Learning technologies and tools
At the heart of Bath’s e-learning technologies is our Moodle environment, which provides flexible online tools specifically designed to support online learning and teaching and for which we have developed many support and guidance resources. However, we also support innovation using a wide range of technologies (internally and externally hosted) and can assist you in identifying the right tools for you.
The three levels of support for our tools
We have four core technologies:
These are technologies for which the TEL team (CLT) has ownership and control. Support for core technologies is a key priority for us. Within our support for core technologies, we:
- ensure that these are regularly backed up and records are retained
- provide full support to staff using these technologies
- offer a comprehensive staff development and troubleshooting service
- ensure high levels of availability and reliability
- ensure that their setup complies with legal requirements (i.e. Data Protection Act), institutional policies (i.e. retention, backup) and follows best practice.
If you would like any support in using our ‘core’ technologies or wish to explore their potential further please contact us.
We recognise these technologies as important for enhancing learning and teaching, but do not have ownership and/or full control over them. Recognised technologies include:
- Xerte (authoring software)
- QR Codes
- Re:View (formerly Panopto)
- TurningPoint EVS, and
Technologies which are piloted by us will have our full support, but core technologies remain our key priority. Recognised technologies include those that are:
- owned and fully supported by other professional services within the University
- externally hosted tools and services
- being piloted and are not fully available or embedded across the institution.
As ‘recognised technologies’, they can benefit from integration with core technologies (ie TurnItIn is integrated with Moodle) and pedagogical support from us. In most cases, these technologies have been set up in ways which are legally compliant and adhere to institutional policies, however users may need to check this.
If you would like any support in using our 'recognised' technologies or wish to explore their potential further please contact us.
We have developed expertise in a number of externally hosted tools (i.e. social media tools, OERs, e-books) which have the potential to enrich the student learning experience. We are available to advise on how you might embed these into teaching practices to facilitate meaningful interactions, group work, self-assessment and personalised learning. This list is not exhaustive, so please contact us with any queries you may have. Advised-on technologies include:
- providing audio feedback
- exploring Augmented Reality
- collaborating with Google Docs
- digital pens
- notetaking with Evernote
- presentations with SlideShare
- social media
- tablets and mobile devices
However, we do not have ownership or control over these tools. Therefore, support predominantly consists of advising on best pedagogical practice in embedding them in learning and teaching activities. Each user needs to ensure that their use of ‘advised-on’ technologies complies with legal requirements (i.e. data protection, copyright) and institutional policies.
If you would like any support in using our 'advised-on' technologies or wish to wish explore their potential further please contact us.
Where possible, we will ensure that these applications function correctly in the following browsers:
|Browser||Version(s)||Operating System(s)||More information|
|Microsoft Internet Explorer||11+||Windows 7 and 8||microsoft.com|
|Mozilla Firefox||Most recent version||Windows 7 and 8; Mac OS X; Linux||mozilla.com|
|Google Chrome||Most recent version||Windows 7 and 8; Mac OS X; Linux||google.com/chrome|
|Safari||6+||Mac OS X 10.7||apple.com/safari|
Please note that this done by best endeavour and that there may be limitations inherent in certain browsers over which we have no control.
Please email the TEL team with any queries.