• Wiki Loves Monuments

    We’ve just been told about a competition that you might be interested in – taking photos of monuments for Wikimedia. Here’s the message that was sent to us: Happy Thursday everyone, As it’s now September, it’s Wiki Loves Monuments – time for us all to get out there with our cameras…

  • DLF on 1 October 2019 in eduZone (Library and Learning Centre) 14.00-16.00 hrs

    We hope you all had a great summer. With the new academic term fast approaching, we’d like to invite you to our next Distance Learning Forum. The DLF was created as a network of those involved in our (now mainly online) distance learning courses. It provides a space to discuss…

  • Tip of the Week: (Digital) Easter Eggs

    What is an Easter Egg? As well as the sweet / decorated types of easter egg, you can also find “easter eggs” hidden in websites and software. The first one dates back to 1979 (Happy 40th Birthday!) – and was found in an Atari game – Adventure 2600. Today, they…

  • Tip of the Week: Link to specific times in a video

    We all like to add video content, however sometime when we add a video it is good to start the video at a specific point. In this tip of the week I will show you how to do this in both YouTube and Vimeo. YouTube – right click YouTube is…

  • Tip of the Week: Using + to make an email alias

    What’s an email alias? An email alias is simply an alternative email address. While you may be able to set up a totally different alias via your email provider, it’s also possible to use a + to create multiple different email addresses. What happens? With Gmail all of these messages…

  • Tip of the Week: Adding alt text to images in Powerpoint 2016

    While we tend to think of alt text as just a web related issue, it’s also very important to ensure that there are text alternatives to images in Powerpoint, if they present additional information.  It’s possible to add alt text to images in Powerpoint 2016? Insert an image right click,…

  • Of Stories, Social Media and a bit of Lego

    As many of you have seen from the Dev diaries, CTIL are very busy undertaking the work required for this major project. However, I was able to take some time out last week to attend 2 sessions run by OPD. Tuesday’s session was looking at the University approach to Social…

  • Introducing blogging … on paper

    As we start to roll the Learning Spaces pilot further out we’ve been thinking about how to get students to consider both the practical “how to” of blogging, and also the often more difficult to express, “why to”, what benefits does blogging really bring for students. I’ve just had 2…

  • Summer Drop-ins: Getting your Blackboard module ready for 18/19

    CTIL is running twice-weekly drop-in sessions throughout the summer for staff seeking support with getting their Blackboard modules ready for the new academic year. Twice-weekly every Tuesday & Thursday 10am – 2pm Peep-O-Day Lane (1st floor of main library)   No need to book, just come along at the right…

  • Understanding Non-Standard Modules and Enrollment Rules

    A big part of implementing our new module creation process is sorting through the tangle of legacy processes and requirements that have built up over the years in Blackboard so we can have a more efficient, ordered platform. In this post I’m going to talk about non-standard modules, enrolment rules…