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E-Learning Summer SchoolWednesday 4th & Thursday 5th September 2013#ELSS_2013


Aims of the summer school

  • Create an immersive environment for staff

  • Bring together the outlets of the Curriculum Development team

  • Enable staff to experience different tools and technologies

  • Facilitate wider discussions with peers

  • To build upon ELSS 2012 and to feed into the ELFs


  • More applied and context specific

  • Share good practice

  • Provide an environment for staff to learn new tools

  • Discuss the application of tools and technologies

  • Established and recognised event

Updates for 2013/14

  • Moodle 2.4

  • KentPlayer

  • Development of the Faculty Digital Forums

Which of the following best describes your role at the University?

  • Academic

  • Administrative

  • Technical

  • Support

  • Other

Which of the following statements best describes your general experience of digital technologies?

  • I am comfortable using digital technologies and can quickly learn to use new tools

  • For the most part I get by but occasionally I need to seek help

  • I often encounter problems whilst using digital technologies and find it difficult to learn to use new tools

  • I do not use digital technologies


“E-Learning can be defined as 'learning facilitated and supported through the use of information and communications technology'. It can cover a spectrum of activities from the use of technology to support learning as part of a ‘blended’ approach (a combination of traditional and e-learning approaches), to learning that is delivered entirely online. Whatever the technology, however, learning is the vital element.”

JISC, 2012

“[In the digital age] learners are no longer seen as passive recipients of knowledge and skills but as active participants in the learning process”

Beetham& Sharpe, 2007

“new culture of learning”

Thomas & Seely-Brown, 2011

“The term ‘technology enhanced learning’ is gaining favour since it emphasises how technology adds value to learning”

JISC, 2009

Technology enables…

  • Connectivity to information and to others

  • 24/7 access to learning resources

  • Greater choice over time, place and pace of study

  • Knowledge-sharing and co-authoring

  • Active learning through interactive technologies and multimedia resources

  • Participation in communities of knowledge, inquiry and learning

  • Development of skills for living and working in a digital age


  • Staying up to date?

  • The digital literacy/competency of students and staff.

  • Access to tools and technologies outside of the University.

  • Technology driving pedagogy – ‘playing with new tools’.

  • Strategy and motivations for engagement.

What are the main barriers to engaging with Technology Enhanced Learning?

What barriers (if any) are there to wider engagement with technology enhanced learning?

  • Fear of technology

  • Not enough time to learn new tools

  • Lack of technical support

  • Lack of pedagogic support

  • No evidence of the benefits to staff and students

  • Insufficient resources available

  • Techo-determinism (technology for its own sake)

  • None of the above


Greller’s Three Pillars of E-Learning


  • E-Learning Strategy updated every three years

  • Regularly updated implementation plans

  • Approved by the E-Learning Strategy Group (ELSG)

  • ELSG is comprised of senior managers, academic and support staff

  • www.kent.ac.uk/elearning/strategy.html


  • Infrastructure encompasses Moodle, Student Data System (SDS), Timetabling (OTIS), online module catalogue and library systems.

  • Moodle and Learning Technologies Group (MaLT) is the operational wing of ELSG and brings together representatives from the CD team, Information Services and the library.

  • Track record of developing open source tools and technologies and tailoring these to suit the needs of the University.


  • The application of technology to enhance the learning and teaching experience.

  • Looking at tools that suit the pedagogy.

  • Not a one-size-fits-all approach.

  • CD team are experienced practitioners.

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