About to start or new to GCU

For all staff about to start or are new to GCU, click on a section below to see the range of support offered.
Orientation to Teaching

We provide a range of support for new teaching staff.

Our online Orientation module provides an overview of, and key information about the University and our approaches to learning, teaching and quality. Access the module here (NB you will need to create a username and password). 
 

Support Staff

The Post Experience Certificate in Supporting Learning and Student Engagement (PEC SLaSE) is designed for staff who hold a student learning support role but whose major role does not involve teaching and assessment, for example learning technologists, programme administrators, librarians, academic development tutors and others. Successful completion leads to professional recognition as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The programme comprises of one module: Supporting Learning and Student Engagement.

Digital Skills: Introduction to our VLE, GCU Learn
 
Marks Integration
Delivery Mode: Workshops and Drop in Sessions
Time Commitment:  1 hour
Target Audience:

Marks Integration is now compulsory for all Level 1 and Level 2 Modules. The process involves storing and transferring all your marks to the Student Record Management System via GCU Learn.
This hands on training shows you how to enter assessment marks and transfer the results in one simple click, eradicating the use of paper formed marking.
Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops and module descriptions to the training.

Booking and Dates: CPD Events calender
 
Using TouchScreens for Active Users
Delivery Mode: Drop in Sessions
Time Commitment:  1 hour 
Target Audience:

W108 now has a smart interactive board. To explore how an interactive smart board could help enhance your teaching sessions, come to one of the drop in sessions. Novice and experienced users welcome.

Booking and Dates: CPD Events calender
 
VLE Refresh Consultation
Delivery Mode: Drop in Sessions
Time Commitment:  1 hour 
Target Audience:

Our Virtual Learning Environment, GCU Learn will have a fresh new look and feel for 2019; with improved functionality for both staff and students. During Trimester B we will be running a number of staff and student consultations to allow everyone to give input into the development of a consistent and easy to use interface.

Booking and Dates: CPD Events calender
 
Teaching in a Digital Classroom
Delivery Mode: Drop in Sessions
Time Commitment:  1 hour 
Target Audience:

W201 is our new digital active learning laboratory. We will be running a range of CPD session on Wednesday afternoons during Trimester B (more details in the CPD Events calendar). You can explore the room during our drop in sessions from 12.30 – 12.30 every Wednesday in W201.

Booking and Dates: CPD Events calender
Digital Skills: Training and Development

We are committed to supporting and extending the ability and confidence of our teaching staff to use a variety of digital applications and resources effectively for learning and teaching. Developing digital capabilities underpins all the work of the Academic Development team, and is integrated into all our activities.

To support this, we work in partnership with the IT Training and Development Team and further details of what they have to offer can be found on our CPD page and at https://www.gcu.ac.uk/staff/it/ittraining/

The following CPD opportunities are planned to run again during the coming academic year:

 

Learning and Teaching Fundamentals

Delivery Mode: Blended, face to face workshops with additional online activities and resources
Time Commitment:  5 x 2 hour workshops
Target Audience: Primarily new teaching staff but also open to more experienced staff
Booking and Dates: CPD Events calender
 
Introduction to Developing your Digital Capability
Delivery Mode: Online
Time Commitment:  5 day (30 minutes per day)
Target Audience:

Any member of teaching staff wanting to explore their own digital capabilities. The bite sized (maximum of half an hour per day) course will provide staff with:

  • An overview and understanding of digital literacy, skills and capabilities
  • A framework to contextualize personal digital capabilities and confidence
  • An opportunity to identify development needs in terms of developing digital capabilities
  • An opportunity to share, reflect and learn from peers.

An overview of the course can be found here:  http://bit.ly/2y5SQD9

Booking and Dates: CPD Events calender

 
Developing your Digital Learning and Teaching Capability
Delivery Mode: Online
Time Commitment:  Maximum 30 minutes each day
Target Audience:

This short fully online course builds on some of the concepts introduced on our Introduction to Developing your digital capability course (however completion of this course is not required for enrolment). The course provides:

  • A framework to contextualise your own digital capabilities and confidence
  • A methodology to explore your digital engagement in your learning and teaching context
  • An opportunity to share, reflect and learn from your peers.
Booking and Dates: CPD Events calender

 
Introduction to Online Tutoring
Delivery Mode: Online
Time Commitment:  2.5 hours over 5 days (half and hour per day)
Target Audience:

This short fully online course provides an introduction overview of how to foster and support an effective online learning community through an active online tutoring presence. Practical daily activities will allow participants to gain a greater understanding of relevant models and frameworks, communication strategies, facilitating effective online discussions and the role of social media.

Suitable for any member of teaching staff wanting to develop their online tutoring skills.

Booking and Dates: CPD Events calender

 
Developing an Online Learning Programme
Delivery Mode: Face to face
Time Commitment:  Bespoke
Target Audience:

Designed to support programme teams who are designing a new programme or refreshing an existing programme. As this face to face course is bespoke, please contact Sheila MacNeil (Sheila.macneill@gcu.ac.uk) to discuss your aspirations and needs.

Booking and Dates: Sheila.macneill@gcu.ac.uk



Go to our full range of CPD Activities and Events to register or e-mail our Administration Manager Fiona McBeth fiona.mcbeth@gcu.ac.uk for further details.

Coordinator: Sheila MacNeill, Senior Lecturer, Department of Academic Quality and Development Sheila.macneill@gcu.ac.uk tel: 0141 331 3322

Digital Skills: IT Training and Development

The following CPD opportunities have been organised for the coming academic year by the IT Training and Development Team. Most sessions will also introduce users to self-access learning materials through Lynda.com and demonstrate how these can be used to develop your skills. For details of dates and/or to book please see the CPD Events calender.

 

Excel 2016 - Data Visualisation

Delivery Mode: Face to face workshops
Time Commitment:  1 hour workshops
Target Audience:

Aimed at Excel 2016 users who are looking to pick up hints and tips to represent data visually using Charts and analyse data using Pivot Tables.

This session will cover:

• How to Create Charts
• How to Create a Pivot Table
• Master Pivot Charts for Reports or Analysis
• Faster Data Analysis using Slicers

 

Excel 2016 - Top Tips

Delivery Mode: Face to face workshops
Time Commitment:  1 hour workshops
Target Audience:

Aimed at Excel 2016 users who are looking to pick up hints and tips to make their experience of using Excel 2016 more efficient.

Learn useful shortcuts, formatting and data entry skills that will make your output easier to create and use such as:

• Wrapping text
• Freezing panes
• Auto Data Completion
• Creating drop down lists
• Quick chart creation
• Password Protecting Worksheets

 

Camtasia 9 Basics

Delivery Mode: Face to face workshops
Time Commitment:  1 hour workshops
Target Audience:

Camtasia 9: Screen Recording Basics

This hands on session is aimed at those who are new to Camtasia or need a refresher on the fundamentals of screen recording using Camtasia 9 Studio.

 

Word 2016 - Top Tips

Delivery Mode: Face to face workshops
Time Commitment:  1 hour workshops
Target Audience:

Aimed at Word 2016 users who are looking to pick up hints and tips to make their experience of using Word 2016 more efficient.

Learn useful shortcuts, formatting and editing skills that will make your output more professional and easier to use such as:

How to clear formatting
Using heading styles
Easily change word case
Track changes

 

Camtasia 9 with GCU Media Library

Delivery Mode: Face to face workshops
Time Commitment:  1 hour workshops
Target Audience:

This hands on session is aimed at those who are new to Camtasia or need a refresher on the fundamentals of using Camtasia 9 Studio.

In this session you will learn about:

  • Ready to use GCU digital templates
  • Animated intro's
  • Motion graphics
  • Soundtracks

Camtasia now offers quick and easy to use GCU digital templates enhancing your recordings and learning resources.

 

Top Tips - One Drive for Teaching

Delivery Mode: Face to face workshops
Time Commitment:  1 hour workshops
Target Audience:

Aimed at GCU Academic Staff using One Drive and who are looking to pick up hints and tips to make their experience of using One Drive more effective.

Participants are encouraged to bring their GCU Windows 10 laptop to the training session where they may learn and practice how to optimise useful features of One Drive in relation to:

• Teaching and Learning
• Student & Academic collaboration
• ePortfolios
• Research collaborations
• GDPR

 

How to use GCU AppsAnywhere

Delivery Mode: Face to face workshops
Time Commitment:  30 minute workshops
Target Audience:

GCU AppsAnywhere is a new web-based tool that will provide you with access to a wide range of university software for you to use. It works by streaming the software to either a University Windows Computer or if you install the AppsAnywhere Software on your own computer as well.

Learn how to access and download software from AppsAnywhere onto your devices.

 

Outlook 2016 Top Tips

Delivery Mode: Face to face workshops
Time Commitment:  1 hour workshops
Target Audience:

Aimed at Outlook 2016 users who are looking to pick up hints and tips to make their experience of using Outlook 2016 more efficient.

The session will cover:

• Email Security
• Sending Email
• Folder Management
• Managing Email Content
• Calendar and Meetings