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Develop your digital skills this term – new dates released for Spring 2023

Louise Pollock23 November 2022

What’s on offer

ISD Digital Skills Development Team has released new dates for Term 2. Most of our sessions will be offered remotely using Microsoft Teams with some also face-to-face.

See our latest schedule below.

We are offering a wide range of courses covering Stata, Unix, Microsoft apps (including Teams, OneNote, and Sway), and much more.

New highlights include the following:

  • DSD: Dive into Git version control
  • DSD: Enhancing the Accessibility of your Moodle Courses
  • DSD: User access and multiple instruments in REDCap
  • DSD: Managing participants in REDCap
  • DSD: Qualtrics tips and tricks
  • DSD: Scripting Stata’s new Tables and Collections.
 

How to book

As a reminder, please note that most of our events are interactive training sessions and are not recorded. Therefore, we ask that you please ensure you are able to attend before booking and cancel your place if you are no longer able to attend. If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know by emailing the ISD Digital Skills Development mailbox in advance: isd-digiskills@ucl.ac.uk

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

Prizes to be won!

We have new monthly term-time prizes to be won by staff and students who attend and evaluate our courses.  All you have to do to be in the running to win £20 ‘Love to Shop’ Gift Voucher is complete one of our training sessions, and submit our course evaluation form. The evaluation form should take no more than 1 minute to complete. Good luck!

Find out more

For more information on how to book and join a session on the day, please visit our Practical Course Information page.

Drop-ins

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

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 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.

Latest schedule

Start Date Start Time End Time Session Title Venue
13/12/2022 14:00 15:30 DSD: Creating accessible Word documents This session will take place via an online teaching platform
13/12/2022 14:00 15:30 DSD: Vlookup in Excel – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
13/12/2022 14:00 15:00 DSD: An introduction to free graphic design tools This session will take place via an online teaching platform
14/12/2022 14:00 16:00 DSD: Kick-starting your literature review Campus-based session
15/12/2022 10:00 12:00 DSD: Data Manipulation in R with Rstudio This session will take place via an online teaching platform
16/12/2022 12:00 13:00 DSD: In a Nutshell: Starting a Nvivo Project This session will take place via an online teaching platform
TERM 2
17/01/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Word Tips and Tricks This session will take place via an online teaching platform
18/01/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Introduction to Stop Motion Animation  This session will take place via an online teaching platform
18/01/2023 12:00 13:00 DSD: In a Nutshell: Git version control This session will take place via an online teaching platform
18/01/2023 & 19/01/2023 17:00 20:00 DSD: An Introduction to R with Rstudio (Campus-based) 2 parts Campus-based session
18/01/2023 10:00 11:15 DSD: Microsoft Teams Introduction (Prerequisite Course for Advanced Workshops) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
19/01/2023 12:00 13:00 DSD: In a Nutshell: Excel functions we should all know This session will take place via an online teaching platform
19/01/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Pivot Tables in Excel – Demo This session will take place via an online teaching platform
20/01/2023 14:00 16:00 DSD: Intermediate statistics with Excel 2016 This session will take place via an online teaching platform
24/01/2023 10:00 13:00 DSD: Dive into Git version control This session will take place via an online teaching platform
24/01/2023 14:00 16:00 DSD: Kick-starting your literature review Campus-based session
24/01/2023 14:00 15:30 DSD: Creating accessible PowerPoint Presentations This session will take place via an online teaching platform
24/01/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Explore the potential of UCL Mediacentral This session will take place via an online teaching platform
24/01/2023 14:00 15:00 DSD: Best practice for video captions and transcripts This session will take place via an online teaching platform
24/01/2023 12:00 13:30 DSD: Excel Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 1 (Campus-based) Campus-based session (Please contact us to book this session at isd-digiskills@ucl.ac.uk)
25/01/2023 14:00 15:00 DSD: Basic video editing using iMovie on a Mac This session will take place via an online teaching platform
25/01/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Record a narration over your PowerPoint on a PC This session will take place via an online teaching platform
25/01/2023 10:00 17:00 DSD: Getting Started with Stata (Campus-based) Campus-based session
25/01/2023 10:00 11:30 DSD: Sway, Microsoft’s modern presentation tool – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
26/01/2023 14:00 16:00 DSD: Data Manipulation in R with Rstudio This session will take place via an online teaching platform
26/01/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Excel Tips and Tricks This session will take place via an online teaching platform
31/01/2023 10:00 12:00 DSD: Software for success: Survey tools This session will take place via an online teaching platform
31/01/2023 10:00 12:00 DSD: Format your Thesis (Windows) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
31/01/2023 14:00 15:30 DSD: Creating accessible Word documents This session will take place via an online teaching platform
31/01/2023 14:00 15:00 DSD: Creating Infographics using free web-based tools This session will take place via an online teaching platform
01/02/2023 12:00 13:00 DSD: Introduction to REDCap for research This session will take place via an online teaching platform
01/02/2023 11:00 12:00 DSD: Software for success: Data analysis & statistical tools This session will take place via an online teaching platform
01/02/2023 10:00 11:45 DSD: Pivot Tables in Excel – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
01/02/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Mentimeter for Continuous Module Dialogue (CMD) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
01/02/2023 14:00 15:00 DSD: Podcasting made easy – workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
02/02/2023 14:00 15:30 DSD: Enhancing the Accessibility of your Moodle Courses Campus-based session
02/02/2023 10:00 11:30 DSD: Microsoft Teams Workshop 1: Beyond Basics Overview This session will take place via an online teaching platform
07/02/2023 12:00 13:00 PowerPoint for Researchers and Presenters: Words, Images and More This session will take place via an online teaching platform
07/02/2023 14:00 16:00 DSD: Data Visualization in R with ggplot2 This session will take place via an online teaching platform
07/02/2023 10:00 11:30 DSD: Vlookup in Excel – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
07/02/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Planning a short film This session will take place via an online teaching platform
07/02/2023 12:00 13:30 DSD: Excel Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 1 (Campus-based) Campus-based session 
07/02/2023 14:00 15:00 DSD: Filming advice for a short film This session will take place via an online teaching platform
08/02/2023 11:00 12:00 DSD: Software for success: Working with Bibliography and Citation Apps This session will take place via an online teaching platform
08/02/2023 14:00 16:00 DSD: Advanced statistics with Excel 2016 (Campus-based) Campus-based session
08/02/2023 10:00 11:30 DSD: Styles and Table of Contents in Word – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
08/02/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Use online whiteboards to encourage student interaction This session will take place via an online teaching platform
08/02/2023 14:00 15:00 DSD: Digital book-making This session will take place via an online teaching platform
09/02/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Scripting Stata Graphs This session will take place via an online teaching platform
09/02/2023 14:00 15:00 DSD: An Introduction to R with Rstudio – Part 1 (Remote classroom) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
14/02/2023 & 21/02/2023 14:00 16:00 DSD: Getting Started with SPSS – 2 parts Campus-based sessions
14/02/2023 14:00 15:30 DSD: Microsoft Teams Workshop 2: Managing & Participating in Meetings  This session will take place via an online teaching platform
14/02/2023 14:00 15:00 DSD: Design an impactful research poster using UCL templates This session will take place via an online teaching platform
14/02/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Make a short film using your iPhone This session will take place via an online teaching platform
15/02/2023 14:00 15:00 DSD: Managing your digital profile and social media presence This session will take place via an online teaching platform
15/02/2023 12:00 13:00 DSD: User access and multiple instruments in REDCap This session will take place via an online teaching platform
15/02/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Managing participants in REDCap This session will take place via an online teaching platform
15/02/2023 12:00 13:00 DSD: Software for Success: Winning with charts This session will take place via an online teaching platform
15/02/2023 10:00 11:15 DSD: Basic image editing using free tools (Demo) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
15/02/2023 12:00 13:30 DSD: Excel Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 1 (Campus-based) Campus-based session
16/02/2023 10:00 12:00 DSD: Software for success: Data visualisation This session will take place via an online teaching platform
16/02/2023 10:00 11:45 DSD: OneNote – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
16/02/2023 14:00 16:00 DSD: An Introduction to R with Rstudio – Part 2 (Remote classroom) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
17/02/2023 12:00 13:00 DSD: Software for success: Writing tools This session will take place via an online teaching platform
21/02/2023 10:00 12:00 DSD: Software for success: Survey tools This session will take place via an online teaching platform
21/02/2023 14:00 15:30 DSD: Sway, Microsoft’s modern presentation tool – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
21/02/2023 14:00 15:00 DSD: An introduction to free graphic design tools This session will take place via an online teaching platform
21/02/2023 12:00 13:00 DSD: Excel Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 2 (Campus-based) Campus-based session
22/02/2023 10:00 17:00 DSD: Think like a computer programmer Campus-based session
22/02/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Word Tips and Tricks This session will take place via an online teaching platform
23/02/2023 12:00 13:00 DSD: Qualtrics tips and tricks This session will take place via an online teaching platform
23/02/2023 10:00 13:00 DSD: Scripting Stata’s new Tables and Collections Campus-based session
23/02/2023 15:00 17:00 DSD: An Introduction to R with Rstudio – Part 3 (Remote classroom) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
23/02/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: Microsoft Forms Demo This session will take place via an online teaching platform
24/02/2023 12:00 13:00 DSD: In a Nutshell: Starting a Nvivo Project This session will take place via an online teaching platform
28/02/2023 14:00 16:00 DSD: Format your Thesis (Windows) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
28/02/2023 10:00 11:45 DSD: Pivot Tables in Excel – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
01/03/2023 12:00 13:00 DSD: Excel Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 2 (Campus-based) Campus-based session
02/03/2023 14:00 16:00 DSD: An Introduction to R with Rstudio – Part 4 (Remote classroom) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
02/03/2023 10:00 11:30 DSD: Creating accessible PowerPoint Presentations This session will take place via an online teaching platform
07/03/2023 14:00 17:00 DSD: A Quick Introduction to UNIX Campus-based session
07/03/2023 12:00 13:00 DSD: Excel Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 3 (Campus-based) Campus-based session
08/03/2023 14:00 17:00 DSD: Further UNIX  Campus-based session
08/03/2023 10:00 11:30 DSD: Microsoft Teams Workshop 3 – Document Management and Collaboration  This session will take place via an online teaching platform
08/03/2023 14:00 15:00 DSD: Excel Tips and Tricks This session will take place via an online teaching platform
09/03/2023 10:00 11:00 DSD: LaTeX: Demo of Overleaf This session will take place via an online teaching platform
09/03/2023 14:00 15:30 DSD: Creating accessible Word documents This session will take place via an online teaching platform
10/03/2023 12:00 13:00 DSD: In a Nutshell: Excel functions we should all know This session will take place via an online teaching platform
14/03/2023 & 24/03/2023 10:00 17:00 DSD: Introduction to Matlab – 2 parts Campus-based session
14/03/2023 10:00 11:30 DSD: OneDrive for sharing files This session will take place via an online teaching platform
15/03/2023 & 16/03/2023 17:00 20:00 DSD: An Introduction to R with Rstudio (Campus-based) 2 parts Campus-based session
15/03/2023 10:00 11:45 DSD: Charting with Excel This session will take place via an online teaching platform
22/03/2023 14:00 16:00 DSD: Intermediate statistics with Excel 2016 This session will take place via an online teaching platform
22/03/2023 10:00 11:30 DSD: Vlookup in Excel – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
23/03/2023 14:00 16:00 DSD: Better Tables in R This session will take place via an online teaching platform

Develop your digital skills this term – new dates released for Autumn 2022

Louise Pollock26 September 2022

 

What’s on offer

ISD Digital Skills Development Team has released new dates for Term 1. Most of our sessions will be offered remotely using Microsoft Teams.  See our latest schedule below.

We are offering a wide range of courses covering Stata, Unix, Microsoft apps (including Teams, OneNote, and Sway), and much more.

Highlights include the following brand new additions:

  • DSD: PowerPoint for researchers (Windows)
  • DSD: Software for success: Survey tools 
  • DSD: Design an impactful research poster using UCL templates  
  • DSD: An introduction to free graphic design tools 
  • DSD: In a nutshell: Git version control
  • DSD: How to look after your health at the computer
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How to book

As a reminder, please note that most of our events are interactive training sessions and are not recorded. Therefore, we ask that you please ensure you are able to attend before booking and cancel your place if you are no longer able to attend. If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know by emailing the ISD Digital Skills Development mailbox in advance: isd-digiskills@ucl.ac.uk

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

Prizes to be won!

We have new monthly term-time prizes to be won by staff and students who attend and evaluate our courses.  All you have to do to be in the running to win £20 ‘Love to Shop’ Gift Voucher is complete one of our training sessions, and submit our course evaluation form. The evaluation form should take no more than 1 minute to complete. Good luck!

Find out more

For more information on how to book and join a session on the day, please visit our Practical Course Information page.

Drop-ins

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

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 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.

Latest schedule

Start Date Start Time End Time Session Title Venue
11/10/2022 14:00 15:00 DSD: An Introduction to R with Rstudio – Part 1 (Remote classroom) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
11/10/2022 10:00 11:15 DSD: Microsoft Teams Introduction (Prerequisite Course for Advanced Workshops) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
11/10/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: Mentimeter for Continuous Module Dialogue (CMD) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
12/10/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: Pivot tables in Excel – Demo This session will take place via an online teaching platform
12/10/2022 15:00 16:00 DSD: Inspiration: Mind mapping tool – an overview demo This session will take place via an online teaching platform
13/10/2022 14:00 16:00 DSD: Software for success: Data analysis & statistical tools This session will take place via an online teaching platform
13/10/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: Word tips and tricks This session will take place via an online teaching platform
14/10/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: Getting Started with Stata – Part 1 (Orientation and materials) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
18/10/2022 14:00 16:00 DSD: An Introduction to R with Rstudio – Part 2 (Remote classroom) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
18/10/2022 14:00 15:30 DSD: Microsoft Teams Workshop 1: Beyond Basics Overview This session will take place via an online teaching platform
18/10/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: Planning a short film This session will take place via an online teaching platform
19/10/2022 10:00 11:30 DSD: Creating accessible PowerPoint presentations This session will take place via an online teaching platform
19/10/2022 14:00 15:00 DSD: Excel tips and tricks This session will take place via an online teaching platform
19/10/2022 TBC TBC DSD: Excel Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 1 Campus-Based
25/10/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: Filming advice for a short film This session will take place via an online teaching platform
20/10/2022 10:00 11:30 DSD: VLookup in Excel – workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
21/10/2022 10:00 12:00 DSD: Getting Started with Stata – Part 2 (Using Stata) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
25/10/2022 10:00 11:45 DSD: Pivot Tables in Excel – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
25/10/2022 14:00 16:00 DSD: An Introduction to R with Rstudio – Part 3 (Remote classroom) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
25/10/2022 12:00 13:00 DSD: Inspiration: Mind mapping tool – an overview demo This session will take place via an online teaching platform
26/10/2022 15:00 16:00 DSD: How to look after your health at the computer This session will take place via an online teaching platform
26/10/2022 12:00 13:00 DSD: Software for Success: Winning with charts This session will take place via an online teaching platform
26/10/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: Sway, Microsoft’s modern presentation tool – Demo This session will take place via an online teaching platform
27/10/2022 10:00 11:30 DSD: Microsoft Teams Workshop 2: Managing & Participating in Meetings This session will take place via an online teaching platform
27/10/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: Podcasting made easy This session will take place via an online teaching platform
28/10/2022 10:00 12:00 DSD: Getting Started with Stata – Part 3 (Scripting techniques) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
01/11/2022 14:00 16:00 DSD: An Introduction to R with Rstudio – Part 4 (Remote classroom) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
01/11/2022 14:00 15:30 DSD: XMind mind mapping tool – workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
02/11/2022 10:00 12:00 DSD: Software for success: Survey tools This session will take place via an online teaching platform
02/11/2022 10:00 11:15 DSD: Basic image editing using free tools – demo This session will take place via an online teaching platform
02/11/2022 14:00 15:30 DSD: Microsoft Teams Workshop 3: Document Management and Collaboration This session will take place via an online teaching platform
02/11/2022 14:00 15:00 DSD: Excel Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 2 Campus-Based
03/11/2022 11:00 12:00 DSD: Read&Write: Text-to-speech software – an overview This session will take place via an online teaching platform
03/11/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: LaTeX: Demo of Overleaf This session will take place via an online teaching platform
03/11/2022 14:00 15:00 DSD: Software for success: Writing tools This session will take place via an online teaching platform
03/11/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: Best practice for video captions and transcripts This session will take place via an online teaching platform
04/11/2022 10:00 12:00 DSD: Getting Started with Stata – Part 4 (Modelling and reporting) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
08/11/2022 12:00 13:00 DSD: Introduction to REDCap for research – demo and Q&A This session will take place via an online teaching platform
08/11/2022 10:00 17:00 DSD: Introduction to Matlab Campus-Based
08/11/2022 14:00 15:00 DSD: Creating Infographics using free web-based tools This session will take place via an online teaching platform
08/11/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: Introduction to stop motion animation This session will take place via an online teaching platform
09/11/2022 12:00 13:00 DSD: Software for success: Working with Bibliography and Citation Apps This session will take place via an online teaching platform
09/11/2022 10:00 11:45 DSD: OneNote – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
10/11/2022 10:00 17:00 DSD: Introduction to Matlab Campus-Based
10/11/2022 10:00 11:30 DSD: Sway, Microsoft’s modern presentation tool – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
10/11/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: Record a narration over your PowerPoint on a PC This session will take place via an online teaching platform
11/11/2022 10:00 17:00 DSD: Getting Started with Stata – (Campus based) Campus-Based
15/11/2022 14:00 16:00 DSD: Data Visualization in R with ggplot2 This session will take place via an online teaching platform
15/11/2022 14:00 15:30 DSD: Styles and table of contents in Word – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
15/11/2022 14:00 15:00 DSD: Explore the potential of UCL Mediacentral This session will take place via an online teaching platform
16/11/2022 17:00 20:00 DSD: An Introduction to R with Rstudio (Campus-based) Campus-Based
16/11/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: Microsoft Forms Demo This session will take place via an online teaching platform
16/11/2022 14:00 15:00 DSD: Word tips and tricks This session will take place via an online teaching platform
16/11/2022 14:00 15:00 DSD: Excel Essential Skills – WORKSHOP 3 Campus-Based
17/11/2022 14:00 16:00 DSD: Getting Started with SPSS This session will take place via an online teaching platform
17/11/2022 10:00 11:15 DSD: Microsoft Teams Introduction (Prerequisite Course for Advanced Workshops) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
22/11/2022 12:00 13:00 DSD: In a Nutshell: Git version control This session will take place via an online teaching platform
22/11/2022 15:00 16:00 DSD: Read&Write: Text-to-speech software – an overview This session will take place via an online teaching platform
22/11/2022 10:00 11:30 DSD: Creating accessible Word documents This session will take place via an online teaching platform
22/11/2022 14:00 15:30 DSD: Getting Started with Markdown This session will take place via an online teaching platform
22/11/2022 10:00 11:00 DSD: Excel tips and tricks This session will take place via an online teaching platform
22/11/2022 14:00 15:30 DSD: OneDrive for sharing files This session will take place via an online teaching platform
22/11/2022 14:00 15:00 DSD: Design an impactful research poster using UCL templates This session will take place via an online teaching platform
23/11/2022 17:00 20:00 DSD: An Introduction to R with Rstudio (Campus-based) Campus-Based
23/11/2022 10:00 11:30 DSD: Microsoft Teams Workshop 1: Beyond Basics Overview This session will take place via an online teaching platform
24/11/2022 12:00 13:00 DSD: PowerPoint for researchers (Windows) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
24/11/2022 14:00 16:00 DSD: Getting Started with SPSS This session will take place via an online teaching platform
28/11/2022 14:00 15:45 DSD: Pivot Tables in Excel – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
29/11/2022 14:00 16:00 DSD: Intermediate statistics with Excel 2016 This session will take place via an online teaching platform
29/11/2022 14:00 15:15 DSD: Basic image editing using free tools (Demo) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
30/11/2022 14:00 16:00 DSD: Better Tables in R This session will take place via an online teaching platform
30/11/2022 10:00 11:30 DSD: Sway, Microsoft’s modern presentation tool – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
01/12/2022 10:00 11:45 DSD: Charting with Excel This session will take place via an online teaching platform
01/12/2022 12:00 13:00 DSD: In a Nutshell: Excel functions we should all know This session will take place via an online teaching platform
01/12/2022 14:00 16:00 DSD: Format your Thesis (Windows) This session will take place via an online teaching platform
02/12/2022 14:00 17:00 DSD: Scripting Stata’s new Tables and Collections Campus-Based
06/12/2022 10:00 11:30 DSD: Microsoft Teams Workshop 2: Managing & Participating in Meetings  This session will take place via an online teaching platform
06/12/2022 14:00 15:00 DSD: Make a short film with your iPhone This session will take place via an online teaching platform
07/12/2022 10:00 11:30 DSD: Photo editing with Pixlr X – Workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
08/12/2022 14:00 16:00 DSD: Advanced statistics with Excel 2016 This session will take place via an online teaching platform
08/12/2022 10:00 11:30 DSD: Creating accessible PowerPoint presentations This session will take place via an online teaching platform
09/12/2022 10:00 17:00 DSD: Think like a computer programmer Campus-Based
13/12/2022 14:00 15:30 DSD: Creating accessible Word documents This session will take place via an online teaching platform
13/12/2022 14:00 15:30 DSD: VLookup in Excel – workshop This session will take place via an online teaching platform
13/12/2022 14:00 15:00 DSD: An introduction to free graphic design tools This session will take place via an online teaching platform
14/12/2022 14:00 16:00 DSD: Kick-starting your literature review Campus-Based
15/12/2022 10:00 12:00 DSD: Data Manipulation in R with Rstudio This session will take place via an online teaching platform
15/12/2022 10:00 11:30 DSD: Microsoft Teams Workshop 4: Forms Polling in Channels, Chats and Meetings This session will take place via an online teaching platform
16/12/2022 12:00 13:00 DSD: In a Nutshell: Starting a Nvivo Project This session will take place via an online teaching platform

Blended Learning Essentials has definitely got started!

Eileen Kennedy7 November 2015

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https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/blended-learning-getting-started

Managing the ambitious Ufi-funded MOOC project that is Blended Learning Essentials has required a leap of imagination. Back in May, we had no video, no scripts, no quizzes, no Padlets, no glossary, no crib sheets, no Digital Champions, no flyers, no tweets, no conference keynotes, nothing built on the FutureLearn platform. Diana Laurillard and Neil Morris had expressed a desire for video of actual teaching with actual learners using actual blended learning techniques in actual colleges and actual private training providers. Where were we going to get that from? And to add some extra spice, by the time Suzanne Scott from Borders College had consulted teachers in the Vocational Education and Training sector to establish what we needed, it was the height of summer, and all the colleges were having a break.

Thankfully, we had a supremely talented team combining Evans Woolfe Media, who travelled the country interviewing, shooting and editing video, and University of Leeds Digital Learning Team who put it all together, and as if by magic we started to see a MOOC emerge. Meanwhile, Maren Deepwell from ALT was working tirelessly on planning a marketing campaign to beat all others, and plotting accreditation pathways for our learners to progress from the MOOC. In the background, Richard Nelson from Bradford College was assembling a force of Digital Champions to support the MOOC, and creating a plan for how they could do it.

I was working with further education teachers to make the crib sheets – including the brilliant Wendy Rogers, just retired from a glorious career at Croydon College, Phil Durrant, and my colleagues at UCL Institute of Education – Rebecca Wilson, Tim Neumann and Kit Logan, who also helped to bring them to life in our UCLeXtend Moodle course. Rachel Challen from Loughborough College was thinking about the best way to evaluate the course, and all our other partners in colleges and organisations (AELT, ETF, AOC, Tinder Foundation, NIACE, Sheffield College and Northern College) were contributing to videos and promoting the course to their members. So many people, so much enthusiasm, so much talent! Even so, it was an incredible challenge – six months to launch the first of our two MOOCs to transform the landscape of vocational education and training.

But finally it is a reality, and we have reached the end of week 1. It was a major feat from our end to be sure, but that was only ever half the story. The participants themselves are the main part of the picture. I am seriously impressed by the energy and insight of the contributions that everyone is making on and off the FutureLearn platform. I have never enjoyed a MOOC so much – the discussion is great. Obviously, it is my favourite subject, but even so – I have to stop myself spending all my time reading the comments, and following the links that people have posted. It is making me think that this project could really change things and it is great to have been a part of it.

Online courses as digital services; taxes and teachers

Matt Jenner24 April 2015

Fully online courses, with non-matriculated learners, are classified as ‘digital services’ and their income is subject to VAT (currently 20%). This levy applies to the fees charged. You don’t have to add tax if you add teachers instead; but does it all add up?

Types of learners and courses

Let’s make the first point crystal clear – we’re talking about non-matriculated learners here.  These kind of courses are generally branded as CPD and Short Courses; anything offered which you learn online but do not become a registered student of that institution or provider.

The rules affect only fully online courses. If your course is face to face or blended / hybrid / mixed mode delivery, i.e. it has a face to face component, then tax does not apply. Your fully online course might also be known as distance learning – but it means there’s no physical fixed environment in which learners attend and they do not get awarded university credits or a degree.

Credit bearing degree or Face to face teaching = not taxed. 

E-services and Digital Services

There is a UK Gov definition of what constitutes as an ‘e-service’ or ‘digital service’. These are the terms the UK Government use when defining a broad catalogue of things ‘electronically supplied’. The definition of ‘electronically supplied’ “covers e-services which are automatically delivered over the internet, or an electronic network, where there is minimal or no human intervention” (Gov.uk). The definition is not comprehensive, and judgement is required from the provider. And I must add if you’re unsure please consult HMRC on Vat2015.contact@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk or your tax/financial/legal advisors.

Included on the Gov.uk site is a list of examples to help clarify what might be classified as an e-service, or digital service:

Service e-service Electronically supplied? Covered by the new rules
Pdf document manually emailed by seller Yes No No
Pdf document automatically emailed by seller’s system Yes Yes Yes
Pdf document automatically downloaded from site Yes Yes Yes
Stock photographs available for automatic download Yes Yes Yes
Live webinar No No No
Online course consisting of pre-recorded videos and downloadable pdfs Yes Yes Yes
Online course consisting of pre-recorded videos and downloadable pdfs plus support from a live tutor Yes No No
Individually commissioned content sent in digital form eg, photographs, reports, medical results Yes No No
Link to online content or download sent by manual email Yes Yes Yes

 

I think what’s important to note are the two above which are highlighted (and that apparently they are not classified electronically supplied – this bit is important).

The European Commission provides further clarification on the definition of a digital service in their ‘Explanatory notes on the EU VAT changes to the place of supply of telecommunications, broadcasting and electronic services that enter into force in 2015’ publication (EC – pg. 85).

Explanatory notes on the EU VAT changes to the place of supply of telecommunications, broadcasting and electronic services that enter into force in 2015- nighttime reading for good teachers :-)

Explanatory notes – nighttime reading
for good teachers =*)

There’s a lot to digest here, but their overview is:

‘Electronically supplied services’ as referred to in Directive 2006/112/EC shall include services which are delivered over the Internet or an electronic network and the nature of which renders their supply essentially automated and involving minimal human intervention, and impossible to ensure in the absence of information technology.

Emphasis added – but it helps make my point; if you’re running online courses just be cautious around full automation. This would be defined as a self-paced, self-assessed (or automatically assessed) course with no critical teacher-based human input (i.e. it’s not automated). The EC are pretty clear that their “explanatory notes are not legally binding and only contain practical and informal guidance about how EU law should be applied on the basis of the views of the Commission’s Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union” (EC report – P1). Pretty reasonable; we need to interpret and not jump to incorrect conclusions.

My interpretation of digital services is there’s been a digital transformation to business this millennium and it is right that a TAX is applied to businesses profiting from this. I see it as if you’re selling  something, we want a slice of the profits to prop up the economy – and this is totally fair. For digital services I imagine it’s to do with scale; Apple iTunes can sell a [nearly] unlimited number of MP3 files, no problem. Professor Famous can’t teach an unlimited number of people, at some stage they’re going to crack, the quality will drop, the interactions fail, and something needs to change.

As the rules are interpretative it seems from the new guidance that if you provide human-based interaction between learners and teachers (or facilitators) then you’re less likely to be classified as a digital service. Surely it’s therefore better to not say ‘avoiding tax’ but instead ‘adding value’ by adding teachers?

Well, let’s try some simple calculations:

Income = course fees – expenses (I=C-E)

I run a course which teaches 20 people, they each pay £1000 (it’s pretty good)

Example A – Fully online course

  • Fees = £20,000 (20 x £1,000)
  • Expenses = £4,000 (Tax on income of £20,000)
  • Income = £16,000 (£20,000 – £4,000)

Example B – Facilitated online course

  • Fees = £20,000 (20 x £1,000)
  • Expenses = £4,000 (paying a teacher)
  • Income = £16,000 (£20,000 – £4,000)
  • Bonus – someone just got paid £4,000 to teach 20 people something

Relax: There’s always tax

Tax is inevitable, and perfectly acceptable – we need it. The point is you could’ve weighed up paying a teacher instead and likely boosted the learning experience. In Example B less (or more) than £4,000 could’ve been paid to a teacher; so the net income is still reduced – but it’s gone somewhere else. The teacher will still pay some level of income tax, so let’s not get too far into an anti-tax agenda.

Also the fees could’ve also been much lower, but even at £100 each, the £400 spent on a teacher still seems like a solid investment. It does make checking your numbers a good idea; i.e. what’s a sustainable income required to keep this going / scale accordingly for projected fee:learner levels.

It’s not avoiding, or saving, it’s enhancing learning with teachers!

Learning online is lonely

Learning online is lonely

Learning with peers, and a teacher is a good thing. There is a vast array of data, research-informed evidence and general ‘feeling’ that teachers are needed. Quite frankly if teachers were not needed, they’d probably have been replaced by computers as quickly as possible. Obviously there is a place for self-directed and peer-to-peer learning; but that’s not the point I’m making – all that good stuff can still exist. This post is merely indicating the situation regarding tax and teaching. Take away the teacher, add the tax. It’s illogical, to a large extent.

 

Closing thoughts

If you’re offer online courses as a digital service, and paying VAT, you might just want to reflect on this. If you consider adding in a teacher; it’ll likely improve the dynamic, enhance the learning and maybe even save you some money. But also remember one other thing; this article is written by an expert in education and technology, not a tax advisor. If you take this as tax advice, you need to re-evaluate your sources of knowledge. You should then browse HMRC.org and GOV.UK and speak to experts! Also this post is not the view of UCL – and if it gets me in trouble it might disappear pretty quickly… 

I wrote this because I was genuinely surprised that tax is a variable factor for online courses. Tax is important, as is good education. I trust being slightly more informed you’ll make the right choices. I’d also welcome a debate on my interpretation of all this.

And relax … reflections on UCL Arena Digital Unit 1

Eileen Kennedy18 March 2015

Asleep at the Wheel

We built it, but would they come?

Designing an online course in e-learning for UCL staff has its uncertainties, mostly to do with the big question, is anyone actually going to turn up? The pressures on staff at a research intensive University are multiple and intense. Everyone is juggling so many competing priorities, that taking the time to learn about teaching with technology may be an aspiration never fated to turn into a reality.

We looked to the MOOC phenomenon for inspiration. If there is one thing MOOCs do well it’s publicity. They make the prospect of doing a course so easy and so enticing, that you can’t help but sign up. So we made our promo video and sat back and waited. We said to ourselves, if we get 30 people, that will be good, but of course, really we wanted more.

It was with some relief, therefore, when the self-enrolments started to trickle through. We passed the 100 mark fairly early, but we weren’t quite at 200 a day or so before the course was due to start. Never fear, however, because the enrolments didn’t stop. Currently UCL Arena Digital has 214 participants, and people continue to sign up.

Who were they and what were they doing?

Painstaking analysis reveals that there were 96 different UCL departments represented. The top 5 departments (by numbers of participants) appeared to be:

  1. Dept of Managment Science & Innovation 11
  2. IOE – Culture, Communication & Media 9
  3. Dept of Security and Crime Science 8
  4. Centre for Prep Studies – Astana 8
  5. Centre for Languages & International Education 7

In addition to these figures, however, there were 15 people who came from different departments but who all had an affiliation with the UCL Institute of Child Health, and 23 people from the UCL Institute of Education. Honourable mentions too, to the Research Department of General Surgery, Institute of Ophthalmology, SELCS and IOE – Lifelong & Comparative Education, all with 5 representatives each. We had one person from UCL Australia.

During the Unit, we invited participants to watch some video tutorials and explore resources in a Lesson activity and a Book (both ways of presenting content in Moodle). Then we asked people to share some media they use in their teaching on a Padlet (which is a great, easy tool that resembles putting post-it notes on a virtual pin board). There was a glossary for participants to contribute to, and a discussion to take part in, and a final webinar to share experiences on the Thursday of the second week.

Click that link!

By Wednesday 18th March, the Using Multimedia: A Moodle Lesson activity had 1246 views (including 242 tutor views). The Going Further with Multimedia: A Moodle Book resource had 1465 (including 71 tutor views). The Wall of Media (the Padlet) had been viewed 64 times, The Language of the Media Glossary had been viewed 327 times, and the discussion forum “When can the use of media enhance teaching and learning” had 544 views.

We were overjoyed at the enthusiasm of course participants. We have 16 entries in the Glossary now, spanning 5 pages, 34 posts on the Padlet Wall of Media, including some brilliant tutor-crafted screencasts and lots of great examples from participants’ teaching. The shared Practice space has been filling up too. That’s a blank Moodle course for participants to try out what they’ve learnt if they don’t have somewhere else to practice their skills. What is great about it, is that we can all see that learning has taken place, and it is an encouragement to everybody.

Now take a break …

Something else we learnt from MOOCs is that participation drops off sharply after the first week, and continues on a downward slope. It seems that everyone’s intention is good, and the enthusiasm can be sustained for so long, but, inevitably, all the other pressures of life get in the way once more. So, we thought, if we split the course into two week Units, with breaks in between, maybe that will keep people with us. And if you haven’t already enrolled, it means that you still can – and you have time to catch up before Unit 2 begins.

Unit 2 will start on April 13th 2015 and will focus on Communication

So get ready for wikis, discussion forums, Twitter and more. If you ever thought of ditching the PowerPoint and doing something more interesting instead, then Unit 2 is for you.

Enrol here and see you all again very soon.

 

UCLeXtend update – November 2014

Matt Jenner24 November 2014

UCL’s new public-facing e-learning environment; UCLeXtend is ready and waiting for your ideas. Live since May 2013 it has attracted over 5000 learners and 23 courses. We revamped it in August 2014 and now it’s sitting pretty. But there’s a lot more to come, this is where you get involved. 

Note: this post is largely written for an internal audience, apologies to external readers – do contact us (details below) if you have an enquiry.

About UCLeXtend

For those who don’t already know, it’s a Moodle-based online platform which can cater for a wide range of courses. Its core capability is to advertise courses, attract/process registrations and provide an online space for learning and teaching. Do take a look for yourself – http://extend.ucl.ac.uk 

UCLeXtend homepage - November 2014

UCLeXtend homepage in November 2014

It can be used to support a range of ideas and activities and so far has been used for: 

  • CPD
  • Executive education
  • Conferences
  • Taster modules
  • Research dissemination
  • Mini-MOOCs
  • Self-paced study. 

Some are free, others charge; some are open, others are closed/private. A few are fully online, and the majority support face to face activities. Around half are brand new – but others have been running for some time in other guises. Some are not even courses at all, and that’s OK too.  

In brief; UCLeXtend is/offers:

  • Moodle based – get on the ground running;
  • Open registration – you do not need a UCL computer account to be a UCLeXtend learner / delegate / participant / etc. Anyone can register with their own email / password combination.
  • Payment processor – not everything in life is free, so UCLeXtend accepts most credit and debit cards (or the slower, pay-by-invoice option)
  • Free course provider – some things in life are free, you don’t have to charge for your course
  • Discounts and ‘bulk seats’ options – more information in the UCLeXtend 101 wiki

Note: income derived from your UCLeXtend course goes directly to your department finance codes.

Get involved & find out more

Online guidance

There’s a few more things to cover; but much of it is procedural or too bloaty for email. So instead; we’ve compiled online content that outlines a lot of the questions you may have, processes, a handful of forms and a few other things. Do take a look, it should cover a lot (but it’s still in development):

https://wiki.ucl.ac.uk/display/UCLeXtend

(UCL login required – top left of the wiki, sorry external folk)

UCLeXtend drop-in session

If you’re interested in exploring UCLeXtend  or have questions you want to ask please do get in touch. We’re also running a trial (one-off for now) session where you can come and ask questions, share your ideas and hear about what do next. We’ll do a demo of UCLeXtend and be on hand to talk with you. Feel free to come for the whole hour, or drop-in whenever you like. 

Details

2nd December 2014, 13:00 to 14:00 in Foster Court 233 

If you can’t attend this we will look to put on more dates in the future (January onwards) or would rather do it via an online meeting or for us to come along to a departmental / faculty / teaching group session then just ask. 

Getting started? Why not try a ‘CPD Wrapper’

With so many options opening up; we felt it important to highlight one which is slightly easier to grasp and works well with existing provision. The concept is CPD Wrappers which we covered at the last Forum event in November. Here’s a presentation we made in E-Learning Environments which broadly outlines the ideas:

Full URL: https://www.haikudeck.com/cpd-wrappers-uncategorized-presentation-AmK4CAMI4E

If you’re interested in developing a ‘CPD wrapper’ (or anything else for UCLeXtend) get in touch with us, email is best – extend@ucl.ac.uk

Contact us

I don’t mind you contacting me directly, but you may find a faster (and more organised) response from the email above which goes to a shared inbox. Or come along to the session next Tuesday and we’ll go from there. 

Hope to hear of your ideas soon!