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This is the 36th meeting of the group.
The event aims:
- To stimulate discussion on approaches to supporting the digital student experience
- To facilitate the sharing of best practice from institutions involved in scaling up online learning across further and higher education
- To share findings from Jisc’s work on the electronic management of assessment
- To share examples of effective institutional practice and research in technology-enhanced learning and enable discussion across the experts group
Join in the Twitter conversation during the event using the hashtag #JiscExperts15.
Wednesday 14 October
Tea, coffee and pastries on arrival.
Introducing the day and updates on the student experience work.
Head of change - student experience, Jisc
Making it happen
How are we embedding technology enhanced learning in our colleges and universities to provide a digital student experience?
What are the challenges and how are we addressing these?
In this session we will hear from three institutions on how they are developing their strategies and environments to support their students’ digital experience.
Director of enquiry and emerging practice. Highbury College, Portsmouth
Professor Gunter Saunders
Director, technology-enhanced learning, University of Westminster
Service owner: academic technology support at University of Warwick
Tea, coffee and ideas wall contributions
You can share your views and reflections on the event by going to our Padlet page.
Jisc assessment toolkit
Transforming the assessment and feedback lifecycle through technology
The Jisc electronic management of assessment project set out to explore the issues, challenges and benefits that technology can offer in supporting the assessment and feedback lifecycle.
In 2014 a review was undertaken of the state of play with regards to technology use across the sector; challenges were identified and prioritised.
A wide range of sector representatives worked with us to identify solutions to these challenges, which resulted in over 30 ideas, synthesised down into 5 potential areas of work. Three projects were taken forward.
This session will share the outcomes of these projects and provide an opportunity for participants to inform the interactive elements of the toolkit.
The session will also highlight an institutional case study of current practice from the sector.
Senior co-design manager, Jisc
Lunch and networking time
Time to add to the ideas wall (via Padlet).
Scaling up online learning
An invited panel representing further and higher education will share their experiences of scaling up online learning. The panel will address the following questions together with those raised by delegates:
- What is current practice – what works?
- What are the barriers to scaling up online learning in further and higher education?
- What are online learners expectations and experiences of online learning?
- How is Jisc supporting this area of work?
Sarah Sherman (chair)
Service manager for the Bloomsbury Learning Environment (BLE)
Digital learning fellow, Prospects College of Advanced Technology
Head of online programmes, BPP Business School
Senior lecturer in learning and teaching technologies, Manchester Metropolitan University
Deputy course director computing, University of London international programmes
Consultant for Jisc's scaling up online learning project
Director of the University of Derby online learning
Members from the experts group are invited to showcase their current work or invite feedback on specific projects they are working on.
Showcase one: the problem with student surveys….harnessing digital technology for high-quality student feedback
Alev Zahir, LOOP, www.loop.uk.com
LOOP is an innovative student-driven ratings and review website for Further Education colleges and schools. LOOP supports institutions to listen more effectively to their students and to make improvements based on student feedback.
During the pilot period, leaders in the sector told LOOP that ‘tick box’ surveying has become discredited in the eyes of students and staff and often both groups suffer from ‘survey fatigue’. In most colleges, a small number of hyper-engaged students tend to dominate the student voice, yet the ‘silent majority’ do not speak out. Traditional consultation formats are failing to tap into the online and social media culture which dominates young people’s lives.
The session will spotlight on LOOP’s methodology for getting insightful, authentic and quality feedback from students. It will look at how this information is supporting institutions and will give case study examples from partner colleges who have been using LOOP successfully to improve their institution.
For further information visit www.loop.uk.com.
Showcase two: joinin - developing staff digital capabilities by making technology easy and appealing
Liz Masterman and Emma Procter-Legg, academic IT group, IT services, University of Oxford
The ‘joinin’ project has been running at the University of Oxford during Spring and Summer 2015. It organises light-touch lunchtime sessions around the University to introduce staff to popular digital technologies and show them how these technologies might be relevant in their work and/or personal life.
So far we have run sessions in a number of academic and administrative departments on how to log your mobile device into the University’s Wi-Fi, get to grips with Twitter, and share photographs through Instagram.
Emma Procter-Legg (‘joinin’ facilitator) and Liz Masterman (‘joinin’ project manager) will describe the thrills and spills of our adventures so far, and share tips for successful implementation.
The concept of ‘joinin’ was inspired by the Imperial War Museum’s ‘Computer Club’ and is funded by the University of Oxford’s IT Innovation Seed Fund. For more information, visit the joinin blog.
Showcase three: embedding accessibility in the curriculum - a distance learning perspective
Annie Bryan, learning and teaching development manager (accessibility)
The SeGA (Securing Greater Accessibility) initiative was established at The Open University (OU) in 2011 with the aim of ensuring that modules and qualifications are accessible to disabled students.
Within the OU's distance learning context, the curriculum is being delivered increasingly online, and this presents significant challenges as well as opportunities to the growing numbers of students who declare disabilities.
This contribution gives a brief overview of the SeGA model and reports on the impact which it has made so far, as well as identifying priorities for future work in this area.
The session will also provide opportunities for participants to exchange ideas about accessibility practice at their own institutions.
See SeGA (Securing Greater Accessibility) for further information.
Showcase four: Summer of Student Innovation – a showcase of student-led projects delivering real solutions
Steven Singer, customer advocate – education/digital student, Jisc.
Most students will have ideas of how they would improve learning, research or student life in their university, college or as a work based learner. The initial challenge of the Summer of Student Innovation was to capture these ideas via a competition platform Jisc Elevator and use them to inform the future development of educational technology tools and apps that better meet the needs of students.
Jisc is still pursuing this goal and has supported the development of several student ideas into products and is providing an incubator for small start-up products.
The unexpected outcome was that several of the students had amazing entrepreneurial skills and had were capable of developing their ideas into real products which Jisc realised provided an interesting opportunity.
"The competition really got our project to market and allowed us to fast-track our project to our customers." - Matthew Terrell, University of Nottingham postgraduate and 2013 winner, founder of Call For Participants.
This session will showcase some of the successful projects and demonstrate how they are delivering real products for universities and colleges and explore opportunities for engaging with these exciting projects.
See the Summer of Student Innovation project page for further information.
Tea and coffee available.
- 10:30 Learning and teaching experts meeting introduction - Sarah Knight
- 10:45 Student academic experience: challenges and opportunities at Westminster - Gunter Saunders
- 10:45 Making it happen at Highbury College Portsmouth - Cathy Ellis
- 10:45 Warwick Extended Classroom: towards more consistent and coherent learning technology provision - Amber Thomas
- 12:15 Transforming assessment and feedback through technology - Lisa Gray
- 12:15 Transform assessment and feedback for institutional change (TRAFFIC) at MMU - Dr Rod Cullen
- 14:15 Scaling up online learning - Heather Price
- 15:15 Welcome to Loop - Rose Dowling
- 15:15 Summer of Student Innovation - Steven Singer
- 15:15 Embedding accessibility in the curriculum: a distance learning perspective - Annie Bryan
- 15:15 Prezi - joinin presentation - Emma Proctor-Legg and Liz Masterman
- Padlet of ideas from the day
For more information contact Sarah Knight.