Losing my ALTc virginity

I have just returned from my first Association of Learning Technologists conference, so I thought I’d write a little blog about the experience. There was a lot of choice and I saw a lot of presentations so forgive some of the vague descriptions. As an aside, I loved ALTc. I genuinely enjoyed it. Although the…

UCISA SSG16 Day 3: Thinking, Hacking, Brilliance

Day three ends on a high. Today has been about thinking differently. I think I’ll leave thinking differently. Considering I was not sure I’d enjoy SSG I sit here sad it’s over.   TOPdesk It’s not just for IT! Sandra Gillham, IT Service Desk Manager, Keele University and Hannah Price, Senior Consultant, TOPdesk Sandra found…

UCISA SSG16 Day 2: Boxes, Bees, Dance

UCISA SSG continues to surprise me on day two. There was a bit about shiny stuff, a word from our students, a bit about processes, a bit about bees and some fervent dancing. Thinking outside the Box. How a little bit of box made a big difference Chris Dixon, Head of Operations, Lancaster University and Valerie Focke,…

UCISA SSG16 Day 1: People, Service, Duty

This is my first UCISA Support Services Group conference. It has always been, in my mind, “not for me”. It has always struck me as being for ICT professionals. That the presenters and attendees will not speak my language. I imagined it being full of tedious sessions with people droning on about their latest implementation…

Highlights: UCISA Spotlight on Digital Capabilities 2

I had a fantastic time at this years UCISA Spotlight on Digital Capabilities 2 (USDC) conference. I was so pleased that the Digital Capabilities group put on another event. People matter My biggest ‘take-away’ from USDC is the continued belief that people matter. The featured image for this post was an attendees idea of digital nirvana…

Live blogging the verdict: madness

Live blogging. How do I loath thee? How do I loath thee? Let me count the ways. I loath thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I loath thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet…

Technology, Digital Capabilities and the Language of Change

Communication and resilience are key to change. Here here. We often neglect people and focus on the service. Change effects people differently but all change is disruptive. This is the basis of David Walker’s presentation. How do we avoid alienating everyone? When we think about technologies we shouldn’t be distracted by the shiny stuff. I…

Benchmarking your students’ digital experience

We’re now talking student engagement with Ellie Russell, Student Engagement Partnership Manager, NUS, and Sarah Knight, Senior Co-design Manager, Jisc. (I am getting RSI from blogging on my phone. I regret this decision. No WiFi so needs must) So we’re looking at how we involve students in our learning community. It already kinda happens. Students…

Amber Miro Award winner 2015: Lessons from a Learners’ Toolkit

Hamish Loveday is talking about the learner toolkit he’s developed. I am really enjoying this talk. XXX is speaking my language. People first, technology later. (I’m on the la Let’s start with people. What do they want to achieve and what can we do to achieve it. Technology is there to serve us and what…

Supporting staff to embed inclusivity and accessibility in their practice

Alistair McNaught is now talking about inclusive practice. Why is inclusivity important? Well look at the numbers 35,000 numbers identify themselves as having a specific learning difficulty. Barriers are everywhere but they can be overcome. Alistair uses a fantastic exercise to demonstrate how different people like different methods of communication. We all closed our eyes,…

Online learning and digital capabilities – the theory and the reality

Online learning and digital capabilities – the theory and the reality Kathryn Wenczek, IT Learning Centre Manager, University of Oxford and Silke Prodinger-Leong, Client Success Consultant, Lynda.com, a LinkedIn Company Silke Prodinger-Leong showed that there are lots of different interpretations of digital capabilities and of online learning. She shared a number of statistics which demonstrate…