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Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group Meeting

Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group Meeting

30th Meeting of the group

Date: 17th October 2013
Venue: Devere Colmore Gate, Birmingham


  • To consult with the group on the emerging outcomes and resources from the completing Jisc Assessment and Feedback programme
  • To consult with the group on the findings from the Jisc Co-Design Digital Student project and to develop ideas for future work
  • To inform and consult with the group on digital literacies projects across the education sectors
  • To share examples of effective institutional practice and research in technology-enhanced learning and enable discussion across the Experts group


Time Activity
10.00 Registration and tea/coffee and pastries on arrival

Welcome, introduction to the day and a brief update from e-Learning Programme
See presentation (PDF)

Sarah Knight, e-Learning Programme


Challenge to change: enhancing assessment and feedback with technology

Over the past two years, the Jisc Assessment and Feedback programme has worked with over 30 institutions to  explore in more detail their assessment challenges, and to pilot technology-enhanced practices, process and policies that better meet the needs of learners, employers, staff and institutions. Drawing on the lessons learnt from the experiences of these projects, this presentation will discuss the challenges facing the sector, highlight examples of where those issues are being addressed through technology-enhanced practices, and discuss models of change that can offer an insight into managing the complexity of the process. Participants will then have the opportunity to discuss and share their assessment and feedback challenges in the light of the findings.
See presentation (PowerPoint)
See Executive Summary (PDF)

Lisa Gray, e-Learning Programme and Gill Ferrell, Synthesis Consultant


Ideas Wall with tea and coffee available


The Digital Student

Jisc has commissioned a study to review existing evidence about students' expectations and experiences of study in a digital environment. This includes both the digital environment generally e.g. wifi, IT support, access to devices and printers; and the study environment in its digital aspects e.g. how digital resources and media are used; what software students access, how they use their own devices and services to support learning. The study is also looking at how universities collect, manage and analyse such information locally, and how they engage students in a productive dialogue about their digital experience. Helen Beetham (independent consultant) and Dave White (University of Oxford) will present findings and propose recommendations. You will be asked to help refine and prioritise recommendations to the funders: Jisc, UCISA, RLUK, SCONUL and RUGIT. There will be opportunities to consider how your institution could learn from this report, and what further work you would like to see taken forward at a national level.
See presentation (PDF)

This session will be led by Helen Beetham, Consultant and David White, Manager of TALL, University of Oxford


Lunch and networking time – with time to add to the Ideas Wall


DigiLit Leicester – digital literacy in (secondary school) practice

Leicester City Council’s Digilit Leicester project has recently been selected as one of the 5 winners of the international Reclaim Open Learning innovation contest, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, the Digital Media and Learning Hub,and the MIT Media Lab.

The project is a partnership between Leicester City Council, De Montfort University and the city’s 23 Building Schools for the Future mainstream and SEN secondary schools. The project is designed to make sure learners in the city benefit from the investment being made in technology by supporting the development of staff skills and confidence in using technology. The two year project is at its halfway point.

The core project team consists of Lucy Atkins (Digital Literacy Research Associate, LCC), Josie Fraser (ICT Strategy Lead (Children’s Capital), LCC) and Richard Hall (Professor of Education and Technology, DMU).

This session will cover our work to date: the development of the project framework– which defines what digital literacy looks like within secondary school practice, the survey of school staff, and the initial survey findings.

See presentation (PDF)

Lucy Atkins (Digital Literacy Research Associate, LCC), Josie Fraser (ICT Strategy Lead (Children’s Capital), LCC) and Richard Hall (Professor of Education and Technology, De Montfort University)


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 two 25 minute roundtable discussions offering members the opportunity of attending two of the three sessions.

Session 1: Learning from the Wordle project – Supporting the development of digital literacies in FE
Under the Jisc Developing Digital Literacies programme, the Wordle project, led by Worcester College of Technology, researched digital literacy skills of students and teachers in order to plan for improvements and to feed into the blended learning strategy for the college. The project also developed a qualification framework for teachers and students around digital literacy which was delivered through Moodle and the course materials are freely available for others to use. In this session Peter will give an overview of the project, its key findings and showcase the digital literacies course materials.
See presentation (PDF)
Peter Kilcoyne, ILT Director, and Richard Goddard, ILT Content Advisor, Worcester College of Technology

Session 2:  What’s in a name? Defining and developing information and digital literacies through Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL) 
We will focus on digital literacies from a curriculum development point of view, reporting on our experiences with a new, enquiry-based learning module for second year undergraduate students at the University of Liverpool. The enquiry-based learning model was developed by the academic lead, Simon Snowden, in collaboration with learning technology and library staff. This partnership allowed us to research the extent to which enquiry-based learning a good vehicle to develop students’ digital and information literacies, but also to consider the overlaps and distinctions between these literacies, and how these could be developed in tandem.

  • Could partnerships or communities of practice enable digital and information literacies to be embedded into your curricula?
  • How can definitions and distinctions help, or hinder student, and staff engagement and  understanding?

Come to the session to hear about our research, experiences and reflections and consider how they may apply to your own institution

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Emma Thompson, academic liaison librarian,  and Tünde Varga-Atkins, learning technologist, University of Liverpool,

Session 3:  Developing meaningful dialogue in digitally mediated learning (DML) using social media - a Jisc Transformations Project
Research is only just emerging about the potential for study online in social media, but what we do know is that developing meaningful discussion in any form of DML is a significant challenge. In this pilot Masters in Education module, we begin by mandating discussion and then asking participants to reflect on their roles and understandings in that discussion as a significant part of the assignment outcomes.
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Dr Andy Cramp, University of Wolverhampton

15.50 Ideas Wall and Plenary

Close and tea available