Collaborate Ultra update – how to run large scale sessions with more than 250 participants in Collaborate Ultra.

Collaborate Ultra has a limit of 250 attendees. Staff can increase this limit to 500 attendees by following these simple steps:

How to set up a large scale session:

1) Create the session as you normally would.

2) Click on the cog to enter the session settings menu.
3) Scroll down until the bottom of the page, where you will see the ‘Large scale session 250+’ option. Tick the box to enable 250+ attendees.

Please note: If a live session has more than 250 attendees in it, the option of breakout groups is unavailable.

For events larger than 500 attendees, Information Services recommends scheduling a Teams Live Event.

For more information on using Collaborate Ultra, visit
https://heriotwatt.sharepoint.com/sites/istraining/SitePages/Collaborate-Ultra.aspx

For more information on how to schedule a Teams Live Event visit
https://heriotwatt.sharepoint.com/sites/is-audiovisual/SitePages/User-Guides.aspx#microsoft-teams-live-events-user-guides

To book onto live training on Collaborate Ultra and other applications, please visit the IS Training Calendar
https://bit.ly/infoservicestraining

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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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/

Library and IT support for Remote Learning and Research

For information and support for remote learning and research, please check out the Remote learning guide

 

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A Guide to Library and IT support for Remote Learning and Research

The Guide to Library and IT support for Remote Learning and Research includes information for learning and accessing resources while off-campus.

There are some very useful video screencasts of how to to use Discovery for accessing ebooks, ejournals and databases.

You can also sign up for Power Hours webinars and contact Liaison Librarians for help and support

 

Congratulations to our quiz winner!

Congratulations to Ling Zhou who won the Library & IT quiz for the pre-sessional Passport students.   The Passport students spent the morning in group activities finding and using Library resources to support their assignments. The online quiz then tested the students’ knowledge of additional Library and IT services available to help.

Very well done to our quiz winner!

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Power Hours w/c 14 January 2019

The following workshops will be held w/cpowerhours
14th January

Citing & Referencing Harvard
Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Excel: Fundamentals
Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching , Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

How to Succeed in Exams
Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Note Taking [Webinar]
Date: 15 January 2019
Time: 09:15-10:15
Location: Own Computer
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Making the Most of Your Lectures
Date: 15 January 2019
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome, most suited to UG and PGT students

Coping with Presentation Nerves 
Date: 15 January 2019
Time: 16:00-17:00
Location: Student Wellbeing Centre, Hugh Nisbet Building
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Citing & Referencing Harvard [Webinar]
Date: 17 January 2019
Time: 09:15-10:15
Location: Own Computer
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Endnote Online
Date: 17 January 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Critical Thinking
Date: 17 January 2019
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours
See our website for further skills development opportunities

Exam Top Tip: Try the Pomodoro technique.

It is a simple but very effective method that can improve your focus and aid concentration. So to get started you just need a timer-it could be an electronic timer on your phone or lap-top. It doesn’t have to be the old-fashioned kitchen timer shaped like a tomato – but that is where the name originates. Pomodoro is the Italian for tomato. Set the timer for your next study session. Fifty minutes is ideal to start with. After fifty minutes give yourself a ten minute break. Time for a cup of tea or a walk in the fresh air. Then follow with another uninterrupted fifty minute study period. If this method works for you, then start allocating specific topics to revise for each concentrated Pomodoro session. You may be surprised how much revision you can cover using this method.

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Exam Top Tip: Take care of yourself.

Your academic work actually benefits if you build in rest, exercise and relaxation. Your brain needs a good night’s sleep and this is particularly important before the day of your exam.  Exercise will help you relax, keep a good appetite and give you that vital “switch off” time from study.  Remember to build some leisure and relaxation into your study schedule.  This is time to spend with friends or family, go for a walk or watch a TV show.  Finally, don’t forget to eat!  Just as the brain needs sleep it also needs nourishment. spiced_orange_and_honey_36705_16x9

Exam Top Tip: Mix it up!

Successful revision tests your understanding of content. So try recording your answer to a test question and critically listen back.  Is your explanation clear and precise?  Look at a test question and write an essay plan to show how you would answer the question.  If you are a visual learner draw a mind map to show how you would tackle the question.  Mind maps can help you see correlations and identify missing bits of the jigsaw.  All of these methods will help you identify gaps in your knowledge and show you where you need to concentrate most.

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