Next Coffee Club meeting 13 March 12.30- 1.30 #openeducationwk

To mark Open Education Week (#openeducationwk) our next coffee club meeting will be looking at open education here at GCU. Marion Kelt from the library will start the discussions by giving us an overview of the OER guidelines the library have developed, and their journey on making the guidelines into institutional policy.

The meeting will take place on Friday 13th March, in H116 – 12.30 – 13.30. Remember if you let us know you are coming we’ll buy you a cup of coffee (or tea!).

Open Education Week logo


Carpe Diem Workshop, 20 February

As part of staff support for new online developments here at GCU, the Blended Learning Team ran a  learning design workshop on 20th February. The 2 hour workshop was based on the popular Carpe Diem methodology.  GCU has a long history with Carpe Diem, as Professor Gilly Salmon trialled the process with GCU staff a number of years ago.

Obviously only having 2 hours as opposed to 2 days, did limit the activities and outputs somewhat. However, even within that relatively short time frame,  a number of the programme teams were able to make some good progress in terms of developing their thinking about the approaches they will be taking as they design their new online programmes.

There were also some very useful discussions and sharing of experiences including the Programme approval process in terms of online delivery. Some of our quality and governance procedures probably need updated to reflect online delivery methods and common understandings of equity of the learning experience between wholly online (not traditional distance learning) and face to face programmes. Is a default “design for online” delivery approach one that we need to be taking – if it works online delivery then it should work  too for face to face delivery?

Following from the last meeting where interaction and dialogue was highlight as a key part of the overall online student experience, we had a some useful dialogue around approaches to assessment and feedback. What assessment patterns are most effective for wholly online delivery? What types of assessments should be designing? Is this a chance to be a bit more creative and design more authentic assessements?

As well as running monthly cross University sessions for the online development programmes, the Blended Learning Team will be working with each school to take forward the initial blueprints and storyboards outlined at the workshop.   As a number of the programmes are going live this September, it’s going to be a very busy few months.

Here is the overview presentation for the workshop.

Workshop Resources:

Clickers, greenscreens, rubrics and much more – February Coffee Club round up

Many thanks to everyone who came along to the Coffee Club earlier today. Particular thanks go to our speaker, Fraser McLeish, for being very patient whilst we sorted out our technical glitches.  His presentation was well worth the wait, and allowed us to have some additional conversations around this year’s NMC HE Horizon Report and wearable technology.

Based on a presentation first given at the Durham Blackboard User Conference earlier this year, Fraser took us on a whirlwind tour of how a number of different technologies are being effectively used for student feedback and interaction within our school of Health and Life Sciences. Or as Fraser called it “point and click for your instant feedback kick”   Clickers, green-screen, padlet, rubrics, grading forms and Turnitin Quick Marks to name but a few were highlighted.

This led to a rich discussion around the creation and use of rubrics.  Whilst we are seeing a steady increase in the use of e-submission tools,  there is still a lot to do in terms of sharing and developing effective practice. However it was generally agreed that working on rubrics within a programme team level was a good starting point and that the time it took to develop them was worth it. Both in terms of more transparency in grading criteria, marks and feedback/forward for students and in terms of time spent marking.

A PDF of Fraser’s presentation is available by clicking the link below

 screenshot of intro slide

February Blended Learning Coffee Club – learning technology box of delights

The next Blended Learning Coffee club will take place on Tuesday, 17 February, 12.30-1.30 in H116 in GCU LEAD.  This month our discussions will be inspired by a tour of a box of learning technology delights from Fraser McLeish, Learning Technologist in SHLS.

As ever if you let us know you are coming along we’ll buy you a cuppa (tea or coffee!)

Picture of a gift box

(image: Gift box icon by petercui via Wikimedia Commons licensed Creative Commons 3.0.)

Programme Leaders Event, 2 February #GCUPL15

As part of the Programme Leaders Event today, we’re encouraging sharing of ideas and reflections via twitter using the hashtag #GCUPL15. We’ll share a collated version after the event but you can see the live tweets  here:

We’ll also be using a couple of padlet boards during the morning.


Missed the event? Catch up with collated tweets from the day.