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The Association of Learning Technology (ALT) conference provides an international platform for learning technology research, practice and policy work from across sectors.
The conference will mark the official launch of our digital experience insights report 2019, and we are excited to share the findings from this year’s survey, which over 50 UK colleges and universities took part in. We'll also be presenting varied and engaging sessions at the conference which offer the opportunity to hear about the latest developments in our student experience work.
There will be opportunities to find out about the work we are doing around:
- Building digital capability - how institutions are supporting their staff and students to develop their digital capabilities using the discovery tool
- The 2019 digital experience insights report - what we can learn from these findings to develop a digital environment which better meets our students’ needs
- Learning analytics, what it is and isn’t - how do you get involved?
Tuesday 3 September
11:30–12:30 - A data driven approach to student engagement
Session ID: A-068
- Sarah Knight, head of change - student experience, Jisc
- Mark Langer-Crame, senior digital experience insights analyst, Jisc
- Ruth Drysdale, senior co-design manager, Jisc
The UK government suggests that 90% of jobs will require some element of digital skills by 2037, so it is important that universities and colleges prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s workplace. As institutions are investing large sums of money into their digital environment, how do you know that this investment is resulting in effective use of technology? This session looks at findings from over 50 UK institutions from the 2019 digital experience insights student survey. It will highlight issues students experience with their use of technology, the development of their digital skills, concerns over the use of their data and how to support their digital wellbeing.
13:30–14:30 - The value of an evidence-based approach to creating a digitally enabled organisation
Session ID: A-095
- Clare Killen, content curation manager, Jisc
- Drew McConnel, University of Glasgow
- Derek Robertson, University of Stirling
In this session we will hear from two universities who have surveyed students and staff to explore how the data obtained is being analysed and used to inform investment, contribute to policy and practice and enhance the student experience. Both institutions are engaged in a national programme that enables them to collect and act upon data specific to their institution as well as to set this in perspective of sector benchmarking data.
13:30–14:30 - Preparing for possible futures: being a learning technologist in a time of strategic complexity
Session ID: A-039
- Peter Bryant, associate dean (education), University of Sydney Business School
- Lawrie Phipps, senior co-design manager, Jisc
This challenging workshop will address the opportunities and threats of being a learning technologist in a modern institution. The roles are sometimes uncomfortable, confronting and difficult positions to be in, especially where job security can feel precarious.
How do learning technologists enhance their capability to engage in debates and discourses, have a voice that is heard, be in the room when it matters and shape the way teaching and learning happens in an institution? Through scenarios and case studies participants will explore their own reactions to current institutional positions and discourses around the use of technology in learning and teaching.
14:45-15:45 - A deep dive into student data to discover curriculum insights
Session ID: A-129
- Paul Bailey, senior co-design manager, Jisc
- Niall Sclater, consultant
This session shares the latest developments in curriculum analytics and how some pioneering UK universities are obtaining insight about the effectiveness of their teaching and learning. It looks at some of the main curriculum questions currently being asked and how these can be answered with curriculum analytics. You will also learn about the underlying data structures that are in place and the types of visualisations that can best help to provide insight into the effectiveness of teaching and learning.
Wednesday 4 September
12:15–13:15 - Analysing students’ digital experience: personas and key drivers
Session ID: A-115
- Tabetha Newman, consultant
- Helen Beetham, consultant
15:30-16:30 - Defining digital well-being
Session ID: A-036
- Alicja Shah, senior co-design manager, Jisc
Jisc is currently undertaking a discovery project into the topic of digital well-being. The talk is aimed at those interested in how staff and student physical and mental wellbeing is impacted by digital tools, services or practices. We are looking to reconsider the definition of ‘digital wellbeing’ and clarify different elements or aspects of digital wellbeing. A clear idea of the scope and breadth of the concept might help educational institutions to identify different aspects and consider how they might support staff and students to maintain their digital wellbeing.
Thursday 5 September
14:00–15:00 - Creating a digitally capable organisation: the critical success factors
Session ID: A-097
- Lisa Gray, senior co-design manager, Jisc
- Clare Killen, content curation manager, Jisc
- Dr. Gill Ferrell, consultant
Jisc's digital capability framework has been influential across the sector in providing a way of understanding the capabilities needed to enable individuals to live, learn and work in a digital society. We also recognise the need for whole organisations to become ‘digitally capable’, but what steps do we need to take to get there? Participants in this session will have the opportunity to hear about a model of organisational capability contextualised for the education sector, and engage with examples of practice from universities and colleges.
Jisc stand - meet the training team
How well are you equipped to respond to the ever-evolving digital landscape? Our training team will be on the Jisc stand to discuss how our training can enable you to get more out of your investment in digital technologies and maximum value from our services.
Come and talk to us to discuss your training requirements, with discount codes on offer to delegates.
You will also be able to try out Natalie_4.0, a virtual reality experience revealing what life might be like for students in the future.
Who should attend
- Policy makers in learning technology