Lancaster University Fieldtrip – updated!

There may be over 220 miles between St Andrews and Lancaster, but the CAPOD fieldtrip to Lancaster University at the end of January left me with the feeling that, in some senses, not much separates us at all. It was great to meet colleagues and share practice – and Lancaster definitely lived up to its motto: Patet omnibus veritas (Truth lies open to all) in terms of the sharing! It was also a good opportunity to meet colleagues in person, some of whom I had only known previously through Twitter.

Although both St Andrews and Lancaster are TEF Gold institutions, we are different in terms of type of campus, and number of students (Lancaster has 16,000 students). In addition to the purpose-built city campus, Lancaster also have four international partnerships (China, Malaysia, Ghana and Germany) teaching their degrees. This gives them extra challenges as they deliver the Lancaster experience abroad.

As far as TEL is concerned, there were some differences in the structure and size of our respective operations: Lancaster’s team is part of IT Services, and much larger than ours with around 10 staff. What was more striking though, were the similarities in the services offered and the issues faced. Wherever the TEL function is located in an institution, its opportunities and its problems are nearly always more cultural and people-centred than technical! Continue reading

ALT-C Session Bites

In September this year, the TEL Team joined nearly 450 delegates in attending ALT-C (the annual multi-national conference of the Association for Learning Technology) in Edinburgh. Over the next few weeks, team members will present their highlights in a series of ‘session bite’ posts. The full three-day programme can be viewed here.

 

The McEwan Hall – a stunning venue

Your 'session bites' bloggers

Your ‘session bites’ bloggers (L-R): Sonny Evans (IT Skills Developer); Margaret Adamson (Head of TEL); Daryl Haynes (Lecture Capture Co-ordinator). Photo by David Jarratt, Media Services.

Can you spot us in the conference photo by Chris Bull for Association for Learning Technology?
ALT conference 2019 , Edinburgh.
Day two – Wednesday 4th September.
www.chrisbullphotographer.com

SMUG October Meetup at St Andrews

Two dozen Moodle enthusiasts from across HE and FE gathered in St Andrews last Friday. First up was Mark Glynn, Head of Teaching Enhancement at Dublin City University, who talked about a custom report they have created within Moodle to give lecturers a programmatic view of assessment, giving them the opportunity to improve collaboration and scheduling. Mark was followed by Chris Sumner from South Lanarkshire College who gave an overview of their Moodle/Microsoft Teams integration. Jasmin Hodge from Forth Valley College showcased two new Moodle course formats: Flexible Course and Structure Label. Ken Currie then talked about using interactive content libraries, in particular, the H5P plugin which adds interactive features to Moodle activities like Book, Page and Lesson. Lee Coomber from IT Services in St Andrews was up next, talking about the current integration work we’re doing with MySaint, Moodle and MMS. The last talk of the day was from Stephen Bruce from Edinburgh Napier who outlined a their fully online CPD approach using Moodle.

We recorded most of these sessions, and will make them available here once they’re out of post-production. Anyone who’s interested in learning more about any of the Moodle features mentioned, please get in touch via learningtechnology@st-andrews.ac.uk.

You can follow some of the speakers on Twitter too:

Mark Glynn: @glynnmark
Jasmin Hodge: @jmdh22
StephenBruce:@Stephen1Bruce

 

SMUG comes to St Andrews

TELStA welcomes SMUG to St Andrews on Friday 4 October. Five speakers from across HE and FE will present on Moodle innovations taking place in their institutions (see programme here). Lee Coomber of IT Services at St Andrews will talk about the current integration work happening as part of the TEL Project. Although this is a professional network event, we hope to record it so that we can share the event more widely.

Students – we need your help!

The TELStA team is seeking an intern to help them with information overload. Our field is very fast-moving, and we have a wide range of information from various sources  which we need to share with those who use our services. The intern would be required to audit and analyse both the information sources, and the current channels used to share (including social media, blog and email) and formulate a communication plan for the team. The plan should be based around strategies for members of the team to embed information sharing into their current workload. Other duties of the post include helping the team to set up their Instagram account; live-tweeting from TELStA events; and helping to launch “The Hive” – a TELStA facility for staff in the Gateway Building.

Please apply by email to mhma@st-andrews.ac.uk with a covering letter and CV. Applications close on 14th October 2019. This vacancy is also listed on CareersConnect under the reference 227BY. It’s a paid position.

 

Come and work with us!!

We’re very excited to have two new Learning Technologist vacancies in the TELStA team at the moment! Both are located in St Andrews and are fixed term for 2 years. We’re looking for one post to start in Autumn 2019, and the other in Spring 2020. We’re a small, friendly team – and there are lots of edtech developments afoot at St Andrews! Full job description and application details are available here. Applications close on Friday 4 October 2019.