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Focus On 2019-20


 

For 2019-20, our focus is on Technology Enhanced Learning.

Our work involves curating resources (we will continue adding to these – scroll below) and holding an online event to share practice on 1 April 2020. 

QAA Scotland’s Focus On projects help the sector address recommendations and commendations from Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR). Focus On ties these outcomes to developmental activities, resources and events that the whole sector can use and get involved in. We focus on the most practical things that can help colleagues make a real difference in a short space of time.

 

Focus On is part of our membership offer in Scotland. Access to the resources is available to all QAA members.

Resource hub

As part of this year’s Focus On project, we have launched an exciting new resource hub full of practice and tips on using technology in learning and teaching. We have included resources from across the sector and around the world. Divided into six key areas of interest, the resource hub provides timely support on moving from physical to online learning, as well as guidance on other topical issues in technology enhanced learning.


We will continue to update and expand the resource hub as new materials become available. Please let us know if you have any practice that we could add. We will also be sharing highlights from the resource hub regularly on Twitter (@QAAScotland) using #FocusOnTEL.


Drawing on outcomes from ELIR 3 and 4, Focus On: Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) will emphasise connections between strategy and practice. The project will consider how different institutional approaches to TEL impact on a variety of areas, including:

  1. Staff development
  2. Lecture capture
  3. Policy development
  4. Virtual learning environments
  5. Enhancing inclusion and access
  6. Using technology to foster student participation in co-creation.

These were areas of interest highlighted by project scoping work undertaken in late 2019 with higher education institutions and students in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

TEL continues to receive a great deal of attention within institutions, at specialist events, and through dedicated societies and academic communities, and remains an area of continued interest across the sector.


ELIR 3 Outcomes

TEL was a recurring theme in ELIR 3 Outcome Reports. Areas for development, detailed in our Thematic Report on Technology in Learning and Teaching, included:

  • The use of technology to ensure consistency, fairness and inclusion in the curriculum and in student representation;
  • Variable use of VLEs and other digital and online tools by staff and students;
  • The role of technology and online spaces in students' sense of belonging and community.

The Thematic Report also highlighted a range of examples of good practice, including:

  • Innovative and responsive design and implementation of VLEs;
  • Creative use of digital tools for assessment and feedback;
  • Embedded standards for blended learning design and delivery across the curriculum.
ELIR 4 Outcomes

During the ELIR 4 cycle so far, TEL has appeared in four ELIR outcomes.


Commendations relate to:

  • Innovative and responsive design and implementation of VLEs;
  • Creative use of digital tools for assessment and feedback;
  • Embedded standards for blended learning design and delivery across the curriculum.

Recommendations have encouraged:

  • Consistent use of learning technologies and VLEs to promote engagement and facilitate sharing key information between staff and students
  • In the context of online distance learning, developing guidance for programme teams on expected good practice in VLE design and use.
Project scoping work 2019

The project scoping questionnaire posed the questions:

  • What are your institutional priorities for developing policy and practice in this area?
  • What are the key tricky areas around which you would welcome support?
  • Do you have good practice to share?

These were areas of interest highlighted by project scoping work undertaken in late 2019 with higher education institutions and students in Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Do you have good practice to share?


Focus On: Technology Enhanced Learning will involve working in partnership with sector colleagues, students and other agencies, including student partnerships in quality Scotland (sparqs). We’re seeking to explore innovative practice and promote good practice as well as sharing what works from tried-and-tested practice. We’ll be using a variety of formats including podcasts and case studies.


In the meantime, if you have examples of good practice to share and would like to become involved in the project, please email ARCadmin@qaa.ac.uk