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Learn to get the best out of SOL

The Learning Technologies Advisors are based on the second floor of the library, and are available to support staff and students with digital literacies and technology-enhanced learning via Solent Online Learning, including at weekends.

What does that mean in practice? The easiest way to describe it is probably to look at how a member of the team might spend a typical day. 

The morning is spent on the helpdesk, providing support face to face, on email and by telephone. One of the Digibuds – the student digital skills champions – might be shadowing, to learn skills towards their Digibud status.

Lunchtime means workshops. Depending on the time of year this might be something around digital skills for students (perhaps using Powerpoint for posters, or getting to grips with setting up a contents page in Word). Or maybe it’s for staff – Marking Assignments in SOL, or Using Classroom Tech.

The afternoon sees a change of pace, with a couple of hours put by to make progress on projects. The LTAs often work closely with the Instructional Design team in creating resources, for example in H5P, but also regularly update and improve online resources such as the Help pages in SOL. 

The office door is always open though, literally and figuratively. A lecturer could phone from a classroom, needing a lecture capture folder setting up quickly, or drop in to get some advice on using the scheduler in SOL. 

In the evening things quieten down a bit, giving time and space to check the printers are working properly or spend time with a student going through how to package files and export PDFs in InDesign.

Every day is different, which is part of the appeal. If you have a question about any aspect of teaching enhanced learning, or how to get the best out of SOL, the chances are the LTAs can help you, or they’ll know someone who can. 

Call: 023 8201 5100

Email: lt@solent.ac.uk