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#LTHEchat 166: Microsoft Teams – A new model for communication and collaboration in education with @ChrisLearnTech

The last decade has seen rapid and dramatic changes in the higher education landscape in the UK. The lifting of the ‘cap’ on student numbers led to increased competition between higher education institutions (HEIs) and the influence of new market forces, whilst the introduction of the OfS has seen the replacement of a relatively benign funding body, with a new sector regulator.

In this LTHE Chat session the aim is to encourage colleagues across the sector to reflect on the current position of their own institutions in relation to Curriculum Frameworks (i.e. has a perceived need for one been identified? Is a debate underway? Is a framework in place? Is it being implemented?), and to consider the potential benefits that an institutional level Curriculum Framework might bring?

Furthermore, we’d like colleagues to consider what a Curriculum Frameworks focus on? Structural reform or consistency, regulatory consistency, innovative approaches to learning and teaching, student co-creation, or inclusivity? Or a combination of all of these things? What are the obstacles and constraints encountered elsewhere or likely to inhibit such developments and how can these be overcome?

Who should be the key stakeholders, collaborators and/or champions? How can buy-in be secured, not just from senior managers, but also from academic and professional services staff, and students? What are the legitimate objectives of a Curriculum Framework, and how might we measure its impact?

What may have seemed like stability has been replaced by a culture of what sometimes feels like an avalanche of rapid and fundamental changes, some of which impinge on the financial sustainability of institutions and some of which have driven major cultural changes – not least a rapid shift in student expectations of the higher education experience, and the relationship between institutions and their students. The relative strengths and performance of HEIs is now more transparent than ever, and reflected (however crudely) via published university league tables, NSS results and TEF rankings. Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 164: Using media-rich ePortfolio assessments with Lydia Arnold @HarperEdDev and Duncan Cross @duncan_cross

The last decade has seen rapid and dramatic changes in the higher education landscape in the UK. The lifting of the ‘cap’ on student numbers led to increased competition between higher education institutions (HEIs) and the influence of new market forces, whilst the introduction of the OfS has seen the replacement of a relatively benign funding body, with a new sector regulator.

In this LTHE Chat session the aim is to encourage colleagues across the sector to reflect on the current position of their own institutions in relation to Curriculum Frameworks (i.e. has a perceived need for one been identified? Is a debate underway? Is a framework in place? Is it being implemented?), and to consider the potential benefits that an institutional level Curriculum Framework might bring?

Furthermore, we’d like colleagues to consider what a Curriculum Frameworks focus on? Structural reform or consistency, regulatory consistency, innovative approaches to learning and teaching, student co-creation, or inclusivity? Or a combination of all of these things? What are the obstacles and constraints encountered elsewhere or likely to inhibit such developments and how can these be overcome?

Who should be the key stakeholders, collaborators and/or champions? How can buy-in be secured, not just from senior managers, but also from academic and professional services staff, and students? What are the legitimate objectives of a Curriculum Framework, and how might we measure its impact?

What may have seemed like stability has been replaced by a culture of what sometimes feels like an avalanche of rapid and fundamental changes, some of which impinge on the financial sustainability of institutions and some of which have driven major cultural changes – not least a rapid shift in student expectations of the higher education experience, and the relationship between institutions and their students. The relative strengths and performance of HEIs is now more transparent than ever, and reflected (however crudely) via published university league tables, NSS results and TEF rankings. Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 133 – Active Learning and Christmas Festivities

Active Learning and Disruptive Pedagogies In this #LTHEChat, we would like to explore the disruptive potential of active learning.   It is probably easier to define what active learning is not, than what it is. While a concise definition for active learning remains … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat no 131 What role does news have in HE? @margymaclibrary

Wednesday 21 November 2018 Margy MacMillan, Canada. @margymaclibrary There is a persistent narrative that stigmatizes students in higher education as disengaged from the the ‘real world’, uninterested in the news, unaware of current events. Recent research, including the News Study by … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 130 One solution to online learning? think again.

Wednesday 14 November 2018 David Smith, Australia @djs2206 With the miniaturisation of computing and the availability of technologies much has been anticipated about the affordances that technology would bring to daily and corporate living, conquering aspects such as distance and providing … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat no 129 The battle between old and new: Written feedback vs. screencast feedback 7 November 2018

7 November 2018 Mr Damian Keil and Dr David Wright Assessment feedback in higher education is usually provided through ‘written’ methods. Despite the widespread use of ‘written’ feedback, students frequently report dissatisfaction with the quality of their assessment feedback in … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat no 129 Using a Coaching Approach in Learning and Teaching

#coachingHE We are living in turbulent times in Higher Education (HE) with ever increasing reported levels of mental health issues in both students and staff (Grove, 2018; Niblock, 2018; Persson, 2017; Weale, 2018). When we add in the drive to … Continue reading

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Leading successful courses and programmes #lthechat 3 Oct 2018

Sharing collective wisdom on leading, directing or convening programmes of study Continue reading

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@AdvanceHE collaborative #LTHEchat Wednesday 26th September 2018

Brave New World: How are we preparing the Next -Generation of learners for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Kay Hack, Academic Lead STEM 20.00 UK time, Wednesday 26th September 2018  A tsunami of new technologies is set to transform the workplace, … Continue reading

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The #LTHEchat is having a break. We will be back on the 3rd of May!

Hello #LTHEchatters, As this term has come to an end, the team taking over the baton, would like to wish you all a wonderful break and thank you our outgoing #LTHEchat organising team Haleh, Sally, Will and Neil who was their … Continue reading

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