TechSkills

TechSkills

TechSkills is a package of workshops, online resources, activities and face to face support to help you develop and enhance your technology skills.

Whatever your subject or level of study you will most likely need to understand and use different forms of technology to complete your course. Whether you are a complete beginner and want to learn how to use a PC effectively, need help getting started with a particular software application, understand the basics of programming or would like to come along to one of our informal makerspace activies – TechSkills has something to offer you.

Our TechSkills workshops, events and activities run throughout the academic year and cover a wide range of technology subjects.

Our latest workshops include:

Starting Programming for Absolute Beginners – A Scratch workshop aiming to introduce programming concepts and help you reason systematically – designed for students who have no prior coding/programming experience.

Introduction to Effective Poster Design – This workshop aims to introduce the principles of effective poster design using Microsoft Publisher – designed for students who are new to Microsoft Publisher.

Creating a WordPress Blog – Introducing the technical aspects of creating a blog using wordpress.com – from creating an account to moderating posts and applying themes.

Getting Started with Adobe Premiere Pro – Learn how to set up a project in Premiere Pro, import video files and assemble a simple sequence – add effects, render and export the edited video in the correct format.

Recent interactive TechSkills events in Catalyst have included showcasing augmented and virtual reality systems, programmatically creating virtual 3d models, operating 3D printers to produce intricate physical designs and an introduction to robotics via constructing and programming Robogators and our Nao artificially intelligent humanoid bots Reggie & Robbie.

Check out the latest TechSkills schedule and book your place online.

Specialist Workstations

Specialist workstations are located within Catalyst to facilitate student access to professional Creative Media, Geography, Computer Science and EditShare applications 24/7 during term time.

Reserve a specialist workstation for 1-3 hours.

There are four specialist categories – major applications in each category and workstation locations are displayed below:

Creative Media

Geography

Computer Science

EditShare

1-2-1 appointments

We offer 1-2-1 appointments in Catalyst (Ormskirk campus) to help you develop your technology skills with a focus on getting started.

  • Web: Adobe Dreamweaver, Building websites (Wix), Creating blogs (WordPress), Browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Edge)
  • Office: Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Media: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sway, Skype, Powtoon, Virtual & Augmented Realities
  • Windows 10: Accessibility settings, Narrator, Keyboard shortcuts, File compression, Snipping Tool
  • 3D Printing: Cura, Thingyverse, Tinkercad
  • Presentation Technologies: Classroom & lecture theatre Audio Visual control systems

It may be helpful to bring along:

An example of work produced using the skills you would like to develop

We can:

  • provide advice and guidance in relation to technologies used at Edge Hill
  • signpost you to online guides and further resources to support you after your appointment
  • signpost you to other support services across the University

We can’t:

  • advise you on the content of your work as we are not subject specialists
  • offer hardware services, personal software installation, or offer a quick fix for an imminent deadline

If you can’t find a suitable date/time then please get in touch.

Free software

Microsoft Office is free to download and use.
Office 365 logoMicrosoft Office 365
The University can now offer access to Microsoft 365, you can download the full Office suite on up to 5 devices completely free.
For more information visit IT Services pages: MS Office for Students.


You might have heard about open source software (which usually means it’s free), or assistive technology – tools you can add to your computer or the software you use, which makes them more adaptable and easier to use. Here are some links to free software staff and students can use:

calibrecalibre-ebook.com

Calibre is a free and open source e-book computer software application suite that organizes, saves and manages e-books, supporting a variety of formats. It also supports e-book syncing with a variety of popular e-book readers and will, within DRM restrictions, convert e-books between differing formats.


PortableApps.com

Your favourite apps, carried on a portable or cloud drive, works on PCs everywhere you go. PortableApps is a free portable software solution allowing you to take your favourite software with you and make every PC feel like your own. A fully open source and free platform, it works on any portable storage device.


EduApps

EduApps consists of useful software collections that are free for you to download and use. The most popular of which is MyStudyBar, providing a suite of apps to support literacy.


Apache Open Office

Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.


Libre Office

LibreOffice is a comprehensive, professional-quality productivity suite that you can download and install for free. LibreOffice is available in more than 30 languages and for all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux.


Ability Net – My Computer My Way

My Computer My Way is AbilityNet’s interactive service that helps you adapt your computer to your needs – instead of expecting you to conform to the average.

It includes options such as:

Vision – help with seeing your screen
Hearing – help with sounds and audio
Motor – help with keyboard and mouse difficulties
Cognitive – help with reading, spelling and understanding


JISC TechDis – Inclusion technology advice

Jisc TechDis list of free and Open Source assistive technology and productivity tools.

 


eSurv (free online survey software)

eSurv provides a tool for producing online forms, surveys and polls. The tool is completely free, easy to use and supported by donations. Online generic support can be found here: https://esurv.org/docs/

If you need further specific support please open a case here: https://esurv.org/docs/?Support


Access: YouTube

Access: YouTube simplifies the standard YouTube site, by removing extra content such as adds, comments and links which can be distracting, makes it easier for everyone to search and play videos, and allows the use of assistive technologies.

For more information visit the JISC website: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/access-youtube


These links are a selection of resources that Learning Services feel are from good, reputable providers. Please note that as all resources are supported and managed by external providers, support for these resources is through the provider and not Edge Hill University.

Specialist Software

Software Location
Adobe Creative Cloud
Acrobat
After Effects
Animate
Audition
Bridge
Dreamweaver
Illustrator
InCopy
InDesign
Lightroom
Media Encoder
Muse
Photoshop
Prelude
Premiere Pro
SpeedGrade
Available on PCs throughout Catalyst and all classrooms, lecture theatres and IT labs throughout the University.
ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro Available on the Geography specialist workstations and 2nd floor PCs in Catalyst and Geography PCs in the GeoSciences building.
Audacity Available on PCs throughout Catalyst and all classrooms, lecture theatres and IT labs throughout the University.
AutoGraph 3.3 Available on PCs in the Faculty of Education IT labs.
Blender Available on the Computing specialist worksations in Catalyst and Computing PCs in the Tech Hub.
Can also be run on any networked PC on campus directly from X Drive – X:\Education\Resources\Blender
BlueJay (Java) Available on the Computing specialist worksations in Catalyst and Computing PCs in the Tech Hub.
Can also be run on any networked PC on campus directly from X Drive – X:\Education\Resources\Greenfoot
Cinema 4D Available on the Animation specialist workstations in Catalyst and Animation PCs in Creative Edge.
ClaroRead Available on PCs throughout Catalyst and all classrooms, lecture theatres and IT labs throughout the University.
Crumble Can be run on any networked PC on campus directly from X Drive – X:\Education\Resources\Crumble
Dartfish Available on PCs in Wilson IT1 and LINC IT1 IT labs.
Derive Available on PCs in the Faculty of Education IT labs.
ERDAS Imagine 2018 Available on the Geography specialist workstations in Catalyst and Geography PCs in the GeoSciences building.
Final Draft Available on mezzanine floor PCs and specific silent study PCs in Catalyst.
Flowgorithm Can be run on any networked PC on campus directly from X Drive – X:\Education\Resources\Flowgorithm
Harmony Available on the Animation specialist workstations in Catalyst and Animation PCs in Creative Edge.
Hot Potatoes 6 Available on PCs in the Faculty of Education IT labs.
Inspiration 9 Available on PCs throughout Catalyst and all classrooms, lecture theatres and IT labs throughout the University.
Keli uVision4 Available on the Computing specialist worksations in Catalyst and Computing PCs in the Tech Hub.
Kinovea Available on PCs in the Wilson Biomechanics lab.
Can also be run on any networked PC on campus directly from X Drive – X:\Sport and Physical Activity\Kinovea
Maya Available on the Animation specialist workstations in Catalyst and Animation PCs in Creative Edge.
MEGA 7 Can be run directly from X Drive – X:\Biology\MEGA7
Microsoft Mathematics Can be run on any networked PC on campus directly from X Drive – X:\Education\Resources\Maths
Microsoft Project Available on PCs throughout Catalyst and all classrooms, lecture theatres and IT labs throughout the University.
Microsoft Visio Available on PCs throughout Catalyst and all classrooms, lecture theatres and IT labs throughout the University.
Microsoft Visual Studio Community Available on the Computing specialist worksations in Catalyst and Computing PCs in the Tech Hub.
MSW Logo Available on PCs in the Faculty of Education IT labs.
Read & Write 11 Available on PCs throughout Catalyst and all classrooms, lecture theatres and IT labs throughout the University.
Sage Accounting Available on 5 PCs on the 2nd floor of Catalyst near the Accountancy book stock.
Scratch Available on PCs in the Faculty of Education IT labs.
Can also be run on any networked PC on campus directly from X Drive – X:\Education\Resources\Scratch 2
Small Basic Can be run on any networked PC on campus directly from X Drive – X:\Education\Resources\Small Basic
SPSS 25 Available on PCs throughout Catalyst and all classrooms, lecture theatres and IT labs throughout the University. Downloadable for home use from the All Student Services list on the Students Homepage.
StoryBoard Pro Available on the Animation specialist workstations in Catalyst and Animation PCs in Creative Edge.
Tarsia Can be run on any networked PC on campus directly from X Drive – X:\Education\Resources\Tarsia
Textease Studio Available on PCs in the Faculty of Education IT labs.
Trimble Business Center Available on the Geography specialist workstations in Catalyst and Geography PCs in the GeoSciences building.
Unity Available on the Computing specialist worksations in Catalyst and Computing PCs in the Tech Hub.
Write-N-Cite Available on PCs throughout Catalyst and all classrooms, lecture theatres and IT labs throughout the University.

Please note that the majority of this software is supported by staff within departments.


Catalyst floorplans displaying software locations:

Ground Floor
Mezzanine
First Floor
Second Floor
Third Floor

IT Self Help

IT Self Help Guides

Learning Services have produced a range of quick guides to the main Microsoft Office applications used at the University. Below you will also find comprehensive guides, covering all you need to know. Please note that you need to be logged in to view the comprehensive guides.

Quick Reference Guides

Learning Edge Guides

Learning Edge
What is Learning Edge? This quick guide describes the suite of Edge Hill University teaching and learning tools that are included in it.

Learning Edge: Getting Started
An absolute beginner’s introduction to using Learning Edge.

Turnitin: Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question about Turnitin, it might be answered here.

Setting your Learning Edge Notifications
Want to receive notifications from Learning Edge? Don’t want to receive them? You decide.

Editing your Course List Display
Too much information on your Courses list? Take control and choose only the information that is useful to you.

Ask Us Knowledge Base

You can find hundreds of frequently asked questions regarding such topics as Wi-Fi connection, Blackboard guides, referencing and software support in our Ask Us knowledge base.

If the answer you require isn’t included in our knowledge base you’ll be invited to submit your question to Learning Services. Our average response time for enquiries over the last 12 months is less than two hours.

If you’d prefer to call, text or start a live chat with one of the team you’ll also find these options under the more ways to contact us section on the front page of Ask Us.

Ask Us

University Apps

You can find out about the apps Edge Hill University IT Services Department have developed by visiting the new mobile information page.

You will find information about all the new apps which will support your teaching and learning, including the Blackboard Mobile Learn app and a mobile version of our library catalogue.

We aim to improve the experience our users have when using our systems and resources via a mobile device and will announce developments on our blog and news channels so please look out for updates.