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 Calendar

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

Self Study courses

TEL have launched a series of short self-study courses that you can self enrol, and study in your own time. Please see the topics to choose from below.

Padlet for staff - Padlet is a versatile online platform that allows you to create collaborative digital boards. This short self-study course looks at some ideas for using Padlet and takes staff through the steps of creating and sharing padlets with students. Please follow this link to self-enrol Padlet for staff.

Canvas Essentials - This self-study site will take you through the basics of getting started with Canvas as a teacher, focusing on creating and editing content pages, managing files and using Units. Please follow this link to self-enrol Canvas Essentials.

Power up with Podcasting - This short self-study course will look at using Podcasting within your teaching, you'll gain the skills to be able to plan, record, edit and share a podcast by the end of the course as well as being introduced to a range of tools and resources that you can use for podcasting. Please follow this link to self enrol Power up with Podcasting.

Semester 2 workshops for 21/22

This session will focus on how to use Office 365 tools for online collaboration. In particular we will consider how this can be useful in teaching and learning. Office 365 is available to all staff and students at Sussex.

This is an online session and will last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions and is available all to University of Sussex staff.

This was held on Wednesday 16th March 2022, 1.00-1.45pm

Semester 2 Week 10

When done right Study groups improve student learning. There are many reasons for this. Study groups provide students the opportunity:

    • To learn from each other
    • To articulate their understanding to one another. The trial-and-error process of doing so increases understanding
    • To deepen social bonds. These bonds, whether positive or negative, motivate students to engage deeper into their studies
    • To reflect more. The discussions students prompt more reflection on the topic

Our students tell us they want more opportunities to learn with their peers, but while many students find it easier to make informal study groups, others, on the periphery of the cohort, find it more difficult.

This is an online session and will last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions and is available all to University of Sussex staff.

If we want our students to all get the same opportunities for engaging with peers and benefit from the same learning, it is therefore a matter of inclusivity for us as educators to provide the opportunity for all our students to work together and join a study group. In this workshop we will provide ideas of how you might go about this.

This was held on Wednesday 30th March 2022 1.00-1.45pm

Semester 2 Revision week

About this Event

A Dare To Transform Guest speaker event;

This talk will consider the importance of “The Third Space” (Whitchurch, 2012) in promoting the work of teaching professionals, pedagogic practice, scholarly enquiry and impact in higher education.  It will consider how promoting a culture of third space working can impact positively on scholarly enquiry and help to explore, reflect upon and champion the scholarship of education.  Through challenging the traditional organising principles of scholarship and practice in the academy, the talk will promote the importance of relationships and relational pedagogy by exploring in more detail the opportunities presented by integrated practice (McIntosh & Nutt, 2022).  The session will also build on traditional Freirean philosophy of pedagogy and other models of relational and relationship-rich education (Lyle, 2019; Bovill, 2020; Felten & Lambert, 2021).  It will then apply this thinking two four dimensions of third space working in order to provide further insight into the opportunities of working in this way, considering (1) relationships, (2) space(s), (3) legitimacies and (4) knowledges.

About Emily 

Dr Emily McIntosh is Director of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience at Middlesex University, London. Emily’s role at Middlesex involves cross institutional leadership for learning and teaching, including student transition, technology enhanced learning (TEL), academic practice, equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), academic advising, and student engagement. Emily is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and a National Teaching Fellow (NTF). She is a member of the Executive Board and Trustee of the Heads of Educational Development Group (HEDG) and is also Academic Board Member of the NACADA Center for Research at Kansas State University, United States. Emily has always had a keen interest in blended and third space working and has published monographs, chapters and articles on a wide variety of topics from personal tutoring and peer learning to integrated practice. Emily is co-editor of the recently published monograph The Impact of the Integrated Practitioner in Higher Education (Routledge, 2022). She is on twitter: @emilythemac

This event is open to all University of Sussex staff, please book using your Sussex email address. 

For more information about DARE To Transform please visit the DARE To Transform Canvas site.

Tuesday 14th June 2022 1.00-2.00pm

To book please visit the Eventbrite page. 

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