Tuesday, 2 August 2016

38th HeLF Meeting - Enabling Strategic Change

The 38th HeLF meeting, Enabling Strategic Change: Policy, Practice and People, was held at the University of Birmingham on 9th June, 2016.

The morning featured a panel on Institutional TEL Strategies and a group discussion on TEL Policies & Frameworks. The Strategy panel members were Mark Gamble, University of Bedfordshire (Chair), Fiona Strawbridge, UCL, Chris Turnock, University of Hull, Peter Bryant, LSE and Stella Ekebuisi, QMUL. A recording of the panel discussion is available to HeLF members only, via a message on the Jiscmail list (login required).


In the afternoon there were 5 short presentations. Slides for 4 presentations are available below and recordings of all 5 presentations are available to HeLF members only, via a message on the Jiscmail list (login required).

The Strategic TEL Landscape

Sarah Davies, Jisc

Where's the Humanity? Re-instating Humans in Technology Enhanced Learning Strategy Development

Sarah Hayes, Aston University

Updated Overview of the Extended Classroom Initiative

Amber Thomas, University of Warwick

Implementation of E-Submission & Grading Policy

Rob Howe, The University of Northampton

About HeLF Meetings

HeLF Meetings are held three times a year at different venues across the UK. The events for 2016-17 are currently being planned, based on feedback from members.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

37th Meeting - ‘Measuring and evidencing excellence in the mainstream’

Heads of E-Learning Forum (HeLF) 37th Meeting
23rd February 2016  

Overall theme for 2015-16: ‘Balancing innovation and the mainstream: managing expectations’

‘Measuring and evidencing excellence
in the mainstream’
10:00 – 10:30
Arrival and registration
10:30 – 10:40
Welcome and Introduction to the dayLindsey Martin, Chair of HeLF, Edgehill University
10:40 – 10:50
Welcome and update on developments from University of LeedsProfessor Neil Morris
10:50 – 11:15
An overview of developments in the HE sector (Green Paper,TEF, QAA, etc)
Gwen van der Velden, University of Bath
11:15 – 11:45
Introduction to HEDG and Q&A discussion on the changing nature of innovation in the changing HE landscapeSpeaker: Mandy Asghar
11:45 – 12:15
Discussion – External forces and the impact on innovation
12:15 – 12:30
HeLF business
12:30 – 13:15
13:15 – 13:30
Update and trends from the ‘What’s in your Toolbox?’ Xavier Birche, University of Roehampton
13:30 – 14:00
‘Lightning strikes’: short presentation(s) on recognising, measuring and evidencing excellence in the use of digital technologies?
  • The use of Mahara for CPD framework and student engagement Phil Vincent, York St John University
  • Institutional module surveys at Ulster - A strategic approach to measuring student satisfaction - Andrew Jaffrey University of Ulster
14:00 – 15:00
CONFIRMED: Turnitin response to HeLF survey and sector concernsMarc Daubach, Corporate VP of International, Turnitin andWill Murray, Senior Vice President, International Sales and Product Management
15:00 – 15:25
Debrief on Turnitin issues (HeLF members only)
15:25 – 15:30

Monday, 9 November 2015

Learning Analytics: innovation in the mainstream

Hard to believe but Wednesday 11th November sees the 36th meeting of HeLF. It's kindly being hosted by Richard Francis at Oxford Brookes University and the final agenda is now available. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

10:00 – 10:30
Arrival and registration
10:30 – 10:40
Welcome and Introduction to the day
Lindsey Martin, Chair of HeLF, Edgehill University
10:40 – 10:50
Welcome and update on developments from Oxford Brookes University
Professor Julie McLeod, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience
and Richard Francis, Head of e-Learning
10:50 – 11:00
Association for Learning Technology (ALT)
Maren Deepwell, Chief Executive of ALT
11:00 – 11:20
Learning analytics: a view from the sector
Barbara Newland, University of Brighton and Lindsey Martin, Edgehill University
11:20 – 12:00
Learning analytics – a JISC perspective
Speaker: Niall Sclater, JISC
12:00 – 12:30
Discussion – Personal and institutional readiness
12:30 – 12:45
HeLF business
12:45 – 13:30
13:30 – 14:00
Ethical Implications of Learning Analytics
Speaker: Niall Sclater, JISC
14:00 – 14:30
‘Lightning strikes’: Two short presentations on working practices across the sector the implications of these.
·         Large scale systems integrations
John Beaver,  Director of IT Services, Bath Spa University
·         Student Engagement Monitoring Dashboard
Mark Roche, Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University

14:30 – 15:25
Turnitin – Discussion
15:25 – 15:30

Location and directions:
The event will take place in  the John Henry Brookes Building (JHBB), at Oxford Brookes University’s Headington Campus (Gipsy Lane site). 

Getting to Brookes
General info is available here.

Train and taxi
Train services to Oxford from most UK towns and cities are relatively frequent. More information here. From the train station, Headington Campus is best reached by taxi or bus.

Buses from railway station.
In semester time the U1 bus service runs frequently to the Headington Campus from the train station. A timetable is attached. The station stop is Frideswide Sq. and the Campus stop is Brookes University B2. Journey time approx. 25 mins. though there can be delays at peak times.

By car.
There is very limited parking on site. Some guest permits are available on the Headington Hill Campus, on the opposite side of the London Road (see map). Even when permits are provided, however, there is no guarantee of a place. Park and Ride services are available from Thornhill and Seacourt, both of which drop at Gipsy Lane (service no. 400). More information on driving to Headington Campus here.