Staff Development Workshops


workshopsCELT offer a range of workshops available around our core technologies which include Blackboard, Turnitin, Campus Pack and the DMU Commons (Word Press) as well as Multimedia production.


The following central ELT workshops below are available to all staff.  Faculty ELT project officers also offer faculty run sessions available for you to attend if these dates/times are unsuitable. We also run more ELT workshops around our supported ELT technologies if you would like to explore these and have these delivered to your programme, again contact your Faculty ELT project officer who can advise you further as well as any other advice concerning technologies for teaching and learning.

CELT ELT Workshops

These ELT sessions complement UDL (Universal Design for Learning) sessions and align with UDL considerations (for further information please visit the Blackboard community site ‘UDL Blackboard Community’).

Turnitin ‘Feedback Studio’ Overview

This one hour session will demonstrate Turnitin’s new Feedback Studio. The Feedback Studio provides a new ‘layered’ view to the existing Originality Report and GradeMark features of Turnitin. Feedback Studio combines these existing ‘Turnitin Classic’ features into a consolidated toolbar accessible when you view a student paper. All the original tools that were previously available to check originality to provide feedback on student work are still available. The student view has also been updated to reflect this new interface.

Feedback Studio has been developed to provide a clearer, simpler interface to check originality and engage in online marking. It is important to note that Turnitin is still accessed and set up in exactly the same way. The assignment inbox and how you access student submissions has not changed.  This session will provide you with an opportunity for an overview of the Feedback Studio. Participants should be familiar with using Turnitin and GradeMark features, if you are new to Turnitin please consider booking on a ‘Beginners to Turnitin’ session (listed below) and or contact your local Faculty ELT Project Officer. There is also Turnitin and Grademark help on this help site.

You only need to attend one session.

Tuesday 14th March 2pm – 3pm

Thursday  16th March 10am – 11am

Thursday 23rd March 2pm – 3pm

Thursday 30th March 10am – 11am

Tuesday 4th April 2pm – 3pm

Thursday 6th April 2pm – 3pm

Thursday 13th April 10am – 11am

Thursday 20th April 10am – 11am

Thursday 27th April 2pm – 3pm

Tuesday 9th May 2pm – 3pm

Thursday 8th June 2pm – 3pm

Tuesday 27th June 10am -11am

Thursday 13th July 2pm – 3pm

DMU Replay – Overview

This overview provides a high level introduction to the use of the Panopto software to enable practices that may support innovative pedagogies and multi modal approaches that can link to a Universal Design for Learning approach.

The session does not talk in any detail about any of the more sophisticated functions of Panopto – it is the starting point for those who wish to gain a basic understanding of the software and who will be recording tutor-led sessions. It is recommended that colleagues attend this session before booking on to any of the other Multimedia Enhancement sessions.

This session will begin with a short introduction that talks about why we may consider making use of multimedia technology in the curriculum and points to relevant information and guidance around Intellectual Property and Copyright. Participants will then see a demonstration of the Panopto software that will focus on the production of a classroom recording and how to make the recording available via Blackboard.

Please click the link below to book.

Tuesday 14th March 10am – 11am

Tuesday 2nd May 10am – 11am

Tuesday 6th June 10am – 11am

DMU Replay – Editing Recordings

This is a hands on session in which participants will work with a piece of pre-made content in order to gain a deeper understanding of the Panopto Editor to refine and augment the recording to enhance the student experience.

For example, Using the Editor is specific ways we can produce smaller pre-sessional materials based on previous recordings in order to provide a multi modal approach to support the Universal Design for Learning principles.

The session will cover:

  • Logging in to the Panopto dashboard to locate the recording;
  • An overview of the Editor screen;
  • Adding, removing and editing Events;
  • How the recorder set up affects the Editor;
  • Removing streams;
  • Hints and tips with the timeline; and
  • The student view.

Participants must have attended a Multimedia Enhancement – Panopto overview session prior to attending this session.

Please click the links below to book.

Tuesday 11th April 10am – 11am

Thursday 11th May 2pm – 3pm

Tuesday 11th July 10am – 11am

DMU Replay – Recording away from class

This session is designed to provide insight into how to use DMU Replay to create multimedia based content away from the classroom. For example, the software can be used to produce short tutorial videos or student feedback videos

The session will demonstrate the creation of a resource that includes multiple visual streams

This session can be run anywhere providing there is a computer per participant that has the Panopto recorder software installed with a microphone each

The session will cover:

  • Creating a Folder and Building a session with specific permissions;
  • How to open and set up DMU Replay (the Panopto software) on first use;
  • Deciding what to record;
  • How to record the various streams;
  • Recording the video; and the student view.


Tuesday 28th March 2pm – 3pm

Thursday 13th April 2pm – 3pm

Tuesday 20th June 10am – 11am

Tuesday 18th July 10am – 11am

Introduction to ELT Technologies at DMU

This session is aimed at those who are new to DMU or need a refresher on the core technologies available at DMU to support your teaching. An overview of our core technologies, key ELT policies , our ELT threshold and online staff support materials on the CELT hub will be discussed.

Tuesday 25th April 2pm – 3pm

Thursday 4th May 2pm – 3pm

Beginners Guide to Turnitin

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection tool that has been integrated into Blackboard. Turnitin helps academic staff to detect matches in students’ written assignments to external sources on the internet. This hands-on session will look at how Turnitin is set up in a Blackboard module and understanding both the staff and student view of using the tool. This session will cover how to set up the Turnitin assignment in Blackboard, setting date/time restrictions in Turnitin, understanding the report ‘options’, interpreting an originality report, accessing the assignment inbox after all submissions have been returned and the student view.

Wednesday 1st March 2pm – 4pm

Tuesday 4th July  10am – 12pm

Electronic feedback using Grademark in Turnitin

GradeMark is an online mark-up tool available through Turnitin. GradeMark allows staff members to leave comments, grade and feedback which can be location specific on the student submission. This session will demonstrate how staff can use GradeMark and explore potential benefits and issues. Participants should have a basic understanding of using Turnitin.

Thursday 9th February 10am – 11.30am

Tuesday 21st March 10am – 11.30am

Thursday 6th April 10am – 11.30am

Thursday 15th June 2pm – 3.30pm


Using Rubrics in Turnitin/GradeMark to assist in Marking and Feedback

This one hour session will provide and overview on how you can make use of the rubrics and grading forms which can be used to evaluate student work based on defined criteria and scales to assist with both marking and providing annotated feedback using GradeMark (available when you use Turnitin) for student submitted assignment. Grading forms can be used to provide free form feedback and marks to evaluate student work based on defined criteria.

Thursday 23rd February 2pm – 3pm

Tuesday 4th April 10am – 11am

Thursday 22nd June – 2pm – 3pm


Blackboard Assessment Tools – Tests and Surveys

This session will provide an overview of how tests and surveys  can be used in Blackboard and how this connects to the GradeCentre tool.

Tuesday 14th February 10am-11.30am

Thursday 16th March 2pm – 3.30pm

Tuesday 23rd May 10am – 11.30am

Using Blackboard Assignment tool for assignment submission and feedback

This session will provide an overview of how Blackboard’s assignment tool can be used for student assignment submissions, including options of providing feedback/marks  using Blackboard’s GradeCentre. The GradeCentre enables you to store feedback in Blackboard and also enables students to access and receive their feedback and marks through Blackboard ‘My Grades’ tool if desired. The overview will be followed by a hands-on session to create a Blackboard assignment.

Thursday 18th May 2pm – 3.30pm

Thursday 27th July – 2pm – 3.30pm


Using Voting Technology in Class

Using technology to interact with students in class can offer both instant formative feedback to the tutor; and help to motivate students to get involved, whilst providing a level playing field where all student voices are heard. DMU staff have access to such proprietary technology (TurningPoint).  This demonstration will cover the pedagogic benefits of engaging with students using different voting technologies in class and a demonstration of TurningPoint and Participoll.

Thursday 2nd March 10am – 11am

Thursday 20th July 2pm – 3pm

Introduction to DMU Commons: blogging, website building and social networking tool

DMU Commons is a blogging platform and web space that is available to all staff and students at DMU. Commons users can have their own blog or web space which they can use for any purpose relating to their work – be that scholarly, research, areas of interest, projects, personal profiles/portfolios, special interest groups, and many others. See

This session will include:

  • An introduction to the DMU Commons
  • Examples of its use (current Commons sites)
  • The procedure for registering/activating a DMU Commons account
  • Hands on activity exploring how to configure a Commons site, add content, and create a navigation structure.

Thursday 1st June 2pm – 3.30pm


Using Online Discussion Forums to enhance student collaboration

This session will explore the nature of asynchronous communication using an online discussion board and how this approach can enable students within a cohort to contribute and have their voice(s) heard without being required to speak up in timetabled sessions. There are a number of platforms that can be used to host a discussion board but this session focuses on the Blackboard Learn virtual learning environment which is currently in place at DMU.

The session will cover the pedagogically focused concepts of using discussion boards (staff and student led), good practice when managing discussion boards, and how to create and deploy a discussion board in Blackboard.

Tuesday 13th June 10am – 11.30am


Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate (virtual synchronous classroom) – online session

Blackboard Collaborate is a virtual synchronous classroom (aka. webinar) system that is integrated into Blackboard. It enables tutors and students to interact and collaborate in real-time, online. In effect, a tutor can deliver a teaching session online, in which they might show a PowerPoint presentation, share their computer desktop screen, or use a virtual digital whiteboard, and have students interact with this content in real-time from remote locations.

Collaborate allows face-to-face teaching to take place in a virtual space where participants do not have to be physically present; all they need is a computer through which to access the virtual session.

Collaborate is particularly well suited for supporting distance learning.

This session will offer an overview and demonstration of how to use the Blackboard Collaborate synchronous classroom technology. Including:

  • A discussion about the various teaching and learning scenarios that may benefit from the use of a synchronous classroom approach
  • Downloading and Launching the collaborate application
  • Creating a Collaborate session in a Blackboard shell
  • Working with the Collaborate interface
  • Inviting guest users to a collaborate session

Please note: Essential session prerequisites – The session does not take place in a physical space, but online. All participants wishing to attend this course will need to be able to log in to the session from a remote location. Ideally this should not be a shared office space, as this may be a distraction when interacting in the session via audio. It is recommended that participants use a desktop computer to access the session and NOT a mobile device. System Requirements for using Blackboard Collaborate.

Thursday 25th May 2pm – 3.30pm

Thursday 29th June 2pm – 3.30pm

Tuesday 25th July 10am – 11.30am


Introduction to Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment

This one hour session is aimed at those who are new to DMU or need a refresher on the core technology Blackboard. Blackboard supports online content creation, assessment, collaboration and communication. This session will give you an overview of all these features.

Tuesday 16th May 10am – 11am

For course enquiries contact Sukhtinder Kaur:



If you would like to have any of these sessions delivered for your programme team
then please contact your Faculty ELT Project Officer to make arrangements:
 Art, Design & Humanities – Heather Conboy, (x7828)
 Business & Law – Richard Vallance (x6296)
 Health & Life Sciences – Rob Weale, (x7878)
 Technology – Ian Pettit, (x8860)


See our ‘Quicklinks‘ for more comprehensive Blackboard Help. Online help with our core technologies is available from the ‘Support‘ tab, these include Turnitin (e-assessment), DMU Replay, Campus Pack (using blogs, wikis in Blackboard) and DMU Commons (WordPress).



Specific online help on our core technologies are available in this site.