Equipment for remote teaching


Equipment for remote teaching

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When teaching online, recording videos, and communicating with students it is important to consider the audio and video quality to ensure that your instructional content is accessible to students in a consistent and high quality format. A good quality headset will block a lot of background noise and bring focus to your voice. Swansea University have a non-exhaustive list of recommended devices.

(Swansea Resource)


Getting Started with Xerte Online Toolkits

Xerte LogoA PDF resource produced by SALT, this has been embedded into the Canvas course, CPD – Xerte. You can login to Xerte with your usual university username and password.  The Xerte workspace allows you to create interactive learning objects. This step by step guide shows you how to begin to create a new project using Xerte. You can add different text, media, graphics and sound to enhance your Xerte projects.

An example of what can be achieved in Xerte can be accessed in the following link: Some prior experience with developing and designing online packages would be useful. Xerte is another toolkit to use, however it sits separately to other institutional platforms.

(Swansea Resource)


Camtasia web page

Camtasia LogoCamtasia videos are being used to create blended learning throughout the university. With students accessing the videos or e-lectures ahead of class, they have time to become familiar with key concepts and themes. Videos can be embedded within Blackboard or shared on external platforms, such as YouTube. Students can review the video content at their leisure, to assist learning and preparation for assessments. This software allows you to add captions to videos, supporting students with disabilities and English as a second language learners. Some examples of the use of instructional videos includes how to access Blackboard modules and organisations, use of discussion boards or instructional videos of referencing systems.

(Swansea Resource)


[:en]CPD Technology Enhanced Learning[:]


Blackboard & Canvas (not quite ready)

Group of people working together with a laptop and note padThe whole TEL Course on Blackboard and Canvas is useful generally to support all areas of learning and Teaching online. It includes a range of material which spans more of the topics in the Resources for Teaching including many Creative Commons external resources and links as well as Swansea Universities guidelines and support. There is a whole section on Connect, Communicate and Collaborate which provides a range of tools and activities designed to help you practise with asynchronous and synchronous learning and Teaching methods. You can work through the activities at your own pace, engaging fully with all the activities in this section will enable you to experience online learning for yourself, and this will give you a wealth of detail to draw upon and some practical ideas to challenge your students.

You will need to request access (from SALT) to the Blackboard Resource until July 2020. The Canvas resource is still in development, but will be ready soon.

(Swansea Resource)


Converting a large lecture class to an active blended learning class

An electronics stationJournal article in Journal of Geography in Higher Education published 2019. Authors, Anne Godlewska, Wanda Beyer, Scott Whetstone, Laura Schaefli, John Rose, Breah Talan, Sean Kamin-Patterson, Christopher Lamb & Melissa Forcione. It is informed by feedback from students and provides good practice guides to achieve Active Blended Learning and online activity design. Each section provides recommendations and links to other studies that confirm these findings.

Topics include, factors that affect student engagement – conceptions of learning and knowledge, pedagogical design across module and programme, relationships, socialisation and collaboration, interaction, accessibility and perceived ease of use, clarity of purpose and approach to the task, student agency and autonomy and quality content.

(External Resource)


Overcoming barriers to student engagement with Active Blended Learning

Students collaborating during laboratory workUniversity of Northampton interim report on their move to Active Blended Learning. This report informs and supports the process of pedagogical change, with recommendations to overcome barriers to student engagement. It is informed by feedback from students and provides good practice guides to achieve Active Blended Learning and online activity design. Each section provides recommendations and links to other studies that confirm these findings.

Topics include, factors that affect student engagement – conceptions of learning and knowledge, pedagogical design across module and programme, relationships, socialisation and collaboration, interaction, accessibility and perceived ease of use, clarity of purpose and approach to the task, student agency and autonomy and quality content. The report is based on student views and qualitative studies of one small scale pilot in 2015-16, and a larger one in 2016-17.

(External Resource)


Blended Learning Stories SALT Conference 2018 Poster Presentation

Partial screenshot from the posterThis poster was presented at the annual SALT Conference in 2018 to disseminate progress on the Blended Learning Pilot. Although it provides project specific information, chapter two exclusively provides examples of how colleagues across Swansea University have embedded blended learning approaches in their modules throughout the pilot. This resource contains six embed videos, profiling colleagues from the College of Science, Arts and Humanities, Law, Human and Health Sciences, Engineering and the School of Management. These short videos require a ZAPPAR app to watch in full, which can be downloaded from the app store and provide a useful insight into the range of blended learning approaches adopted across the instititution.

(Swansea Resource)


FutureLearn Blended Learning Essentials

Image of a woman working on her laptop with a book beside herA free online course, hosted on Future Learn and developed by the University of Leeds and University College London Institute of Education. This is the first in a series of their online courses to develop your expertise in blended learning. This first course equates to four hours of weekly study over the course of 5 weeks. On this course you will learn how to promote effective practice and pedagogy in blended learning.

This course has been primarily designed for vocational education training courses, although its principles and pedagogy can also be applied to higher education. It will help you to understand the benefits of blended learning and how to use technology effectively to support learners. You are guided through the course by experts in the field of Blended Learning, Diana Laurillard and Neil Morris, and there is the opportunity to engage with digital champions to support the learning activities throughout the course.

(External Resource)

[:en]TEL CPD Week – The Story Continues! [:cy]Wythnos TEL DPP – Mae’r stori’n Parhau'[:]

[:en]Shaking hands

May 13th-17th 2019 was TEL CPD week at SALT.

For the first time, we offered three ways to learn more about the pedagogical benefits of technology enhanced learning, in the space of one week: –

  1. TELTALKS19 – a programme of live online talks, using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  2. TEL Tools and Types of Learning Padlet – a digital bulletin board of links to a wide range of TEL Tools, aligned to Diana Laurillard’s six learning types, which lie at the heart of UCL’s ABC approach to learning design
  3. 7 Characteristics of Good University Teaching’ Seminar, a face to face session delivered by Dr Nigel Francis, Swansea University School of Medicine. Becoming a Better Teacher: A Flipped Approach’

Here’s a bit more information about each of the above and how you can still be involved. Lots of resources were generated that you can still engage with. Or, you can sign up for related CPD from SALT – see the links at the end of this blog!


Our online talks attracted lots of staff keen to learn more about webinar-type technology, who found the morning ‘Taster’ sessions a helpful introduction to the basics.  Many staff then built upon that experience by attending afternoon talks, which were on the following topics.

  • Polling as a Way of Engaging Large Groups
  • Padlet
  • Blended and Flipped Learning
  • Inclusivity and Technology Enhanced Learning

The afternoon talks enabled staff from around the university to come together and learn from one another’s knowledge, expertise and experience. There were lots of probing questions and comments to reflect on, simultaneously encouraging the development of skills in using an online, synchronous communication tool.

We thoroughly enjoyed connecting with Swansea University staff in this way. Sessions were lively, rich in content and varied in nature.

In feedback, our participants were enthusiastic about the possibility of using tools such as Blackboard Collaborate in their own teaching, learning, student and staff communication.

To the question…

‘Would you use webinar technology like this in the future?’

85% of participants said ‘YES’
15% said ‘MAYBE’


This word cloud represents how participants thought they could use it.



If you would like to learn more about using Blackboard Collaborate, accessing our recordings or would like to express interest in taking part in future TELTALKS, please contact SALT Senior Academic Developer & Blackboard Collaborate Pilot Lead Debbie Baff .

Debbie’s Blackboard Collaborate Pilot Padlet contains some more helpful information:

TEL Tools and Types of Learning Padlet

This is still available to engage with. Scroll down each column to learn more about the types of learning and the digital technology tools that can be used alongside or instead of more conventional methods of learning. Contribute by adding comments or posts of your own.

TEL Tools & Types of Learning Padlet

7 Characteristics of Good University Teaching Seminar

Dr Nigel Francis, Swansea University School of Medicine, Becoming a Better Teacher: A Flipped Approach’

This well-attended event was held at A019, the Active-Learning space at The Bay campus, and prompted lots of ‘flipping’ discussion!

Nigel’s first delivery of this seminar (held at SALT in March) is now available to watch.


More SALT CPD you might want to know about:

Flipped Learning CPD Module.

Inclusivity CPD Module

7 Characteristics Seminar & Workshop Programme

Postgraduate Certificate Teaching in Higher Education

HEA Fellowship

Blackboard Tests

Open Door Programme

Queries on TEL CPD Week/SALT CPD please contact:  Rhian Ellis 01792 604302 or

Twitter @susaltteam #susaltcpd  #TELTALKS19

Also see:

UCL ABC approach to Learning Design Toolkit  

Laurillard, D. Six Learning Types (2002) [:cy]


Shaking handsRoedd Mai 13eg – 17eg 2019 yn wythnos TEL DPP yma yn SALT. Am y tro cyntaf, fe wnaethon ni cynnig tair ffordd i ddysgu rhagor am fuddion pedagogeg dysgu trwy dechnoleg, i gyd mewn un wythnos:-

  1. TRAFODAETHAUTEL19 – Rhaglen o drafodaethau byw ar-lein yn defnyddio Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
  1. Padlet TACLAU TEL a Mathau o Ddysgu – bwrdd bwletin digidol gyda dolenni i amrywiaeth eang o Daclau TEL, wedi alinio i chwe math o ddysgu Diana Laurillard, sydd wrth wraidd ymagwedd ABC UCL at ddylunio dysgu.
  1. Seminar 7 Nodwedd o Athro Brifysgol Dda, sesiwn wyneb yn wyneb gan Dr Nigel Francis, Ysgol Feddygaeth Prifysgol Abertawe. ‘Dod yn Athro Gwell: Trosi’r Dosbarth’

Dyma damaid o wybodaeth am bob un o’r uchod a sut gallwch o hyd cymryd rhan. Crëwyd lawer o adnoddau gallwch o hyd defnyddio neu cofrestrwch am DPP perthnasol o SALT – gwelir y dolenni ar ddiwedd y blog yma.


Mae ein trafodaethau ar-lein wedi denu lawer o staff sydd yn awyddus i ddysgu rhagor am dechnoleg math-webinar, fe wnaethon nhw ffeindio’r sesiynau bore ‘blasu’ yn gyflwyniad defnyddiol i’r hanfodion. Fe wnaeth lawer o staff yna adeiladu ar y profiad yna gan fynychu trafodaethau’r prynhawn oedd ar y testunau canlynol.

  • Polau fel ffordd i Atynnu Grwpiau Mawr
  • Padlet
  • Dysgu Cyfunol a Dysgu wedi Trosi
  • Cynwysoldeb a Dysgu a Gyfoethogir gan Dechnoleg

Fe wnaeth y trafodaethau prynhawn galluogi staff ledled y brifysgol dysgu o wybodaeth, arbenigedd a phrofiad o’i gilydd; roedd yna lawer o gwestiynau a sylwadau i adlewyrchu arno, gan ddatblygu sgiliau yn defnyddio teclyn cyfathrebu ar-lein cydamserol.

Fe wnaethon ni fwynhau cysylltu â staff Prifysgol Abertawe yn y modd yma. Roedd y sesiynau yn fywiog, cynnwys cyfoethog ac yn amrywiol.

Yn yr adborth, roedd ein cyfranogwyr yn frwdfrydig am y posibilrwydd o ddefnyddio taclau megis Blackboard Collaborate yn eu dysgu, addysgu a chyfathrebiad rhwng myfyrwyr a staff.

Wrth ymateb i’r cwestiwn…

‘A fyddech yn defnyddio technoleg webinar fel hyn yn y dyfodol?’

Fe wnaeth 85% o gyfranogwyr dweud ‘BYDDEN’
Dywed 15% ‘EFALLAI’


Mae’r cwmwl geiriau yma yn portreadu’r ffyrdd dywedodd cyfranogwyr gallent ragweld eu defnyddio.



Os hoffech ddysgu rhagor am ddefnyddio Blackboard Collaborate, cael mynediad i’r recordiau neu eisiau dangos diddordeb mewn cymryd rhan mewn TRAFODAETHAUTEL y dyfodol, cysylltwch ag Uwch Ddatblygydd Academaidd SALT ac Arweinydd Peilot Blackboard Collaborate, Debbie Baff 

Mae Padlet Peilot Debbie yn cynnwys fwy o wybodaeth ddefnyddiol.

Padlet Taclau TEL a Mathau o Ddysgu

Mae hwn o hyd ar gael i weithio gyda. Sgroliwch i lawr ar bob colofn i ddysgu rhagor am y mathau o ddysgu a’r dechnoleg ddigidol gellir defnyddio ochr yn ochr neu yn lle’r dulliau confensiynol o ddysgu. Cyfrannwch gan ychwanegu sylwadau neu gofnodion eich hun.

Seminar 7 Nodwedd o Athro Brifysgol Dda

Dr Nigel Francis, Ysgol Feddygaeth Prifysgol Abertawe, Dod yn Athro Gwell: Trosi’r Dosbarth

Roedd y digwyddiad â chynulleidfa niferus yma yn A019, ystafell Dysgu Weithredol ar Gampws y Bae, roedd yna lawer o drafodaethau ‘trosi’r dosbarth’!

Mae sesiwn gyntaf Nigel o’r seminar yma, gynhaliwyd yn SALT, nawr ar gael i wylio

Diolch enfawr i bawb wnaeth gyfrannu a chymryd rhan yn Wythnos TEL DPP.

Croesawn eich adborth a gobeithio eich gweld gyda hyd yn oed fwy o staff yn rhaglen y flwyddyn nesaf.

Rhagor o DPP SALT efallai hoffech wybod am:

Modiwl DPP Dysgu wedi Trosi

Modiwl DPP Cynwysoldeb

Rhaglen Seminar a Gweithdy 7 Nodwedd

Tystysgrif Ôl-raddedig mewn Addysg Uwch

Cymrodoriaeth yr AAU

Profion Blackboard

Rhaglen Drws Agored

Am unrhyw ymholiadau ar Wythnos TEL DPP, cysylltwch â Rhian Ellis 01792 604302 neu

Trydar @susaltteam #susaltcpd #TELTALKS19

Gweler hefyd:

UCL ABC Learning Design Toolkit

Luarillard, D  Six Types of Learning (2002) [:]