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Webinar: Driving Technology Adoption and Success from the Top, University of Salford

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Learn how strong executive leadership helped drive technology adoption at the University of Salford

Good leadership is vital to any change process, especially when it comes to introducing new technology within a university. Strong executive sponsorship - a senior leader in the institution who is endorsing and driving the change is key to ensuring that technology adoption aligns with institutional goals and encouraging participation across the institution.

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Webinar: Driving Technology Adoption and Success from the Top, University of Salford

  1. 1. 1 Where are you today?
  2. 2. Before We Start: Audio and Asking Questions Can’t hear? Click the Microphone icon or Go to: Tools > Audio > Audio Setup Wizard Audio for this session is available via the in-session voice-over IP only. You must have speakers or headphones to listen. To ask questions, type your question in the chat area. Moderators will queue your questions or answer as needed. Chat
  3. 3. Presenter: Gillian Fielding Digital Skills Manager, University of Salford Presenter: Gillian Fielding Digital Skills Manager University of Salford Driving Technology Adoption & Success from the Top at the University of Salford Technology Adoption Series Wednesday 10th June 2015, 11am BST
  4. 4. About the Technology Adoption Series • The webinar series is designed to help you succeed in your own technology adoption initiatives & embrace the deep usage of technology in teaching and learning across your institution. • As part of the series we have created a small book that shows how to make it happen, suggesting practical tips, ideas, resources and real-life examples. http://bbbb.blackboard.com/technology_adoption_series
  5. 5. Driving Technology Adoption and Success from the Top How strong executive leadership helped drive technology adoption at the University of Salford.
  6. 6. 6 • Gillian Fielding, Digital Skills Manager • University of Salford – 20000 students – 2000 staff – 250 programmes
  7. 7. 7 Project Elevate E3 Institutional Transformation Checks Strategic Training • Champions • Helpdesk • Surgeries • #elevatesalford • Blended • Online • Best practice • Mandatory • Benchmarking • Reporting • Student Audit • Project Board • Standards • Assessment Policy Support
  8. 8. 8 Strategic Direction: Where was he taking us and why? • Student Experience • Transformation Project • Elevate Project Board – Chaired by PVCA – Key stakeholders involved – Prince 2 methodology – Aim: BB upgrade plus…
  9. 9. 9 Reproduced under Creative Commons licence from BankCardStudentID http://www.flickr.com/photos/75533702@N0 7/8208739166/sizes/m/in/ph
  10. 10. 10 Strategic Direction: Where was he taking us and why? • Elearning (Blackboard standards) • Teaching & Learning Strategy • Assessment Policy changes – Esubmission with exemptions – Emarking – Efeedback within 3 weeks
  11. 11. 11 Announcements Essential Effective way of communicating high importance details, reminders on dates, lecture changes etc. Module Information Link to mod spec database Essential Avoid duplication with programme information. This doesn’t have to be one Word/pdf it can be smaller and the detail does need to be available. If you do have a module handbook your module spec needs to be part of that Aims of the module Essential Learning Outcomes Essential Module Schedule/ ’Scheme of work’ Essential Topics/Themes covered during lectures. Usually aligned to weeks of delivery “Contact” ie Staff Information Essential Contact details Essential Email, telephone and office location details of all staff involved in module delivery, not just the module leader. Desirable Photo, Twitter name, LinkedIn name, Skype name Biography Desirable Link to Seek Profile. Brief synopsis of experience and qualification in the module topic Seek profile Essential Availability for drop-in consultations Essential Office hours that students can see you without the need for an appointment. The recommended number of hours per week is x hrs. (See your school for no of hours) Learning Materials Essential Structured according to student/delivery needs eg week-by-week or arranged by topic Powerpoint/SMART/Keyn ote Lecture slides Essential Content that is used in or supporting teaching activity. Provision of lecture content in an electronic format in advance of delivery is vital for meeting our obligations under student support plans and the Disability Discrimination Act Part 4 Essential The type of TEL you choose should be decided as a module team. eg Podcasts, videos, animations, diagrams, photos, links to websites eg TedTalks, YouTube. Live feeds from other websites eg RSS feeds, widgets. Tutorial/Seminar Briefings Essential Assessment Essential Link to Academic Regulations. This should also include your feedback policy. My Grades (at the top level) Essential Link to My Grades Components and weighting Essential Assessed components – examinations, presentations, reports – and the relevant contribution towards module mark. One folder per item. Exam dates Essential Dates of examinations, even if this only notifies students of the academic weeks that exams will occur in Assignment 1 Essential Includes assignment briefing, submission folder, University declaration, submission dates/time, where/how to submit Assignment 2 Essential Identical structure to Assignment 1. Grade Descriptors Essential University of Salford Standards for Blackboard modules
  12. 12. 12 Strategic Direction Rewards • Conferences – Bb Teaching & Learning – Professional bodies • Awards – Internal teaching – Times Higher Education • Case studies – Internal and external – BB, JISC, UCISA, etc
  13. 13. 13 Project Elevate E3 Institutional Transformation Checks Strategic Training • Champions • Helpdesk • Surgeries • #elevatesalford • Blended • Online • Best practice • Mandatory • Benchmarking • Reporting • Student Audit • Project Board • Standards • Assessment Policy Support
  14. 14. 14 Training Blended solution (mandatory) Pre-workshop activity  Video  Activity (putting them in the students shoes  Survey  Reflection Workshop  Best pedagogic practice  “Workshop”  Innovative Online learning
  15. 15. 15 Project Elevate E3 Institutional Transformation Checks Strategic Training • Champions • Helpdesk • Surgeries • #elevatesalford • Blended • Online • Best practice • Mandatory • Benchmarking • Reporting • Student Audit • Project Board • Standards • Assessment Policy Support
  16. 16. 16 Support • 22 TEL Champions – 1 per School – Time off teaching • Helpdesk • Drop-In Surgeries • #elevatesalford Reproduced under Creative Commons License from Bertop http://www.flickr.com/photos/bertop/2621801965/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  17. 17. 17 Project Elevate E3 Institutional Transformation Checks Strategic Training • Champions • Helpdesk • Surgeries • #elevatesalford • Blended • Online • Best practice • Mandatory • Benchmarking • Reporting • Student Audit • Project Board • Standards • Assessment Policy Support
  18. 18. 18 Checks • Benchmarking survey • “State of nation”, from the UCISA TEL survey • 50% of staff accessed most days • Reporting (on training) • Weekly Reports to the University Executive • Fortnightly Reports to HoS (attendance registers) • Student Audit
  19. 19. 19 Reports to the Executive
  20. 20. 20 Head of schools report
  21. 21. 21 Is strong leadership necessary to drive technology adoption? Vote using the polling button – Possible answers a) Yes b) No c) Maybe d) Don’t know e) Other http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/news/2007/10/u ts-top-ranked-in-teaching-and-learning Shirley Alexander University of Technology, Syndey Learning 2014
  22. 22. 22 Is strong leadership necessary? Vote using the polling button UCISA Case study Successful delivery fell significantly when it was removed from strategy and their VC shifted the institution’s focus.
  23. 23. 23 How do you get strong leadership - if you haven’t got it already? £1m?
  24. 24. 24 How do you get strong leadership? Write your ideas below using the text tool
  25. 25. 25 How do you get strong leadership? WIIFT Who What is their agenda? Examples (demonstrating benefits) PVCA, Heads of School Student experience NSS scores Learning, Teaching, Assessment strategy, Internationalisation Changing pedagogy/delivery methods eg. flexible, distance, online, flipped classes No 1 driver from TEL Survey Elevate Vice Chancellors Learning, teaching and assessment The competition Shirley Alexander, VC at UTS Finance Directors Cost savings Online delivery Resource utilisation, eg rooms/virtual classrooms Reduced travel costs HR Directors Greater efficiency/effectiveness of staff Staff recruitment, retention and Staff development using technology Having a digitally capable institution (if they “get it”) Digital capabilities of staff Registrar Cost savings Collaborate for virtual meetings/events, IT Directors Efficiencies Maximisation of their investment Piggy back on system roll-outs, eg use of Collaborate for Agresso training AV training promoting and supported by BB Estates Director Utilisation of the estate Virtual estate Task Groups Eg Retention and £s saved Retention centre
  26. 26. 26 How do you get strong leadership if you don’t have it? Help our leaders to “get it” 1. Reports, articles, headlines 2. Surveys to complete to promote discussion 3. Survey results 4. Events 5. International groups 6. Volunteer input into strategies and policies 7. Piggy back on other roll-outs/initiatives 1. Personal tutoring 2. Leadership and management training 3. Agresso training 8. Lead by example
  27. 27. 27 Things to take away 1. Get Executive support 2. And a Project Board 3. With key stakeholders on (students, PVC A, etc) 4. Project Plan 5. Align to University goals/strategies Set standards 6. Have training AND support 7. Do checks and measures 8. Take remedial action quickly 9. Influence key players 10. Use other opportunities
  28. 28. 28 Thank you! Contact details: • Gillian Fielding, Digital Skills Manager • About.Me https://about.me/gilliandfielding • Email: g.d.fielding@salford.ac.uk • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=23902897&trk=nav_resp onsive_tab_profile_pic • Twitter: g_fielding • Tel: 0161 295 2451 Slides available on SlideShare
  29. 29. Thank you for taking part in today’s session. Join us for the next two webinars in the series: Title: Best Practices in Driving Technology Adoption Presenter: Bryony Bramer, Learning Technology Manager, Regent's University London Date: Thursday 25th June, 11:00am BST Link: http://bbbb.blackboard.com/DrivingAdoptionAtRegentsUniversity Title: Encouraging Deeper Engagement With Technology Enhanced Learning Presenter: Brian Irwin, Head of Digital Capability & Ian Glover, Senior Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning, Sheffield Hallam University Date: Thursday 2nd July, 11:00am BST Link: http://bbbb.blackboard.com/SheffieldHallamUniversityWebinar Questions? Email AskUs@blackboard.com29 Thank you!

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