Training Sessions


Training invitation


We have run all training sessions we had scheduled for this year. We will be advertising a new programme in September. In the meantime if you would like any 1 to 1  training on any of the topics listed below please contact a member of the team.


Training sessions cover:


  • Online Submission Support – Drop in: Your assessment points should have been created for you, we will be available to discuss what you need to do next, such as deploying tests, creating groups and attaching rubrics.
  • Overview of Marking Technologies – Annotating scripts and marking Grids: Find out about the technologies available to you to mark online including rubrics, inline marking, Blackboard marking reports for submission of work and more.
  • Overview of Marking Technologies – Audio Feedback and using the iPad for marking: Find out about the technologies available to you to mark online using audio and iPad applications.
  • Build a Rubric: Find out how to create and deploy a Rubric (online marking grid) in Blackboard.
  • Creating Groups and setting up Smart Views: Learn how to create Groups and set up Smart Views within your Grade Centre to help you organise your workload.
  • Get your Blackboard site ready for the new semester – Drop in: This session will help you get your Blackboard site ready for your students. Make your module handbook available to your students, send out a welcome announcement, attach your RLO and organise your materials.
  • Get the most out of your Blackboard site: This session will give you ideas for incorporating greater functionality and interactivity within your Blackboard Site using Google Apps and YouTube.
  • Blackboard Tests: For summative and formative testing: Find out more about how to use Blackboard tests for both summative and formative testing.


  • Using Social Media: Why use social media? How can it benefit your students? What technology can be used? Hear about how academics have incorporated Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram to engage students and how it can work for you.
  • Voting systems: How to use voting systems in the classroom. Find out about Socrative and Turning Point/Responseware. Voting systems can enliven a lecture and increase participation.
  • Using mobile technology with students: Get up-and-running on the iPad/Android devices. A starter session for those who have little hands-on experience with tablets. Learn how to connect to the Wi-Fi, download ‘apps’ and find out the best ‘apps’ to use in the classroom.
  • Introduction to Google Applications: ‘Google apps’, what are they and what can they do? Find out about the suite of Google tools available, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Drawings, Slides and the storage options available.
  • Google Forms: Learn how to build a Google Form and collect data using a wide range of questions types, create quizzes and booking forms.
  • Online Storage Systems: Find out how and where you can back up work on the Cloud – Google Drive, OneDrive and the SHU Medial server.
  • Screencasts and Podcasts: Create short training video your students can watch over and over again. Screencasts allow you to demonstrate complex on-screen processes and podcasts help engage students with your topic.
  • Recording video on the move – user generated content for your course: Find out how easy it is to create short video clips to help illustrate key concepts in your subject including vlogging.
  • Getting the most out of PowerPoint: Find out how to get the most out of PowerPoint, structure slides and add graphics, pictures and video.
  • Qualtrics: Find out more about the Qualtrics the university’s chosen online survey software. Qualtrics offers more question types and functionality over Google forms for more in-depth research.
  • Adobe Spark: Adobe Spark features a range of easy to use tools students can use to create video presentations and blogs. This free, online software is accessible on desktop PCs and tablets.
  • Google Draw: Google Drawings allows students to create online posters which can be saved as a PDF and then submitted online for marking.
  • PebblePad: Find out more about PebblePad Portfolios and Work Books and how you can use them for assessment purposes.
  • Online Organisation: Learn how to use online organisation tools to make booking one-to-ones easy and to assist students with group projects using web-based software such as Doodle, Google Keep and Trello.
  • A quick Guide to HTML: A brief overview of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) which will help you understand some of the errors and issues you may experience with Blackboard and how to resolve them.
  • Acrobat Pro: You can do more with Acrobat Pro than just view PDFs. You can save documents as Word files, edit and move text, add comments, create forms, add buttons, menus and interactive features. It’s more than just a viewer. Come along to this session to find out more about the features inside Acrobat Pro which can aid your productivity. More in-depth tutorials can be found on
  • Blackboard: What is Blackboard? How does it work? How do academic staff and students use it? This session will give you an overview of Sheffield Hallam’s chosen Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and enable you to ask questions about the system and aspects that may impact on your work.
  • InDesign: InDesign is the industry standard Desk Top Publishing (DTP) package which allows you to create beautiful print documents, interactive PDFs and e-books. This session will give you an overview of the software and allow you to get started creating documents. More in-depth tutorials can be found on
  • Photoshop: Photoshop is the industry standard in image editing. Learn how to use some of the basic tools to help you re-size images for both Word documents and web pages, crop, rotate, adjust brightness and contrast to make the most of your images. More in-depth tutorials can be found on
  • PowerPoint/Presentations: This session will give you opportunity to explore different ways and techniques to deliver presentations and use the most appropriate software to support it. More in-depth tutorials can be found on
  • WordPress: Find out more about WordPress, one of the major web-development frameworks and learn web design techniques to build resources to deliver multi-media content. Create web pages, add images and video, embed forms to enrich the user experience. More in-depth tutorials can be found on

If you cannot make any of the session but would like some one-to-one help in any of the technologies listed above feel free to contact me: