East Midlands Learning Technologists

East Midlands Learning Technologists' Group, supported by ALT

EMLT Summer 2016 Round Up

The Late Summer EMLT meeting took place on Wednesday 24 August at the University of Nottingham. We would like to extend our thanks to the Health E-Learning and Media Team (HELM) for hosting the event, and to Kirstie Coolin – E-Learning and Media Manager of HELM who organised the event. And thanks to all of you who attended on a rather hot and sticky afternoon.

Based on feedback from the previous meeting we decided to go with NO THEME for this session – to afford an opportunity to those who had things they wanted to share and discuss in general.

The plan is to continue with this open themed approach for the time being – until the time comes where a situation arises where it would be timely or pertinent to focus on a particular theme.

Presentations

Richard Windle

Title: Higher Education Institution (HEI) Challenge

The HEI Challenge is an East Midlands initiative to develop healthcare education. Funded by Health Education East Midlands (HEEM) and East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), the Challenge partners East Midlands’ Universities to share and develop the use of technology to develop new ways of working in education; such as high quality online content, educational games, electronic portfolios and personal development plans, and social networking for patient-patient, clinician-patient or clinician-clinician communication and interaction.

Richard showcased TRI-IT (Technology related innovation – implementation tool), an interactive online resource developed by HELM as part of the HEI challenge. TRI-IT facilitates the innovative deployment of technology in Health Care Education (it could also be used in other areas of the curriculum). Drawing on shared experiences and input from the HEI challenge partners, the resource maps the learning journey within health care education using a hub and spoke model. Each key stage in the journey is an interactive hub/node in the model which can be expanded to reveal the potential technology facilitated approaches which can be used. This information is further underpinned by real life case studies.

The resource is intended to support teachers in the use of digital technology in the curriculum and also to support continued professional development in areas of digital literacy.

Although currently still in pilot phase TRI-IT is accessible online at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/helmopen/tri-it/

The second half of Richard’s presentation consisted of an activity workshop wherein we were split into groups and used the online resource to complete an E-Learning Activity Planner. At the end of the session each group shared the results of their planning activity.

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Mike Taylor

Title: MOVA – Managing Violence and Aggression

Mike’s case study articulated the challenge of designing and developing a number of field specific open e-learning resources – based around video scenarios – to promote best practice for Student Nurses, Midwifes, Physiotherapists and Health Care Workers when confronted with violence and aggression in the workplace.

To facilitate the production of the videos a community of practice was established; indeed the finished product serves as a testimony to what a well organised and motivated community of practice can achieve.

Materials were developed in workshop sessions. The videos were filmed by the learning technologists (which was itself quite a challenge) with academic staff on hand to advise on the practice elements. The draft videos were then shared online to get feedback from the wider community of practice before being finalised.

The final resource consisted of 18 videos!

The core challenge that emerged from this endeavour concerned the logistics of producing high quality videos (and 18 of them); having to take into account such things as sourcing actors, script writers, storyboard writers, equipment, locations, etc. Not only did this take significant organisational skills but also required financial backing. Mike was keen to stress how one should not underestimate the logistics of this type of video production.

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Chang Ge

Title: Improving Study Skills through Digital Literacy

Chang described how she used reflection on her own personal journey in technology facilitated education, towards the development of a study skills framework for students which was underpinned by a broader digital literacy – or as Chang described it – digital fluency.

Drawing on her experiences of teaching in FE where she encountered significant variability in students’ academic writing skills; and finding that similar issues were present when she moved into HE – Chang applied some of the interventions that she found effective in FE to HE, but further extending the range to include study skills in general.

Key to the development of the resource was her personal reflection on how she had arrived at her own state of digital fluency. Through mapping her own journey Chang was able to apply this towards the development of a student resource.

The online study skills resource is presented as seven key areas: Learning Strategies, referencing, reading skills, note taking skills, critical analytical skills, research skills, and academic writing skills.

Chang took a particular approach in that she chose to embed the study skills within her subject – the localised learning context – rather than delivering the study skills content as a standalone package, isolated from the curriculum. She noted that she found that there was some resistance to the idea of embedding study skills within the subject curriculum; and that the jury still appears to be out in terms of what the most appropriate approach should be.

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Angelique Bodart

Title: Appy Hour

Angelique gave an account of a session that she introduced for teaching staff at Nottingham University. She pointed out that credit for the idea should go to Nottingham Trent University who ran a similar session.

Appy Hour began as monthly event where three presenters showcase an app that they have used for teaching, learning or research purposes.

Angelique emphasised how she took a very particular targeted approach to how the event was marketed, as she was convinced that such an event would be of significant benefit to those who attended – but often the difficulty is getting teachers through the door. Describing the psychology of how she marketed the event she noted some key approaches. No pre-session information was given as to what apps would be presented – therefore staff couldn’t decide if they wanted to attend or not based on what was being shown. The sessions would not be recorded in any way – so you had to attend in order to engage. Learning technologist were not allowed to present – as the focus was to be on academic staff sharing their situated teaching experiences.

Not only did the session provide an opportunity for staff to find out how some of their colleagues were using particular technologies to support teaching and learning, it also provided time for staff to get out of the office and engage in some collegiate networking. As a result of this, broader discussions around the use of technology began to happen at the sessions. As such, over time the focus of the sessions broadened to include any useful apps – not just those for teaching or research. The sessions have proved so popular that there is now a waiting list for staff who want to come along to a session.

Presentation slides (.pptx)

Open discussion session

The floor was then opened up to discussion. Several topics were raised:

We began by expressing our thoughts about a presentation by John Traxler at this year’s JISC Digifest titled: What Killed the Mobile Learning Dream? Visit: (https://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/what-killed-the-mobile-learning-dream-26-feb-2016)

This discussion segued into issues around BYOD some of which had emerged from Angelique’s presentation. In particular, institutional policy for BYOD (for staff and students) and the challenges and barriers that such a policy might present.

A question was then raised about Classroom Response Technologies (i.e. voting clickers) for mobile devices, appropriate software for facilitating this approach to learning in the classroom, and the challenges and barriers concerning its use.

A final discussion was had based on a question about institutional policy with regards to the use of particular platforms – if any institutions represented ny those in attendance strictly prescribed what platforms staff could use. For example – if an institution used Office 365 were staff still allowed to use, for example Google Docs/Forms, etc. From the discussion that emerged it appeared that there were no such restrictions in place at those institutions represented by the group. But there was some concern raised that this could be a potential emerging direction of travel. A discussion was also had regarding the use of third party, cloud hosted platforms and the potential issues with these concerning data protection.

Next EMLT meeting

The next meeting will be our Winter session (December). We are in urgent need of someone to host the event. Please contact Rob (rweale@dmu.ac.uk) ASAP if you might be able to host.

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EMLT on tour – September 2016 – ALT C at University of Warwick

It’s the annual “EMLT on tour” event, where we have a session organised at the ALT annual conference, otherwise known as ALT C. As this session is part of the wider conference, there is no set agenda, and this is an opportunity for anyone from our region who is attending the conference to come along to meet friends and colleagues old and new, and find out a bit about EMLT, and what your peers are up to, what’s on their collective radar, and any issues or challenges that they may be facing.

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ALT C 2015, CC BY, Chris Bull

If you have anything that you would like to present at the session, please come prepared to share something with your fellow learning technology/educational technology professionals. We have had a few suggestions in already from the community, and there will be at least one (short) presentation from an East Midlands university, telling the story of their lecture capture experience over the last seven years.

You can find out the latest information about the session here:-

https://altc.alt.ac.uk/2016/sessions/alt-east-midlands-learning-technologists-group/

For those attending the conference, the meeting will be held on Tuesday September 6th 2016 from 3:15pm – 4:15pm in room SS 0.18 – see you there!

If you have any questions, please feel free to tweet me @Bulgenen

 

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EMLT Meeting – Late Summer 2016

Our Late Summer meeting of the East Midlands Learning Technologists’ group is taking place on Wednesday 24th August at the University of Nottingham (Jubilee Campus).

There is no fixed theme for this meeting.

During this event we would like to explore whatever themes those attending are interested in exploring – sharing our experiences in the field of learning technologies. See the Discussion forum section below.

Registration

To book a place please complete the form on Eventbrite, you will need to enter the password to get in. This is: em1t (emlt with the L replaced by a number 1). The booking form is at: emltsummer2016.eventbrite.co.uk

Call for presentations

We would like to feature three (3) presentations that focus on the sharing of practice. We are limiting it to three (3) as we have a busy schedule for the meeting. Pecha Kucha style presentations are always welcome – but in general, presentations should be no longer than 10 mins.

Closing date for presentation proposals is 5pm on Friday 29th July – the three (3) submissions will be selected on a first come first served basis. If there are more than 3 submissions the extras will be rolled over to the next meeting.

Please complete the form below if you’re happy to present.

Presentation sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17FfcncchK3qdLwiI99dqmkQQjaGrKVGR0CD3RkalZXE

Discussion forum provocations

The meeting will also include an open discussion forum which will be fuelled by your provocations (discussion starters) – questions, issues, ideas, concerns, musings, quandaries, experiences that you would like to have discussed, debated and explored by the group in an open forum format.

To submit a provocation for discussion please complete the form at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KXm-31GDU7M2xprAm8yEPb9n0qM772RviFlVwaFQq8c by 5pm on Friday August 19th.

Provocations will be discussed on a first come first served basis – it is anticipated that we will have time to discuss 3 or 4. However, we may get through more or less – so if you have submitted a provocation be prepared to introduce it on the day.

Any provocations that are not dealt with at this meeting will be carried over to the next meeting, and/or might also be considered as larger themes for subsequent meetings.

Event Details

Food and drink will be available on arrival at 12:00 – details to follow. Please indicate any special dietary requirements here by Monday 1st August. Requests made after this date may not be able to be accommodated.

Further details for parking will be provided nearer the time.

If you’d like any more detail, please drop me (Rob Weale) an email: rweale@dmu.ac.uk

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EMLT Spring 2016 round up

springThe Spring EMLT meeting took place on Wednesday 18 May at the University of Derby. We would like to extend our thanks to Derby for hosting the event, and to Claire Gardener – Senior Learning Technology Adviser at Derby who organised the event.

The day was kicked off by Rob Weale who introduced the theme – Training and Development in the use of Technology for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. Rob’s brief intro offered some food for thought in terms of the skills and knowledge that an educator is perhaps required to possess in order to effectively use technology to enhance teaching, learning and assessment. Such as the ability to use, implement and operationalise particular technologies; knowledge and understanding of the pedagogic effectiveness of technology; the ability to articulate the pedagogic rationale for the use of technology to learners; and the ability to support learners in their use of technologies. All of which requires careful consideration with respect to training and development.

Presentations

Mark Berthelemy – Houston, we have a problem

Mark’s presentation asked/posed some fundamental questions that have an impact on how we might approach training and development. He argued that perhaps the problem, in terms of driving engagement with TEL via training and development programmes is not a lack of content or lack of people willing to help – it’s a problem of motivation. Why should people change their practices? What’s in it for them? So given this, how can we persuade, cajole, influence and drive people to change their behaviours and adopt new systems & practices?

As part of his answer Mark proposed that it is important to consider what motivates people to learn. His three suggestions were: Fear – e.g. my work/employer/situation requires that I learn this; Personal/professional advancement – e.g. learning this will offer more opportunities for me to advance; and Curiosity – e.g. I’m just interested in this thing, so I want to learn more about it. The problem is not lack of content or lack of people willing to help. It’s a problem of motivation. Why should people change their practices? What’s in it for them? How can we persuade, cajole, influence and drive people to change their behaviours and adopt new systems & practices?

As part of his answer Mark proposed that it is important to consider what motivates people to learn. His three suggestions were: Fear – e.g. my work/employer/situation requires that I learn this; Personal/professional advancement – e.g. learning this will offer more opportunities for me to advance; and Curiosity – e.g. I’m just interested in this thing, so I want to learn more about it.

http://berthelemy.github.io/reveal-houston-problem/#/

Rachel Challen – Enigma

Rachel’s presentation offered a broad overview of recent strategic approaches to training and development at Loughborough College. Their approach seeks to immerse staff in an experience which uses technology to develop digital capabilities to underpin teaching and learning in general, but also in areas of the curriculum that are being given a specific strategic focus, e.g. Maths and English.

Rachel demonstrated how their model incorporated a team approach strand, and an individual approach strand, both of which were combined to underpin a distinctive and innovative whole college approach to training and development.

Examples of recent whole college initiatives were given, including the latest (2015) titled Enigma which targeted Maths and English provision – http://www.loucoll.ac.uk/enigma/

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Joanna Webb – Use of virtual reality in Health and Safety Assessment

Jo gave an overview of virtual reality and augmented reality technologies, and approaches to the use of these technologies that have recently been developed by Pearson (PLC). The technologies included a virtual reality style headset that facilitated a 360 degree immersive video experience – the focus of which was health and safety at work. The augmented reality solution was presented through the lens of the teaching and learning potentials offered by such technology. Jo’s presentation also inspired some further discussion about how such ‘physical’ technologies can/might impact on approaches to training and development in their use specifically for teaching, learning and assessment purposes.

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Sue Pears – Developing staff to develop online discussions for blended learning purposes

Sue offered a detailed overview of a strategy that she had used to evolve a pre-existing five week training and development course to effectively meet the changing needs of the learners.

The re-development strategy that was employed used an iterative process of ‘reduce, reuse, and redesign’ which involved reflection on the course by those delivering it as well as those taking it. Each iteration generally resulted in a streamlining of the course, which meant some components of it were rejected – however, these components were not simply binned, but where possible and appropriate were re-used in other training and development situations.

After several iterations it was felt that the course has arrived at its optimal current state for the learning requirements of the current learners. However, the iterative process would be continued as it was seen to be an effective means of evolving a training and development course to meet what are the dynamically evolving requirements and abilities of learners over time.

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Helen Crump – The potential of Work Out loud and Work Out Loud Circles for professional development

Helen presented an overview of the Work Out Loud initiative about which she is currently conducting research for the Open University. Work Out Loud concerns making your working processes visible as an ongoing process, in an open and accessible format. Such that others can follow it and potentially contribute to it – in process, rather than retrospectively. It has a dual function in terms of: 1. articulating approaches to working practice for others to learn from and; 2. inviting comments and suggestions as to how one might approach a current working process. Helen noted that as a relatively small, underground and little-known practice, it is one that appears to be gaining significant attention and traction. Such as the emergence of Work Out Loud Circles which are small peer groups, focused around the particular individual goals of its members – and not solely confined to working practice.

Helen’s presentation also raised some interesting discussion around the notion of ownership of ones individual working practices and processes and the extent to which there is an emerging trend for these to be co-opted in organisational, corporate and institutional settings via the Work Out Loud ethos.

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Chris Bell and Rob Higson – Digital Derby

Digital Derby is an institutional wide project to develop digital literacy skills for both staff and students. Chris’ part of presentation offered an overview of the project, and explained how this has influenced a new approach to staff training. One that is moving away from a tool-led approach to training and development, to one where staff are empowered to select the appropriate tool for their teaching, learning and assessment requirements. The key to this strategy is creating an information space which allows staff to easily identify potential technology-based interventions that would be effective for their teaching, and signposting them to the relevant information to assist them in the implementation of the technology.

Rob presented an example of practice which exemplified the type of approach the Digital Derby initiative was intended to encourage. The example concerned a student group presentation which was assessed. Where usually these presentations were assessed in a real-time face-to-face format, this had been changed to a video based assignment. One in which the students were free to choose the technologies that they used to create their group video presentation. This allowed students to draw upon their own personal digital literacies, utilising technologies that they were most comfortable with rather than prescribed tech which they may not be familiar with and so be required to invest time in learning how to operate.

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Discussion

The presentations were followed by an open floor discussion about training and development in the use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment. In particular exploring some of the issues and barriers encountered in developing and delivering training and development, and how these had been/or might be overcome (or not). Several issues which had been raised by the presentations were also discussed and unpacked through the lens of the experiences of those present. The open and informal dialogue that emerged from this discourse, being grounded as it was in practice and personal experience offered a wealth of information, new ideas and a sense of shared solidarity in our work as learning/educational technologists; and as such highlighted the value of the EMLT network in this respect.

Next EMLT meeting

The HELM team at Nottingham University have kindly offered to host the next EMLT meeting (Late Summer). The date will most likely be sometime in late August.

So watch this space . . .

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EMLT Spring Meeting 2016

springOur Spring meeting of the East Midlands Learning Technologists’ group is due to take place on Wednesday 18th May at the University of Derby.

Theme: Training and Development – approaches to training and development in the use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment.

The ability to effectively use technology to enhance teaching, learning and assessment is a learned and practiced skill. It requires (to a lesser or greater extent): the ability to use, implement and operationalise particular technologies; knowledge and understanding of the of the pedagogic effectiveness of technology; the ability to articulate the pedagogic rationale for the use of technology to learners; and the ability to support learners in their use of technologies.

During this event, we would like to explore approaches to training and development in the use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment that seek to address the varied requirements listed above as well as any other related contexts that have emerged from our thinking and experiences.

Call for presentations

We would like to like feature presentations from our community – where you tell us about the approaches you have taken towards training and development in the use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment. Pecha Kucha style presentations are always welcome – but in general, presentations should be no longer than 10 mins.

Please complete the form below if you’re happy to present.

Presentation sign up: http://tinyurl.com/hxuul47

Closing date for presentation proposals is 5pm on Friday 22nd April 2016

Event Details

To book a place please complete the form on Eventbrite, you will need to enter the password to get in. This is: em1t (emlt with the L replaced by a number 1). The booking form is at http://emltspring2016.eventbrite.co.uk

Food and drink will be available on arrival at 12:00 – details to follow. Please indicate any special dietary requirements here by Friday 15th April. Requests made after this date may not be able to be accommodated.

Further details for parking will be provided nearer the time.

If you’d like any more detail, please drop me (Rob Weale) an email: rweale@dmu.ac.uk

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EMLT December 2015 meeting round-up

Harbourview parkThe Winter EMLT event took place on the Wednesday the 9th December at De Montfort University Leicester with sponsorship for the event from Wyver Solutions Ltd for catering. At the beginning of the session we also asked participants to contribute to a Padlet wall with a review of EMLT activities in 2015 and suggestions for EMLT activities in 2016. This is still open to contributions and can be found at http://padlet.com/laurahollinshea/emlt2015.

Introduction to ‘art of assessment’ – Rob Weale, De Montfort University

We started our series of presentations off with Rob Weale discussing the theme of the day ‘the art of assessment’. A link to the recording of the presentation is available here.

Using Micro Assessment to Scaffold a Flipped Learning Programme in Midwifery – Kirstie Coolin, Liz Hilton, University of Nottingham

Our second presentation looked at the work the University of Nottingham have been doing on flipping midwife training. The opportunity to incorporate the flipped learning model into the delivery of this BSc came about as a result of the introduction of a new curriculum where delivery was scheduled for September 2015. The nursing courses are already 50% blended and academic staff wanted to make the most of face-to-face lecturers and it felt this approach might help them to do this. This approach provided a big change to staff and students challenging them to work in new ways.

The design of the course started with focusing on the outcomes from face-to-face sessions and worked backwards to establish what students would need to bring to these session and then design a series of online activities for students to complete prior to attendance. The activities included videos, short-answer questions and reflective activities delivered using the Moodle lessons tool and the analytics to see student engagement. They are looking to see if there is a way of pulling information from this tool to see where the analytics show students who haven’t engaged. Focus groups were run with students to talk about the use of Moodle and the flipped learning experience. Students provided good feedback about their experience and as a result the academic has not had to repeat content in face-to-face sessions. One of the refinements being made as a result of student feedback is to provide guidance on the amount of time each activity will take at the start of the activity so students can better plan their workload

Transforming GCSE Maths with digital assessment – Jay Ashcroft, LearnMaker

Our third presentation looked at the use of the assessment workload within GCSE Maths teaching. Utilising an iPad app to record assessments and provide feedback to students about their assessments. A number of benefits were identified including reduced marking time and increased student interactions.  Here is a link to the slides for the presentation and a write up of the case study discussed within the presentation can be found at http://learnmaker.co.uk/broadgreen-international-school

Jisc Assessment Resources – Keith Jenkins, Jisc

Our fourth presentation before the break was from Keith Jenkins, Account Manager at Jisc, talking about the different resources and projects related to assessment. A recording of the presentation is available here.

Presentations delivered as part of the Online ALT Winter Conference

Two of the presentations delivered during the event were live streamed to the ALT Winter Conference.

Taking the leap – helping Historians to start marking online – Catherine Leyland, University of Leicester

The first presentation was from Catherine Leyland from the University of Leicester looking at getting historians to take the leap and start marking online. Unfortunately the sound quality on the first presentation was not great but Catherine has re-recorded this for us and the recording is available at https://youtu.be/FVRUt5ewz3U

E-assessment & Feedback @DMU – Richard Vallance, De Montfort University

The second presentation came from Richard Vallance, DMU who talks about the process he is taking of developing and implementing an e-assessment and e-feedback policy.

This presentation was recorded in Blackboard Collaborate and can be found at 13:30 within the session (ignore the first part as this was the first recording where the audio was bad).

Four years on from institution wide eSubmission and feedback – Laura Hollinshead, University of Derby

The final presentation on assessment delivered during the event was from Laura Hollinshead who talked about the rollout of electronic submission and marking across the institution and how this has become established within practices. She also covered the further development of assessment and feedback processes now being promoted. A recording of the presentation is available here.

ELESIG Presentation – Rob Howe, University of Northampton

The final presentation of the event was from Rob Howe the chair of the ELESIG Regional Group for the Midlands. Rob talked about the work of the group and how members of EMLT can get involved in joining this community of practice via the Ning site. Slides for Rob’s presentation are available here.

A big thank you to all attendees and we look forward to seeing you at our next event in 2016.

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Call for presentations! EMLT Winter 2015 Meeting

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Our Winter meeting of the East Midlands Learning Technologists’ group is due to take place on Wednesday 9th December 2015, De Montfort University.

The art of assessment.

Assessment is at the heart of any learning professionals life. Whether formative or summative it plays a significant role in allowing us to judge a learner’s progress, as well as the knowledge, skills, practices and behaviours they have developed during their learning journey.

During this event, we would like to explore how technology can be used to support assessment in all its forms. We hope to look at the impact of some of the newer approaches to assessment such as the use of Open Badges as well as more familiar approaches like online quizzes and electronic submission. In addition we would like to explore assessment approaches which consider inclusive practices and assessments designed to look at developing learners’ digital skills and practices.

Call for presentations

We’d still like some Pecha Kucha sessions, presentations from our community – 6 minute presentations with images – where you tell us about the approaches you have taken technologies to support assessment, so please complete the form if you’re happy to present.

Pecha Kucha sign up: http://goo.gl/forms/Vt6hP1ImrE

Closing date for submitting ideas is 5pm on Friday 27th November 2015.

Event Details

If you have not yet booked a place, please complete the form on Eventbrite, you will need to enter the password to get in. This is: em1t (emlt with the L replaced by a number 1). The booking form is at http://emltwinter1516.eventbrite.co.uk

Food and drink will be available on arrival at 12:00 – details to follow.

Further details for parking and a map of the campus will be provided nearer the time.

A big thank you to Wyver Solutions Ltd for sponsoring this event! http://www.wyversolutions.co.uk/

If you’d like any more detail, please drop me an email to Laura Hollinshead at laurahollinshead@gmail.com

 

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EMLT Summer meeting and call for presentations: Let’s get mobile

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Our Summer meeting of the East Midlands Learning Technologists’ group is due to take place on Monday 29th June 2015, 12:00-16:00, Loughborough University.

 

Let’s get mobile!

Mobile devices give us a unique opportunity to have learners embedded in a realistic context at the same time as having access to supporting tools” (FUTURELAB, 2004). Jisc use this quote as part of their Mobile Learning Infokit and it helps to set the scene for our next EMLT meeting about mobile learning. During the event we will look to explore the benefits and challenges associated with going mobile and provide a variety of examples of how mobile technologies have been used to support learning.

 

Call for presentations

We’d still like some Pecha Kucha sessions, presentations from our community – 6 minute presentations with images – where you tell us about the approaches you have taken using mobile technologies to support learning, so please complete the form if you’re happy to present.

Pecha Kucha sign up: https://goo.gl/KaWVyg

Closing date for submitting ideas is 5pm on Friday 12th June 2015.

 

Event Details

If you have not yet booked a place, please complete the form on Eventbrite, you will need to enter the password to get in. This is: em1t (emlt with the L replaced by a number 1). The booking form is at http://emltsummer15.eventbrite.co.uk

Food and drink will be available on arrival at 12:00 – details to follow.

A map for the campus can be found on the website http://maps.lboro.ac.uk/?l=design-school and directions to the room will be provided nearer the time.


If you’d like any more detail, please drop me an email to Laura Hollinshead at laurahollinshead@gmail.com

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We need you! Call for members of the EMLT Steering Group

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Hello Everyone,

We are currently looking for members of the EMLT community to join the EMLT Steering Group. We are keen to have representation from all sectors, higher education, further education, local authorities and the private sector and from all types of learning technology role. Preference will be given to areas which are not currently represented by steering group members, particularly further education and local education authorities. There are currently two positions available and we have detailed below some of the responsibilities.

Responsibilities

  • To plan, organise and run EMLT Meetings (around 4 a year, with regular online meetings via Google Hangouts)
  • To promote the community and encourage new members to join
  • To coordinate communication around EMLT activities
  • To help compile the annual report of activities to return to ALT

So, if you are passionate about the East Midlands, learning technology and want to help develop the EMLT community, then please complete the form below with a short explanation of why you would like to join the EMLT Steering Group and how this role relates to your interest in learning technology. The deadline for submissions is 8th May 2015.

http://goo.gl/xXMUAS

Thanks

EMLT Steering Group

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Spring EMLT Meeting – Round-Up

Evernote Camera Roll 20150408 084223-2I hope you have all had a good Easter. Before all the egg eating began over the weekend, we had the Spring EMLT meeting at the University of Derby. We had a good turn out and started the event off with some Easter treats and floppy crisps.

We then took part in some speed networking, where everyone sat in rows and had 3 minutes to talk to someone they had not met before. It was a little hard to hear with all the noise, but hopefully everyone got to meet some new people and form some useful connections.

A brief introduction on digital literacy was given at the beginning fo the sessions to help set the scene, providing a definition, the seven elements of digital literacy and a useful development framework from Jisc.

We then had three presentations from people within the room focusing on the development of digital literacies.

Evernote Camera Roll 20150408 084103Martin Cooke (Freelance Learning Technologist) – FOMO are you missing out? Technology for well being

Martin talked about how important it is to reflect upon the way in which we are using technology and to sometimes step back, turn the technology off and take a break from all the noise.

You can find Martin’s slides at:
http://my.brainshark.com/Missing-out-467865273

 

Evernote Camera Roll 20150408 084102Stathis Konstantinidis (Assistant Professor of eLearning and Health Informatics, University of Nottingham) – Fostering IT Skills Competences of the healthcare workforce of EU and USA

Stathis talked about the work he has been doing, helping four of the European partners of the University of Nottingham to carry out a SWOT analysis of programmes for their provision of IT skills. Some of the key conclusions from the work, looked towards MOOC’s and Open Education Resources as possible tools to help provide a sustainable , cost-effective and efficient lifelong learning model.

Evernote Camera Roll 20150408 084101Elaine Swift (Digital Practice Manager, Nottingham Trent University) – Scoping Digital Literacy Support at an institutional level

Elaine talked about the work she has been doing at Nottingham Trent looking at how to embed digital literacy as a core competency across a variety of different roles within the institution. Having put together a framework and set of principles for supporting digital practices Elaine and her team are now working in partnership with academic schools to scope a set of specialist competencies for different subject areas.

The next activity saw us getting creative in groups, drawing our idea of a digitally literate person. There were a number of different interpretations, which I hope you can see in the below images (sorry about the reflections!). We had a prize for the winner. Can you guess which one won?

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Evernote Camera Roll 20150408 084059Our final activity was to work in groups to plan a workshop  to develop a digital capability. The groups were asked to choose a technology or practice which fitted into one of the seven elements of digital literacy from Jisc. We had some great ideas which can be seen in the Google Documents used to during the session.

Thank you all for coming, I hope you enjoyed the day and that we shall see you next time in June/July at Loughborough University.

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