JISC Change Agents Network Webinar

Copied from JISC email: CAN Webinar:

“There is still time to register (https://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/change-agents-network-webinar-series-24-nov-2015) for the first CAN webinar of this academic year. On 24 November 2015 from 12:30-1:30 – “What will a successful student-staff partnership look like in 2020?” will be an hour of  discussion and activities led by Peter Chatterton and Clare Killen.  This webinar will explore what successful student-staff partnerships will look like in 2020, what the challenges are and how the Jisc Developing successful student staff partnerships online guide and associated resources, can be used to stimulate thinking about how these challenges can be overcome.

 Starting with a discussion around impact of student-staff partnerships, we’ll look at how impact is being measured, what criteria are being used and whether there is any current evidence of success that can support sustainability.

 Looking ahead to 2020, we will then explore the future for student-staff partnerships and how these will impact on the everyday lives of students and staff.

 In the final part of the webinar we’ll discuss how student-staff initiatives can be sustained beyond initial funding cycles and some of the ways of navigating anticipated hurdles.

 CAN Blog Webinar page and links to recordings of previous webinars:http://bit.ly/1utgYDu and you can access the Developing successful student-staff partnerships online guide: http://bit.ly/1L5Upko “

See you there,

Moira

 

SAP Projects 2015-2016 Developing Student Digital Literacy sub-group

We were successful in being awarded 3 Student as Academic Partners TEL projects this year- summaries below

Interdisciplinary SAP project 1 2015-2016
Developing Digital Literacy and Employability
Nominated Project Lead(s):

Moira Savage, Senior Lecturer (IoE)

Dr Anthony Barnett, Senior Lecturer (IoE)

Kira Butcher (student- Chair of Enterprise team)
We would really like more colleagues and students to join us- please email m.savage@worc.ac.uk and/or come along to the next meeting:

Developing Student Digital Literacy sub group on Tuesday 24th November at 2.45- 4.45 in BY1147

Proposed by the University of Worcester Developing Student Digital Literacy sub-group in response to the Technology Enhanced Learning Strategy 2015-2019 in relation to development priority C. Developing the digital skills and capabilities of students. Projects are intentionally interdisciplinary and focus upon elements of the student digital experience whilst studying at the University of Worcester.
Ongoing support for the project is available from the group:

Chair: Moira Savage, University of Worcester Learning & Teaching Fellow & Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Students Union: Lewis Arnold (Vice President Education) & David Tomkins (Communications Coordinator)

Student Services: Ellen Williams (Student Achievement Officer), Adela Cragg (Careers- The Worcester Award) & Patrick Clark (Specialist Learning Support Service Manager,

Disability and Dyslexia Service)

Information and Learning Services: Dr Sarah Pittaway

Learning, Teaching and Technology Unit: Libby Symonds

Academics: David Hunt & Gareth Hunt (IoE)

The importance of equipping our students with the appropriate 21st Century digital capabilities, for the transition into the world of graduate employment, is reflected in the current QAA Higher Education Review themes of Student Employability and Digital Literacy. Leeds Metropolitan University and Oxford Brookes University are two examples where the digital literacy component has been formalised within graduate attributes and/or curriculum design frameworks.
We would like to collaborate with students to explore and identify where opportunities currently exist, or could exist in the future, to support employability related to generic digital literacy skills. If appropriate, we could explore how digital Open Badges could be attained and added to your LinkedIn profile related to your studies.
Interdisciplinary SAP project  2 2015-2016
Mapping the digital experiences of students at the University of Worcester.
Nominated Project Lead(s):

Dr Paul Golz, Senior Lecturer (ISES)  

Moira Savage, Senior Lecturer (IoE)

Francesca Ellis (Student WBS)

Debbie Doyle (Student)
We would really like more colleagues and students to join us- please email m.savage@worc.ac.uk and/or come along to the next meeting:

Developing Student Digital Literacy sub group on Tuesday 24th November at 2.45- 4.45 in BY1147

Proposed by the University of Worcester Developing Student Digital Literacy sub-group in response to the Technology Enhanced Learning Strategy 2015-2019 in relation to development priority C. Developing the digital skills and capabilities of students. Projects are intentionally interdisciplinary and focus upon elements of the student digital experience whilst studying at the University of Worcester.
Ongoing support for the project is available from the group:

Chair: Moira Savage, University of Worcester Learning & Teaching Fellow & Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Students Union: Lewis Arnold (Vice President Education) & David Tomkins (Communications Coordinator)

Student Services: Ellen Williams (Student Achievement Officer), Adela Cragg (Careers- The Worcester Award) & Patrick Clark (Specialist Learning Support Service Manager,

Disability and Dyslexia Service)

Information and Learning Services: Dr Sarah Pittaway

Learning, Teaching and Technology Unit: Libby Symonds

Academics: David Hunt & Gareth Hunt (IoE)

Students have a diverse array of digital platforms and service available to them during their study at UW. Many of these are bespoke solutions created independently by individual stakeholders, such as academics, administrators, Registry, IT, LTTU, ILS, Student Services and the Students Union. With such a wide range of platforms students report issues around locating the particular service they require and how to use the service once it is found. Bespoke solutions typically engender a higher learning curve in both understanding purpose and accessing content anyway and this may be exasperated by the sandboxed nature of the services.

The main aim of this project would be to produce a dynamic map for existing and new students to signpost who does what and how to access and understand those services. Where existing guides exist these can be linked into the map. As well as being useful to existing students we would aim to create a guide available for use in induction next year to assist new students. The master guide would be deployed to each institute and could be tailored appropriately.

Interdisciplinary SAP project  3 2015-2016
Inbox Overload? Understanding the scale and scope of automated and en masse communication from the university to students.
Nominated Project Lead(s):

Moira Savage, Senior Lecturer (IoE)

Dr Paul Golz, Senior Lecturer (ISES)

Francesca Ellis (Student WBS)

Debbie Doyle (Student)
We would really like more colleagues and students to join us- please email m.savage@worc.ac.uk and/or come along to the next meeting:

Developing Student Digital Literacy sub group on Tuesday 24th November at 2.45- 4.45 in BY1147

Proposed by the University of Worcester Developing Student Digital Literacy sub-group in response to the Technology Enhanced Learning Strategy 2015-2019 in relation to development priority C. Developing the digital skills and capabilities of students. Projects are intentionally interdisciplinary and focus upon elements of the student digital experience whilst studying at the University of Worcester.
Ongoing support for the project is available from the group:

Chair: Moira Savage, University of Worcester Learning & Teaching Fellow & Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Students Union: Lewis Arnold (Vice President Education) & David Tomkins (Communications Coordinator)

Student Services: Ellen Williams (Student Achievement Officer), Adela Cragg (Careers- The Worcester Award) & Patrick Clark (Specialist Learning Support Service Manager,

Disability and Dyslexia Service)

Information and Learning Services: Dr Sarah Pittaway

Learning, Teaching and Technology Unit: Libby Symonds

Academics: David Hunt & Gareth Hunt (IoE)

Email communication is used extensively by UW, both automated system communications (e.g. Blackboard), en masse emails as well as personal communications from tutors. The project seeks to understand the typical scale and scope of communication from the university to students.
Communication is an essential part of the relationship between the University and the students and often features in the analysis of NSS scores. It is important to research the attitudinal understanding the students have towards these various types of email communication in order to define best practices for use of this medium.
This project has two goals: to understand the volume and nature of email communications from UW, and to improve (where possible) our mailing strategy. An action research approach will be taken to investigate what options are available within systems and associated apps (e.g. Blackboard Learn Mobile) to manage the flow of communication in line with personal preferences.

Primary Centre TEL projects 2015-2016: Collaborative Pinterest boards

Several individuals and subject teams in the Centre for Primary Education recently expressed an interest in setting up collaborative subject Pinterest boards as their TEL project this year.

Sue Scott has kindly taken this forward for Primary Computing and we have set up some collaborative boards- see https://icteducationsupport.wordpress.com/primary-subject-pinterest-boards/ for examples. We have also embedded these within our ICT Support website to collate them in one place for students. Our next step is to invite students to be part of the co-construction process- update to follow on that part.

Sue and I are now ready to start working with you on creating any subject Pinterest boards you would like to collaboratively create with your subject teams and students on our courses. If you would like join in this TEL initiative here is what you need to do:

  1. Decide on the title(s) for your Pinterest boards e.g.: Primary Computing: coding etc. or Primary PE: gymnastics etc. When you have a list of titles for boards email them directly to Sue.
  2. Decide which subject colleagues you would like to collaborate with and email Sue their names.
  3. Next Sue will create the boards in Pinterest and use your university email address to invite you to collaborate. This will keep everything separate from any personal Pinterest accounts you may have. You will need to login to/register with Pinterest using you university email address and accept Sue’s invitation in the alerts. These boards will then appear in your area and you can start pinning to them.
  4. Sue will then create you a subject page on our WordPress site and embed your Pinterest boards so they are visible.
  • I am currently working with Sue to find a time efficient manner to invite students as collaborators. We will do this for you.

If none of the above makes any sense but you would like to get involved please do ask!

Not sure what Pinterest is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QkMOdW0Kyc

Regards

Moira & Sue

IoE Technology Enhanced Learning Group

Technology Enhanced Learning

September 2015 sees the launch of our newly formed IoE TEL Team! The goal is to create a working group where academics, ASU colleagues, students and service representative collaborate to enrich the digital experiences our of community. We have a diverse range of exciting projects across the IoE and we will develop these pages to keep you all up to date and invite you to join us in embracing the UW TEL Strategy 2015-2019.

Moira Savage is the IoE Strategic TEL Lead, continues to represent the Primary Centre and has convened the IoE TEL group to ensure broad representation. Moira also sits on the UW TEL Working group for IoE, is a member of the UW Developing Staff Digital Literacy sub-group and chairs the UW Developing Student Digital Literacy Group. To ensure TEL is considered in as many contexts as possible Moira attends IoE Course Leader Forums, LTSEC and IQC. When appropriate Moira reports to IMT and IoE Learning and Teaching Leads on behalf of the group. Moira has been awarded UW Research and Project Leave this academic year to explore and establish a university-wide Student Digital Ambassador scheme- updates to follow!

Please feel free to contact me via

email: m.savage@worc.ac.uk

Twitter: @moira_savage

Michelle Rogers continues to be the Joint Co TEL lead for IoE and lead for the Centre for Early Childhood.

David Hunt is the TEL lead for the Centre for Secondary and post-compulsory education.

Gareth Dart is the TEL lead for the Centre for Education Studies and Inclusion.

We are delighted to have 3 TEL leads within IoE ASU:

Helen Bayfield

Jenny Lewis

Carol West

Jennifer Dumbleton and Sarah Purcell are both key members of our group.

Dave Wager joins us from LTTU.

We are currently recruiting the most important members- students! Please get in touch if you are interested or know someone who might be.

Joining in with The Learning Conversation before, during and after the Annual UW Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference 2015

The UW Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference 2015 programme and abstracts can be found at https://ltseclearningconversations.wordpress.com/annual-uw-ltse-conference/.

Joining in with The Learning Conversation 

  • If you would like to join in the conversation on Twitter please use #thelearningconversation. These will appear in the Twitter feed.
  • If you would like to leave a question or comment for a particular speaker, please locate their abstract via the programme and scroll down until you see – Leave a Reply. If you are not a WordPress user you will be asked to give your email address- this will not appear on the post.
  • If you would like to be a guest blogger on the day please email m.savage@worc.ac.uk  in advance and you will be sent an invitation to create your own blog entries.
  • If you would like to follow The Learning Conversation you can add your email address in the Follow box on the right of the screen.

Please note all opinions expressed are those of individual contributors. The website contents are publicly available- please consider this when making a contribution.

David Robson ‘’The effects of using Social Media in order to develop general IT and specific electronic research skills’’ (Area 1)

David Robson (IHS)

We use electronic links on a Facebook page to prepare students for summer school and then Induction week. The tasks provide the students with an opportunity to gain various general IT skills. For example managing numerous add-ons for various programs, to open different types of documents, on multiple devices. This provides practical training in working with multiple formats. In addition to this general learning, we have moved forward a literature review exercise from induction week, to 6 weeks before the course starts. This allows the students to provide peer support, get support from the Induction tutor and engage in problem based learning. The problems are then brought to induction week and are addressed by specialist IT staff and our subject librarian. Therefor issues, both technical and research skill orientated, are addressed in the class before the modules start. Prior to this we used to set them the tasks in induction week and there was limited opportunity to get support before the module had started. There is evidence, from a semi-structured on-line survey that this has increased both confidence and skills when working in an electronic learning environment.

The digital student

As we continue to talk about developing the digital literacy of our student body, a few quick links on the topic in the wider UK and international context.

Oxford Brookes make direct reference to digital and information literacy in their graduate attributes (including postgraduate) at https://www.brookes.ac.uk/OCSLD/Your-development/Teaching-and-learning/Graduate-attributes/ . Further resources are available on their wiki https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/GAA/Digital+and+Information+Literacy

Leeds Metropolitan University have a thought-provoking document: Embedding Digital Literacy as a Graduate Attribute- refocusing the undergraduate curriculum at https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/partners/files/UG_Embedding_Digital_Literacy.pdf

For an international perspective, Deakin University in Australia http://www.deakin.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/38006/digital-literacy.pdf

Jisc projects relating to the Digital Student can be found at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/digital-student . The Jisc 7 elements model can be explored at  http://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-students-digital-literacy

Student expectations of a digital university

      A good starting point to thinking about the student’s expectations of a digital university is this JISC publication
      ‘Enhancing the student digital experience: a strategic approach’
      Supporting institutions to develop digital environments which meet students’ expectations and help them to prepare for higher study and employment:

    http://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/enhancing-the-digital-student-experience