East Midlands Learning Technologists

East Midlands Learning Technologists' Group, supported by ALT

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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Spring EMLT Meeting 2015 – Booking and call for presentations

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Our Spring meeting of the East Midlands Learning Technologists’ group is due to take place on April Fools Day, 1st April 2015 at the University of Derby, on the subject of…

Developing Digital Literacies

There is a lot of talk about how organisations need to ensure their workforce and students are digitally literate, but what does this mean for us as learning technologists? How can we go about developing people’s skills to use a variety of technologies appropriately for living, working and learning in a digital age?  How can we help people to navigate what, for many, is a new or intimidating world? Whilst institutions and organisations like Jisc and Mozilla might develop frameworks and strategies, which support the promotion of digital literacies, how do we practically deliver this? We hope to explore the answer to these questions and others you may have at the University of Derby on 1st April, 12 pm – 4 pm.

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://emltspring15.eventbrite.co.uk

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 to developing digital literacies, so please complete the form if you’re happy to present.

Pecha Kucha sign up: http://goo.gl/j6e4UY

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

Event Details

The booking form is at http://emltspring15.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://www.derby.ac.uk/about/maps/ 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 l.hollinshead@derby.ac.uk

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Experiences of a learning technologist: eLearning does not necessarily = labour saving

In my experience as a learning technologist in HE there can sometimes be a misconception (and at times assumption) on the part of the teacher that the use of eLearning should inevitably, or to a significant extent at least lead to a more efficient, less labour-intensive work flow. At times, having demonstrated a particular eLearning intervention the question that followed has been something along the lines of “but this means more work for me! I thought eLearning was about making things more efficient?”

This is perhaps an understandable misconception as the implementation of eLearning by definition involves the use of electronic/computer-based technology, generally referred to as IT (or ICT). IT has historically been developed and implemented, to a lesser or greater extent as a labour-saving intervention, to make certain tasks less labour-intensive. Ergo: introducing IT into a particular teaching practice (i.e. eLearning) should ultimately result in less work for the teacher.

But at its core – eLearning is not about creating less work for the teacher – it’s about enhancing teaching and learning.

This is not to say that there aren’t times when the introduction of technology into teaching and learning can potentially, and does indeed lead to a more efficient workflow. But in some of these cases it’s not necessarily about eLearning, what is key here is that the student learning experience is not being enhanced in any significant way. For example, shifting from marking hard copies of essays to marking electronically online (which can be classed as an eLearning intervention) may result in a reduction in time taken to mark the work. But there may be no fundamental enhancing of learning achieved because of this change in practice. One could perhaps argue that if research has shown that students are more likely to read the feedback given to them via electronic marking and feedback than they are with hard copies, then I may have not chosen the best example here – but I hope you can still see my point. Indeed, there can be instances where eLearning does both – enhance teaching and learning and save labour. E.g. implementing eLearning that facilitates more autonomous/independent learning (peer and collaborative learning).

Nevertheless, to reiterate – as its point of departure, eLearning is about enhancing teaching and learning.

Given that there may well be some cans of worms left significantly ajar in what I’ve touched on above. I should perhaps contextualize this via the lens of certain current issues. Given what appears to be a general ‘leaning’ of the HE labour force over recent years (the rounds of voluntary and compulsory severance across the HE sector), one can perhaps understand how anything labour saving would rate high on the priorities of what may be an over-stretched teaching labour force; and given that, in my experience the implementation of eLearning can in some cases lead to an increase in workload, the desire on the part of the teacher to introduce eLearning that isn’t fundamentally labour saving will be diminished. The question, “will this result in more work for me?” may become more prevalent in direct relationship to the labour force ‘over-stretching’ and as a result the desire to engage in the implementation of eLearning will be diminished. Indeed, were we to arrive at a large-scale ‘work to rule’ situation with HE – could we see the ongoing innovation, development and implementation of eLearning across the curriculum becoming an untenable proposition, as teaching staff loading for eLearning does not realistically reflect the investment of time required?

So on the one hand it is important that there is an understanding on the part of teachers as to what eLearning is fundamentally about – Enhancing Learning through Technology (ELT) – and not necessarily labour saving in the first instance. But also an understanding on the part of learning technologists who have a role in catalyzing and driving the implementation of ELT, that the current working environment might lead to a less accommodating attitude to eLearning implementations in direct correlation to the extra time required to implement them.

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Round-Up of Presentations at ALT-C 2014 from the East Midlands

Learning to surf the (new) quality wave – Rob Howe, University of Northampton

Link to conference paper on ALT website

Slides available on Prezi

 

Open Northampton – Open Educational Practice from Northampton – Dr Ming Nie and Prof Ale Armellini, University of Northampton

Link to conference paper on ALT website

Link to slides on Google Drive

 

MOOC and SPOC: a tale of two courses -Prof Ale Armellini, Kate Coulson and Rob Farmer, University of Northampton

Link to conference paper on ALT website

Link to slides on Google Drive

 

Catching the wave and taking off: Embracing FELTAG at Loughborough College – moving from recommendations to reality – Rachel Challen, Loughborough College

Link to conference paper on ALT website

Link to slides on Google Drive

 

Supporting staff development in Digital Literacy: the DigiLit Leicester Project – Lucy Atkins, Josie Fraser and Richard Hall, De Montfort University and Leicester City Council.

Link to conference paper on ALT website

 

Taming the waves: understanding digital practice at scale – Sarah Horrigan and Laura Hollinshead, University of Derby

Link to conference paper on ALT website

Taming the Waves: Understanding digital practice at scale, ALT-C 2014 from Sarah Horrigan-Fullard
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Autumn 2014 meeting announced!

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Not long until our next meeting!!

Our autumn meeting of the East Midlands Learning Technologists’ group for 2014 is due to take place on the 22nd of October at Loughborough College and the theme is ‘Mind the Gap! Mainstreaming and supporting innovation‘ – and we’d like to hear your stories of how you discovered innovation, how you shared it, how you helped to change practice… or how you took a small innovative idea and made it big. As ever… we need you!!

Call for presentations

We’d love to have some PechaKucha presentations from our community – 6 minute presentations with images – where you tell us about how you got over that awkward gap between a great idea and the reality of getting it into the mainstream. Small scale, large scale, online, offline, formal or informal learning… give us a taste of your experience and some food for thought. We’re interested in presentations from across the learning spectrum – whether that’s Higher Education, Further Education, Schools, local government or the private sector, we’d like to hear from you.

Closing date for submitting presentation ideas is 5pm on Friday 26th September 2014 and we’ll confirm presenters during the first week of October. So, to submit your ideas, head to the submission form (http://goo.gl/ccVuye) and fill out the details.

Event details

Date: 22nd October 2014

Time: 1pm to 4pm with a buffet lunch from 12pm

Venue: Loughborough College, Radmoor Rd, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3BT

Cost: Free (hooray for free!)

Booking here: http://emltautumn14.eventbrite.co.uk – it’s password protected – just head to our JiscMail list to get the password (and prove you’re not a robot!)

Food and drink will be available on arrival. There will be chance for networking over a buffet lunch, interesting presentations from our community and the chance for discussion with the meeting ending no later than 4pm. The cost, as ever, is free… so if you can get yourself to Loughborough on the afternoon of the 22nd of October, then it would be great to see you there!

A map for the campus can be found on the Loughborough College website but can also be downloaded from this link too:
https://docs.loucoll.ac.uk/Student%20Documents/Campus%20Map.pdf

Roll on October!

Sarah

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