Learning and Teaching Matters

Archive for the ‘Good Practice and Innovation’ Category

Jude Carroll Academic Integrity expert from Oxford Brookes University visited Southampton University to run a day exploring issues around Academic Integrity. Around 20 colleagues directly involved in Academic Integrity from across the University came along and discussed a range of issues.

Jude mentioned that there were six stages to Academic Integrity

1. Knowledge

i. What is plagiarism

ii. How to apply the rules

2. Programme design – practice

i. Assignment design

3. Spotting it – range of strategies

4. Management of cases that do not hurt the spotter

5. Penalties that match levels

6. Policies – fair, transparent, defenceable

For more information about events run by LATEU please see our website.

Jude Carroll, who presented to colleagues at the University of Southampton Feb 26 2010

Jude Carroll - Academic Integrity

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the University’s Academic Skills website, which is maintained by LATEU, comes up as the #1 entry when you search Google for ‘academic skills’. I don’t keep an eye on our ranking – but was just creating a sample screenshot about how students search for resources on the web.

If I had to say why we have achieved this ranking, it is because the materials provided are good quality and openly available for all to use. We regularly get emails from around the world asking if it is OK to use them – and we always say “yes, provided you attribute the University”.

(but if you search for ‘study skills’ we are only number 22 – so we won’t let it go to our head!)

Fiona Harvey attended a lecture by Prof Andy Stanford-Clark, Master Inventor at IBM UK today.  It was an absolutely fascinating talk about pervasive innovation and its uses within IBM’s Smarter Planet agenda.   Andy talked about and showed us how his house has been wired up to detect power and water usage and how he has a variety of security checks so that in essence his house can tell him (via Twitter) if he has locked the front door or not.  Not only can he do this but he has also managed to work with a variety of colleagues from across the University to look at flood warnings – Floodnet and has developed a new messaging protocol (MQTT.org)

Andy provided us with a huge range of examples of how he has been using pervasive technology to save time and money – much more than we could post here – take a look at this from Andy’s web site.

Andy also features as part of this Twitter Power User video from EpicFu.com

Fiona Grindey attended this event last week – all online and very interactive.   The conference was based on two themes – Theme 1 was ‘Finding the Way’ and Theme 2 was  ‘ Meeting the Challenge’.   Each of these themes had a series of resources relating to them.  There are resources relating to the presentations and discussion forums at the event which were either a live presentation using Elluminate or discussion forums, each with a whole set of resources and reading material, which could sometimes included video.

Theme 1 posed questions such as:

  • What are the needs and expectations of learners using technology in their learning? How can we distinguish between the myths and the reality, and respond effectively?
  • Is there a role for social media in supporting, engaging and retaining learners?
  • How can technology enhance the broader canvas of curriculum delivery?
  • What are the benefits and challenges posed by open educational resources?
  • What will educational institutions look like in the future?

The keynote for this theme was from Charles Leadbeater via Elluminate was ‘The role of innovation in education’.  At which there was a lively discussion and a very good attendance.

Theme 2 posed questions such as:

  • How can institutions respond with more agility to the changing needs of the workplace?
  • How can institutions engage employers and professional bodies in curriculum design?
  • Adopt or avoid? Can virtual worlds open up new routes to learning?
  • How can the design of technology-rich physical learning spaces be informed by research?

The keynote for this theme was ‘Becoming an edgeless university’  with Peter Bradwell,  an independent researcher with Demos, who looked at how institutions could explore ways to prepare for the future. Peter’s presentation is based on the 2009 Demos report, The Edgeless University.

All the resources from the event will be availble via the JISC website in January 2010.

There was  recent post about the conference on the JISC e-Learning Programme blog.

If you would like to know more about the conference please let me know.

A new date, Monday 14 December, 1-30 – 4.40, has been confirmed for this workshop, which was originally scheduled for 6 October but cancelled due to illness. Further details and an application form are available on the LATEU website.

The workshop will introduce approaches to pastoral care and dealing with difficult situations and provide information on the services offered by the University that you can tap into to support students.

We have added three new dates for this workshop: 11 December 2009, 11 March 2010 and 9 June 2010.

This course is designed to provide an insight to the history and application of relevant regulations and good practice guidance within clinical research. Delegates will be introduced to the principles of Research Governance and Good Clinical Practice and will be equipped with skills to ensure good conduct of clinical research. Further details here.

The E-Learning Implementation Group (Chaired by Rosalynd Jowett) and The E-Learning Strategy Group (Chaired by Hugh Davis) have now merged to form the Technology Enhanced Learning Steering and Implementation Group (TELSIG).  this new group will be able to contribute and respond to the new University strategies for education as they are put in place.  The Group will report via Hugh to the Education Committee and will help to drive forward technology enhanced learning initiatives and innovations at University level.

Professor Hugh Davis although head of ECS Learning Societies Lab is also University Director of Education with a responsibility for E-Learning.

The date of the next meeting will be Thursday January 21st – any items for consideration at the meeting need to be sent to Fiona Grindey by Monday 4th January to allow two weeks notice for the Group.