DigiFest 12 September – Chelmsford

12 September 2018, 11:00 - 15:30
Chelmsford campus

Programme

Time  Activity
 11.00–12.00  Disconnecting: Switching off mentally and digitally – Sadie Hopson (Euthenia Touch)
 12.00–12.30
 Innovation project – Peer support in Canvas – Julia Carr (FHSCE)
 12.30–13.00  eDevelopment toolkit - Christina Harbour (Library)
 13.00–13.30
 Break
 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 – Innovation project – MCQ writing machine – Lindsey Goldsborough (FMS)
 Parallel Session 2 – Team-Based Learning (continued) – Uwe Richter and Dr Rachel Berkson (AL&T)


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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.

Innovation project: Peer support in Canvas – Julia Carr

Abstract

This research project developed from discussions with Year 1 BA Education students about how they felt they could have been better supported before starting their course and during their first few weeks at ARU. These discussions focused on the concept of current BA Education students supporting those joining the course after them.
Much of the research for this project has been undertaken by two current BA Education students and is focused on developing a platform for peer support. It is hoped that the research may have a practical output and enable the implementation of a peer support system.

Bios

Julia is a Senior Lecturer and course leader in Education, based on the Chelmsford campus. Her main area of research is autism issues. However, her role as course leader involves supporting students in a variety of ways and she is always encouraging students to support each other academically, socially and emotionally.
Alicia Smith and Katie Fajga are engaged and dedicated students who are about to start the second year of the BA Education course on ARU Chelmsford campus.

eDevelopment toolkit – Christina Harbour

Abstract

Explore resources for creating and developing digital resources at ARU. Maybe you want to create better presentations? Perhaps having a list of video editing software would be handy? The eDevelopment toolkit is a reference for useful links, some best practice and guidance to useful tools for many topics, including eLearning, graphic content, polls and quizzes, videos and more. Maintained and updated by library staff, the guide continues to grow.

Bio

Based in the library at Chelmsford, Christina is a Subject Librarian for Nursing and Midwifery and manages ReadingLists@Anglia. She is currently Co-chair of the library’s eDevelopment group.

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.

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.

Innovation project: MCQ writing machine – Lindsey Goldsborough

Abstract

To be confirmed

Bio

To be confirmed

Event Details

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