The university has invested in a range of learning technologies for use online or physically installed in learning spaces. This page will offer a brief overview of these technologies and point you to further information and online resources that are available elsewhere.
If you are looking for inspiration about how these technologies can be used in practice, visit the Digital Literacy page to find ideas and case studies relating to Adaptability, Critical Evaluation, Creativity, Communication, and Collaboration and establish a plan to develop your digital practice.
To embed inclusive practice into your teaching and learning, visit the Inclusive Teaching website for further guidance. You can also consult the Digital Accessibility website to learn more about creating accessible digital content. Also remember to consider copyright issues when creating digital content for educational purposes.
For face-to-face training and workshops, visit the Training Programmes page.
LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform which you can access anytime, anywhere. It contains over 15,000 video-based, professional courses in a wide range of areas including technology, business and professional, and creative subjects. Courses are led by experts, and are on average an hour long, broken down into bite-sized video modules.
Students and staff at Leeds have free access to all LinkedIn Learning courses. This offers individuals the opportunity to develop their skills to support their personal and career development.
Join the community
Any members of staff that has an interest in LinkedIn Learning can join the community by requesting access to our LinkedIn Learning Interest Group Microsoft Teams space. Request Access (link)
The group holds a meeting every 6 weeks and all are welcome to join and participate. Our LinkedIn Learning colleagues join the meeting and are able to answer questions as well as provide platform up-dates.
LinkedIn Learning Administrator Access
LinkedIn Learning administrator and curator roles are now available for all schools and services on request. These roles allow you to:
- upload new content
- consolidate your curated content
- create a community of learners in your school or service
There are three levels of administrator access available. These have been designed to allow you to easily create, share and track learning resources.
Lead School /Service Administrator
This role will be the main contact for LinkedIn Learning within your school or service. Lead administrators can create groups of staff or students on the platform to allow other administrators and curators to be able to share curated content to these groups. They also have access to instant insights via the dashboard. The role will also be able to perform all the activities listed in the Assistant Administrator role below.
This role can upload custom content and curate learning pathways and collections using custom and curated content. They can also share content to groups or to a TEAMs channel. This role can edit/delete other admin users’ content and see insights into recommended content via the dashboard.
This role can upload custom content and curate learning pathways using custom and curated content. They can also recommend and share content either to a group or by using a shareable link or to a TEAMs channel. This role can see insights into recommended content to a group via the dashboard. Curators cannot edit or delete any other admin users’ content; they operate in a walled garden.
For further information and to request your administrator or curator access, email LinkedInlearn@leeds.ac.uk
- LinkedIn Learning Portal (requires login)
- IT Knowledge Base: LinkedIn Learning Quick start guide: start here to learn how to access LinkedIn Learning as a member of staff at the University of Leeds
- How to use LinkedIn Learning: this is the official guide from LinkedIn Learning to help you make the best use of it
Minerva is the university’s core Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform for building module materials, hosting interactive learning objects and managing electronic grading processes. It also provides academic staff and administrators with module and user management features, adaptive release and group tools, collaboration and personalisation features.
You can engage with students on Minerva not only through common documents like PDF and Microsoft documents, but you can also use blogs, wikis, and discussion boards. You can create announcements to communicate with your module cohort, share multimedia presentations or social media content, and use Turnitin to manage assessments.
- Minerva Portal (requires login)
- Getting started with Minerva: this is an online course supplementing the workshop offered by OD&PL (which you can book via the Training Programmes page).
- Minerva support site: this is the main resource for all things Minerva
Lecture Capture, Personal Capture and Media Management
Lecture Capture is audio and video technology for recording lectures and other teaching and learning activities. The system allows automated recordings of scheduled teaching events in over 260 central teaching spaces, capturing audio, presented screen, and video (where a video camera is available). It is also possible to make an ad-hoc recording in rooms where there is no scheduled activity. Read this guide to find out how to make Mediasite content more accessible for students
Personal Capture allows staff and students to create recordings from a PC, laptop or mobile device or to upload any existing digital media and share it with University users or the wider public. You can use the mediasite desktop recorder or record other types of multimedia content using different software/hardware and upload it to mediasite.
Mediasite is the University’s media management system and can be accessed directly at mymedia.leeds.ac.uk or via Minerva. Scheduled recordings are automatically published to students via Minerva within 72 hours. Ad-hoc recordings or content created using Personal Capture must be manually published for it to be available.
- To check the audio and visual capabilities of any teaching room visit: ses.leeds.ac.uk/rooms.
- IT Knowledge Base: you will find various guides and case studies for using MediaSite, Desktop Recorder, and Lecture Capture
- Minerva support: Lecture Capture: this page offers an introduction to Lecture Capture in Minerva
- 10 Key Things on LCMM: this is a Sway document highlighting what you can do with Lecture Capture and Media Management
Collaborate Ultra is an advanced video conferencing tool that provides functionalities to prepare, run and manage interactive classroom sessions, research meetings, part-time and distance learning modules, virtual open days and staff training sessions. The software provides tools for synchronous discussion and interaction using web-cameras, speaking via a headset or an open microphone, with text chat, whiteboard and screen share functionality. You can also assign participants to breakout rooms and “chat” will enable better interaction between participants.
- Minerva support: you will find guides on how to use Collaborate Ultra on the web and on mobile
- OD&PL Collaborate Ultra: Support and Guidance: this is a Minerva Organisation area you can enrol on
Collaborative Learning Spaces
The University has revamped three lecture theatres to facilitate collaborative learning and more innovative use of technology, which support and promote active, flexible and cooperative learning.
The three lecture theatres were redesigned to enable students to sit and work together around tables or ‘pods’ in groups. Each pod seats around 3-5 students and contains a networked Lenovo ThinkPad, a microphone and a spotlight.
The room layout has been designed to ensure good viewing angles to the front of the room, where a dual projection can project content from one or more devices side-by-side. Lecturers can write on the large interactive digital display whilst facing the students and this projected image can be recorded via lecture capture, or be exported and shared as a pdf file.
The combination of space, light, sound and seating arrangements provide an ambience that encourages a more interactive, inclusive and participatory approach to learning and lecturers can easily take advantage of this when planning their teaching sessions.
- OD&PL Collaborative Learning Spaces: Support and Guidance: this is a Minerva Organisation area to enrol on
- Collaborative Learning Spaces: University of Leeds: this is a Sway document providing more details about the features in each room, the drivers for change, useful case studies and further support and guidance on using the spaces