Building Staff capacity in e-learning

The following are my emerging ideas of how we might build staff capacity in e-learning at Bath. This is based upon the SPS Carpe Diem Project, the HEA Economics Project, emerging Faculty Structures, QA-QE e-learning SIG events, and recent ALT-J articles by Gilly Salmon etc.,

The idea is to provide the opportunity for course teams to meet up and plan how to make enhancements to their course through the appropriate use of technology. The following model is stolen (and adapted) from Gilly Salmon work (thanks Gilly). All I want to do is make it more practical interms of how it might be delivered within the context of us at the University of Bath. In particular, reducing the number of intensive days we spend together.

The idea is to use central e-learning staff as the session facilitators, local (Faculty/Dept) e-learning staff be part of the unit development team, along with a student representative, subject librarian, and the lecturers & unit admin.

The following can be used for unit redesigns, which are needed post Annual Monitoring and OUE.

The key is to provide a number of relatively short meetings, to identify the why, how and plan. The staff development interms of effective use of tools, and granular planning of activities will be undertaken after the meetings as part of a unit development plan.

Meeting 1:  1.30 hours

The purpose of this meeting is to identify why we need to do something, and gather and share ideas about potential interventions. It will include revisiting what we are trying to achieve on the unit (similar to Stage 1: write a blueprint in Carpe Diem).

It will also include the first iteration of the capture context template.

A timeline of topics covered in lectures, and required tasks by students through the course (by week), of current approach. (similar to storyboard in Carpe Diem – however, need to create more rows, i.e., lecture topics, seminar topics, assignment points, student activities etc., so mapping out the current method along a timeline)

An outcome will be the above documents, which also includes a timetable for the enhancements and actions before the next meeting. These might focus very much on information gathering around similar approaches by others (internal and external).

Meeting 2: 1.30 hours

The purpose of this meeting is to focus on what will be done, which approaches will be adopted. This will reduce the number of ideas being discussed from the first meeting. It will then take the key approaches and start to weave this into a learning design sequence.

Show examples of the technologies being suggested (include case studies).

Use the learning design sequence, and the annotated template for creating e-tivities (Carpe Diem).

Update unit development plan to include e-learning staff development programme, and agree on a staff development programme tailored to need. Set timeframes

Meeting 3: 1 hour

The purpose of this session is to bring things together, review and approve. It is also to clarify how we are going to evaluate the impact of the intervention, i.e., what questions should we ask? Evidence if it worked? How will we feed this back.


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