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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

Lynda.com becomes LinkedIn Learning

16 January 2019

Our Lynda.com moved to the new LinkedIn Learning platform on 21 February.  If you have a Lynda.com account you can activate your account on LinkedIn Learning at any time.  New users can also register at any time.

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 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 has been 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!

New Digital Skills courses for 2019

7 January 2019

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

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.

14/01/2019 09:00 10:00 Word Essential Skills – Workshop 1
14/01/2019 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – Workshop 1
16/01/2019 10:00 13:00 Excel 2016 Essential Skills
16/01/2019 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – Workshop 1
22/01/2019 10:00 13:00 Intermediate statistics with Excel 2016
23/01/2019 10:00 12:00 Pivot Tables with Excel 2016
23/01/2019 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – Workshop 1
23/01/2019 17:30 20:30 An Introduction to R with RStudio (Part 1)
24/01/2019 17:30 20:30 An Introduction to R with RStudio (Part 2)
28/01/2019 09:00 10:00 Word Essential Skills – Workshop 1
28/01/2019 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – Workshop 1
29/01/2019 14:00 17:00 Using Excel 2016 to manage lists
30/01/2019 14:00 17:00 Introduction to Photoshop CS4
30/01/2019 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – Workshop 1
05/02/2019 14:00 17:00 Charting with Excel 2016
06/02/2019 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – Workshop 1
06/02/2019 17:30 20:30 An Introduction to R with RStudio (Part 1)
07/02/2019 17:30 20:30 An Introduction to R with RStudio (Part 2)
11/02/2019 09:00 10:00 Word Essential Skills – Workshop 2
11/02/2019 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – Workshop 2
12/02/2019 10:00 13:00 Getting started with Stata (Part 1)
13/02/2019 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – Workshop 2
14/02/2019 10:00 13:00 Getting started with Stata (Part 2)

Digital evening classes?

Jim RTyson1 October 2018

This term, for the first time that I know about, the Digital Skills Development team are offering sessions in the evening. I had intended to write a blog post ready for this morning promoting these sessions and encouraging people to sign up. Alas, I fell behind. However, when I logged on this morning to check our schedule of training and bookings, I was delighted to see that the two evening training sessions for R and RStudio have already attracted more bookings than any other session – and this just a few hours after booking opened!

It will be interesting to find out how popular and successful this experiment is. If the demand is there for out of hours sessions in Digital Skills Development then we may be able to increase the offer. Do you find the idea of an evening class in digital skills attractive? Let us know in the comments.

Develop your digital skills this academic year – new dates released

27 September 2018

ISD Digital Skills Development has released new dates for the second half of term.  New this November 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.

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.

31/10/2018 10:00 13:00 Introduction to Photoshop CS4
01/11/2018 10:00 13:00 Data Manipulation in R with Rstudio
02/11/2018 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 4
06/11/2018 10:00 13:00 Charting with Excel 2016
07/11/2018 10:00 12:00 Pivot Tables with Excel 2016
08/11/2018 10:00 17:00 Getting Started with SPSS
09/11/2018 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 5
12/11/2018 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 1
12/11/2018 11:00 12:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 1
14/11/2018 10:00 13:00 A Quick Introduction to UNIX
19/11/2018 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 2
19/11/2018 11:00 12:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 2
20/11/2018 10:00 13:00 Excel 2016 Essential Skills – STAFF ONLY
21/11/2018 14:00 17:00 Introduction to Photoshop CS4
21/11/2018 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 1
22/11/2018 10:00 17:00 Introduction to Matlab Part 1
26/11/2018 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 3
26/11/2018 11:00 12:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 3
27/11/2018 10:00 17:00 Introduction to Matlab Part 2
28/11/2018 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 1
29/11/2018 10:00 13:00 Getting Started with Markdown
03/12/2018 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 4
03/12/2018 11:00 12:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 4
04/12/2018 10:00 13:00 LaTex with NatBib Part 1
05/12/2018 14:00 17:00 Data Visualization in R with ggplot2
06/12/2018 10:00 13:00 LaTex with NatBib Part 2
06/12/2018 10:00 13:00 Using Excel 2016 to manage lists – STAFF ONLY
10/12/2018 10:00 11:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 5
10/12/2018 11:00 12:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 5
11/12/2018 10:00 13:00 Managing Long Documents in Word 2016 – STAFF ONLY
11/12/2018 14:00 17:00 Further UNIX