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This event is one of two events held every year to share the work of the student experience team at Jisc and offers opportunities for feedback and consultation on current activities.
Wednesday 25 April
Tea, coffee and pastries available on arrival.
Welcome and introduction to the day and update on Jisc student experiences work
Head of change - student experience, Jisc
Data informed blended learning design and delivery
Following on from the launch of the new Jisc guide designing learning and assessment in a digital age, and the running of two workshops on data informed blended learning design, this session will provide an overview of how Jisc is planning to take forward this area of work.
This session will offer opportunities to feed in ideas on what would assist colleges and universities move their practice forward so that they are making best use of existing data to inform their curriculum design practices.
Former head of higher education and student experience, Jisc
How are colleges and universities supporting the development of staff and student digital capabilities?
Jisc is supporting organisations to develop a holistic approach to developing the digital capabilities of staff and students through its work on the building digital capability project. This session will share practical approaches organisations can use to develop staff and students, which include the use of the digital discovery tool as a starting point for staff and students to reflect on their digital capabilities.
This session will share some of the early findings from the pilot we are running with 100 colleges and universities.
This session will also offer experts the opportunity of hearing from a college and a university who are currently piloting the digital discovery tool and as well as contributing ideas to how the newly launched learner digital discovery tool can support students’ with the development of their digital capabilities.
Institutional approaches to curriculum design
Professor Paul Bartholomew
Pro-vice-chancellor (education), Ulster University
How can technology support degree apprenticeships?
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 Jisc has been asking organisations and this session will feedback on the outcomes from this research as well as offer opportunities to feed into how Jisc supports this area moving forward.
Senior co-design manager, Jisc
Members from the experts group are invited to showcase their current work or invite feedback on specific projects they are working on.
Showcase one: How to provide effective feedback to individual students, in large cohorts, on their examinations, without increasing the time it takes to mark each paper
Speaker: Andy Grayson, associate professor, social sciences, Nottingham Trent University.
Students study a to-be-examined subject area for several months. They invest time, and themselves, in preparing for the examination. They sit and write their responses to the examination questions, enduring anxiety before, during, and after the event. They then wait for several weeks, apprehensive about how they have ‘done’. What do they get in response to their efforts? A single grade/mark signifying their overall performance.
Apart from generic feedback they may receive on how students ‘in general’ did, this grade, and their memory, will be the only things they have to go on in reflecting on how they might do better next time. In short, examination is something that students ‘have done to them’, and they remain passive and disempowered by the process.
There are ever louder calls for individual feedback on exams (NUS: Ten Feedback Principles), and HEIs are realizing that the current state of affairs, whereby a student can navigate their way through the entire UK education system and receive no such feedback, is unsustainable. But resource implications get in the way of actually doing anything about this. So, I have developed a system for providing effective, personalized, criterion-referenced feedback to large cohorts of students, at no extra cost in terms of marking time.
Thousands of Nottingham Trent University (NTU) students have now received this kind of feedback and their response has been unambiguously enthusiastic. Our evaluations show that over 85% of our undergraduate psychology students have never received individual examination feedback before they receive it from us.
Showcase two: Challenges of designing learner dashboards
Speaker: Dr Liz Bennett, director of learning and teaching, School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield.
We are in the era of big data: in the higher education context much of the data gathered is about students’ behaviours as they engage with many of the day to day activities. This field of collection and manipulation of data derived from students’ learning behaviour is known as learning analytics, and dashboards are the graphical interface used for representing data to their audience.
In the higher education context, dashboards have a range of audiences and purposes, for instance providing managers with data about key performance metrics, whilst the majority of dashboards are aimed at academics and administrators to monitor their cohort’s progress. This session will cover:
- What are learner dashboards (proxies for learning)
- Drivers for learner dashboards
- Outline our study methods
- Findings – elements that students liked and didn’t
- Understanding student dispositions and their responses to dashboards: case studies of Justine and India
- Conclusions and recommendations for practice
Showcase three: Developing the Blended Learning Consortium
Speaker: Peter Kilkoyne, ILT director, Heart of Worcestershire College.
The Blended Learning Consortium was launched less than three years ago and has made great progress with half of all UK FE colleges joining. The BLC works through co-developing and co-funding democratically chosen e learning content and has already developed and shared over 1500 hours or resources. See the Blended Learning Consortium website for details and examples of content.
This session will give an overview of how the consortium works, showcase some content and explore how such a collaborative project might work in higher education.
Tea and coffee available.
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).
Student experience experts, 42nd meeting
Data-informed blended design and delivery
Building digital capability
Developing digital skills
The digital discovery tool
How can we support students with the development of their digital capabilities?
Institutional approaches to curriculum design
Providing feedback to individual students on their examination performance
Challenges of designing learner dashboards
Blended learning consortium
Degree apprenticeships: Enhancing quality using digital technologies
For more information contact Sarah Knight (firstname.lastname@example.org).