- Specialist Workstations
- 1-2-1 appointments
- Free software
- Specialist Software
- IT Self Help
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 or would like to come along to one of our informal makerspace activities – 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:
Introduction to Creative Poster Design – This session begins with hints and tips about creative poster design then offers the opportunity to follow step by step instructions to create a basic example poster using Microsoft Publisher.
Introduction to Academic Poster Design – This workshop begins with hints and tips about academic poster design then offers the opportunity to follow step by step instructions to create an example academic poster design using Microsoft Publisher.
Create a Basic Blog – Overview of how to create a Wix blog, from signing up for an account and understanding the user interface to adding content and sharing it.
Create a Basic Website – Overview of how to create a Wix website, from signing up for an account and understanding the user interface to building the website structure, adding content including text, images and videos and creating a menu and links.
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.
Windows 10 Hints, Tips & Shortcuts – Learn useful keyboard shortcuts, how to effectively store your data and find it efficiently, how the Task Manager works, important accessibility settings and handy everyday essentials to consider when using a PC at Edge Hill.
Check out the latest TechSkills schedule and book your place online. (Currently postponed)
Students may also book a 1-2-1 appointment for personal help and support related to any of our TechSkills workshops.
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, an introduction to robotics via constructing and programming Robogators and our Nao artificially intelligent humanoid bots and an instructional demonstration of digital technologies designed to help train future medical practitioners.
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. Students can reserve a specialist workstation for up to 3 hours to ensure it will be available when required.
There are four specialist categories – major applications in each category and workstation locations are displayed below:
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- Maxon Cinema 4D
- Autodesk Maya
- Toon Boom Harmony
- Toon Boom StoryBoard Pro
- Location: Two PC workstations with Cintiq graphics tablets on Ground Floor adjacent to Robin Pod.
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- ArcGIS Pro
- ESA SNAP
- Google Earth Pro
- Leica Geosystems XPro
- Trimble Coordinate System Manager
- Location: Two PC workstations on Ground Floor adjacent to Robin Pod.
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- NetBeans IDE
- GlassFish Server
- HoloLens Emulator
- Visual Studio Community
- Microsoft Web Deploy
- Windows Software Development Kit
- Location: Two PC workstations on Ground Floor adjacent to Robin Pod.
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- VLC Player
- Location: Two iMac workstations on Second Floor in far right hand corner when viewed from main stairs.
- Important: The iMac workstations have been configured with minimal essential applications and are restricted to EditShare users only.
We offer 1-2-1 appointments in Catalyst (Ormskirk campus) to help you develop your technology skills with a focus on getting started.
- Web: Build a website (Wix), Create a blog (Wix), Web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Edge)
- Office: Microsoft Publisher (Creative/Academic Poster Design), 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
- 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
- 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.
Microsoft Office is free to download and use.
Microsoft 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:
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 list of free and Open Source assistive technology and productivity tools.
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 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.
|Adobe Creative Cloud
|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 workstations 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 workstations 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
|Capture 2019 Student Edition||Available on the Animation specialist workstations in Catalyst.|
|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 IT lab.|
|Derive||Available on PCs in the Faculty of Education IT labs.|
|Endnote x9 (inc. Word plugin)||Available on PCs throughout Catalyst.|
|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.|
|Keli uVision4||Available on the Computing specialist workstations 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 on any networked PC on campus directly from X Drive – X:\Biology\MEGA7|
|Mendeley||Available on PCs throughout Catalyst.|
|Microsoft Mathematics||Can be run on any networked PC on campus directly from X Drive – X:\Education\Resources\Maths|
|Microsoft Visual Studio Community||Available on the Computing specialist workstations in Catalyst and Computing PCs in the Tech Hub.|
|MSW Logo||Available on PCs in the Faculty of Education IT labs.|
|Read & Write 11|
|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 workstations in Catalyst and Computing PCs in the Tech Hub.|
Please note that the majority of this software is supported by staff within departments.
Catalyst floor plans displaying software locations:
IT Self Help
IT Self Help Guides
We have produced a range of quick guides to the main Microsoft Office applications used at the University together with some that are more comprehensive. Please note that you may need to log in to view the comprehensive guides.
Quick Reference Guides
- Windows 10: Hints, Tips & Shortcuts
- Getting Started with Microsoft OneDrive
- Word: Getting started with paragraphs and page formats
- Word: Tables, charts and mail merge
- Word: Working with long documents and formal reports
- Excel: Getting started
- Excel: Functions and worksheet management
- Excel: Introduction to creating charts
- Excel: Data lists and pivot tables
- PowerPoint: Getting started
- Visio: Getting started
- Publisher: Getting started
- Read and Write Toolbar
- Read and Write Quick guide
Create a Basic Blog | 15 minutes
How to create a Wix blog, from signing up for an account and selecting a blog template with supporting pages to understanding the user interface, adding content including text, images and videos and managing and previewing the mini-website and blog.
Create a Basic Website | 30 minutes
How to create a Wix website, from signing up for an account and understanding the user interface to building the website structure, adding content including text, images and videos and creating a menu and links.
Introduction to Creative Poster Design | 30 minutes
Introduction to technical design considerations when creating an A3, A1 or A0 size Creative Poster using Microsoft Publisher, from planning and layout to using colour schemes, backgrounds, shadows and online images. Create a basic Creative Poster example from start to finish incorporating a title, text boxes, layers, shapes and an outline border.
Introduction to Academic Poster Design | 30 minutes
Introduction to technical design considerations when creating an A3, A1 or A0 size Academic Poster using Microsoft Publisher, from planning and layout to using colour, images and Excel charts. Create a basic Academic Poster example from start to finish incorporating a title, subtitle, text blocks, local and online images – includes shaped text areas, cropping images to shapes, colour schemes, alignment, layers, borders and more.
Learning Edge Guides
What is Learning Edge? This quick guide describes the suite of Edge Hill University teaching and learning tools.
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.
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.