Supporting the Digital Education Transformation Programme (DETP) across 5 strands of activity
Digital Leadership & Governance - communication, policies and guidelines and communities of practice.
Digital Capabilities - making digital learning resources inclusive, available and accessible to enable everyone to create, collaborate and communicate digitally.
Digitally Enhanced Teaching, Learning & Assessment - exploring new approaches, enhancing practice, informed by academic practice and community feedback and sharing knowledge on how to use digital tools for the benefit of all.
Digitally Enhanced Environments - adaptable digital learning spaces and tools that allow everyone to move between physical and digital environments.
Digital Communities - to share knowledge, practice and outputs, working collaboratively, inspiring and enabling others.
Pilot Pathfinder Projects
Exploring new approaches for digital education to help inform future activities and Next Generation developments, through a series of pilot projects in 2019.
Student App Development Platform
The Countdown to Lincoln app, was an innovative pilot using a low code app development platform (Mendix). The pilot was delivered in partnership with Digital Education and a small group of student developers from the School of Computer Science.
The Countdown to Lincoln app was designed as a way of rapidly creating an app-based learning resource for pre-arrival students; this approach was well received by both the student developers and the users of the app; a full evaluation is ongoing.
WordPress - The Lincoln First Year
Using the Learn Dash plug-in within Wordpress, a sister site was created alongside the Countdown to Lincoln app. Also aimed at new undergraduate students, this new learning resource was piloted within Psychology, Maths, Architecture and Accountancy and Finance.
The pilot offered a web-based course for new student to support their confidence and understanding of studying at University. Evaluation of the user experience and tool capabilities is currently in progress and will inform further use of the tool and potential extension for 20/21 new entrants.
Blackboard Chat Bot project
Digital Education explored opportunities for the use of artificial intelligence technologies, such as chat bots, in Higher Education.
The initial Chat Bot was designed around pre-existing help and support documents which are available on Blackboard and over 70 additional questions were written based on the helpsheets and launched on all Blackboard modules and the main ‘My Bb Sites’ page within Blackboard.
Lessons learned have been shared and helped to inform the ICT chat bot project development. The Bb chat bot pilot will close and migrate to the ICT chat bot platform in the New Year.
New Digital Support Environments
Supporting the launch of a new e-learning platform for Medical students
Digital Education at Lincoln is also supporting the new Lincoln Medical School in partnership with the University of Nottingham to prepare new digital learning platforms (for teaching and assessment) the first intake of medical students at Lincoln.
Further activities for 2020 include increasing digital support for the Online Programmes and Degree Apprenticeships.
Support skills Development
MS Teams for learning Pilot - exploring the use of Microsoft Teams in the curriculum. Pilot study's are being undertaken with NCFM, Lincoln School of Film and Media and History.
Microsoft Specialist Skills - offering an internationally recognised certificate of digital skills this programme pilot was launched in 2019. Ninety seven students have enrolled with the first examination point planned for January 2020.
Improve engagement within seminars and lectures with this audience response tool.
Available across all teaching spaces on campus and can be downloaded to other corporate machines through the software centre.
249 staff are now registered users, an increase of 31% in 2019
4,647 Individual Poll questions (7603 in total over three years)
101,141 Individual responses on Poll Everywhere
DigiED/LALT Education Weeks
9 different digital workshops were run over each CPD week, sharing practice and tools with over 250 members of staff.
81% year on year increase in attendance for the July CPD week (based on 2018 and 2019 event data) .
169% year on year increase in attendance for the September CPD week (based on 2018 and 2019 event data).
95% of questionnaire respondents indicated that they would be likely to attend a future session.
A key focus for the team this year has been the promotion of accessible learning resource creation (in response to new legislative changes)
Activity Blended Curriculum Design
ABC workshops engaged with 227 academic colleagues for 111 modules. Engagement is across all Colleges looking at programmes of study including Computer Science, Design, Education, Health and Social Care, Food Manufacturing, Law, LSFM, Marketing and Tourism, Music, Pharmacy, Sports Science and Work Based Distance Learning.
In 2019 the Activity Blended Curriculum Design process has been adopted into UoL's Office of Quality, Standards and Partnership website enabling colleague to consider digital opportunities when undertaking validation/re-validation/modification changes of programmes of study.
“Honestly, this is a brilliant exercise and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I do feel that I'm good at designing modules, but this visual process made me realise that there were still issues with how I deliver learning resources, and it's been a real eyeopener. Thank you!”
Over 2700 digital education enquiries has also been passed onto the Digital Education Developers via the ICT Helpdesk, as well as the team receiving queries directly from colleagues and students, and working with Digital Leads to support College led requests.
Video Support Assistants (VSAs)
A joint Digital Education & Student Life activity to create video resources to support learning and promote the student experience.
In 2019, 286 videos were created, working with 25 departments and around 150 members of staff.
Notable activity included Digital Student Life working on a series of Truth Booth videos for Student Affairs on the topic of hate crime,
and a project to help promote the outputs of Lincoln research as an engaging learning resource.
Digital Student Life
Funding and Collaborations
Working with Student Wellbeing (UoL) - OfS funding of circa £350k (over a two year period) awarded for the development of apps, digital tools and content to support transitional Student Wellbeing.
Library – Study Happy Project Spring 2019, organising and running a series of events jointly with the Library aimed at alleviating student stress and anxiety (including creating video resources and providing a space where students could leave their concerns/issues and tips around wellbeing) in order that comments could be shared amongst a wider audience.
Expert Self Care working collaboratively with an external company to create an International Student App to support students coming to the UK to study.
Due for release early in 2020.
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