It was another packed out TLE Seminar this month. The focus was on technology enhanced learning, with staff receiving a brief overview from Dr Alastair Robertson before the four TELS sub groups gave their updates on progress made so far:
Ken Scott-Brown informed colleagues about the scope of the Learning Spaces project and how staff can have their say about the teaching and learning spaces around the campus at the next TLE Seminar in March, this includes screen casting rooms for creating and editing videos.
In the absence of Moriamo Oduyemi, project lead for the learning analytics group, I notified staff that Abertay were taking part in the JISC Learning Analytics Discovery Engagement Service to determine our readiness for learning analytics. This involved staff and students taking part in a series of interviews and workshops. The final report should be available by the end of March.
E-Portfolio & Open Badges:
Carol Maxwell used PebblePad to explain the work of the E-Portfolio group, highlighting that a resource will be available on the portal showcasing how Abertay staff are using PebblePad with their students. Carol also talked about the use of Open Badges for co-curricular activities and the student HEAR.
The final update from the TELS sub group came from Carol Maxwell, who informed staff about the initial workshops that helped the Blended Learning group develop a series of recommendations including the need for online courses to have an induction week and for course design to be a collaborative process between course teams and support teams.
ATLEF (round 4)
Dr Alastair Robertson and Dr Julie Blackwell-Young launched ATLEF 4. Two strands: Student led projects and Online learning (starts from 22 minutes).
World cafe discussions
Before moving into a world café format for the second half of the seminar, I gave a brief update on the lecture capture pilot that twenty three staff members have participated in since September 2015. We then logged into Dr Siobhan MacAndrew’s lecture via Adobe Connect. Siobhan uses Adobe Connect in her lectures to provide her students with the opportunity to review lecture material and have the flexibility of interacting remotely. A couple of students explained why they liked having the ability to interact remotely during their lecture.
Discussions focussed around copyright training for staff, guidelines for staff and students (these will be covered in the lecture capture policy), consent forms, video editing (we plan to create recording booths across the campus for staff to use for creating and editing videos).
A big thank you to Ken Swinton, Dr Anne Savage, Suzanne Croy, Scott Kane and my TLE colleagues for facilitating the discussions around video for learning.
If you missed the TLE Seminar on Technology Enhanced Learning that took place on the 3rd February, you can catch up with the recording by following the link below:
Next Lecture Capture workshop Friday 19th February (limited places available)
Today sees the launch of Abertay’s fourth round of funding to supporting teaching and learning innovation. Abertay’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Call 4 (known as ATLEF 4), consists of two strands. One is a call for proposals to staff in the area of “online learning”, the other, is a first for ATLEF; we are looking for students to propose ideas and lead projects designed to help enhance the learning experience at Abertay. The call is being run in conjunction with Abertay Students’ Association and opens on 3rd February, closing at 4pm on 4 March 2016. Guidance and forms are available from the TLE intranet pages.
Why is Abertay doing this?
Supporting students’ deeper engagement in their learning and promoting pedagogical approaches which encourage greater partnership between staff and students is well established in contemporary academic literature and is part of the philosophy of Abertay’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement strategy and our Student Partnership Agreement. ATLEF has been very successful already in terms of building capacity in the University for pedagogic research but also supporting greater student engagement. The latest ATLEF call is an exciting new opportunity for students to obtain funding to work on an area which is of interest to them and make a positive difference to the learning experience at Abertay. Abertay’s call follows a number of very successful similar initiatives at other UK universities which have demonstrated positive outcomes for both students and staff.
How will the scheme work?
Project proposals can come from either individuals or small (2-5) groups of students. Proposals might cover an area of curriculum development, be related to a particular service area (teaching and supporting learning focus), surveying students’ perspectives on their experience or helping to develop student-friendly information or resources related to an aspect of teaching and learning or something else which students would like to explore. However, projects should have benefits for/impact on the wider Abertay student community and should also have relevance to the current national enhancement theme “Student Transitions”.
In order to help support successful and sustainable project outcomes, all student projects will have a staff supporter and a Student Association supporter working with the student research team. Depending on the nature of the project, the staff supporter may come from one of the academic schools or from a service area. The purpose of the staff and Student Association supporters are to help and guide the student researchers. The staff and Student Association supporters may act as critical friends to the students but should not lead the project themselves. Staff within TLE provide a co-ordinating function but also mentoring support for each of the projects and overall management of the initiative.
The ACMs in each School have been nominated as a first port of call for students who don’t know which members of staff might be interested in supporting projects. This will be facilitated by the Students’ Association for students whose proposed project requires support from a service area.
What does it mean for staff?
We would be very grateful if staff could please promote the call to their students and encourage them to apply. Staff can of course suggest potential projects to students but it is up to the students to take ideas forward and take ownership of the project whilst supported by staff. Students are asked to obtain the signature of their staff supporter on the bid to ensure that the supporter is aware of the project and is willing to spend time on supporting it.
The budget is set at a maximum of £1,300 per project with a maximum of five projects being funded. The £1,300 per project covers a maximum of 100 hours of student time (the 100 hours to be split between the group, if a group project), plus some extra for travel or equipment (maximum £200). Travel to other universities is particularly encouraged. Funding will not cover FED/overheads, contingency funds or staff time. All funding will reside within TLE’s budget and financial management. Projects are expected to run between 3-8 weeks, the start and length of projects is flexible though all projects are expected to be completed by 15 August 2016. All projects are expected to present their findings (e.g. poster or short talk) at the next Abertay TLE conference in autumn 2016.
The call is being promoted through a variety of communication channels and through social media, supported by the Student Association. In addition, a Question and Answer session for both interested staff and students will be held on the 10 February, 2-3pm in the Events Area. Students and staff who wish to know more can also contact Julie Blackwell Young in TLE (firstname.lastname@example.org).