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.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

39th HeLF Meeting: Digital Skills and Scholarship

Our 39th meeting - Digital Skills and Scholarship - was held at UCL on Tuesday 8th November and was attended by 47 delegates. The day included talks from a wide variety of speakers from both within and outside of the HeLF community.

Digital capabilities: the six elements ©Jisc CC BY-NC-ND

Presentation slides are available to download, with additional links below.

  • Digital Skills and Scholarship - Martin Oliver, IoE, UCL.
  • Building Digital Capability - Sarah Davies, Jisc. Digital Capability Discovery Tool (Public Beta)
  • Digital Capability and Teaching Excellence - Helen Parkin & Liz Austen, SHU. (QAA Report & Introductory Video)
  • The Role of the Library in Supporting Digital Literacy - Leo Appleton, UAL.
  • SAILing at UEA - Alicia McConnell, UEA.
  • Digital capabilities all round: completing the circle with DiSC - Sam Thomas, OU.
  • Brighton’s Digital Literacies Framework - Barbara Newman

We also received an update from Elaine Swift, NTU about the UCISA TEL survey, including the TEL case studies (PDF) released this week and an opportunity to provide feedback on the survey.

The meeting also featured pleas for help, in particular for candidates for the upcoming steering group elections in January and for speakers for the next two meetings:

  • Learning Spaces - Thursday 16th March, University of Birmingham.
  • Learning Analytics - Wednesday 7th June, Newcastle University.

Friday, 21 October 2016

UK HE Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA) Survey 2016

UK HE Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA) Survey 2016

Friday, 30 September 2016

UK HE Learning Spaces Survey 2016

UK HE Learning Spaces Survey 2016

Friday, 23 September 2016

Meetings for 2016-17

There will be 3 meetings for HeLF members in 2016-17.

November 2016

UCL from the air

Tuesday 8th November, 2016

UCL, London.

Theme: Digital Skills and Scholarship

CC BY 2.0 Matt from London

March 2017

Thursday 16th March, 2017

University of Birmingham, Birmingham.

Theme: Learning Spaces

CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 jisc_infonet

June 2017

Wednesday 7th June, 2017

The Core, Newcastle University, Newcastle.

Theme: Learning Analytics

CC BY-SA 2.0 clovislives

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