‘Live from the Hive’ in July

Live from the Hive continues next week, with two exciting sessions:

Monday 6 July at 14:00 BST

Jennifer Hamrick from Digital Communications talks about making web content accessible.

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Wednesday 8 July at 14:00 BST

Jennifer Taylorson, Director of Teaching in the International Education Institute, will share the St Andrews Good Practice in Online Teaching Guide – a current collaborative development.

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Recordings from previous Live in the Hive sessions (login required):

Prof Paul Hibbert: Delivering Teaching in Different Modes
Prof Kirstie Ball: Creating an engaging dual mode learning journey

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‘Live from the Hive’ – Professor Kirstie Ball

Live from the Hive is back next week! We’re excited to welcome the next presenter in the  series – Professor Kirstie Ball from the School of Management. We’re really looking forward to hearing Kirstie talk on ‘Creating an engaging dual mode learning journey‘, followed by Q&A in the Hive on Wednesday 1 July at 2pm. We look forward to seeing you there too! To join the event, please come along to the Live from the Hive channel in the Hive, and click Join.

‘Live from the Hive’ – Professor Paul Hibbert

We are delighted that Professor Paul Hibbert (School of Management) has accepted the invitation to launch  our staff development series ‘Live from the Hive’ on Monday 15 June.

Entitled Delivering Teaching in Different Modes, Paul’s
session is based on a set of reflective frameworks assembled to help early-career academic colleagues, and anyone who has found themselves having to rethink their approach to teaching in the midst of a crisis, to think about the pedagogical and practical issues involved. The primary focus is on the underlying principles that guide teaching practice in any mode. It is intended to help inform conversations and reflection about how to approach switching between in-class and virtual, online modes of delivery, and teaching in synchronous and asynchronous modes. A summary document will also be shared as part of the session.

Please join us on Monday 15 June at 2pm!

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.

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