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Development Opportunities in the Period May - July 2017

All sessions in this section are listed in alphabetical order, accompanied by a short description with date and time options for the quarter. The icon in the 'Who' column refers to the the provider for that session.  

Click the icon ('who' column) to launch an email to request a place from the respective provider.

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Who What When


Accessing Open Publications and Data for Research


This session looks at how you can use other people’s Open research to enhance your own.  The interactive session will include presentations from DMU academics on how they have used Open Data and Publications in their research; hints and tips on finding Open Access Publications and Open Data; and chocolatey prizes for anyone who finds some Open materials that help them with their research!

27 April
12pm – 2pm 



Accident and Incident Investigation and Reporting

This is a session on the importance of proper accident reporting and investigation. By the end of the session candidates will know the three basic reasons for managing H&S , appreciate the ratio between major, minor and near miss incidents, understand direct and indirect causes of accidents, be able to recognise unsafe acts and conditions, be able to investigate incidents in accordance with DMU procedures.


8 June 2pm - 4pm


19 July

9.30am - 11.30am


An Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate (Virtual Synchronous Classroom) - Online Session

Blackboard Collaborate is a virtual synchronous classroom (aka. webinar) system that is integrated into Blackboard. It enables tutors and students to interact and collaborate in real-time, online. In effect, a tutor can deliver a teaching session online, in which they might show a PowerPoint presentation, share their computer desktop screen, or use a virtual digital whiteboard, and have students interact with this content in real-time from remote locations.


Collaborate allows face-to-face teaching to take place in a virtual space where participants do not have to be physically present; all they need is a computer through which to access the virtual session.


Collaborate is particularly well suited for supporting distance learning.


This session will offer an overview and demonstration of how to use the Blackboard Collaborate synchronous classroom technology. Including:


  • A discussion about the various teaching and learning scenarios that may benefit from the use of a synchronous classroom approach
  • Downloading and Launching the collaborate application
  • Creating a Collaborate session in a Blackboard shell
  • Working with the Collaborate interface
  • Inviting guest users to a collaborate session


Please note: Essential session prerequisites - The session does not take place in a physical space, but online. All participants wishing to attend this course will need to be able to log in to the session from a remote location. Ideally this should not be a shared office space, as this may be a distraction when interacting in the session via audio. It is recommended that participants use a desktop computer to access the session and NOT a mobile device. System Requirements for using Blackboard Collaborate.


25 May 2pm – 3.30pm


29 June 2pm – 3.30pm


25 July 10am – 11.30am


An Introduction to the DMU Commons

DMU Commons is a blogging platform and web space that is available to all staff and students at DMU. Commons users can have their own blog or web space which they can use for any purpose relating to their work - be that scholarly, research, areas of interest, projects, personal profiles/portfolios, special interest groups, and many others. See


This session will include:

  • An introduction to the DMU Commons
  • Examples of its use (current Commons sites)
  • The procedure for registering/activating a DMU Commons account
  • Hands on activity exploring how to configure a Commons site, add content, and create a navigation structure.



1 June 2pm – 3.30pm


Beginners Guide to Turnitin

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection tool that has been integrated into Blackboard. Turnitin helps academic staff to detect matches in students' written assignments to external sources on the internet. This hands-on session will look at how Turnitin is set up in a Blackboard module and understanding both the staff and student view of using the tool. This session will cover how to set up the Turnitin assignment in Blackboard, setting date/time restrictions in Turnitin, understanding the report ‘options’, interpreting an originality report, accessing the assignment inbox after all submissions have been returned and the student view.



4 July  10am – 12pm


Beginning to Teach in HE (2 day course)

This course is designed for postgraduates who teach in any discipline. It considers different approaches to learning and learning style with a very practical focus. Topics covered will include small group teaching, giving presentations and lectures and assessing students' work. This course is aligned with the HEA UK Professional Standards Framework ( and participants who have a teaching workload can work towards a claim for Associate Fellowship of the HEA upon successful completion of the course.

12 & 13 June


(Both days)




Blackboard Assessment Tools – Tests/Surveys

This session will provide an overview of how tests and surveys can be used in Blackboard and how this connects to the GradeCentre tool.


23 May 10am – 11.30am




Briefing session for servicing officers and administrative support for Periodic Review, Validation and Collaborative Provision events at De Montfort University

An appropriate level of support is vital for the success of periodic review, validation and collaborative provision events.  Faculty administrators are required to provide servicing support for validation events and administrative support for periodic review and staff within the Academic Partnerships Unit for collaborative provision events. This session is practical and involves sharing of experiences, top tips and good practice. By the end of the briefing session it is anticipated that the participants will have an understanding of the processes, understand the role of faculty admin support for periodic review, understand the role of servicing officer for validation and collaborative provision events and the importance of the reporting process.  Please contact Louise Salmon (x7665) for further information.


19 May

1pm to 2.30pm


12 July 2017

10am to 11.30am



Briefing sessions for staff involved in the preparation of Programme Enhancement Plans (PEPs) at De Montfort University

This practical session is for those new to the PEP process and those who want to refresh their knowledge.  It will cover: what is a PEP?, why do we have PEPs, key monitoring information, completing the PEP,  top tips, what does a good and less good PEP look like, good practice, Q&A.


Session facilitators include colleagues from DAQ in partnership with faculty Heads of Quality.  Please contact Louise Salmon (x7665) for further information.


Drop-in sessions will also be provided in September for support in finalising PEPs.



25 April 1.30pm to 3pm


8 May 1.30pm to 3pm


19 May

10am to 11.30am


24 May 2pm to 3.30pm


Briefing session for prospective panel members of Periodic Review, Validation and Collaborative Provision events at De Montfort University

By the end of this briefing session, it is anticipated that the participants will understand the characteristics and nature of periodic review, validation and collaborative provision events, understand the role of all members of the respective panels and the operational elements of the processes, be clear about the remit and outcomes and be aware that they can observe/shadow in preparation for panel membership.  Please contact Louise Salmon (x7665) for further information.


24 May 9.30am to 11am


16 June

10am to 11.30am


11 July 1.30pm to 3pm


Briefing session for prospective Chairs of Periodic Review, Validation or Collaborative Provision events at De Montfort University (attendance by invitation)

The Chair of a periodic review, validation or collaborative provision event is an important role. This session provides prospective chairs an opportunity to consider the underpinning principles of the processes, the practical and operational aspects, hints and tips from experienced chairs and secretaries, as well as time to consider a range of scenarios which have been informed by experience and highly rated by earlier participants. By the end of the briefing session, it is anticipated that the participants will understand the characteristics and nature of all three processes, the role of Chair and other panel members, understand the operational elements of the processes, be clear about the remit and outcomes and feel equipped to be a chair in the next academic session.  Please contact Louise Salmon (x7665) for further information.



17 May

10am to 11.30am


13 June 1pm to 2.30pm


6 July 11am to 12.30pm


Certificate in Research Supervision – Session 1

Members of staff who act as supervisors for research degree students are required to complete the university's Certificate in Research Supervision course. This comprises three half-day sessions with session 1 providing an Introduction to the supervisory role/skills development. Experienced supervisors new to DMU welcome, but may be exempt from attending. 

17 May



12 June



Certificate in Research Supervision – Session 2

Members of staff who act as supervisors for research degree students are required to complete the university's Certificate in Research Supervision course. This comprises three half-day sessions with session 2 covering important aspects of the regulations, procedures and related matters. 


3 May

9.30am – 12.30pm


27 June

9.30am – 12.30pm



Certificate in Research Supervision – Session 3

Members of staff who act as supervisors for research degree students are required to complete the university's Certificate in Research Supervision course. This comprises three half-day sessions with session 3 focusing on transfer, writing up, examinations, the viva (including video) and monitoring.


4 May 

9.30am – 12.30pm



27 June

1.30pm – 4.30pm



Coaching Fundamentals

How can coaching skills help you as a manager?

How does coaching align with other leadership styles?

How can you structure conversations so that the individual you are talking to takes responsibility for their goals?


You’ll be pleased to know you’ll get the answer to these questions and more on the coaching fundamentals workshop. During the session you’ll have the opportunity to review the extent to which you currently use coaching skills and how to hone these further. you will explore what coaching looks like and sounds like when you’re a manager, the type of questions to ask and give you time to put in it context for your team.

26 May

9.30am - 4.30pm


26 June

9.30am - 4.30pm


24 July

9.30am - 4.30pm



Collaborative Provision: understanding ‘Annual Quality Monitoring’ (AQM) requirements

Partners are expected to adhere to a set of minimum Quality Assurance requirements in relation to the management of collaborative provision - these are identified in the Annual Calendar of Quality Monitoring activities for Collaborative Provision at DMU and include:


  • Responding to external examiners reports
  • Completing an annual programme monitoring exercise leading to programme enhancement plans
  • Seeking, reporting on and acting on student feedback
  • Reviewing programme compositions, teaching staff CVs and Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • Regularly updating student handbooks 
  • Conducting regular public information checks


Section 2 of the DAQ Guide to Managing Collaborative Provision outlines these mandatory requirements, and this workshop aims to support colleagues with any aspects of the above that they need further guidance on.  This session will be of relevance to all colleagues who frequently work with collaborative partners including Programme Leaders, Link Tutors, Programme Administrators, Faculty Collaborative Coordinators, Faculty Heads of Quality, the Academic Partnerships Unit, as well as colleagues at partner institutions themselves. For remote partners a skype briefing can be arranged.  This session will be delivered by the Department of Academic Quality.


To register your interest please contact Uzma Ali (x8136) in the Department of Academic Quality.



Dates tbc – demand led – bespoke sessions available


Constructive Conversations

Effective communication is a crucial part of every manager and leader’s role.  Managing performance improvements, establishing role clarity, allocating work, and providing feedback are just a few examples of conversations managers and leaders are required to have with staff. In order to ensure that these conversations are carried out when they should and in an effective way, this workshop explores this with the aim of creating “constructive conversations” - those that can have a positive impact on performance, productivity and motivation.  We will explore and practice a number of skills and techniques that will prove useful in a range of work settings. 

12 May

9.30am - 12.30pm


28 June

9.30am - 12.30pm


18 July

9.30am to 12.30pm



CRS Update 'Sharing Good Practice'

The focus is on recent initiatives to improve retention and successful completion. There will also be an opportunity to share good practice with colleagues across DMU.  Colleagues are invited to bring along any specific current cases of research supervision that they would like to discuss. 


23 May 10am- 12pm


16 June 10am – 12pm


Data Protection Act (DPA) Awareness

The session aims to examine what is meant by personal information and when it is appropriate to process it. It discusses the rights of data subjects and the principles that underpin the Act, and invites delegates to think about how and why personal information is processed in their own area of work. The workshop aims to raise awareness about how personal information is handled and ensure better compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 within the University.

17 May 10am - 11am


16 June 10am - 11am


14 July 10am - 11am


DEFINE: Introduction

This is the essential first step if you are seeking HE Academy recognition of your teaching expertise.  It provides an opportunity for you to explore the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and the potential benefits of engagement with it for your practice.  This session is now available online and once you have viewed this, you can book onto a Making Your Claim session which must be attended 3 weeks after viewing this introduction.  

Available online

via Blackboard



DEFINE: Making Your Claim

This is the second step if you are seeking HE Academy recognition of your teaching expertise.  This session will involve using your teaching practice as a basis for reflection and engagement with the UKPSF.  
It is essential that you have viewed the Define Introduction online at least 3 weeks prior to this one.


27 April  2pm-3pm


5 May 2pm-3pm


8 May 10am-11am


16 May 2pm-3pm


25 May 10am-11am


2 June 10am-11am


5 June 2pm-3pm


13 June 2pm-3pm


22 June 2pm-3pm


30 June 2pm-3-m


3 July 10am-11am


11 July 10am-11am


27 July 10am-11am


28 July 10am-11am


Display Screen Assessors

This is a comprehensive session on the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations, designed for those with responsibility for conducting assessments of computer workstations. The session is also suitable for members of staff who work at home on behalf of DMU, to enable them to assess their own workstation. The session includes an overview of the regulations, posture and ergonomic design of the workstation, conducting a DSE assessment, equipment available to improve the workstation (mouse, chairs, posture support, workrave etc).

14 June 2pm - 4pm


17 July 10am - 12pm


DMU Replay Overview

This one hour overview provides a high level introduction to the use of DMU Replay to enable practices that may support innovative pedagogies and multi modal approaches that can link to a Universal Design for Learning approach.


The session does not talk in any detail about any of the more sophisticated functions of Panopto – it is the starting point for those who wish to gain a basic understanding of the software. It is recommended that colleagues attend this session before booking on to any of the other Multimedia Enhancement sessions.


This session will begin with a short introduction that talks about why we may consider making use of multimedia technology in the curriculum and points to relevant information and guidance around Intellectual Property and Copyright. Participants will then see a demonstration of the Panopto software that will focus on the production of a classroom recording and how to make the recording available via Blackboard.

2 May 10am – 11am


6 June 10am – 11am


DMU Replay – Recording Away from Class

This session is designed to provide insight into how to use DMU Replay to create multimedia based content away from the classroom. For example, the software can be used to produce short tutorial videos or student feedback videos


The session will demonstrate the creation of a resource that includes multiple visual streams


This session can be run anywhere providing there is a computer per participant that has the Panopto recorder software installed with a microphone each.


The session will cover:

  • Creating a Folder and Building a session with specific permissions;
  • How to open and set up DMU Replay (the Panopto software) on first use;
  • Deciding what to record;
  • How to record the various streams;
  • Recording the video; and the student view.

20 June 10am – 11am


18 July 10am – 11am


DMU Resource Lists (Talis Aspire) for Academics

DMU Resource Lists is a system which facilitates the creation of dynamic module resource lists including content from a wide range of media. 

This system can provide easy access to resources in a variety of formats forming part of the university’s commitment to University Design for Learning (UDL). All module lists need to be on the system by the start of the 2017/18 academic year. This session, aimed at module leaders, will provide training on how to use the system.


This session will be useful if you are new to DMU Resource Lists or if you have started putting your lists on but would like a refresher.


Please note session prerequisites:


  • If you haven’t had an introduction to the system, please watch the 7 minutes video that provides an overview of the system. It is also available from the online guide (on the right hand side of the page)
  • It would also be helpful if you came to the session with a reading/resource list you are currently working on.


Sessions can be booked from here and are on the following dates and times:

2 May 2pm - 3.30pm


2 June 10.30am - 12pm


13 June 2pm - 3.30pm


28 June 10.30am - 12pm


28 July 10.30am - 12pm


Early Career Research Event – Networking Event

The Early Career Research Network is intended to provide a framework for support, networking, and collaborations. We aim to provide opportunities and a supportive space for ECRs across the university to meet up, both virtually and at events, and share their experiences.  All Early Career Researchers are invited to come along to meet each other, find out more about what is going on in research at DMU and to build relationships with other researchers and related staff.  Sessions are centered round a theme, often with an external speaker from the area. A light lunch will be provided.

21 June

12pm – 2pm


Editing in DMU Replay

This is session will demonstrate the Panopto Editor at a deeper level to refine and augment the recording to enhance the student experience.


For example, using the Editor in specific ways we can produce smaller pre-sessional materials based on previous recordings in order to provide a multi modal approach to support the Universal Design for Learning principles.


The session will cover:

  • Logging in to the Panopto dashboard to locate the recording;
  • An overview of the Editor screen;
  • Adding, removing and editing Events;
  • How the recorder set up affects the Editor;
  • Removing streams;
  • Hints and tips with the timeline; and
  • The student view.


Participants must have attended a Multimedia Enhancement – Panopto overview session prior to attending this session.



We are offering a series of the same session to accommodate staff. To book onto a session select the session date/time that you wish to attend to further book your details (you only need to make one booking).


11 May 2pm – 3pm


11 July 10am – 11am


Electronic Feedback using Grademark in Turnitin

GradeMark is an online mark-up tool available through Turnitin. GradeMark allows staff members to leave comments, grade and feedback which can be location specific on the student submission. This session will demonstrate how staff can use GradeMark and explore potential benefits and issues. Participants should have a basic understanding of using Turnitin.

15 June 2pm – 3.30pm


Evac–Chair Training

Training in the use of PARAID Evac+Chairs. The course includes an introduction to fire safety, theory and practical use of the evac chair, which is a taught technique and does not require a show of strength.

8 June 10am - 11.30am


11 July 1pm - 2.30pm


Evacuation Controller and Fire Warden

This session will cover the duties of the Evacuation Controller and Fire Wardens in the event of a fire and includes basic fire prevention, chemistry of combustion, understanding fire extinguishers, DMU procedures and taking control in an emergency situation.

19 June

9.30am - 12.30pm


18 July

9.30am - 12.30pm


First Aid Annual Update (‘Refresher’)

Employers are legally required to ensure their first aiders are competent and maintain their skills throughout the three years in which their certificates are valid.  This three–hour refresher course provides first aiders with an opportunity to practise and update their skills as a qualified first aider, at any time while their first aid certificate is valid.  The HSE strongly recommends that you attend a refresher session once every year during this three year period.

14 June 9.30am - 12.30pm


6 July 9.30am - 12.30pm


First Aid at Work (3 day qualification or 2 day requalification)

Full first aider training, provided by an external provider off DMU site.  2 day re–qualification required every 3 years.  

Click here for further information on forthcoming dates

First Aid at Work (Emergency)

This is the minimum First Aid qualification recommended for all staff with first aid responsibility.  It includes managing an Incident, summoning an ambulance and basic first aid.


20 April

9.30am – 4.30pm


8 May

9.30am – 4.30pm


23 June

9.30am – 4.30pm


5 July

9.30am – 4.30pm




First Application Workshop

These sessions are aimed at Researchers who have yet to submit their first significant external application for research funding.  The session is focused around writing grant applications and will be mentored by experienced bid writers from within DMU.  Attendees will gain a good understanding of the bid writing process and how to read a call text, and will gain experience and practical skills.

16 May 9.30am- 11am


12 July 9.30am - 11am


Introduction to Blackboard Collaboration Tools

This one hour tutorial based session will talk about concepts associated with the collaboration tools within Blackboard. Participants will have some prior knowledge of what Blackboard is and the way in which ‘shells’ are structured but need not be working on live shells ahead of this session.

 This session will cover:

  • The concept of ‘Groups’ and ‘Group sets’
  • Enrolment options relating to Blackboard Groups
  • Which Collaboration tool(s) should be used/enabled when setting up a Group
  • The student view



6 July 2pm – 3pm


Introduction to Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment

This one hour session is aimed at those who are new to DMU or need a refresher on the core technology Blackboard. Blackboard supports online content creation, assessment, collaboration and communication. This session will give you an overview of all these features.


16 May 10am – 11am


Introduction to ELT Technologies at DMU

This session is aimed at those who are new to DMU or need a refresher on the core technologies available at DMU to support your teaching. An overview of our core technologies, key ELT policies, our ELT threshold and introducing the online CELT Hub for staff support will be discussed.

25 April
2pm – 3pm


4 May

2pm – 3pm




Managing Attendance

This session aims to ensure that line managers understand the Attendance Management Policy and are adequately supported to deal with attendance effectively.  All managers with direct reports and responsibility for managing attendance must attend this training. 

25 July,

10am - 12pm


9 August

10am - 12pm



Managing Collaborative Provision – a workshop on refreshed guidance by the Department of Academic Quality (DAQ)

If you frequently work with collaborative partners you will be very familiar with the DAQ Guide to Managing Collaborative Provision.  DAQ have recently undergone an exercise of updating this guidance and accompanying forms as part of a continual review exercise to ensure our processes remain relevant as circumstances and practices evolve. Whilst some changes are small scale modifications, others are a revamp of internal procedures.  


The Guide is divided into seven sections with the biggest changes pertinent to Section 1 and Section 2.  Colleagues are invited to attend a briefing so that the key features of the changes and new processes can be explained in detail with any queries clarified. The sections are:


  • Section 1: Approval of new collaborative partnerships and programmes
  • Section 2: Monitoring collaborative provision
  • Section 3: Making changes to collaborative provision
  • Section 4: Collaborative review
  • Section 5: Closure of collaborative provision
  • Section 6: Forms
  • Section 7: Roles and Responsibilities in the management of collaborative provision


This session will be delivered by the Department of Academic Quality.


Bookings: To register your interest please contact Uzma Ali (x8136) and provide an indication of which section of the guide would be of most interest 


Dates tbc – demand led – bespoke sessions available


Manual Handling

This session is designed for staff who carry out manual handling in their normal activity.  By the end of the session candidates will know the definition of manual handling, common manual handling injuries and their causes, manual handling risk assessments, control measures, practical lifting exercises.

12 June

10am - 11.30am


25 July 

10am - 11.30am


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This is a short toolboxtalk session for individuals who use PPE and require help and advice on suitability, fitment, storage, etc.

20 June

10am - 11.30am


Personal Tutoring: Efficient & Effective Student Support

Supporting DMU students through their University experience is an exciting but challenging experience within any academic’s career.  It can often be an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of individual students but occasionally it can also be difficult and time–consuming. Whether you are a Personal Tutor, a module leader, teaching staff or from DMU support services a well–implemented student support framework can make that difference.  By planning the personal and professional development of your students in many instances you can help them anticipate issues rather than you acting as their problem solver or crisis manager.


DMU undergraduate and postgraduate students are a diverse population that require academic, personal and developmental support. Our agenda to widen participation access has brought students with a greater range of support needs through to DMU. Providing efficient and effective student support can do much to enhance the student experience, helping to improve retention, progression and completion. This workshop will provide a supportive environment where new and existing Personal Tutors, module leaders, teaching staff and support services can explore key issues influencing the delivery of student support best practice. 


5 April 10am - 12pm 


02 May 10.00-12.00


18 May 2.00-4.00


31 May 10.00-12.00


16 June 10.00-12.00


27 June 10.00-12.00  


13 July 2.00-4.00


26 July 10.00-12.00   



Planning your Research Data

This session will take you through the basics of data management planning, and will give an insight into what funders are looking for.  Data Management Plans are increasingly required by funders, and funding bids are being turned down on the basis of insufficient data planning. Up front data management planning is also useful in your research, to identify early any likely issues or costs that could cause problems part way through your project. 

 9 May 12pm - 2pm


RBI Research Drop-in

The Research Business and Innovation Directorate is the central support for research funding applications, research policy, business links and knowledge transfer. These drop-in sessions provide an opportunity for staff to talk members of the team on an informal basis, to ask questions and find out information on any of these topics. They will take place in the ground floor café at the Innovation Centre. Please do call in and see us.

25 May

10am – 12pm


Recruitment and Selection for Recruiting Managers and Panel Chairs

This session will focus on the DMU Recruitment and Selection process, the procedures and documents for recruiting to a vacancy and the vital role played by both the recruiting manager and panel chairs.  Attendance on this course is mandatory for any member of staff required to be a recruiting manager or panel chair in the DMU recruitment and selection process. 

8 June

10am to 12pm


13 July

10am to 12pm


Recruitment and Selection (Standard Course)

Understand your role as a selection panel member in the DMU recruitment and selection process and obtain practical experience of panel interviewing.  Attendance on this course is mandatory for those responsible for making selection and appointment decisions (this includes being part of an interview panel).  Before attending this training, it is also mandatory for an approved training session or e–learning module on equality and diversity to be completed.

16 May 10am - 3pm


20 June 10am - 3pm


25 July 10am - 3pm


Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment is simply an evaluation of the risks associated with a task, area or piece of equipment.  This course will explain the reasons for conducting a risk assessment and break it down simply into the HSE's recommended 5 steps and includes an overview of the legal requirement to conduct risk assessments, understanding hazards and risks, the 5 steps to risk assessment and completing the DMU risk assessment. 

21 June 1.30pm - 4pm


20 July 10am - 12.30pm


Senior Career Network

This session is the second in a regular series of networking events for senior researchers.  The event is particularly aimed at those researchers who have a senior role within their School or Research Group and those who lead large and complex research projects.  The talk will be followed by lunch and an opportunity to talk to the speaker as well as network with other staff from across the University.  A light lunch will be provided.

13 June 12pm - 2pm

The Essentials of SPSS - Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis


This 2 day workshop will cover the following:


Day 1  Which Test should I use? - Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis Using SPSS


This course will cover step-by-step, through the decision process that leads to appropriate statistical tests for different types of data, different types of research designs, and different types of hypotheses (research questions).  The course is suitable for those who collect data using measurements or questionnaires that have closed questions.


It will provide:

  • Considerations of statistics in research design
  • Practical information on basic operation of SPSS
  • Practising SPSS, with provided data, in achieving descriptive statistics, simple two sample comparisons
  • Guidance on how to read, interpret and present results produced by SPSS


Day 2 More factors and more samples - Intermediate Quantitative data Analysis Using SPSS Based on the Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis Using SPSS,


You will how to use SPSS to achieve desired analyses when

  • you have more than one influencing factors in your research design,
  • you have more than two samples collected,
  • you explore or quantify associations and course-effective relationships of two factors.


It will also provide guidance on how to interpret and present complicated statistical results from SPSS By the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. Choose appropriate statistics for your research
  2. Operate basic statistics using SPSS
  3. Choose the appropriate descriptive statistics for the data collected
  4. Conduct parametric and non-parametric one-sample and two-sample comparisons of means, medians and mode
  5. Perform analysis of variance in multiple samples
  6. Identify and quantify relationships and strength of associations
  7. Interpret statistical values in SPSS output 

Please note that it is expected that attendees attend both days of the course and priority will be given to those who can do this. 

18 and 19 May

9.30am - 4pm



Turnitin ‘Feedback Studio’ Overview

This one hour session will demonstrate Turnitin’s new Feedback Studio. The Feedback Studio provides a new ‘layered’ view to the existing Originality Report and GradeMark features of Turnitin. Feedback Studio combines these existing ‘Turnitin Classic’ features into a consolidated toolbar accessible when you view a student paper. All the original tools that were previously available to check originality to provide feedback on student work are still available. The student view has also been updated to reflect this new interface.


Feedback Studio has been developed to provide a clearer, simpler interface to check originality and engage in online marking. It is important to note that Turnitin is still accessed and set up in exactly the same way. The assignment inbox and how you access student submissions has not changed.  This session will provide you with an opportunity for an overview of the Feedback Studio.


You only need to attend one session.



9 May 2pm – 3pm


8 June 2pm – 3pm


27 June 10am -11am


13 July 2pm – 3pm


UDL and DMU Replay in Practice

This is a two hour session offering tips and practical advice for delivering UDL in your teaching, delivered by the Academic Development Team and staff from the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT).  The latter will demonstrate DMU Replay – our new system for lecture capture – and offer tips and ideas for using technology to enhance current teaching practice.


Essential prerequisite: The Introduction to UDL must have been engaged with before attending this session.  This is available online via Blackboard – click the link for the UDL Blackboard Community under MyCommunities.


Please Note: This course replaces ‘UDL in Practice’ and ‘UDL Workshop’ sessions.  Anyone who has attended these is exempt from attending this session.

27 April 10am - 12pm


05 May 10.00-12.00


08 May 2.00-4.00


16 May 10.00-12.00


25 May 2.00-4.00


02 June 2.00-4.00


05 June 10.00-12.00


13 June 10.00-12.00


22 June 10.00-12.00


30 June 10.00-12.00


03 July 2.00-4.00


11 July 2.00-4.00


27 July 2.00-4.00


28 July 2.00-4.00



Using Blackboard's Assignment Tool for Assignment Submission and Feedback

This session will provide an overview of how Blackboard’s assignment
tool can be used for student assignment submissions, including options of providing feedback/marks using Blackboard’s GradeCentre. The GradeCentre enables you to store feedback in Blackboard and also enables students to access and receive their feedback and marks through Blackboard ‘My Grades’ tool if desired. The overview will be followed by a hands-on session to create a Blackboard assignment.



18 May 2pm – 3.30pm


27 July 2pm – 3.30pm


Using Online Discussion Forums to Enhance Student Collaboration

This session will explore the nature of asynchronous communication using an online discussion board and how this approach can enable students within a cohort to contribute and have their voice(s) heard without being required to speak up in timetabled sessions. There are a number of platforms that can be used to host a discussion board but this session focuses on the Blackboard Learn virtual learning environment which is currently in place at DMU.

The session will cover the pedagogically focused concepts of using discussion boards (staff and student led), good practice when managing discussion boards, and how to create and deploy a discussion board in Blackboard.



13 June 10am – 11.30am


Using Rubrics in Turnitin/GradeMark to assist in Marking and Feedback

This one hour session will provide an overview on how you can make use of rubrics and grading forms which can be used to evaluate student work based on defined criteria and scales and assist with both marking and providing annotated feedback using GradeMark (available when you use Turnitin) for student submitted assignment. Grading forms can be used to provide free form feedback and scores to evaluate student work based on defined criteria.

22 June – 2pm – 3pm


Using Voting Technology in Class

Using technology to interact with students in class can offer both instant formative feedback to the tutor; and help to motivate students to get involved, whilst providing a level playing field where all student voices are heard. DMU staff have access to such proprietary technology (TurningPoint).  This demonstration will cover the pedagogic benefits of engaging with students using different voting technologies in class and a demonstration of TurningPoint and Participoll.

20 July 2pm – 3pm


Welcome Event for New Staff

This short and informal session aims to formally welcome new staff to DMU.  The session includes a question and answer session with the Vice-Chancellor or another member of DMU’s Executive Board.


10 May

10am –12.30pm


5 June

10am –12.30pm


7 July

10am –12.30pm




Working at Height – Ladder Safety
This is a short course on the safe selection and use of ladders and step ladders. Includes pre–use check list.

22 June

10am - 11.30am


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Single Sign-On allows you to access multiple IT resources with only one log in.

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Events calendar

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Staff portal

Check your email, view your payslips and access all our systems including Blackboard.