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bullet  Warwick E-Learning Award - The First Participants

The Warwick E-Learning Award (WELA) is a Masters level postgraduate award, which offers structured but flexible support for the development of teaching and learning with an e-dimension and recognises individuals’ efforts in this area.

The first cohort of participants have just started on the 2004 programme. A high level of interest was shown in the new award and 12 staff are enrolled on the programme across the four faculties. For a summary of participants and initial project proposals see the Innovations section.

The programme aims to raise awareness of effective pedagogical application of e-learning methods and materials and to support staff as they develop their e-learning skills through needs analysis, review, planning, development, implementation and evaluation. The Award provides a coherent and recognised development pathway that draws on opportunities for project funding, guidance, support and training that already exist across the University. We feel this is a significant step to staff taking seriously the specific issues and challenges associated with e-learning, and with their own continuing professional development.

For more information you might like to visit the WELA website.  If you are interested in the programme and have individual queries, do feel free to contact the course leader, Dr Jay Dempster in Centre for Academic Practice.

bullet  Teaching Innovations website launched

Teaching Innovations@Warwick is a collection of teaching and learning innovations. It is a database driven web site that brings together information and evaluation of teaching developments in departments at Warwick. In so doing, it allows good practice to be identified, collated and shared across the University.

bullet   E-Events

The Learning Lab in collaboration with the Centre for Learning & Teaching at the University of Wolverhampton is has announced its Spring 2004 Best Practice Seminar series:

21/04/04 Mobile Learning, Tutorials on your tablet, presentations on your phone and an MBA on your PDA  
05/05/04 Developing the E-Citizen: Policy and Practice  
19/05/04 What makes e-learning effective  
09/06/04 Sharing content: Learning objects and how to manage them  

For more details on the sessions see the Learning Lab seminars page

bullet  IT Services Induction Sessions

IT Services holds induction sessions for new staff on Tuesday mornings at 10 am in the new IT Training Suite on the central campus. They are held every Tuesday during term time and on the first Tuesday in the month during the vacation. The next session will be on Tuesday 6th April and then on 20th April.

These sessions cover describe how IT is organised at Warwick, what the services are provided and how to gain access to them. The sessions are relatively informal and time is allowed to discuss particular concerns that a new member of staff may have. 

bullet  Learning Technology in Transition

Jay Dempster has a chapter in the recently published book 'Learning Technology in Transition: From individual enthusiasm to institutional implementation'. In collaboration with Frances Deepwell from Coventry University, the chapter is entitled 'Experiences of National Projects in Embedding Learning Technology into Institutional Practices in Higher Education. Edited by Jane Seale (Southampton University), the book celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and charts the past and future impact of learning technology on post compulsory education. It comprises 11 chapters from a number of national and international contributors, and presents a review of the impact of learning technology on post-compulsory education over the last decade; highlights and explores key changes and developments that are shaping present and future activities; and considers the implications for individual enthusiasts who work in the field of learning technology. Published by Swets and Zeitlinger. ISBN 90 265 1963 X. For more information and to order online go to the ALT website

Beyond Warwick

bullet  Accreditation for learning technologists

With part funding from the JISC, the Association for Learning Technology is developing an accreditation scheme, linked to ALT membership, which would meet the needs of learning technologists working in higher education, further education and commercial sectors. Details of the proposed scheme.

bullet  E-Learning and Pedagogy Programme

The JISC Committee for Learning and Teaching (JCLT) is funding a new e-learning Programme to run until August 2007. The overarching aim of the e-learning Programme is to identify how e-learning approaches might be used to facilitate learning and to advise on how these approaches might be effectively implemented. The Programme focuses on three areas: e-learning and Pedagogy; Technical Frameworks for e-learning; and Innovation. Details of programme

bullet  ILTHE transfers into the Higher Education Academy

On 2 March the ILTHE's (Institude for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) Council approved the wording of the transfer document and authorised the Chair, Sir Kenneth Calman, to sign the agreement for the transfer of the ILTHE into the Higher Education Academy.

bullet  Higher Education Academy appoints its first Chief Executive.

Professor Paul Ramsden has been appointed as the HE Academy's first Chief Executive. He is well known from his books on Learning to Teach in Higher Education and Learning to Lead in Higher Education. Currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Sydney, Australia and also a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London, he will be taking up his new post in York in August.

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