The Heads of eLearning Forum (HeLF) is a network of senior staff engaged in promoting, supporting and developing technology enhanced learning (TEL). We have 140 nominated Heads from UK higher education institutions and a regular programme of well attended events.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Thank you University of Leeds: Summary 22nd May, 2014

The 32nd HeLF Event was hosted by University of Leeds, and a big thank you to Jane O'Neill for all her work and kind hospitality. The theme for this event was Big Projects: Big Data

The slides will be released over time, and I'll update this blog post as they come in.

It was a great turnout ... 35 attended (40 booked), and based on the buzz it met the aims of sharing ideas and promoting discussion. A standing activity in the afternoon is a reflective task in small groups. The outcomes are pulled together below. Apologise if I missed any out. If I did, please use the comments on this post.

Are going to do to help progress what you have heard today in your institution or team?
  • Investigate SonicFoundry and Leeds experience
  • Explore how we can tie USW work on OER and Lecture Capture
  • Look at Leeds policies
  • Leeds website. Http://
  • Lots of us a going to pick up Leeds policies on Lecture Capture - and start the battle at home
  • Looking at how we can include DLs in curriculum with checks at design and validation stages
  • Propose a sector-wide MOOC on digital literacy/digital scholarship - coordinated by JISC and developed by Helen Beetham, Dave White and Martin Weller.
  • Promote the at-desk recording for Panopto to get the more negative people using it
  • Create an internal digital literacy MOOC to free up Learning Technologists for other projects
  • Look at big data/learning analytics - work with ICT to make sure focus is not just tech
  • Take Leeds blended learning strategy/model back to own institution - develop lecture capture policy & start to raise awareness of OER etc
Need or want your institution to do to help you support implementing these types of initiatives?
  • Would be good to bring HeLF to Wales :-)
Would like HeLF (or another organisation) to do to support this area nationally?
  • Survey like tablet survey of different types of hardware, extent of use, student feedback, policy on lecture capture
  • It would be great if we could have a model policy on lecture capture thats been through JISC Legal (Actually a HeLF repository of model policies would be useful)
We had a couple of changes to the agenda due to illness. However, I have included a few session overviews below:

'Digital' students? Reporting on students' expectations and experiences of the digital environment Helen Beetham, Independent Consultant on behalf of Jisc
Looking for jewels in the midden: Exploring the mountain of MOOC data: Anne Marie Scott, Technology Enhanced Learning Team Manager, University of Edinburgh

Open Badge Generator: Andy Ramsden, e-Learning Development Manager, University Campus Suffolk. This short session covered rationale for why we have developed an Open Badge Generator, demo'd iteration one, and outlined the pilots this summer. For more information, see the UCS Elevate Team blog post;

Image source (Big Projects):

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

We've released an archive of our previous events

I have recently archived the presentations from our previous web site hosting (thanks to ULCC for all the help) as we move across to this site.

If you would like to access the presentations from our previous events you will need to click on the Previous Meetings tab, and scroll down to the Historical Record: Event Archive sections. There is a list of the events we've run, and a link to where they are hosted. Please note, the archive is not complete as not all the presentations have been collected from the events we ran. If you have any questions, please contact us.


Thursday, 15 May 2014

University of Leeds: HeLF Meeting: Big projects, big data

The 32nd HeLF Meeting is being held in the University of Leeds, on the 22nd May, as is entitled: Big Projects, big data.

The session include;
  • Digital students? Reporting on students' expectation and experiences of the digital environment - Helen Beetham, Independent Consultant on behalf of JISC
  • Looking for jewels in the midden: Exploring the mountain of MOOC data - Anne Marie Scott, TEL Team Manager, University of Edinburgh
The broad theme for this year is eLearning at Scale - internal and external: Tensions for Heads of eLearning

The booking form and password has been sent via the JISCMail List to our members.

Source: Blenhelm Terrace:

Thursday, 8 May 2014

UK survey of HE provision, policy and support of tablet technologies

On behalf of Barbara Newland

Many thanks for all your responses to the survey. The following links are to a presentation on the context and initial findings, and the second link is to the a pdf of the quantitative data, which can also be found in our projects area.

The following slide share pulls together the emerging story from the survey data. 

Image Source: - Letter on a clay tablet sent by the high-priest Lu'enna to the king of Lgash. It tells the king of his son's death in combat.