Digital Commons Seminar Series

Language of Video, 28 March 2017

Video is increasingly used as a teaching tool. But where do you start?

This session aimed to demystify the language of video and give some ideas about what types and styles of video can work well in learning and teaching. Focusing on a few examples of interesting use of video in online courses, the seminar delivered helpful hints and tips on how and when to use different video styles, and which of these work well to teach different subjects. 

Learning Environment, 13 February 2017

With many elements of the learning environment currently being renewed and reviewed including the VLE, lecture capture, digital media hosting, information literacy strategy etc. student views are more important than ever in making sure that innovations match expectations and enhance learning experiences.

The Digital Commons gathered a panel of students and staff to come and talk about the learning environment, the assumptions that prospective students may have about the university learning environment, how students use different technologies to learn, what they would like to see more of and what they think doesn't work.

Read an account of the panel discussion here (University of Sheffield personnel only). 

Flipped Learning, 14 September 2016

This Digital Commons Seminar was on the theme of Flipped Learning. This remotely-delivered, interactive seminar was delivered by Sophia Karanicolas and Irene Lee from the University of Adelaide's Flipped Classroom Project.

Flipped Learning is a type of blended learning that reverses the traditional learning environment by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom. This frees up the classroom contact time for richer and interactive discussions. In the session we heard experiences from Adelaide, who have implemented Flipped Learning across programmes, and learned about the challenges and successes they have had. This was an interactive session, with the opportunity to learn a 7-step approach to Flipping developed by Adelaide, to explore the typical concerns that teachers have, and to build networks with other staff at Sheffield that are interested in this style of teaching.

Copyright and Lecture Capture: Panel Discussion and Case Study Workshop, 17 November 2016

This panel discussion and workshop on copyright was led by Dr Gavin Boyce, Head of Faculty Engagement and Partnerships, University Library and Professor Stephen Pinfield of the iSchool. The session was organised in conjunction with the Faculty of Engineering EATS.

Designing Digital Literacy in the Curriculum: Institutional Challenges and Opportunities, 6 December 2016

The Digital Commons, in collaboration with the University Library, presented a seminar by Dr Raphael Hallett, Director of the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence, who talked about his experience of 'Designing Digital Literacy in the Curriculum'. Followed by a collaborative workshop on enhancing the information and digital literacy of our students.

Lecture Capture Panel Discussion, 19 October 2016

In this session Ali Day (Students Union Education Officer), Matt Cornock (e-learning advisor from York University) and Dr Louise Robson (Department of Biomedical Sciences) shared their experiences of lecture capture and answered questions and concerns. York University has operated lecture capture for some years and BMS have operated an opt-in system for a number of years for their students. The discussion focused on the pedagogical aspects of lecture capture and examined evidence collected both locally and from elsewhere on both the positive impact of lecture capture and the issues it raises.

"The University Student of 2022", 20 May 2016

For the first Digital Commons Seminar, we were delighted to be joined by a provocative and inspiring speaker, Bob Harrison. Bob has had extensive experience in schools and colleges as a teacher, senior manager, principal and governor - he has worked with head teachers developing leadership training and is a member of the Ministerial Educational Technology Action Group, which advises both the DfE and BIS.

Our first guest speaker led a discussion that considered the experiences of secondary school children in terms of their use of digital technology for learning and how that might affect their expectations of higher education. Our 2022 intake is now starting Year 7, what will they make of the learning experience being offered them by Universities?

Digital Commons Launch, 18 April 2016

The Digital Commons is space to inspire, provoke and support you in realising your personal and departmental ambitions in creating, maintaining and developing a great learning and teaching experience for students.

The launch showcased what the Digital Commons is all about and how we'll be working with you.