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Develop your digital skills this academic year – new dates released

By Jasmin E Mullings, on 5 October 2020

Bowl of soup digital skillsLinks to bookings

Please ensure you are using Desktop@UCL or the UCL VPN when booking.

ISD Digital Skills Development has released new dates for the first half of Term 1 to be offered online via Blackboard Collaborate and Microsoft Teams.

We are also hosting our usual weekly drop-in sessions remotely via Blackboard Collaborate for those who would like individual support on a specific issue. The dates and times of the sessions, along with the direct Blackboard Collaborate link, are available in our ISD Digital Skills Development Moodle course.

This term, we have also adapted our introductory series of Excel Essential Skills Workshops to a self-paced programme with some interactive sessions. Learn more on this blog post about the new format.

Please view the current schedule of courses and workshops below. Once you’ve looked at the schedule and chosen the course(s) you want to book, follow the instructions on this blog post to book and view the course description carefully to ensure you have all the information, check for any pre-learning (if applicable) and know how to join the live session(s).

As we will use Blackboard Collaborate for many of our sessions, please watch the 10-minute Participant video guide which explains how to use and what to expect from the BB Collaborate platform.

Please ensure you allow yourself enough time to complete any pre-learning (see our Moodle course) as it may take a few hours for some courses. Please also download the course materials via our Moodle course in advance of the live session. Not all the courses will have pre-learning and course materials available yet, however, we will endeavour to make them available by Monday 12th October. If materials will be made available later for any particular course, a date will be given for when they are available.

We will send out the link to join the session the day before (or morning before if it’s a Monday course) but you can also join directly from MyLearning (see blog post for instructions on how to do this).

Also note that we have added an extra 15 minutes to the start time of our courses to allow participants to test out their audio/connection. The actual course will start promptly on the hour (15 minutes after the advertised time).

More digital skills development opportunities…

DigiLearn Online is a new library of online videos which covers UCL IT essentials. Topics include remote connectivity, data storage essentials, Microsoft Office 365 applications, and much more.

Visit the DigiLearn Online webpage to access the video guides.

Learn online with a vast range of high-quality video-based courses from LinkedIn Learning.  These cover technical skills but also business, personal and creative skills as well.  Visit the UCL LinkedIn Learning page to find out more.

Current schedule

Date Start End Title
12/10/2020 15:45 17:00 Mentimeter: Encourage online student interaction
14/10/2020 09:45 11:00 Word tips and tricks
15/10/2020 13:45 15:00 Record a narration over your PowerPoint on a PC
15/10/2020 15:45 17:00 Using Audacity to record and edit sound
15/10/2020 09:45 11:00 Excel tips and tricks
15/10/2020 09:45 10:30 Getting Started with Stata (Part 1)
29/10/2020 09:45 10:30 Getting Started with Stata (Part 2)
05/11/2020 09:45 10:30 Getting Started with Stata (Part 3)
12/11/2020 13:45 14:30 Getting Started with Stata (Part 4)
15/10/2020 13:45 14:30 Excel Essential Skills programme (self-paced) – Orientation
16/10/2020 09:45 11:30 Creating accessible Word documents
16/10/2020 13:45 15:30 XMind mind mapping tool – workshop
16/10/2020 09:45 10:30 An Introduction to R with RStudio (Part 1)
30/10/2020 09:45 10:30 An Introduction to R with RStudio (Part 2)
06/10/2020 09:45 10:30 An Introduction to R with RStudio (Part 3)
13/11/2020 09:45 10:30 An Introduction to R with RStudio (Part 4)
19/10/2020 13:45 15:00 Pivot Tables in Excel – Demo
21/10/2020 13:45 15:30 Creating accessible PowerPoint presentations
22/10/2020 09:45 11:15 OneDrive for sharing files
23/10/2020 14:45 16:00 Inspiration: Mind mapping tool – an overview demo
27/10/2020 09:45 11:00 OneNote 2016 Digital notebook overview – Demo
27/10/2020 13:45 15:00 Microsoft Teams: Communication and collaboration tool overview – demo
27/10/2020 09:45 12:00 Intermediate Statistics with Excel 2016
28/10/2020 09:45 11:45 Pivot Tables in Excel – Workshop
29/10/2020 13:45 15:00 Mentimeter: Encourage online student interaction
29/10/2020 09:45 11:30 Styles and table of contents in Word – Workshop
29/10/2020 13:45 15:00 Excel Essential Skills programme (self-paced) – Worksheet 1 Review
02/11/2020 14:45 16:00 Excel tips and tricks
03/11/2020 14:45 16:00 Word tips and tricks
04/11/2020 13:45 15:00 LaTeX: Demo of Overleaf
05/11/2020 09:45 12:00 Blogging with Reflect (WordPress-based) – Workshop
06/11/2020 09:45 11:30 Microsoft Teams: Document management and collaboration – workshop
09/11/2020 11:45 13:00 Introducing Scratch
09/11/2020 13:45 15:00 Video editing with Adobe Spark
10/11/2020 14:45 16:00 Inspiration: Mind mapping tool – an overview demo
10/11/2020 09:45 11:00 Sway, Microsoft’s modern presentation tool – Demo
10/11/2020 09:45 11:30 Creating accessible PowerPoint presentations
11/11/2020 10:45 12:00 Read&Write: Text-to-speech software – an overview
11/11/2020 09:45 11:45 OneNote 2016 – Workshop


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