Digital Capability, Skills and Support
- Digital Experience Services
- Digital Learning Team
- Digital Skills Hub
- Digital Technology Services (DTS)
- Library Services
- Academic Development and Events
- Tools and Resources – an A-Z library
Digital Experience Services
Aim to produce digital content and tools that are simple, accessible, useful and effective for the variety of audiences the University caters to. The user’s needs are at the heart of our work. We want to help you create better digital content by providing evidence-based insights, best practice guidance, training and approved templates. Take a look at:
Digital Learning Team
The Digital Learning Team supports the development of academic teaching and learning practice through the use of digital technologies across all of the academic departments in the institution. We offer support on teaching technologies such as the virtual learning environment, interactive tools, content creation, resource sharing and collaboration, e-Portfolio tools, video conferencing, screen casting and lecture capture. Take a look at:
- Tools and Resources section – A-Z list
- Spring/Summer Digital Learning Seminar Series 2021
- Winter Digital Learning Seminar Series 2020
- Autumn Digital Learning Seminar Series 2020
- Digital Learning Team – get support
Digital Skills Hub
In this digital age we aim to drive the adoption of good IT, and build digital confidence & capability across the University. The Digital Skills Hub provides support and guidance to help overcome fear of technology, fly at the cutting edge of technology or anywhere in between. Our focus is on teamwork, collaboration and productivity tools. This encompasses everything apart from technology used specifically in teaching and learning and specialist software. We can work with you to help you find IT based solutions to problems you may be facing and introduce new ways of working with the technology we have on offer here at SHU.
- Digital Skills Hub – support and resources
- Tools and Resources section – A-Z list
- Visit the Staff Digital Induction webpage for getting to grips with the basics of the digital technology that is widely used at Hallam.
Digital Technology Services (DTS)
The Digital Technology Services provide an array of IT Services and IT support both on campus and remote working. Take a look at:
Discover and learn new digital skills to help you and your students study effectively and enhance employability with our online sessions, resources and video tutorials.
Academic Development and Events
Working with colleagues to deliver a CPD programme that builds confidence, capability and capacity. Look at the Academic Development and events page for a wide range of development opportunities.
Tools and Resources
An A-Z library of tools and resources that support digital capability, skills and development. Select one of the following titles:
Assistive Technology – supporting you and your students.
Blackboard is intended to support teaching, learning and assessment for Sheffield Hallam University staff and students. Staff may use Blackboard for:
- supporting the teaching and learning of Sheffield Hallam students.
- supporting academic administration processes.
- management of academic content.
- supporting research activities.
All guidance can be found on the Help with Technology Enhanced Learning website which is managed by the Digital Learning Team and covers the following themes:
Getting used to Blackboard
|TEL Help guidance: e-learning starter pack * blackboard at SHU * understanding the interface * adding content * setting up student groups * seeing the student view|
|Blackboard Ally: improving the accessibility of content – presentation by Stuart Hepplestone in the Digital Learning Team, this session focussed on using Blackboard Ally to check and improve your content in Blackboard.|
|TEL Help guidance: online submission * physical submission * blackboard tests * achievements|
Communicating and Collaborating
Getting used to PebblePad (Pebble+ and ATLAS)
Managing your Blackboard site
Online feedback and marks
Threshold Standards (TS)
|TEL Help guidance: introduction * taught module sites * navigation and information * communication * assessment and feedback * beyond TS ** TEL practice development|
Case studies – a range of digital case studies from both Hallam colleagues and external institutions
Closed Captioning / Subtitles / Transcriptions
- Automatic Captions on Live and Recorded Sessions – guidance from the Digital Learning Team.
- Zoom functionality – closed captioning – see Zoom section below.
To protect the University and help staff defend themselves against online fraud, the University has invested in a Cyber Aware online course to highlight the risks in online activity and how we can deal with these.
- Digital Accessibility – Hallam guidance
- Digital Accessibility – Digital Learning Team overview
- Digital Accessibility – mandatory staff module
- Digital accessibility health check: points to consider
- Digital Accessibility: design principles for content creation – SCULPT – presented by Nick Russell and Kieran White in the Web Accessibility Project, the session focussed on key accessibility considerations when creating or updating content and how to apply them.
- Creating Accessible Digital Content – presented by Nick Russell and Kieran White in the Web Accessibility Project, this one hour session explored the SCULPT model – a six step guide to success.
- Are your websites accessible? Read more on the Global Accessibility Awareness’ Day website.
- Also visit Inclusive Practice section below – creating accessible content / materials.
- AV help in classrooms – on campus classroom guidance
- Display screen equipment (DSE) – having the right equipment for your needs – staff guidance.
- IT and AV services – student guidance.
- A range of guidance, information and resources that assist with implementing inclusive practices in your teaching and learning. This also includes the range of materials and guidance form the Inclusive Essentials programme.
- IT Services – Assyst management tool – self-service
- Multi-Factor Authentication – information and step-by-step guidance
Activate your LinkedIn Learning account and discover courses and pathways to develop you and your students’ academic and employability skills.
Become a LinkedIn Learning Curator – an ideal opportunity for those with a focus on learning, teaching or leading the development of others. You can upload your own content, create a new learning path, share content and see insights. Here is a short demo video of the curator role on LinkedIn Learning (6 minutes watch) to showcase the features.
- What is Microsoft Teams all about? – presented by Mary Hill in the Digital Skills Team, this session provided an introduction to MS Teams and putting in context here at SHU. The team have also provided sessions on;
- Putting Microsoft Teams to good use showing and explaining in more detail the benefits Teams has to offer;
- Microsoft Teams: Course Cohort Community Teams aimed at Course Leaders, Academic Advisors and Administrators who are Owners and Members of student Teams. This session aims to provide you with further information about the course Teams that have been set up for students. We will cover: The purpose of the course cohort Teams The Student Voice channel MS Teams functionality with a focus on being a Team Owner.
- MS Teams – what is it and how you use it
- MS Teams – learning resources, courses and videos
October 2021 – Transcriptions now available in Microsoft Teams.
July 2021 – Microsoft hosted their Customer Touchpoint Training Sessions which were open to all Microsoft customers. Here are their resource documents relating to MS Teams:
- Running large events – resource document
- Accessibility – resource document
- Hybrid meeting and apps – resource document
- What’s New in Teams: May – June 2021 – resource document.
- Lectures – code of practice – rights and responsibilities
- Lectures – which lecture recording options are available
- Lectures – on campus software instillation guidance
Guidance on making your PDF documents accessible.
Printing, copying and scanning
For staff and student guidance visit the My Hallam printing, copying and scanning page.
- Remote Working – using IT equipment from home
- Remote Working – guidance for Managers
- Remote Working – using the virtual desktop
- Remote Working – the virtual private network (VPN)
- Screencasting: pre-recording lectures
- Screencast o matic – guidance
- Screencasts – introductory video
SharePoint is an application used to build intranet sites. It is used to create many of the College and Directorate sites that are accessed via the Staff Intranet home page. There is also a home page for accessing these high level sites. Take a look at the Digital Skills Hub’s online tutorials on how to use SharePoint.
The aim of this Social Media for Learning website is to help you explore the different ways you can interact online using social media and the tools to help you do this. December 2020 – First edition of the Journal of Social Media for Learning – conference special edition #SocMedHE19.
Look at the support for course and module leader design and delivery overview page for details of the timetabling systems and guidance.
- Videoconferencing Alternatives: How Low-Bandwidth Teaching Will Save Us All – Daniel Stanford: “When we try to replicate classroom experiences in an online environment, it’s easy to think of video conferencing as our go-to tool for all sorts of learning objectives—and for good reason. Most of us have participated in a video conference at work or had a video chat with friends or family at some point. We like the idea of being able to see and hear our students while interacting with them in real time just like we do when teaching face to face. But there are two key factors that make this approach problematic………..”
- When the VLE becomes your campus -Some thoughts on engaging learners online, edited by Annehole: Association for learning technology (ALT). This blog post offers some suggestions on ‘temporarily’ switching from campus-based teaching to online delivery and how you can help students to engage online. The blog is based on a review of the scholarly literature on online engagement by Redmond, Heffernan, Abawi, Brown and Henderson (2018).
- Webinars – best practice
- Webinars – ensuring your practices are inclusive and accessible
- Webinars: Webcams off or on? – Centre for Innovation in Education explores the question.
- Webinars and Meetings – Inclusive and Engaging Practice – Presented by Neil Mayne in the Academic Development and Diversity Team, the session focused on practical Zoom and Collaborate essentials by managing group activities, using protocols and modelling online interaction. If you have any queries about this session, contact the Academic Development & Diversity Team.
Hallam use the WordPress platform for many of it’s resources. Most WP sites are hosted on the blogs@SHU server. Take a look at:
- The ADD Team’s WP guidance notes on creating, managing and accessing WP sites.
- Making your WordPress sites accessible.
- Guidance to using Zoom – guides
- Zoom – an introductory video
- Zoom – guidance
- Zoom – best practice
- Zoom fatigue: a taste of the autistic experience
- Zoom – how to download participant attendance reports
- Zoom – managing Zoom closed captioning and live transcription services
- A guide to Zoombombing
- Zoom – allowing authenticated users
|Last updated: 30th September 2021 NB|