Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

Previous workshops and courses

These are previous workshops TEL which may run again. To find recordings of 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.

Teaching and inclusion

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. 

To view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording.  

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. 

To view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording.

This session will look 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 online session was held on Friday 24th September 2021. To view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording. 

This session will give an overview of some of the ways that Sussex’s core learning technology platforms can be used to give students a space to contribute their thoughts and ideas.

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

  • Identify options for students to contribute to sessions using digital tools.
  • Consider which options might work in their context.

This 45 minute online session was held on Thursday 30th September 2021. To view this workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording.

While the new academic year marks the planned return to in-person teaching, some level of online delivery is likely to remain part of future teaching and learning scenarios. What are the possibilities for building learning communities in this ‘new normal’? This reflective and practical workshop provides a space in which participants can explore and map out concrete strategies for building inclusive, caring and resilient learning communities in the context of uncertainty and change.The workshop provides

  • An introduction to the challenges (and opportunities) of building learning communities in the ‘new normal’
  • Research-informed approaches to developing pedagogies of care
  • Practical strategies for cultivating inclusion and engagement
  • A range of tailored, reflective exercises
  • Supporting resources

This online session was held on Wednesday 29th September 2020. To view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording. 

This session focuses 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 was held on Tuesday 25th January 2022. To view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording.

Zoom

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. 

To view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording. 

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.

To view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording.

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.

To view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording.

Canvas

This academic year the University expects the majority of students to study in person, and therefore encourages teaching staff to focus on face-to-face delivery. In this session we will give you different options on how to teach lectures, seminars and workshops, with different options for how you can engage remote students, via Canvas, Panopto webcasts, Zoom and online tools such as Padlet & Poll everywhere.

This 45 minute online session was held on Tuesday 21st September 2021. To view the workshop please follow the link to the panopto recording.

Canvas includes several tools for communication between teachers and students within a module. In this session we look at ways to use a combination of Announcements, Discussions, Chat and/or Conversations to communicate effectively with students.

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

  • Distinguish between the communication tools available in Canvas.
  • Consider which tool(s) will best support their module communications.

This 45 minute online session was held on Thursday 7th October 2021. To view the workshop please follow the link to the panopto recording. 

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 45 minute online session was held on Wednesday 8th December 2021. 

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 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 45 minute online session was held on Wednesday 6th October 2021. To view the workshop please follow the link to the panopto recording.

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.

Other teaching tools

About this Event

Games help us to reach parts of learning that other teaching methods can’t reach (Ladley, 2013). Playful Pedagogies event was held on Thursday 5th May The idea behind the event was demonstrate play’s ability to foster creativity, experimentation, and empathy. We encouraged all participants to have fun while pushing the boundaries of their teaching environments.

Speakers included 

Dr Katie Piatt with an introduction to Playful Learning with practical examples of ways you can facilitate discussions or introduce new content for your students in a playful and inclusive way.

George Robinson presented Twine, which is a free open source tool for crafting fun interactive choice based adventures and scenarios. This presentation  showed off Twine and its capabilities as well as giving you a chance to play through some educational Twines. 

Paolo Oprandi took attendees on a walking seminar: mobile learning. Walking around campus considering and discussing two or three questions. The aim was to provide ideas and build confidence in using walking seminars in campus teaching.

Prof. Simon Thompson demonstrated Lego as Serious Play and examined how and why it can enrich our pedagogic practice. Simon provided a hands-on session exploring different strategies and techniques to get students engaged, thinking (creatively & critically) and communicating.

Further resources

We have created a Playful Pedagogies Canvas page full of research and resources for you to use in your teaching from this event with the topics the speakers discussed. Please use and share as you see fit!

This was held on Thursday 5th May 10.00-3.30pm  

This session will introduce you to a range of exciting multimedia tools that can help to increase engagement within your teaching. We’ll cover three main areas, video editing, images and podcasts and look at how they can be used and what tools can be used to create them. We'll also look at best practices when using multimedia to ensure it improves the learning experience for students.

This 45 minute online session was held on Friday 17th September 2021.

To view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording

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

  • Find guidance on the use of learning technologies at Sussex.
  • Identify who to contact for guidance or support.

This 45 minute session was held on Tuesday 7th December 2021. 

To view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording.

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 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.

Reflective learning can be utilised 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.

This session was held on Thursday 23rd September 2021, to view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording

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.

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

  • Participate in Padlet activities.
  • Consider which layouts and settings might be useful to them.

This session was held on Wednesday 22nd September 2021, to view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording

This session will introduce the polling tool, Poll Everywhere, which allows you to pose a range of different questions such as multiple choice, open ended questions and clickable images, among others, to students during a teaching session. This session will show you how to navigate and use the tool as well as looking at best practice for using Poll Everywhere within your teaching.

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.

This was held on Wednesday 22nd September 2021, to view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording.

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 was held on Thursday 9th December 2021

This session will look at how to encourage student interaction within your teaching through the use of quizzing and polling tools such as Canvas quizzes and PollEverywhere, we’ll look at best practise around using these tools and incorporating them into your teaching.

This was held on Wednesday 16th February 2022, to view this recording please follow the link to the panopto recording. 

Reflective learning can be utilised as a powerful pedagogic tool to incorporate into your teaching. This workshop will introduce different formative and contributory modes of reflective practice, how these activities can effectively implemented to aid your student’s learning and the use of related software/technical options available 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 2nd February 2022, to view this recording please follow the link to the panopto recording. 

Accessibility

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 was held on Monday 4th October 2021, to view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording.

This two-way fireside chat is an accessibility-focused knowledge exchange between Brighton DLPIS (formerly eLearning Team) and the Sussex Technology Enhanced Learning Team. After a year of remote teaching and high intensity ‘blends’ by necessity, this is a good time to reflect, review, and share how these changes have impacted accessibility for the better or for the worse. We will talk about what we have learned during the pandemic, what has surprised us, and what we think is in store for the future. This event will be open to staff from both universities and audience questions will be encouraged. This event is part of a programme leading up to Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

As part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Brighton DLPIS/eLearning Team and Sussex TEL are excited to offer this keynote talk from a leading expert in the field of Universal Design for Learning. Dr Kevin Merry, will discuss the journey that the institution has been on, shedding some light on how DMU has enabled the University-wide adoption of UDL learning and teaching practices as a means of ensuring accessibility and inclusivity. Specifically, Kevin will discuss the context of the move toward UDL, as well as some of the key drivers and levers which have enabled the embedding of UDL as part of a wider change in learning and teaching culture.

This was held on Thursday 20th May 2021, to view this previous event please follow this link to the panopto recording

Assessment-related webinars

With all exams planned for online delivery in the coming academic year, open-book exams offer exciting opportunities to re-imagine traditional examinations in ways which foster students’ higher-order thinking skills such as critical thinking and creativity as well as ‘world-ready’ employability skills. Drawing on pedagogic research, this reflective and practical workshop will introduce participants to approaches to designing open-book exams which tap into these potential benefits for student learning.

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

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 

To view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording.

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 was held on 28th October 2021, to view the workshop please follow the link to the panopto recording.

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 was held on Tuesday 2nd November 2021, to view the workshop please follow the link to the panopto recording. 

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.

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 was held on 15th December 2020, to view the workshop please follow the link to the panopto recording.

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 was held on Wednesday 3rd November 2021, to view this workshop please follow the link to the panopto recording.

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.

To view this workshop please follow the link to the panopto recording. 

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.

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 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 was held on Thursday 16th September 2021, to view this workshop please follow the link to the panopto recording.

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 demonstrates 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.

Skills for Feedback

This practical and reflective workshop explores curriculum design and pedagogic strategies for supporting students to develop feedback literary, the ability to engage with their feedback for continuous learning (Carless and Boud, 2018, Sansavior, 2021). This workshop is timetabled to support staff during the A1 marking period and the first few weeks of semester as they map out their approaches to module and programme-level feedback.

The workshop provides:

  • An introduction to the principles of good feedback
  • Approaches to designing feedback literacy into the module and programme
  • Strategies for promoting engagement with ‒ and learning from ‒ feedback
  • Supporting resources aimed at students.

This session was held during semester 2 for academic year 21/22.

For more information and resources regarding this session please visit the Feedback Guidance Canvas site.

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

In this session we will explore flexible assessment. What it is and isn't, what the benefits are to being more flexible in our assessments and where to start. Acknowledging that creating a fully flexible approach to assessment is not in our immediate capacity, we'll look at where you can enable student agency in existing summative and formative assessment modes.

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Explain flexible assessment
  • Summarise key benefits of flexible assessment
  • Suggest ways to enable flexibility within your existing module assessments
  • Plan longer term changes to module assessment to enable flexibility

This was held on Wednesday 20th October 2021, to view the workshop please follow this link to the panopto recording.

 Exemplars are examples of prior student assessments, '...chosen so as to be typical of designated levels of quality or competence. The exemplars are not the standards themselves, but are indicative of them...' (Sadler, 1987).

 Using exemplars can help develop students' assessment literacy, they can also help you by reducing the amount of effort during marking devoted to picking up common errors in your feedback. Through formative assessment activities, exemplars can be a rich source of feedback for students to self-assess and to work with their peers in identifying common pitfalls of an assessment.

As we seek to diversify assessment through flexible and authentic assessments, a broader range of assessment types and modes is used, increasing the need to support students in visualising what a strong, or not so strong submission looks like. For example, we can't assume our students know what a Take Away Paper (TAP) submission looks like.

In this session we will explore the use of exemplars by:

  • Understanding how to acquire exemplars. 
  • Understanding how they differ from model answers. 
  • Highlighting what the literature tells us about why they are a useful tool. 
  • Providing examples of how to embed them within your teaching and learning activities. 
  • We will also address questions which arise around academic misconduct. 

This session was held during semester 2 for academic year 21/22.

 For more information please contact tel@sussex.ac.uk.

This workshop builds on David Carless’ promotion of video and audio feedback in The Strategic Themes in Assessment and Feedback Series. Carless recommended this method of feedback as a way of building rapport with students, and as a means of communicating in a nuanced and time-effective way. Providing both pedagogical and practical guidance, this workshop draws on relevant academic literature to discuss the advantages and challenges of video and audio feedback, while also showing you how to record and upload your feedback via Canvas.

This workshop provides: 

  • The pedagogical benefits of video and audio feedback 
  • The practical steps of delivering effective video and audio feedback 
  • Examples of successful video and audio feedback  

This session was held during semester 2 for academic year 21/22.

For more information please contact tel@sussex.ac.uk.

‘Real world learning’ involves connecting subject knowledge to real world learning experiences and problem solving to develop deeper understanding and hone essential skills. It might variously be termed authentic learning, situated learning or experiential learning, amongst others. In this session we will explore how embedding real-world learning and authentic assessment in the curriculum can empower students to apply and contextualise their knowledge and, in the process, enhance their employability.

This workshop provides:

  • An introduction to the benefits and challenges of embedding real world learning
  • Approaches to incorporating real-world learning and authentic assessment into the curriculum
  • Strategies for sourcing real world inputs and examples

This session was held during semester 2 for academic year 21/22. To view slides of the presentation please click here. 

For more information please contact tel@sussex.ac.uk.

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