So the week started with a 9am start at the University of Hertfordshire. This meant travelling up the day before on Sunday. This was the second day of the University of Hertfordshire Value Study following the first day on Friday.
I was asked to facilitate various sessions, on Friday I did a session relating to that old chestnut of mine, the Intelligent Campus. Monday saw me supporting sessions on Learning and Teaching and Next Generation Learning Environments.
Whilst preparing for this session a few weeks back, I was reminded of the reports that have been published in this space by Lawrie Phipps.
The first was the report on the Next generation [digital] learning environments: present and future challenge.
The report was a response to the challenge of the following questions
- What would an environment do for staff and students?
- What kind of learning experiences would an environment need to support?
- What learning and teaching practices aren’t currently supported in environments?
The report makes for interesting reading
The second report which was researched as a result of the earlier work, with the aim to gain a detailed understanding of current teaching practices in universities and colleges.
Listening to teachers: a qualitative exploration of teaching practices in HE and FE and the implications for digital
I would recommend you read the whole report. One comment from an academic in the room was that they preferred to base their practice on academic papers rather than reports. So it nice to be able to say “and here is the link to the full paper.
Overall the day was extremely useful for both Jisc and I think Hertfordshire as well.
Tuesday was another travelling day, this time to Manchester, though I left it till the early evening to travel up.
Before I left I hosted a knowledge call on Digital Ecosystems, delivered by my colleague Lawrie Phipps.
On Wednesday I was in Manchester, I was staying in a hotel close to MediaCity, so caught the Metrolinktram into the centre of the city. I arrived in St Peter’s Square and decided to take a few photographs, including this one of a council building.
I have recently been using Amazon Photos as an online backup service for my photographs. One of the nice features is that in the app it shows you photos from the same date in previous years So I was amused to find that two years ago to the day, not only had I being in Manchester, but I had also taken some photographs including this one the same council building I had taken on Wednesday.
Mentioning this on the Twitter resulted in some amusing comments from people.
Steady. That's a lot of Manchestering you're doing. At this rate, you will achieve Level 3 in Manchestership.
— xlearn (@xlearn) May 22, 2019
there is a pattern to your life
— Sheila MacNeill (@sheilmcn) May 22, 2019
Reliable weather they have there…
— Adam Field (@gobfrey) May 22, 2019
My main reason for coming to Manchester was to discuss with colleagues possible ideas about , what would probably be described as career analytics. Using a wider range of data sources and datasets to help careers staff be informed and better understand how to support students in what they want to do in the future, or even planning what degree to take.
I had a couple of other meetings in Manchester before heading home.
After a fair few days travelling it was nice to not have to do this and work from home, however it was an earlier start than normal as I had a meeting with some European colleagues about a workshop we’re running at TNC in June in Tallinn in Estonia.
This was followed by a meeting about Technical Career Pathways and the progress we are making with these within Jisc. In my new role I am leading on the Learning and Research career pathway and the best way to describe what these are is a mechanism for people to progress their careers from a technical and skills perspective rather than through managing people.
Over the week I have been working on our HE Learning and Teaching strategy which emcompasses the student experience.
Friday I was in our Bristol office with a day packed full of calls and meetings. Some of these were about future events and conferences. The office was busy for a Friday, with a flexible working culture, sometimes the office can feel somewhat quieter than other days of the week.
My top tweet that week was this one.
— James Clay (@jamesclay) May 20, 2019