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3- 7 July 2017

Technology Enhanced Learning Festival


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Monday 3 July

09:30
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10:00

Making the most of TELFest

This short session will introduce you to the week ahead, and allow you to meet the team. Come and find out how to get the most out of the festival, and what’s in store in an exciting week ahead.

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10:00
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11:30

Kaltura Digital Media Hub Launch

This session sees the launch of the Kaltura Digital Media Hub, a new platform that supports the increasing use of video across learning and teaching, research, public engagement and communications. Hear from academics who have been piloting this new platform to share and create media resources and enable students to submit video assignments.

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10:00
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10:30

MOLE Orientation for new users 

New to MOLE, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment? This bitesize session will give you an overview of the basics to get you started, covering topics including creating content and uploading files. Drop-in sessions are also available throughout the week to take things further.

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10:30
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11:00

MOLE Refresh - What is it and what does it mean to me?

This bitesize session looks at MOLE Refresh, the new way courses on MOLE, the University’s VLE, will be created for the forthcoming term. It will look at why the changes have taken place, the new templates that are being used, and the steps to take to get your courses ready for the 2017/18 term. Drop-in sessions are also available throughout the week to give further help and guidance.

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11:00
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11:30

MOLE Refresh Checklist

This bitesize session looks closer at the steps required to get your MOLE courses ready for the 2017/18 term. It will go through the checklist of features to ensure consistency and quality to the layout of your course, and how these can be achieved. Drop-in sessions are also available throughout the week to give further help and guidance.

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11:30
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13:00

Digital Commons Retreat Update

The Digital Commons Retreats run up to twice a year and are an ideal opportunity if you’ve a concrete learning and teaching problem you want to solve. The Retreat builds a team of technical and educational development support around you and gives you two full days to work on a solution to take back to your department. This session, hosted by Chris Stokes, will hear from participants of the last two Retreats, and give updates of their projects and details of how the process has been beneficial to them.

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11:30
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12:00

Getting started with Kaltura

Familiarise with Kaltura and find out how you can both create and upload your content into Kaltura. You’ll find out the different ways you can utilise media within Kaltura and the different ways that this media can be used within MOLE (e.g. for instruction or providing video feedback).

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12:00
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12:30

Reusing and Sharing Content in Kaltura

Part of the Kaltura offering allows you to reuse and share content from different places. Find out how to share and reuse content both within MOLE and with a wider audience.

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12:30
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13:00

Video Submission within MOLE and Kaltura

Part of the Kaltura offering allows media submission. You can set up assignments in MOLE to allow students to submit multimedia content. This session will walk you through the steps to replicate this on your sites.

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13:00
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13:30

Lunch and networking

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13:30
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14:30

Launch of TELFest featuring Faculty Fortunes

We surveyed staff and students about their use and aspirations for Technology in Learning to provide insight into the future and banish misconceptions. Hosted by Professor Wyn Morgan, we ask two teams and you the audience to guess the results of these surveys.

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14:30
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16:00

Engaging Learners in Large Classes

This session will be led by academics - Beverley Gibbs (Mechanical Engineering), Elena Rodriguez-Falcon (Mechanical Engineering) and Andrea Ward (Management School). They will look at different practices and tools being utilised to engage large groups of students. There will be 3 presentations offering examples and best practice in this area. You will have the chance to experience these practices as a student, and share your own practice in this area.

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14:30
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16:00

Lightning Strikes

This session sees a number of short sessions, followed by the opportunity to learn more about chosen topics, and is a great opportunity to find out a wide range of activities happening at the University. Talks include:

  • The Use of Technology in Teaching and Assessments (Ash Self & Amir Burney, Medical Education)
  • Historical Adventures with Digital Objects: Sharing Findings from Working Beyond The Classroom (David Vessey, Lifelong Learning)
  • Summative peer assessment of e-poster presentations using iPad (Anne Bjerre, Ophthalmology and Orthoptics)
  • Using technology to reduce maths anxiety and increase maths confidence (Ellen Marshall, Maths & Statistics Help)
  • Surfacing learning through digital badges (Fern Merrills, Academic & Learning Services)

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Tuesday 4 July

10:00
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11:30

Encore: Enhancing Learning & Teaching with Lecture Capture

Encore, the new name for Lecture Capture at the University, is a service that will be expanded and improved for the forthcoming term, further increasing consistency and accessibility for students through availability of recorded lectures. This session sees Louise Robson (Biomedical Science) give an overview of the journey she has taken with lecture capture at her department, the vital role it has played in her learning and teaching, and the benefits it has brought her students. James Slack and Laura McNally (CiCS) will give overviews of the system and how it works, and details of some advanced features (including classroom engagement). There will also be chance to ask the presenters both pedagogical and technical questions about lecture capture and its implementation at The University of Sheffield.

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10:00
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11:00

Planning your media story

Creating a piece of media can seem like an ambitious task, even if it’s about a topic you are familiar with. This short bitesize session will demystify the production process, and use the example of creating a flipped learning resource to demonstrate this.

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10:30
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11:00

Capturing your media item with your mobile device

This workshop will explore ways of harnessing the power of your mobile device to create high quality, engaging media content. Learn some practical tips on how to use your smartphone or tablet to record video, and discover how this can be used in conjunction with our new digital media hosting system - Kaltura.

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11:00
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11:30

Presenting yourself on screen

With the increase of blended learning teaching approaches, appearing in front of the camera is something that you may feel slightly uneasy about. This short bitesize session will give practical advice on how you can feel more confident about being on screen, as well as offering some specific tips on making engaging media for your students.

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11:30
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13:00

The Crys-TEL Maze

The Crys-TEL maze requires attendees to complete a number of challenges in groups to attempt to figure out a pressing learning and teaching issue. Along the way, participants will experience different learning and delivery styles, with the aim of promoting appropriate use of technology, and take some ideas / information that they can feed into their teaching. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team! Harmonicas are optional. To the Diamond Dome everyone…

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11:30
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12:00

MOLE Refresh - What is it and what does it mean to me?

This bitesize session looks at MOLE Refresh, the new way courses on MOLE, the University’s VLE, will be created for the forthcoming term. It will look at why the changes have taken place, the new templates that are being used, and the steps to take to get your courses ready for the 2017/18 term. Drop-in sessions are also available throughout the week to give further help and guidance.

Venue: TBC


12:00
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12:30

Exams in MOLE

Formal examinations in MOLE are becoming increasingly common at the University, with thousands of students now taking exams online using the Virtual Learning Environment. In this bitesize session Danny Monaghan (CiCS TEL Team) and David Markham (Exams Team) will give an overview of how MOLE exams work, and how you can use them for your own assessments.

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12:30
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13:00

What is the future of Reading Lists?

This presentation, led by Sharon Cocker, showcases the Library’s new reading list system, including current service and new developments followed by discussion around what academics and students want from a reading list to inform our development of both the Library’s reading list service and the software going forward.

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13:00
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13:30

Lunch & Networking

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13:30
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14:30

Flipped Learning - Where’s the Evidence?

Flipped learning, the teaching method of giving students pre-session materials to consume and using lecture time for active learning, is a well-known educational concept, but where is the evidence of its effectiveness? In this session Pete Mella (CiCS TEL Team) will give an overview of how a flipped classroom method is being used at the University, and we will hear from academics Gareth Bramley (Law), Kirsten Bartlett (Psychology) and Sam Marsh (Maths & Statistics) on their own research, looking at topics including student feedback, attainment and the psychology of flipped learning, as well as advice on how flipped methods can be evaluated in your own practice.

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14:30
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16:00

Launch: Disseminating Student Research MOLE Resource

Many of our students do research that is relevant, contextual, and worth sharing. Funded by a University of Sheffield Enterprise grant, a free-standing MOLE unit has been designed by Sabine Little (School of Education) for staff to engage with and copy into their existing MOLE courses, to encourage their students to consider the wider implications and dissemination of their work. The session will introduce the resource, which includes videos of existing practice around the institution, and facilitate a discussion on ways in which the unit may be used or extended over the years. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

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14:30
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16:00

Creating Content Practicals

This practical session looks at using different tools and approaches for creating content in learning and teaching. David Read (English Language Teaching Centre) will look at a variety of tools, ranging from the simple to the complex, for helping to flip your learning, including Office Mix, Edpuzzle, Articulate Storyline 2 and Camtasia. Andy Tattersall looks at making short video collections to support learning and research, showing that making quick, low-budget video and animation collections can be used to inform learners and academics. Finally James Pearson (Faculty of Arts & Humanities) will demonstrate how Microsoft Sway was used by students to create, collaborate, share and present their digital artefacts created during ThinkCreate, the Arts & Humanities Faculty Challenges.

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Wednesday 5 July

09:00
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10:00

Using Social Media as a Learning, Teaching and Assessment Tool

Mark Bradley (Journalism) looks at the use Twitter and Facebook within the department’s modules, which includes a live Tweeting exercise in a Level One assessment. The session also explores how we can encourage students to understand how their social media profiles influence the way they are perceived during their time with us, on work placements and to future employers. Includes breakfast.

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10:00
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11:30

Pedagogy First: The Teaching Approaches Menu

This session looks at different teaching and learning approaches utilised at the University. Alongside this we are launching our teaching menu, with a practical session enabling you to look at practices that you currently do, and also explore other areas you might want to progress into. This session can help support you with single module development, or course / programme level working. We want your feedback on the practices we have identified and ways in which this can be embedded to support you.

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10:00
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10:30

Getting started with Turnitin Feedback Studio

Turnitin, the University’s system for text-matching (plagiarism detection) and online marking, is getting a new, improved version. This bitesize session will give an overview of the changes, and is aimed at existing Turnitin users, and new users to the service who would like to see its capabilities.

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10:30
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11:00

Turnitin iPad Marking

The Turnitin iPad app makes marking electronically flexible and accessible, and allows for work to be graded offline. This bitesize session will detail how this can be achieved, and the benefits this will bring you as a marker.

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11:00
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11:30

New Features in MOLE

This bitesize session will look at new features coming in future MOLE updates, including the system’s new look and feel, drag and drop functionality and more.

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11:30
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13:00

Poster Exhibitions launch

This session will launch TELFest’s first poster exhibition, which will showcase a range of work from colleagues across the University, presented by their creators. This include:

  • My First Flipped Learning Adventure (Kirsten Bartlett, Psychology)
  • What Learner Analytics Can Teach Us About Open Online Course Design (Dave Holloway, Online Learning Team)
  • Implementation of the Department for Lifelong Learning Digital Plan (Richard Mather, Lifelong Learning)
  • A multidisciplinary approach coupled with Turnitin submissions to effectively introduce the ‘Use of unfair means’ to 1st year UG engineering students (Platon Kapranos, Material Science & Engineering)
  • The CiCS Creative Media Team (Jesse Armstrong, Rob Pashley, Jonny Hooton)

11:30
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12:00

Delegated Marking in MOLE

In this bitesize session, we will look at the ability in MOLE to distribute marking around a group of markers, or allow more than one marker to a student submission. This will introduce you to how it can be done, and the possibilities this brings.

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12:00
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12:30

Anonymous Marking in MOLE

This bitesize session looks at the options for anonymising student submissions in MOLE, and explores some of the benefits and challenges that can arise.

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13:00
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13:30

Lunch & Networking

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13:30
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14:30

Openness in education: Exploring the benefits and challenges

In this session, we will discuss how our academic content can be shared with our colleagues, and the wider community. How and why should we be collaborative in an increasingly competitive environment? What are the benefits of an open attitude to our resources and approaches, how can we reach a wider and meaningful audience, and what licensing issues and opportunities exist? Are the potential threats of openness perceived, or real? This session will look at these issues and more.

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14:30
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16:00

Developing and Assessing the Digital Curriculum: Taking a Programme-Level Approach

This session reflects two University initiatives, giving participants the chance to discuss how digital and information literacies and skills of our students can be integrated widely into a programme-level curriculum. Tom Clark (Sociological Studies) will reflect on a University-funded ‘Inside Knowledge’ project that utilised Killen and Chatterton’s 2015 model of staff-student partnership to map levels of digital literacy within a sociology programme. It will explain how the seven key areas of digital literacy proposed by Jisc to create a measurement tool to assess the digital curricula, before exploring how this resonated with students’ expectations, experience and capabilities of the programme. Vicky Grant (Library) will present an initiative by the University Library, in partnership with staff and student stakeholders, to develop a model, framework and offer for Information and Digital Literacy (IDL) at the University of Sheffield.

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14:30
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16:00

Online Communities Case Studies

This session includes case studies themes around the creation of online communities for learners. Claire Beecroft and Luke Miller (ScHARR) use their extensive experience of delivering distance learning courses to discuss what motivates students within an online learning environment, and how the development of ‘teacher immediacy behaviours’, and of innovative online pedagogy, can help to maintain establish and sustain genuine relationships between online learners and teachers. Sarah Moore and Layla Croll (Academic and Learning Services) will introduce colleagues to the skills of facilitating discussion among learners in an online environment such as a MOOC or a distance learning course. It will start with a short exercise that raises some of the challenges of facilitating discussion about experiences of working with learners from across the world on a MOOC.

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Thursday 6 July

10:00
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11:30

Exemplary Course Design: Hands on Refresh

New MOLE courses will have a new template for the forthcoming term - but how can you take this further and make your VLE course more engaging and even… beautiful?! This practical session will take elements of the MOLE Exemplary Course Programme to show what can be achieved in MOLE, using available tools and no specialist technical knowledge.

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10:00
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10:30

Introduction to PebblePad

PebblePad is the University’s personal learning space for creating reflective electronic portfolios. This bitesize session gives an overview of the system and what it can do, and how it can benefit your learners. The session is aimed at new users, or colleagues who haven’t used PebblePad since v5 was launched in 2016.

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10:30
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11:00

PebblePad - Building Workbooks

This bitesize session looks at how to create Workbooks in PebblePad - guided resources that structure your students’ reflective learning. It will look at the practicalities of creating a Workbook, and give examples of how they are used at the University

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11:00
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11:30

Introduction to Turnitin

This session gives an overview of Turnitin, a system for electronic management of assessment and text-matching. It looks at setting up assignments, interpreting originality reports to detect plagiarism, and marking online using the Grademark tool. Aimed at colleagues new to Turnitin, or who want a refresher to its capabilities.

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11:00
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11:30

PebblePad - ATLAS

ATLAS (Active Teaching, Learning and Assessment Space) is the area of PebblePad where assessment activity takes place, allowing a powerful interface to set assignments, mark work and report on your learners’ progress. This bitesize session will give an overview of ATLAS, and the possibilities it can bring your assessment of student portfolios.

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11:30
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13:00

Gamification Case Studies

This session looks at case studies from colleagues using gamification in their work, among other innovative technologies. Stephen Davie and Greg Stewart (Careers) will demonstrate a suite of interactive material to engage students in the career planning process. Jessica Keen and Amy Mollekin (301: Student Skills and Development Centre) show how innovative technology has is being used to engage students with skills development opportunities, including a skills audit tool, and the pilot of the ‘Join Up Your Skills’ scavenger hunt-style app that will be launched in 2017/18. Olaf Scroth, Paul Buck and Thom White (Landscape) will demonstrate the use of 360 degree cameras and drones to create walk-throughs of landscape sites, and the online “treasure hunt” app Actionbound, to further enhance understanding.

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11:30
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13:00

Identifying the right voting systems for you

Tools for classroom engagement can add interactivity and engagement, even in the largest lecture theatres. In this session we will look at different voting systems available at the University, and discuss the best tools for your learning and teaching.

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13:00
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13:30

Lunch & Networking

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13:30
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14:30

TEL Frameworks: Encouraging quality or stifling innovation?

In this panel discussion, we invite colleagues within the University, and other institutions, who have introduced expectational frameworks around the use of technology for learning and teaching. In this lively discussion we explore both the benefits this approach can bring us as academics, and the challenges and shortcomings of implementing frameworks on an institutional level.

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14:30
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16:00

Themed Networking

This year we provide another opportunity to meet and chat to fellow delegates on a number of learning technologies and approaches. This informal session will see you matched with colleagues with similar interests in a series of semi-structured activities, to help you make new contacts and get conversations started.

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14:30
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16:00

Developing Digital Skills Case Studies

In this collection of case studies colleagues will explore ways they have developed digital skills and literacies of their students. Sheila Webber and Pamela McKinney (Information School) will compare the use of TEL in on-campus and distance learning classes, in modules aiming to develop learners’ understanding of themselves as information literate citizens and teachers. Anthony Rossiter (Automatic Control and Systems Engineering) looks at getting students to learn through creating their own electronic learning resources, showcasing how bioengineering students have used modern technology to present their ideas. Finally, Sam Marsh and Simon Willerton (Mathematics and Statistics) look at why a knowledge of HTML benefits both students and staff, discuss how this is introduced to first-year maths students, and de-mystify the code behind websites.

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Friday 7 July

09:00
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10:00

App Swap Breakfast

Join us for an informal breakfast session where you will be sharing the mobile apps you use for learning and teaching, and how you use them with your learners. Bring an app you want to demonstrate to colleagues, and hear from others for inspiration on how mobile learning can enrich your teaching.

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10:00
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11:30

Active Learning Spaces

Active learning can support student engagement and deeper learning, but moving from a didactic model of teaching is not without its challenges. This session delivered by Andrew Middleton (National Teaching Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University) and Ian Glover (Sheffield Hallam University) will outline the challenges and different approaches that can be implemented to support active learning. As part of this interactive workshop you will have the opportunity to identify different ways to make you own teaching more active.

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10:00
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11:30

Innovation in Video Case Studies

This series of case studies looks at colleagues who have used video to innovate their learning, teaching and assessment. Aidan Hoggard (Architecture) will demonstrate how Explain Everything has been used to provide rich media feedback for student work, which includes live drawing, images and files. Julia Davies (School of Education) draws upon her experiences of designing and supporting students in producing videos to talk about the challenges using the medium for assessment, and how she has learnt from mistakes - as well as small victories. Daragh O’Reilly and Loo Yeo (Management School) and Jesse Armstrong (CiCS Creative Media Team) will discuss the MSc module ‘Managing Creative Brands’, where students were required to produce a ten minute video analysing brands within creative and cultural industries. They will provide an overview of the TEL process on this module, with reflections from staff involved.

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11:30
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13:00

Creating Immersive VR Experiences

Virtual Reality offers the opportunity to create highly immersive experiences and can transport learners to different environments such that they genuinely feel like they are there. Already there are innovative examples of practice taking place across the institution. The cost to create and view these experiences, previously meant that this method of teaching has been limited to those with ample resources. In this session you will design a VR experience and discover how, with no technical expertise you can create Virtual Reality experiences for your students. You will also hear from students who have been creating VR experiences to educate others about their discipline.

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11:30
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13:00

Learning Through Play

This session will explore the value of play and how it can enhance student learning in Higher Education. Colleagues from the School of Education invite you to explore the benefits of Play in education in which play challenges assumptions of traditional HE learning and identify ways in which Play can be incorporated into your own teaching.

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13:00
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13:30

Lunch & Networking

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13:30
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14:30

Closing Event - Innovating Pedagogies

For the closing keynote at TELFest, we invite Professor Mike Sharples from the Open University to speak about his work on the annual Innovating Pedagogies report. Now in its 5th year the report explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment. Learn More about the Innovating Pedagogies report here.

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14:30
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16:00

Innovation Corner

The now traditional end to TELFest, we see the return of the Innovation Corner exhibition. Get inspired and interact with trending technologies that are already enhancing learning at the University of Sheffield. Exhibits are to be announced, but previous years have included robots, virtual reality and much more. You will have the opportunity to interact with examples and explore how these technologies can be used in your context. Walk away inspired about the future, and with the networks to integrate new ideas into your practice.

Includes TELFest awards.

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