East Midlands Learning Technologists' Group Meeting

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East Midlands Learning Technologists' Group Meeting - slides complete with notes taken at the meeting held at Loughborough University, 17th July 2013

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  • East Midlands Learning Technologists' Group Meeting

    1. 1. Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10217810@N05/4344939688
    2. 2. Agenda 13:00 Introductions and background 13:20 Knowledge Café ‘How should we communicate as a group? ‘What challenges do we face as learning technologists? ‘How might the group help us all? ‘What could we achieve together?’ 14:30 Refreshments and networking 15:00 TEL idea sharing 15:30 What do we want from meetings? Next steps? 16:00 Close Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/46652337@N06/8154892547
    3. 3. Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36644893@N05/8151268699
    4. 4. Where is our voice?? Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47691521@N07/4371000846
    5. 5. Don’t we want to share? Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47691521@N07/4371000846
    6. 6. Image source: http://xkcd.com/1238/ How should we communicate?
    7. 7. What challenges do we face? Image source: http://xkcd.com/1238/
    8. 8. Image source: http://xkcd.com/1238/ How might the group help us all?
    9. 9. Image source: http://xkcd.com/1238/ What could we achieve together?
    10. 10. http://bitly.com/bundles/o_u60lqmj55/1 Knowledge Café Collaborative documents here
    11. 11. • Blog • Mixed model with central hub • Make it effective • Central place • Google hangouts • Central place • All of the above – allow people to select to suit • Face to face is important How should we communicate?
    12. 12. • Isolation • How do we prove ourselves – working with the intangible • Getting management buy in • Keeping the momentum going after initial excitement • How we communicate our purpose, managing expectations • ‘mmm yeah’ *sigh* • Helping people understand what it is we do • Appreciating the behind-the-scenes stuff • Tension between learning, teaching and research on staff engagement What challenges do we face?
    13. 13. • Career opportunities • Break down language barriers between sectors • It’s not what you know but who you know – sharing and network • Knowledge (and skills) base and sharing what we know with others • Mentoring/ buddying • A shoulder to cry on (awwww) • Sharing of resources (practical – tools etc) • Opportunities for staff development – bring in externals to the group How might the group help us all?
    14. 14. • Working together – producing papers / getting published / awards etc with ALT (other organisations?) • Co-authoring papers / collaborating • Pulling together project teams from people we know • Learning from others’ experiences • Collaboration / collaborating on learning materials (sharing between organisations / individuals) • Find connections with similar organisations / potentially sharing workshops as part of the group • Achieve a collective voice • Create a community of good practice What could we achieve together?
    15. 15. THE IDEA SHARING BIT Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/38126668@N02/6213367077
    16. 16. The ideas showcase… • Co-tutor – Loughborough University (Melanie King) • Digital literacy – Leicester City Council (Lucy Atkins) • iPad project – Loughborough University (Charles Shields) • UCISA – case studies on mobile learning (Elaine Swift) • Assessment scheduler – logging coursework electronically – CASPA (Coursework assessment scheduler for programme administration) – Loughborough University (Caroline Lowery) • WOOC, Loughborough University (Rich Goodman) • Xerte bootstrap learning object creation (Mitchellmedia.co.uk) (Ron Mitchell)
    17. 17. Resources shared / shown • http://mitchellmedia.co.uk/xot/play_36#resume=2 • http://mitchellmedia.co.uk/488 • http://blog.lboro.ac.uk/elearning/ • http://celt.our.dmu.ac.uk/effective-practice/elt-case- studies/#mobile • http://www.digilitleic.com/wp- content/uploads/2013/06/DigiLit-Leicester-report- 130624-FINAL.pdf • http://www.digilitleic.com/?page_id=261 • http://co-tutor.lboro.ac.uk/about.php • http://bitly.com/bundles/o_u60lqmj55/1
    18. 18. Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36644893@N05/8151268699
    19. 19. What do our meetings look like? • Some face-to-face and online too • Face-to-face for networking and collaboration • Online presence good but not fluffy • Face-to-face • Sharing in between meetings – development of WordPress for research areas etc • Face-to-face for ad hoc conversations and sharing of ‘real life’ learning tech • Face-to-face for a significant amount of time because of the amount of travel involved, so needs to be focused (and possible pre-preparation needed) • External presenters or a theme at face-to-face meetings • Lunchtime webinars for 45 mins on a specific topic • Make sure we’re at different locations too • Sub-meetings / niche groups for follow-up and to feed back to wider group • Pecha Kucha presentations as part of webinar from specialist groups • Buffet with desserts – have your cake and eat it!! • Frequency? One general meeting per year and a number of symposiums / webinar? • Inclusive – every organisation (and consultancies) represented where possible • Make sure that it represents full scope of learning tech, every sector represented • Take advantage of ‘local’ for face-to-face, it has real value • Small groups to help generate items for next meeting / workshops etc • Face-to-face – not just looking at projects but also looking at themes or common issues

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