What We Do

What We Do

The Centre for Academic Development provides a range of eLearning services, actively supporting course delivery, design and evaluation.  Along with managing institution wide eLearning applications, we also deliver staff development, arrange events and offer one-to-one support. 

eLearning Services

eLearning Support

The eLearning team provide guidance and support on: 

We provide videos, written guides and web links on the Toolkit website for the applications we can support.

Course Accessibility Service

This service is intended to support teaching teams using MyAberdeen to improve the accessibility of learning materials and help raise awareness of accessibility issues.  The Course Accessibility Service includes an audit of course material and the time of an eLearning Support Assistant, who will fix accessibility issues found (as agreed with the course coordinator).  Other provision is already in place to support staff with video captions, so the focus for this service is improving the accessibility of documents.  Fixes may include aspects such as heading styles, use of colour, tables, and hyperlinks.  To request the Course Accessibility Service for one or more of your courses, please email elearning@abdn.ac.uk

eLearning Staff Development

The eLearning team offer workshops, webinars and online CPD courses for staff using MyAberdeen and other eLearning applications.  To book a place on one of our workshops or courses, please go to the course booking website and filter by ‘eLearning/MyAberdeen’ to see the available workshops. If you would like to make an enquiry about a bespoke session for your School/Department please let us know by contacting the Centre for Academic Development.

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, use a virtual whiteboard to interact, and set up breakout groups to enable group work. We offer two workshops: Getting Started and Focus on Breakout Groups. The former introduces the system and goes through the general interface, while the latter focuses on running and organising Breakout Groups within a session.

These online sessions give you the opportunity to experience Blackboard Collaborate both as a student and as an instructor. The sessions will provide an overview of the tool, give you the chance to use the interactive features and to experience being a moderator.

Further information about upcoming Collaborate sessions is available on the course booking website and there is additional support material on Toolkit under MyAberdeen: Collaborate Ultra.

Panopto

Panopto is the software supported by the University that provides lecture recording, screencasting, video streaming and video content management software.

eLearning provide online sessions covering information on getting started using Panopto and also a more advanced session focussing on enhancing your use of Panopto.

Further information about upcoming Panopto sessions are available on the course booking website and there is additional support material on Toolkit under Panopto.

Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally is a tool within MyAberdeen that focuses on making digital course content more accessible.  Online sessions are provided to give an overview of the need for digital accessibility, the feedback Blackboard Ally provides staff and the alternative formats available it generates for students.  There will be an opportunity for questions during the session.

Further information about upcoming Ally sessions are available on the course booking website and there further support material available on Toolkit under Accessibility for Authors/Creators.

MyAberdeen Workshops

MyAberdeen is the University's virtual learning environment, where you can upload learning materials and resources associated with your course. 

Prior to the start of semester there are a variety of sessions offered focussing upon:

  • Content and Communication
  • Assessment and Feedback

Further information about upcoming MyAberdeen sessions are available on the course booking website and there is additional support material on Toolkit under MyAberdeen: Staff, Blackboard & Turnitin Assignments for Staff and MyAberdeen: Admin.

Designing and Tutoring Online Course (DTOC)

This five-week online course has been developed to support staff in the design and tutoring of online courses. More information can be found on the Centre for Academic Development pages. Normally DTOC is offered twice a year, usually during October and April each year.

Designing and Tutoring Online Course LITE (DTOC LITE)

In response to the University's move to Blended Learning, eLearning offered a reduced version of the Designing and Tutoring Online Course, entitled DTOC LITE.  This is a condensed version of DTOC and is delivered over five-days. Currently DTOC LITE is offered in January and August, see course booking for further information.

Programme Review and Storyboarding

This 1 hour session provides an overview of the programme review and storyboarding process, which can be applied to fully online, blended as well as on campus programmes and courses.

In many cases, the programme review and storyboarding processes has greatly inspired both the programme team and course team in the development of their own programmes.

Sessions can be booked via course bookings, filtering by eLearning/MyAberdeen.

MyAberdeen User Group

The MyAberdeen User Group is an informal space on MS Teams where staff can share good practice on the use of MyAberdeen and associated learning technologies.

Joining instructions: Open MS Teams and click “Join or create a team” in your teams list. Look for the “Join a team with a code” card and enter this code to join the MyAberdeen User Group: sdtryx2

If you have any questions, please contact the Centre for Academic Development.

2022 events

We are looking for people to contribute to one of this year's meetings! If you'd like to share your experiences with others at one of the MyAberdeen User Group meetings, please let us know by completing a short MS form and we will get in touch with you soon.

More information on upcoming events in 2022 can be found in the MS Teams area.

2021 events

29 March 2021: Inaugural meeting

At this meeting we discussed the remit of the MyAberdeen User Group. The outcomes were that the User Group is:

  • An informal space to discuss challenges and opportunities in the use MyAberdeen and of associated learning and teaching technologies.
  • A safe space for staff to share good practices, and to get a chance to try things out with the help of colleagues, before using them with students.
  • Somewhere to find out about new releases and improvements coming to MyAberdeen and have a chance to discuss with colleagues how they can be used.

7 June 2021: Experiences of grading online

Two lecturers kindly shared with us their experiences of grading online using the Original Course View on MyAberdeen. A recording of the session has been shared on the MS Teams area.

9 September 2021: Top tips for the start of term

This was a well attended session were staff had a chance to share with each other some top tips for the start of term. We have shared the slides from the session and collated all the main points from the discussion in the MS Teams area.