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RSCs – Stimulating and Supporting Innovation in Learning

Regional Support Centre for Northern Ireland (RSCni)
Queen's University Belfast
14 Lennoxvale
Belfast, BT9 5BY

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Creating Inclusive Learning Materials

Content

This workshop aims to raise delegates’ awareness of how to create inclusive learning materials through, for example:

  • Personalising font and colour
  • Appropriate document structuring
  • Using images and sounds
  • Using hyperlinks

A practical session will be included and Delegates should bring with them material which they wish to make more inclusive.

Duration: 2 hours

Number of Delegates: a minimum of 8 delegates is required, up to a maximum of 15

Contact details: for more information contact Audrey Graham via email a.graham@rsc-ni.ac.uk or telephone 028 90976518

Using Technology to Enhance Accessible Learning

Content

This workshop aims to raise awareness of the Accessibility features available in Windows, for example:

  • Magnifying the screen in Internet Explorer
  • Magnifying text within Windows elements
  • Changing the colour of a webpage
  • Changing the font in Internet Explorer
  • Overriding website font and colour settings

It will also give an overview of the  JISC TechDis Toolbar, an open-source, cross-browser toolbar to help students customise the way they view and interact with webpages and MyStudyBar, an open-source tool designed to support learners with literacy-related difficulties such as dyslexia.

There will be a demonstration of examples of Accessibility Kit and the opportunity for delegates to try out the equipment.

Duration: 2 hours

Number of Delegates: a minimum number of 8 delegates is required, up to a maximum of 15

Contact details:  for more information contact Audrey Graham by email a.graham@rsc-ni.ac.uk or telephone 028 90976518

Introduction to AccessApps

Content

This workshop will demonstrate some of the more popular AccessApps - open source and freeware Windows applications, running from a USB stick.  AccessApps provides a range of solutions to support writing, reading and planning as well as sensory, cognitive and physical difficulties. Examples include:

  • LetMeType  - word prediction
  • Orator  - textreaderDS Speech – text to speech
  • NVDA – screenreaderEnorMouse – cursor enlargementT-bar – screen masking
  • VuBar – reads text one line at a time

Duration: 2 hours

Number of Delegates: a minimum number of 8 delegates is required, up to a maximum of 15

Contact details: for more information contact Audrey Graham via email a.graham@rsc-ni.ac.uk or telephone 028 90976518

Information Skills

Content

Access to the Internet opens up a vast resource of information – but it can also lead learners into an unstructured maze of time-consuming journeys. Probably more time is wasted in this way than any other web-based activity.

This workshop aims to:

  • Introduce Delegates to a range of web search engines (beyond Google)
  • Provide an understanding of how the responses are returned so that users can manage their searches better
  • Allow users to develop better techniques for targeting their searches and to build Information Skills as part of their learning skills armoury

The workshop is mainly practical and based upon structured exercises that subsequently may be used with students.

Duration: 2 hours

Number of Delegates: a minimum number of 8 delegates is required, up to a maximum of 15

Contact details: for more information contact Audrey Graham via email a.graham@rsc-ni.ac.uk or telephone 028 90976518

Creating Learning Resources

Content

The key to effective learning resources is that they must be effective, efficient, and appealing to students. They should contain text, visuals, reflective questions and other elements that will assist the diverse group of learners succeed.

This practical workshop will give you the opportunity to create stimulating learning resources which incorporate images, sound and interactivity through the use of, for example, quizzes.

Duration: 2 hours

Number of Delegates: a minimum number of 8 delegates is required, up to a maximum of 15

Contact details:  for more information contact Audrey Graham via email a.graham@rsc-ni.ac.uk or telephone 028 90976518

Using e-Resources and Understanding Copyright

Content

Teachers and other staff in colleges are active in the creation of learning materials but are often unsure of the boundaries between fair use and infringement of copyright (or, as it is now better known - Intellectual Property Rights [IPR]).This workshop introduces some guidance material that you can use to ensure that you do not infringe copyright laws. Examples include:

  • Copyright in relation to  moving images
  • JISC Collections – copyright tool for College staff
  • Links to useful websites

Duration: 2 hours

Number of Delegates: a minimum number of 8 delegates is required, up to a maximum of 15

Contact details:  for more information contact Audrey Graham via email a.graham@rsc-ni.ac.uk or telephone 028 90976518

Subject Specific Workshops on request

Content

The content of this workshop will be directed by the College

Duration: 2 hours

Number of Delegates: a minimum number of 8 delegates is required, up to a maximum of 15

Contact details:  for more information contact Audrey Graham via email a.graham@rsc-ni.ac.uk or telephone 028 90976518

Planning for Effective Learning

Content

PEL recognises the need for the development of pedagogical skills in using ILT and give lecturers a chance to reflect on where they can embed ILT to enhance their teaching and learning.

The workshop consists of 2 sessions of 2 hours run on different days:

In Session 1, the delegate is given the chance to reflect on where they use ILT currently in their teaching, identify their ILT staff development needs and examine a Scheme of Work in which they wish to incorporate ILT

In Session 2, the delegate can use their Scheme of Work to incorporate ILT into a Lesson they will be teaching. They are also given a chance to share good practice with their peers and they complete the workshop with a piece of finished work in which they have incorporated ILT.

Length 2 * 2 hour sessions

No of delegates: 10-15

Contact: Catherine Gormley, c.gormley@rsc-ni.ac.uk

What’s the point of PowerPoint?

(Using PowerPoint 2007 interactively and creatively in teaching and learning)

Content

Many tutors are adept at using PowerPoint. They often use it to introduce topics to students and/or summarise the main points of a topic they are teaching. Sometimes learners and tutors! can find using PowerPoint solely in this way tedious and boring.

PowerPoint can be used more interactively and creatively. One way is by using and developing pre-designed templates. These PowerPoint templates can be then used to question students and test student learning, adding variety into a lesson and even some fun!

This practical workshop will examine and develop some pre-designed templates which you can use for your own teaching to question students and test their learning.

Length: 2 hours

No of delegates: 10-15

Contact Catherine Gormley, c.gormley@rsc-ni.ac.uk

Getting Smart With Your Interactive Whiteboard

Content

This workshop looks at how you can use your interactive whiteboard more effectively for teaching and learning in the classroom.

It is expected that delegates will be familiar with their own particular make/brand of interactive whiteboard and want to learn how to use it to improve teaching and learning.

The workshop will

  • Introduce participants to the main features of the interactive whiteboard
  • Illustrate how the interactive whiteboard could be used in their teaching
  • Provide  examples  on how to use the interactive whiteboard in teaching
  • Provide resources for further development

Length: 2 hours

No of delegates: 10-15

Contact: Catherine Gormley, c.gormley@rsc-ni.ac.uk

Why would I use online discussions in my teaching?

Content

Online discussions/forums offer opportunities to manage classes on a 'distributed' basis. They can provide a shared 'workspace', offer a place to answer common queries and facilitate mixed timetable demands across a student group. They can provide some unique bene?ts to learning when used effectively.

This practical workshop (delivered through the means of a discussion forum) will:

  • Introduce practitioners to the use of discussion boards/forums in teaching and learning e.g. FAQs, group work etc
  • Show examples of good practice in using discussion boards/forums
  • Provide guidance/tips on moderating discussions
  • Discuss where discussion boards/forums could be appropriately used in teaching and learning in your subject area
  • Give examples of  the use of other forms of online discussions outside the VLE e.g. open forums, blogs, social networking

Length: 2 hours

No of delegates: 10-15

Contact: Catherine Gormley, c.gormley@rsc-ni.ac.uk

An Introduction to Web 2.0

Content

Web 2.0 is a second generation of services available on the web that lets people collaborate and share information online. The aim of Web 2.0 tools to facilitate creativity collaboration and sharing between users.

This workshop will:

  • Introduce practitioners to the current technologies available for use with learners (Web 2.0)
  • Consider the use of these tools - blogs, wikis, and other social software in improving learning
  • Create a blog
  • Examine a social bookmarking (delicious)  account
  • Examine other social software e.g. social networking (NING)

Length: 2-hours

No of delegates: 10-15

Contact: Catherine Gormley, c.gormley@rsc-ni.ac.uk

Using ICT in ICT Essential Skills

Content

This workshop examines some available and easy to use resources and software that could be utilised in the teaching of ICT Essential Skills and other subjects.

This workshop will:

  • Introduce practitioners to using the RSCni VLE Moodle for curriculum and administrative support in the teaching of ICT Essential Skills
  • Signpost participants to resources that could be used in the teaching of ICT Essential Skills
  • Explore the use of still and moving images for ICT Essential Skills (using Photo Story and Movie Maker
  • Introduce practitioners to use of an online survey tool and enable practitioners to create an online survey (using Survey Monkey)

Length: 2-2 ½ hours

No of delegates: 10-15

Contact: Catherine Gormley, c.gormley@rsc-ni.ac.uk

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