Recently the eLearning Team hosted the third ‘South Coast eLearning Catch Up’, an informal get-together of learning technology folk from various local institutions. The focus was on sharing good practice and case studies, catching up on current developments and new ideas, and exploring some new ideas for learning and teaching. We had representation from the University of Brighton, BSMS, University of Sussex, University of Chichester, Regents University, University of Winchester, Plumpton College, Brighton MET college & JISC.
The day started with a devilishly difficult warm up from Katie Piatt, which had most of us stumped but Tab & Fiona figured it out in the end! The morning then provided an opportunity for delegates to informally present something of their choice. We had everything from Digital Skills training, VLE developments, a new mobile app, Learning Analytics, Accessibility and even Hedgehogs! For a Storify of the presentations, click here
We were also introduced to the Active Learning Network, a great new online community for those interested in bringing a more active approach into their teaching. You can find out more here
The afternoon focussed on ‘hands on’ activities – Katie Piatt ran a session based on suggestions we’d collected from our Business School colleagues about things they’d like to see developed in eLearning. Delegates then set about creating their own ideas on how these could be achieved – some a little wacky, but some were very realistic and gave food for thought! Tab & George from Sussex were even on hand to record their weekly podcast ‘Tell:Us’ at the session, which you can listen to here
Nick Feather then ran a session where delegates created ‘classrooms of the future’ with Lego, and recorded in 360 degrees, which could then be viewed using our Google Cardboard headsets.
Overall the day was well received by all and it was great to catch up before the summer break. Hopefully see you all next year!