The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) tips shared with Royal Agricultural University (RAU) staff every Friday.

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Tech and Talk Tuesdays

To complement the Summer skills sessions we offering one day a week in which academics can book a 30-minute session with a Learning Technologist. These sessions will take place on the following Tuesdays: August 11th, 18th, 25th and September 1st . They will be pedagogy informed sessions which could cover the following areas: 


  • Take a more general look at your module -We will use some of the design jam approaches taken on the Catalyst modules to help you design your module. 
  • Take a look at a particular activity – We will consider what you are trying to achieve with your students, prescribe a particular tool and support you in beginning to build the activity.
  • Take a look at your Gateway module page and ensure it is ready for the start of the academic year - We will help you work through your module page using the Gateway baseline tick list. We can also support you with importing content.


To book a session visit the Summer Skills page. The deadline for booking a session will be the end of Friday the week before.

tech and talk tuesday

If you cannot access the Summer skills site please email

Summer skills sessions


You can now access the Summer skills sessions. There is a comprehensive amount of information and guidance on the page including the video and content from the blended curriculum show and tell workshop. Academics should be set up as students which will allow you to try out activity completion and digital badges.

Summer skills

Any problems accessing contact the IT Service Desk and ask to be added as a student.

See Gateway the way our students do

Unsure of what the Gateway experience is like for students? How do they navigate the site? What can they customise? What support pages are there?


This video for students gives an overview of Gateway.

Welcome to Gateway

Making screencasts using Panopto

A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture or a screen recording. It is easy to use Panopto to capture your screen and make screencasts.  You need to ensure you are capturing a main screen. It may be useful to check your screen capture preview.


One thing that you can do to improve the experience is to have your mouse cursor highlighted. This is enabled in your settings  > basic settings

Screen cast settings

In the video the cursor will look as below.


Adding Zoom passwords

Note: Our recommended communication platform for learning and teaching is Teams. Zoom is only to be used in particular situations. If you need further guidance contact the IT Service Desk.

For security reasons from 19th July Zoom will require that all meetings have a Passcode or a Waiting Room enabled. Both settings are easy to manage from the main Schedule a Meeting screen.

  • To set a password tick the box ‘Require a meeting password’


  • To enable waiting room tick the box ‘Enable waiting room’

enable waiting room

Here are a couple of other tips for meeting hosts:

  • Want to turn off your video quickly? Use Alt+V
  • Want to mute everyone? Use Alt+M
  • Want to change your display name? Service Desk have a video on how to do this