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Learning Technology 


The Learning Technology Support team, work with staff to develop and enrich learning and teaching experiences through the appropriate use of digital technologies. 

Find out how we can help you make the most of technologies for learning, teaching, and assessment. Our team provide specialist support and guidance including training, pedagogy-focussed workshops, and engagement events.  


Training and support 



Who we are


The team provides guidance, workshops, and induction sessions as well as one-to-one support to enable staff to become confident while using technology in teaching, learning and assessment. 

Each school has a dedicated learning technology advisor to help make the most of the tools available, together with sharing practices and exploring technical and pedagogic approaches. 

If you would like to get in touch, please email - learningtechnologysupport@napier.ac.uk
  • Natalie Chisholm (Learning technology support manager - Merchiston)
  • Paul Bryant (Learning technology advisor - Merchiston)
  • Dorothy Chapman (Learning technology advisor – Craiglockhart)
  • Jim Daly (Learning technology advisor – Craiglockhart) 
  • Lesley Lucas (Learning technology advisor - Sighthill)
  • Natalia McLaren (Learning technology advisor - Sighthill)

If you need help or wish to report a problem, you can also contact us via the IS Service Desk


Explore Learning and Teaching Tools


Find out more about the services and systems available to support the use of technology in learning and teaching.


Virtual Learning Environment - Moodle


Moodle is Edinburgh Napier University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used to support learning, teaching, and assessment. Moodle provides access to course materials, assignments, grades, feedback, lecture recordings, resource lists and much more. It is used to support face to face teaching, blended learning, and fully online courses.

There are five separate Moodle environments, and each is tailored to handling specific course and enrolment types. The main Moodle site is https://moodle.napier.ac.uk​ 


Lecture recording - Panopto


The University offers a lecture recording service using Panopto which allows for the simultaneous capture of audio, video, and desktop applications such as PowerPoint. It can be used by ENU staff and students to record and view lectures and presentations. 

A Panopto recording can be made from personal computers, managed laptops (or computers), and in any teaching space.

Lecture capture:

Recordings can be made through the equipment in all the teaching spaces across ENU’s different campus locations. Panopto recorder is available on the desktop of all teaching computers.

Pre-recorded content:

Panopto can record everything on your computer screen, along with your audio and video, on any Panopto enabled PC. 

Training videos are available at: Panopto how-to website

Virtual classroom


Webex and Teams allows you to communicate, interact, collaborate, explain ideas. These platforms share similar functions: all offer synchronous video and audio interactions between students and teachers include a variety of tools, such as: text chat, screen sharing, breakout groups, collaborative whiteboards, polling, and response tools.

All virtual classroom activities can be scheduled in advance, recorded, and captioned ensuring they are accessible and available to students at any time. 


Assessment and feedback


Assessment tools aid in assessing and evaluating student learning and can provide different options to assess students beyond the traditional exam. Several tools are available including grading rubrics, Moodle assignments, plagiarism detection, self-assessment, and peer assessment, surveys, and classroom polling.  

Turnitin and Moodle assignments are the two primary assessment tools for coursework, and both have sophisticated grading tools to deliver rich feedback to students. 

Peer Work supports effective and fair grading of group assignments by allowing students to assess each other’s performance and contribution within their group.


Portfolio - Mahara


Mahara is an e-portfolio platform, a personal learning and development environment to keep evidence of work while studying. Students can upload assets, reflections, complete worksheets, and logbooks and store them in a personal portfolio space. Students can share their e-portfolio with different audiences. For example, students can submit work for assessment or showcase pieces of work and CV to potential employers.


Interactive tools


More collaborative software is also supported including: -

Mentimeter is an online tool where you can build interactive presentations with the easy-to-use online editor. Add questions, polls, quizzes, slides, images, gifs and more to your presentation to create fun and engaging presentations. Mentimeter can be incorporated into live online sessions, such as Webex or MS Teams and is great way to engage students at a distance. Training videos are available at: Mentimeter how-to website 

Padlet is an online noticeboard where you can collaborate and share content. Padlet can be used by students and teachers to post notes on a common page. The notes posted can contain links, videos, images, and document files. Padlet can help to support a more informal way for students to collaborate and contribute to discussions. 

If you would like a staff Padlet account, please contact the learning technology team​.


Digital advice and workshops


This list is not exhaustive, so please get in touch if you have a query about any other technology. We also offer advice on.
  • ABC course design
  • Accessibility
  • Copyright
  • Digital skills
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