Tools, help and advice to support technology enhanced learning
Find out about the technologies we provide, training and technical support, and resources and advice available to help you enhance learning and teaching.
How to find help and support for technologies for teaching
Academics and professional service staff have access to a number of technologies that can enhance learning and support innovations in teaching.
Support for these technologies is provided by a number of departments. If you have a question about a specific technology, please read the appropriate section below to find out who to contact.
The TEL team (Technology Enhanced Learning team) within the Centre for Learning & Teaching provides support for the effective use of technology to enhance learning, teaching and assessment. We can assist you in identifying the right TEL tools for you, advise on effective use and best practice, and help you to explore their potential further. We also support the institutional development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), so please get in contact if this is something you would like to explore further.
Please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or alternatively book one of our individual or group training sessions.
Moodle, Adobe Connect, Mahara and Xerte
These technologies are managed and supported by the TEL team. We provide full support to staff and offer a comprehensive staff development and troubleshooting service.
Click on the links below to find online guides, resources and advice about best practice.
Moodle is our virtual learning environment for students and staff. Moodle can be used to share lecture notes and recordings, access forums and messaging, submit coursework, take quizzes and online assessments, and find online courses and training.
Adobe Connect is used for arranging virtual meetings, seminars and lectures.
Mahara is an e-portfolio system. Staff and students can collect documents, images, blogs and other digital content to demonstrate and share their learning, skills and development.
Xerte is an authoring software. Staff can create digital resources for educational purposes, without the need for programming skills.
If you would like any further advice about using these technologies, or wish to explore their potential further, please contact the TEL team at email@example.com.
Re:View (formerly Panopto)
Re:View (formerly Panopto) is used to record lectures and other activities on campus.
If you need technical support, please contact the Audio Visual Team.
You can find online guides and resources, including how to capture lectures and how to make recordings available in the CLT Hub.
If you would like training or further expert pedagogical guidance about making the best use of Re:View, please contact the TEL team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TurningPoint (audience response system)
The TurningPoint-based Electronic Voting System (EVS) is an anonymous and formative feedback mechanism.
TurningPoint software works within Microsoft PowerPoint. Students use their own devices (smartphones, tablet devices or laptops) or clickers to vote or respond to questions posed in the presentation. As well as being used as a simple voting system, lecturers can collect and analyse feedback, and share reports quickly and easily via Moodle.
Staff can book TurningPoint clickers and a USB RF receiver from the Audio Visual team.
If you need technical support or training, please contact the Audio Visual Team.
The CLT Hub also contains further guidance on using TurningPoint and, if you would like expert pedagogical guidance on how you can use audience response systems to engage students, and how to use the software inside of Powerpoint, contact the TEL team.
Visit the TurningPoint EVS website for a more detailed description of the system.
Urkund (originality detection)
Urkund is a web-based plagiarism detection service. It is integrated into Moodle for Moodle assignments.
Urkund reviews Moodle assignments and generates reports which can be used to identify similarities between student work and existing sources across the internet, journals and other publications. Reports can also be used in formative assessment to help students learn how to develop their writing and avoid plagiarism.
Urkund is owned by the Library.
If you would like advice on how you can use Urkund with your Moodle assignments, contact the TEL team at email@example.com.
Other TEL tools
We have developed expertise in a number of externally hosted tools which have the potential to enrich the student learning experience. These include:
- providing audio feedback
- exploring Augmented Reality
- collaborating with Google Docs
- notetaking and Evernote
- OERs (Open Educational Resources)
- presentations with SlideShare
- social media
- tablets and mobile devices
- using Office 365 tools in a teaching context
This list is not exhaustive, so please get in touch if you have a query about any other technology.
The TEL team is available to advise on how you might embed these into teaching practices to facilitate meaningful interactions, group work, self-assessment and personalised learning. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that we do not have any ownership or control of these technologies as they are hosted externally. Each user needs to ensure that their use of these technologies complies with data protection and GDPR, copyright, University policies and other legal requirements. Once again, we can provide support and guidance.