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Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group Meeting is taking place on the 22nd April 2009 at the Studio in Birmingham.

Learning & Teaching Practice Experts Meeting

EventEvent Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group Meeting
Date 22 April 2009
Venue The Studio, Birmingham


Effective Practice in a Digital Age

Presentations from the day

Summary of discussions (Word)

 Session Lead

Welcome and introduction to the day (PowerPoint)

Sarah Knight
e-Learning Programme

Responding to Learners (PowerPoint)    

An overview of the key findings from the Learner Experiences across the Disciplines (LEaD) project and how the institution is responding to changing learner needs.

The LEaD project looked at the student year through learners’ own voices. The overall aim of the project was to undertake a study of first-year students across a variety of subject areas at the University of Edinburgh, including Divinity, Physics & Astronomy and Veterinary Medicine. Its focus was on “critical moments”; more specifically, it looked at the involvement and impact of learning technologies on learners' transition to university and how their use of learning technologies changed as they progress through their first year.

Findings from the Learners’ Experiences of e-Learning Programme

Judy Hardy
Project Director,
University of Edinburgh 
Redesigning the Curriculum (PowerPoint)

An overview of the Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design programme (Power Point) followed by a group discussion.

There are 12 projects within this programme which are broadly focusing on developing flexible and responsive curricula which address institutional challenges and are enabled by the use of technology. Each project has particular challenges they are seeking to address in different ways but there are common themes and approaches between the projects.

Helen Beetham
Synthesis Consultant
Support and Synthesis Project

Rethinking Learning Resources
Use of Moodle is now well embedded at Birmingham City University – over 80% of academic staff actively use Moodle to support their practice, and resources for over 3000 modules are available to learners. The LTDU helps course teams develop sites on Moodle, but also gives pedagogic guidance to ensure the most appropriate deployment of any technology. Currently, the unit is using 3D graphics software to create a virtual town – an innovative new development which opens up the prospect of multi-disciplinary learning and teaching based on simulations of real-world environments. Alan will present an overview of this work and also demonstrate the Virtual Town in action.

Professor Alan Staley
Head of the Learning Technology Development Unit
Birmingham City University

Sharing Effective Practice

Experts will be able to select two out of the three strands of round table discussion sessions which will share examples of best practice in the following areas. There will be 2 x 40 sessions where project teams will be sharing and discussing the examples of effective practice from further and higher education.

Strand 1: Effective Practice with e-Assessment:
Examples of case studies collected under the Study on Advanced e-Assessment Techniques

Professor Jim Ridgway, University of Durham and Robert Harding, Consultant

Strand 2: Effective Practice with Social Software
Examples of case studies collated under the Study of the Effective use of Social Software to Support Student Learning and Engagement

Workshop materials

Dr. Shailey Minocha
The Open University
Strand 3: Effective Practice with Physical Learning Spaces
Examples of case studies collected under the Study of Effective Evaluation Models and Practices for Technology Supported Physical Learning Spaces

Ian Pearshouse
The University of Nottingham
Brett Bligh

Group Discussion What is our vision of Effective Practice in a Digital Age and how might this be realised?  

Update from the e-Learning Programme (PowerPoint)

This session will update members on developments in the e-Learning Programme, together with an overview of upcoming funding opportunities.