Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

Workshops and courses

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) provides professional development opportunities for staff on the effective use of technology to enhance teaching, learning and assessment.

All events are free to attend and available to all members of staff. Our programme of workshops and courses is updated regularly with dates for repeated and new sessions. Select the titles below to view descriptions, details and booking information for each of the events.


Face-to-face sessions delivered on campus and lead by learning technologists.

Canvas Fundamentals

Times & date(s): various (see registration page)

This interactive session introduces staff to the University's new virtual learning environment Canvas. The session provides attendees with an overview of the new platform and an opportunity to start working on existing course content.

The following topics will be addressed:

  • Canvas overview
  • Orientation and navigation
  • Help & Support
  • Content creation and management

This workshop represents an essential introduction to the new Canvas VLE and forms the basis for follow up training as required by individual Schools/staff members.


Marking with Turnitin

Time & date(s): 14th Jan, 2pm - 3.30pm & 23rd Jan, 10am - 11.30am

Recommended for staff who are new to using Turnitin - the software used by the university for submitting and marking text-based assessments.

This workshop will enable participants to produce marks and feedback in Canvas using the Turnitin software; discuss and evaluate the appropriate use of the different features of Turnitin for providing effective feedback; examine Turnitin similarity reports and interpret the meaning of matching sources and text.


Technology in teaching spaces

Time & date(s): 29th Jan, 10am - 11am & 31st Jan, 2pm - 3pm

Recommended for staff who are new to teaching at the University of Sussex or who would like to gain confidence in using the presentation equipment in the teaching spaces.

In this practical, hands-on session, you will be introduced to - and have the chance to use - the technology available in seminar rooms and lecture theatres across campus. Come along and find out how to: control the projector; use the controls at the lectern; use the Interactive Whiteboard to annotate PowerPoint slides and pdf files; play CDs, DVDs or Blurays; use the document camera; and project content from your own laptop instead of the PC.

Please note that the content of this session may vary due to the equipment available in each room.


Canvas Quizzes

Time & date(s): 30th Jan, 10am - 12pm

During this workshop, we will look at the Quiz tool in Canvas. Quizzes can be great for concept checking, revision and assessment. Participants will have the opportunity to view and create their own Quizzes in Canvas and reflect upon how they may make use of these approaches in their own teaching context.


Integrating the best of the web into your Canvas sites

Time & date(s): 6th Feb, 2pm - 4pm

The new Canvas VLE can be extended to integrate the best of the web and embed a variety of resources and teaching and learning tools

In this workshop you can pick from a number of exercises to find and embed high quality, interactive tools into your online site, including freely available teaching and learning materials, news, blog and twitter feeds, reading list sections, tv shows & films recorded onto box of broadcasts and Google products such as Google Forms, Slides and collaborative documents.


GoBags: 360 & Immersive technology workshop 

Time & date(s): 22nd Jan 14:00-15:00  & 12th February 10:00-11:30

This session will give you an opportunity to not only experience Virtual & Augmented reality but also create your own 36o° experiences. You'll be introduced to a brand new resource for the University, the GoBag. We'll show you how to use the equipment before you head out to give it a go. Finally we'll wrap up by looking at what you've recorded and how you can use this in your work or studies. This session is for anyone interested in 360° cameras and immersive technologies. Experienced or not, all welcome. 




Sessions are delivered online and include a short presentation followed by discussion. Recordings of webinars will be available for 14 days and only available to those who have signed up before the event.

Canvas peer assessment

Time & date(s): 30th Jan, 12pm - 12.30pm

During this webinar we will take a look at the Peer Assessment tool within Canvas. Participants will be taken through how to set up a Canvas Assignment to enable peer reviews and how you can make use of peer assessment activities in your teaching. This will be followed by time for questions.


Canvas student and teacher mobile app's

Time & date(s): 7th Feb, 12pm - 12:30pm

Did you know that Canvas has bespoke mobile apps for both staff and students? Want to know how your module site appears to your students from their phone?

Mobile technology is now the primary way for people to engage with content and interact online. It’s important to consider how this impacts the student experience of our online study platform. This session will provide staff with an overview of both the Canvas student and teacher mobile apps and an insight into considerations and opportunities for users.


Marking with Speedgrader

Time & date(s): 17th Jan, 1pm - 1:30pm

Recommended for staff who are using the ‘Canvas Online’ e-submission route or who would like to set up formative assessments in Canvas.

This workshop will enable participants to produce marks and feedback in Canvas using Canvas’ SpeedGrader tool and discuss and evaluate the appropriate use of the different features of SpeedGrader for providing effective feedback.


Introduction to Poll Everywhere

Time & date(s): 4th Feb, 12pm - 12:30pm

During this webinar participants will be given an introduction to the student response system Poll Everywhere. We will take you through how to set up your polls and questions, how to deliver them and how best to integrate these activities into your teaching sessions.


Using groups in Canvas

Time & date(s): 28th Jan, 12pm - 12:30pm

In this webinar we’ll show you how to manage, create and work with groups in Canvas. Perfect for those who are curious about groups and want to learn more, and for those of you who wish to innovate group work in your classroom. By the end of this webinar, you will know where to find groups, how to set one up and how to manage group members. There will also be time set aside for questions.


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