Partners in curriculum change: Digitally Ready at the Annual Higher Education Academy Conference, 3-4 July 2013

The theme of this year’s conference was Powerful partnerships: defining the learning experience, with three strands: students as partners; employers as partners; and organisations as partners. The conference was packed with very interesting sessions – so much is going on with student engagements across the HE sector!
I was involved in a discussion session, delivered with two other JISC projects FASTECH (Universities of Bath Spa and Winchester) and E-AFFECT (Queen’s University Belfast) – where I had the opportunity to showcase the work that Digitally Ready carried out with students.
Our session “Partners in curriculum change: what are the best ways of working with students as co-researchers in assessment and digital literacies?” offered participants the opportunity to explore approaches to working with students as co-researchers in technology-enhanced practice in assessment and digital literacies. Participants had opportunities to refine their understanding of how best to establish partnership working with students, the issues and cultural changes that might be involved, and, in particular, how engineering technology-enhanced change in curriculum areas such as assessment and digital literacies can be driven forward by the insights and skills that students bring.
I had the opportunity to talk about how we engaged students as researchers, as partners in change, as learners in the digital age, and as ambasandors disseminating at the RAISE conference for the last 2 yeras. I showed our work with work placements conducted by Rachel, Alastair’s students engaging with blogging and the Construction chat by Milan’s Students – all very impressive!

I used this presentation Digitally Ready HEA conf Jul2013 , slides 5-8.

About Maria-Christiana Papaefthimiou

My title is Enhanacement Manager (Teaching, Learning and Technlology) and I am curretnly project managing the DEVELOP project. My repsonsibilities include: 1. Management and direction of the work of a small team of Enhancement Officers (e-Learning), facilitating the development of cross-team working in CDoTL, including the effective integration of the team’s work across the University. 2. The management of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment and other e-learning tools with the aim to enhance and support the development of Teaching and Learning. 3. Work with academic Schools and academic staff, professional services staff and CDoTL team members to create an infrastructure of resources that support the development of courses through the use of Learning Technology. 4. Lead staff development and training programmes to be provided by the team or faculty/IT staff to ensure that academics are able to utilise learning technology approapriately and effectively 5. Promote the use of learning technology by planning and promoting university-wide workshops and faculty based staff development events. 6. Develop, as appropriate, university-wide participation and support for the engagement of academic staff with Technology Enhanced Learning. 7. Contribute to CDoTL’s strategic planning as a member of the CDOTL Senior Management Staff Team. 8. Identify opportunities for development and innovation, including accessing external funding sources, support the writing of bids. 9. Project management
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