Friday, 12 April 2013

Training Opportunities

Creating screencasts

As part of the creative media strategy, the Creative Media team are piloting a new service, which will allow staff to create screencasts.

Five Windows 7 Managed Desktop laptops, which can be collected from CiCS on 10-12 Brunswick Street or the Information Commons, have been made available for staff with Camtasia Studio installed, and bundled with headset mics. Camtasia allows users to create and edit professional screencasts, recording on-screen actions with integrated voiceover, video, quizzes and captions. It is ideal for making online presentations, software demonstrations and tutorials.

As well as supplying the computers, the Creative Media team can also offer training sessions to help staff get the most out of the software. This service is available for staff only, and is bookable by emailing

Learning to use Google Mail

If you want to get to grips with using Google Mail or you want to know about the advanced features that are available then a recently introduced course will help you. An Introduction to Google Mail (CIC104) is being run on a monthly basis and can be booked through LMS.

The session covers:

   Accessing Mail
   Priority inbox
   Archiving versus deleting mail
   Setting up a vacation message
   Mail settings

To browse the course catalogue, or to enrol on a course, go to:

Using technology in teaching spaces

We have now created an online training request form for those wanting to know how to use technologies in teaching spaces.

Staff can fill in the form to request bespoke sessions, and a member of AV staff will respond to the query, discuss and agree what is required, arrange the session and lead it.

The form is available from the following web page:

Creative Media Workshops

Did you know that CiCS offer a range of workshops so that students who need to produce a video or audio-recording for a project or as part of their course can receive practical skills to complete their work? Training can be delivered flexibly by the Creative Media team and is tailored to the needs of the audience. If you would like to arrange a training session for your students, please complete the Training Request form.

If you would like to know more about creating videos, podcasts and screencasts yourself, CiCS will be holding two creative media workshops for staff in May.  The sessions will be held on Wednesday 1st May and Thursday 16th May between 12.15 and 1.00pm in IC Collaboratory 1 (B20).