DigiFest 11 September – Cambridge

11 September 2018, 11:00 - 15:30
Cambridge campus

Programme

Time  Activity
 11.00–12.00  The art of invisibility in teaching and learning: Stories of disappearing barriers – Alistair McNaught (Jisc)
 12.00-13.00
 Disconnecting: Switching off mentally and digitally – Sadie Hopson (Euthenia Touch)
 13.00–13.30
 Student Engagement Dashboard – Kerry Wood (Student Services)
 13.30–14.30
 Parallel Session 1 – MARC (Degree Calculator) – A digital tool for student progression – Damien Murray (Academic Registry)
 Parallel Session 2 – Team-Based Learning – Uwe Richter and Dr Rachel Berkson (AL&T)
 14.30-15.30
 Parallel Session 1 – Teaching Room Technologies – Jason Williams and Sarah Gyles (AL&T and ITS)
 Parallel Session 2 – Team-Based Learning (continued) – Uwe Richter and Dr Rachel Berkson (AL&T)


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The art of invisibility in teaching and learning: Stories of disappearing barriers – Alistair McNaught

Abstract

For most students adapting to higher education resources and study habits has challenges. These are good challenges that help students grow. However, a non-trivial proportion of the student body has these challenges exacerbated by disabilities that pose additional barriers to learning. Not all of these additional barriers are good and not all of them need exist.
This interactive session will explore the ‘disabling process’ and examine how many of the study barriers faced by disabled students can be reduced by better use of existing tools, technologies and teaching approaches. The session draws on Jisc's experience of 50 institutional 'accessibility snapshots' across HE and FE, with examples of good practices in inclusive teaching, learning and student support from Anglia Ruskin and beyond.

Bio

An early adopter of technology for learning, Alistair was creating flipped teaching online delivery at Peter Symonds College back in 2000 where he also led a joint project with the National Museum of Science and Industry. At BECTA he co-created and delivered national courses for eLearning before joining Jisc TechDis as a senior advisor where he was a key contributor to TechDis’s highly regarded training resources and services. In 2015 he became an accessibility specialist for Jisc where he has led the development of the popular Accessibility Snapshot service. He is passionate about accessible products and accessible teaching, working with publishers/aggregators on eBook accessibility and an EU project on equipping Future Teachers with the digital skills they need.
Alistair has no intrinsic interest in technology or gadgets, is suspicious of geekery and oriented on the sceptical end of the spectrum but this, coupled with his passion for inclusive teaching and learning results in a pragmatic, down-to-earth approach to his work.

Teaching Room Technologies – Jason Williams and Sarah Gyles

Abstract

To be confirmed

Bio

Jason is Digital Media Specialist at Anglia Learning & Teaching (AL&T). He generates media for AL&T, including filming conferences and seminars, editing, taking photographs and collaborating with our team. Jason delivers staff development, including face-to-face, one-to-one, group, and online training. He creates and leads online courses such as Open Educational Resources in 15 minutes and Google Tools for Student Engagement. He works on learning, teaching and assessment projects and is currently leading on 5 and 10 Minutes of Digital Literacy.

Team-Based Learning – Uwe Richter and Dr Rachel Berkson

Abstract

This workshop will introduce the Team-Based Learning (TBL) approach to Active Collaborative Learning. Participants will have an opportunity to experience learning using TBL. The participatory workshop will cover the principles of how TBL is structured and the rationale for using TBL. We will introduce approaches to writing and evaluating effective questions, pre-session learning materials and application exercises. We will discuss team formation and peer evaluation of team performance. Additionally, we will consider some of the digital tools and technology available to support TBL.

Bios

Uwe Richter is Academic Lead for Distance and Online Learning at Anglia Learning & Teaching. Uwe has led on TBL since 2015 including the initial pilots and is a co-investigator of the OfS project evaluating the impact of scaling up TBL.
Dr Rachel Berkson is Academic Developer for Active Collaborative Learning, funded by the Office for Students project within Anglia Learning & Teaching.

Student Engagement Dashboard – Kerry Wood

Abstract

To be confirmed

Bio

To be confirmed

MARC (Degree Calculator) – A digital tool for student progression – Damien Murray

Abstract

MARC (Module Average Result Calculator) is an online tool that allows students to calculate their current average mark and indicates what average mark they need to attain in remaining modules in order to obtain a given degree classification. MARC was piloted as part of a research project with Level 6 students from the Anglia Law School and the Department of Psychology. We'll present the outcomes from the research project, as well as providing an opportunity to examine the potential benefits of this type of tool. We'll explore how this tool can support the progression and achievement of our students, as well as offering delegates the opportunity to:

  • Test the efficacy of the degree calculator tool in its current format
  • Discuss the potential impact of the tool on academic performance, with consideration to the perspective of staff and students.

Bio

Damien has worked at Anglia Ruskin University since May 2008, in a number of different roles. He first had the idea for a degree calculator whilst working as a student adviser in 2011, and the MARC research project has afforded him the opportunity to fully explore a concept he has been developing in his own time and with his own resources.

Disconnect: Switching off mentally and digitally – Sadie Hopson

Abstract

The way we communicate in a digital world has transformed working behaviours, compelling people to be plugged in 24/7 and having a direct correlation with stress, anxiety and burnout. This informative workshop will provide attendees with the powerful insight into the impact of working in a connected world where failing to switch off poses a very real risk to our mental health. The workshop will reveal the ways it is possible to proactively reclaim a sense of work life balance using practical strategies to address existing habits and learning to unplug digitally and mentally for a healthier and happier life.

Bio

Sadie is a consultant and trainer specialising in employee mental health. She has extensive academic and professional experience and works with clients ranging from councils to FTSE 100 companies. She is widely recognised in the industry as being a leader in her field.

Event Details

When:
11 September 2018, 11:00 - 15:30
Location:
Cambridge campus
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