Dr. Julie Gilson - Legacy Learning
Mar
13
12:00 pm12:00

Dr. Julie Gilson - Legacy Learning

This session illustrates legacy learning through the examination of a final year module on Asia for which small groups of students had to produce a documentary video and individual self-reflection paper. Although the putative goal of the endeavour was envisioned as the realisation of the documentary itself, the self reflection exercise by students suggests that the underlying learning value of the exercise may in fact rest in the self-realisation of the learner.

Legacy learning refers to the act of creating an archive or artefact for the benefit of posterity; collating, collecting and creating a virtual or tangible article for successive cohorts to utilise as a learning resource. It is also a tangible product that students may use to demonstrate their skills to prospective employers; something to take away with them from the process of learning. At the heart of the concept are two key factors: collaboration and the process of self-reflection. While group work can offer an excellent opportunity for developing collaborative and communication skills, it needs to be integrated into the broader process of learning. In order to achieve this end, it is important for assessors to review the progress of students and to comment on their process of production – rather than simply on the end product – and still more significant for the students to become cognisant of their own experiences of engagement throughout the process.

 

Prof. Guy Merchant - Imagining worlds: from virtual learning to virtual play
Feb
21
10:00 am10:00

Prof. Guy Merchant - Imagining worlds: from virtual learning to virtual play

With the advent of Pokémon Go and Oculus Rift new configurations of the virtual and the real have emerged. These digital and post-digital developments shift what technology has to offer for leisure and for learning, creating new possibilities and inviting new ways of thinking. In this presentation I look back over ten years of work on and in virtual worlds, charting some of the developments in literacy and learning in these environments and the key theoretical and methodological influences this has involved.  In particular I will focus on the opportunities and challenges of virtual learning in education and the emergence of new ideas about virtual play. On the basis of this, I speculate about the changing landscape of virtual technologies and future lines of development.

Guy Merchant is Professor of Literacy in Education at Sheffield Hallam University. He specializes in research into digital literacy and is particularly interested in the inter-relations between children and young people, new technology and literacy. He was co-director of the Economic and Social Research Council seminar series on virtual literacies and lead editor of its main output 'Virtual Literacies: Interactive Spaces for Children and Young People’ (2013).

Dr. Doug Belshaw - Improving students' experiences of learning through alternative, digital accreditation
Jan
28
11:00 am11:00

Dr. Doug Belshaw - Improving students' experiences of learning through alternative, digital accreditation

Learning happens everywhere - from traditional classrooms, to immersive interactive environments, to getting your hands dirty outside. However, until recently it's been difficult to get recognition for anything other than the result of a formal test in an educational institution. Recent developments, especially around Open Badges, have begun to solve this problem by allowing anyone to be recognised for any type of learning, regardless of where or how it happens.

In this session we'll briefly explore where badges have come from, what's possible right now, and where things are heading. We'll cover the importance of basing alternative accreditation on evidence, go through some examples of good practice, and even touch on ways in with badges can be used with technologies such as blockchain. You'll leave the session with your appetite whetted, and with plenty of links to find out more!

Dr. Doug Belshaw is a consultant and co-founder of We Are Open Co-op. He helps people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology. Formerly Web Literacy Lead at the Mozilla Foundation, best known for the Firefox web browser, Doug has experience in Higher Education with Jisc, as well as in English schools as a teacher and senior leader.

Gwyn Ap Harri - Building a School, Curriculum and Culture
Jan
27
11:00 am11:00

Gwyn Ap Harri - Building a School, Curriculum and Culture

"XP is not a school. It is a community” - HMI Inspector

Imagine being able to build the school of your dreams. What does the school look and feel like? How do you deliver the curriculum? What is the culture of the place? How do you share the story?

It’s not just a case of having high expectations and then everything falling into place. You have to build the right culture within your staff, students and parents, and you have to look after this constantly as this is what enables you to achieve something bigger than the sum of its parts. How XP are doing that and how they have built logistical process around that is what is making XP extraordinary.

Gwyn ap Harri, CEO of XP School Trust takes us through his journey of building a school from scratch, what made him do it, what important things he has learnt and his plans for the future. XP is a mainstream 11 to 19 secondary school in Doncaster, UK and has drawn on the hugely successful practices of High Tech High and Expeditionary Learning schools in the US.

Sue Beckingham - Social Media for Teaching & Learning
Jan
25
11:00 am11:00

Sue Beckingham - Social Media for Teaching & Learning

Speaker: Sue Beckingham MSc TELIC, MA, SFHEA, FSEDA

This session will explore how social media can be used to connect, communicate, curate, collaborate and create to enhance the learning experience both within and outside of the classroom. Learning activities and social media spaces will be shared to demonstrate how learners can develop digital capabilities and establish digital wellbeing.

Sue is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at Sheffield Hallam University with a research interest in the use of social media and digital technology to enhance learning and teaching. She blogs at https://socialmediaforlearning.com/ and can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suebecks