Join us online for Digital Spring to hear tips &tricks for supporting staff and students during Covid, including using Microsoft Teams, Canvas, Office365, Google For Education and more! Here’s our programme.
2nd Learning and Teaching Training Event (held online due to pandemic)
This week (8th-10th September 2020) the partners of the SEPA360 project successfully held their second Learning and Teaching Training Event (LTTE) online, due to the ongoing pandemic crisis (Covid-19). The initial event was planned to be hosted in Thessaloniki, Greece and would have brought together over 30 digital champions from interdisciplinary backgrounds in higher education. Even though the SEPA360 team transitioned the complete workshop into an online mode more than 25 digital champions were able to join the 3-day workshop and participate in breakout sessions.
The three day workshop was hosted by Prof. Dr. Kevin Burden (Coordinating Partner, University of Hull) and was split into an online morning and offline afternoon session. Each morning session included presentations of results and ongoing work, breakout sessions allowing national digital champions to work remotely on 360°-video scenarios as well as interactive feedback sessions collecting valuable input and feedback from participants.
Day 1: Scoping Study and 360°-Video Scenario Development
The first day of the workshop focused on presenting first results from the scoping study led by SEPA360 partner Italy from University of Florence. A broad spectrum of research has already been done in terms of exploring the use of 360°-video in higher education providing the digital champions some inspiration of how to apply 360°-video in their own scenarios. Also, recommendations were communicated and discussed focusing on the potential of activity-oriented and explorative scenarios.
Another session focused on introducing the digital champions to an initial set of templates enabling them to systematically develop new 360°-video scenarios. A template for preparing a scenario was presented as well as a conceptual model to get an overview of relations between different parameters influencing the design of a 360°-video scenario. Based on this input breakout sessions were organised motivating the digital champions to start designing their first 360°-video scenarios.
The afternoon session was an offline session aiming at giving the digital champions time and space to explore the use and application of their 360°-video cameras and scenarios.
Day 2: Vivista 360°-Video Editor Tutorial and Feedback
The second day focused on getting the digital champions involved with the Vivista 360°-Video Editor software developed as an open source project at the PXL Hasselt, Belgium. It enables users to enhance 360°-video with text, images or videos, as well as allowing users to integrate interactive components such as multiple choice questions, area highlights and more. In the course of the second day the features of the editor were presented giving the digital champions an idea of what kind of interactions they could integrate into a 360°-video.
Also, it was a great opportunity to collect user feedback about features they were missing or improvements they had in mind.
Apart from showing how the Vivista 360°-Video Editor worked, some digital champions already could showcase their work done so far. This was an exciting opportunity to exchange ideas on possible 360°-video scenarios and get inspired by others.
Day 3: Future Steps and some more scenarios
The last and third day focused on future steps for the SEPA360 project. Strategic concepts and thoughts on possible options for empirically evaluating 360°-video scenarios were discussed. This included break out sessions with digital champions brainstorming ideas about what is of interest to evaluate in their respective discipline. All input was collected and discussed and will prove useful for further developing scenarios and provide a concept for evaluating the effectiveness of 360°-video in terms of supporting and enhancing the learning of university students.
Finally, another scenario, which was developed in the course of the three day workshop at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna) together with the digital champions was presented. The scenario focused on using a 360°-camera and was titled “How to setup your first in-class 360°-video recording”.
The SEPA360 team is pleased to say that the 2nd Virtual Learning Teaching and Training Event was a success. Even though everything was held in an online and virtual mode, it was a very productive environment and digital champions could discuss ideas, learn about the Vivista software project involved and further push their development of new 360°-video scenarios.
Our online bitesize training event took place between 9th to 13th March and covered many exciting and innovative technologies to engage your students – @MicrosoftTeams , @Office365 . @GoogleForEdu , @Flipgrid , @wakelet , @Gimletmedia and more!
.Missed it? Why not catch up on our bitesize videos sessions now.
As part of our work on Digital Competencies, I have done a comparison between the JISC and DigiCompEdu frameworks:
Hopefully this is a useful starting point for discussions
If you missed our fantastic conference on Frameworks for Evaluation, you can catch up on our keynote from Wouter Hustinx, (Head of an Expertise Centre on Educational Innovation at PXL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Belgium) on Using the ‘Digicomp Framework’ EU project, a ‘Framework for Evaluation’ of the professional development of teachers in the use of technologies in learning and teaching: a focus on practice and what difference has it made, as well as learning gains and learner progression.
You can watch our video presentation on ‘Digital Competence for FE and HE staff and the impact digital interventions have on students’ from Vikki Liogier, (Head of learning Technologies, Education & Training Foundation).
Our conference programme is now available – looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday
Outline of the conference content
The Conference theme is the evaluation of teaching and learning using digital technologies and assessment of the impact on teaching and student learning, practice and retention.
The Keynote speaker:Wouter Hustinx, Head of an Expertise Centre on Educational Innovation at PXL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Belgium).
Using the ‘Digicomp Framework’ EU project, a ‘Framework for Evaluation’ of the professional development of teachers in the use of technologies in learning and teaching: a focus on practice and what difference has it made, as well as learning gains and learner progression.
In his keynote, Wouter will present two practice-oriented cases, founded on theoretical models. The first case relates to the blended learning-policy at PXL, which incorporates rubric assessment and collegial peer reviews. The second case relates to professional development of HE-teachers in Ecuador and Cambodia via a blended learning and a design-based research approach.
In the afternoon there will be a video presentation:
‘Digital Competence for FE and HE staff and the impact digital interventions have on students’. Vikki Liogier, Head of learning Technologies, Education & Training Foundation.
NB. You can follow up on the presentation with discussion and group activities at your leisure from the ‘Enhance Digital Teaching Platform and the Digital Teaching Professional Framework’. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/supporting/support-practitioners/edtech-support/enhance-digital-teaching-platform/
In the second part of the morning and the afternoon there will be good practice/workshop sessions delivered by colleagues from the Digital Technologies Network.
The network has chosen to investigate the use and application of 360 degree video during the academic year 2018-2019. A number of colleges and the University itself have explored the potential benefits of using 360 degree video across a range of subject areas that include teacher training, construction, sports science, animal husbandry, library studies, art. This year we plan to explore the technology in more detail as each partner identifies a specific use and potential application.
The network’s annual Digital Spring event returns in March 2018, with a planned series of professional development events to inspire and engage practitioners in Further and Higher Education.
This year all of the events will be scheduled as live events, broadcast through webinars and other formats. At the moment the final programme is still under construction, but we anticipate it will include something for everybody including:
- Using Google Hangouts in Teaching at Doncaster College: Awareness of some of the different uses that have been employed at Doncaster College.
- Basic knowledge of how to create and record a Google Hangout
- e-Learning don’t byte: East Riding College: Small short successive sessions on some of the e-learning tools East Riding College uses to engage learners in their studies.
- ‘Making learning interactive’: How to use technologies to get your students to engage more actively in and out of class (Hull College)
- Using Augmented reality in sport (RNN College): Delegates will know how the Sports team have used augmented reality to make sessions more interactive, engaging and relevant for learners.
These are just a few of the many taster events and seminars we plan to run during ‘Digital Spring, 2018’. Watch this space for further news