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Flipped Learning: Interview with Professor Ale Armellini


Technology makes things possible in a flipped learning approach (Professor Armellini, June 2016)

In June 2016 the network held its annual conference focused on the topical theme of Flipped Learning. This was extremely well attended with over 140 delegates including many who had travelled from outside the University region itself. the keynote speaker fro the event was  Professor Ale Armellini (Director of Institute of Learning and Teaching in HE: Northampton University)

Following the conference professor Armellini was interviewed for the network by Professor Kevin Burden. This is the full interview.

Flipped Learning Conference 2016 – Booking now open!


University of Hull Federation of Colleges Digital Technologies and Mobile Learning Network

Flipped Learning’ Conference 15 June 2016

to be held at the University of Hull, Lawns Conference Centre, Harland Way, Cottingham HU16 5 SQ

The Digital Technologies and Mobile Learning Network will be presenting a conference on ‘Flipped Learning’ on 15 June 2016 when the keynote speaker will be Professor Alejandro Armellini, University of Northampton, a noted expert on Flipped Learning.

The conference will be delivered as an interactive flipped learning experience with a range of related workshops delivered by Federation of College partners exploring, exploiting and evaluating flipped learning as a useful approach for engaged learning.  The programme for the event and reply slips to be completed are available here.

One of the key issues to be tackled by the network, is to achieve ‘step change’ in the valid pedagogical use of technologies, is that good practice occurs in pockets within departments rather than across educational organisations.   We aim to cause colleagues to re-evaluate their practice, through practically exploring the opportunities offered through the ‘Flipped Classroom’ approach to be used in the conference, requiring delegates to have read papers and ‘completed their homework’ prior to the event, so that they can see the benefits of use and the enhancement of their own knowledge and understanding on the day of the conference.

We hope that you and colleagues, whether they be digital technology novices, experienced users and support staff will find this conference to be of interest and provide interesting approaches to learning, teaching and assessment using flipped learning approaches.  Please note that it would be helpful to bring a mobile device to access the interactive opportunities provided.  We will have a limited number of devices for those colleagues who do not have their own.

Please complete the conference reply slip and the conference workshop choice reply sheets available here, and return them to  by 20 May.

Information and/or materials for specific workshops will be sent out after 20 May.   We hope you will be able to join us and look forward to hearing from you.  We would be grateful if you could please disseminate the information to other colleagues who may be interested.

Coming soon: Flipped Learning Conference (June 2016)

To reserve a place at the conference e-mail Viv Parker below:

In June 2016 (15th) the Mobile and Digital Technologies network will host a national conference on the use of technology to support ‘Flipped Learning’ in the post compulsory sector. There has been considerable interest and use of Flipped Learning strategies across the FE and HE sectors as lecturers and teachers explore new and innovative ways to engage students in active learning strategies that move beyond traditional teaching approaches. ‘Flipped Learning’ can take many forms and shapes and it is increasingly evident that digital technologies will support and underpin such approaches in the future in ways that  are only just beginning to be understood.

This conference will provide a space and opportunity for practitioners and researchers alike to share how digital technologies are supporting different forms of Flipped Learning, featuring case studies from each of the University federation colleges, along with the University of Hull itself. Unlike traditional conferences this event will model the use of Flipped Learning and all delegates will be assigned tasks and activities to complete before they attend the physical event itself. To facilitate and support this the network has commissioned the development of an innovative eBook which delegates will have access to before the event.

The event itself will take place at the Lawns Conference Centre in Cottingham (near Hull) on 15th June from 9.30-4.00. Professor Ale Ale Armellini will introduce the event with his keynote address, setting the bigger picture and inviting delegates to experience for themselves the transformational power of Flipped Learning.

Registration for this event will open shortly and we will also open a call for workshops/presentations from practitioners and researchers who wish to show case their own examples of how technology is used to support this model of learning.

Keynote speaker: Professor Ale Armellini (Director of Institute of Learning and Teaching in HE: Northampton University)

Professor Alejandro Armellini is the Director of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Northampton. The mission of the Institute is to enable transformational learning experiences through inspirational teaching. Ale’s key role is to provide leadership in the area of learning and teaching across all schools and services. Three aspects of Ale’s work are (1) the development, implementation and evaluation of Northampton’s Learning and Teaching Plan, (2) the development of a robust CPD framework for academic staff, in collaboration with the Head of Academic Practice, and (3) fostering evidence-based, innovative practices in both campus-based and online learning and teaching. Ale has extensive international teaching and programme development experience across different education sectors. Over the years, he has used, researched and refined the structured CAIeRO process (elsewhere known as Carpe Diem) and other evidence-based design-for-learning interventions to promote positive change in HE provision across modes of study. Teams under his leadership have researched the application of learning technologies in diverse academic settings. His PhD tutees research specific areas in the field of educational technology, pedagogy, openness and innovation. He is active in consultancy work globally.

Twitter: @alejandroa

Through The Periscope

The Digital Technologies Network is proud to present ‘Through the Periscope’

‘Through the Periscope’ is a series of online sessions sharing best practice of using Mobile and Digital Technologies for teaching, learning and assessment.

Partner colleges of the Digital Technologies Network will be delivering these online only sessions throughout January and February 2016. There is no need to sign up but just follow the programme details and join us online!

We look forward to seeing you online soon!