Attended a dissemination event for the TEL Research programme - http://tel.ioe.ac.uk/ . The Keynote was delivered by David Willetts, and Charles Clarke chaired and interesting debate about the utility of technology enhanced learning in relation to learning. Of course it being a room full of academics, no one could agree what the question meant, but it did lead to some interesting debate about the success, or otherwise, of technology in transforming the learning experience. Of course from out perspective it all hinged on digital literacies being key learning and employability skills requiring appropriate embedding and support for both staff and students.
As part of a recent project meeting we created a number of flyers to help productise our outputs.
Neil Witt and Rob Stillwell have been running a series of ‘Talking About iPads’ seminars, the latest was today. As well as giving some practical guidance, it is a good opportunity for people to think about how tablets can be used to improve teaching and assessment. These sessions also become a lens through which to view the whole area of digital literacy. Thanks to all today’s attendees and there are more sessions planned if anyone is interested.
Plymouth University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Bill Rammell, Acting Chief Information Officer Ajay Burlingham-Böhr and Head of Organisational Development Helen Teague have been filmed talking to Neil Witt, SEEDPOD Project Director. It is a 2 minute video during which they talk briefly about what the project has been doing and how it has impacted the University thus far. The video is now on our JISC Design Studio page – check it out.
Over the past couple of days we have been videoing some key University senior managers talking about the project. As well as getting their perspective on the impact of the work we have been doing, it has been very useful to see how all the parts are beginning to link together across the institution.
We still have a couple more interviews to do so that we can get a fully rounded picture of what we have achieved so far.
Yesterday the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory conference took place here at Plymouth. For me it was surprising to see the degree to which technology figures in many of the subjects under discussion. I was also pleased that staff are beginning to independently call for the kinds of changes that SeedPod is sponsoring. A happy and informative day.
We’ve been pretty busy of late drawing upon our findings within the baseline report and deciding on which areas to focus on. We are also looking to map case studies and examples of good practice to these areas in order to inform our choices and developments.
Things have been moving at a rate of knots hence the lack of blog posts so apologies for that. We are hoping to have more to share soon.
Plymouth Seedpod’s baseline report is now complete and has been submitted. We have put the executive summary in our repository and you can access it here http://hdl.handle.net/10293/1580.
Had a meeting with Andrew Comrie and our fellow cluster projects using Elluminate Live. It was a good session and we were able to exchange approaches, findings and frustrations. Lots of food for thought.
I think Elluminate gives everyone the chance to have their say and as a bonus we saved a fair amount of carbon and time by meeting virtually.