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. Sessions are held on Thursdays and 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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Have an idea for a session? Email us at lr-innovation@brookes.ac.uk for more information on how to get involved with the planning team.

You are cordially invited to join us for a session

In Semester 1, we are convening four sessions:

  • Week 4 (20 October): Using tools forum - Moodle design principles

  • Week 6 (3 November): Innovative design forum - Seeking and using library resources

  • Week 9 (24 November): Teaching and sharing forum - Bespoke Google calendars

  • Week 10 (1 December): Digital wellbeing forum - Accessible Templates

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Using Tools forum

Theme of the forum: Adapting to change

Want some help designing your Moodle?

  • Wish there was someone there to help you figure out how to make something work better in your Moodle modules?
  • Moodle looking boring and difficult to navigate?
  • Want to find a better way to organise your resources and activities?

Come to our session and discover some new and view some best practice examples of Moodle course design and formatting.

Session details

Held online on Zoom during Week 4.

  • Thursday, 20 October 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Innovative Design forum

Theme of the forum: Trying out new skills

Want some help with Library resources?

  • Wish there was a way to see if our library holds an eResource or eJournal more quickly?
  • Heard about LibNomad or another cool tool but want to learn more?
  • Want to get your questions answered about all the varied ways you can collect, curate, and share resources with your colleagues and students?

Come to our session and discover some new and view some best practice examples with using Advanced Library tools when seeking and using resources.

Session details

Held online on Zoom during Week 6.

  • Thursday, 3 November 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Teaching and Sharing forum

Theme of the forum: Collaborating and communicating

Want some help with your Google Calendar?

  • Wish there was a way to build a separate calendar for your team, subject group, or programme?
  • Want to learn more about how to configure your 'other' calendars?
  • Want to get your Google Calendar questions answered and finally figure out how to add an appointment calendar?

Come to our session and discover how to make best use of your Google Calendar and learn how to create a bespoke Google Calendar.

Session details

Held online on Zoom during Week 9.

  • Thursday, 24 November 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Digital Wellbeing forum

Theme of the forum: Discussing policies and wellbeing

Want some help with converting your PowerPoint presentations and documents into an accessible format? 

  • Want a step-by-step example of how to convert an 'old format' presentation into the new one?
  • Want to learn more about how to configure your presentations using a Master view?
  • Want to get your accessibility questions answered?

Come to our session and discover how to make best use of the new format presentation and document templates (and how to create your own).

Session details

Held online on Zoom during Week 10.

  • Thursday, 1 December 3.00pm - 4.00pm