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Do you have the skills?

SamanthaAhern11 September 2019

HeDecorativere in Digital Education we know that UCL’s student body is a diverse group with an equally diverse educational background. We also know that digital skills are an essential tool for everyday life and will support your studies.

We are therefore pleased to announce the launch of our new Moodle course Digital Skills Awareness@UCL.

This awareness course outlines the key digital skills you will need for your studies. It will not give you the digital skills – it is for avoiding surprises that make you say “no one told me I needed to know that!”.  It offers tips and advice from a variety of sources, including other first year students and university support staff, as well as helpful links and videos from around the internet.

But this is only part of the picture.

In our Moodle course Digital Learning@UCL, you will learn about the digital tools and services that you will encounter during your studies. This will include everyday services such as Moodle and Lecturecast, our lecturing capturing service, as well as the student blogging service UCL Reflect. The course also provides information about study support services and how to get started with IT services here at UCL.

To find out more about the development opportunities available to you visit the Digital Skills Development webpages.

 

Dissertation Clinics in July and August

Jasmin EMullings19 June 2019

Need help with your dissertation or thesis?

We are running three clinics on 4 July, 6 August and 15 August. Staff can help with formatting your dissertation, using statistical software and  bibliographic referencing using Word, LaTeX, SPSS, R, NatBib, Endnote and Zotero.

Places are limited so you will need to book in advance. For more information please complete the following poll: https://doodle.com/poll/2tds84nzgw3cyafn Please contact isd-digiskills@ucl.ac.uk with any queries.

Digital accessibility face to face sessions

Caroline ENorris11 June 2019

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As you may be aware, new accessibility regulations have recently come into force which affects most digital content such as UCL web sites, e-learning content and library systems and any files that are hosted on these.  Digital Education are offering a number of options for you to get support with making your content accessible.

Drop in sessions
Every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m in in Room G11, 26 Bedford Way

Get more individual help with making your content accessible, no appointment necessary.
Sessions will also cover making your Moodle courses compliant with the E-learning baseline.
Changes to the schedule will be publicised here so please check before travelling to the session.

Courses
Learn how to create accessible Word, PowerPoint and Excel files in this two hour hands-on course.
Book a place on the Creating accessible documents course

Briefing sessions
A short presentation introducing the legislation, what is required and by when.
View or download the latest version of the PowerPoint slides (last updated 09/07/2019).
Book a place (last session 26/07/2019)
If you would like to arrange a session for your department please email us to arrange.

Self-help resources
You can find further information about how to make your content accessible on our Digital Accessibility pages, including links to online courses.

Develop your digital skills this academic year – new dates released

Jasmin EMullings15 April 2019

ISD Digital Skills Development has released new dates for Term 3. As usual, we are offering a wide range of courses covering Excel, Photoshop, Matlab, SPSS, and more..

New this term we are offering a Creating accessible documents course.  Making documents accessible is important for everyone, whether or not they have a disability or impairment. New regulations have recently come into effect that make it even more crucial. In this session you will learn how to make your PowerPoint, Word, Excel and PDF files more accessible.  Book a place on a Creating accessible documents course. To find out more about creating accessible content, please visit our dedicated webpage.

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 and booking opens on 23rd April.

We have a vast range of high-quality video-based courses available at LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning is the new platform on which we are now hosting our Lynda.com content. These cover technical skills but also business, personal and creative skills as well.  Visit the UCL LinkedIn Learning 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 are only made available to those who have completed Excel Workshop 1.

30/04/2019 10:00 13:00 Data Manipulation in R with Rstudio
30/04/2019 14:00 17:00 Managing Long Documents in Word 2016
01/05/2019 10:00 13:00 Excel 2016 Essential Skills (STAFF ONLY)
01/05/2019 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills Workshop 1
02/05/2019 10:00 13:00 A Quick Introduction to UNIX
03/05/2019 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 1
03/05/2019 11:00 12:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 1
07/05/2019 10:00 17:00 Introduction to Matlab (Part 1)
08/05/2019 10:00 13:00 Charting with Excel 2016
09/05/2019 10:00 17:00 Introduction to Matlab (Part 2)
15/05/2019 10:00 13:00 Introduction to Photoshop CS4 – RESERVE LIST
15/05/2019 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills Workshop 1
16/05/2019 10:00 13:00 Further Unix
17/05/2019 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 2
17/05/2019 11:00 12:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 3
21/05/2019 10:00 17:00 Getting started with Stata
22/05/2019 10:00 13:00 Using Excel 2016 to manage lists (STAFF ONLY)
23/05/2019 10:00 17:00 An Introduction to R with RStudio – RESERVE LIST
28/05/2019 17:30 20:30 An Introduction to R with Rstudio (Part 1) – RESERVE LIST
29/05/2019 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills Workshop 2
30/05/2019 10:00 13:00 Excel 2016 Essential Skills (STAFF ONLY)
30/05/2019 14:00 16:00 Creating accessible documents
30/05/2019 17:30 20:30 An Introduction to R with Rstudio (Part 2)
31/05/2019 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 4
31/05/2019 11:00 12:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 5
05/06/2019 10:00 12:00 Creating accessible documents
06/06/2019 10:00 13:00 Data Visualization in R with ggplot2
06/06/2019 14:00 16:00 Pivot Tables with Excel 2016 – RESERVE LIST
11/06/2019 10:00 12:00 Creating accessible documents
20/06/2019 14:00 16:00 Creating accessible documents
25/06/2019 10:00 12:00 Creating accessible documents

The latest Digital Education and RITS collaboration is ready for launch – almost

SamanthaAhern8 March 2019

Space shuttle on launchpad

Digital Education and Research IT Services have been collaborating on the production of online self-paced training courses based on popular RITS face-to-face courses.

To date two courses have been formally launched, and we are making final preparations to launch our latest course.

If you would like to know more about why and how we developed these courses you can view our presentation from the OER18 Conference.

However, we need your help with a few final checks.

We would like your assistance in undertaking some final quality assurance tasks  – as like other work it’s difficult for us to spot our own errors or spelling mistakes.

We would particularly like assistance in identifying:

  • Spelling errors
  • Formatting issues
  • Missing images
  • Broken links
  • Correct Jupyter notebooks reference

Any assistance in this matter will be greatly appreciated, however we do ask for any feedback to be submitted by Monday 25th March. Please email feedback to: s.ahern@ucl.ac.uk

We have produced some guidance and a feedback  template for reviewing our courses – Research Software Engineering with Python and Introduction to Research Programming with Python.

 

Develop your digital skills this academic year – new dates released

Jasmin EMullings7 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