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From little acorns...growing a learning technology culture

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A poster presented at the Association of Learning Technology Conference, 11-13 September 2018

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From little acorns...growing a learning technology culture

  1. 1. From little acorns…growing a learning technology culture The Royal Agricultural University has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 170 years. Today, the RAU has more than 1,200 students from over 40 different countries at its historic campus in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Recently the University has embarked on positive digital change. This has been sparked in part by a successful win of HEFCE catalyst funding which will allow the university to develop four blended learning courses to be ready for delivery in 2019 and 2020. The catalyst project is in collaboration with the University College of Estate Management (UCEM) and the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) from the University of Gloucestershire. Getting the soil right How small conversations can lead to big visions; support through external networks (Jisc, ALT, other institutions); identifying existing best practice; engaging students in the journey; understanding requirements (Jisc digital tracker); importance of pedagogy; convincing management. Sowing the seeds Developing a digital strategy; reviewing VLE use (Jisc VLE review); encouraging diverse approaches to learning and teaching such as video (Panopto); making online the place to be (from resource lists to student portals); building staff digital capability through taking training to where it matters, a university app. Watching things grow Using institutional drivers; thinking about data; nurturing digital champions (staff and students); normalising practice; building the team (new learning technologists); creating policies; digital classrooms; future plans (VR and online assessment),extending moodle. Digital Transformation at RAU https://digitalrau.wordpress.com/ Royal Agricultural University https://www.rau.ac.uk/ Fragmentary change Grassroots - practitioners Top level - management ALT Conference 2018, 11-13 September, Manchester Marieke Guy Learning Technologist Email: marieke.guy@rau.ac.uk Twitter: mariekeguy Systemic change

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