Another remembrance of summer

In another of our series of blog posts reflecting on the SEDA summer school, Denise Sweeney finds that the experience has given her insights and tactics to take back to her day job, and introduced her to a network of like-minded people. Denise’s blog post

SEDA summer school reflections

I’ve been pulling together more blog posts from the people JISC sponsored to attend the SEDA summer school.

For Barbara Newland, the summer school was a useful prompt to consider how the blended learning policies she draws up impact on individual academics and learning technologists. She also found time to complete a draft project plan inspired by the summer school, which she will discuss with colleagues back at the ranch. Barbara’s blog post

Jane Secker found the summer school particularly useful, and produced a great series of blog posts about the event. Highlights for her were: a sense of professional identity as a learning technologist and a greater understanding of her role as a change agent; greater appreciation of all the things that need to be in place to translate a strategy to meaningful action on the ground; and lots of personal learning points. Jane’s blog posts

Jane O’Neill found much of the content and format useful, and came away with some useful questions to keep teams focussed on the final outcomes of projects: What would it look like if we were successful? What would people be doing differently? What would the impact be on the students? Jane’s blog post

Daniel Clark chose to focus on staff digital literacies, and used his experiences at the SEDA summer school to inform the development of the University of Kent’s e-Learning Summer School, to give staff a chance to share effective practice with technology and learn in context, in a supportive and hands-on environment. Daniel’s blog post

Overall, recurrent themes among the summer school bloggers were the usefulness of techniques such as action learning sets, reflections on their own practice, plans to incorporate changes into any staff and educational development they run, greater appreciation of change management and the impact of change on individuals. Ideas about whether ‘digital’ is really different (our own Lawrie Phipps) and on the benefits and challenges of open practice (Lindsay Jordan, DIAL project) also seem to have resonated.

Three wheels on my wagon, and other tales from the SEDA summer school

Our next summer school blog post is from Jakki Sheridan-Ross, who will dispel any illusions you may have had about the SEDA summer school being a bit of a jolly. I advise a cup of tea and a deep breath before launching into her post, which reflects on the whole (exhausting) summer school experience, and how powerful certain group activities and peer discussion can be. Her work is focussed on how hard it is to stop people in universities reinventing the wheel, especially when they’re not sure how many wheels they need…

Jakki’s blog post on the SEDA Digital Literacy Summer School 2012.

Summer school reflections

As part of the Developing Digital Literacies programme, JISC part-funded 12 scholarship places at the 2012 SEDA summer school, ‘Academic Development for the Digital University’. The people who took up these scholarships have been blogging their reflections from the event. Emma King, Learning and Development Advisor at the University of Warwick, reflects in her blog post on the importance of having confidence in your convictions when delivering staff development events.