Staff Development Workshops

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workshopsCELT offer a range of workshops available around our core technologies which include Blackboard, DMU Replay, 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.

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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’).


Introduction to Lego Serious Play

Lego Serious Play is a methodology enabling participants to gain new perspectives, share knowledge and understand complex issues using exercises with Lego bricks.  It is underpinned by Social Constructivist learning theory, and embodies the notion of ‘Thinking with the hands.’

This introductory session will introduce you to the main principles of LSP, give you experience in a number of LSP techniques and allow you to consider possible applications of LSP in your own context.  For more on Lego Serious Play see

Friday 9th February 10am – 12pm

Friday 9th March 10am – 12pm

Monday 9th April 2pm – 4pm


Introduction to Infographics

Infographics provide a quick and accessible way to communicate information, whether you want to explain research findings, complex processes or abstract concepts. 

This introductory session will introduce you to the key aspects of designing an effective infographic, give you experience in developing your own infographic on paper and provide you with resources and tips for translating your infographic from paper to digital format using PowerPoint.

For more on Infographics see P27 – 36 of the PDF in this link:

Friday 26th January 10am – 12pm

Friday 23rd February 10am – 12pm

Wednesday 14th March 2pm – 4pm

Monday 23rd April 2pm – 4pm


Technologies to enhance UDL [NEW]

Technologies provide a supporting pillar for enhancing UDL approaches to teaching practice and curriculum design.  Used appropriately, they can enrich the flexibility, inclusiveness and accessibility of learning environments. This interactive session explores ideas and authentic case studies of technologies for enhancing UDL, with opportunities to discuss and share practice. There are also some quick tips for accessibility to help ensure technologies do not cause barriers to learning.


01/06/2018 – 10am-11.30am – Location  – Arts Factory, 1.03

22/06/2018 – 2pm – 3.30pm – Location – Kimberlin Library Collaboratory

25/07/2018 – 2pm – 3.30pm – Location – Kimberlin Library Collaboratory



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.

Thursday 8th March 10am – 11am


DMU Replay – Basic Editing

This show and tell session will focus on the functions that are available in the new DMU Replay Basic Editor – these include:

  • Adding a quiz to a recording;
  • Adding captions to a recording; and
  • Using the new Focus tool when multiple video streams have been recorded.

The session will also cover making cuts (topping and tailing and removing sections from within the recording) and how to Publish changes that have been made in the Basic Editor.

It is recommended that participants attend either a DMU Replay overview session or a UDL with DMU Replay in practice session prior to booking on to this session.

Participants must have attended  a DMU Replay overview session prior to attending this session.

Please click the links below to book.

Thursday 25th January 2pm – 3pm

Tuesday 6th February 10am – 11am

Thursday 8th March 2pm-3pm

Tuesday 27th March 2pm – 3pm

Tuesday 17th April 2pm- 3pm

Tuesday 24th April 2pm – 3pm


DMU Replay – Advanced Editing

This is session will demonstrate the DMU Replay (Panopto) Editor at a deeper level to refine and augment the recording to enhance the student experience.

For example, using the DMU Replay Editor in specific ways 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 DMU Replay 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 DMU Replay overview session prior to attending this session.

We are offering a series of the same session to accommodate staff. To book onto a session select the session date/time that you wish to attend to further book your details (you only need to make one booking).

Tuesday 6th February 2pm-3pm

Tuesday 6th March 10am – 11am

Thursday 5th April 10am – 11am


DMU Replay – Recording at your desk

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.

Thursday 15th February 2pm – 3.30pm

Thursday 5th April 2pm – 3.30pm


DMU Replay – Equitable Alternatives

There may be occasions when recording a staff-led session is not appropriate or practical. This hands on session covers the equitable alternatives to recording staff led activity using the DMU Replay software provided in teaching spaces. The session will demonstrate how the DMU Replay system can ingest and share more traditional video files that may have been recorded using faculty loaned equipment or colleagues own equipment in order to meet the DMU Replay policy requirements. Participants will try this for themselves and also explore the potential to enhance their teaching practise by using one of the suggested approaches or an equitable alternative of their own. You only need to attend one session below.

Tuesday 23rd January 2pm – 3.30pm

Tuesday 30th January 2pm – 3.30pm

Thursday 8th February 2pm – 3.30pm

Thursday 15th March 10am – 11.30am

Thursday 26th April 2pm – 3.30pm


DMU Replay -Supporting students with recording

This one hour show and tell session will cover three scenarios in which students might use the DMU Replay service for recording and sharing multimedia artefacts.

The session will cover students submitting multimedia artefacts for assessment, recording practice presentations for formative feedback, and recording video blog or vlog posts to support reflective activities.

Tuesday 13th February 2pm-3pm

Thursday 1st March 10am-11am


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.

Tuesday 30th January 10am- 12pm

Tuesday 13th March 2pm – 4pm


Electronic Feedback using GradeMark in Turnitin

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

Thursday 8th February 2pm- 3.30pm

Thursday 15th March 2pm – 3.30pm

Thursday 29th March 2pm – 3.30pm

Thursday 19th April 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.

Tuesday 23rd January 10am – 11am

Tuesday 13th February 10am- 11am

Thursday 15th February 10am-11am

Thursday 22nd February 2pm – 3pm

Thursday 1st March 2pm-3pm

Thurday 29th March 10am – 11am

Tuesday 10th April 10am-11am


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.

Tuesday 20th February 2pm – 3.30pm

Tuesday 20th March 10am – 11.30am

Thursday 12th April 2pm – 3.30pm


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

Tuesday 20th February 10am – 11.30am

Tuesday 6th March 2pm-3.30pm

Thursday 12th April 10am – 11.30am


Using Discussion Boards to support collaborative online learning

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 27th February 2pm – 3.30pm

Tuesday 17th April 10am – 11.30am



Blackboard Content Creation

This session will cover the development of Blackboard module shells.
Participants will have the opportunity to use the features and tools available in Blackboard and will be encouraged to reflect on the use of these within their own learning and teaching practice.

Tuesday 20th March 2pm – 3.30pm


Using Digital Media in Blackboard

Digital media affords the opportunity to enhance teaching and learning via a multi-modal approach; offering multiple ways through which to present and communicate knowledge content; and for students to discover, apprehend, synthesise and re-present knowledge.

Through digital media the same knowledge content can be articulated and apprehended via different digital media in order to engage with various learning modalities.

It is particularly well suited to developing inclusive content – towards meeting UDL requirements.

This session is focussed on the use of digital media in the development of learning resources. Participants will explore how to integrate multimedia (digital images, audio and video) into teaching materials on Blackboard. The session is aimed at participants with little to no experience of using digital multimedia in their teaching practice and will cover: working with digital images; adding audio recordings to Blackboard; adding web-videos such as YouTube; an overview of the Box of Broadcasts resource; and copyright in the use of multimedia.

NOTE: This session does not include DMU Replay

Thursday 22nd March 2pm – 3.30pm


Using Blackboard Learning Module to create a study resource

The Blackboard Learning Module is a tool that can be used in any Content area to create a package of learning resources. Resources can be displayed in a structured manner to focus student engagement with a selected topic or theme and to support a range of pedagogic scenarios, including independent study.  

Participants will discuss examples and learn how to go about creating their own Learning Modules.  They will initiate an outline for a potential Learning Module for their own curriculum. Ideally participants will have prior working knowledge of the range of content types and interactive features in Blackboard.

Tuesday 27th March 10am – 11am


Introduction to the DMU Commons

The DMU Commons is a blogging platform and web space that is available to all staff and students at DMU. Commons users can setup, develop and maintain 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 and a hands on activity exploring how to configure a Commons site, add content and create a navigation structure.

Tuesday 27th February 10am- 11.30am

Tuesday 24th April 10am – 11.30am


If you would like to have any of these sessions delivered for your programme team or your need faculty support 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)
  • Graduate School – Julia Reeve (x7388)
  • LLS – Sukhtinder Kaur – (x8084)




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.