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Ideas and reflections from UCL's Digital Education team


Educause – Key issues in T&L in 2019

By , on 20 February 2019

A US focus to the infographic of course, but an interesting insight nonetheless.

Follow-up notes and “7 things” briefing papers at https://www.educause.edu/eli/initiatives/key-issues-in-teaching-and-learning

Turnitin and Moodle Assignment training

By Eliot Hoving, on 7 February 2019

The Digital Education team is running two new training courses, Hands on with Turnitin Assignment, and Hands on with Moodle Assignment. Each session is practical, from a staff and student perspective you will experience the process of submitting, marking, returning marks, engaging with feedback and managing records. Both courses are applicable to Tutors and Course Administrators new to online marking or needing to refresh their knowledge.

Register through the HR Single Training Booking System or follow the links below:
Hands on with Turnitin
Hands on with Moodle Assignment

Email digi-ed@ucl.ac.uk for more information or to inquire about specific training for your Department.

Develop your digital skills this academic year – new dates released

By Jasmin E Mullings, on 7 February 2019

ISD Digital Skills Development has released new dates for the second half of Term 2. As usual, we are offering a wide range of courses covering Excel, Photoshop, Matlab, Stata, and more..

New this February we have a course in Markdown, a lightweight markup language that allows the creation of formatted documents using only plain text.

Following our successful introduction of Excel Essential Skills workshops last year, we have now added Word workshops for students. Find out how to Make light work of writing up  in our Sway presentation.  (Want to make your own Sway?  Come along to a mini demo session with Digital Skills Development at IOE.)

See below for our current schedule of courses and workshops and details of how to book.

More digital skills development opportunities

Digital Skills Development at IOE offer training in a wide range of digital tools including Microsoft SharePoint, Teams, OneNote and Visio, screencasting, infographics, mind mapping and presentation tools, with some sessions specifically aimed at Mac users. You can also learn about text-to-speech software, polling, blogging and much more.  Visit the Digital Skills Development at IOE booking system for details and to book.  Sessions are open to all UCL staff and students.

We have a vast range of high-quality video-based courses available at Lynda.com. These cover technical skills but also business, personal and creative skills as well.  Visit the UCL Lynda.com page to find out more.

Not sure what you need or have a more specific issue you would like help with?  Come along to one of the Digital Skills Development drop ins for more individual support.

Current schedule

For a full list of courses and workshops take a look at our course catalogue.  Visit the UCL booking system to book on the sessions listed below.  Enrol on our Moodle course to be the first to be notified about any new sessions. Please note that the booking links for Excel Essential Skills Workshop 2 and 3 are only made available to those who have completed Excel Workshop 1.

19/02/2019 10:00 13:00 Getting Started with Markdown
20/02/2019 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – Workshop 2
21/02/2019 10:00 13:00 Data Visualization in R with ggplot2
26/02/2019 10:00 13:00 Introduction to Photoshop CS4
27/02/2019 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – Workshop 2
01/03/2019 09:00 10:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 2
01/03/2019 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 2
05/03/2019 10:00 13:00 Advanced statistics with Excel 2016
06/03/2019 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – Workshop 3
07/03/2019 10:00 13:00 Managing Long Documents in Word 2016 (STAFF ONLY)
12/03/2019 10:00 17:00 Introduction to Matlab (Part 1)
13/03/2019 10:00 13:00 Kick-starting your literature review
13/03/2019 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – Workshop 3
14/03/2019 10:00 17:00 Introduction to Matlab (Part 2)
15/03/2019 09:00 10:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 3
15/03/2019 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 3
20/03/2019 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – Workshop 3
20/03/2019 17:30 20:30 A Quick Introduction to UNIX
21/03/2019 14:00 17:00 Introduction to Visualising Data with Matlab

The Lecturecast system has a new interface

By Janice Kiugu, on 23 January 2019

Users of the Lecturecast system will notice that there has been an update to the user interface. The new interface makes finding content and courses easier. It also provides improved search and sort functionality as well a new filtering system.  The change mainly affects staff. Most users may not notice the change but users who frequently access the ‘Library’, now known as ‘My Content’ and who use the engagement tools should familiarize themselves with the changes. The new interface is quite intuitive but if you find yourself wondering where some aspect of Lecturecast functionality now sits, you will find these guides useful.

Note that all content you had access to will still be available.

For any queries regarding this change, please email: digi-ed@ucl.ac.uk


Lynda.com becomes LinkedIn Learning 22 February

By , on 16 January 2019

Lynda.com is moving to LinkedIn Learning on 22 February.  Lynda.com will be unavailable from 21 February for up to 18 hours while the migration takes place.  This migration was originally scheduled to take place earlier but has been delayed by technical issues.

LinkedIn Learning offers a new interface and a range of new features while still providing the same Lynda.com content.  If you currently have an account on Lynda.com, your viewing history, course completions, playlists and other data will all be migrated to the new platform.

What changes will I see?

  • Your ‘Playlists’ will now become ‘Collections’
    See What do I need to do? below for details of how shared links to your playlists are affected
  • You will be able to take your learning history with you to other organisations that have LinkedIn Learning
  • You can connect your UCL LinkedIn Learning account to your personal LinkedIn profile if you have one

What happens if I connect to my LinkedIn profile?

You will get

  • more prompts to engage in learning, with LinkedIn Learning recommendations appearing within your LinkedIn profile
  • more personalised content recommendations based on what your contacts and people with similar interests and roles are watching
  • more insights into learning trends, what LinkedIn influencers and thought leaders are recommending etc.

UCL will only see your LinkedIn profile photo.   We won’t have access to any other information from your LinkedIn profile. For more details please Privacy Information for LinkedIn Learning Learners.

What do I need to do?

You don’t need to change anything before the launch.  After that you will need to use a different link to get to LinkedIn Learning but you will still use your UCL credentials to log in and all your data will be migrated automatically to the new platform.

If you have shared links to any courses these will be redirected to a course in LinkedIn Learning for one year.  You will need to provide a direct link to replace this after that time.

If you have shared links to playlists then these links will no longer work.  Please contact us so that we help you to resolve this issue. Note that playlists assigned by Group Administrators are not affected.

You will need to download the LinkedIn Learning app to replace the Lynda.com app if you currently use Lynda content on your mobile or tablet.

How do I use LinkedIn Learning?

To find out more about LinkedIn Learning and the new features available, watch How to use LinkedIn Learning

You might also find Gaining skills with LinkedIn Learning of interest

Both of these courses are on LinkedIn Learning so they will give you a taste of what’s in store on the new platform!

Two-day NVivo training course for staff this February

By Jasmin E Mullings, on 11 January 2019

Are you a member of staff interested in developing your knowledge of NVivo this term?

If so, we are offering an exciting opportunity to attend a two-day NVivo training course taking place on 27th and 28th February 2019 within the UCL Bloomsbury campus.

The 2 day course will be delivered by Dr Clare Tagg, an independent researcher and experienced QSR approved trainer. Clare has been providing workshops, advice and support for qualitative researchers using NVivo for over 15 years.  Clare’s clients include academic institutions, charities, government bodies and research organisations, as well as individual students. Please see the outline for the course below:

  • Day one: basic techniques to include
    • Understanding different Nvivo source documents (internal, external, memos) and importing sources
    • Understanding nodes – case and content nodes
    • Coding source documents
    • Annotations and links
    • Understand the value of building effective node structures
    • Work with text analysis and coding queries to explore and code textual data
    • ‘Coding on’
  • Day two: analysis of survey data in Nvivo

As the course will be run by an external trainer, we will be charging participants to attend at a cost of £200 per person (incl. VAT). Please note that the cost must be paid in advance via Inter Departmental Transfer (IDT) and is non-refundable unless we can find a replacement participant.

Places are limited to 12 seats and will be offered on a first-come, first served basis. If you would like to provisionally book a  place, please email isd-digiskills@ucl.ac.uk by Monday 28th January at the latest. We will send the first 12 respondents details on how to pay for the booking by IDT. Your place will then be confirmed if we receive payment by Friday 8th February, otherwise it may be offered to someone else.

If you cannot attend these dates but are still interested, please let us know as we may schedule it again in the future.


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