#LTHEchat 63: The University Library in the 21st Century. With Isobel Gowers @Isobel_Gowers

Isobel GowersIsobel Gowers started teaching whilst a post-doc at the University of Sheffield. With an interest in equine and human joint disease she became a lecturer at Writtle University College in 2009, where she is now Head of Learning and Teaching. In this diverse role she is responsible for developing and monitoring the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Enhancement Strategy, providing staff and academic development to about 60 academics and is also responsible for the strategic management of the library.

The University Library in the 21st Century

In this #LTHEchat we will discussing the role of the library in student learning. Information has changed from being nearly entirely text and paper based to a wide range of media many of which are available electronically. This has changed the way that university libraries see themselves. They are no longer just a physical space but a virtual one too. The question is have libraries evolved quickly enough to maximise the student learning experience across all disciplines in the 21st century? And are students developing the information literacy skills they need for the future employment?

The Storify will be available here after the chat.

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If you participated/are participating in any way in the #LTHEchat, please complete our short survey and let us know if you have other suggestions on how we could make the #LTHEchat more valuable for you. Thank you.

See you Wednesday 5 October, same time, same place. 8-9PM (GMT+1) #LTHEchat

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#LTHEChat 62: Assessment and student engagement. With Dawn Alderson @dawn_alderson and Robert Dragan @robert_dragan

yq49ooq9Dawn Alderson has been involved in Education since the 90s; a qualified teacher, Dawn has worked across education sectors in England & Wales that involved classroom teaching, university teaching as well as completion of research projects undertaken for local and national government-education initiatives.  She has read for a few degrees full-time/part-time/online; published a number of outputs as well as delivered talks overseas, and presented at conferences in the UK.  While education per se, is her specialist subject; she has expertise in child development, educational technology, research methods, pedagogy and curriculum design.

robert-draganRobert Dragan is an education and technology enthusiast, who has began programming and developing educational apps from an early age. His interests include social
learning, mobile learning and the use of assessment to drive student engagement. Robert is currently the CEO of Learnium (@learnium), a social learning platform that enables teachers and students to connect, communicate and collaborate online.

Assessment and student engagement.

In this #LTHEchat we’ll be discussing student engagement and assessment. Although we know these two items can be considered in terms of teachers and student perceptions as stand alone items, we also know that both items are directly linked for progression and continuity. This session aims to explore what is that we do to ensure/increase engagement whilst bearing in mind  assessment design.

The Storify is available here.

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If you participated/are participating in any way in the #LTHEchat, please complete our short survey and let us know if you have other suggestions on how we could make the #LTHEchat more valuable for you. Thank you.

See you Wednesday 21st September, same time, same place. 8-9PM (GMT+1) #LTHEchat

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#LTHEChat 61: Part time learners. With Linda Robson @LindaOpen

lindaLinda Robson is a Lecturer and Staff Tutor based in the School of Engineering and Innovation at the Open University. She manages a team of 40 Associate Lecturers delivering 5 modules to around 1000 students. She also provides staff and academic development, both face to face and online, to Associate Lecturers from across the University.

Outside work, Linda is an endurance athlete who’s just completed her 7th Ironman and is currently training for the British Open Water Swimming Championships.

Part-time learners

In this first #LTHEchat after our Summer break we’ll be discussing part-time learners. Many of us who take part in #LTHEchat will be, or have been part-time learners in our time, studying for learning and teaching qualifications, plugging away at PhDs, or pursuing CPD opportunities: what lessons can we take away from these experiences to improve the journey for our own part-time students?  Do part-time students face unique barriers or would those in full-time education also appreciate flexible approaches? We’ll consider these and other questions when we return.

The Storify is available here. As there were over 80 tweets this has been curated to make it more easily readable.

The visualisation is available here with thanks to Chris Jobling @cpjobling

If you are reflecting on this specific #LTHEchat please share your post with us so that we can reblog.

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See you Wednesday 14th September, same time, same place. 8-9PM (GMT+1) #LTHEchat

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EXTRA #LTHEchat: What do we know about the experiences of online learners? with @helenbeetham and @loumcgill

We are very excited to announce that on Wednesday 13th July we will be hosting a ‘Summer EXTRA #LTHEchat’ led by guests Helen Beetham and Lou McGill.

This #LTHEchat follows a week of activities and explorations with online learners. #OLsuccess (4-10 July 2016) and is part of a Jisc-funded study being undertaken by Lou McGill and Helen Beetham. After an extensive review of the literature, the study team set out to ask online learners themselves what helps them to succeed. You can prepare for the chat by consulting: emergent findings of the literature review on SlideShare; details of #OLsuccess on the blog and discussion forum, and more about the project on the digital student blog. You can also search for the #OLsuccess tag on twitter and storify. Or you can just join in and share your thoughts.

Helen BeethamHelen Beetham is a writer, researcher and adviser on e-learning issues. As a long-standing consultant to the Jisc e-learning programme, she has written influential reports on e-portfolios, digital literacy, open education and digital organisations. Helen was a member of the UK Government’s Beyond Current Horizons programme on educational futures and has led futures thinking initiatives for a number of global universities and national bodies. Most recently she has completed a year-long study on the expectations and experiences of today’s ‘digital students’ and designed a digital capabilities framework for use across education sectors. Helen’s co-authored volumes Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age and Rethinking Learning for a Digital Age (both Routledge) are standard texts on PGCert and Masters courses in Education. Tweets @helenbeetham. Blogs (currently) at digitalstudent/jiscinvolve.org and digitalcapability.jiscinvolve.org.

loumcgillLou McGill is an independent researcher and writer on learning technology. Lou has worked with several Higher Education institutions as well as bodies such as Jisc, Jisc Cetis and has carried out research studies and large scale projects on a range of issues including: the impact of information and communication technologies on learning and teaching; learning literacies (digital capabilities) of students and staff ; cultural and organisational issues affecting institutions, individuals and communities involved in learning and teaching; development, management and use of digital content; online learning, open education, open badging and OER. Lou’s website is available at http://loumcgill.co.uk/

The Storify is here: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-60

A TAGSExplorer and searchable TAGS archive for the chat is also available.

If you are reflecting on this specific #LTHEchat please share your post with us so that we can reblog.

If you participated/are participating in any way in the #LTHEchat, please complete our short survey and let us know if you have other suggestions on how we could make the #LTHEchat more valuable for you. Thank you.

See you on Wednesday the 13th of July, same time, same place😉 – 8-9PM (GMT+1) #LTHEchat

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Massive thank you to our #LTHEchat organising group

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Dr Chris Jobling @cpjobling

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our recent #LTHEchat organising team, Dr Chris Jobling, Kate Soper and Debbie Baff for all their hard work and commitment to the #LTHEchat community and for organising a wide range of interesting and thought provoking tweetchats in collaboration with many guests from different institutions and countries over the last few months.

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Kate Soper @katesoper

We hope that this experience has been valuable for the team as well and will lead to new adventures and collaborations.

The interest in the #LTHEchat has been sustained and grown this year and we are very pleased that so many continue engaging with such passion and further professional relationships and collaborations are emerging also as a result of this.

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Debbie Baff @debbaff

As the #LTHEchat is a community led initiative, we are reaching out again to identify volunteers to become members of the next organising team in the new academic year. If this could be you, please fill out this short form here 

We would like to have a team in place by the end of July so that planning for the next year can start and hope this will be possible. 

Thank you also to the two previous organising teams this year (Dr Stephen Powell, Ian Tindall, Dr Chris Jobling and Dr Jenny Fisher, Neil Withnell and Chris Rowell), all our excellent guests and all of you who have embraced the #LTHEchat and participated this year as well as our partner #HEAchat for their collaboration and bringing two vibrant and energetic communities together.

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We wish you all a great summer and see you again soon.

The #LTHEchat steering group
ps: As already indicated there might be ocassional tweetchats running during the summer months😉

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#LTHEChat 59: Essay mills and academic verification: The sky is falling. The sky is falling! With Dr. Mike Reddy, @doctormikereddy

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Dr. Mike Reddy (@doctormikereddy)

Dr. Mike Reddy is a Fellow of the RSA, Senior Fellow of the HEA, and a member of the Independent Expert Advisory Board for iParadigms Europe. He has been responsible for oversight of plagiarism detection and prevention in the UK since 2000, when he was appointed to the steering committee for the JISC Electronic Plagiarism Detection Pilot, where he advocated a wider response than just investigating software solutions, and a student-focused perspective on prevention, rather than detection and penalty.

He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of South Wales, where he teaches on the BSc Computer Games Development, and his research covers a range of topics from Computer Games for Learning and the Social Impact of Technology on Society. Mike has been consulted by the EPSRC, the GMC, the Media, and in criminal cases over the issue of plagiarism and intellectual property. He has also taken on advocacy work for students, lecturers and private individuals in cases of alleged academic misconduct.

Mike is a keen advocate of innovation in assessment, putting his money where his mouth is, with his emphasis on collaboration and process, rather than collusion avoidance and product. While he recognises assessment4learning is not perfect, even the failures (some spectacular) have been a learning experience for both lecturer and students.

He claims to be “an awful academic”, far more interested in the playing and the doing of life than the writing and reviewing, although he is active in several conference and journal editorial boards. Perhaps for that reason has been instrumental in raising debate over 21st century pedagogy and teaching practices in the UK, reprioritizing learning and reminding us that education is something you do for/with students, not at them.

Essay Mills and Academic Verification

Essay banks/mills and ‘commissioned essays’ are not a new phenomena; , the ‘verification’ of academic input has always been a concern. However, in an increasingly digital academic world, where the success of detection software could be argued to have ‘deskilled’ lecturers in focusing attention on direct lexical copying, the mainstream media have recently begun a more active campaign in presenting this so called ‘undetectable’ threat as an evolutionary predator/prey response to the originality report and Google search. This view seems to be shared by some leaders in academic integrity, who have advocated a legislative response, based solely upon litigation, rather than reflecting upon our pedagogy and practice. Wherever you are, I hope you can join #LTHEchat 59 to debate the challenges that ‘academic verification’ poses to future assessment practice, and whether the sky really is falling.

The Storify will be made available here: 

https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-59-essay-mills-and-academic-verification-

If you are reflecting on this specific #LTHEchat please share your post with us so that we can reblog.

If you participated/are participating in any way in the #LTHEchat, please complete our short survey and let us know if you have other suggestions on how we could make the #LTHEchat more valuable for you. Thank you.

See you Wednesday, same time, same place😉 – 8-9PM (GMT+1) #LTHEchat

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#LTHEChat 58: Distance Learning with Simon Horrocks (@horrocks_simon)

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Simon Horrocks (@horrocks_simon)

Simon Horrocks is Assistant Director (Development, Learning and Teaching) at the Open University in Wales.  He is responsible for the support provided to the OU students in Wales and also the University’s postgraduate education students who are distributed around the world.  

Simon is @OUCymru’s lead for engagement on student experience matters with the Welsh Government, HEFCW and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

In a past life, Simon was an academic in Film and Media Studies, specialising in South-East Asian cinema and popular music culture.

 

Distance Learning

Distance learning is not a new phenomenon but it has developed rapidly in the age of the Internet. More and more universities are exploring the opportunities that distance learning presents for reaching a wider range of students in the UK and internationally but this poses a number of questions, not least how pedagogy needs to be adapted to support a distributed body of learners. Wherever you are, I hope you can join #LTHEchat 58 to explore the opportunities and challenges of distance learning.

The Storify: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-57629476cd8e8c523eda4a36

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If you participated/are participating in any way in the #LTHEchat, please complete our short survey and let us know if you have other suggestions on how we could make the #LTHEchat more valuable for you. Thank you.

See you Wednesday, same time, same place😉 – 8-9PM (GMT+1) #LTHEchat

The LTHEchat team

 

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#LTHEChat 57: Open CPD with Chris Rowell @chri5rowell

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Chris Rowell @Chri5rowell

Hi my name is Chris Rowell and I am a Deputy Learning Technology Manager at Regent’s University in London. Previously I was a Lecturer in Economics (1990- 2005) and a Lecturer in Education (2005-2010) at the University Centre Croydon.

My first degree (BA Hons) is in Economics. I have a PGCE  and I also have two MA’s in Development Studies and Education (eLearning). More recently I have completed Prince2 training for project management. Currently I am doing a Doctorate in Education at the Institute of Education, UCL.

My research interests are all things to do with Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). More specifically the evaluation of TEL by both staff and students in Higher Education.

I am an assistant editor of the Association for Learning Technology’s (ALT)  newsletter. Previously I have been a  member of the Staff and Educational Development Association’s (SEDA) National Executive (2015-10)  and Conference Committee (2010-1015) and founding member SEDA’s Special Interest Group on Technology-Enhanced Practice. I am also a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT).

I live in Camberwell and I’m interested in things to do with cycling, photography, travel, politics and London.

https://totallyrewired.wordpress.com/

@chri5rowell

Open CPD

Advances in learning technology in the last few years have meant that Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and events can now be shared across and beyond the education sector. Recent examples with a vocational focus have been the ‘Blended Learning Essentials’ and the ‘Embedding Practice’ courses run by Leeds University in collaboration with UCL and ALT on the Futurelearn platform. There are other examples from the HE sector such as the BYOD course, The 10 Days of Twitter, The 12 Apps of Christmas and events like this one, the .

The possibility that HEIs can open up their CPD courses/events has potential advantages to both the host institutions and the participant joining the CPD activity. ‘Bite sized’ CPD courses can be delivered online which enables busy lecturers to participate when they have the time and energy. Courses and events can also be adapted and reinvented to the needs of the specific institution if the content is shared using a Creative Commons licence. The breadth of experiences, insights and perspectives these open CPD courses/events generate enriches the conversation and discussion around education issues and has enabled collaborative learning communities across institutions, subjects and even geographical spaces.

This week’s Twitter chat will discuss how staff training can been done differently in an ‘open’ learning environment, exploring the pros and cons of open CPD and what impact this has on the student’s learning experience.

 Storify for Open CPD: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-57-open-cpd-with-chris-rowell

If you are reflecting on this specific #LTHEchat please share your post with us so that we can reblog.

If you participated/are participating in any way in the #LTHEchat, please complete our short survey and let us know if you have other suggestions on how we could make the #LTHEchat more valuable for you. Thank you.

See you Wednesday, same time, same place😉 – 8-9PM (GMT+1) #LTHEchat

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#LTHEChat 56: Innovative Pedagogy in Higher Education, with Prof. Ale Armellini (@alejandroa)

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Armellini Ale @alejandroa

Professor Alejandro Armellini is the Director of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Northampton. The mission of the Institute is to enable transformational learning experiences through inspirational teaching. Ale’s key role is to provide leadership in the area of learning and teaching across all schools and services.

Ale has extensive international teaching and programme development experience across different education sectors. Over the years, he has used, researched and refined the structured CAIeRO process (elsewhere known as Carpe Diem) and other evidence-based design-for-learning interventions to promote positive change in HE provision across modes of study. Teams under his leadership have researched the application of learning technologies in diverse academic settings. His PhD tutees research specific areas in the field of educational technology, pedagogy, openness and innovation. He is active in consultancy work globally.

During this week’s chat, Ale will be exploring innovative pedagogy in Higher Education.

Storify: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-56 

If you are reflecting on this specific #LTHEchat please share your post with us so that we can reblog.

If you participated/are participating in any way in the #LTHEchat, please complete our short survey and let us know if you have other suggestions on how we could make the #LTHEchat more valuable for you. Thank you.

See you Wednesday, same time, same place – 8-9PM BST #LTHEchat

The LTHEchat team

 

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#LTHEchat and #HEAchat with Dr Kate Cuthbert. @cuthbert_kate. New to Teaching – What makes for a successful entry into HE teaching?

Its back on the 25th May – the #HEAchat and the #LTHEchat combo!

Both hashtags will be used during this discussion.

Winston Mills-Compton teaches a class in mathematics at the Mfantsipim Boys School in Cape Coast, Ghana, June 20, 2006. Mfantsipim is one of the oldest schools in Cape Coast, a town that prides itself as the academic center of the country. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is one of the school's alumni. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst)

Photo by Jonathan Ernst World Bank Photo CollectionCC-BY-NC.

We are not going all Judy Blume on you by asking what your first time was like…..but this tweet chat will focus on the new to teaching HE experience.

After you’ve read Kate Cuthbert’s blog post New to teaching – What makes for a successful entry into HE teaching? you may wish to reflect on your own early days as an academic; or perhaps you are supporting individuals making the jump to academia; or you could even be right in the middle of your own “new to teaching time.” Whatever your circumstances it would be great if you could join Kate, who will lead the fourth joint  on 25th May 2016 20.00 BST, and share your thoughts on what new to teaching looks like across the disciplines and how individuals can be best supported in learning the ropes.

If you would like to join a future organising team, please get in touch with us via LTHE.tweetchat@gmail.com.

 

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