The HEA is contributing to the University of Suffolk learning and teaching conference on 14 December 2016.
A bit about the chat
Between 12 noon and 1pm, I am facilitating a conference Twitter chat, paving the way for the main conference sessions, sharing critical questions about Technology-Enhance Learning (TEL) and stimulating discussions among colleagues about challenges and solutions.
It is a pretty simple format. This will all take place on Twitter using the conference hashtag #uoslandtday2016. We have 6 questions that we will tweet over the lunch hour (12 noon-1pm). We would love to hear your responses to the questions via Twitter. Remember to add #uoslandtday2016 in your answers and when responding to a question use A1, A2 for the corresponding Q1, Q2 etc.
Want to reflect after the conference? You will have access to a Storify of the chat - this is a curated account of all the tweets to look back on and follow up some of the advice and resources.
Welcome to TEL
So where do you begin with discussing technology enhanced learning? (The TEL Toolkit from the HEA maybe? Or even the HEA starter tool on digital literacies). It is becoming difficult to discuss learning without considering technology as a feature of the learning experience. The many ways in which technology has permeated student and academic experience is extraordinary:
- Technology-enhanced learning has connections with flexible learning, stretching our definitions of classrooms both spatially and geographically to allow access to learning that defies traditional boundaries.
- Technology enhanced learning is also part of the retention conversations, helping us understand how best to use technology to enhance cohort identity and the social networks for students and academics.
- And let’s not forget that technology is also providing us with opportunities to rethink our ideas on engagement in the classroom.
As Priority 4 in University of Suffolk’s Learning & Teaching strategy, it is clear that TEL feeds into the creation of students as global citizens and ultimately provides a stronger basis for employability.
But wait…the final 5 words of Priority 4 makes me pause........
“To continue to embed the application of technology enhanced learning (TEL), relevant to enhancing pedagogic rationales.”
These final 5 words emphasise the role of academics to make good decisions about why and how to embed TEL that makes a positive contribution to the learning experience. In fact it opens up the challenge about how we measure the learning gain when we embed technology. Dr James Pickering at the University of Leeds is keen to understand the impact of TEL and indeed the return on investment. He claims that this is often missed out when making the pedagogic decisions. Read more here.
This has been just an entry point into a big TEL conversation you will be having over the conference day and beyond. We will be kicking off the conference with the Twitter chat over lunch (12-1pm), exploring further our ideas about successful TEL.
Before we meet on Twitter (#uostandlday2016) have a think about your experiences of using TEL.
- How does it impact on the learner experience?
- How does an organisation successfully embed TEL?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and joining the debate.