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All the Royal Agricultural University Friday TEL tips collected together and shared in one place. Enjoy!

For tips organised into categories see the category page.

Introduction to Vevox

Posted on 11 December 2020, 8:20
Last updated Friday, 11 December 2020, 8:20

Vevox is a Student response system and earlier this week we ran an introduction to Vevox webinar. For those who missed it there is a video recording of the session.


For more information see the Vevox support page on Gateway or the Vevox website.


If you wish to be involved in pilot phase 2 and use Vevox in Semester 2 contact with the name of a module you would like to use it on.

Using Panopto Capture

Posted on 04 December 2020, 8:55
Last updated Friday, 04 December 2020, 8:59
Tags: Panopto, video

If you want a really quick way to get a ‘talking head’ video on to Panopto to use on your module then you can use Panopto capture. Go to the Panopto folder for where you would like the video to appear and select Panopto capture. There is a quick video on using it.


A very basic video recorder will appear and you can record your video. It will be stored in the related folder.



 The Panopto Capture option can also be used by students who are creating video assignments. Unfortunately it currently doesn’t work on the Safari browser, but Panopto are planning for this to happen soon.


There are a number of other options available from this drop down including building a session where you combine video and audio and Playlist which allows you to pull together different videos (see an example here).



Build a session:


Reusing Panopto content from last academic year

Posted on 27 November 2020, 9:39
Last updated Friday, 27 November 2020, 9:48
Tags: Panopto

It makes sense to reuse good academic video content from last academic year.  Examples could be an interview with an external expert, an overview of a farm visit or recording of a particular lab experiment. Here is some guidance on best practice on reusing content.


  • Location – there is a Panopto folder for each module for each year. You can copy a version of your video and move it to your module folder for this year.
  • Name – Rename your video to ensure it is suitable for this year.
  • Slides – It is possible to change individual slides or the entire slide set.
  • Video – Delete small sections of content, add in new clips


There is a video that shows out how to carry out these actions.


Control your chat and notifications in Teams

Posted on 20 November 2020, 9:55
Last updated Friday, 20 November 2020, 9:57
Tags: Office365, Teams

Here’s three tips on how to use your chat and notifications in Teams effectively.

  • See the chat when presenting – When you present and share your screen you lose the chat. The easiest way to get round this is to present natively within Teams by selecting the PowerPoint. This blog post provides further information.


  • Change your status – Your status automatically changes if you are in a meeting but you can control this status yourself. For example if you are recording a lecture you might want to change the status to do not disturb. You can also set your status message


  • Mute a channel – every meeting and teams channel will have an associated chat. Some chats are busier than others and you may wish to mute them. Right click on the three dots next to a channel.



Using Quercus

Posted on 13 November 2020, 9:42
Last updated Friday, 13 November 2020, 9:44
Tags: Quercus

If your students have completed assessment 1 then you may need to input marks in to Quercus. There is guidance on using Quercus on the Academic staff page on Gateway. The section includes documents showing how to add notes, enter marks and lookup information on reasonable adjustments. There is also an overview video of Quercus I recorded with Debbie Scott before she left. It is fast moving [11 minutes long], fairly informal (apologies for some of the chat) and uses real student data (blurred out as required).

Quercus for academics