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Evaluating Learning Technologies at University of Worcester. Review Meeting October 4 th , 2006 John Colvin. HEA Pathway Pilot. Initial results publication co-incided with start of project Trialled e-Learning benchmarking in a number of HEI’s Feb 2007 Pathfinder bid!!

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Evaluating learning technologies at university of worcester

Evaluating Learning Technologies atUniversity of Worcester

Review Meeting

October 4th, 2006

John Colvin


Hea pathway pilot
HEA Pathway Pilot

  • Initial results publication co-incided with start of project

  • Trialled e-Learning benchmarking in a number of HEI’s

  • Feb 2007 Pathfinder bid!!

  • eLearning cannot be assessed in isolation from

    • L&T

    • ICT

    • HR

    • Estates

  • e-Learning data often not recorded

  • Results confidential

  • Blogging review culture is considered appropriate


Hea pathway pilot cont
HEA Pathway Pilot (Cont…)

  • The 5 benchmark tools piloted

    • all “fit for purpose”. 

    • All Available for Feb 2007 Bid

    • Customisation appropriate

      • ELTI

      • “Pick ‘n Mix”

      • eMM

      • OBHE

      • MIT90

  • JC Decision: Adopt one of benchmarking tools - avoid re-inventing the wheel

  • As the report says the “the precise nature of the method is much less important than starting …. to ask penetrating questions”


Choice of benchmarking tool
Choice of Benchmarking Tool

  • Adapted version ELTI

  • Pathfinder summary

    • did not favour any tool

    • deemed them all fit-for-purpose

    • All available Feb 2007 bid

  • Why ELTI

    • Pilot supported by external consultants

    • Availability of associated support documentation was considered crucial.  

    • Materials for elti and ‘Pick and Mix’ were appropriate and readily available

    • Accessing materials for other tools was less successful

    • Extent and relevance of ELTI audit questions are, IMO, impressive

  • Pathfinder summary suggests that participation is the crucial issue


Elti audits evidence assessment
ELTI audits (Evidence + Assessment)

  • Profile of learning and teaching

  • Profile of learning technologies

  • Recognition and reward

    • e.g. There are specific professional rewards for LT innovation (e.g. additional funding, progression points, teaching fellowships)

  • Research and/or development

  • ICT infrastructure

  • Learning technology support

    (Cont…)


Elti audits cont
ELTI audits (Cont….)

  • Learning Technology funding

  • Administrative infrastructure

  • Staff ICT skills

    • All teaching staff have basic WebCT skills (putting lectures and discussion forums online)

  • Student ICT skills

  • Digital/ multimedia resources

  • Networks and collaborations


Some jobs completed underway
Some Jobs Completed / Underway

  • Selection of Benchmarking Tool

  • Data Collection / Analysis

    • L&T:

      • e.g. Strategies, quality enhancement, support, innovations

    • LT Profile

      • e.g. University initiatives, integration at course level

    • LT Recognition & Reward

      • e.g. Innovation support, Progression


Some jobs completed underway1
Some Jobs Completed / Underway

  • R&D

    • e.g. RAE, specialist units

  • Staff Skills

    • e.g. ICT skills, WebCT skills, skills support

  • Student Skills

    • e.g. audit procedures, support

  • LT Support

    • Effectiveness of h/ware & s/ware support


Selection of major jobs outstanding
Selection of Major ‘Jobs’ Outstanding

  • Audit of WebCT Usage

  • Audit use of Learning Technologies in classroom

  • Audit of Learning Technologies at UW

  • Review Dept AMR’s & L&T strategies

  • Benchmarking with other HEI’s


Audit of webct usage
Audit of WebCT usage

  • After Learning week - Fair snapshot

  • Inspection of WebCT courses

  • ‘Health Warning’ Everyone email circulated

  • Access Strategy under discussion

  • Level of Audit

    • No WebCT course set up

    • WebCT course set up, not used

    • General course data

    • Course Materials

    • Discussion Groups

    • Other use e.g. Assessment Tool


Use of learning technologies in classroom
Use of Learning Technologies in Classroom

  • Clip Board Survey??

    • Learning week

    • Contingency Plan: email survey

  • Ask questions about last classroom lesson taught

    • LT in class

      • IWB, projector, MP3…

    • LT to support learning outside classroom

      • WebCT, blogs, eBooks

  • Ask about their own most innovative LT use

  • How, if at all has LT changed the way you teach?

  • Ask: Single most important support that UW could offer to encourage/improve your use of LT?


Other hei s
Other HEI’s

  • Benchmark data from 2000/1

  • Selection of new and some pre-92 HEI’s

    • Contacts?

  • Particularly Pathfinder Trial participants

  • December / January

    • Large body of our data available

    • Some analysis completed

  • Organise late October