Do you want to increase your productivity whilst helping the planet? The Forest App will help reduce your procrastination and distractions whilst giving you the extra incentive to stay productive, by growing trees and earning virtual coins to unlock new plants depending on how long you have stayed productive for.
As your forest grows, you can see what your focused time distribution looks like over time, with various detailed charts included in the app.
With the Forest App partnering with a real-tree-planting organisation, when users spend their virtual coins on planting new trees, the Forest team can donate to the real-tree-planting organisation to create planting orders!
You can download the Forest App through the App Store on iOS and Android devices.
For a quick preview, take a look at these screenshots to see what the Forest App may look like on your mobile device.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the IS Digital Essentials for teaching, a new Blackboard Learn Ultra site designed to support new teaching staff at Aberystwyth University.
This site brings together all of the advice and helpful information from Information Services that new teaching staff will need, ensuring that they are ‘digitally’ prepared for teaching. Whether that’s guidance on using the OneDrive to store work; how to set up a new module in Blackboard Learn Ultra; or finding guidance on lecture capture.
With a helpful checklist and automatic access for all through Blackboard Learn Ultra, we hope that the site will save valuable time for staff, as well as being a helpful resource for all departmental staff.
On Wednesday 11 October (2-3pm), we would like to invite new teaching staff to join us for a cup of tea or coffee in D54, Hugh Owen (instructions on how to find the room). This will be an opportunity for new teaching staff to meet each other and to meet colleagues from Information Services. There is no need to bookfor this event.
If you have any questions, or if you’d like to provide any feedback, please contact the Digital Skills Team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Do you have too many emails coming into your inbox? Are you struggling to find a specific email you need, or are you lost in all your emails?
Time to organise!
Did you know you can create subfolders in Outlook to help organise your emails.
You can use these folders to clear your inbox so only unread or important emails remain. You can also use this to group emails together that will make them easier to find in the future. You can name folders whatever you like and can even create sub-folders within these folders.
Either watch the below video or follow the instructions below:
From Wednesday 27 September 2023, we will be enabling a new version of the tool which allows staff to embed LinkedIn Learning content within their modules on Blackboard Learn Ultra. There are many advantages to enabling this new version, however it will require staff who have already embedded LinkedIn Learning content within their current modules to follow a few steps before and after this date.
What do I need to do if I have LinkedIn Learning content embedded in my current Blackboard Learn Ultra modules?
Before Wednesday 27 September, you will need to make a note of which LinkedIn Learning courses you have already embedded within your modules.
You can then delete these courses from your module.
From Wednesday 27 September, you will need to re-add these courses using the new version of the tool (how do I do that?)
Please note: Any embedded LinkedIn Learning content that were added using the old version of the tool will appear as broken links to students from 27 September.
What are the advantages of this new version?
Embedding content will save staff time as it will automatically pull through the content title and description for you.
Staff can search for the LinkedIn Learning content they wish to include in their modules directly in Blackboard Learn Ultra.
Cysill is part of a language software package called Cysgliad that you can download on your PC, and Cysill will be able to identify and correct Welsh-language errors in your text. You can use the online version of Cysill, but you can check your text much easier if you download the app (how do I do that?).
Once you’ve downloaded the Cysill app, take a look at the video below or follow these instructions:
Open the Cysill app and your Word document (or wherever your Welsh-language text is located)
Highlight the text you want Cysill to check
Type Ctrl+Alt+W on your keyboard (this will copy and paste your text directly into Cysill)
Check all the errors that the app suggests need changing
Click Cywiro (Correct) if you’re happy with a correction that the app suggests
Once you’ve worked through all the suggestions, the app will automatically copy and paste the corrected text back into your Word document
Are you interested in learning what resources are available to help you assess and develop your digital skills? Or, perhaps you’re interested in learning more about how you can support your students to develop their own digital skills?
We will be delivering several training sessions for staff throughout Semester 1. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, please feel free to email email@example.com to arrange a conversation with a member of our team.
Do you want to be able to find the exact webpage you are looking for without wasting time going through several different webpages? For webpages that you visit often, you can bookmark them and even create folders for different categories of bookmarks, meaning that you will never have to navigate through the internet to find that specific webpage again!
Follow these steps to bookmark a webpage:
Open your choice of internet browser
Search for the webpage you would like to bookmark
Click on the star icon which is located on the right-hand side of the webpage address bar
Choose a name for the webpage you would like to bookmark and click Done
To manage your bookmarks:
Right click on the bookmarks bar and select Bookmarks manager
To create a new folder for your webpages, right click on the bookmarks bar and select Add folder