This is the 35th meeting of the group.
The event aims:
- To share emerging findings from Jisc’s work on the development of a benchmarking tool for the student digital experience (collaboratively with the NUS), and on further development of a digital capabilities framework for staff
- To stimulate discussion on approaches for effective digital leadership
- To facilitate the sharing of best practice from students working in partnership with staff on technology related change projects across further and higher education
- 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.
Tuesday 23 June
Tea, coffee and pastries on arrival
Welcome, introduction and update on Jisc student experience work
Head of change - student experience, Jisc
Wellbeing and responsibility: a new ethics for digital educators?
This session reports on the development of a benchmarking tool for the student digital experience (collaboratively with the NUS), and on further development of a digital capabilities framework for staff.
Both projects have required consideration of how staff and students achieve 'wellbeing' in places of learning/working that are saturated with digital technologies.
They have also raised a number of ethical issues which are new to this context, for example around uses of learner data, changes in the quality of learning/teaching relationships, digital distraction/fragmentation, and new forms of inequality.
Participants will have an opportunity to debate whether new values for digital education should be expressed (and if so what they might be), or whether existing professional and personal values offer enough support for responsible action.
For more information on work to date see the digital capability blog.
Helen Beetham, consultant, Jisc digital capabilities project
Tea and coffee available
This session will explore how institutions are engaging senior managers in the development of their digital strategies and how we can support and develop digital leadership skills.
Fiona Morey, vice principal learning and quality at Aylesbury College will be sharing developments at Aylesbury College and Cheryl Pennington, assistant principal for teaching and learning, Reading College, will be contributing via video about how Reading College are taking forward their digital strategy.
This will be followed by a question and answer panel session chaired by Geoff Rebbeck with Fiona Morey, vice principal learning and quality at Aylesbury College, James Kieft, innovation and resources manager, and Hannah Tyreman, learning and development manager, Reading College.
Cheryl Pennington, assistant principal for teaching and learning, Reading College
Fiona Morey, vice principal learning and quality at Aylesbury College
Geoff Rebbeck, independent consultant, further education and skills
James Kieft, innovation and resources manager, Reading College
Hannah Tyreman, learning and development manager, Reading College
Lunch and networking time
Includes time to add to the ideas wall.
Creating a culture of partnership working
Students and staff from further and higher education share their experiences of working in partnership on technology related curriculum change projects.
The panel members will share the benefits they have realised through working in partnership and discuss how to create a culture of partnership working within institutions as an approach to support institutional change.
The Jisc change agents’ network (CAN) provides support for staff and student partnership working on technology led change projects.
CAN currently offers staff and students across higher and further education and skills an online community of practice, face to face events and webinars. In addition, a student partnership toolkit with a series of institutional exemplars has been developed to provide wider institutional guidance and support.
Chair: Simon Walker, head of educational development, University of Greenwich
Rebecca Rochon, Buckinghamshire New University
Elgan Hughes, student engagement officer, Birmingham City University
Dan Derricott, student engagement manager, University of Lincoln
Rachel Challen, e-learning manager, Loughborough College
Heather Newbrooks, student engagement manager, Loughborough College
Andrew Carter-Smith, digital champion, Loughborough College
Stacey Watkins, student success adviser, Birmingham City University
Dan Richardson, student engagement intern, University of Lincoln
Members from the experts group are invited to showcase their current work or invite feedback on specific projects they are working on.
This members' showcase will run as a poster session allowing participants the opportunity of discussing work and projects being presented.
Session one - digital story telling
Dr Lina Petrakieva, Glasgow Caledonian University
Art and science of occupational therapy is a first year occupational therapy module, worth 40 credits that runs over two trimesters. For this module, students are asked to produce a reflective digital story (audio and visual) describing what and how they had learned through engaging with one of their learning activities and how this helped them to achieve one of the module learning outcomes. The maximum length for the digital story was four minutes.
The students had sessions with their lecturers, working through reflective practice, building a story, using storyboards, planning, etc.
I worked with them to get to grips with how to convert their story into digital format – understating the media and the technology involved, identifying the best technology for different aspects of their story and how to use it to convey their message.
They had a group formative assessment that they used to experiment with the technology and practice all the skills they needed.
After some feedback, they developed their individual digital stories and the results proved that this type of assessment is a very successful way to incorporate the development of digital skills with module content.
The marks gained were also were a good indication how engaging and worthwhile the students have found the assessment.
One of the students said: “I had fun creating this piece and I would like to thank you for this fantastic opportunity.”
Session two - learning design cross institutional network (LD-CIN): a social place for bashing, mashing and smashing learning design initiatives
Lisette Toetenel, learning design project officer, The Open University
Following the Jisc OULDI project, the Open University has mandated learning design and established a learning design team with the aim to improve curriculum design, streamline processes and improve outcomes for our students.
This contribution provides an overview of the work that the learning design team is involved in, as well as our intention in establishing an (external) network to share learning design practices, including tools, evaluation methods and processes.
Session three - developing a holistic approach to digital literacies in Wales
Karen Workman and Louise McGrath, Digital Literacy Wales
Following a review of qualifications in Wales, it was deemed that the ICT curriculum no longer met the needs of the learners or employers. It was recommended that a digital literacy framework should be implemented from foundation phase to post-16 education.
A new Essential Digital Literacy Skill has been developed and will replace the existing ICT Essential Skill this year. In order to support this transition, the Welsh Government has funded the development of a new practitioner qualification in delivering Essential Skills and the training of approximately 100 tutors.
The plan will be for these tutors to disseminate the same training in their areas to upskill the education workforce.
The practitioner qualification is now approximately halfway through and the tutors of this course will discuss the methods they have used, the challenges they have faced and the success stories so far.
The workshop will focus on how to encourage and develop the less confident or more resistant tutors in developing their digital literacy skills.
Ideas wall and plenary
Tea and coffee available.
- Digital leadership at Reading College, Cheryl Pennington
- Introduction, Sarah Knight
- Wellbeing and responsibility: a new ethics for digital educators? Helen Beetham
- Benchmarking tool: the student digital experience, Helen Beetham
- Digital literacy: key issues, Helen Beetham
- Framing digital capabilities for staff in UK higher education (HE), Helen Beetham
- Digital leadership, Fiona Morey, Aylesbury College
- Members' showcase - Digital storytelling: Dr Lina Petrakieva, Dr Fiona Kennedy, Lisa Forrest, Sandra Robertson
- Members showcase - Learning Design Cross-Institutional Network (LD-CIN): a social place for bashing, mashing and smashing learning design initiatives, Lisette Toetenel, Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
- Members' showcase - Digital literacy practitioners in Wales: Louise McGrath and Karen Workman
- Members' showcase: Level 3 certificate for essential skills practitioners, Louise McGrath and Karen Workman
- Experts wall text
- Reflections from the meeting, Mira Vogel, UCL
- Reflections from the ideas wall