The purpose of these pages to help staff make use of the different technologies that are available to support and develop their teaching, learning, assessment, tutoring and administrative activities.

Technologies, and our integration of them in teaching and student support, constantly adapt and develop, and to maintain currency and relevance, we expect these technologies to change over time.
These pages are intended as an initial information point for academic staff, regardless of their current level of engagement with learning technologies, and presents:

  • An essential set of technological tools that all teaching staff should routinely use.
  • A set of available, but optional, tools that teaching staff may choose to adopt as part of a blend of technologies to support the development and enhancement of their teaching, learning, assessment, tutoring and administrative activities.

A set of technology tools for supporting research activity are available but are not the focus of this document. Similarly, subject specific software that has been approved for use within individual courses are also not within the scope of this document.
To assist staff in identifying the most appropriate technological solution this document groups tools into seven themes. Each themed area has its own tools table within the List of Technological Tools section of this paper. The seven themes are:

Within these themes available tools are categorised into three tiers.

  • The top tier consists of tools that are approved for use within the university but do not have internal levels of help and support in place. They may require the member of staff to 'sign-up' to a personal product license. Support materials are often available from external sources.
  • The middle tier consists of tools that have been approved for use within the university and have an internal help and support model in place to assist staff with further adoption. These tools should be used in preference to unsupported tools.
  • The base tier consists of the tools that are viewed by the university as fundamental technologies that all teaching staff are expected to use as part of their course delivery and management.

Tier of Tools

The catalogue provides a list of tools available within that category and details the key features of that given technology. It provides information on how to gain access to that tool as well as where to go for user support, i.e. the "How do I……." type questions, availability of guidance materials such as videos or user guides and information about any training. Some of these technologies have a rich level of features available within them and users are advised to engage fully with the documented support material and any appropriate terms and conditions of use before engaging.

Some of the tools will automatically be available to all staff while other tools will need licences to be purchased separately through a staff member's Faculty or Directorate and staff may be required to sign-up to them using a personal account.

This catalogue does not detail every piece of specialist software currently used for teaching purposes within particular academic disciplines.

Where that software has been approved for teaching purposes through the Application Management Protocol (AMP) route it is entirely legitimate to continue using that software. A full explanation of the AMP process is available at procedures/it-policies/purchasing,-disposing-and-licencing/amp while a list of software already available can be found within this list:

Similarly, other cloud based education and productivity applications that are not listed here are permitted so long as they are used in line with university policy, see section 4 of this document. However, where staff are using non-specific teaching software that performs the same or similar function and which is not detailed in the list below they should look to migrate to a fully supported offering in the first instance. Where the software being used offers essential features that exceed those offered by a product listed below Information & Library Services or the Educational Development Unit should be consulted for advice on how to proceed.