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.  We provide videos, written guides and web links on the Toolkit website for the applications we can support. The eLearning team provide guidance and support on: 

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 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.