Join the discussion
This is a meeting of the student experience experts group. The meeting aims to:
- Stimulate discussion on approaches to gathering students’ expectations and experiences of technology in further education and skills and higher education
- Stimulate discussion and share approaches for the use of social media for learning and teaching
- Share examples of effective institutional practice and research in technology-enhanced learning and enable discussion across the experts group
Please share your views and reflections with us by going to padlet.com/sarahknight/experts16.
Thursday 23 June
Tea, coffee and pastries on arrival
Welcome and introduction
Includes an update on the Jisc student experience work.
Head of change - student experience, Jisc
Our students’ expectations and experiences of technology
The Jisc student/learner digital experience tracker pilot ran from March to the end of April 2016 and allowed 24 universities, colleges and skills providers to gather evidence from learners about their digital experience in order to make better informed decisions about their digital environments.
In this session, Helen will share the headline findings from the 10,755 student responses gathered during the pilot and explain how some institutions have used the process to initiate change.
Experts will have the opportunity to discuss the outcomes in relation to their own context. Read more about the tracker.
Consultant to Jisc student digital experience pilot
Tea and coffee available.
Time to contribute to our ideas wall via Padlet.
Digital student project workshops
This session will offer two parallel workshops on the digital student project.
Workshop one: Outcomes from the digital student skills project
Speakers: Nick Jeans, Sero Consulting and Ellen Lessner, consultant.
Phase three of the digital student project explored the needs of learners studying in the skills sector and their expectations and experiences of the digital environment. The scope of the study covered work based learning (including apprenticeships), adult and community learning and offender learning.
This workshop will offer a summary of the key findings from the study as well as an opportunity for participants to experience the approaches used to gather learner views. See the list of outputs from the project.
Workshop two: Emerging findings from the digital student online learners study
Speaker: Helen Beetham, consultant.
In March 2016 phase four of the digital student project got underway. This phase is reviewing online learners’ expectations and experiences of the digital environment. The scope of the study is broad and will consider a wide range of online learners in HE, FE and skills.
In this session, Helen will share the emerging outcomes from the study. Participants will have a chance to review a summary of existing research, contribute their own ideas and experiences, and frame further questions for investigation. Read more about this phase of the project.
A chance to add to the ideas wall via Padlet.
Using social media in your teaching
In these sessions we will hear from two practitioners who have been using social media effectively in their teaching and who will be sharing their experiences and advice on its effective use.
Session one: How social media can be used to enhance students' employability
Speaker: Scott Hayden, specialist practitioner of social media and educational technology, Basingstoke College of Technology.
Social media is an invaluable tool to connect with industry, a world of opportunities beyond the walls of your class, as well as a fun tool to engage students with their learning. In this session Scott Hayden will share tips, advice, the ten commandments of social media in the classroom, and begin collaborations with those of you who want to use these new and exciting forms of communication to enhance their practice and the experience of their lessons.
Session two: Using social media in your teaching
Speaker: Wendy Sinclair - lecturer in children and young people's nursing, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford.
Members from the experts group are invited to showcase their current work or invite feedback on specific projects they are working on.
Showcase one: Embedding digital literacy: opportunities in curriculum design
Speaker: Dr Rafe Hallett, director, Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence and Innovation.
The session will report on the development and deployment of 'studying in a digital age', a module designed to introduce Level 1 University of Leeds' students to digital platforms and tools for scholarship. One of the first of its kind in the UK HE sector, the module is delivered online and will be taken by over 2000 students in 2016-17. Dr Rafe Hallett will explore the innovations and challenges experienced by the curriculum team and speculate on the applicability of the module design to other institutions.
Showcase two: Understanding learning gain – and why this might matter to you
Speaker: Corony Edwards, Corony Edwards Consulting
What exactly is meant by learning gain in the context of HE? How might it be measured, using what sort of data, and why the current interest anyway? How might vle usage data, assessment software and other learning technologies play a role? This session provides a brief overview of the current developments in, and drivers for, learning gain measurement in UK HE, and invites you to consider how learning technologies could be deployed to provide robust data for learning gain measures. Note: if you are not directly involved in your institution’s work to develop learner analytics or learning gain measures, it would be helpful to find out a bit about these before coming to this session.
Showcase three: Scaling up live discussions
Speaker: Lina Petrakieva, academic development tutor, school of health and life sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University
Academic posters used for student assessment have been growing in popularity over the last few years and with that, the demand for sessions with students, teaching them the skills involved in creating an academic poster. However, introducing the concept of what an academic poster actually is and specifically what makes a poster good is paramount. Showing a lot of examples has a limited value as it will be just digested information given to the students of which they will not retain much. So the need for discussion based and discovery oriented session is obvious, but since the demand is high, how to enable such live discussion became a challenge that Lina had to find a solution to and quickly. Lina will show you the tool she used to enable live and open discussion on a bigger scale, without ignoring the more shy students, something that usually happens when dealing with large groups.
Showcase four: Could this revolutionise the way we do feedback and reflection?
Speaker: Russell Stannard, educational director, NILE associate trainer (Norwich Institute for Language Education)
Screen capture technology is the ability to record the screen of your computer as a video and is widely used in computer training. The same technology can also be used to deliver feedback to students. It was first highlighted in 2006, generating huge interest with research taking place worldwide in higher education. Ten years later the idea is now being introduced into further education and even secondary school, due mainly to its flexibility, popularity with students and use across a whole range of subject areas. In this session, Russell will highlight examples of the real innovations in feedback as well as quickly review some of the findings from ten years of research.
Showcase five: Introducing Potential.ly, a Summer of Student Innovation project
Speakers: Clayton Black and Norbert Morawetz, Potential.ly.
Potential.ly is an online learning platform that connects education with personal development and employability skills; helping students become the self-aware and collaborative employees desired by employers.
Potential.ly supports student’s self-awareness and reflection; recognising and developing the traits and interpersonal skills highly relevant to personal and professional success. We also deliver a suite of tools that supports institutions with the personalisation of the student learning experience, mentoring and careers guidance.
Tea and coffee available.
Who should attend
Members of the student experience experts group.
Date of next meeting
- Wednesday 12 October 2016
- Our students' expectations and experiences of technology - Periscope
- Outcomes from the digital student skills project - Periscope
- How social media can be used to enhance students’ employability / using social media in your teaching - Periscope
- Using social media in your teaching - presentation
- Designing digital literacy in the curriculum - presentation