Software and apps: updates and tips for staff this term

New service: software finder

To help staff and students find out what software and apps are provided and recommended at Kent, please use our software finder and promote it to students. This year more software can be downloaded onto personal laptops and other devices as appropriate, as we’ve expanded our licence agreements to allow this where possible.

The Software Finder service began life as a directory of recommended productivity tools, and has been extended to offer information and download links for all software we provide at the University.

To find out more and access it, see our Software guide

New service: Microsoft Bookings

For all staff, Bookings lets you create an online booking calendar that integrates with Outlook. Use it to create a booking form that allows Kent students and staff, and external contacts, to book a service or resource.

The service is included within our existing Microsoft 365 licence costs and can be used to replace existing paid for booking services.

New service: Microsoft Sway

Staff and students can use Sway produce interactive and creative content such as reports, presentations and newsletters.

Microsoft Teams updates

Don’t use Teams online, download it

For extra features, you should download Teams to your computer instead of using it in a web browser. How to download Teams

Module-based teams are ready

The new modules for 20/21 are now available in Microsoft Teams. Module owners need to activate the team so that students can access it: to do this, click the ‘activate’ link which you’ll see at the top of the Teams software on your PC.

Teaching with Teams training

Live online training: to find out how to do everything you’ll need to do with Teams, book onto a virtual training session which will cover how to activate and use module teams, set up channels, collaborate on files, present in meetings and record sessions. To book: click on a date in this booking calendar to see what times are available, and click a time to book.

Teaching with Teams Moodle module: self-paced training on using Teams for teaching is available as part of this new Moodle module Teaching with Microsoft 365

Have you recorded a Teams session yet?

If you record a meeting in Teams, you can save and share it with staff and students using Microsoft Stream. Stream can be set up to automatically generate captions and transcripts, that you can edit to correct any inaccuracies. It can be a really efficient way of sharing presentations and information with a wider group. Get started with Stream

Tech advice for students

We’re advising new and returning students on the tech they’ll need this year in a Guide to tech and software for online study.

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