Posts Tagged ‘Training’

Update + Save the date for our dissemination

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Hello all,

Although we have been a bit quiet on both the twitter and  blog front, we are still working hard behind the scenes. I thought I would do a quick update just to let you know how we’re currently getting on. Firstly, we are currently organising our dissemination event! We have it planned out for Monday 29th October. We will be releasing some more information about the content of the event very soon but for now please pop this in your diaries.

Furthermore, we are also working on writing the training strategy for the project. We have a lot of training in the pipeline and we need to organise how we’re going present this, whilst also planning for the upkeep of training after the project has finished. Once we have implemented the workflow into iPaMS there will need to be brand new training for the users so we are looking into this whilst we write the strategy. Currently all the users in iPaMS have had module training; this has included a range of documentation, video and training sessions to teach them how to add and edit modules in iPaMS. We are currently also working towards designing and producing programme training as users will soon be able to start entering programme data into iPaMS. This leads nicely into my next point.

As project support officers, Cat and myself  have started to enter some of the 12/13 programme data into iPaMS already and so far we have around 111 programmes in there. The majority of these programmes are from Humanities, however, we are also working on CLES programmes too. We have found this to be a little stressful at times, as the programme template in iPaMS is arranged differently to those on word documents that we have received. Therefore, it can sometimes take a while to find the right information to put into the correct field in iPaMS, but after entering a couple of programmes we got a good sense of where to find everything. Entering the data ourselves has helped us to think about the training we need to provide users when they come to enter this data.

Lastly, we have been focusing on the iPaMS web service. We have written up a functional specification and this has been distributed to the internal stakeholders. We are now currently waiting for this to be signed off and then we can crack on with setting this up.

We hope everyone’s projects are going well, please keep us up to date with any new blogs or twitter accounts regarding #coursedata projects. We love to know how you’re all doing.

Lauren (Project Support Officer)


Building Effective Screencasts

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With our ever growing system and the need for Colleges to move quickly over to iPaMS we have found training material to be of high importance within this project. As mentioned in both previous posts and tweets, we have started work on training material to provide Colleges with direction when entering data into iPaMS. Currently we have both training documents and videos on how to enter and edit module data and we are also working on training material for programmes too. We have had great feedback regarding the training with the highest positive feedback being given for the videos. As our training videos were so highly watched by users, I therefore felt it would be good to brush up on my Screencasting techniques, so booked myself onto a training course.

The course was named “Building Effective Screencasts” and was held in Bristol by JISC Digital Media. Throughout the day I was taught a wide range of skills from microphone techniques to the use of Camtasia Studio. Although I have already been making videos in Camtasia, I still learnt many skills that I will use within my future videos. I would definitely recommend this course for anyone who wants an introduction to building Screencasts.

I am now currently working on a new series of training videos for programmes, whilst also updating the ones I have previously made.  My main priority is to improve the quality of both the video and voice-overs, using some of the skills I learnt from the training day. I am also working on designing a generic intro for all the training videos I make to give it a consistent approach.

If you have any questions about our training videos, please get in contact.

Lauren – Project Support Officer