Cross ReferenceThe speaker dwelt on the difficulties of remote mentoring and a relianceon email and the finding that face to face worked better. I have towander whether this was an opportunity for the Institution to help upskill mentor and mentee in remote collaborative working. That way theemployer gains benefit through new working practices pioneered by therecent employee (alumni). I’ve often been in conversations about thelack of join up in HEIs between business leaders, ICT leaders and theresulting lack of effectiveness in business benefit fort investment in ICT.The idea of the recent graduate acting as catalyst between SMEemployer IT and Business Leaders for the same enhancement in impactof ICT to working practices was something I heard about this week inmy blog of the Jisc Digital Literacy event.
Add side conversationsPeople have approached me to discuss how wemaintain the momentum we’ve gatheredthrough the programme. Our conversationshave included the concept of widening the netin terms of the professional associations viafurther joint activities co sponsored and codesigned via Values Realisation. We alsohighlighted the need for resource discoveryenhancements in the Design Studio, perhapsvia tagging.
Pick out your highlightsDr. Marsha Lovett is Director of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and aTeaching Professor in the Department of Psychology, both at Carnegie MellonUniversity. Throughout her career, Dr. Lovett has been deeply involved in both local andnational efforts to understand and improve student learning. Her book How LearningWorks: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching distills the research on howstudents learn into a set of fundamental principles that instructors can use to guidetheir teaching. Dr. Lovett has also developed several innovative, educationaltechnologies to promote student learning and metacognition, including StatTutor andthe Learning Dashboard.Marsha poses the question ‘How do we tell how well our students are learning?’Quizzes, homework performance, comparing to previous students / classes etc aretraditional ways. Analytics offers new ways giving better and fuller insights into learningperformance.In a rich modern course experience by a well respected tutor Marsha found that‘Students spend 100 + hours across the term yet show only learning gains of 3%’ andasks ‘what improvements can be made by applying analytics as an adaptive, data drivencourse ‘ and found that 18% learning gain occurred in less than 50 hours.I have to applaud Marsha for giving us some concrete quantitative evidence forperformance changes, something that has been lacking in the majority of analyticsprojects in my experience.
BenefitsRaises your profile as attendee (and master of the dark arts)Adds value to event, shows you as a leader, shows Jisc as a leaderDraws self selecting audience to Jisc resourcesPromotes to wider audience by retweets and event hash tagPromotes related Jisc workPaints a picture of a truly authoritative organizationReduces your workload (when you walk out the door, your work isdone, event attendees and organisers do your promotion work foryou)Exposes different disciplines and audiences to one another by crossreferencing blog postsIn the spirit of ‘open working’
Have a go!It’s hard (but gets easier)It forces you to concentrate (really hard)It can be funManage expectations – ‘good enough’ is better than ‘never gotaround to’ or ‘on my hard drive never to be read’http://myles.jiscinvolve.org/wp/