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Sign up for online & offline courses, complete units, quizzes & assignments, join groups in BuddyPress, discuss your progress in BBPress forums, and earn badges and certificates.
Staff aren't expected to have all of the skills & capabilities included in this platform: it is intended to demonstrate how new areas of practice are emerging, and how individuals might use their digital skills in different areas of their designated roles.
You don’t need to be a technology expert either; communications skills, flexibility and an eagerness to learn and share are much more important as we seek to widen awareness and develop communities of practice.
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We offer support and training on a wide range of technology enhanced learning solutions. If you would like to talk to us about ways in which we can help and support you and your ideas, then please do get in touch. We can provide tailored training sessions (one-to-one, small group, large group) to meet your specific needs.
- Technology Enhanced Learning Quality Framework
- e-Assessment, Marking & Feedback
- Social Media For Teaching & Learning
- Mobile Learning for Collaboration & Active Learning
- Flipped Classroom
- Enhancing Student Engagement with Technology
- Enhancing Reflection with WordPress/Mahara
- Supporting Work-Based Learning & Placements with Technology
- Using Audio & Video in Teaching, Learning & Assessment
- Supporting Academic Integrity with TurnItIn
- Open Badges for Recognition & Motivation
- Blended Learning
A core component of academic staff digital capability is digital learning and CPD, where staff identify and take up digital opportunities for professional development and share expertise via online communities of professional learning. Another important aspect is reflecting on personal learning and professional practice and having an understanding of how digital media and tools can support learning.
Here are a few CPD opportunities that you can use to support your development in the area of digital practice and build on your own digital capability.
- Blended Learning Essentials
- BYOD4L: Bring Your Own Devices For Learning
- Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society
- FutureTeacher 3.0
- Get Interactive: Practical Teaching with Technology
- Inclusive Learning and Teaching Environments
- Teaching and Learning Conversations
- Teaching with Moodle
- The Privacy Paradox
- What and How to Teach with Video
Information, Learning & Estates (ILE) has purchased an institutional subscription to Lynda.com, an online video library that provides access to nearly 4000 learning courses in business, software, technology and creative skills. All courses are broken down into bite-size chunks, and have exercise files, captions and transcripts. You can download to watch on your mobile device too. You can also create personalised playlists of courses & videos which can be shared with other users.
You can also create personalised playlists of courses & videos which can be shared with other users. For example, following our recent Moodle upgrade, staff might be interested in our Moodle Playlist on Lynda.com. Alternatively, you might be interested in ePedagogy playlist content, including Flipped Classroom, Gamification & Social Media in the Classroom.
SEDA Supporting Technology Enhanced Learning (STEL)
Supporting Technology Enhanced Learning (STEL) is one of the named awards available through SEDA’s Professional Development Framework. It is relevant to all staff involved in using digital and other educational technologies (including discipline specific technologies) as part of their professional work, where there is a focus on enhancing teaching and student learning, or supporting the development of teachers or other staff.
- To support individuals in the effective use of educational technologies, including technology-enabled approached or interventions in supporting and/or enhancing learning
- To recognise these professional achievements
- To advance professional practice by promoting scholarship in the use of educational technologies, including evaluation, professional reflection and reporting
- Enhancing student learning, particularly by enabling greater autonomy, creativity, flexibility and widening opportunities
- To encourage the development of learning communities sharing the SEDA professional values
- To facilitate the sharing of effective practice within and across institutions.
This award supports and credits the continuing professional development of any individual who is actively involved in educational technologies within their own practice in higher education including teachers, educational technologists, learning professionals, and educational developers. It promotes the effective use of current and emerging technologies to support and enhance learning in a rigorous, scholarly way. Although the context for the application of these skills and competencies is the use of educational technologies, the skills and competencies themselves are similar to those required in other teaching and development activities. The award does not directly accredit technical skills. The programme will contribute to participants’ professional development and/or academic profile. STEL will enable individuals and teams to develop effective use of educational technologies, and promote dissemination of practice between colleagues and across subject disciplines. The programme will apply principles and scholarly enquiry to the context of current learning and teaching, learning support, and other related professional activities.
Award recipients will have shown how their work is informed by the SEDA Values:
- Developing understanding of how people learn.
- Practicing in ways that are scholarly, professional and ethical.
- Working with and developing learning communities.
- Valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity.
- Continually reflecting on practice to develop ourselves, others and processes.
Core Development Outcomes
Award recipients will be able to:
- Identify their own professional development goals, directions or priorities.
- Plan for the initial and/or continuing professional development.
- Undertake appropriate development activities.
- Review their development and their practice, and the relations between them.
Additionally, award recipients will be able to:
- Justify the selection of educational technologies, or technology-enhanced approaches, to support learning within a specific context or for a particular educational purpose
- Review the opportunities and constraints of the chosen technologies or technology-enabled approaches within the specified context
- Implement the selected technologies or technology-enhanced approaches within the specified context
- Evaluate or reflect upon the effectiveness, and draw implications for our own professional practice
This newly validated SEDA STEL programme will allow you to explore the current themes in technology enhanced learning in Higher Education, by combining pedagogic theory and accounts in the literature of successful uses of learning technology, while addressing the complex, multifaceted and situated nature of teacher knowledge.
The award will also identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, assessment and creative inquiry in higher education, based on the interrelationships amongst at least three areas: technology, theories of learning and issues of educational practice.
The SEDA STEL Programme 18-19 starts in October 2018 - register your interest now!
Through engagement with TEL CPD and active consideration of what and how you use technology to facilitate learning and teaching, you will be aligning your practice to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), in particular 'The use and value of appropriate learning technologies' (K4). The UKPSF underpins a sector wide approach to ensuring the quality of teaching and learning support, and this includes the expectation that staff are committed to continuing professional development (CPD) and evaluation of their pedagogic practice. This is important as evidence of engagement in developing technology enhanced learning can help staff gain recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy through the YSJ CPD Framework, ‘Recognising Academic Practice’, which is aligned to the UKPSF.