Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

Workshops and courses

Support for online teaching and assessment - new webinars available

TEL's programme of staff development webinars to help you prepare for Semester 2 focuses on effective online teaching and learning,  Further events on a range of topics will be scheduled as we progress through the semester.  To find recordings of the Semster 1 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.

Upcoming Semester 2 Webinars

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

Tuesday 4th May 10am

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This session will demonstrate how to mark assignments that have been submitted via Turnitin. We will look at accessing your marking and using Feedback studio to add comments and grade. This session will last approximately 45 minutes including time to answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff and is particularly useful for staff new to marking at Sussex.

Tuesday 4th May 2pm

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In this session we will show you how to access and mark Canvas Quizzes submissions including where they have been set up for a file upload as a CEX assessment. We will cover:

  • managing and setting up an MCQ/CEX;
  • manual marking of MCQ /CEX;
  • troubleshooting.

This session will be approximately 45 minutes, including 15 minutes for your questions. This webinar is available to University of Sussex staff.

Wednesday 5th May 10am

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In this session we will show you how to access and mark DEX and TAP submissions We will cover:

  • managing and setting up a DEX or TAP assessment;
  • key considerations about using DEX or TAP;
  • how to mark a DEX or TAP assessment;
  • troubleshooting.

This session will be approximately 45 minutes, including 15 minutes for your questions. This webinar is available to University of Sussex staff.

Wednesday 5th May 2pm

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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.

Thursday 6th May 10am

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This session will look at tools within Turnitin to help markers make best use of similarity reports. This will include flags, lists of sources, options for filtering and when/how to request papers. This session will last approximately 45 minutes including time to answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff and is particularly useful for staff new to marking at Sussex.

Thursday 6th May 2pm

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Past Semester 2 Webinars

In this session we will highlight some practical steps you can take, to facilitate more inclusive online teaching. We will also introduce you to Universal Design for Learning, a reference tool for developing inclusive practice.

This session will last approximately 45 minutes and is available to University of Sussex staff.

Tuesday 19th January 12.00-12.45

This session will provide an introduction to using Zoom, demonstrate how to use breakout rooms for group activities, and highlight some of Zoom's other interactive features such as polls and live chat. It is aimed at staff who are new to using Zoom or would like a refresher on their knowledge.

This session will last approximately 45 minutes, including 15 minutes ot answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Tuesday 19th January 10.00-10.45 and Thursday 21st January 14.00-14.45.

During this session we will introduce a range of approaches that you can use within your teaching to encourage student engagement during Zoom sessions. This will include how to facilitate group work in breakout rooms and making use of quizzing and polling tools as well as some quick top tips. It is aimed at colleagues who are already familiar with using Zoom.

This session will last approximately 45 minutes, including 15 minutes ot answer your questions. It is available to University of Sussex staff.

Wednesday 20th January 12.00-12.45 and Thursday 21st January 10.00-10.45

Many modules use presentations as a key form of assessment, however with many students now working remotely, many tutors are using the opportunity to move to recorded presentations. This session will demonstrate how to run individual and group presentations online using a combination of Canvas, Panopto and Zoom.

You’ll be guided through a recommended process and explore potential challenges and solutions.

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

  • Tuesday 23rd February 10am

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

  • Tuesday 23rd February 12pm

During this session we will explore how to facilitate group work in breakout rooms to encourage engagement. It is aimed at colleagues who are already familiar with using Zoom.

This session is based on our previous workshop, Zoom: structuring sessions for student engagement.

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

  • Tuesday 23rd February 2pm

This workshop will explore how learning analytics can be used to enhance teaching and learning. We will look at what data is available across Canvas and Panopto and how this can best inform our practice.

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

  • Wednesday 24th February 10am 

This session will demonstrate how to create Assignments in Canvas for formative assessments. This will be useful for tutors wanting students to submit work for feedback during the term.

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

Please note: This session will not cover quizzes or presentations. There is another session on presentations and quiz guidance is available on this site at Canvas - How to carry out assessment using Canvas Quizzes.

  • Wednesday 24th February 12pm

This workshop will demonstrate the key principles on designing effective MCQs for assessment.

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

  • Wednesday 24th February 1pm

This session will demonstrate how to use collaborative documents within your teaching to allow your students to work together in real time on shared digital documents, a great teaching tool to use for group or pair work, brainstorming or idea generation , this session will showcase how to do this using tools such as Google Docs & Slides as well as the Microsoft Office 365 suite.

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

  • Wednesday 24th February 2pm

The current pandemic has dramatically reshaped both the context and opportunities for engaging students through learning communities. Organised over a whole semester, this series of bespoke staff-centred workshops aims to accompany staff in their development of effective ‘learning communities’ approaches to cultivating student learning and engagement in online, blended and in-person teaching and learning contexts. Workshops can be attended individually or as part of a series. Dates for the remaining workshops in the series will be publicised in due course.

Workshop 3: Working with Group Roles and Student Feedback on the Module (Middle of Semester)

The middle of semester offers concrete opportunities to reflect on ̶ and reset ̶ the work of the learning community as part of an ongoing process of cultivating student engagement. This third workshop in the series focuses on two key areas: first, it explores opportunities for working with group roles and second, it maps out possibilities for working both proactively and creatively with students’ mid-semester feedback on the module.

Key features:

  • Semester-relevant, research-informed and practical workshops
  • Teams site for sharing of best practice
  • Access to a reflective tool to support building online learning communities
  • A regular programme of drop-ins
  • Bespoke resources

This session will last approximately 90 minutes and is available to University of Sussex staff.

  • Wednesday 24th February 14.30-16:00.

This session looks at Padlet, a great tool for collaboration, sharing and building a sense of community. We’ll be exploring options for design, layout and settings to make Padlet activities interesting and engaging.

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

  • Thursday 25th February 10am

A Sussex TEL webinar exploring pedagogical benefits of open book exams and strategies for designing them effectively.

In this workshop, we will discuss the pedagogical benefits of open book exams, ways and strategies to design effective open book exam questions and methods that can help promote academic integrity.

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

  • Thursday 25th February 12pm

Student collaboration aids learning and when done right motivates students to engage deeper into their studies. Our students connectors tell us so, as does educational research, but while many students find it easy to become part of a study group, others, on the periphery of the cohort, find it difficult. It is therefore a matter of inclusivity for us as educators to provide the opportunity for all our students to join a study group. In this workshop we will provide ideas of how you might go about setting up study groups.

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

  • Thursday 25th February 2:30pm

Semester 1 Events

Learning technology workshops

Feedback is an essential element for improving students’ learning experience. Through effective feedback the students can further improve their performance and meet their learning objectives, leading to a feeling of personal achievement. However, students satisfaction with feedback is generally low. In this workshop we will discuss the principles of providing effective feedback, practical tips for effective feedback provision and approaches to encourage students to engage with feedback. This workshop, therefore, is suitable for staff new to teaching, or staff that would like to review their feedback provision.

This workshop will not cover any online tools for feedback provision.

UKPSF mapping: A3, A4, K2, V1, V3

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

In this session we will show you how to access and mark DEX submissions We will cover:

  • Managing and setting up a DEX assessment
  • Key considerations about using DEX
  • How to mark a DEX assessment
  • Troubleshooting

This session will be approximately 45 minutes, including 15 minutes for your questions. This webinar is available to University of Sussex staff.

  • Tuesday 15th December 11.00-11.45
  • Thursday 17th December 13.00-13.45

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

This session is available to all University of Sussex staff and will last approximately 45 minutes.

  • Tuesday 15th December 12.00-12.45
  • Wednesday 16th December 13.00-13.45
  • Thursday 17th December 12.00-12.45

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.

  • Tuesday 15th December 13.00-13.45
  • Thursday 17th December 11.00-11.45

This session is available to all University of Sussex staff and will last approximately 45 minutes.

Many modules use presentations as a key form of assessment, however with many students now working remotely, classroom-based presentations are no longer possible. This session will demonstrate how to run individual and group presentations online using a combination of Canvas, Panopto and Zoom.

You’ll be guided through a recommended process and explore potential challenges and solutions.

  • Tuesday 15th December 14:00-14.45

This session will look at tools within Turnitin to help markers make best use of similarity reports.  This will include flags, lists of sources, options for filtering and when/how to request papers.

This session is available to all University of Sussex staff and will last approximately 45 minutes.

  • Wednesday 16th December 11:00-11.45

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 session is available to all University of Sussex staff and will last approximately 45 minutes.

  • Wednesday 16th December 12.00-12.45
  • Thursday 17th December 14.00-14.45

In this session we will show you how to access and mark Canvas Quizzes submissions including where they have been set up for a file upload as a CEX assessment. We will cover:

  • Managing and setting up an MCQ/CEX
  • Manual marking of MCQ /CEX
  • Troubleshooting

This session will be approximately 45 minutes, including 15 minutes for your questions and is available to University of Sussex staff.

  • Wednesday 16th December 14.00-14.45

 

Seminars

About this event

This talk will be delivered by guest speaker, Dr Edd Pitt, for the University's DARE to Transform network.

In this talk I will discuss how I and several colleagues in the UK and Australia have investigated the scholarship of assessment & feedback practice. I will sketch out the various areas of academic practice that relate to assessment & feedback and how one can harness the power of their own and their colleague’s experiences. Specifically, I will explore the nexus between practice and scholarship and how this can be utilised to good effect for academic publication. I will highlight methodological challenges and potential quick wins colleagues can utilise to make the progression from practice to publication.

This session is available to all University of Sussex staff and will last approximately 1 hour This event is hosted by the University's DARE to Transform network. For more information, visit the DARE to Transform Canvas site

About Edd

Dr Edd Pitt is the Programme Director for the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Senior Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Kent. Dr Pitt is also a Visiting Fellow at Deakin University, Australia within the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE). His principal research field is assessment and feedback with a focus upon staff and student emotional processing during feedback. In his most recent research, he has been collaborating with academics in the UK and Australia to further understand how educators and students develop feedback literacy.

About this event

This talk will be delivered by guest speaker, Professor Lin Norton, for the University's DARE to Transform network.

Reflective practice has had widespread currency in higher education partly due to the work of Donald Schön who, in 1983, wrote his influential book: The reflective practitioner: how professionals think in action. Much of what Schön was advocating then, still has relevance today. However, reflection on our practice is not without its critics. In this seminar I will ask the question: ‘What does it mean to be a reflective practitioner and what are the potential advantages and disadvantages?’

Mindful of the complex and competing pressures on all of us who work in higher education, and the time we have available, I shall argue for a pragmatic approach in which reflective practice can serve several different aims in our working lives. The most important aim is to develop reflective practice into an approach that enhances our students’ learning, which can be done in many ways. Reflective practice can also enable us to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) as well as align with opportunities for us to engage with pedagogical (action) research. I will encourage participants to draw on their own teaching and learning experiences or issues to explore how reflective practice might be of benefit.

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

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

About Lin

Lin Norton is professor emerita at Liverpool Hope University where she continues to research and publish in Higher Education pedagogy, using her research skills as a psychologist. Before retiring, Lin was Dean of Learning and Teaching and developed pedagogical action research as a community of practice within Hope; this work was recognized nationally in 2007, when she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. In her ‘retirement’, Lin continues to champion higher education pedagogy and is invited to give workshops and seminars in the UK and abroad. She has written extensively on the subject and a detailed list of her publications can be found on her website: http://www.linnorton.co.uk/. She is also on the editorial board of the SEDA journal Innovations in Education and Teaching International.

 

 

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