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A Quick Introduction to Unix evening course – places available

Jasmin EMullings4 March 2019

Digital Skills Development are pleased to say there is still time to book a place on our course “A Quick Introduction to Unix” on 20th March from 17:30 – 20:30.  Designed to introduce complete beginners to the operating system that sits under the bonnet of the internet, is the first choice for high performance computing and is seen on more and more desktop computers, this course will help you move into the computing fast lane.

A previous attendee said “Great and very enthusiastic lecturer. The course was very well paced. Good contents and very useful”.

Course Outline


  • What is Unix?
  • Types of Unix
  • Files and processes
  • The shell and subshells
  • The Directory Structure
  • Managing Files and Directories
  • Understanding pathnames
  • Working with Files on the screen
  • Searching the contents of a file
  • Redirecting Output
  • Wildcards
  • Simple scripting
  • Getting Help
  • Access rights


If you are interested in booking a place, please book via the following STBS link: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/UCLTrainingBookingSystem/index/results?Model_Page-QUERY=ISUNIX&x=0&y=0

Educause – Key issues in T&L in 2019

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

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

The Lecturecast system has a new interface

JaniceKiugu23 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


Two-day NVivo training course for staff this February

Jasmin EMullings11 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.


Windows 7 Colour and Font Modifications Missing from Windows 10

MicheleFarmer7 January 2019

The issue is that in previous versions of Windows, you were able to get into the settings to change the colour of the window background, so that when you opened a Microsoft Word or Excel file, the background colour on your screen was your chosen shade.

The window option allowed a colour chart to open up, where you could move the cursor around to find the exact shade you were looking for (alla Win 98, 2000, XP, 2007, etc.). In Microsoft 10, there is no simple option.

The current accessibility options provided by MS for Win 10 are pretty awful.

I have been in touch with Microsoft and they say that due to complaints that they will be bringing this facility back, but we do not know when.

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Screenshot of Windows 7 colour and appearance options

In the meantime UCL users can access a ‘Screenmasking’ option from a networked piece of software called TextHelp Read and Write. This software is either found on the Desktop@UCL, or from the Software Centre or Database.

Screen-masking Option Menu in TextHelp Read and Write