Support Portal


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This suite of resources has been developed by the Educational Development Unit to support staff in their learning and teaching with a particular focus on using technology to enhance the student experience. The sessions have been designed to address skills development requirements identified through working with staff across the partnership. It is anticipated that new sessions will be added as the need is identified.

The sessions have been structured around four core themes:

  • learning environment;
  • learning design;
  • sourcing, creating and sharing content;
  • multimedia.

The Support Portal Guide provides further information on the suite of resources and a detailed breakdown of the learning resources within each of the four core themes.

Although the sessions are structured there is no prescribed route through the content. Sessions are designed to be accessed when the need arises. Each session has an estimated completion time. This estimate is based on reading and understanding the entire content of that session and does include time spent on practical application.


Available resources


For more information please visit the Educational Development Unit website.

Enhancing the learning environment


This session provides a range of information focusing on enhancing the use of the VLE in a blended or online delivery. Using the guide can help you create learning experiences which meet the needs of you and your students. It covers:

  • VLE structure
  • Writing content
  • Academic standards
  • Delivery models
  • Course planning and design
  • Communication and collaboration

Estimated completion time (10 hours)

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Technology enhanced learning


In this session you will learn about how to engage learners at a distance using technologies including:

  • Video and web conferencing
  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Discussion boards
  • Instant messenger

Estimated completion time (6 hours)

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Bloom’s revised taxonomy


In this session you will learn about:

  • Bloom’s taxonomy
  • Writing learning outcomes
  • Keywords, objectives, activities and outputs

Estimated completion time (3 hours)

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Assessment, feedback and feedforward


This resource focuses on assessment, feedback and feedforward and explores the reasons to reflect on your practice in this area; provides tools to support reflection and includes a range advice, step by step guides and information from other universities.

The topics are structured around the following five areas:

  • Why reflect on practice?
  • Tools for reflection
  • In practice
  • Assessment design and feedback
  • Blackboard tools for assessment and feedback

These topics have been structured to help you access resources easily and flexibly. You can dip into a topic directly or work through the content in the above sequence.

Estimated completion time (6 hours)

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Creating learning content with the EDU


In this session you will learn about using Microsoft Word templates to create good quality, accessible PDFs. It covers the benefits of using online learning content and quality assurance issues.

Estimated completion time (1 hours)

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Finding and using images


In this session you will learn about the legal aspects of using images in your learning resources. An overview of copyright and fair use is provided. Guidance is also given on how and where to find images and how to discern their suitability for use.

Estimated completion time (1.5 hours)

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Accessibility in digital content


In this session you will learn about making reasonable adjustments to digital resources to provide accessibility for learners

Estimated completion time (6 hours)

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Creating PDFs


In this session you will learn how to create accessible PDF documents. You will look at why and when we use accessible PDFs, and how to create and assess them for accessibility. Use case examples are given along with their associated templates and guides for use.

Estimated completion time (3 hours)

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MathML


In this session you will learn the basics of constructing a document containing mathematical equations using MathML. You will learn about:

  • Creating content including fractions, square root and Greek character references
  • Tagging and attribution in MathML
  • Interpreting and recreating complex equations for use in an online environment

Estimated completion time (6 hours)

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UHI Toolkit


In this session you will learn how to use the UHI Toolkit to share and find learning resources that can be used in your teaching. Instructional videos are used extensively to demonstrate and guide you through the processes of editing your profile, uploading, searching, browsing and editing resources.

Estimated completion time (2 hours)

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Principles of shooting video


In this session you will learn about the principles of shooting video and the key steps to planning and filming a successful shoot.

Estimated completion time (3 hours)

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Creating and using video content


In this session you will learn about why we use video and how it is used in a flipped classroom delivery model. You will look at different sources of video content and how they can be created and stored for use in your teaching.

Estimated completion time (2 hours)

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Editing video with Movie Maker


This session provides a step by step guide to editing video content, adding titles and captions and saving and publishing movies using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker which is part of the Windows Essentials suite of resources.

Estimated completion time (4 hours)

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Converting PowerPoint to video using Office Mix


This resource takes you through the steps involved in using the PowerPoint plugin, Office Mix, to convert PowerPoint files into videos.

Estimated completion time (1 hour)

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