Enhancing the student learning experience through the use of technology

The Derby Business School and the TEL Team have worked together to create and showcase an effective practice of student partnerships, by enhancing the student learning experience with technology. Creation of digital materials supply staff and students with the potential to expand their learning opportunities within both teaching and learning.

Nick Turner, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, has been running a student assessment on the Marketing Fundamentals module to create an infographic based around a company. Assessments of this kind give students the opportunity to develop their digital skills and capabilities that they can effectively apply in their future careers. Nick has been running this assessment for a few years, however feedback suggested that “students felt that not enough time had been spent discussing the infographic – both in terms of creating the content, style and the actual technical mechanics”.

Therefore, following this feedback Nick decided he needed to create some help guides for future students. A colleague suggested he create a short video screen capture of how to create the infographic, so he contacted the TEL team who suggesting getting a student involved. A student who has been through the assessment process and performed well could explain the process and how they resolved any issues that they came across. Danni Jupp, year 1 student in BSc (Hons) in Marketing (Consumer Psychology), was happy to create this video and with the help from Nick and the TEL Media Team she created a great source for her fellow students. This peer-to-peer learning meant they could share their knowledge, ideas and experience with others.

Peer learning can offer academics the efficiency of bringing an enhancement to the students’ learning in a time-effective and scalable process. This example of students creating and sharing resources as part of their studies is a great example of practice within the programme (Enhanced (Gold) Level, Element 1.1 in the Digital Practice Programme Baselines.

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The final video has been used in seminars/lectures as well as embedded into the course module. Alison Lawson, Head of Division, Marketing and Operations, has stated “This is completely BRILLIANT. It shows how simple it is to put this assignment together as long as you have the facts at your fingertips. The skills development is immense in terms of research, lateral thinking, design awareness, IT skills and presentation skills. Fabulous”

Just over 100 students are enrolled on the marketing fundamentals course, with half of them having access to this video during their assessment process. The other half had already created the infographic the semester before.

Student feedback suggests that they all found it useful, with over 60% viewing it more than once throughout the process. Their responses suggested that it gave them an “indication as to how images and writing can be combined”, especially “step-by-step using PowerPoint” to create the infographic.

Students could work independently and remotely, and were able to relate to the process as the video was created by a student who had previously completed the work. They also thought that this gave it “a better perspective” of what was needed, making it a “simple video and very easy to understand”.

This project has highlighted how technology use not only produced a positive student learning experience with the principle benefits of peer to peer learning are also upheld.

If any other academic staff would like to include the video within their teaching for a module it is available via the Shared Repository. Please contact your Media Adviser if you would like any further assistance with this.

If you would like any further help or guidance with using Media Gallery and the Shared Repository, see the guides below or contact the TEL Media team at tel@derby.ac.uk

TEL me more: May 2017

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Image from Mark Manguerra shared under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/manggy/2058324119

As part of learning at work week the Technology Enhanced Learning team held a TEL me more session on Wednesday 17th May. These informal sessions provide staff with the chance to share practice and hear about how others are using technology to support learning and teaching.

Polling and Quiz tools

In the session we heard about how Kahoot, a way to provide quizzes and gather feedback from learners either face-to-face or outside of lessons, had helped to engage learners in lectures. The tool was found to be easy to use with at least a quarter of students in sessions where it was used having used it at their previous educational institution. A number of other attendees at TEL me more also commented they had seen this used for conferences and during the TEL Strategy Launch by the guest speaker Helen Beetham.

Quizlet was discussed which provides a series of flashcards which students can use to check their understanding and convert into interactive games. Students have also been using this to create their own quizzes and this would be a good activity to do with your students helping to use them as partners to develop learning content as well as develop their digital capabilities in using digital tools for learning.

Learning content tools for storytelling

Storymap was mentioned, which provides the ability to add pin points to maps with additional information. This could help to tell a story, provide information about an event either in the past or for planning as well as perhaps outlining a series of related events such as in a crime or missing person case. An example can be seen in this map outlining climate change in the US from Stanford University. A related tool called Timeline was also discussed which provides a way of adding additional information to a timeline making it easy to tell a story or outline a series of events. An example can be seen through the life of Nelson Mandela.

Academic Digital Champion

The University is looking to create a network of Academic Digital Champions who are willing to share their practice at the University, work in partnership with TEL to provide feedback about TEL developments, contribute and review the Digital Practice Handbook and work with Student Digital Champions. We are also keen to find specialist users of particular software or digital tools where they would be willing to share their knowledge and support others in developing their skills. We are keen to look at the recognition related to this role and some of the feedback we had from the group was that they would like to be aware of the impact their involvement would have e.g. how many people have gone away and tried an approach they shared?. If you are interested in being involved as an Academic Digital Champion then please complete the online form to express your interest.

We had lots of engagement within the session so there are probably technologies I have missed. Please feel free to comment below with any tools or key points from the event you want to add.

JISC Digital Capability Discovery Tool

Digital Capability Discovery Tool​​

The University of Derby is one of fifteen institutions working with Jisc to pilot their Digital Capability Discovery Tool, which has been developed for staff to self-audit and reflect on their digital capabilities. The development of staff and student digital capabilities are of strategic importance to the University so this is an important opportunity for all University staff to take advantage of access to this tool (the pilot is now live until the end of June​ 2017).
 
The Discovery Tool​ will give you the opportunity to find out more about your own digital capability through a series of reflective questions. Completing the questions will give you an opportunity to reflect on your confidence and capability and provide feedback including a summary of your digital profile, suggested actions you can take to build your capability and links to resources that you can use to support your development.
 
The individual summary will be private to yourself, but it could be useful for developmental conversations, e.g. DPRs, identifying training needs for teams, etc.
 
As part of the pilot, the University will be provided with an institutional picture of the outcomes, but this will not provide information about individuals. From these institutional results Learning Enhancement (as part of the Digital Derby project) will work alongside other professional service departments to develop additional resources to aid digital capability development.​ The development of digital capability is a key goal in the new University TEL Strategy 2017-2021​ as the foundation for confident and effective use of technology for living, learning and working in a digital society.​

It’s Digital Learning Week

It’s Digital Learning Week! As well as launching our TEL Strategy (2017-2021),  Digital Learning Week,  will feature workshops which we are designed specifically to support the development of digital practice and digital capabilities.

Highlights include a Digital Practice workshop on Wednesday 26th April, led by e-learning researcher, author and consultant Helen Beetham, along with workshops on topics including:

  • Course Resources basics
  • Using technology to support inclusive teaching practice
  • Audio and video feedback
  • Sourcing legal digital content
  • Working wonders with WordPress
  • ePortfolios
  • Changing the way you work with Office 365
  • Setting engaging video creation projects
  • How lecture recording can enhance the student experience

You can see a full list of workshops and book your place here – https://staff.derby.ac.uk/sites/lE/SitePages/Digital%20Learning%20Week.aspx

TEL Strategy Launch

‘Learning in uncertain times: why digital matters’.

TEL Strategy Launch with Keynote Speaker: Helen Beetham

Heap Lecture Theatre, KR
Wednesday 26 April 2017
12-2pm

The digital experience of staff and students is central to delivering academic excellence, student employability and a high quality student experience.  As part of Digital Learning Week, this event will launch the University of Derby’s TEL Strategy (2017-2021) to transform the digital learning experience for all our students.

TEL Strategy aims:

  • Support staff and students to develop their digital capabilities
  • Provide greater active learning engagement and flexibility through enhanced digital learning environments
  • Enhance teaching excellence by introducing baselines to benchmark digital practice
  • Develop the digital environment using a research informed approach and the use of data analytics

Keynote speaker Helen Beetham is an e-learning researcher, author and consultant. She has written influential reports on digital capability, digital citizenship and digital wellbeing, learning experience, and curriculum design. Recently she has completed studies of the online student experience and developed the Jisc Digital Capability Framework with associated resources for practice. In her keynote, Helen will highlight the challenges and uncertainties facing universities in the digital age. She will outline the role that universities can play in preparing students for the digital future, explore the kinds of learning experience that develop digital resilience, and examine the relationship between digital innovation and teaching excellence.

www.helenbeetham.com

Find out more and book your place here.

Digi Know – Module Evaluation Surveys now accessible from Course Resources

With the EvaSys evaluation system successfully talking to Blackboard, students can now access module evaluation links to online surveys via Course Resources. Any available surveys will be displayed in the section called My Surveys which can be seen when they log into Course Resources.

If there are no surveys or once they have taken surveys, a message will be displayed advising that there are no surveys as shown below.

Once the students complete the surveys, their responses are registered into the EvaSys evaluation system ready for reporting.