TEL Highlights, November 2022

Georgios Mouratidis
Thursday 1 December 2022

TEL highlights – November 2022  

Here’s a summary of the activity that took place in the Hive this November.


Teach Learn Collaborate Repeat

A Teaching and Learning Event was organised by Talis in November 23rd. It included sessions and panels from thought leaders in Higher Education on topics such as collaborative learning and increasing student engagement, as well as case studies from academics who’ve enhanced their pedagogy with technology over the past 12 months to develop their learning practices with digital solutions.


Exploring Talis Elevate

With semester 2 approaching, we wanted to make sure there was an easy opportunity for you to interact with Talis Elevate and decide whether it might be a useful tool for your teaching.

These three examples utilise the different media types that can be used within Talis Elevate.

These three examples utilise the different media types that can be used within Talis Elevate.

For more information on how to use Talis Elevate, you can watch this tutorial video.

Additionally, on Thursday the 8th of December from 2pm until 3pm, Matthew Weldon from Talis will be running a session exploring the use of social annotation within higher education. Please click here to complete the registration form if you wish to attend. This session is open to all staff interested in using Talis Elevate in their teaching.


Hot topic picks 

These are some of the topics that were raised and discussed within the community. 

  1. Posting anonymously on Moodle

People asked if there is a way for students to post anonymously on a Moodle forum. That is possible if you use the “Open Forum” function tool.

  1. Problem with coursework submission on MMS

People reported that MMS was not accepting student submissions of coursework. This MMS service disruption was an issue known to IT Services and all Directors of Teaching and School Managers have been briefed. If you find that this is still an issue, please consult your School admin.

  1. Scheduling software

Someone asked if there is a scheduling software that allows students to book timeslots for assessments, interviews or meetings.  The HIVE suggests ‘Bookings with me’.

This is a web-based personal scheduling page that integrates with the free/busy information from your Outlook calendar. It allows staff and students to schedule a meeting or appointment with you.

Click here to see how to use ‘Bookings with me’. See also this Hive message thread about issues regarding discrepancies in meeting times when using ‘Bookings with me’.

  1. Inability to click ‘Record’ when using Panopto in classrooms

There are reports that people can’t record their lectures with Panopto because the ‘record’ button seems blended out. Usually this is caused because there is no audio source selected in the drop-down menu in Panopto. Without an audio source selected, Panopto will not allow to start a recording.


Things you don’t want to miss!

LaTex for beginners – 7 December 1-5pm

LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system and is the de facto standard for academic document preparation across many disciplines, but particularly in the sciences. This course will introduce the essential elements of LaTeX to enable you to produce press-ready, structured documents.

The course will be delivered online, through Teams, and thus participants are required to install the specified version of the LaTeX distribution and editor onto their own computer (instructions will be provided). Open to staff and research postgraduates only.

For further details and booking, see the listing in PDMS at the following link: LaTeX for Beginners


Exploring Teaching and Online Learning – apply by 9 January 2023

Registration is now open for the 2nd semester, 15-credit module ID5108 Exploring Teaching and Learning Online. This is an elective module on the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), but it is possible to enroll on the module as a “stand-alone”, even if you aren’t doing the PGCAP.

To enroll you need to be teaching in semester 2 (or to have taught in semester 1), and you need the permission of your line manager (for staff) or primary supervisor (for PGRs).

To request a place on the module, please fill in the ID5108 online application form. For more information, please email [email protected]


Race Equality Survey

The Race Equality Charter Survey is a survey of all students and all staff to understand how race and ethnicity affect the experiences of studying and working at the University of St Andrews. The aggregated data will be used to generate a Race Equality Survey Report and will contribute to a five-year Race Equality Charter Action Plan.

We want every student and member of staff to complete the survey, regardless of your race or ethnicity, regardless of how you evaluate your experience of studying and working at St Andrews. Your response will add to the understanding of race equality at St Andrews that the Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team is building.

The survey closes at 5pm on Friday 16 December 2022.
Online Survey link and full details available on:

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