Digital U

Welcome to Digital U

To move with the times, we have decided to shake things up and rebrand our series of events, from Your Workplace on Your Terms to the newly coined Digital U.  We would like to welcome you to what we have planned for 2021 and beyond.

What is Digital U?

Working with our technology partners, LaTTe, along with Learning Futures and ITDS, are always looking at ways that we can help staff and students with the promise of technology. To do this, we wanted to create space of learning and higher thinking where staff can apply technologies to their work, to discover new and creative ways of working for themselves. With a play on words, we thought that this would be a great fit for you and for Western Sydney University.

We are continuing to showcase a series of events to provide the opportunity for our staff to learn the latest technology with big names in the tech industry so they can show you the most up-to-date information and trends that are taking place globally. We already have companies like Adobe and Blackboard providing some great insights through workshops planned through the year. Stay tuned, remember technology is about U!

A Series of Events

We plan to add our calendar of events for 2022 shortly, so stay tuned. Use the links to the right to see other previous events we have held.

Calendar of Events

Workshop Date Workshop Title
23 February 2022 Broadcast like a Pro: Optimise your Video Content with Open Broadcasting Software (OBS)
16 March 2022 Refresh your Microsoft Teams Skills
30 March 2022 Adobe Substance - The 3D Generation is Here!
27 April 2022Blender Series Part 1: A New Era of Open-Source Content Creation
1 June 2022Digital U Variety Hour - Office 365
Coming SoonMiro - the Secret Tool of Visual Planners

Past Adobe Events

The 3D generation is at Western!

Ever wondered how to make awesome 3D content? Well, the 3D generation is here at Western!

As a part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud license, staff and students can now access the Substance 3D ecosystem, smart creative apps, and high-end assets to give you everything you need to make inspirational content. This introductory session covered:

  • What makes up the Substance 3D Collection of apps and services?
  • What training content is there available to learn Substance?
  • Demonstration and walkthrough of two apps: Substance 3D Painter & Substance 3D Stager where staff were able to create a type of asset using the platform.

Past Events

Blender Series Part 1: A New Era of Open-Source Content Creation

Blender is the free and open source one-stop-shop for 3D creation. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline - modelling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation!

With Blender, you can create anything from animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, virtual reality, and computer games!

In Part 1 of this 2 part series, Alex Tan from ITDS walked us through the platform, and covered common features like modelling, lighting, materials, geometry nodes and rendering.

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Improve your Digital Dexterity with Microsoft Teams

Most of us use Microsoft Teams daily, but with many new features rolled out in recent months, there’s a good chance you could be missing out on great MS Teams hacks that can make work life easier! Believe it or not, there is more to Microsoft Teams than instant messenger and a ‘meet now’ feature... While both are very handy, MS Teams has the potential to be an internal communications powerhouse!

Our resident techxperts Josh Brown and Alex Tan from ITDS explored:

  • A quick overview of the basics – you’ll run through the platform and learn helpful shortcuts.
  • How to set up and run meetings effectively using some hidden features, like Closed Captions, Doc share, Whiteboard etc.
  • How you can stay on top of your inbox and improve the way you communicate with your colleagues by integrating your Outlook email with MS Teams.
  • How to manage your projects effectively and collaborate on shared assets with your teams.

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Broadcast like a Pro: Optimise your Video Content with Open Broadcasting Software (OBS)

Have you wondered how some educators and facilitators create seamless and engaging screen casting experiences during a live tutorial or presentation? Chances are, they’re probably using OBS to optimise their video content!

This session introduced attendees to the OBS platform by our resident Western tech experts Josh Brown and Alex Tan.

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