Where Sheila's been this week – #connectmore16

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, but I think it’s time for a revival.  This week’s outing was to the first of the Jisc #connectmore16 conferences organised by Jisc Scotland and hosted at Forth Valley College.

The events are an opportunity to  Connect with your peers, learn more about their good practice and how, through Jisc, they are making most of digital” and yesterday certainly did that.

I was very impressed with the college campus, what a lovely space and view.  Also the spaces we used for the break out sessions were really well kitted out too ( although we might have had a few more people than they were designed for squeezing into the sessions).  I was particularly pleased that we had a smart board for presentation as I was able to be all  “swooshy” ( aka share some of my digital capabilities) with my presentation which I created using Adobe Spark. I am liking this tool more and more.  I was great to see some appreciation from the audience too.

I have to confess though, I did find the onscreen keyboard a bit of challenge but the excellent IT support staff did a re-calibration and found the wireless keyboard.   I wish all our learning spaces were as well kitted out.

I presented in the Leveraging change through digital capability, alongside Lawrie Phipps, Jisc and Terri Smith, West college.

Throughout the day I was reassured by the similar challenges colleagues across FE and HE are facing in terms of using (digital) technology effectively for learning and teaching. As ever this opportunity for formal and informal sharing of practice ( particularly over the lovely cakes and scones provided)  is invaluable.

This storify gives a great overview and flavour of the day’s activities and discussions and below is my presentation.

From first steps to outstanding - developing the Jisc NUS benchmarking tool for use in staff development






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