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Student Trainers from the Students' Union (SU) Skills Training have recently taken the opportunity to make use of 8 West 1.28, one of the designated LITEbox spaces to promote their sessions to the wider student community. In preparation for using the LITEbox space for their first Skills Training session on 'Managing your Online Profile' on Thursday 5 November 2015, the Student Trainers used the space to record some promotional videos.
As well as recording their videos, the Student Trainers were also shown the room and how to make the most of the available technology for their upcoming sessions by members of the University's Audio Visual Unit.
Ian Robinson, Chief Executive, Students' Union said:
"I am delighted that our Student Trainers are engaging with LITEbox spaces and finding ways of introducing and using the technologies available to them. The SU is actively involved in the LITEbox initiative with both SU staff and student representatives on the project team. Through the introduction of these facilities, our Trainers will be able to run sessions in more interesting and engaging ways as well as to consider how to equip the student community with increased IT skills for their future lives and employability."
Students are encouraged to check the Skills Training workshops and events to find topics of interests and sign up for the 'Managing your online profile' event before spaces fill up.
8 West 1.28 comprises six workstation which enable six people to sit around a table and connect their personal devices to a large screen which can be seen by everyone. There is also a separate workstation for the lecturer or trainer to use. Students are increasingly booking individual workstations in this LITEbox space enabling them to work on projects and group work on shared tasks such as proof reading group reports, inputting data into Excel spreadsheets and sharing ideas.
Students can book workstations via workstation bookings and selecting ****[Workstation] for 8W 1.28.
In conjunction with the e-Learning team, Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office (LTEO), we are pleased to announce four new events in our LITEbox spaces.
This series will include workshops and seminars across a variety of disciplines, from enhancing Moodle courses and inspiring innovation to digital assessment tools and techniques. Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the institution, workshops will be facilitated by the e-Learning team whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of academics and practitioners at the forefront of e-Learning technology.
Below are descriptions or each event, also available from e-Learning.
Employability skills training: Improve your presentation skills (Students' Union)
Date: Thursday 26 November 2015
Time: 18:15 - 19:45
Venue: 8W 1.28
Have you ever experienced an engaging presentation which left a lasting memory? Did you wonder if you could do the same in front of an audience? Being able to deliver an effective presentation is a valued skill in the workplace and can really boost your confidence. Come along to this session, delivered by our Student Trainers, to gain practical skills on designing effective PowerPoint slides and crafting your presentation. You will then be given the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice.
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If you would like to improve your blogging skills, come out our next event, linked event with the Students' Union on 17 November 2015.
Date: Friday 23 October 2015
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: 8 West 2.5
This event has now happened. An event review including full recording is available to view.
On Friday 23 October, world-leading Astrophysicist, Carole Mundell, one of the University’s most recently appointed professors, will share her ‘Lessons from the Universe’ with us as part of this semester’s LITEbox programme of events. Alongside her colleagues in the Department of Physics, Professor Mundell is establishing a new Astrophysics research group and undergraduate Physics with Astrophysics programme.
All staff and students are welcome to attend this event which will take place from 12.30pm to 1.30pm in 8 West 2.5. Places will be limited by space so please register your attendance by emailing the LITEbox team.
Professor Mundell is an observational astrophysicist who specialises in cosmic explosions driven by supermassive black holes that lie at the hearts of galaxies and Gamma Ray Bursts, and her presentation will take us on a journey through her experiences of the research-teaching nexus. This journey will explore and highlight the particular role that new and existing technologies play in Professor Mundell’s research. She will introduce the world of autonomous robotic telescopes, real-time astrophysics and the challenges of a new era of ‘big data’ in time-domain science.
Highly committed to the delivery of research-enriched teaching and the significant role technology can play, Professor Mundell said:
“I am delighted to participate in the LITEbox initiative as this provides us with opportunities to learn and share ideas – what does and does not work – across the institution. Technology plays a key role in all our lives; astrophysics catches the public imagination and research at the cutting-edge allows us to inspire the next generation of innovators.”
Supporting these latest new developments in the Department of Physics, Professor Jonathan Knight, himself a leading Physicist and founding member of the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials and recently appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), expressed his own keen interest in the role technology has to play in both teaching and research.
Professor Knight said:
“My own interests lie in how modern technology enables us to do all sorts of things that would have been completely unthinkable just a few short years ago. This approach enables us to do fundamental research but using the latest high-tech infrastructure. I am delighted that Professor Mundell has joined us. She shares our vision of exploring and exploiting new and existing technologies to maximum effect, and this is as true in teaching as in research. I am greatly looking forward to this LITEbox session and hope staff will be able to attend.”
Further information email LITEbox.
Date: Tuesday 17 November 2015
Time: 6.15pm - 7.45pm
Venue: CB 5.13
There are a few spaces reserved on the door, so please turn up if you would like to attend.
Whether marketing new products, showing customers behind-the-scenes to build trust, or keeping your workforce informed, blogging is a mainstay of corporate communications. While anyone can start a blog, not everyone can make a success of it, and blogging skills are a much sought after commodity by employers.
In this session, the different uses of blogging in a corporate context will be explored and some best practice tips for blogging success will be shared using real-world examples of what works. Subjects will include content design, editing, engaging with audiences, and evaluation. This session is about communication principles, platforms and skills needed by everyone from technologists to generalists. These are timeless ways of thinking about communication with everyday applications.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to identify different types of blogging used in a corporate communications context, understand the skills required to manage a blog, and set objectives for an effective corporate blog.
Ross Ferguson is currently Head of Digital for the University of Bath, and formerly Product Manager for the Foreign & Commonwealth blog platform and author of blogging and social media guidance for UK Civil Service.
A flipped teaching toolkit for a quantitative module (a digitising tablet, screen capture and an audience participation system)
Date: Wednesday 18 November 2015
Time: 12.45pm - 13.45pm
Venue: CB 5.13
Please send an email RSVP to email@example.com to register your interest.
If you are thinking about 'just-in-time' lecturing for flipped teaching, adding interactivity to your class or, trying self-paced instruction through virtual learning environments, this session may be of interest to you. In this session, innovative e-learning technologies will be showcased that can significantly enhance your teaching practice and student engagement.
Specifically, this session will look at the ways in which interactive learning environments can be created through: the integration of virtual learning environments such as Moodle; audience participation systems; and simple software packages.
Dr Aydin Nassehi is a Mary Tasker award-winning Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His area of expertise is manufacturing; a topic that is often challenging and unpopular with Mechanical Engineering students.
Watch a short video which Aydin has produced himself on the challenges faced when teaching manufacturing to second year students: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mr3cr24k5em1pk6/LiteBox.mp4
Are you interested in any other LITEbox events? Register your interest with us to keep informed.
Employability skills training: Managing your online profile (Students' Union)
Date: Thursday 3 December 2015
Time: 18:15 - 19:45
Venue: 8W 1.28
Ever wondered how to avoid the pitfalls of being too "exposed" online? Or wanted to learn about how to profile yourself better through websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter? Through attending this workshop, you will learn how to showcase your talents in the best possible way, as well as considering the scale of your digital footprint – and the impact of this when you start job hunting.
At the end of this session you should be able to distinguish between online professional and social identities, use social media effectively to present a professional online identity and learn how to identify and manage your online digital identity.
Did you know that the Students' Union also provides various technology related skills training including Microsoft Word, Excel and Access? Have a look for yourself to see what is on offer.