Teach Yourself

Encourage your students to be more creative with technology

We have created a variety of items which you can copy onto any SBS Blackboard site to encourage and enable students to teach themselves different technological skills. Students may want to learn these skills in relation to a module or assignment task, or to aid their own professional development.

As a business school it is important we encourage students to use different technologies which can be useful in the workplace. Learning new software can often be expected during placements or graduate jobs from complex telephone systems to advanced data collection techniques. Students and graduates won’t be expected to have prior knowledge on how to use every piece of technology, but a basic understanding and willingness to learn is advantageous. Learning new technologies is a fundamental skill which is unavoidable in the current job market.

Understanding the practical uses of technology can help our graduates stand out during the recruitment processes or when working in industry,  pitching themselves, a product, or an idea to senior staff.

While PowerPoint is an acceptable way to present information it is predictable and can be repetitive. Using alternative technology to demonstrate ideas in a more relevant or meaningful way can help the audience to see the presenters vision more clearly. Combining different technologies with PowerPoint will no doubt give our graduates the edge while working in industry.

By including these sections on Blackboard to encourage students to learn at their own pace and ability, it will help them build the skills employers look for. Most of the technologies displayed in the Teach Yourself resource are easy to use while maintaining a professional look and feel. This will be ideal for most students who have limited knowledge and time but want to upskill and create effective resources. For students wishing to advance their technological skill further there is information on lynda.com and AppsAnywhere. To read more about lynda.com click here.

The Teach Yourself resource includes information on how to make videos, infographics, websites, posters and more abstract resources such as animations and comic strips. For each tool there is an example and a link to some online guidance to help them to get started and learn the basics. We are encouraging students to independently problem solve using different tools such as Google and YouTube when using these new tools.

For access to the Teach Yourself resource ask a member of the TEL team.

Teach Yourself

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Turning Point Updates

Students voting using the Turning Point appTurning Point is a voting software we have access to at SHU for use in lectures or seminars to engage students and identify any misunderstanding or gaps in knowledge. PowerPoint presentations can be imported into Turning Point to enable the user to easily add interactive questions to existing lectures. To respond to the questions the students can either use clickers or the Turning Point app downloaded on their personal devices.

Recently Turning Point has undergone an update at SHU from Version 5 to Version 8. Although this hasn’t involved too many changes, there are a few differences both students and staff need to be aware of.

Student Changes – There are no changes for students using the clickers but if a student has the old Responseware app this will need to be uninstalled and replaced with the new Turning Point app. Also the students need to be aware that the server has moved from North America to Europe which will need to be correct in the app settings. Click here to download a user guide.

Staff Changes – To deliver a lecture or seminar with Turning Point questions the presenter will need to login to Turning Point via AppsAnywhere on a computer on campus.  Previously a presenter would only need to login to Turning Point if they wanted the students to respond using the app. To login to Turning Point, SHU staff need to contact IT for an account. Click here to download a user guide.

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Padlet is often used in The Sheffield Business School to allow students to ask questions about a module or to add topical information e.g. newspaper articles, links to relevant Twitter accounts or websites. This is a really great way to use Padlet but is this all that the tool can be used for?

Padlet has been marketed as a collaborative tool, however almost anyone who has ever used the tool will have experienced a Padlet crisis. Either the wall has become cluttered with too many posts or too many people have been posting at once causing the posts to dance around the page and become unreadable. To prevent this Padlet have increased the number of templates you can use. Alongside the traditional Padlet wall you can now create a Padlet canvas, stream, grid and shelf.

Increasing the variety of templates has increased the pedagogical benefits and possibilities of using Padlet for learning. There are a number of ways students and teaching staff can use Padlet; either collaboratively, for independent learning or to visually show understanding of a theory or concept.

A Padlet can be exported as an image, PDF, CSV file, or Excel spreadsheet enabling a finished Padlet to be shared, giving the user more flexibility. The resource could be used within an assignment or shared amongst a group as revision notes. For assignments using PebblePad or a WordPress blog, a Padlet resource can be embedded within the page. Remind the students to keep this as read only access if it is public facing to avoid others adding, editing or deleting information. Listed below are the different types of Padlet template and some pedagogical inspiration.

Wall example

As mentioned above the Padlet wall is often used as a collaborative tool. This is great as it saves automatically and can be made visible to all users, but can become overwhelming if many people are using the same wall – particularly at once. For large scale collaborations it would be beneficial to use either the stream or grid templates. So what could the traditional Padlet wall be used for? Walls could be set up by students themselves for group collaboration during a seminar task or group assignment. Padlet recommend the wall template for creating a mood board. Educationally speaking, students could use the mood board style to gather lecture notes, topical stories or to plan an assignment.

Canvas example

A canvas can be used to create a mind map or hierarchy of information. Posts can easily be connected together via an arrow or colour coordinated to visually show how they relate. If lucky enough to be timetabled into a SCALE UP room, a seminar tutor could design a task where each group of students create a Padlet canvas to visually demonstrate their understanding of the concept. The downside to using a canvas Padlet is that posts are always connected via an arrow. There is no way to link the posts without suggesting one leads to another.

Stream example

A stream is the least flexible way of using Padlet but is a great way to display FAQ’s. The posts are stacked vertically but can be reordered easily by drag and drop. As this only uses the middle of the Padlet space it makes the text easy to read and the space seems less cluttered. One downside to this is that if there are many FAQ’s it may take a while to scroll through the responses. If using a stream for FAQ’s it is recommended that the admin regularly checks Padlet to answer any questions, keep the relevant questions at the top of the page and delete any questions which are no longer necessary.

Grid example

When using this template the posts are snapped into a grid formation to enable each post to be visible and clear to the reader. This more structured approach doesn’t allow for much creativity (unlike the traditional wall) but is beneficial for larger collaborations. This template would be best used in a conference for participants to add ideas, external links and key points to a topic or could be embedded into a Blackboard site for students to do the same. For instructions on how to embed within Blackboard, click here.

Shelf example

Similar to a grid, the shelf template structures the posts in a clear layout to the reader. Headings are created at the top of the Padlet page then posts are added into the different columns. As this is a structured template it would also be recommended for large collaborations to prevent posts from getting buried. Specific to the Business School a Padlet shelf could be used as a structure for a collaborative SWOT analysis. It could also be embedded or linked to an assignment.

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British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference on ‘Writing, Presenting, and Networking at Conferences for Success’

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By Michael Benson, Senior Lecturer, SBS

Sheffield Hallam University were proud to host the British Academy of Management’s (BAM) one-day conference on ‘Writing, Presenting, and Networking at Conferences for Success’ on 7th December 2017 as part of the Marketing and Retail Special Interest Group.

The conference was of particular relevance for doctoral students and early career researchers and was well attended by over 30 academics from universities across the UK including Durham, Manchester, Birmingham, and Westminster.

The two key note speakers, Dr James Cronin from Lancaster University and Professor Ron Berger from The Academic Centre of Law and Business in Israel set the tone for the day, providing attendees with invaluable advice on creating quality conference and journal papers, working collaboratively, and building a successful research profile.

Subsequent sessions saw early career and senior academics sharing their advice and recommendations from their experiences at conferences, their doctoral journeys, and their achievements and missed opportunities along the way.

The day also had delegates reflecting on their motivations for attending conferences, with practical tips provided on how to write a conference paper, choosing the right conference, getting the most out of attending a conference, and applying for academic positions.

Attendees were also provided with advice on effectively managing writing time through making time for writing through structured writing retreats, with practical tips shared for prioritising and focusing on writing and creating a writing community at their university.

The conference was a resounding success; with delegates leaving inspired to write, with increased confidence from gaining a better understanding of what reviewers are looking for in a conference paper and how to set out on building a successful academic career.

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Personal Feedback

Personal feedback from the impersonal

“Personal feedback from the impersonal: optimising tutor marking
efficiency and personalisation”


5 Sheffield Business School undergraduate students to form a “student feedback group”.

I want the group to help me specify and code a MS Excel prototype application that produces personalised feedback and feedforward corrections, suggestions, and ideas for enhancement, from a database of accumulated comments.

A lucky 2 of the 5 will have the opportunity of co-writing and co-presenting a poster at the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Conference (Learning, Teaching and Student-Experience) in Glasgow (24/25 April) in 2018. All expenses paid.

All the group will have the opportunity of presenting at our SHULT18 Conference followed by a ‘thank you’ end-of-project celebratory lunch.

Why volunteer?

  • to contribute to an innovative project;
  • to enhance your MS Excel skills;
  • to gain real-world experience of academic authorship and conference presentation; to
  • enhance your CV and employability; and
  • to receive a £25 Amazon gift voucher as a thank-you.

Time required: to meet, contribute, discuss and progress the project for about one hour per fortnight from January 2018 to April 2018. It is planned that we meet at a mutually convenient time – possibly in the early evening.

Contact: Rob Baker r.baker@shu.ac.uk 07745 511078

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Spanish Short Film Festival at Sheffield Hallam University

Spanish Film Festival at sheffield Hallam University

The languages department are proud to present the 4th edition of the Spanish Short Film Festival -Sheffield Hallam University.

The Festival is the celebration of a project completed by students of Spanish ULS Stage 5 at Sheffield Hallam University for which 8 independent original short films are subtitled into English!

There will be Q & A sessions with the Film Directors run in Spanish with live interpreting into English.

We are welcoming a wider international audience interested in cinema, culture, languages, translation, meeting new people and having a good time! All language students are welcome as well as all native speakers of any language.


The event will be hosted by the SBS Languages Society in Charles Street Lecture Theatre 12.0.06

Free entry – Refreshments and popcorn will be provided by Thomas Tucker.

Finally, two prizes will be awarded to the Best Subtitled Film and to the Best Film Director. The audience will have the opportunity to vote for the best short film.

This festival is also open to members of the public.

If you are a student or a staff member, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/2wb9Qn

Look forward to meeting you all!

¡Hasta pronto!

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Spanish Film Festival at Sheffield Hallam University

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TurningPoint updates

TurningPoint has been updated to meet new regulations. If you have a TurningPoint or Responseware account please see the latest guidance from DTS.

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