A normal length week! What’s that all about then? A full week next week as well… Well at least the week after that we have another short week.
I reviewed the communication plan Intelligent Campus and Intelligent Library, as well as guides, there will be supporting blog posts and events. I wrote a draft blog post for the comms team.
I ran two personalisation workshops this week. One was a shorter online workshop, the second was an all day workshop in Bristol. In the first instance we were running the internal personalisation workshops to explore the following:
- What do we mean and understand about personalisation?
- What does personalisation mean in higher education?
- What help and support do our higher education members need to deliver on personalised learning and the personalisation of the student experience?
- What help and support can Jisc provide to our members in this space?
- What was the past work Jisc has done in this space, what is the current work, and what future work is planned?
Following the workshops I spent some time writing up the notes.
On the 24th May I am running an Intelligent Campus Community Event in London. I spent some time planning and organising the event.
Also on the 24th I am presenting at an online event, Advancing Blended Learning in Higher Education. For that event I am doing a pre-recorded video, I spent time planning, recording and editing the video. I would like to have spent more time on this, but realised I needed more people to get the effect and impact I wanted.
I enjoyed reading Kerry Pinny’s reflections on ALT-C 2016.
#ALTC2016 was my first annual conference. It was held at the University of Warwick in September 2016. While I had been working in HE in IT Training and learning technology roles for ~6 years, I was not aware of ALT or the conference. My colleague introduced me to ALT and it remains a surprise (and source of shame) to me, all these years later, that I had not heard of the organisation at any of my previous institutions.
My first ALT conference was twenty years ago in 2003. I wrote about it in this blog post reflecting on my own ALT-C experiences.
The first Association for Learning Technology Conference (#altc) I attended was in 2003 in Sheffield. ALT was ten years old by now and well established in the world of what we called e-learning back then in the higher education sector, less so in further education. I was in the middle of a project called FAIR Enough part of the JISC FAIR programme and had been asked to deliver a short session on the issues of copyright that we had found as part of the project on sharing resources across our college consortium.
Alas my memory of the conference was one of disappointment, I found it overwhelming, very clique, way too much happening and spread too far across the Sheffield campus, lots of walking. Oh and the conference dinner In the Town Hall was a something of a disappointment.
I didn’t know many people and it was “quite hard” to get to know people without dropping into conversations over coffee, which can be challenging. What I did learn from this is this how other people, new to ALT-C must feel?
Pleased to see that my ILTA EdTech Conference submission was accepted.
Why does no one care about my digital strategy?
The pandemic gave universities challenges and required creative thinking to provide solutions. Universities have needed to act at pace and scale with restrictions. Digital gained more prominence during the emergency response. Now the question is what role will digital play in the post-pandemic strategic priorities of the university?
There are two key questions facing universities?
- Does the strategy still meet the needs of the university in a changing and uncertain landscape?
- What is the role of digital in the strategic aspirations of universities?
The digital lens approach can enable effective and transformational behaviours. There is a history of people talking about applying a lens to challenges, to look at things differently. (Phipps and Clay 2018) To give a different perspective on what has been written or talked about.
In this session we will reflect on the various ways in which universities can respond to these questions, you may want to create new strategic priorities, which reflect the new landscape in which universities will operate. Some universities will want to consider creating a digital strategy, or giving their existing one a major overhaul.
Phipps, L and Clay J (2018) Delivering digital change: strategy, practice and process. Senior leaders’ briefing paper Jisc
Clay J (2018) Why does no one care about my digital strategy? – eLearning Stuff – eLearning Stuff.
Another quarter goes pass that means another review meeting, so I did the paperwork last week, these blog posts are very useful for that.
It was with minimal disappointment to read in my inbox this from IFTTT.
Starting on May 23, all free users will be limited to 2 Applets and unable to access Twitter Applets. We hope you understand this change is designed to help us support our community and continue to focus on improving IFTTT. To ensure that your existing Applets continue without interruption, consider upgrading to Pro or manage your Applets via My Applets.
Though I like IFTTT I don’t use it enough to justify paying for it. So, expect less photos in my Twitter stream form May 23rd.
What do you mean “Yay”?
My top tweet this week was this one.
I "Bard" it…
Then I remember Buzz…
Bard, it was nice knowing you… https://t.co/aqLCp89f3V
— James Clay (@jamesclay) May 18, 2023