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Student Tech Tip: 2021 Graduate Showcase

 The GSA 2021 Graduate Showcase site is now ready for students to begin uploading their work. This week’s  Tip pulls together some of the support options available to students and details where students can get further help and assistance with uploading and presenting their work to the 2021 Graduate Showcase. 

Screenshot of Grad Showcase Intranet

The Graduate Showcase pages on the Student Intranet is the main hub of information for students regarding the showcase and presenting your work online. At the bottom of the Graduate Showcase page you will find the Graduate Showcase calendar which is useful to see a timeline of key dates over the next few months. 

For an introduction to this year’s showcase for students, see the introductory information which you should also have received via email.

Other Information available on the Graduate Showcase pages of the Student Intranet includes advice on website building, documenting your work, utilising social media, writing artist’s statements and lots more. 

The LTHelp for students course on Canvas also has more information on accessing the site and where to get help. 

If you need further support with accessing, uploading or presenting your work on the Graduate Showcase site, student’s can contact the learning technology team at


Student Tech Tip: Mind mapping in Miro

 This week’s Tech Tip demonstrates how to create a mind map in Miro. Students starting the research process can use mind maps to identify all of the themes, sub-themes and facets of interest with regard to their research topic.

Miro makes this process easy, and you can use a mind map template to get started. One of the benefits of creating digital mind maps is that you can add lots of different kinds of media to your mind map.

The video below demonstrates how to get started:

If you have any questions about mind mapping in Miro or any other learning technology related topic, please contact us at

Student Tech Tip: Customising Notifications by Course


In this Tech Tip we show students how to update their notification settings on a course by course basis. This process also applies to staff who wish to reduce the amount of Canvas notifications they recieve to their GSA email address. Staff may wish to customise notifications for specific courses where they are enrolled as a teacher, but do not want to receive the communications to students from other staff. We do not recommend turning notifications off completely, as you may miss out on essential information, rather we suggest to use a daily or weekly summary email to condense multiple course notifications into one. 

Student Tech Tip: Installing and Using Grammarly

 This week’s Student Tech Tip demonstrates how to install and use Grammarly. Grammarly is a writing assistant app that can help you and your students to eliminate grammar errors and make written text clear and engaging. You can choose to use Grammarly on the web, or install one of the Grammarly apps to use from your device. The video below demonstrates both options. 

If you have any questions about this topic or learning technology in general, please contact

Student Tech Tip: How to Access LinkedIn Learning

Our second Student Tech Tip demonstrates how to access LinkedIn Learning, an online learning platform that offers courses in creative subjects such as architecture, graphic design, photography, and video editing. The courses are created by industry experts. LinkedIn Learning is available to both students and staff.

If you’d like to share this video with students on your course, please visit How to Access LinkedIn Learning on Planet eStream and select Share>Share by Embedding. If you need more information on how to embed a video into Canvas, please have a look at Embedding media content into Canvas.

Student Tech Tip: Apply for a Miro Education Account

This Student Tech Tip shows GSA students (and staff) how to apply for a free Miro Education account. 
This procedure has recently changed, so GSA students and staff no longer need to supply evidence of their status with their application. Simply fill in the form on using your GSA email address and wait for Miro to activate your account. 
Stay tuned for more Miro tips, but in the meantime, visit the LT Help for Students Miro page, or to boost your Miro skills with interactive Miro workshops, check out the Miro Academy offerings.
For further help or advice, remember you always can contact us at

Open Educational Resources – Finding Resources in Repositories



OER repositories

There are many repositories of OERs publicly available on the internet. A large proportion of these showcase OERs associated with particular educational institutions or projects, but there are several repositories which aggregate material from a range of sources. Here is a list of some of them – an internet search for ‘OER repositories’ will reveal more.

  • Solvonauts  – a search engine that searches across repositories (they also provide open repository software for institutions wanting to set up their own repository of OER).
  • MERLOT  – tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and content builder webpages, together with associated comments, and bookmark collections, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material. All of these items have been contributed by the MERLOT member community, who have either authored the materials themselves, or who have discovered the materials, found them useful, and wished to share their enthusiasm for the materials with others in the teaching and learning community.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare  – a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OpenCourseWare (OCW) is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
  • OpenLearn – a repository of open materials produced by The Open University, who also work with other organisations by providing free courses and resources that support their mission of opening up educational opportunities to more people in more places.
  • OpenStax  – tens of thousands of learning objects, organised into thousands of textbook-style books in a host of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable (note: this resource was formerly known as Rice Connexions).
  • Saylor  – nearly 100 full-length courses at the college and professional levels, each of which is available right now – at your pace, on your schedule, and free of cost.
  • AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository  – a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges, but free for anyone to use.
  • Internet Archive  – a library that contains hundreds of free courses, video lectures, and supplemental materials from universities in the United States and China.
  • OER Commons  – free-to-use learning and teaching content from around the world.
  • Open Course Library  – a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts.
This list has been generated by the Open University and has been adapted from the course ‘Taking your Teaching Online’.
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