The BLU team can support staff in the following
We can advise on how best use can be made of the University’s
learning technology systems to support your students’ learning and
the module learning outcomes. Of course, these best uses will vary
according to their differing learning contexts. So a meeting with a
member of the BLU team and talking through your modules in terms of
the learning outcomes, specific tricky yet key concepts, known
student sticking points, assessment issues etc is a good way to
tailor uses of technology to local needs. Ultimately though, the
aim is to improve retention, progression and achievement, and
hopefully make academics’ lives easier. Why not for example, see if
using computer-based summative assessment could save you time?
We can also look at what has been working, and also what has not
been working, …… and have a look at why?
Finally, we also use such sessions to provide guidance and ideas
on enriching already technology rich modules, even further.
There are a number of Blended Learning sessions now offered
through the learning and teaching pages of the staff development
Have a look at the
staff development programme for more information on
For further information or if you have any other specific
training needs please contact Harjinder Johal on
01902 518503 or email Jin@wlv.ac.uk.
By contacting Paul Brett, or a member of the BLU team, we can
arrange to support extended School or course based Blended Learning
development needs. Thus we ‘camp out’ in your School and are
available to run workshops, or for consultations. For example, in
July 2010 the team spent 3 days in UWBS at Telford, talking through
course needs with some 30 plus staff. Let us know if this would be
useful for School away days, staff development days. etc.
There is a growing interest in extending the reach and
constituency of our learners, through creation and provision of
new, distance learning courses.
This is an exciting arena in which to teach and develop learning
courses. The University provides guidelines for the creation of
flexible and distance learning courses, and we support such
developments at all stages, from conception, curriculum design,
materials creation (we would recommend re-purposing rather than
writing your own – e.g., see the OpenCourseWare Consortium),
appropriate technologies to house your courses, and right through
to e-tutoring skills with students.
Many Schools are already using a ‘flying faculty’ approach or an
‘in-country’ distance learning structure, and well-constructed
electronic support and teaching is already key to their success. We
would welcome further consultations to learn what is already
successful technology-wise, and what options there may be for
We lead the sector in application of technology to learners in
their work place. ILE has hosted the highly successful JISC funded
and through this we have developed reusable models and resources
for an e-portfolio based pedagogy for distance learners studying
where they work.
This pedagogy has been thus far successfully applied to courses
by SEBE, UWBS, SAS and LSSC.
For an example of what can be done have a look at the webfolio
CN1025 Enhancing Communication Skills with Clients.
We act as second-line support to the IT Service
Desk, and solved some 500+ enquiries over the last academic
year. This service is provided by a talented SCIT placement
A member of the BLU team will support all academic staff in
classes where a new Blended Learning technology is being used and
introduced to students. It can sometimes be worrying when using a
technology, such as voting systems, or PebblePad, for the first
time with your students, and / or in large classes. We supported
more than 30 staff last year in such sessions. Contact us to
arrange in-class support for key learning sessions.
The Blended Learning
Webpages provide an up-to-date University of Wolverhampton
focused self-help resource for ideas, links to research findings
about the effectiveness of different uses of different
technologies, how to do things, and many references for further
The pages cover ideas for Module Content; using Formative
Assessment effectively with e-feedback, Collaborative learning and
getting students to work together, Electronic Personal Development
Planning (ePDP), developing our learners’ awareness of themselves
as learners using electronic tools, and how to best use the
We also support computer assisted summative assessment. This
obviously saves marking time, and most students like this
assessment method. It is often derided as not being suitable, but
questions can be designed to test analysis, interpretation,
application and other higher order skills.
The BLU have recently created support areas in both WOLF and
PebblePad which hold comprehensive tip sheets and movies that
will take you through all functionality available in both
platforms. To find the help:
Often our students know more about new technologies than us and
it can be useful if we encourage them to take a lead in supporting
each other, using technologies which they use anyway. In the JISC
HE in a Web 2.0 World one of the ideas proposed is that
‘Students’ practical skills with ICT can be harnessed by staff to
good effect in both domains – operation and effective use in
delivery’. A small successful project has already been run by ILE
on this – see
Brett, P and Cousin, G., (2010). We can help with ideas and
innovations about how IT-confident students might contribute to,
and support your Blended Learning activities.
We can produce high quality video for learning and teaching uses
and tailor this for use within WOLF. We are able to help with large
projects from consultation stage, planning and script writing
through to filming, post production and packaging. Or, if you just
want a talking head to introduce yourself, or talk through some of
the module’s key concepts, ideas etc – let us know! We can also
provide a variety of ideas about how to transcribe the video.
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