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Changing Faces: Changing Places. Sue Roberts Dean of Learning Services and Director of SOLSTICE, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Edge Hill University (UK) and Margaret Weaver Head of Learning and Information Services and Change Academy St Martin’s College of HE (UK).

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Changing Faces:

Changing Places

Sue Roberts

Dean of Learning Services

and Director of SOLSTICE, Centre for

Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Edge Hill University (UK)

and

Margaret Weaver

Head of Learning and Information Services

and Change Academy

St Martin’s College of HE (UK)

Perspectives on leadership and

the new ‘academic team’

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Introduction and Overview

Introduction and Overview

The UK Higher Education Context

Spaces and Places: challenges in blended learning

Case studies: St Martin’s College and Edge Hill University:

Approaches to the development of the new academic team

Conditions for Learning: transferable principles

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‘Convergence’

HE policy – what is a university?

‘Widening participation’

Mission and Purpose

Learning Environments/ Learner Support and Development

Student (and others) expectations and needs/wants

Learning and Teaching innovation

Blended and flexible

learning

Strategic Drivers

Technological possibilities

Why is the new “academic team” emerging in UK HEIs ?

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Challenges for libraries in ‘eLearning’

Challenges in ‘Blended Learning’

“New collaborations and partnerships between staff with

different professional backgrounds are emerging…

within the new ‘space’ for educational activity that has

resulted from the convergence

and rapid development of ICT.”

(Levy and Roberts, 2005)

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Importance of Spaces/Places

Library as place/space…

“The death-of-place prognostications simply do not square with the countless

people I have interviewed, the focus groups I’ve observed, and the statistical

research I’ve done. Place and community are more critical factors than ever

before…the economy itself increasingly takes form around real concentrations

of people in real places.”

Richard Florida (2000) The Rise of the Creative Class and how it’s transforming

work, leisure, community and everyday life.

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The Learning Gateway: St Martin’s College

Introduction and Overview

the Learning Gateway is not just a building – but a metaphor for change and a driver of institutional academic and cultural development

This outcome has not been brought about by accident, but by the purposeful juxtaposition of strategy, vision and leadership exhibited by staff

The LG is not a library but a space-to-learn-in conceived by placing learners at the centre

It is technology rich, affording new opportunities for social, informal and formal learning

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Challenges for libraries in ‘eLearning’

Learning First

Literature on Learner-centred environments

Pedagogical Principles

Collaborative Learning approaches

SMART Learners

Flexible, adaptable, accessible spaces

Formal, informal and social learning

Seamless integration of ICT

Changing roles – tutors, students, supporters

Emergent, complex and cultural change

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Challenges for libraries in ‘eLearning’

Challenges in supporting ‘Blended Learning’

How can the space and facilities be a place where students can grow and develop?

How can the space be made adaptable so that students and staff can learn from each other?

Learning how to learn - how can the space can be used to support independent learning and new partnerships?

SMC approach:

Development of the new academic team

The Change Academy

View of the atrium showing the infiltration of light

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Perspectives on Learning

Introduction and Overview

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Challenges for libraries in ‘eLearning’

The Change Academy

“in matters of teaching and learning, we [librarians] are often

Just out of peripheral vision and, in the case of online

learning, we are not even in the picture.” (Peacock, 2005)

“New collaborations and partnerships between staff with different

professional backgrounds are emerging…within the new ‘space’

for educational activity that has resulted from the convergence

and rapid development of ICT.” (Levy and Roberts, 2005)

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The Student Journey – a rich picture

Envision

Co-create

Contextualise

Trust

Intuition

Belief

What are the challenges of working in multi-professional teams?

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Challenges for libraries in ‘eLearning’

FDL Framework – Leadership in Action

“To engage all staff involved in academic delivery in a supportive process that encourages them to further examine flexible and distributed learning, including e-learning options and to embed them in their academic courses.”

Academic Identity and Alignment:

Stage 1

Faculties identify courses- linked to business expansion plans

Developing Influence

Boundary crossing

Vision

Stage 2

Planning – outcome, L&T approach, expertise

Team building

Risk taking

Hybrid Skills and knowledge

Stage 3

Partnership workshop; learning contract

Pedagogy and Facilitation

“blending the changes we want to promote in student learning with the support we must give staff to achieve it”

Stage 4

Production of materials

Validation process

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SOLSTICE: Edge Hill University

www.edgehill.ac.uk/solstice

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Between ‘new academic teams’ -academics, learning and technology support roles, stakeholders etc.

Constructively aligned design (learning – teaching – assessment – evaluation)

Bespoke, tailored – alignment of purpose with audience to determine form

Grounded in notions of active learning and social constructivist pedagogies

SOLSTICE – an ‘intelligence informed dialogue’

Informed by, and generative of, research and scholarship

Enhancement and dissemination focused

Characterised by teaching and learning approaches - cognitive processing, interaction supported by technology

Key features of SOLSTICE

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New Academic Teams

Our position

A “vision of a multi-professional team of academics, learning technologists and information specialists creating a learning environment and learning experiences with the learner at the centre”

“Intelligent deployment of technologies must be

predicated upon multi-professional dialogue”

Current thinking

From hybrid individuals to

hybrid teams

Salad not soup

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Multi-professional teams – current experiences

What are your experiences of working in multi-professional teams

on blended learning developments?

What worked well/ what issues arose?

What are the implications for leadership?

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Conditions for working/learning together

  • Potential barriers
  • Professional silos
  • Role perceptions
  • Professional territoriality
  • Group norms, culture etc.
  • Pace of change
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Lack of strategic
  • direction
  • Time!
  • Individualism
  • Short-termism re: projects
  • Institutional culture

Partners in educational development

Could “eliminate competition and turf protection within our organisations.” (Stoffle, 1996)

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Conditions for working/learning together

  • Potential enablers
  • Focus on common purpose
  • Pedagogy at centre
  • Strategic direction/support
  • Leadership
  • Learning from each other
  • Pilot collaborations and
  • evaluation
  • Co-analysis, evaluation
  • and research
  • Climate of trust
  • Reward and recognition
  • Blended learning as
  • vehicle
  • The ‘right people’!
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Conclusions: Implications for CPD

Learning technologies

  • role analysis
  • - reflecting critically…
  • recognise where to get
  • support
  • exploring the ‘art of
  • the possible’
  • knowing your
  • limitations
  • collaboration

CPD

Individual

Team(s)

  • designing for learning
  • ‘instructional design’
  • literacies for learning
  • leadership of teams
  • pedagogy central
  • Mix of strengths and
  • approaches
  • ‘building bridges’

Pedagogy

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Common Lessons Learnt for Leadership

Introduction and Overview

Building Strong Central Services

Gaining and using external recognition

‘Letting go’ and taking risks

Breaking down silos

Networks of support

Nurturing potential

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Further Resources

Introduction and Overview

See Bibliography

Plus…

See St Martin’s Learning Gateway

http://www.ucsm.ac.uk/lis/learninggateway

See Edge Hill’s SOLSTICE http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/solstice

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Your Questions?

Introduction and Overview

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