TLE Seminar “What’s New in Learning Technology”

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To ensure all staff could benefit from our 6th May TLE Seminar “What’s New in Learning Technology”, we recorded the sessions, which are now available on our YouTube channel, so if you want to know more about Flipped Classrooms, e-portfolios or Open Educational Practices in Scotland follow this link to the TLE Seminar YouTube Playlist .

Many thanks to our external speakers: Dr Pete Cannell and Dr Ronald Macintyre from OEPS, Dr Heather Smith from Cranfield University, Robert Chielewski from Institute of Academic Development Edinburgh University and Alastair Brooke and Nathan Cobb from Blackboard.





TLE Seminar – What’s New In Learning Technology?

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The University is starting at Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) working group that will include all stakeholders throughout the university, including senior management, academic teaching staff, administrative and support functions.   The working group will be asked to consider the technology Abertay are currently using, what the sector trends are are what our future direction should be.  This seminar will showcase some of the technologies the group will be asked to consider.    Heads of Schools will be asking for volunteers for this group very soon.

We wil be inviting external speakers to talk about the Open Education Practices Scotland project, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Flipped Classroom, e-portfolios for personal development and employability.

Blackboard will also be attending via Webinar to update us on future directions for their virtual learning environment.

There will be a panel for Questions and Answers at the end of the seminar which we hope will spark ideas for the working group.


10:15  Coffee

10:25  Intro

10:30 Open Education Practice Scotland project and MOOCs

11:30 The Flipped Classroom

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Use of e-portfolios for Personal Development and Employability

13:00 Blackboard – Content & Community + Future Direction

13:30 Panel Question & Answer session

14:00 Close


Book your place on the TLE Seminar What’s New In Learning Technology?  All welcome


Note: Relevant workshops relating to this seminar will be run over the summer by TELS.



JISC Digital Festival 2015

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Between 9th-10th March JISC held their Digital Festival in Birmingham. It was an opportunity to explore and discuss all things digital in relation to education in FE and HE institutions. Although I didn’t manage to attend the festival I always make sure to check out the tweets and presentation slides for valuable insight into sector trends, case studies and good practice. This summary video of the JISC Digital Festival 2015 is worth watching to get a flavour for what happens at this event and to hear from some of the attendees. The Association of Learning Technology review of DigitalFest15 is also worth a read. Alternatively listen to The Times Higher Education podcast about the digital festival.



There were many presentations during the festival (see full list of programme and slides), these are just some of the presentations that caught my eye:

Good practice in learning analytics (code of practice for learning analytics pdf)

What does a digitally capable institution look like?

3D technologies for teaching and learning

How can technology help to prepare learners for the world of work?

Student expectations of entering higher education

Keynote speakers

Simon Nelson, CEO of Futurelearn

Keynote: “Moocs, online learning and virtual environments.”

Carole Goble, Professor in the school of computer science at the University of Manchester

Keynote: “Insights into research data management and data centres.”

To watch the live streaming recordings featuring the keynote speakers you will need to register first at