Learning and teaching technology

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Virtual learning

Our virtual learning environment is known as Blackboard. With a range of tools for creating engaging course materials, Blackboard gives our students secure, flexible access to their course from anywhere in the world.

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Lecture recording

Record your lectures and make them available for students to watch back with Encore. Using Echo 360 to record the audio, video and screen of your lectures Encore is a great way to publish your lectures on the web and in Blackboard.

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Media creation and editing

Create and edit audio and video using our dedicated Creative Media suites. Packed with great software and equipment, including high quality microphones ideal for recording podcasts, voice overs and screencasts there is something for all abilities.

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Video streaming and hosting

The Kaltura Digital Media Hub is a new portal for audio-visual material at the University. All staff can create, and upload media using Kaltura. You chose how you share media with others, and media can easily be inserted to Blackboard.

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Instant group response capturing

Group response systems create interactivity between a presenter and the audience. Make teaching interactive using our Turning Point polling service. Gather instant responses, feedback and choices from an audience of up to six hundred people and show the results live.

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Originality checking

Reduce plagiarism and make grading assignments easier by using Turnitin with Blackboard courses. Assignments are text matched against online text and Turnitin's extensive essay bank making it easy to spot potential plagiarism. And, with its easy to use online interface you can provide feedback and grades on work quickly and simply.

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Communication and collaboration

Collaborate on documents, presentations, websites and more using our Google Apps for Education. From simultaneous document writing to powerful idea sharing Google Apps is at the heart of collaboration here at Sheffield.

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