Students Staff


April 30, 2018

Retiring the Online Resource Bank (ORB)

Filed under: Elearning, Lynda, Moodle, ORB — Benjamin Steeples @ 9:43 am

As agreed with Education Committee, we are planning to retire the Online Resource Bank (ORB) service at the end of the 2017/18 academic year, after the resit examinations in September 2018.

Why are we doing this?
There are several reasons behind this, but the primary ones are:

  • Majority of departments are now using Moodle, which offers more engaging learning activities;
  • Limited resources available to support ORB, both in terms of hardware/software and pedagogy;
  • Improving the student experience and reducing cognitive overhead by presenting learning materials in a single location and in a consistent manner;
  • Enabling the use of more engaging learning tools which require no special technical skills;
  • Moving towards a single point of entry for learning materials, reading lists, lecture recordings, and coursework deadlines.

When is this happening?
ORB will be retired on the 14th September 2018. At this point ORB will no longer be available to students, and all existing signposting will instead point to Moodle.

Staff will continue to have access to materials stored in ORB via existing publishing methods, but will be unable to add new materials or change existing. Staff access will be withdrawn and the service fully retired on 14th January 2019.

What support is available to help the move from ORB to Moodle?

We are offering support via various routes:

  • The Technology Enhanced Learning Team (TEL) will be running ORB to Moodle drop-in sessions throughout the summer. Staff can book themselves on these sessions by visiting HR Organiser, and searching for TEL or Moodle training.
  • The Learning Technology Team (LTT) will be approaching departments with a high number of ORB users to arrange basic Moodle training sessions, and helping move past examination papers to a new home.
  • Staff will be guided to relevant training videos offered by

What happens if I do nothing?
Students will lose access to materials held in ORB on the 14th September 2018.

Where can I get further information?
Any enquiries about ORB’s retirement should be directed to the Learning Technology Team (

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June 26, 2017

How Lynda helped Mandi Maripise get a Frontrunner role

Filed under: Elearning, IT Training, Lynda — sgswaine @ 10:01 am

JobReadyHeadshot_Mandi_1_Cropped-WebMandi Maripise is a Philosophy, Politics and Economics student and, until recently, a Digital Revolution frontrunner for IT Services.

We talked to Mandi to find out how she used Lynda to enhance her CV in preparation for the Frontrunner role; and also how videos like Design thinking: Lead Change in Your Organisation, which talks about mapping customer journeys and user-centered problem solving, helped during her placement.

The Lynda Team
IT Services

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June 5, 2017

Find out how our students are using Lynda to get job ready

Filed under: Elearning, IT Training, Lynda — Tags: , , — Alyson Wilson @ 3:25 pm












We spoke to three students to find out how Lynda has helped them prepare for postgraduate study, secure a UROP placement and land a frontrunner role.

In our new video series, Drew, Mandi and Ivana talk about how Lynda has helped them gain confidence, knowledge and skills by watching Lynda courses like Human Design Thinking, 3D Printing, HTML and financial markets.

If you’re preparing for a new job, why not check out our JobReady playlist in Lynda. 

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May 9, 2017

Drop-in sessions with TEL, IT Training and the Library

Filed under: Elearning, Events, FASER, IT Training, Library IT, Listen Again, Lynda, Moodle — sgswaine @ 1:53 pm
Supporting teaching and learning

Supporting teaching and learning

Would you like some help designing your Moodle module or embedding a Lynda video? Do have some questions about building your Talis Aspire reading lists or how to provide feedback on FASER?

Come along to our drop-in sessions during May and June, where someone from TEL, IT Training or the Library, will be on hand to help you with these and any other questions you might have about technologies used in teaching, learning and assessement.

You can just pop in for as little, or for as long as you want. Just let us know if it will be in the morning or afternoon by booking a place on HR Organiser (login with your Essex ID and password).


Sessions dates and times:

23/05/17 10:00-13:00 and 13:00-16:00
31/05/17 10:00-13:00 and 13:00-16:00
06/06/17 10:00-13:00 and 13:00-16:00
14/06/17 10:00-13:00 and 13:00-16:00

TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning)
IT Training (IT Services)

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February 7, 2017

Using Lynda to boost your employability? We’d like to hear from you

Filed under: IT Training, Lynda, News — Tags: , , — sgswaine @ 11:28 am

Spotlight on Student Employability

Have you watched Lynda videos to boost your employability profile? Has Lynda given you the confidence to develop your entrepreneurial or IT digital skills so you can participate in programmes like ENACTUS, UROP, or the Big E Award?

IT Services are looking for enthusiastic volunteers for our next video series on Student Employability. Our last series was featured on LinkedIn by the Lynda UK Academic User Group, so your profile could be seen by potential employees.

Interested? Contact

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