Top Tips

Add audio to your PowerPoint slides

Add audio to your slides: Narration can be recorded easily within Microsoft PowerPoint. You will need access to the full software version to do this, which you can download from the University’s Office Portal if you do not yet have it installed. Read our brief guide to narrating PowerPoint or watch our more detailed video You can also record a narrated slideshow presentation or any on- …

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Xerte: creating engaging and interactive self-directed resources

Xerte is a simple, easy-to-use authoring tool for creating effective and engaging digital learning materials. It’s designed for educators to create interactive learning activities, including self-test quizzes, without the need for any coding or programming knowledge. Xerte is available to UoB and honorary/associate staff at https://xerte.bristol.ac.uk, and can be accessed from most web browsers. Projects can …

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Live webinars tips

Live webinars provide teacher presence and an opportunity for you to interact with learners. You can run webinars using Blackboard Collaborate or Microsoft Teams or Zoom Webinars can combine input, activity and feedback. Collaborate has a whiteboard and discussion space. This is harder for large groups for activity and feedback and more useful for small group …

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Collate resources and weave a narrative

Collate resources and weave a narrative using Sway, part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite of tools. Sway can be likened to an interactive workbook/interactive pre-reading. Interactivity can be built in using embeddable resources such as Padlet, or Microsoft Forms, another Office 365 tool. Responses from Microsoft Forms are collated in a spreadsheet which you can then …

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Tips for simple asynchronous activities

Online activities need not involve cutting edge technology. Most online and distance courses include activities in which students read through materials or consider key resources. You can give some information about what you want students to do with the reading and/or follow up with discussion of an associated activity. Adding low bandwidth activities as part …

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5 ways to use Microsoft Sway

Below you will find 5 tips/ ways you can use Sway. We base these ideas on Joe Hartland’s use of Sway as an interactive handbook/website for his teaching in the TLHP and on the 3D helical theme. Sway is part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite of tools. It is free to use for UoB …

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