Good news for June by Rhona Sharpe · June 23, 2014 Here’s the latest instalment of good news from OCSLD reported to today’s VCs lunch. We’ve been out and about at conferences: George Roberts gave a keynote at the SOLSTICE Conference at Edgehill University on 5 June entitled ‘Where is the new blended learning?’ Frances Deepwell gave a paper at the conference of the International Consortium of Educational Developers in Stockholm on 18 June entitled “Changing the Conversation: Evaluating a whole-institutional initiative of annual teaching renewal”. Rhona Sharpe gave a keynote on ‘Developing Digital Literacy’ at the Teaching and Learning Conference at Robert Gordon University, 9th May A team from OCSLD (Rhona Sharpe, Greg Benfield, Metaxia Pavlakou) and School of Education (Liz Browne) have been awarded £25,000 from the Jisc for a research project on student expectations of technology in further education, part of the Digital Student programme. Mary Deane and Marion Waite received a Santander Award in order to run the Virtual International Conference, ‘Giving Feedback to Writers Online’ on 26th June Oxford Brookes chosen as a pilot for the new Equality Challenge Unit race equality charter mark. A race equality charter mark will focus on improving race equality for staff, concentrating on career progression and pipeline issues. We launched our second Open Online Course which ran through March/April. Called ‘Teaching Online Open Course’, TOOC had 151 enrolments (including tutors and TAs), 14 of whom enrolled for credit (4 external). There was an unusually high level of active participation beyond the first week for an open online course. For example, approximately 50 participants in the week 1 live webinar and still 30+ in the week 3 one. An advantage of going to an open course format is having a larger cohort than a closed course would have. This makes participant contributions aggregate into larger resources with more impact, variety and sophistication than would be possible with a small cohort. For example, an open Google doc contribution activity (post an icebreaker learning activity design) garnered almost 60 individual icebreaker designs, an impressive collection that pales in comparison to what a cohort of 20 people might have produced. A number of highly appreciative public posts appeared about #TOOC14 on twitter and other social media.