Skills Hub Webinars

If you’re aiming to improve your study skills or want to get better marks this semester, the Skills Hub webinars are designed for you. These free webinars, delivered by experienced librarians and effective learning advisers, are packed with useful tips and techniques to help with your degrees.

You can view the webinar schedule and register for sessions at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/skillshub

For assignments, we have webinars on writing literature reviews, essays, and reports, along with guidance on what your tutors are looking for in your work. We’ll also help you understand the feedback you’re given, and how to use this to improve your next assignment. If you’re in the early years of your degree, Getting Started with Research for Assignments will help you with finding information; if already know the basics and want to improve your skills you can attend Finding Quality Sources for Course Work.

The webinars on the Harvard and IEEE styles will help you understand citing and referencing, and you can learn how to use EndNote X9, powerful software that makes citing and referencing much easier.

Looking ahead to the end of semester, we have sessions on How to Succeed in Take-Home Exams.

These are just a selection of our upcoming webinars: you can view the full timetable at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/skillshub There are also lots of pre-recorded videos and online help on the skills hub website at https://isguides.hw.ac.uk/skillshub

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Staff training sessions – Vision, Turnitin and Collaborate Ultra

Learning Teaching and Enhancement Services (LTES) staff will be running more training sessions on Vision, Turnitin and Collaborate Ultra to help staff  prepare for teaching in Semester 2.
These will be appropriate for all staff whether you are new to using these tools or require a refresher session. to book please go to the following link:

https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/istraining

Online support from Information Services Global during the Christmas and New Year break #HWU_IS

Information Services will provide online support globally for urgent Helpdesk tickets from 23rd December to 4th January throughout the Christmas break apart from 24th and 25th December and 1st January. 
Please submit issues to
ISHelp@hw.ac.uk in the usual way.

Library Opening times

  • Edinburgh Campus Library and Helpdesk will close on 22nd December and re-open 5th January
  • Scottish Borders Campus Library will close on 18th December and re-open 5th January
  • Malaysia Campus Library and Helpdesk – open throughout except closed 24th and 25th December 2020 and 1st January
  • Dubai Campus Library and Helpdesk – open throughout except closed 24th 25th 26th December and 1st 2nd January

On-site library services are compliant with local Government regulations and as such opening times may be subject to change – please check the website for details and HWU_IS

Good news – extra budget for eBooks

Information Services are delighted to have been allocated additional budget to purchase more access to eBooks.

Responsive Blended Learning means more emphasis on access to electronic resources and in particular electronic copies of textbooks. In our libraries we are conscious that we cannot provide you with access to print textbooks as we have in the past. This welcome investment in our library collections allows us to buy more titles, and more copies, for more access to the eBooks which you need for your studies and take home exams.

We are working from semester one  reading lists to buy the titles you will need for your exam revision and take-home exams right now. These will all be accessible through Discovery. We know that there are different platforms and permissions around using these eBooks, so will make as much information as we can available here to help you.

Please get in touch if you have any problems through ISHelp@hw.ac.uk

We are also looking ahead to semester two, working through all the reading lists we have received so far, to ensure the textbooks you need for your studies are available for you.

Changes to permissions of Pearson eBooks on the Ebook Central platform

There have been some changes to the print, copy and download permissions for Pearson eBooks on the Ebook Central platform. For existing licences the permissions are 5% but unfortunately for new licences the permissions are 0%.
This means that there are two records for each eBook effected by this so it is important to check Discovery for more than one link. Some eBooks may also be available on the VLeBooks platform.


If you have any enquiries or problems, please contact IShelp@hw.ac.uk

Heriot-Watt Team shortlisted for ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award

This blog was originally published on the Learning and Teaching Academy blog https://lta.hw.ac.uk/blog/ on 5th December 2020.

In this blog, Rosemarie McIlwhan, Assistant Professor in the Learning and Teaching Academy, reflects on the challenges and successes of the Supporting Student Learning Online team in supporting staff and students across the University to respond to the pandemic.

When we first started supporting colleagues teaching in China to move their learning online, little did we know that soon the whole University would have to follow. Nor could we have forecast that much of the 5-year plan for active learning and digital education would end up being implemented in a little over 5 months. There have been many challenges since the pandemic caused us to move to blended learning, but we have each risen to the occasion.

The Supporting Student Learning Online (SSLO) team was one way in which we rose to the challenge. It was led by the Heriot-Watt Learning and Teaching Academy, drawing Learning Technologists from across the University, staff from the VLE project, Learning and Teaching Enhancement Services and media services together into one team providing global support for staff and students. In the video below members of the SSLO team explain the project, and colleagues from across the University explain the impact of the work.

The calm delivery in the video belies the frantic nature of the first few weeks, where we could foresee campuses being closed and the team went all-out to produce support resources before that happened so that staff would have hard copies to take home, and to rapidly provide the training and support that would be needed to enable staff and students to continue to stay in touch and finish the semester. That pace has hardly changed as we have moved into Responsive Blended Learning for AY20/21 and beyond, yet the team have continued to successfully support staff and students through live sessions, 1:1 support and provision of resources. What is less visible is the support that isn’t about learning technology – the taking time just to listen, to hear people’s frustrations (whether with the pandemic or the technology), to try to understand others’ fears even where you can’t do anything to help, essentially the humanity with which the SSLO team have provided support across the University.

Recognising the work of the SSLO team

In recognition of their work, the SSLO team have been put forward for the ALT ‘Learning Technologist of the Year’ Awards in the category Team of the Year. The awards are presented annually by the Association for Learning Technology (the UK’s leading professional body for Learning Technology). The Awards celebrate and reward excellent practice and outstanding achievement in Learning Technology. They have established a benchmark for outstanding achievement in Learning Technology on a national scale.

The awards are based on a competitive application process decided by a panel of expert judges, drawn from different sectors and countries, bringing together a wealth of experience in Learning Technology. The judging panel reviews all entries and the highest scoring entries in each category are short-listed. Judging criteria:

  • Excellence in the work (as defined in the CMALT principles).
  • Strong evidence that your work has made a significant impact on practices within the your or your team’s organisation, community, or sphere of influence.
  • Clear explanation of how others may learn from your work and what have you done to enable others to do so.

SSLO team shortlisted for Learning Technologist of the Year

We are delighted to report that the team have been shortlisted for the Learning Technologist Team of the Year Award.

You can find out more about the awards, alongside descriptions of the other shortlisted entries on the ALT awards showcase website.

The awards will be formally announced and presented at the ALT winter conference on 16th December at 4.30pm GMT. Good luck to everyone who has been shortlisted – there are some fabulous projects, and this year every when learning technology has really come to the fore, every single person working in this area deserves recognition whether they’ve been nominated or not.

Still…..keep your fingers crossed for us!

Further resources:

Webinars on Finding Research, Citing and Referencing, EndNote and more …

Skills Hub webinars will help you improve the skills you need to succeed in your courses and assignments at Heriot-Watt.


Topics for this semester include:

  • Finding Research – an introductory webinar on how to find academic research, suitable for students who are new to university research, or who would like a refresher.
  • Literature Searching – more advanced webinars aimed at students who are familiar with the basics of how to search, but want to learn more. These are aimed at students in the final years of their undergraduate degree or taught postgraduates.
  • EndNote X9 reference management software. EndNote X9 is very useful if you are working on a literature review or a project with a lot of references.
  • Citing and Referencing, with sessions on Harvard and IEEE (check your assignment guidelines to find out which style you should use)
  • And many more

Many of our September webinars were fully booked, but there are spaces available in October and November. Book your place at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/skillshub/

We’re also putting content online so that you can develop these skills independently, via the Skills Hub website at https://isguides.hw.ac.uk/skillshub . Topics already online include Harvard Citing and Referencing, IEEE Citing and Referencing and Finding Research for Assignments. We’ll be adding more to these pages throughout the semester.

Details of Information Services webinars for staff can be found at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/istraining/

20 things that Information Services do for you in 2020

  1. Discovery – search for thousands of resources including books, eBooks, journals, databases
  2. Skills Hub – digital, information and study skills
  3. Click and Collect service for borrowing books from the Library
  4. Library and IT support for Remote Learning
  5. Software  –  a wide range of software for home use
  6. Access to software from off campus – Key Server
  7. Microsoft O365 – email and apps including Outlook, OneDrive, Teams
  8. IT and Library Help – submit any requests or issues through the online ticketing system
  9. Study spaces available at all our campuses for individual study in safe environments
  10. Wi-Fi – Eduroam
  11. Printers, scanners and copiers
  12. Heritage – Museum and Archive
  13. Research Support – specialist support and systems for researchers
  14. Edinburgh Campus Library
  15. Scottish Borders Campus Library
  16. Malaysia Campus Library
  17. Dubai Campus Library
  18. Orkney Campus Library
  19. Information Information Services web pages
  20. Updates social media channels  



Key Server – remote access to on campus software

Key Server remote access connects you to an on-campus PC via your own device. When you are connected, you can access software that is usually only available when you are on campus.
Details of how to connect to Key Server can be found on the Information Services webpages including video guides
Log in using your Heriot-Watt username and password at https://keyserver.hw.ac.uk/login


Click and Collect for Library books – Edinburgh, SBC and Malaysia campuses

The Click and Collect Service for Library books will be available from 7th September. Due to COVID19 current restrictions, it is not possible to browse for books from the Library shelves.

To borrow a book, you will need to request it via the Library system.
You can request books that are on the shelf in the Library and also those that are out on loan to another student.

Requesting a book
Go to Discovery.
Sign in, and search for the book you would like to borrow

Once you have found the book that you would like to borrow, there will be an option to request it

Select Request and fill in the details

Your request will be placed.

The request will then be processed by Library staff and the book will either be found from the shelves or will be recalled from another student if they have it out on loan.

For access to journals on site, please email Library staff ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk

For access to offsite journals, please log into the Helpdesk via the portal and fill in the form

When your book is available for you to collect, you will receive an email from the Library Service Desk.

If the book is in the Library, you will be able to collect it the next day.
If the book has to be recalled, this can take anytime up to 2 – 3 weeks as it will rely on the student who currently has the book on loan returning it.  Students have up to 2 weeks to return a recalled book. 

All books when they are returned from other borrowers, must be quarantined for 72 hours to comply with safety guidelines. 

Collection
The email from the Library Service Desk will give instructions about when and where to come to collect the book. 
Please wait until you have the email instructions before visiting the Library.
We are expecting that collection time will be between 2:00pm – 4:00pm daily

You must bring your Student ID card so that we can check the details.

The book will be issued to your Library account by staff before collection and will be wrapped ready to collect.

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