January’s good news from OCSLD

Every month or so I’m invited to a lunch with the VC where Heads of Departments share good news stories. I thought it was about time I shared some of the good news with a wider audience. So here is OCSLD’s good news for January 2014.

The next lunch is Monday 3 February. What have I missed? Can you add to this list?

1. On 7 January Peter Taylor and Helen Rowlands took up their new posts in the Virtual Projects Office. Sitting in the Finance and Legal Services Directorate the Virtual Projects Office will embark on establishing a range of project related support services to the University. Establishing this centre is the culmination of several years of developing project management expertise and practice led by Ian Whiting.

2. Frances Deepwell saw the publication of the SEDA Special she has brought together Charles Buckley. Drawing on her  roles in the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Research Committee, this collection explores the impact of the Small Grant scheme.

SEDA Small Grants: Celebrating the Scholarship of Educational Development. ISBN: 978 1 902435 57 2

3. Rhona Sharpe has been invited to present a keynote at the annual conference of the New Zealand Association of Open Distance and Flexible Education. The conference will be held in Christchurch, NZ in April 2014.

4. Greg Benfield and Metaxia Pavlakou have had a paper accepted for the 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference. The paper is titled ‘Staff-student partnerships for digital literacy development: benefits, challenges and the way forward’ and is based on their evaluation of the JISC InstePP project (which led to the creation of the ePioneer role at Oxford Brookes). The conference will be held in Valencia, Spain in March 2014.

5. The First Steps into Learning and Teaching Open Online Course began on 22 January. Better knows as #FSLT, this is the third year that OCSLD has run this course. This year is the first time that the course has been offered with an assessed route as an 10 credit M level module within the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. This year the course is tutored by Neil Currant, George Roberts and Marion Waite. Numbers of students so far are 23 taking the course for credit, 12 of whom are external to Oxford Brookes, including students from universities, the NHS, and Oxford Brookes’ Associate College Partners and international students from Singapore and Russia. Total numbers taking the course are difficult to pin down at the moment but at least 50 have enrolled on the #FSLT14 Moodle site.

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Rhona Sharpe

Rhona is Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development at Oxford Brookes University. Her interests are around developing and tutoring online courses, developing learners for a digital age, and  pedagogic research. Rhona is one of the co-founders of ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group), a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. She is Editor of the Brookes eJournal for Learning and Teaching.

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