Engaging Students: The Learner Experience Mick Kahn and Jim Judges, ULCC Moodle Moot 2012
A thought...Is education the last refuge from the digital revolution? ‘The same technologies that transformed every other aspect of modern life can transform education…’ Rupert Murdoch, 24th May 2011
Some institutional examples – Lewisham College ‘Transformation’ Rise of 24% in student retention – Exeter University ‘Students as Agents of Change’ ‘Online Coursework Project’ – Manchester Metropolitan University Distributed VLE’s Transforming Feedback
Lewisham College Personalised My Courses Support and Induction Personalised Front-page My Places for quick access Gmail embedded
Exeter University Clear deadlines and feedback releaseGroupfeedback Turnitin for staff and students Enhanced feedback from multiple markers
Manchester MetropolitanUniversity “My Areas”SimpleNavigation Personal Resource Lists
Outcomes• Shared Service approach is transformational – Institutional initiatives in a wider context• Project data has produced some surprises – 10,000+ respond to MMU Learner Satisfaction Survey – Learner engagement dependent on key areas – Technology doesn’t always work in the way we thought!
Getting Practical• Teacher perspective• Discussion• Real life examples
Discussion ActivityIn pairs or three’s discuss: How are you doing with your learners? 2.What have you got right? 3.Where you need to do better? 4.What is frustrating the journey?