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April 20, 2016

Spring into action – The Project Managers’ Network

The May Project Managers Network (PMN) is now open for bookings.

This session is available to everyone involved in projects (big and small), and provides opportunity to meet and share experiences of managing projects here at the University.

Project Managers Network May

What to expect from the May session

The next Project Managers’ Network meeting is 11 May 2016 at 11am – 12.30pm in room 1N1.4.1. Make sure you book your place now in HR Organiser.

This session will focus on:

1. Project news

Updates on any recent project news and events.

2. Project Sponsor role and responsibilities

An interactive session that will help to clarify the role and responsibilities of the Project Sponsor and how well this translates in to day to day project life.

3. Project clinics                        

This will be run as a World Café style session with multiple tables, each on a different theme. You will have the opportunity to learn more from the facilitator, and discuss your own issues and solutions in that area. The themes for this session are: (more…)

April 19, 2016

TEL-Con 2016

TEL-Con Circuit Board.On 25th May 2016, the Technology-Enhanced Learning Team (TELT) will be running a one-day conference called TEL-Con. This exciting new event is aimed at all teaching staff at the University of Essex who want to explore the possibilities of Technology-Enhanced Learning. You’ll be able to listen to inspirational talks, chat with technology experts, and learn about brand new technological tools at one of our hands-on workshops. TEL-Con 2016 is part of the University’s three-year TEL Programme. You can learn more about this initiative by visiting the TEL pages in Moodle (login with your Essex ID).

TEL Talks

The conference will begin with an introduction by Professor Aletta Norval (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education), which will be followed by four fifteen-minute “TEL talks” on the innovative use of technology. The invited speakers are all University members who are currently working on projects with the Technology-Enhanced Learning Team. Each speaker will discuss a different form of technology, and will share their hard-earned experience and insight with you. You will be treated to talks on Moodle, ThingLink, video production using a robotic video camera mount, and interactive Live Audience Participation software!

Technology networking session

The TEL Talks will be immediately followed by an informal networking session, which will include coffee and refreshments. You’ll be able to meet with various technology experts from around the University (including the invited speakers from the previous session), and ask them any questions you may have. This is a perfect opportunity to find out about the technology-based teams and tools that are available to all teaching staff at Essex.

TEL-Con will take place in the Winter Gardens within the Essex Business School on the north side of campus. The TEL Talks will be held in room EBS.2.34, just around the corner from the Winter Gardens (opposite Bonds).

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. You can book a place at the conference via HR Organiser, using the link below:

Book your place at TEL-Con

Hands-on technology workshops

In the afternoon, after the TEL Talks and networking session have finished, the TELT will also be running three optional workshops on ThingLink, Moodle Quizzes and Audience Response Technologies. Each session will be repeated twice, the first starting at 2:00pm and the second at 3:00pm, so you can attend a maximum of two sessions. You can book onto the workshops using the links below:

Fun with ThingLink – ThingLink is an interactive media platform that empowers you to create more engaging content by adding rich media links to photos and videos. In this hour-long session, you’ll learn how to use the platform to create interactive images, which can be embedded into Moodle. Location: PC Lab K (4S.2.8).

Making Moodle Quizzes – The Moodle Quiz activity allows you to design and build quizzes using a variety of flexible question types, including multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions. In this hour-long session, you learn how to use this versatile tool to create self-marking quizzes and tests that automatically provide rich feedback to your students. Location: PC Lab M (4S.2.4).

LAP it up! – In this hour-long session, you’ll get to play with two audience response technologies that will enable you to experiment with Live Audience Participation (LAP). You’ll learn how to create and run fast-paced, competitive quizzes. You’ll also be shown how these technologies can be used to test the collective comprehension of a student cohort in real-time! Location: EBS.2.65.

Book now!

Attending TEL-Con is an excellent way to improve your understanding of the IT resources and services that are available at the University. Book now to avoid disappointment!

April 12, 2016

You said, we listened update

Filed under: Advice & Support,Networking & Collaboration — Tags: , , , — Karen Bush @ 9:15 am

The Staff Survey question of the month in December and January asked for any recommendations from you – and we received over 100 ideas! We wanted to share with you some of the work we have been doing as a result of your comments and suggestions.

We have updates covering:WE ARE ESSEX

  • Improving communication during change
  • Escape from your desk
  • Getting the work-life balance right
  • Improve your IT efficiency
  • Food outlets across campus
  • Syncing calendars with teaching hours and HR Organiser
  • Toilets at Colchester campus
  • Chairing meetings course


April 6, 2016

Mindfulness Course


Do you want to become mindful rather than having a full mind?

Workplace Health and Wellbeing are offering staff the chance to attend an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course on the Colchester campus. With increasing pressure both in our professional and personal lives, this course aims to equip individuals with improved skills to manage modern day lifestyles and encourage mindfulness practice.

What is ‘Mindfulness’?

Mindfulness is based around maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, body and surrounding environment. It can be expected that following the 8 week course there may be: