New Year 2013 – Winter School Report

A belated Happy New Year for 2013 to everyone. The eLU began the year at a brisk trot in 2013, straight into our annual e-Learning Winter School. A quick report on this follows below. Another post will follow soon outlining some of our plans for the rest of the academic year. As ever, please do contact the eLearning Unit for any advice or support with technology-enhanced learning at the University. We continue to run our Wednesday afternoon drop-ins and offer telephone and email support.

Winter School 2013

podcasting_4The team was really pleased with this year’s sessions. We met many new colleagues from across the University, with the highest number of people attending a ‘school’ series of workshops so far, some people attending one or two and a few brave souls coming along to most sessions. It’s been very useful to find out what aspects of learning enhanced technology people are interested in, the kinds of questions people are asking of the facilities we have, and to have the limits of our own knowledge and thinking about learning technology tested! We certainly found the discussion in the sessions inspirational and we’re already working on new resources and sessions for 2013 as a direct result.

Winter school 13 2It seems to be the case that many staff are now wanting to use what were once lesser-known facilities in VITAL, from wikis and blogs to embedding social media and streaming video, which lends weight to the argument that new technologies can often need a long seed time before they move into more general usage.

It is also clear that screen-capture, lecture-capture, and classroom response systems are fast becoming central to people’s thinking about the technologies they would like to be able to use as part of their everyday learning and teaching practice.

podcasting_13 podcasting_8 Winter School 13 3

Winter School 2013 Images

Thanks to everyone that attended and for all of your feedback. We will be looking at how sessions and their delivery can be improved for the future and thank you also for all of your positive comments, as they are extremely useful for letting us know when we are getting it right. Below is a small sample of these in the hope it will encourage other staff to consider attending an eLU workshop:

  • “You’re good at breaking down the issues and making it all feel possible. Well done!”
  • “Well organised and very informative.  Thanks.”
  • “As ever, staff are enthusiastic, helpful and the session was very informative.  Thanks very much :)”

Look out for our summer school in June 2013. More details will be released on this blog and the regular UoL channels. We are also offering a workshop on Turnitin and Originality Reports in March, and a webinar on the Rubrics marking facility in February (this will be a short, online session over a lunchtime, so that all you need to attend is an internet connection and some headphones for your PC). Go to the CLL booking system to get the full details and to sign up.

All the best for 2013!

Nick, Paul, Debbie, Dan, Tünde and Phil.

The eLearning Unit

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