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Brightspace: Tools and Technologies

Tools and Technologies

There are a number of tools available to you to support your learning teaching and assessment delivery. Advice and guidance is available from Learning Designers in how they can be used, and will be discussed as part of a forthcoming webinar series, preparing for block and blended delivery.


Core tools are institutionally owned and are available for all to use without the need for 'free' or 'trial' accounts.

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Learning Environment Brightspace
Feedback and Annotation Brightspace Assignments
Online Lecture / Seminar Delivery

Brightspace Virtual Classroom

Can be used for online lectures, group work, break-out groups

Online Tutorials


Microsoft Teams

(Zoom is not recognised as an appropriate learning tool)

Screen recording / Voiceover Powerpoint

Brightspace Virtual Classroom

Microsoft Stream

Audience Engagement and Response

Empower your students to ask questions, vote in polls and be a part of the discussion by using a simple Q&A and polling tool available on all devices




The Catchbox is a throwable microphone. It’s nicely padded, so you can promote engagement in your sessions without risking injuring someone! It’s a way of promoting quick, engaging contributions to a session. In a large session, it works quite well as it can be quickly passed to people who wish to contribute. 

If you weren’t initially planning to use a microphone, it also makes it easier for those who have a hearing impairment. 


Collaborative Whiteboard / webpages

Microsoft Whiteboard

You have access to this service as part of your Office365 suite of apps. Login to office 365 using your University details and find the Whiteboard App in "All Apps".

Interactive Activities



Communication and Problem solving

Lego Serious Play

The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method is a technique which improves group problem solving. By utilizing visual, auditory and kinesthetic skills, the Method requires participants to learn and listen, and it provides all participants with a voice. The Method serves as a shared language regardless of culture or position. Each participant builds his or her own 3D LEGO® model in response to the facilitator´s questions using specially selected LEGO® elements. These 3D models serve as a basis for group discussion, knowledge sharing, problem solving and decision making.

Contact to book one of our LSP sets.


Recommended tools are not institutionally owned and you may be required to create your own account, but they are highly recommended tools.

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Screen recording / Voiceover Powerpoint



Social Media

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