Community of Practice forums

Digital capabilities for staff

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Interested in joining us for a session?

  • Need a solution to an issue with a digital tool you use for teaching?
  • Want to test out digital teaching ideas with eager collaborators? 
  • Looking to explore best practice in digital teaching and learning across the University and beyond?

Then the Community of Practice forums may be for you. These collaborative spaces act as a support network for digital capabilities.

Our motto: Not an 'expert'? Not a problem, neither are we. Together we are the Brookes Community of Practice so remember: ''It's not broken, try this.'

All sessions will be held online. No need to book. Monday sessions start at 11.00am and are repeated at the Thursday sessions which start at 3.00pm.

How to get involved

No need to book! Join us via Zoom anywhere there is a wifi connection.

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You are cordially invited to join us for a session

In Semester 2, we are convening four sessions:

  • Week 4 (14 and 17 February): Using tools forum - Google Sheets for All

  • Week 6 (28 February and 3 March): Innovative design forum - Introducing LR STARS

  • Week 9 (21 and 24 March): Teaching and sharing forum - Calendars and Meetings

  • Week 10 (28 and 31 March): Digital wellbeing forum - Accessibility Workshop

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Using Tools forum

Theme of the forum: Adapting to change

This session will explore how to use Google Sheets:

  • as teaching and learning resources.
  • to organise student, user, and colleague's data.
  • for collaboration on a project.

OBU eLearning Champions from across the University will be running a session dedicated to Google Sheets with Basic and Advanced Skills and all the cool tips and tricks.

Google Sheets is one of the most versatile administrative and teaching tools in the GSuite, and you could be missing out on all that they can offer you! 

Session details

Held online on Zoom during Week 4.

  • Monday, 14 February 11.00am - 12.00pm
  • Thursday, 17 February 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Innovative Design forum

Theme of the forum: Trying out new skills

Learning Resources Supporting Technology and Resources is a new programme designed to build a community of staff and students working together on projects, devising new training opportunities, mentoring staff and students to build confidence in using Brookes platforms, and researching new ways to innovate. 

There are a variety of LR STAR activities and self-directed learning to help STARS (Supporting Technology and Resources Students) build confidence in their digital capabilities and improve digital literacy across the University. 

The STAR programme activities and resources are designed to help students and staff develop employability skills, especially in consultancy, mentorship, problem-solving, and teamwork. 

These activities tie into the BrookesEDGE co-curricular scheme; and all LR STAR programme activities can be used as evidence and activities for the EDGE award.

Session details

Held online on Zoom during Week 6.

  • Monday,  28 February 11.00am - 12.00pm
  • Thursday, 3 March 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Teaching and Sharing forum

Theme of the forum: Collaborating and communicating

Have you ever: 

  • felt like you couldn't get your calendar set up 'right'?
  • had difficulty organising all of your meetings and teaching sessions?
  • wanted to explore how you could curate a better calendar?

If so this session could be for you. 

OBU eLearning Champions from across the University will be running a session dedicated to Google Calendar, including Shift Scheduling and Sharing Calendars with Colleagues and Friends. 

Session details

Held online on Zoom during Week 9.

  • Monday, 21 March 11.00am - 12.00pm
  • Thursday, 24 March 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Digital Wellbeing forum

Theme of the forum: Discussing policies and wellbeing

Have you ever: 

  • felt like you could be making more use of BlackBoard Ally's little gauges on Moodle?
  • wanted short, specific, and easy to follow guidance on how to make your materials accessible?
  • wanted someone to look over your materials and tell you exactly what needed to be done to meet new accessibility regulations.

If so this session could be for you. 

OBU eLearning Champions from across the University will be running a session dedicated to exploring best practice in designing course materials and resources that support wellbeing when there are not one-size-fits-all solutions. There will be opportunities to look at your own course materials and exemplary resources nominated by our eLearning Champions. Tailored advice on any resources you bring will be provided alongside a handy checklist for all future resources you create.

Session details

Held online on Zoom during Week 10.

  • Monday, 28 March 11.00am - 12.00pm
  • Thursday, 31 March 3.00pm - 4.00pm 

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