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Further Digital Skills Development dates now available for this term

Jasmin E Mullings3 November 2020

Signpost with 'Digital Skills' written on itLinks to bookings

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

 What’s on offer

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

We are offering a wide range of courses covering R, Stata, Microsoft Tools (including Forms, OneNote and Sway) and much more. Highlights this term include:

  • Pivot Tables in Excel – Workshop;
  • Vlookup in Excel – Workshop;
  • Getting Started with Markdown.

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 the Excel Essential Skills Workshops blog post about the new format.

Joining a course

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 the How to enrol on courses blog post to book. Please also 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.

Once you’ve booked on a course, please visit our Digital Skills Development Moodle course to find any course materials and pre-learning (if applicable). As some courses have pre-learning, please ensure you allow yourself enough time to complete this. Please also download any available course materials in advance of the live session.

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…

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.

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.

Current schedule

09/11/2020 11:45 13:00 Introducing Scratch
09/11/2020 13:45 15:00 Video editing with Adobe Spark
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
10/11/2020 14:45 16:00 Inspiration: Mind mapping tool – an overview demo
11/11/2020 09:45 11:45 OneNote 2016 – Workshop
11/11/2020 10:45 12:00 Read&Write: Text-to-speech software – an overview
16/11/2020 13:45 15:30 Creating accessible Word documents
17/11/2020 13:45 14:30 Getting Started with Stata (Part 1)
24/11/2020 13:45 14:30 Getting Started with Stata (Part 2)
01/12/2020 13:45 14:30 Getting Started with Stata (Part 3)
08/12/2020 13:45 14:30 Getting Started with Stata (Part 4)
17/11/2020 14:45 16:00 Pivot Tables in Excel – Demo
18/11/2020 13:45 15:00 Excel Worksheet 2 – Review session
19/11/2020 09:45 12:00 Managing Long Documents in Word 2016
19/11/2020 13:45 14:30 An Introduction to R with RStudio (Part 1)
26/11/2020 13:45 14:30 An Introduction to R with RStudio (Part 2)
03/12/2020 13:45 14:30 An Introduction to R with RStudio (Part 3)
10/12/2020 13:45 14:30 An Introduction to R with RStudio (Part 4)
19/11/2020 14:45 16:00 Styles and table of contents in Word – Demo
24/11/2020 09:45 11:00 Microsoft Forms Demo
25/11/2020 09:45 11:00 Microsoft Teams: Communication and collaboration tool overview – demo
26/11/2020 09:45 11:30 Vlookup in Excel – workshop
27/11/2020 09:45 11:45 Pivot Tables in Excel – Workshop
30/11/2020 13:45 15:00 OneNote 2016 Digital notebook overview – Demo
02/12/2020 09:45 12:00 DSD: Blogging with Reflect (WordPress-based) – Workshop
02/12/2020 13:45 15:00 Excel Worksheet 3 – Review session
03/12/2020 09:45 11:30 Microsoft Teams: Document management and collaboration – workshop
03/12/2020 09:45 12:00 Advanced Statistics with Excel 2016
04/12/2020 13:45 15:30 Sway, Microsoft’s modern presentation tool – Workshop
04/12/2020 09:45 10:30 Excel Essential Skills programme (self-paced) – Orientation
08/12/2020 09:45 11:30 Creating accessible Word documents
09/12/2020 10:45 12:00 Microsoft Forms Demo
10/12/2020 09:45 11:30 Creating accessible PowerPoint presentations
10/12/2020 09:45 12:00 Getting Started with Markdown
18/12/2020 13:45 15:00 Excel Worksheet 1 – Review session

Develop your digital skills this academic year – new dates released

Jasmin E Mullings5 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

 

Excel Essential Skills Workshops – new format

Jasmin E Mullings5 October 2020

Our popular series of Excel Essential Skills workshops, which are targeted towards students, took a new approach to learning by presenting you with a problem to be solved and encouraging you to use your prior experience, web searches and in-application help to find a solution to the task. Topics cover creating calculated worksheets, data management and using in-built Excel functions.

This term we have adapted the workshops to make them suitable to be completed remotely while still retaining some interactive sessions.

Anyone who wants to complete the self-paced Excel Essential Skills programme should attend an Orientation session, where the facilitator will introduce the format, guide you to the location of the course materials and point you in the direction of where to find help.

You then complete the worksheets at your own pace, however, if you get stuck on a particular step, you can attend one of our drop-ins for help.

Once you have completed the tasks for a particular worksheet, you can access the ‘worked example’ by marking the tasks as complete in Moodle. You can attend a follow-up Review session where the trainer will go over the tasks and you will have the opportunity ask any further questions.

By the end of each worksheet, you will have improved problem-solving skills, an increased knowledge of the topic, a ‘worked example’ of how you might have completed the worksheet and some resources and guidance for further learning.

To book on an Excel Essential Skills programme (self-paced) – Orientation, please follow the instructions on this blog post.

 

 

 

Develop your digital skills this academic year – online offering now available

Jasmin E Mullings4 May 2020

ISD Digital Skills Development has released new dates for Term 3 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.

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 11th May. 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).

Current schedule

Date Start End Title
12/05/2020 09:45 11:00 Word tips and tricks
13/05/2020 09:45 11:00 Excel tips and tricks
13/05/2020 09:45 12:00 Managing Long Documents in Word 2016
14/05/2020 09:45 11:00 Podcasting made easy
14/05/2020 13:45 16:00 Getting Started with SPSS
15/05/2020 09:45 11:30 Creating accessible Word documents
18/05/2020 13:45 15:00 Using ‘Padlet’ to support student collaboration
20/05/2020 13:45 16:00 An Introduction to R with RStudio
20/05/2020 13:45 15:30 Creating accessible PowerPoint presentations
22/05/2020 09:45 11:00 OneDrive for sharing files
26/05/2020 09:45 11:00 Record a narration over your PowerPoint on a PC
27/05/2020 09:45 12:00 Managing Long Documents in Word 2016
28/05/2020 09:45 11:00 Blogging with Reflect (WordPress-based)
28/05/2020 09:45 12:00 Getting Started with SPSS
29/05/2020 13:45 15:30 Microsoft Teams: Collaborate on Documents & Files
01/06/2020 13:45 15:30 Creating accessible Word documents
03/06/2020 13:45 15:00 Word tips and tricks
04/06/2020 13:45 15:00 Excel tips and tricks
09/06/2020 09:45 11:30 Creating accessible PowerPoint presentations
10/06/2020 09:45 11:00 OneDrive for sharing files
10/06/2020 09:45 12:00 An Introduction to R with RStudio
11/06/2020 09:45 12:00 Managing Long Documents in Word 2016
16/06/2020 09:45 11:30 Microsoft Teams: Collaborate on Documents & Files

More digital skills development opportunities…

Learn online with a vast range of high-quality video-based courses from LinkedIn Learning. This is the new platform on which we are now hosting 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.

How to enrol on a course or register interest in a course in MyLearning

Caroline Norris29 April 2020

Updated 1st October 2020

There are two ways to enrol on a course or register your interest in future dates: directly in MyLearning or via the UCL Learning pages (and then through to MyLearning)  We recommend that where possible you book directly in MyLearning in order to get the best experience.

You can do this straight away if you are a member of staff on payroll.  If you are a student or a member of staff not on UCL payroll you will need to follow the UCL Learning route the first time you book.   Following this route creates an account for you so that you can access MyLearning directly.

Once you have booked, always use the instructions to View your enrolment in MyLearning (below) to ensure that you have all the information about the course and can join live sessions.

Important: to enrol on a course or view your enrolments you will need to be using Desktop@UCL or the UCL VPN because you need to be on the UCL network to use the system.

Enrol or join an interest list via My Learning (primary method)

  1. Log on to MyHR.
  2. Use the Menu (top left) to navigate to UCL MyLearning > MyLearning > Learner Home.
  3. EITHER type part or all of the course title into the Search box and click on the Magnifying glass symbol (DON’T press the Enter key)
    OR click on Training By Provider and navigate to the course you want.
  4. Click on the Enrol icon.
  5. If necessary click on Enrol or Add to waitlist for the specific class/interest list you want to join.
  6. Add further information under Enrollment Details including any special requirements you may have.
  7. Click on Agree and submit.

Note on Interest Lists: each course in MyLearning has one class with ‘Interest List’ in the title.   You can add yourself to the ‘waitlist’ for this class to be given priority notification about future dates for this course.  The Interest List may be listed under ‘ILT classes’ or ‘Webcasts’ but anyone adding their name to the Interest List will be informed about any new sessions that are scheduled in the future, whether they are online or in the classroom.

Watch a short video on how to enrol on a course in MyLearning

Enrol or join an interest list via the UCL Learning pages (students and non-payroll staff who are using MyLearning for the first time)

  1. Go to the UCL Learning page to view a list of the ‘Information Services’ courses
  2. Click on the course you are interested in.
  3. Click on Enrol or Register Interest
  4. Enter your UCL user ID and password then click Login.
  5. Click on here to be taken to MyLearning.
    If you are not on UCL payroll (i.e. a student, contractor or agency staff), a MyHR account will now be created for you and you may have to wait a few minutes for this to be done.
  6. Enter your UCL user ID and password and click on Login.
  7. If you are a manager, you may be asked to choose a responsibility.  If so, choose UCL MyLearning.
  8. Click Enroll on the top-right hand side of the page.
  9. Add further information under Enrollment Details including any special requirements you may have.
  10. Click Review.
  11. Click Submit.

View your enrolments and join live sessions in MyLearning (ALL users)

  1. Log on to MyHR.
  2. Use the Menu (top left) to navigate to UCL MyLearning > MyLearning > Learner Home
  3. Under My Current Enrolments, click on the Class Title to see the full course details including:
    Other Information which has session dates and times for multi-part courses
    Attachments which has links to resources
  4. Click on the Play button to go to the live session for the class.  The Play button will only become active at the start time of the session.

Cancel your place on course (ALL users)

  1. Log on to MyHR.
  2. Use the Menu (top left) to navigate to UCL MyLearning > MyLearning > Learner Home
  3. Under My Current Enrolments, click on the hyperlinked Class Title
  4. In the top right hand side of the Class screen, select Unenroll from the ‘Select an Action’ drop-down and click on Go.

 

Develop your digital skills this academic year – new dates released

Jasmin E Mullings24 February 2020

UPDATE as of 13th March 2020: Please note that all of our upcoming courses from 16th March – 30th April are cancelled following the Provost’s announcement that all face-to-face teaching events will cease from 13th March.

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,  R, LaTex, and more…

We have added a new session for our highly popular Creating accessible documents course. Making documents accessible is important for everyone, whether or not they have a disability or impairment. In this session you will learn how to make your PowerPoint, Word, Excel and PDF files more accessible. To find out more about creating accessible content, please visit our dedicated web pages.

You can now book courses in MyLearning via the UCL Learning page. The booking process isn’t currently straightforward so please follow the instructions on how to book on our separate blog post. We are currently having some issues with venue details not being sent out to those enrolling close to the course date so please check the venue in the schedule below.

See below for our current schedule of courses and workshops.

Current schedule

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.

These courses still have places available, therefore, we encourage you to book:

Date Start time End time Course/workshop Location
28/02/2020 11:00 12:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 3 Room 501, Institute of Archaeology
28/02/2020 12:00 13:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 3 Room 501, Institute of Archaeology
11/03/2020 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 2 Room 501, Institute of Archaeology
16/03/2020 13:00 14:00 In a Nutshell: Survival analysis in R Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building
17/03/2020 10:00 17:00 An Introduction to R with Rstudio PC Lab 1, IOE (20 Bedford Way)
18/03/2020 10:00 13:00 Data Manipulation in R with Rstudio Room 316, 26 Bedford Way
19/03/2020 14:00 16:00 Creating accessible documents Room 316, 26 Bedford Way
23/03/2020 10:00 17:00 An Introduction to R with Rstudio Room G11, 26 Bedford Way
24/03/2020 10:00 17:00 LaTex with NatBib Room 316, 26 Bedford Way
25/03/2020 10:00 13:00 Introduction to Visualising Data with Matlab Room 316, 26 Bedford Way
25/03/2020 16:00 17:00 Excel Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 2 Room 501, Institute of Archaeology
26/03/2020 14:00 17:00 Data Visualization in R with ggplot2 Room G11, 26 Bedford Way
27/03/2020 11:00 12:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 5 Room 501, Institute of Archaeology
27/03/2020 12:00 13:00 Word Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 5 Room 501, Institute of Archaeology
30/03/2020 10:00 12:00 Creating accessible documents Room G15, DMS Watson Building

These sessions are currently scheduled to take place, but be aware that they taking place during potential strike action so they may be disrupted:

Date Start time End time Course/workshop Location
02/03/2020 13:00 14:00 Software for success: Data analysis and statistical tools B03 Ricardo LT, Drayton House
03/03/2020 10:00 13:00 Advanced statistics with Excel 2016 Room 316, 26 Bedford Way
02/03/2020 17:30 20:30 Introduction to Matlab (Part 1) PC Lab 1, IOE (20 Bedford Way)
03/03/2020 17:30 20:30 Introduction to Matlab (Part 2) PC Lab 1, IOE (20 Bedford Way)
05/03/2020 10:00 13:00 Introduction to Photoshop CS4 Room G20, Christopher Ingold Building
12/03/2020 17:30 20:30 Introduction to Matlab (Part 3) Room 2.23, Chadwick Building  (Use South-East entrance only)
13/03/2020 17:30 20:30 Introduction to Matlab (Part 4) Room 2.23, Chadwick Building  (Use South-East entrance only)

 

More digital skills development opportunities…

Digital Skills Development at IOE offer training in a wide range of digital tools.  Sessions are open to all UCL staff and students.  Highlights this term include:

  • Creating Accessible PowerPoint presentations,
  • Presentation Translator – add live subtitles to your presentations,
  • Introduction to Stop Motion Studio animation (iPad app).

Other sessions include Microsoft tools such as OneNote, Sway, Teams and SharePoint.  You can also learn more about EndNote, Pivot tables and VLookUp in Excel, mind mapping, infographics, video editing and much more.

Visit the Digital Skills Development at IOE booking system for details and to book.

Learn online with a vast range of high-quality video-based courses from LinkedIn Learning. This is the new platform on which we are now hosting 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.