recordings of previous TEL webinars and other past sessions, see the Teaching Online, Learning Anywhere (TOLA) Canvas site. If you would like further information or guidance, please contact us at tel@sussex.ac.uk.

New Semester 1 workshops for 21/22

Semester 1 Week 5- Assessment

Online assessment at Sussex operates through the sophisticated interaction of the University’s central records database, Sussex Direct, Canvas and Turnitin, to provide an end-to-end electronic management of assessment (EMA) process with many automated steps. This session will guide you through what is happening at each stage of this process, which systems are involved and how the automation interacts with the actions of tutors and professional services staff. We will aim to answer any questions you may have about the online assessment process.

Through this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Outline the systems involved in each step of online assessment and their interaction
  • Recognise the actions needed from Sussex staff at each stage of the process

This is an online session and will last approximately 45 minutes including time to answer questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Monday 25th October 10.00-10.45 am

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Many modules use presentations as a learning task or method of assessment. While some of you will expect students to give live presentations, in order to save teaching time, tutors are increasingly asking students to submit .This session will demonstrate how to set up submissions for individual and group recorded presentations through Canvas. You’ll be guided through a recommended process and explore potential challenges and solutions.

This is an online session and will last approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes to answer questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Tuesday 26th October 10.00-10.45 am

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This practical and reflective workshop explores concrete strategies for supporting students to develop feedback literacy, the ability the engage with their feedback for continuous learning.

The workshop provides:

  • An introduction to the principles of good feedback
  • Strategies for promoting engagement with ‒ and learning from ‒ feedback
  • A range of tailored practical design and reflective exercises
  • Supporting resources

This is an online session and will last approximately 1 hour with time to answer questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Wednesday 27th October 2.00-3.00pm

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This session will look at how you can set-up Ask Tutor and School Office assessments within Canvas. These type of assessments can be useful for use of submissions or assignments that exist outside the standard e-submission workflow. At the end of the workshop a successful participant will be able to:

  • Identify when it’s appropriate to use an Ask Tutor and School office assessment
  • Set-up an Ask Tutor or School Office assessment

This is an online session and will last approximately 45 minutes including time to answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff. 

Thursday 28th October 2.00-2.45pm

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Semester 1 Week 6 - Assessment

This session will demonstrate how to mark assignments that have been submitted via Canvas Turnitin. We will look at accessing your marking and using Feedback studio to add comments and grades. Finally, how to pull these marks through to Sussex Direct. There will be time for questions. This session is particularly useful for staff new to marking at Sussex.

At the end of the workshop a successful participant will be able to:

  • Begin marking in Turnitin Feedback Studio
  • Utilise various feedback options
  • Find further help and support with marking and feedback processes

This is an online session and will last 30 minutes with time to answer questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Tuesday 2nd November 2.00-2.30pm

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This session will demonstrate how to mark assignments that have been submitted via Canvas Online. We will look at accessing your marking and using SpeedGrader to add comments and grade. There will be time for questions. This session is particularly useful for staff new to marking at Sussex.

At the end of the workshop a successful participant will be able to:

  • Able to access marks and submissions within Canvas Speedgrader
  • Use Canvas Speedgrader basic tools to successfully mark submissions

This is an online session and will last approximately 40 minutes including time to answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Wednesday 3rd November 10.00-10.40am

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Over the last eighteen months, subject teams have developed a range of effective approaches to online open-book exams from CEX to take-away papers. While open-book exams offer significant benefits for student learning in terms of fostering higher-order critical thinking and employability skills, they also present challenges related to academic integrity and student preparedness for the exam format.

This practical and reflective workshop will introduce participants to approaches to designing open-book exams which maximise the potential benefits for student learning while minimising common challenges. Working with peers, participants will have the opportunity to share lessons learned and apply effective design strategies to their specific contexts.

The workshop provides:

  • An introduction to the benefits and challenges of using open-book exams
  • Approaches to designing open-book exams for learning
  • Strategies for supporting academic integrity
  • A range of tailored practical design and reflective exercises
  • Supporting resources

This is an online session and will last 1 hour and 30 minutes with time to answer questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Thursday 4th November 2.00-3.30pm

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Semester 1 Week 8- Assessment

This session will demonstrate how to mark assignments that have been submitted via Canvas Turnitin. We will look at accessing your marking and using Feedback studio to add comments and grades. Finally, how to pull these marks through to Sussex Direct. There will be time for questions. This session is particularly useful for staff new to marking at Sussex.

At the end of the workshop a successful participant will be able to:

  • Begin marking in Turnitin Feedback Studio
  • Utilise various feedback options
  • Find further help and support with marking and feedback processes

This is an online session and will last 30 minutes with time to answer questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Monday 15th November 10.00-10.30am

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This session will demonstrate how to mark assignments that have been submitted via Canvas Online. We will look at accessing your marking and using SpeedGrader to add comments and grade. There will be time for questions. This session is particularly useful for staff new to marking at Sussex.

At the end of the workshop a successful participant will be able to:

  • Able to access marks and submissions within Canvas Speedgrader
  • Use Canvas Speedgrader basic tools to successfully mark submissions

This is an online session and will last approximately 40 minutes including time to answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Thursday 18th November 2.00-2.40pm

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Semester 1 Week 9- Module Design for Learning

Around 20% of the student population at the University of Sussex have registered disabilities. Accessibility is the practice of ensuring these students are not disadvantaged. In this session we will look at steps you can take to make teaching and learning as accessible as possible for your students. This session will specifically focus on digital accessibility and online resources.

This is an online session and will last approximately 45 minutes including time to answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

22nd November 10.00-10.45am

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About this event

In this seminar, Dr Dawne Irving-Bell will discuss her recent SoTL output,'The Courage to SoTL' and SoTL in more general terms.

Providing practical insight and signposting to resourcesand journals for scholarly output. Dr Irving will also highlight The National Teaching Repository as one such place which colleagues can use as a space to secure recognition for their SoTL practice.

This session is available to all University of Sussex staff and will last approximately 1 hour long. Please book using your sussex.ac.uk email.

Wednesday 24th November 1.30-2.30pm

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About Dawne

Dr Dawne Irving-Bell is a senior Learning and Teaching Fellow (reader) at Edge Hill University. She is an award-winning educator,dedicated to raising the profile of SoTL.

She enjoys lecturing on visual thinking and advocates for technology and design education, for which she recently received a National Award sponsored by the James Dyson Foundationand The Royal Academy of Engineers. From her subject association in recognition of her outstanding contribution to re-shaping design and technology teacher education.

Dr Irving-Bell has also established The National Teaching Repository and leads AdvanceHE's Social Media for Learning Group. She edits the Journal of Social Media for Learning and is a member of International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning's (ISSOTL'S) Recognition Committee.

Dawne leads her University's GTA teaching-programme, the PGCERT Teaching in Higher Education Research module. As a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) leads on university-wide strategies to enhance student learning.

This event is hosted by the University's DARE to Transform network. For more information, visit the DARE to Transform Canvas site.

In this session we'll look some different options Canvas offers to assess and provide students with feedback on their learning.

This is an online session and will last approximately 45 minutes including time to answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Thursday 25th November 2.00-2.45pm

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Semester 1 Week 10-Module design for learning

The workshop looks at how you can set up study groups for your students and how you can make them work.

At the end of the workshop a successful participant will be able to :

    • When to set up study groups
    • How to make study groups successful
    • How to set up study groups

This is an online session and will last approximately 45 minutes including time to answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff. 

Monday 29th November 2.00-2.45pm

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This workshop will look at the student access and engagement data in these two systems and consider how this can be used to inform and enhance teaching and learning.

This is an online session and will last approximately 45 minutes including time to answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Tuesday 30th November 2.00-2.45pm

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This session will focus on how to utilize various web-based tools offered by Office 365 for online collaborative work and how these can be used in conjunction with your teaching. Office 365 is available to all staff and students at Sussex.

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Wednesday 1st December 10.00-10.45am

Semester 1 Week 11- Module design for learning

This short session will introduce the Technology Enhanced Learning team and the resources and support they provide which will be particularly useful for Doctoral Tutors.

This is an online session and will last approximately 45 minutes including time to answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Tuesday 7th December 2.00-2.45pm

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This webinar will introduce staff to ways in which Sections and Groups in Canvas can be used to focus communications, manage assignments and/or support peer working.

This is an online session and will last approximately 45 minutes including time to answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Wednesday 8th December 2.00-2.45pm

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Reflective learning can be utilized as a powerful pedagogic tool to incorporate into your teaching.

This workshop will introduce:

    • Different formative and contributory modes of reflective practice
    • Ways these activities can effectively implemented to aid your student’s learning
    • The use of related software/technical options available at Sussex

Thursday 9th December 2.00-2.45pm

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In this session we will cover how to use the fundamental tools to incorporate into your teaching. This will give you an introduction into how to use Canvas, Panopto and Zoom. With an overview into each tool.

This is an online session and will last approximately 45 minutes including time to answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Thursday 9th December 10.00-10.45am

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Winter vacation week 1 - Module design for learning

The workshop looks at how you can set up study groups for your students and how you can make them work.

At the end of the workshop a successful participant will be able to :

    • When to set up study groups
    • How to make study groups successful
    • How to set up study groups

This is an online session and will last approximately 45 minutes including time to answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff. 

Wednesday 15th December 2.00-2.45pm

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Multiple Choice Tests are easy to administer and when completed online no manual marking is required. However, writing good and effective questions can be challenging, whereas students may not receive any targeted feedback on their mistakes. This workshop will provide strategies, resources and examples of how to design effective MCQ questions. The workshop will not offer technical guidance on MCQ platforms. This session is intended for staff new to teaching, or staff that want to reflect on their practice of use of MCQs for assessment.

This is an online session and will last approximately 1 hour and is available all to University of Sussex staff.

Thursday 16th December, 2.00-3.00pm

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