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Chris will be joined by Prof Marie Kinsey for this interactive workshop that will examine the barriers to empowering academics to take hold of the digital learning and teaching agenda and create practical change. It will present a method for working with academic teams to creatively solve problems or to make a ‘thing’ (a teaching resource, a curriculum design, a teaching plan) which draws on the strengths of multi-disciplinary team-based working on a focussed project or problem.
Bringing to higher education an approach from software programming, the hackathon, this workshop will assist participants in working through the planning of short events (‘hackdays’) and those spanning multiple days (‘hackathons’). The workshop will discuss the strengths of the approach for developing learning and teaching in higher education, present case-studies, and also highlight the challenges that need to be addressed to make the events successful.
Part of the workshop will take the form of a ‘hackday’ where participants will use the approach to look at the problems of academic engagement with curriculum design, ensuring that participants experience a condensed version of a hackday themselves. Outputs will be a planning template, acknowledgement of how the approach might work best in their institution, and building networks with others using the approach.
Key learning points for participants
• What the value in higher education could be of the hackday/hackathon approach to team-based problem solving
• How to successfully plan and run a hackday-type event
• The workshop will allow participants to experience the approach for themselves
• Participants will be supported in producing a plan of how to run their own events in this style
Our aim is to provide an opportunity for disciplinary or subject specific CPD and peer networking with these workshops. Fellow led workshops are open to all Fellows of the HEA and free of charge to attend.
Chris is a Cross-Cutting Director of Digital Learning at the University of Sheffield, responsible for leading on all aspects of the digital learning agenda. He originally trained as a dental technician (someone who makes false teeth), and followed that with a degree and PhD in materials science. An MEd in eLearning followed, and he started his university career working on a Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning project promoting interprofessional education in healthcare. He currently teaches in the Dental School at Sheffield, where most of his scholarly work is now focused on digital and simulation technologies and widening participation in dentistry. Chris is a National Teaching Fellow and was awarded a University of Sheffield Senate