E-learning discussions – spring 2012

We are offering a series of roundtable events to provide an opportunity for informal discussion about practice in e-learning. You are welcome to bring lunch to the discussion table. Please click on the date/place information below to book a place.

Moving forward with online feedback
With Stuart Hepplestone

This event will provide an opportunity to discuss the following questions:
• What formats do you use to generate feedback electronically and return it to your students?
• How efficient is this feedback to produce?
• How effective do you feel these formats are in engaging students with their feedback?
• Are there barriers to scaling up online feedback?
Weds 1st February, 12:30-1:30pm, Stoddart 7330, City Campus
Weds 22nd February, 12:30-1:30pm, The Mews N205, Collegiate Campus

e-learning expectations
With Helen Rodger

A piece of work is taking place across the University looking at minimum standards of e-learning. These discussions will cover the following questions and feed into that work.
• What do you think (or know) that are the students expectations of staff practice in using Blackboard for e-learning, in your area?
• What do you think these expectations might be in 5 years time?
• What are the most effective ways of encouraging or supporting staff in developing their e-learning practice?
Tues 7th February 12.30-1.30pm, Stoddart 7513a, City Campus
Thurs 9th February 12.30-1.30pm, HO16 Heart of the Campus, Collegiate Campus

Using Google Applications
With Susannah Diamond

This session will provide an opportunity to discuss opportunities and limitations of encouraging students to use Google Applications (which they can access already via their Googlemail accounts). The group will consider questions such as:
• Benefits and weaknesses of synchronous collaborative working
• Possibilities and potential issues in group work and sharing work publically
• Coping when connectivity is lost e.g. transferring accounts as alumni.
Mon 13th February, 12.30-1.30pm, H034 Heart of the Campus, Collegiate Campus

Using social media to support professional practice of academics and researchers
With Sue Beckingham and Susannah Diamond

This discussion provides space and time to allow exploration of the following:
• Establishing a professional public profile
• Benefiting from research networks
• Recording and reflecting on project progress
Participants will be encouraged to discuss the value of social media tools they already use or know about, and the benefits of developing their practice further.
Weds 15th February, 12:30-1:30pm, Owen-944, City Campus

Alternatives to the essay
With Susannah Diamond

This networking event will provide colleagues with an opportunity to consider alternatives to the essay in order to support deep and effective learning. The group will discuss:
• Limitations of the essay in addressing and assessing all learning outcomes
• Use of other written formats, mind-mapping, other digital media, e-portfolios, and creative collaborative projects
• Encouraging deep rather than surface learning, and building in opportunities for feedback.
Mon 20th February, 12.30-1.30pm, Owen-1021, City Campus

Is recording lectures a good idea?
With Susannah Diamond

This event provides a forum for discussing the pros and cons of recording lectures such as:
• Assisting student study and supporting inclusive practice
• Lectures as interactive, participative events
• Alternatives such as screencasts, audio notes, and student podcasts
• Human and technological barriers to learning from recordings.
Tues 21st February, 12.30-1.30pm, Saunders-B002, Collegiate Campus

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