Reading Time: 3 minutes


We’re going to start thinking about the first of the UCL cards, acquisition.

The acquisition card is on slides 1 and 2 in the full slide deck


Screenshot of card. Available in ppt slide deck
Acquisition – Front of card
Screenshot of card
Acquisition – back of card

Moving online

There are several ways to make the acquisition of content easier for students.

  • Divide videos into bitesize sections – it’s easier to watch a shorter section of video (easier to record, too!)
    Could you add in a short quiz part way through the video using Yuja?
  • If you’re setting an article to read – give students questions to think about when they’re reading it.
    Or perhaps give groups of students different papers, and ask them to write a short summary for the rest of the class
  • Is there an offline activity you could ask students to do between video sections? Something reflective, for example.

You might also find it useful to search for other content online that you can incorporate into your resource lists. We’ve got some information (see the Dundee Resources Section) about how you can find resources that you can use without having to worry about copyright and other issues. It’s also helpful to give students a guide on how much time they should spend on these types of activities.

In addition, you can always chat to your digital champions, school Educational Technologists, or come along to a CTIL drop in session (via My Dundee) and chat about your ideas – they might well be able to help you get your ideas onto the screen!

Longer live “lecture” sessions are rarely engaging for students, and can be exhausting for staff, so it’s a good idea to avoid them if you can!

Over to you  

In the comments area, reflect on these questions: 

  • How might you break up your content into smaller chunks?  
  • What issues do you anticipate attempting this?
  • What have you tried face to face? How did it work? How do you think you could adapt it for online? 

Other Dundee Resources.

In our first LearningX, we looked at how you might find Creative Commons or OER resources – to help you (or indeed your students) find resources. It’s Searching, Using and Sharing.

The Library also has a wealth of Resources. You’re hopefully used to looking at the LibGuide for your subject, but if it’s been a while since you looked at it, have a look – you might well find new gems, as the Library is working hard to collate as many online resources as they can to support you in the move to blended learning.

Ultra 101

The following sessions could be particularly useful

And finally remember to use Ally to make sure it’s accessible

Service Guides

Many of the guides cover adding content – but you could find these particularly useful


Staff around the University have been contributing to Recipes – looking at how they’re using different tools in their teaching

  • Adding Quizzes to Yuja – putting a few quizzes in a video can help to break it up and ensure the students have learnt key facts.

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