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Training - Staff

Digital Services training sessions are available to all Brookes staff. Sign up here.
Students requiring training should contact their Module or Course Leader or OBIS for support.

If you would like to register for one of the courses listed below please email Richard Francis. Places are limited so booking is required.

Dates and times

Each of the sessions will last approximately two hours.  Further information about the content of each session is displayed below.  If you would like to arrange a bespoke session for yourself or a group of colleagues please contact Richard Francis directly.

Introduction to Moodle

This session introduces you to Moodle and its layout and shows you how to add the following resources and activities to your course:

  • RADAR resources
  • Files and folders
  • Labels
  • Pages
  • URLs

You will need to bring content such as PowerPoint files or Word documents with you to make the most of the session. We will not be covering creating assessments or any of the more sophisticated Moodle tools as these will be covered in separate sessions.

Further dates to be added shortly.

Building Digital Communities

This is a new session that will look at how staff can use activities and blocks in Moodle to build digital communities and to encourage student interaction. In the session we will look at the following activities:

  • Forum
  • Chat
  • Choice
  • Wiki
  • Glossary
  • Feedback

We will also discuss the following blocks:

  • Activities
  • Calendar
  • Comments
  • Latest news
  • Messages
  • Recent activity
  • Upcoming events
  • Twitter feeds
  • RSS feeds

Further dates to be added shortly.

Introduction to Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a Flash based online meeting service that enables participants to collaborate using video, audio, application sharing and chat on any internet browser.

In this session we will look at the following:

  • Handraise
  • Polling
  • Chat
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Screen sharing
  • Recording sessions
  • Using breakout rooms
  • Adding content
  • Managing users

Further dates to be added shortly.

Introduction to Turnitin

Turnitin is a web-based tool that supports students in the development of good academic practice when preparing written work for assessment. This text-matching tool allows academic staff to check students' work for improper use of sources or potential plagiarism by comparing it against continuously up-dated databases (including web-pages and student work). Turnitin produces an 'Originality Report' for each submitted piece of work which indicates all the matches in the student assignment to the web-based sources on its database, and thus can provide academic staff with the opportunity to help students develop proper citation methods as well as to safeguard students' academic integrity. The session covers how to create and add a Turnitin assignment to your VLE course.

Further dates to be added shortly.

Electronic Marking and Feedback Using GradeMark

There is accumulating evidence that electronic methods of marking student assignments and providing them with feedback on their work can be more effective and efficient than traditional paper-based methods. They also come with costs and compromises.

This workshop will be of interest to all those staff involved in the design and management of student assignments who would like to consider how to adopt electronic marking and feedback in their practice.

These sessions will be practical and hands-on, exploring how to use the tool, with interactive discussions of pros and cons of electronic marking and feedback. The workshops will also consider short case study examples of how colleagues are currently using Grademark.


By end of session participants should be able to:

  • Identify the pros and cons of electronic marking and feedback in their practice
  • Use Grademark to grade and provide feedback on a student assignment
  • Import and use Quickmark comment sets
  • Develop and add a rubric to an assignment
  • Consider how team based approaches might lead to more efficient and effective marking and feedback practice
  • Consider possible uses of the mobile Turnitin app

What you need to bring:

An example of some marking criteria that you use (or might use), examples of common kinds of feedback you give to students, and an iPad if you have one (to try out the iPad app).

Further dates will be added shortly.

Introduction to e-Portfolios

This is a new session designed to introduce participants to Mahara and how you might consider using e-Portfolios in your teaching or for your own personal development.

Further dates will be added shortly.

Managing your digital identity

This is a new session designed to give you some guidance on managing your online identity.

Further dates will be added shortly.

Introducing the Moodle lesson tool

This is a new session designed to give you some guidance on how you can use the lesson tool to structure your online teaching activities. The session will be facilitated by Richard Francis. Please email him on Richard Francis to book a place.

Further dates to be added shortly.

Introduction to Wikis

Wikis (collaborative web pages), are used at Brookes for managing projects and to allow students to work collaboratively. In this training session, you will learn how to:

  • Create a wiki page
  • Edit a wiki page
  • Add attachments to wiki pages
  • Add images
  • Create links
  • Add comments

Please note this session introduces users to the Brookes wiki not to the wiki activity in Moodle.

Further dates to be added shortly.

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