Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Roll up roll up! Learning Resources Staff Development Sessions

We hope all teaching staff can find time to undertake some CPD before the start of term, and we've devised a programme to help you to do so.

The Learning Resources Staff Development Sessions offer you some bite-sized training opportunities to inspire your teaching.

What have we got in store for you over the first weeks in September?

  • We've got Planet eStream coming to show all interested staff how to use the media streaming service...
  • We've got Mark Charters discussing how to extend learning with Audio feedback...
  • We've got Vivienne Vine demoing the new, much anticipated GSA Intranet...
  • We've got the Canvas showcase, featuring a host of your colleagues:
    • Johnny Roger - Student Films for Assessment, embedding and sharing
    • Vivienne Vine - New Student Welcome Gateway
    • Michael Dancer- Embedded Planet eStream photosets as slideshows in Canvas
    • Mark Charters - Online Elective and PG Cert
    • Louise Hopkins -Painting and Printmaking Community (Guest lecturers, audio recordings, planet eStream photosets)

Learning Technology staff will offer also Canvas Rollover workshops, Lecture Capture, and Virtual Classroom (Collaborate Ultra). 

Please email lthelp@gsa.ac.uk and let us know if you are planning to attend any sessions. The Canvas Showcase is drop-in. Everyone is welcome!

All sessions are held in the library computer lab, 2nd Floor, unless otherwise noted. 
Monday 2.9.19 
Tues 3.9.19 
Weds 4.9.19 
Thurs 5.9.19 
Fri 6.9.19 
10:00 – 11:00  
Canvas Rollover Workshop 

10:00 – 11:00 
Canvas Rollover Workshop 
10:30 – 11:30 
Collaborate Ultra: using the virtual classroom for tutorials and contact hours at a distance 

3:30 – 4:30 
Canvas Rollover Workshop 

Monday 9.9.19 
Tues 10.9.19 
Weds 11.9.19 
Thurs 12.9.19 
Fri 13.9.19 
11:00 - 12:00
Canvas Showcase: 
Barnes Lecture Theatre
10:00 – 11:00 
Introduction to the new Intranet for all interested Staff -  Vivienne Vine 
10:00 – 11:00 
Canvas Rollover Workshop 
2:00 - 3:30
All interested Staff  - overview of Planet eStream training with the Planet eStream Trainer -
using the media library, managing recordings, making quizzes

2:00 - 3:30
Capturing creative dialogues: Extending learning with audio feedback in Canvas*

(led by Mark Charters)

Library Quiet Study Space

3:30 – 4:30 
Canvas Rollover Workshop 

3:30 – 4:15 
Lecture Capture at GSA using the Planet eStream encoder

Library Quiet Study Space

3:00 - 4:00
Canvas Rollover Workshop

*Creative dialogue is a key feature of studio learning in the creative arts. But how can we capture and extend this dialogue to support our students in their creative learning? Audio feedback provides an innovative vehicle to do just that. This workshop session will introduce audio feedback in the contexts of creative dialogue and support you to consider and apply audio feedback within your teaching practice.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Canvas Showcase and Learning Technology Staff Development

Coming in September: 

Learning Technology Staff Development Sessions, 

Canvas Rollover Workshops, 

and Canvas Showcase

In September the GSA Learning Technology team has sessions planned for staff to help introduce new systems (Keylinks Reading List, Collaborate Ultra Virtual Classroom) and other sessions to help improve your use of Canvas. Plus we've got Canvas rollover workshops and a visit from the Planet eStream trainers.

Scheduled Sessions:

Canvas Showcase: September 9th
Intranet Training with Vivienne Vine: September 10th
Planet EStream corporate trainer visits GSA: September 12th

Other sessions to be scheduled September 2 - 13th:

  • Reading List – Keylinks Training (the new reading list software - staff can now update their own lists throughout the year right inside your Canvas course) - Multiple dates September 2 - 13th
  • Canvas Rollover Training - get your 19/20 course student-ready. - Multiple dates September 2 - 13th
  • Collaborate virtual classroom 
  • Photosets for slideshows in Canvas
  • Lecture capture
  • Accessible design
  • Easy HTML hacks to improve your Canvas course

More details to follow. Hope to see you here in September!

Monday, 24 June 2019

GSA 19/20 Canvas Courses: Now Active

GSA Teaching Staff: Your 19/20 courses are now live! They should appear on your Canvas dashboard when you log in. 


The 19/20 courses are now ready to be populated with your content. You will find that the new courses have a home page that includes instructional videos to guide you through the setting up process.

All existing GSA staff enrolments on 18/19 courses should have been replicated in the 19/20 versions of the courses. This includes admins, teachers, support and observers on courses. External users - teachers, guest speakers, or external examiners - have not been added to the new courses. If any external user needs to access 19/20 courses they can be enrolled directly by the other teaching staff, by the programme administrative staff, or by contacting lthelp@gsa.ac.uk

When you open your 19/20 course, you will notice that the home page is a page of instructions for you. You can also view all the videos on the Using Canvas for Staff course.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do NOT see both 18/19 and 19/20 courses on your dashboard, you can still import from 18/19 to 19/20 in the normal way, as described in the course rollover video guides you will find on your course homepage!

Can't see the courses you expected? You can  find all your 19/20 courses, current courses and your past courses as follows:

  • Click on 'COURSES' from the side menu
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list and click on 'ALL COURSES'. 
  • Here you'll see a list of all your current courses. Those with an orange star appear on your dashboard as 'favourites'. Tick or untick the star to organise the tiles you see on your dashboard. 
  • If you scroll to the bottom of that list you can view and access your past enrolments. 

Want to make your new course more engaging?

So you've got the basics of Canvas down, and now you're looking for a way to enhance your course and make it a wee bit snazzier.  You'll find lots of tips for adding colour, textboxes, backgrounds, etc on the Using Canvas for Staff course

Some new things about the courses this year:

Reading List

Your 19/20 course has a 'Reading List' link in the first module (General Information). Our new reading list system is now visible to guests, so students can browse all reading lists before they arrive at GSA, or before they are enrolled on a course. Find the new reading lists at gsa.keylinks.org.

If  you  provided a reading list last year, this list will be carried over to 19/20, and you will be asked to give the library any updates. This Reading List link will be made active before your students are enrolled in September - no action is required on the part of academic staff.


The new Canvas Gradebook includes many features designed to improve the grading experience. Changes in the new gradebook include:
  • Sorting: Sort assignment columns by their order in modules.
  • Filtering: Filter assignments by assignment group and/or by module.
  • Customization for Grading Statuses: Set custom colors for specific submission and grading statuses, including: late, missing, resubmitted, dropped (via assignment group rules), and excused.
  • Sorting Columns: Sort the data in any Gradebook column by missing or late status.
  • Grade Input: Toggle between entering and viewing grades as points or as percentage values.
  • Unpublished Assignments: View or hide unpublished assignments.
  • Automate Late Policies: Automatically apply grading rules to late and missing submissions.
  • Adjust Submission Status: Manually adjust submission status to none, late, missing, or excused.
  • Override the calculated final grade
Here is a really useful chart comparing old and new gradebooks, and giving instructions on how to perform tasks.

For even more information, check out the New Canvas Gradebook Guide.

Need help? Contact lthelp@gsa.ac.uk

Monday, 3 June 2019

Canvas News: Plus Training Videos for Staff: Get Ready for 2019/20!

First, a bit of news: 

  • The Canvas teacher app has been updated and greatly improved. Please install the latest version if you haven't already.

  • The GSA Intranet has launched (and there was much rejoicing). This means that HR and Marketing forms and information are now found at intranet.gsa.ac.uk, rather than on the VLE. Please go to the Intranet from here on out. The Blackboard VLE is being phased out.

The 2019 Degree Show is upon us. That means Summer! And New Canvas Courses...

Before you head off for far flung locales, you may want to get your 2019/20 Canvas courses up and ready.

Learning Technology have created a four - part video series that lasts 20 minutes in total, and a new 10-point checklist to tell you everything you need to know about rolling over your course and getting content imported and in place.

You can view the videos in Canvas. Or, you can take a look at them in this blog post, below. You will also be able to view the videos on the home page of your 19/20 Canvas courses, where you will find all four of them embedded! 

19/20 course 'shells' will be available to staff from mid-June, or earlier by arrangement. Get in touch -lthelp@gsa.ac.uk -  if you are keen to make a start and you can have early access to your 19/20 courses.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Adding some Pizzazz to Your Canvas Course

So, are you ready to take your Canvas course to the next level and add some flair?

You don't need to be a coder to make these changes. There are easy HTML 'hacks' that you can use to give your Canvas course a bit more style.

Shadow Text Box

A shadow text box like this one is a great way to add a little bit of visual emphasis.

It's fairly easy to add the code  to your Canvas course using the HTML Editor. You can change the colours of the border and shadow by changing the background-color and solid line colour.

Check out how to do it here on Canvas.


Buttons are a way of creating interesting links within your course, rather than just using the standard hyperlink in blue text, or using a graphic. 

Buttons can be linked to sections of your course, or you may have them link to external sites.

Buttons can be red, blue, black, green, orange or grey.

Here are instructions on how to add them to your course! 

These are just two examples of how you can add pizzazz to your course.
For more ideas go to GSA's Using Canvas for Staff course

For any help using these tips. contact us at lthelp@gsa.ac.uk 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Make PowerPoint Presentations Better! Plus: How to create Narrated Powerpoints

Most of us still use PowerPoint to make presentations, and with good reason: It is awesome, and continues to have new features with each Office update.

GSA IT has been updating all computers on the network, and any staff computers (Mac or PC) who request it, with the latest versions of Office.

It is easier than ever to create a narrated PowerPoint. You can even edit the narration slide-by-slide after you create it, so you don't have to re-record the whole thing if you want to make corrections. 

Uploading this to Canvas will provide your students with a great learning resource. Recorded lectures or presentations, even if they are just short recaps, make your course more accessible and inclusive because they help students with all learning styles.

Here's a video that explains how to create a narrated PowerPoint, save it as a video, and upload it to your GSA Canvas course.

Lastly, take a look at the 1 Minute CPD video post below. If you haven't used your GSA Office365 account to access PowerPoint online, you are missing out on this cool feature.

To log into Office online and access PowerPoint:

  1. Go to www.office.com
  2. Sign in using your GSA account info
  3. Click on Powerpoint

From here you can create or upload a PowerPoint and apply some really good design ideas. Goodbye boring PowerPoints! Watch the video to see how it is done.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Bite Size lessons on Educational Technology to fit your schedule!

Looking for some professional development? 

Online courses abound, and they are a great way to inject some new ideas or skills into your teaching.

Coffee Courses anyone?

 The Australian National University has developed Coffee courses - open to all, these provide an easy way to learn new ideas for using technology in your teaching. Each coffee course covers a new topic in education technology, teaching online, digital tools, pedagogy, or trends in technology. It is equivalent to a one- or two-hour face-to-face training session, but is done at your own pace from your own desk.You can do them live or dip into the archive of past coffee courses.

Some suggested 'Coffee courses' :

Enhancing your lecture: strategies for student engagement
Practical strategies for enhancing a lecture-based class. The course explores discussion techniques to promote active learning among students within the lecture format, and look at how technologies can effectively facilitate this. Designing effective presentations and taking advantage of lecture recordings are also covered in this course.

Teaching with ePortfolios
The ePortfolio tool has a wide range of applications, allowing users to collect, curate and selectively present materials that can be used to design CVs or personal websites and foster early career skills throughout their tertiary education.

Flipping the Classroom
This coffee course covers the basics of how to develop a flipped classroom model for your teaching, with practical ideas, and strategies on how to effectively flip your course.

More Ideas

The Open University has long been at the forefront of free online courses, and has a wide offering. They recently had their 60 millionth visitor, so that is a lot of educating going on. 

Here are a few OpenLearn courses:

In this free course, you will explore the impact of digital technologies on scholarly practice.

The video gives an overview of the course content.

Inclusive Education: Knowing What We Mean
In this course you will look at differing perspectives on inclusion, in particular the way that medical and social models have influenced and shaped current thinking.

There are SO many other options to choose from. 
OpenLearn has nearly 1,000 courses available for free - Check it out

Want even more? 

Erasmus University Rotterdam is using the Coursera platform to offer a course on Assessment in Higher Education: Professional Development for Teachers. Be quick - starts February 28th!

Here are a few others, offered by the College Development Network:

The aim of this programme is to enable teaching and support staff in colleges and other learning environments to understand and apply the principles of cooperative learning to enhance learning effectiveness and the learner experience.
An introduction to Creative Commons and OER.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Canvas Showcase Roundup

December 18th was the second annual GSA Canvas Showcase! Members of the GSA staff community shared mince pies and a wide array of insights into some of the innovative ways in which Canvas is being used across the institution. 

The topics under discussion included:
  • The ways in which Canvas has streamlined the process of student sign-ups and enrolments for elective courses;
  • The lessons learned from inviting students to submit images for display in the Design Domain course;
  •  Some of the features of the Cross School course, including the embedding of Padlet images galleries, and the use of sections to assist with the functioning of the Attendance tool;
  • The new Virtual Classroom tool (Collaborate), with a demonstration of using it for remote teaching at Forres. Collaborate allows distant learning that remains live, interactive, and face-to-face;
  • Using Canvas as a launchpad into other social media and web spaces;
  • The value of academic reading lists, which can be processed by the GSA Library and embedded in your Canvas courses, giving students instant access to the reading materials for a course;
  •  The use of Canvas Discussions as a tool for students to video, share, and provide feedback on group presentations, and the ways in which this tool has enhanced critical student engagement.

Below are brief recaps of each session. 

Session 1 Student self enrolment, groups in DHT 

Elaine Boyle and Patrick Collins, Design History and Theory - Student self-sign up groups

Historically Design students have signed up in person for their elective courses. With 200 students coming through the doors, this was ineffective and a hassle for the students. Now this is all handled through Canvas. Students are provided with elective descriptors in advance via Canvas pages, then open enrollment groups are made available to them.  These groups are created within Canvas and automatically open at a set date and time - enrolling in a group is effectively enrolling in a student's chosen elective, and when it is full, it is marked as such. Student self sign-up is efficient and groups have a maximum capacity that can be set. It's much easier in terms of admin, and online sign-up doesn’t disadvantage those who had difficulty getting to the office to sign up for their choice.

Session 2 

Thea Stevens, Virtual Studios – online gallery slideshow for Design Domain (lessons learned)

For the course assessment, students each submitted 1 image and descriptive text.  Images were submitted via the assignments tool. Thea wanted to display the student work as an online gallery, and she spent 40 hours downloading, organising, and re-uploaded the student images onto canvas pages which were filtered by programme. The resulting slideshow of images looks fantastic, but  the process was far too labour intensive. The Design Domain Course moved to an earlier point in the academic calendar this year, and it was challenging to make best use of Canvas with the tight timeframe. With more time, Thea feels she would have been able to investigate other options for an online gallery; a more effective process is needed for displaying student work in Canvas in the future. One option is the use of the Planet eStream photoset.

Session 3 

Katy West, Cross Schools Course - embedding Padlet for a student gallery; group assignments; roll call attendance

This is the second year of using Canvas for this large scale course, and Katy notes that she is starting to design within Canvas instead of outside of it  - i.e. the nature of Canvas is driving some of the ways the material is delivered to the students, and how the assessments are communicated, etc. This makes for a better marriage of tool and instructional design.

To assist with communication and admin, Cross Schools Course students are divided into both groups and sections within Canvas. Using sections allows attendance to be taken, and section specific announcements can be sent. Using Canvas Groups means that students can be assigned a group assignment. Groups and Sections can be generated from Learning Technology for large scale courses such as this one, though usually they are made manually by the instructor.

Katy wanted the students to introduce themselves via a message board of some kind, and she used the free tool Padlet for this.  Padlet embeds very easily into Canvas, and it serves as an online gallery in many of the ways that Thea Stevens was also exploring; a Padlet has the big advantage of allowing students to add and manage their own images, videos and text, so administration is minimal.

Session 4

Mafalda Moreira, Innovation – Using Blackboard Collaborate with Forres elective students

Mafalda was one of the first tutors to try out the new Virtual Classroom tool - Blackboard Collaborate  - which GSA purchased over the summer.  Mafalda used the tool to communicate with her students up at Forres, where she is was delivering an elective. The students found the tool easy to use, easy to find (it embeds into Canvas and has it's own item in the navigation menu) and of great use. Mafalda thinks Collaborate has terrific potential for use in tutorials, not just for distance learning but for students here at GSA as well who may prefer or need to have a tutorial online rather than in person for a variety of reasons. Mafalda's students were very positive about this tool, which is available for any tutor to add to their Canvas course and start using.

Session 5

Kathy Li, Architecture - Vertical Project, including embedding Wordpress site; Stage 1 home page with images used as a navigation menu

 All architecture participated in the Vertical Project course in the first few weeks of Semester 1. Students were divided into groups and their assessed piece of work was to create a 2 minute film, and document their work on Wordpress and Instagram. Canvas was used to provide a launchpad to various social media tools, with links to Instagram, Vimeo, Eventbrite, and Wordpress as well as being a repository for the briefs and resources. (Vimeo films and Wordpress sites embed very easily into Canvas).  Kathy also showed the graphical navigation menu which architecture uses as an alternative to the Canvas side course menu, to make it easier for students to find content in a big course. Each of the images below link to a module.

Session 6

Isobel Lutz Smith, Learning Resources - Reading Lists on Canvas

Isobel described the CLA requirements that need to be met in terms of scanning, which sounds really dull but had a positive point: the library is here to do all the scanning and ordering of books for you! All a tutor needs to do is send Isobel their reading list, and voila! As if by magic, the material will be scanned and the reading list will be built into Canvas, giving the students easy access to their material and saving the tutor from having to direct students to the handbook or other location to find the readings. Isobel also reminded everyone that tutors scanning their own material for the students to access is illegal and could result in fines for GSA.

Session 7

Libby Anson, PGT electives- Students using Discussion Forum to video, share, and comment on group presentations

Libby rounded out the day by describing an innovative way she got her students to deliver presentations during Semester 1. In the Preparing to do Creative Business course students usually deliver group presentations while altogether, with all students watching and giving feedback verbally as each group present to the class. This year, Libby arranged for the students to film their presentations and put them onto Canvas in a Discussion board. Students were assigned to watch and comment on the other groups' presentation. Libby was very pleased with the result, describing how some of the videos showed real flair for film making and also noting that students were more fulsome in their comments than they usually are in person. Despite worrying that the students would run into technical difficulties, Libby found that the students had no troubles at all and were more tech savvy than she anticipated. All in all the exercise was highly successful and she will repeat it next year.


Thank you to all the presenters for sharing their great work!

If you would like to learn more about any of the topics from the Showcase, please contact Correy c.murphy@gsa.ac.uk or Michael m.barr@gsa.ac.uk. We're always happy to help you with your Canvas adventure.

Monday, 17 December 2018

GSA Planet eStream- Free Video Streaming for Staff and Students!

Season's Greetings!

Welcome to the new video streaming service from the GSA Library - Planet eStream- www.gsa.planetestream.com

Sign in with your GSA Username and Password to access nearly 2,000 off-air recordings of films, documentaries and animation across a host of subjects, with new content being added all the time. Search for content by keyword or category. Any questions please email library@gsa.ac.uk 

As it's the season of goodwill we have prepared a playlist of some classic festive viewing in case the TV (or Netflix) is rubbish...check it out below!

 We will be in touch in the new year with more information on what will surely prove to be a very popular resource, including how to add content, embed clips into Canvas, create playlists and request programmes. 

In the meantime, have a great festive break!

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Canvas Showcase 2018 - Agenda

The Canvas Christmas Countdown has begun! 

Please join us next week – TUESDAY DECEMBER 18th, 11 – 12:30 – in the Barnes lecture theatre. 

The Canvas Showcase is an opportunity for members of staff to show their innovative uses of Canvas throughout GSA.

Last year we had our inaugural Showcase when were just getting off the ground. There have been some fantastic uses of Canvas usage since then. Come have some mince pie and get some ideas for your own courses!

Here is a look at this year’s exciting agenda:

11:00 – Elaine Boyle and Patrick Collins, DH and T - Student self-sign up groups

11:10 – Thea Stevens, Virtual Studios – online slideshow for Design Domain

11:20 – Katy West, Cross Schools Course – embedding Padlet for a student gallery; group assignments; roll call attendance

11:30 – Aileen Biagi, PDE – engaging students with Canvas tools

11:40 – Mafalda Moreira, Innovation – Using Blackboard Collaborate with Forres elective students

11:50 – Kathy Li, Architecture - Vertical Project, including embedding Wordpress site; Stage 1 home page with images used as a navigation menu

12:00 – Isobel Lutz Smith, Learning Resources - Reading Lists on Canvas

12:10 - Libby Anson, PGT electives- Students using Discussion Forum to video, share, and comment on group presentations

12:20 – Correy Murphy, Learning Resources –Custom Navigation Items for PGT electives site

Tuesday, 20 November 2018


The second annual CANVAS SHOWCASE is coming up  - All staff are invited to attend! 

At the showcase, GSA academic and support staff will be presenting their Canvas courses in lightning talks of 5 - 10 minutes showing the innovative and cool things they've been doing with Canvas.

Since this is the last day of term before the early closure, this is your chance to come on down to the Barnes and get an early Christmas present: some inspiring ideas on using Canvas! (Plus some lovely mince pies).

Where: Barnes Lecture Theatre
When: December 18th, 11:00 - 12:30


Want to show off? Please do! We can add a few more lightning talk to  the agenda, so if you'd like to be involved, that would be great. Please get in touch at lthelp@gsa.ac.uk

Monday, 29 October 2018

Learning Technology Week 2018 Schedule of Sessions

Below you will find the schedule for Learning Technology Week 2018 at the Glasgow School of Art. Sessions will be held in the library, 2nd floor, apart from the IT drop-in session at the Tontine on Friday,November 9th.

All sessions are drop-in, first come first served, for GSA staff and students, with a maximum attendance of 26.

The only session which requires advance sign up is WikiData. This workshop is aimed primarily at PhD and Postgraduate research students, and research active staff.  Info is here:
https://bit.ly/2OcArJ6   Sign up for the Wikidata session is required in advance via Eventbrite and all attendees must create a Wikipedia account from off-campus prior to the session.

View session times and descriptors below, or download the schedule here.

What else is on?

  • Try your luck at winning printer credits - and everyone gets a free USB stick -  in the USB lucky dip! 
  • Marvel at our sweets and balloons! 
  • Bring your phone/laptop/device to get connected to the wifi or ask IT any of your burning questions! 

Email us at lthelp@gsa.ac.uk for any further information.

TUE 6th November

10.30 – 11:00
Planet eStream Media Streaming Service and Off Air Recording (students and staff) –
30 minutes
This session will introduce the video streaming aspect of the new GSA Planet eStream platform, which allows GSA staff and students to watch video content anywhere on their computers or devices. We currently have over 1000 documentaries and feature films catering to a whole range of subjects and interests. You'll also find out how to request content to be added to the service.
12.00 – 13.00
IT Troubleshooting – (Library ) –
1 hour
Drop in with your device to get help connecting to the WiFi, printing wirelessly, or for solutions to various other IT problems.
13.00 – 14.30
Intro to WikiData –
1.5 hours

Pre-registration required: https://bit.ly/2OcArJ6
Come and find out about Wikidata, the repository for linked open data which supports Wikipedia and its sister projects. In this workshop, Delphine Dallison, Wikimedian in Residence at the Scottish Library and Information Council, will discuss the potential of Wikidata as an Open Educational Resource for academic research, bibliographic data and data visualization. REGISTRATION REQUIRED
14.30 – 15.00
Secret Software on the Library computers…
30 minutes
There is more to the library computers than meets the eye…
15.00 – 15.30
Planet eStream Media Streaming Service and Off Air Recording Demo (Staff) -
30 minutes
For Staff, this session will introduce the video streaming service Planet eStream, which allows GSA staff and students to watch video content anywhere on their computers or devices. We currently have over 1000 documentaries and feature films catering to a whole range of subjects and interests. The session will provide staff with instruction on how to request content and how to create playlists.

WED 7th November

10.00 – 10.30
Adding interactive content to eStream videos (Staff) -
30 minutes
Planet eStream gives access to over two million educational resources. Come along and see how easy it is to adapt these resources to suit your needs. In this session we are going to choose a film or TV recording, make a clip from it and add some interactivity.
10.30 – 11.00
Managing and embedding eStream Videos into your Canvas Course (Staff) -
30 minutes
Staff: Make your Canvas courses more engaging by using video. In this short workshop you will learn how to embed videos from Planet eStream into Canvas.
11.00 – 12.00
Adaptive/accessible software available on Library computers -
1 hour
In this workshop we will explore the role of assistive technology in helping to improve study skills, literacy and studio work. We will focus on Inspiration and Read & Write Gold, the assistive software programmes that can be accessed from the GSA computers available in the library. We will also look at options for helping you to improve your note taking skills, and give an overview of the accessibility options available on computers.
13.00 – 14.00
New Digital Library Resources for Creative Research
1 hour
This session will give you the opportunity to watch live demos of the Library's exciting new digital content, designed to help you navigate and search quickly and effectively. Resources covered will include DETAIL inspiration, Birkhauser’s Building Types Online, Architect's Journal and AJ Buildings Library, Critical Collective, Bloomsbury Design and Bloomsbury Fashion Library.
14.30 – 15.30
IT Troubleshooting – (Library) –
1 hour
Drop in with your device to get help connecting to the WiFi, printing wirelessly, or for solutions to various other IT problems.
15.30 – 16.00
Introduction to TSD services and provision
30 minutes
The Head of Technical Services Department will provide an overview of all the services and provision GSA offers across the schools.

THU 8th November

11.00 – 12.00
Useful Software for Students with English as a Second Language –
1 hour
In this session we will introduce a range of programs and apps that will:

  • make it easier to understand the meaning of texts in English
  • speed up your reading and processing using English as a second language
  • improve your ability to edit and structure your writing 
  • help you to more successfully articulate your thoughts in English
12.00 – 13.00
Intro to the new Virtual Classroom online conference tool – Blackboard Collaborate
(Staff) –
1 hour
Staff: Blackboard Collaborate is our new virtual classroom tool -  it allows you to deliver lectures online, conduct tutorials, and pre-record content for students to view. Session will introduce the tool and get you testing it out.
13.00 – 14.00
IT Troubleshooting (Library) –
1 hour
Drop in with your device to get help connecting to the WiFi, printing wirelessly, or for solutions to various other IT problems 
13.30 – 14:00
3D Printing - 
30 minutes
Find out about 3D printing. Technical Services will bring some test prints and provide information about how you can get started using the kit.
14.00 – 14.30
Colour Correction on Library Computers -
30 minutes
A quick overview on the subject of image colour correction, assessing what is possible to achieve using the library computers. The workshop will be looking at best practice and simple workarounds on the subject.
14.30 – 15.30
New Digital Library Resources for Creative Research -
1 hour
This session will give you the opportunity to watch live demos of the Library's exciting new digital content, designed to help you navigate and search quickly and effectively. Resources covered will include DETAIL inspiration, Birkhauser’s Building Types Online, Architect's Journal and AJ Buildings Library, Critical Collective, Bloomsbury Design and Bloomsbury Fashion Library.

FRI 9th November

10:30 – 11:00
Adding a Student Journal to your Canvas Course (Staff) -
30 minutes
Staff: Have you wanted to give your students a self-reflection task or other private journaling assignment? This is easily doable in Canvas using discussions and groups. Come find out how in this short workshop.

Planet eStream Media Streaming Service and Off Air Recording Demo (Staff and Students)
This session will introduce the video streaming aspect of the new GSA Planet eStream platform, which allows GSA staff and students to watch video content anywhere on their computers or devices. We currently have over 1000 documentaries and feature films catering to a whole range of subjects and interests.
13.00 – 13.30
Introduction to Mendeley –
30 minutes
This session will give you an overview of the main features of the reference management software, Mendeley, and how it can help you collect, organise and share the references you find in the course of your research. It will also demonstrate how it can help you with your referencing and bibliographies.
Introduction to Photoshop -
1 hour 15 minutes
An introduction to Adobe Photoshop where we will cover the basics, including: cropping images, levels, colour editing & effects.