This year’s Higher York E-Learning Conference was a resounding success with representatives from HE institutions from across the city and beyond.
Dr Keith Smyth from Edinburgh Napier set the tone for the day with his thoughtful and inspiring keynote highlighting how the 3 E’s framework which he co-authored is being used to support staff and benchmark blended learning use. The framework is being used in various departments and training initiatives here at York to allow us to describe levels of online activity and point to examples of use of technology that can be deployed to address specific areas of teaching.
The University of York was well represented throughout the breakout sessions with contributions from the Learning Enhancement Team & Psychology (online academic skills support), SPSW (VLE to support career development for Social Workers), Politics (Online support for scenario based and role play learning), and Education (using blogs to enhance student learning). There were also posters from CELT, LFA, HYMS, Realising Opportunities project and our very own Wayne Britcliffe who was discussing how Keith’s 3 e’s approach is being utilised in Health Sciences.
Other sessions of note included the role of ipads in education, technology to support paperless marking and an approach to using video feedback that is very similar to some of the work going on here to support student presentations in departments like Physics and Archaeology.
The conference is proving a really useful and supportive way to share ideas, learn from others and create contacts within the city. Congratulations to all of the organising team, including Richard Walker and who knows, we might even see some of you again next year.
Slides and video resources from the day will be available soon on the Higher York website.