Sarah Knight (eLearning Programme Manager at JISC) followed Simon, opening with a quote from NUS VP Education Rachel Wenstone and emphasising the benefits the students as change agents initiative gives to students, staff and institutions such as gaining experience of leadership, increasing confidence and skills, recognition and retention. Sarah recommended the NUS student engagement toolkit
http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/campaigns/highereducation/student-engagement/toolkit/ and talked about some of the existing projects where students are working as partners and digital pioneers such as the Summer of Student Innovation (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/student-innovation), Oxford Brookes’ InStePP project (http://jiscdesignstudio.pbworks.com/w/page/50732755/InStePP), the Digital Student Project (http://digitalstudent.jiscinvolve.org/wp/) and Greenwich’s Digital Literacies in Transition Project (http://jiscdesignstudio.pbworks.com/w/page/50732712/Digital%20Literacies%20in%20Transition%20project).
- Josie Fraser at De Montfort Uni, Leicester who is running a digital literacies programme that is very ambitious and involves working with the council and local schools to improve digital literacies across the area (see http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/news/2013/october/dmu-at-cutting-edge-of-a-digital-learning-revolution.aspx);
- Sheffield Hallam’s ‘Menu of Teaching Approaches and the Technologies that can support them‘ focuses on encouraging staff to make use of the many existing technologies and tools that are available to enhance learning (see Julian for a hard copy of this resource);
- Nottingham is using students as change agents to transform teaching, inform T&L strategy and support practice;
- Greenwich have produced cards to categorise in a light hearted way where people are as regards digital literacies (see image below);
- Will Page the student engagement officer at Exeter talked about the more than 50 change agents projects dotted around the university. Tips for engaging students included awareness that students no longer use email as their primary mode of communication.
We also learned that Winchester annually produce a student journal in which academics submit student work as case studies. Fiona Handley edited the first volume and said it was a lot of work as each article needed to be almost rewritten to get it into an consistent format but that it was a great vehicle and a means whereby students as partners’ reports could be disseminated.
- Partnership set-up
- Partnership implementation
- Capabilities, development and accreditation
- Evaluation, impact and sustainability
- A workshop on writing and persuading skills led by an actor and screen writer who emphasised the importance of taking the time to understand who the audience was, so the content could be focused and cut to size. He emphasised that content should have a snappy beginning, middle and end (no waffle).
- Dave White led an interesting session on the morning of the second day in the fantastic setting of the Everyman Cinema in Winchester. Dave talked about the work that he and Helen Beetham have been carrying out on the JISC Digital Student Project and we then engaged in a useful future scenario planning exercise, the results of which can be seen at http://digitalstudent.jiscinvolve.org/wp/files/2014/03/Digital-student-experience-2020.pdf – well worth a look.