Open, and free CPD opportunity in January #BYOD4L

Do you feel like you’re not getting the most out of your mobile technology? Do you want some help with how to use it in your work? Then Bring Your Own Device for Learning (BYOD4L)  may be for you.

This free open course, starting Monday 16th  January 2017 and running for five consecutive days, looks at how you can make the most of your smart device (tablet/phone/laptop) through short activities and additional resources. The five days cover 5 Cs – connecting, communicating, curating, collaborating and creating. The short course will enable you to connect with peers and learn within a wider community.

There is no requirement to join in every activity; the decision of how much time you wish to spend on this is entirely up to you. During the week there will be activities around the University so keep your eyes and ears open!

Once again, the Blended Learning Coffee Club will be running drop in sessions every day throughout the week.  These informal sessions will provide an opportunity for staff and students to connect and collaborate with the theme of the day and share experiences and practical tips for making the most of mobile technology for learning and teaching.

The lunchtime sessions will run each day in H116 between 12 and 2pm. In the meantime you can find out about the course here and you can follow updates on twitter via @BYOD4L and #BYOD4LD

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2016 Celebration of Learning and Teaching

word cloud of tweets using #LTGGCU
Word cloud of tweets using #LTGGCU

Earlier this week, colleagues from across the University came together for our annual celebration of learning and teaching.  It was an action pack day. The morning consisted of  presentations on the Common Good Curriculum, digital learning across all three schools, a live link to the ALC in Mauritius and our key note speaker Professor Mark Stubbs,  Head of Learning and Research Technologies,  MMU.

Mark’s presentation on how he and his team have wrapped their learning technology provision around the student experience was inspiring to everyone.  Mark illustrated how having a co-ordinated, appropriately led and funded approach to change can make visible difference to the student experience.

Central to this change has been support from senior management, and team led by someone like Mark who  understands “the business” of learning and teaching.  Of course staff have had a huge input into this change too. Mark was very honest about the challenges they have faced, and it was pleasing to hear that they are now going to focusing on the staff experience more.   A recording of his presentation will be available soon, but in the meantime you can view his slides below.

Many thanks to all of our colleagues who contributed to the event.

A summary of the day from twitter activity is also available via this storify.


Next Coffee Club meeting, 7th December, 1-1.30 H116

After a bit of an hiatus due to departmental restructuring  the Coffee Club is making a return.   We realise this is short notice but we going to hold a short meeting next Wednesday, 7th December  (1-1.30pm) in H116.   We’ll  be giving an overview of some activities for next year, including our participation in  the national  BYOD4L (bring your own device for learning) open learning event; and of course looking to you for ideas of areas/topics for sharing practice.
From 12 noon UCISA are running a webinar called Successful Webinars so we will be tuned into that  in H116 if anyone would like to join us.  
From now on it will be more of a BYOC (bring your own coffee ) event, but seeing as it’s nearly Christmas there may be some selection box treats!
As ever this is an informal meeting, so feel free to pop in and out as your own time allows.  Please also feel free to forward this information to any colleagues you think might be interested in coming along. 
The webinar starts at 12, and our main discussion at 1pm .
Looking forward to seeing you next week.
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