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Learning from recordings and webinars

The best way to learn from a recorded lecture 

Before you watch the recording

Firstly choose when and where you are going to watch the recording.  Did you know that your brain is at its most receptive two hours after you wake up (Hull University, 2020) Although it might be tempting to watch the recording in bed, it is usually best to sit at a table or desk so you can easily take notes. 


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Now is also the time to have a quick read of your notes from the previous lecture and do any preparatory reading outlined in your reading list or by your lecturer. 

During the recording 

Limit distractions 

To keep you focused

  • Ask the people you live with not to disturb you during the recording

  • Turn off the notifications on the device you are using so you are tempted to look at incoming emails, updates etc

  • Put your phone in another room


Making notes during the recording is important to your learning, it keeps your active and engagement with what is being said. Here a few handy tips for making notes in a recorded session that you might not of considered. 

You can paused the recording at any point to allow you to look something up of make more detailed notes

You can take screen shots. this can be very handy to capture any slides used

Make use of time stamps. If you feel an important point is being made then make a note of the time in the recording so you can go back to it if needed. 

Take breaks

If you have a number of recordings to watch make sure to take a break in between. Get up, stretch your legs and give your eyes a break from looking at a screen. 

The day after

One of the best ways to consolidate your learning is to revisit your notes the next day, but don't just read through them, be active. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Highlight key points and phrases

Convert any written notes into a mind map

Condense your writing into bullet points

Use different coloured pens to annotate your notes

Try any methods that gets your to actively engage with what you have written. 

How to get the most from your webinars and online lectures

Learning in an online lecture or webinar has some distinct differences from learning in a classroom. It’s very easy to become a viewer, similar to when you watch a film or tv program but it is important to remain engaged and participate when appropriate. The level of participation may vary.

undefined Check your tech. Check the link you have been sent to join the meeting, do you need to download anything? Check your microphone and camera. If you are using your camera, check your background. Find a suitable location at a table or desk. Although your bed might be comfy, is it the best place to study?

undefined Be prepared. Have all the equipment you need to take notes, whether that be pen and paper or electronically. If the session is being recorded them you have to option to make notes later at a later date so you can fully concentrate on the session live.

undefinedBe patient. Sometimes there can be a time lag between participants. If you ask a question in the chat box or use the raise hand button, it might take the presenter a moments to see it.

undefinedParticipate. Be ready ask or answer questions, do group work or take part in a quiz. Although you are watching a screen you are not a passive viewer you should be an active member of the session. 


Video and microphone 

You may be asked to turn off your camera and microphone for sessions that have lots of people in them, this is to avoid any distractions from the main speaker.  
In Microsoft teams you can turn your microphone or camera off by clicking on the appropriate buttons at the bottom of the call screen (if your are using an iPad and the  buttons don’t appear, simply tap the bottom half of your screen).undefined

If you need to ask a question or communicate something to the group you can use the chat function or the raise hand button. 
Raise hand

In Microsoft Teams you can access the raise hand button by clicking on the three dots in the call menu (see above). Then select “Raise my hand”.


Chat box

The chat box appears in the top right of the screen in Microsoft Teams as a speech bubble.

You might be required to ask or answer questions, participate in group discussions orto answers polls or quizzes so it’s important to be ready to participate.

Note taking and File Management

How take the best notes

Hand writing with phone and book

You have so many methods of note taking available to you.

  • Traditional paper and pen note taking. 
  • Audio recording your lectures (not strictly speaking note taking but a different option). 
  • Digital note taking using OneNote.
  • A hybrid method of all three!

If you want advice on how to take notes then you might like our guide to note taking.

Paper and pen vs digital

This can be seen as the traditional method for taking notes. obvious advantages are that it is pretty low tech and can be done anywhere but there are some drawbacks. If you have a lots of notes then will start to amass lots of paper. For many people this can be both hard to organise and cumbersome to carry around. so what are the advantages of going digital?

  • if your notes are on OneNote and linked to your OneDrive you can access you notes anywhere you can access the internet and you iPad. No more heavy bags full of paper notebooks!
  • digital notes can be amended as many times as you like, no more scruffy notes with lots of errors and crossing out!
  • you can keyword search your own notes. Have you ever been in a situation where you have a vague memory of something you lecturer had said in a past session? With paper notes you would have to manually read through them all, but if your notes are digital you can search through all your notes instantly. In OneNote you can search your notes at any time by clicking on the spyglass.


Microsoft OneNote 

OneNote is available as part of your Future Facing Learning Toolkit. Here are some instructional videos on how to use it.

Alternative options

Reviewing lectures

Many of your lectures may now be recorded using panopto for you to rewatch. These will be made available through your Blackboard module. 


Audio recording

There are two scenarios where audio recording might be a great option.

  1.  You might chose to record the audio from your lectures so you can listen back to them later.
  2.  You might want to augment your own written notes with you own audio recording. You can add your own short audio summary of any new concepts learned after a lecture, then add it to your OneNote classbook. 

Here a is short video of how to add audio clips to you notes using OneNote.

How to save to OneDrive from your other apps

Word, PowerPoint and Excel

If you want to save to your OneDrive on your iPad from Word, PowerPoint or Excel.undefined




Adobe Creative Campus

What is Adobe Creative Campus?

As an Adobe Creative Campus, Teesside University will not only provide access to Adobe’s industry-leading creative and design tools and digital learning resources, it will also benefit from dedicated activities to help staff embed the tools into their curricula.

Students will have access to all the creative cloud apps and services from all their devices enabling them to produce, collaborate and share their work from anywhere, anytime. 

Creative Cloud is a collection of desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX and more.

How to access Adobe Creative Campus

How to access Adobe Creative Campus

How do I get Creative Cloud apps on the iPad?

  • Once you have logged in, go to Creative Cloud
  • Choose Get app 
  • Download

Acrobat DC

Acrobat DC includes Acrobat desktop software, the Acrobat Reader mobile app enhanced with premium mobile features, and premium Adobe Document Cloud services to keep you connected and productive wherever you work, on any device.

What is it used for?

Acrobat and PDF

Click on the video icon to see ITDS introduction to Adobe Acrobat

    TU ITDS help introducing Adobe Acrobat




Click on the video icon to see an overview of Acrobat DC 

   YouTube video with an overview of Acrobat DC

How does Acrobat work on the iPad?

You will need to download the following apps on your iPad:

App Description
Adobe Acrobat Reader: iOS Store your files online and read PDF files anywhere with this leading, free PDF reader and file manager. You can also view, share, annotate, and add e-signatures to PDF documents.
Adobe Scan: iOS Use the Adobe Scan mobile document scanner to turn anything — receipts, notes, documents, photos, business cards, whiteboards — into an Adobe PDF or JPEG file with content you can reuse from each PDF and photo scan.
Adobe Fill & Sign: iOS Adobe Fill & Sign app lets you fill, sign, and send any form fast. You can even snap a picture of a paper form and fill it in on your phone or tablet. Then e-sign and send. No printing or faxing needed.
Adobe Sign: iOS Adobe Sign lets you e-sign documents and forms, send them to others for e-signature, track responses in real time and get signatures instantly with in-person signing.


The most intuitive way to design, view and share interactive Augmented Reality experiences, no coding skills required. Adobe Aero helps you design immersive experiences by overlaying digital content over a live view of your mobile device's camera.

What is it used for?

3D and Augmented Reality

Click on the video icon to see ITDS introduction to Aero

    TU ITDS help introducing Aero 




Click on the video icon to see an overview of Aero   

   YouTube video with an overview of Aero

The links below should help with using Aero on both Desktop and an iPad

How does Acrobat work on the iPad?

After Effects

After Effects generates visually stunning work for film, TV, video, and web. After Effects brings “life” and motion to graphics, whether it's as simple as animating a title across the screen or as complex as building a 3D world.

What is it used for?

Graphic Design Video User Interface and User Experience

Click on the video icon to see an overview of After Effects  YouTube video of an overview of After Effects

After Effects is not yet available on the iPad


With Animate, you can design interactive vector animations for games, apps, and the web. Bring cartoons and banner ads to life. Add action to tutorials and infographics. Quickly publish to multiple platforms and reach viewers on desktop, mobile, and TV.

What is it used for?

User Interface and User Experience Video

Click on the video icon to see an introduction to Animate  YouTube video Introduction to Animate

Animate is not yet available on the iPad


Audition is a comprehensive toolset that includes multitrack, waveform and spectral display for creating, mixing, editing and restoring audio content. This powerful audio workstation is designed to accelerate video production workflows and audio finishing — and deliver a polished mix with pristine sound.

What is it used for?


Click on the video icon to see the top 5 reasons to use Audition  YouTube video: Top 5 reasons to try Audition

Audition is not yet available on the iPad


Bridge is often referred to as a digital asset manager, or a media manager. It gives powerful ways to find, manage and organize your collection of images. Bridge is a companion program for every app in the Adobe Creative Cloud. You can use Bridge to manage not just images but also Adobe Illustrator files, InDesign files, videos, and more! 

What is it used for?

Photo Video Graphic Design

Click on the video icon to see an introduction to Bridge  YouTube video: Introduction to Bridge

Bridge is not yet available on the iPad

Character Animator

Character Animator allows you to bring to life artwork that you've imported from Photoshop or Illustrator. It does this with the help of real-time motion capture recorded by a microphone and a webcam. You can also control parameters such as position, scale and rotation and behaviour properties such as head tilts or eyebrow movements can be keyframed at specific points. You will be able to make edits on-the-fly to give your live performances added impact.

What is it used for?



Click on the video icon to see an introduction to Character Animator  YouTube video: Introduction to Character Animator

Character Animator is not yet available on the iPad

Creative Express

Adobe Creative Express is an online and mobile design app. Easily create stunning social graphics, short videos, and web pages that make you stand out on social media and web pages.

What is it used for?

Social media

User Interface and User Experience

Illustration Graphic Design Photo Showcase your work  
Click on the video icon to see ITDS introduction to Creative Express


TU ITDS help introducing Creative Express

Click on the video icon to see an introduction to Creative Express


YouTube videos introducing aspects of Creative Cloud Express


Dimension allows new 3D artists and 2D designers to create bespoke 3D scenes quickly and easily. It assumes the user has little to no knowledge of working in 3D, and therefore provides a wide range of assets to help you along. The software provides 3D models, materials, environments and lighting which can enable artists, out of the box, to create anything from a sci-fi landscape to a product model shot with ease.

What is it used for?

Graphic Design 3d and Augmented Reality

Click on the video icon to see an introduction to Dimension  YouTube video: Introduction to Dimension


Dreamweaver makes it easy to design, code, and publish responsive websites and web applications. With support for HTML, CSS, Javascript, and more, designers and developers can quickly create and publish web pages.

What is it used for?

User Interface and User Experience

Click on the video icon to see how to build responsive websites in Dreamweaver  YouTube video: Build responsive websites in Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is not yet available on the iPad


Fresco is a drawing and painting app with a range of vector, raster and Sensei-powered watercolour and oil brushes (live brushes). It delivers a totally natural painting and drawing experience.

What is it used for?


Click on the video icon to see an introduction to Fresco  YouTube video: Introduction to Fresco

How does Acrobat work on the iPad?


Illustrator is a vector graphics software lets you create everything from web and mobile graphics to logos, icons, book illustrations, product packaging and billboards.

What is it used for?

Graphic Design


User Interface and User Experience

Click on the video icon to see an Illustrator overview


YouTube video: Illustrator Overview

Click on the video icon to see Illustrator features


YouTube video: Illustrator features

How does Illustrator work on the iPad?


InCopy lets copywriters and editors style text, track changes, and make simple layout modifications to a document while designers work on the same document simultaneously in Adobe InDesign — all without overwriting each other’s contributions.

What is it used for?

Graphic Design


Adobe InDesign  has everything you need to create and publish books, digital magazines, eBooks, posters, interactive PDFs etc, including layout and page design software for print and digital media.

What is it used for?

Graphic Design

Click on icon to see an InDesign overview from TU ITDS


TU ITDS InDesign help

Click for video icon to see an InDesign overview


YouTube video: InDesign overview

Click for video icon to see InDesign features


YouTube video: InDesign features

Dimension is not yet available on the iPad


Lightroom lets you edit pictures extensively using simple exposure adjustments and colour management. It is a RAW converter. meaning that when you add images, it manages the file type in the background. When you use other software, you might have to use another program to edit and convert. Lightroom has a non-destructive editing feature, which means you can reset the settings and adjustments so you can work on the original photo again.

What is it used for?


What are the differences between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic?

Lightroom is the new cloud-based photo service that works across desktop, mobile, and web. Lightroom Classic is the desktop-focused digital photography product.

Click on the video icon to see an overview of Lightroom  YouTube video: Overview of Lightroom

How does Lightroom work on the iPad?

Media Encoder

Media Encoder is responsible for encoding video files to the proper format to ensure they play on different devices videos are watched on today. Using Adobe Media Encoder, you can export videos to video-sharing websites like YouTube and Vimeo, devices ranging from professional tape decks to DVD players, mobile phones, and high-definition TV sets.

What is it used for?



Click on the video icon to see an overview of Media Encoder   YouTube video: Overview of Media Encoder

Media Encoder is not yet available on the iPad


With Adobe Portfolio you can quickly and simply build a website to showcase your creative work. It has themes from photography, graphic design, illustration, fashion, architecture, motion graphics to web design and responsive design so your site will look great on any device. 

What is it used for?

Social media

User Interface and User Experience

Illustration Graphic Design Photo Showcase your work  
Click on the video icon to see ITDS introduction to Portfolio TU ITDS help introducing Portfolio
Click on the video icon to see an introduction to Creative Express YouTube video introducing aspects of Portfolio


Prelude is an organizer and a management program that can store various kinds of videos in different file formats and convert the videos into a default file format that can be used by any video editor and designer. It is a video ingest and logging software and helps you to tag and transcode raw footage from cameras.

What is it used for?


Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro is the industry-leading video editing software for film, TV and the web.

What is it used for?

Video Social Media
Click to view video icon to see a Premiere Pro overview


YouTube video: Premiere Pro Overview

Click to view video icon to see Premiere Pro features


YouTube video: Premiere Pro features

Premiere Pro is not yet available on the iPad

Premiere Rush

Premiere Rush is an all-in-one, cross-device app for creating and sharing online videos fast. Edit, fix colour, adjust audio, add titles, and more with easy-to-use tools, customizable Motion Graphics templates, and integration with Adobe Stock. And share your videos to your favourite social channels right from the app.

What is it used for?

Social Media Video


Click on the icon for TU ITDS help with Rush


TU ITDS help with Premiere Rush

How does Premiere Rush work on the iPad?


Design, prototype and share user experiences for web, mobile, voice and more. It has everything you need to design websites, apps, voice interfaces, game interfaces, email templates, and more

What is it used for?

Graphic Design User Interface and User Design
Click on the icon for TU ITDS help with XD


TU ITDS help with XD

Click on the video icon to see an overview of XD


YouTube video: Overview of XD

How does XD work on the iPad?

Digital Learning and Accessibility apps

Apps Anywhere: Digital Learning apps

The following mind mapping apps available from Apps Anywhere may be useful when planning your work.

Please note that most apps are only available on Windows operating systems.

Inspiration 9.03

Inspiration supports users in organising their ideas graphically with diagrams, outlines and  mind maps. It helps to develop critical thinking, planning and organisational skills during learning.

Click for Video icon  This video provides a 3 minute overview of Inspiration

Xmind 8

Xmind is a mind mapping and brainstorming software. It can be used to capture ideas, clarify thinking, manage complex information, and promote team collaboration. 

It supports mind maps, fishbone diagrams, tree diagrams, organization charts, spreadsheets, etc. Normally, it is used for knowledge management, meeting minutes and task management. Meanwhile, XMind can save to Evernote. 

Click on the video icon  Introduction to Xmind 8

Accessibility imagesThere are many ways to make your devices more accessible. This page offers sources of guidance and useful apps that may be useful in your studies.


Device accessibility

General accessibility

Disability Services offer advice on learning support apps.

The Global Accessibility Reporting Intiative (GARI) website also has a list of useful applications.

You can filter or limit these by support for hearing / speech / vision / cognition.

The British Dyslexia Association also has a useful list of accessibility applications that may benefit a wide range of users and not just those with Dyslexia.