Annual Celebration of Learning and Student Experience

Along with colleagues from across the university we participated in the University’s Learning and Student Experience celebration on January 24th.

The morning keynote was from Dr Lisette Bakalis, University of Groningen who gave a fascinating overview into Groningen’s approach to the digital student experience.   In a entertaining and  very practical overview, Lisette shared how they are focusing all learning and student engagement through the use of their VLE as a portal. Lisette helpful gave a number of take away messages for us all based on their experiences.

Supporting the Digital Student experience takeaways:

  • Blackboard as a student portal, for teaching and digital exams
  • Improve teaching and learning by teaching tools
  • Hire students to work for your support team

Student portal takeaways:

  • Blackboard as a student portal
  • Organise and personalise to improve user experience
  • Supports both students and teachers

Teaching and learning takeaways:

  • Blackboard courses customised with 3rd party tools
  • All educational activity organised and connected
  • Improve teaching and learning by teaching tools

Digital exams takeaways:

  • Blackboard as a digital exam platform
  • Improves written student work
  • Less examination time
  • Usable for both formative and summative exams

Supporting the digital experience takeaways:

  • Blackboard as a student portal, for teaching and digital exams
  • Improve teaching and learning by teaching tools
  • Hire students to work for your support team

You can view the slides for the presentation by following the link below

The afternoon keynote, “Enhancing the Student Experience”,  focused more on home based activities and developments. Led by President Kevin Campbell  and VP (SEBE)Chris Daisley from the Students Association, this was a very interactive and engaging session. Kevin and Chris highlighted the importance of academic advising and clear communications in supporting the student experience.

It was also great to hear how the GCU Student Partnership Agreement is becoming increasingly recognised at national and international levels as an world leading example of student/staff/institutional commitment to partnership working and the student experience.

In between the keynotes there were a fantastic range of presentations showcasing the excellent and innovative teaching practice that is taking place across the university. Themes covered included: assessment and feedback, internationalisation, academic advising, online learning, the Common Good, student life, school collaboration, accessibility, enhancement themes, innovative teaching.   There were also a range of poster presentations and interactive demonstrations.

You can get a flavour of the day from some collated tweets below.

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