This event gives you the opportunity to:
- Hear about Jisc’s latest research into how students in further and higher education are using technology in their learning
- Discuss how we can use different approaches to gather students’ experiences of their learning
- Hear how teachers and leaders in higher education, have been sharing stories about their changing practices to adapt to the pandemic
- Share examples of effective institutional practice and research in supporting students' digital experiences and enable discussion across the experts group
Wednesday 14 October
Welcome and introduction to the day
How are students actually using technology?
This session will share the findings from our 2020 student digital experience insights surveys together with an overview of our new questions for the 2020-21 surveys of students, teaching and professional services staff and researchers.
The session will offer opportunities for colleagues to share their experiences of how students are adapting to the changes bought about by the pandemic.
Senior consultant - data and digital capability, Jisc
Virtual tea and coffee break
Practice during the pandemic: conversations with teachers and leaders
During the pandemic, Donna and Lawrie carried out over 100 hours of interviews with academic staff and those in leadership roles across higher education. In this session they will explore the findings and implications of the stories they uncovered.
Senior research lead, Jisc
Dr Donna Lanclos
Expert consultant and researcher
Ghosts in the machine: rediscovering stories in a world of data?
As most learning is moving online for the time being, it can be a challenge to understand how students are engaging with their learning. The temptation will be to rely on just the platforms and tools to gather this intelligence.
Chris makes the case for parity between data and narrative in building a picture that bests reflects the realities of learning, particularly in digitally rich environments. Together, we’ll explore some of the opportunities to listen to and share stories as the basis of effective relationships between staff and students.
Subject specialist: digital practice (lead/communication and collaboration), Jisc
Join us for three lots of ten-minute PechaKucha sessions.
Developing interactive simulations for Early Years students
Speakers: Rob Howe, head of learning technology and Iain Douglas, senior lecturer in games art, faculty of the arts, science and technology, University of Northampton.
The pandemic has meant that Early Years students may not be able to obtain the same experience in placements as previous years. Games students at The University of Northampton supported by their tutor worked over the summer to develop an interactive simulation which allows potential placement students to obtain some of the experience of the classroom from the comfort of their own desktop.
Tailored and personalised asynchronous teaching tool without duplication of effort
Speaker: Dr Lina Petrakieva, academic development tutor (digital skills), Learning Development Centre, School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University.
Moving all teaching online brought many challenges for everybody, but practical computer lab type training classes that require high level of customisation were a particular challenge to move online, as participants don’t have the same opportunity to “do as I show”. That, and the high level of tailoring that is needed for such class meant that a radical solution was needed. So Dr Petrakieva developed a tool based on a decision tree approach that creates a tailored playlist of short, sequential (although also independent) video tutorials that students can engage in their own time. The pilot tool is currently implemented as a website as that is the simplest and most intuitive environment that does not require any additional training to create and use. The pilot tool tutorials are about formatting and managing large documents such as dissertations, reports or articles, but the approach can very easily be used to fit any kind of long, practical content that requires high level of tailoring, like research methods, statistics, etc.
Co-created interactive courseware
Speaker: John Traxler, professor of digital learning, Institute of Education, University of Wolverhampton
A new platform under development enables students’ close interaction with course material, potentially facilitating means of making courses more co-operative and dynamic and their content to become co-constructed. Staff at the University of Wolverhampton’s Education Observatory are involved from the ground up on an Erasmus+ project with their European partners and will be seeking participants to explore these technologies in a range of pedagogical settings.
The presentation explores how the CiC (Co-created Interactive Courseware) developed by Nextbook facilitates interaction between students, their teacher and key texts in blended activities and conversations either face-to-face or remotely. Rather than the text remaining static on a page, the recorded annotations and memos create an asynchronous dialogue that emancipates users from being anchored to the printed page and the classroom.
Close - virtual tea and coffee
Who should attend
- Staff with a role of supporting the student experience within their college or university
- Open to staff and managers with a role in technology-enhanced learning (TEL)
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