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TELFest June 2018

2018 saw TELFest opened to external presenters and delegates, with visitors from institutions across the UK and beyond. We ran as a three day conference, preceded by a University of Sheffield-only skills day.

The many highlights included a fascinating keynote by David Webster on 'Social Media, Equity, and Educational Practice', Prof Wyn Morgan taking his now-traditional quizshow host role in 'Have I Got TEL News For You', and a range of lively sessions with topics including escape rooms, Lego Serious Play, digital storytelling, student-led makerspaces, virtual reality and much more.

Another innovation was many of the sessions were livestreamed, leading to even further engagement from colleagues off the University of Sheffield campus.

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TELFest 2017

TELFest June 2017

TELFest 2017 continued in the summer slot with a week of engaging and lively sessions, headlined by a keynote talk from the Open University's Prof Mike Sharples on Innovating Pedagogies.

Elsewhere, highlights included sessions on Learning Through Play, Virtual Reality, Teaching Spaces, Digital Skills, Openness in Education and much more. Game-based sessions included 'Faculty Fortunes', TELFest's take on a vintage game-show hosted by Prof Wyn Morgan, and 'The Crys-TEL Maze', a thought-provoking and lively version of the TV classic.

TELFest was also a great opportunity to highlight and promote new innovations in the University, including the launch of the Kaltura Digital Media platform, and the new Refresh process, designed to add consistency and quality to the University's VLE courses.

As is now traditional, the event ended with Innovation Corner, showcasing innovative use of learning technologies from across all the University of Sheffield's faculties.

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TELFest July 2016

TELFest 2016 ran in a new summer slot, and further built on the successes of previous years. A wide range of topics were covered in the five day event, in talks, case studies, workshops, panel discussions and new bite-size sessions.

Just a few of the highlights included a learning technology 'Room 101', hosted by Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning & Teaching Prof Wyn Morgan, a look at TEL through students' eyes, a session on learning from failure, a panel debate on lecture recording, a mobile app design workshop, and a panel of Creative Media case studies. A host of other topics were featured, including flipped learning, electronic management of assessment, mobile apps, fieldwork, classroom interaction, accessibility, analytics and much more.

The festival included a gamification element, with the introduction of a GooseChase scavenger hunt, and ended once again with Innovation Corner, an exhibition of innovative use of technology from around the university, including robots, VR, 360 photography, and 3D printing. Cartoonist Lynton Helmsley was back again to visualise some of the discussion of the event.

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TELFest September 2015

TELFest 2015 ran from the 14-18th of September and attracted an increased number of attendees. Building upon the success of our previous TELFest, the festival delivered a diverse programme of workshops, discussions and debates structured into daily themes: Electronic Management of Assessment, Course Development, Mobile and Social Media, Classroom Engagement, as well as a day dedicated to Innovation.

On the first and last day of the festival, key panel led debates focused on current opportunities and challenges, as well as potential future directions of learning technology at the University. The diverse panels included academic staff, the PVC for Learning and Teaching Professor Wyn Morgan, our current Student Education Officer Minesh Parekhesh and the Director of Library Services, Anne Horn.

We also employed the services of a cartoonist, Lynton Hemsley, to visualise some of the discussion taking place in the key debates.

This year there was a call for proposals, we had over 40 presenters from across the Institution increasingly making this a community driven event. The use of a Twitter leader board motivated delegates to tweet, leading us to trend on Twitter. Open (digital) badges were used to acknowledge participation and to introduce this concept.

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Winter TELfest January 2015

Following hot on the heels of our first ever TELFest in September 2014, we decided to go for a winter version that would help answer the demand for another event in the series! As ever, the festival was designed to help staff in the University to make the most of technologies available, to enrich their learning and teaching and help to create an enhanced student experience.

Opened by Professor Ann Peat, Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, and Patrice Panella of the Learning and Teaching section in CiCs. The launch highlighted the need for a strategic plan for technology enhanced learning, which included the University's Digital Learning Group incorporating MOOCs and iTunesU.

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September 2014

In September 2014, our Learning Technologies Team ran the first ever week long Technology Enhanced Learning Festival. The festival was designed to offer help, guidance and support to anyone at the University of Sheffield who wanted to develop their delivery of teaching.

Whether staff were new to using technology to enhance learning or had a great deal of experience, our team developed the festival to ensure that users walked away both inspired and equipped with the skills required to enhance their current practice.

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