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This event offers experts from the technology-enhanced learning community in further education (FE) and skills and higher education (HE) the opportunity to hear about how Jisc is supporting the student digital experience.
It also offers a chance to network and hear about institutional practice.
Wednesday 18 October
Tea/coffee and pastries on arrival.
Welcome and introduction
An update on Jisc's student experience work.
Head of change - student experience, Jisc
Technology-enhanced curriculums: a decade of design
An interactive session looking back on ten years of approaches to learning design in a digital environment to share thoughts on what we have learned.
Most importantly, to inform development of a new guide, we invite your ideas on where we go next.
Tea and coffee available.
This is also a chance to contribute to our ideas wall on Padlet.
How are we developing the student digital experience tracker?
This session will review the feedback from users of the student digital experience tracker and explain some developments we have undertaken to make the tracker even more valuable to institutions.
Participants will have the opportunity to review and give feedback on the revised question sets for this year - the last open pilot before the tracker becomes a sustainable Jisc service.
There will also be an opportunity to review and give feedback on a new staff tracker and on a set of questions for organisational leads.
The tracker report from 2017 - 'the voice of 22,000 UK learners' (pdf) has been widely cited and highly-influential. This year we propose setting up two expert panels - one each for further and higher education - to help us review, validate and comment on the tracker data. This will be an opportunity to play a key role in shaping recommendations and building sector intelligence.
This is also a chance for networking and to contribute to our ideas wall on Padlet.
Choose from the following two sessions:
Session A: degree apprenticeships
- Lisa Gray, senior co-design manager, Jisc
- Gill Ferrell, consultant
With the recent transformation of apprenticeship delivery in England with the introduction of new, employer-led standards and accompanying growth of provision, many higher and further education institutions are currently exploring the delivery of new higher and degree apprenticeship qualifications.
Are universities and colleges prepared for delivering to what could be a new and diverse cohort of learners? What are the expectations and needs of employers? And where can a digital approach add value? These are some of the questions that we’ll explore during this session, as Jisc introduces new research into this new and exciting area.
Session B: next-generation digital learning environments
- Lawrie Phipps, senior co-design manager, Jisc
- Donna Lanclos, consultant
This session will provide an update of the emerging themes from the next generation digital learning environments co-design project. The project is looking at two aspects – digital learning system trends and, academic behaviours in learning and teaching.
This session will focus on the first aspect, reporting on system trends, but will also give an overview of the methodology being used in the academic behaviours project.
Members from the experts group are invited to showcase their current work or invite feedback on specific projects they are working on.
Showcase one: student engagement with active blended learning (ABL)
This session reports on a qualitative research project undertaken at the University of Northampton which is moving towards an entirely active blended learning (ABL) based curriculum.
The project aimed to establish what factors mediate engagement in ABL. We collected qualitative data in focus groups across the institution with over 200 participants in multiple subject areas. Thematic analysis of results confirmed well-established practical factors such as access, technological proficiency, and communication but also surfaced that underpinning concepts of knowledge, teaching, learning, and relationships played important roles in engagement.
Student engagement, particularly in the online components, is highly variable. Many students protested about the high expectations of independent learning in HE, questioned the rationale behind blended learning and often considered online tasks not to be ‘proper learning‘. Data suggests that where teachers explicitly discuss pedagogy with students in classroom, students are more likely to meaningfully engage with ABL.
Showcase two: conversational interfaces as “frictionless adoption paths” to active and engaging learning experiences
Presenter: Anders Krohn, Aula.
Building on the literature around the Jisc co-design project on next-generation digital learning environments, participants in this session will get an overview of how current developments in conversational interfaces (eg Slack, Aula, Google Classroom etc.) challenge the assumptions around the need for an administrative virtual learning environment (VLE).
In addition, the session provides an in-depth understanding of the practical implications of recent large scale pilots of conversational interfaces as “frictionless adoption paths” to active and engaging learning experiences.
Showcase three: tools and habits for flipped learning success with new learners in diverse classrooms
Presenter: Jasper Shotts, senior fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Drawing upon extensive student engagement practice and staff –student learning partnerships at the University of Lincoln, this interactive presentation will outline a participatory approach to using technology to enhance student engagement.
It will also demonstrate use of digital tools and different methods for gathering and presenting student experience to support transition for new learners in higher education in creative and dynamic ways.
Tea and coffee available.
Who should attend
Staff from further and higher education who have a role in supporting students and staff with the use of technology.
Read Zac Gribble's post: 'My first student experience experts group meeting' on our inspiring learning blog.
Welcome and introduction - Sarah Knight:
Technology-enhanced curriculums: a decade of design - Gill Ferrell:
How are we developing the student digital experience tracker? - Helen Beetham:
Degree apprenticeships - Lisa Gray and Gill Ferrell:
Next-generation digital learning environments - Lawrie Phipps and Donna Lanclos:
Student engagement with active blended learning - Sylvie Lomer and Elizabeth Palmer:
Conversational interfaces as "frictionless adoption paths" to active and engaging learning experiences - Anders Krohn:
Tools and habits for flipped learning success with new learners in diverse classrooms - Jasper Shotts:
For more information contact Sarah Knight (firstname.lastname@example.org).