#SpotlightOnDigital: Don’t Feed the GDPR Cookie Monster!

Since the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect in late May 2018, the web has become a more frustrating place. A vast majority of websites, both large and small, block access to their content until you consent to their data gathering and processing policies, including cookies to track you across the site and,…

shuspace is changing in September!

The University is replacing shuspace, our current student portal, with a new student portal which will be hosted on the same system that runs our external webpages (www.shu.ac.uk). This new student portal will provide some advantages over the current shuspace, such as a modern look and feel, reduced duplication of web content, a better mobile…

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#SpotlightOnDigital: Why Accessibility is Important to All

‘Accessibility’, ‘Inclusive Practice’ and ‘Universal Design’ are terms that are used with increasing frequency within Higher Education, but the distinctions between them and the importance of the principles to which they refer is not always clear. In this video, Paddy Turner (LEAD lecturer and Chair of the National Association of Disability Practitioners) gives a brief…

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#SpotlightOnDigital: Search the Web like a Pro

The web is a great source of information, but the problem is that there is often just too much of it. If you’re like most people, you won’t look much past the first couple of pages of search results so it’s important that you get the most relevant results on those early pages. The simplest…

#SpotlightOnDigital: Managing P4$$w0rd5

Trying to create strong and, more importantly, memorable passwords for all the different services that you use can be a real problem. Every site seems to require a different password length and combination of character types, which you often aren’t told about until after entering a non-compliant password. Combine this with being forced to change…

Reminder: Blackboard upgrade – 27-29 July 2018

This summer’s Blackboard upgrade is scheduled to take place during the weekend 27-29 July 2018. The upgrade will start at 5pm on Friday 27th July and continue throughout the weekend. It is predicted that the Blackboard system will be available again by the morning of Sunday 29th July but it should be considered at risk…

Spotlight on Digital for July 2018

Over the course of the month we’ll be sharing a range of different online resources and running weekly workshops for all staff at SHU. Whether you are a total technophobe, curious but cautious, a digital expert, or something in between, we hope that there will be thing to interest and inspire you and that you’ll be able to increase…

Flipped Classroom: An Approach to Teaching and Learning

‘Flipped Classroom‘ is a term that refers to the restructuring of teaching in order to maximise the benefit of contact time between students and tutors. In a ‘flipped classroom’ the’ homework’ and ‘lecture’ elements of a traditional teaching approach are reversed, with the students engaging with the required information as pre-work so that the contact time can focus on…