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Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group Meeting Looking to the Future? 14 July 2011, The Bristol Hotel, Bristol

Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group Meeting

Event Date 14 July 2011
Venue The Bristol Hotel
Event Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group Meeting

From Challenge to Change

  • To update the group on the findings from the recently completed Transforming Curriculum Delivery Programme
  • To consult with the Experts on the developments around the online resource for curriculum design and delivery, the Design Studio
  • To update and consult with the Experts on a new Effective Practice for Lifelong Learning in a Digital Age guide
  • To update and consult with the Experts on emerging findings from the JISC-funded Visitors and Residents Study
  • To share best practice and enable discussion across the Expert group


Time Activity
10:00 Registration and tea/coffee and pastries on arrival
10:30 Welcome, introduction to the day and a brief update from e-Learning Programme
Sarah Knight, e-Learning Programme
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From challenge to change: how technology can transform curriculum delivery
During 2008–2010, the JISC Transforming Curriculum Delivery through Technology Programme investigated the potential of technology to support more flexible and creative models of curriculum delivery in colleges and universities.   The 15 projects within the programme sought to address a wide range of challenges such as: improving motivation, achievement and retention; managing large cohorts; supporting remote and distance learners; engaging learners with feedback; responsiveness to changing stakeholder needs; delivering resource efficiencies which enhance the quality of the learning experience. Through the various project investigations, the programme has learned how and where technology can not only add value but can transform the way in which the curriculum is delivered in different contexts.  This session will summarise the key messages and findings emerging from the work of the projects and demonstrate some of the outputs from the Design Studio which could be used in a range of different contexts to support innovation across the sector. 

Lisa Gray, JISC e-Learning Programme
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The Design Studio: Update on progress and consultation activity
JISC launched the Design Studio in 2009 as a nascent online toolkit drawing together existing resources to support innovative practice in curriculum design and delivery. Since then the resource has grown to include around 1000 ‘assets’ contextualised in different ways in particular the whole body of outputs from the Transforming Curriculum Delivery through Technology programme and emergent outputs from the Curriculum Design programme. The approach to the Design Studio has been to showcase work in progress and engage the wider community in its development.   This stage of development provides an opportunity to consult with the Experts group on how useful the resource is, how it might be improved and it’s future potential. After a brief update, the programme team would like to engage your feedback through a short exercise so remember to bring your laptops!

Marianne Sheppard, JISC InfoNet and Helen Beetham, Synthesis Consultant for Curriculum Design Programme
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12:15 Tea and Coffee available

Effective Practice for Lifelong Learning in a Digital Age
The session will outline the context for the JISC’s next publication in its Effective Practice series. The publication will focus on Lifelong and Work Based Learning. We live in a world marked by rapid economic and technological change. Individuals have continuously to update their competences and qualifications and sometimes to re-train in new vocational areas. As a consequence, an increasing number of students are returning to education later in life, bringing diverse experiences, skills and needs.
The higher education learning experience is already changing in response to these challenges. In this session, we will briefly describe the shifting landscape and introduce a framework to explore the responses of higher and further education to lifelong learning as they relate to JISC work, supported by technology.

Eta De Cicco, Author and Ruth Drysdale, JISC e-Learning Programme
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Lunch and networking time


Digital literacy in a post-geek world
The JISC-funded Visitors and Residents project is a longitudinal transatlantic study which is following students in their educational careers from secondary school through to late stage university. Using the Visitors and Residents principle as an underlying framework the project deliberately moves away from age and tech-skill based assessments of digital-engagement for learning. In this session, David will present the projects design/methodology and some of the initial findings from the 'Transitional' educational-stage which spans late stage secondary school and early experiences of higher education.

David White, TALL, University of Oxford
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Members Showcase

Members from the Experts Group are invited to showcase their work or invite feedback on specific areas they are working within. The session will run as three 30 minute roundtable discussions offering members the opportunity of attending two of the three sessions.

Session 1: Getting it right
Professor John Traxler, Learning Lab,University of Wolverhampton
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Recently, educators have started using popular digital technologies These have included  personal mobile devices such as phones and media players; social networks such as Facebook; blogging sites such as Twitter, immersive virtual environments, mainly Habbo Hotel and Second Life, and gaming platforms such as Grand Theft Auto and World of Warcraft. This is an important development because it is entirely different from the use of technologies that are purely educational and institutional such as interactive whiteboards, e-portfolios or virtual learning environments, where educators and their institutions procure, install, maintain and control the technology and lay down the rules. With the popular digital technologies, the ones beyond the institution, other rules, standards and expectations have already developed. The HEA recently supported a SIG in order to explore the meaning and significance of educational ethics in these new contexts. This talk will report on some of the issues and perspectives that surfaced in the course of discussions and meetings.

Session 2: Turning Visitors into Residents: How can we do it (and does it matter)?
Mark Childs, Coventry University
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A project currently running at West Chester University and SUNY Empire State University aims to teach science ethics through simulation within Open Sim. In order to prepare students for this learning, a series of sessions are planned in which students can develop their ability to move and communicate within the environment, but also for them to develop an inworld identity, and to form a stronger sense of embodiment within the virtual world; in short, to make the transition from visitor to that of resident. The precursor sessions will require students to select clothes for their avatar, spend time thinking about their name, visit a variety of sims in different grids and reflect on who they are as a virtual person. The rationale for this is research that indicates that students who have a sense of identity and embodiment within the virtual world have a stronger experience of presence, and (hence) a more effective learning experience. We'll be comparing the learning of those students who opt for the course with those who don't to see if it really does make a difference.

This session is an opportunity to discuss (and perhaps challenge) this rationale, and to identify key prerequisites for learning in immersive environments, as well as to exchange experiences about whether residents in virtual worlds really do learn better than visitors. Ideas for how to assess the outcomes of the precursor course would be particularly welcome.

Session 3: Making Assessment Count
Professor Gunter Saunders, University of Westminster and Dr Mark Kerrigan, University of Greenwich
The Making Assessment Count (MAC) project started at the University of Westminster in 2008 and sought to align staff and student expectations of feedback and support greater use of feed-forward approaches. The MAC process was based on a student-centred, three-stage model of feedback: Subject specific, Operational and Strategic (the SOS model). Central to the MAC process and SOS model is a web application called e-Reflect which is used by the students to facilitate reflection on the feedback they receive on their coursework.

Since the initial development and implementation of the MAC process within Life Sciences at Westminster, a consortium of universities has worked together to maximise the benefits of the project outcomes and collaboratively explore how the SOS model and e-Reflect can be exploited in different institutional and subject contexts. In this presentation, an evaluation of the use of the MAC process within Life Sciences at Westminster, from both staff and student perspectives will be presented and discussed. In addition the presentation will show how the consortium is working to develop a number of scenarios for utilisation of the process as a whole as well as the key individual process components, the SOS model and e-Reflect.



16:00 Close and tea available

Dates for your diary for 2011 Meetings: 
  • Wednesday 19th October 2011