Every month or the Heads of Department have lunch with the VC and run through news from their departments. These tend to focus on external activities: research, consultancy and outreach. Here is what I reported from OCSLD

Quite an international flavour to start with…


Frances Deepwell was invited to run two sessions at the KomDiM Academy, Duisburg in October. This was a regional conference in Germany with the title ‘Diversity Management in Higher Education’. Frances presented a paper on the Brookes PETAL scheme and run a workshop on the Virtual Conference assessment OCSLD runs in the PCTHE.


Stephen Broughton, OCSLD researcher, was invited to attend an event organised by the National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico and by the British Council in Mexico, based on his postgraduate research in mathematics education. Stephen has blogged out his experience.


Jude Carroll (now retired) and Elizabeth Lovegrove hosted a group of educational developers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, who spent two days with OCSLD, hearing about what we do and thinking about how they structure their own educational development service.

Closer to home…


George Roberts presented on digital literacy at Brookes and the new Technology Enhanced Learning Framework at a QAA Network event on 12 November.


Ian Whiting has started to disseminate the findings and outputs of our Leadership Foundation funded evaluation of Participative Process Reviews. The project found that performing process reviews can result in significant efficiency savings for teams and that the participatory nature of a PPR brought teams closer together and highlighted issues that might otherwise have been overlooked. What has been most encouraging from our perspective is that on delivering it once, teams have subsequently gone on to carry out further process reviews in their area.

Ian has written a blog post for the Efficiency Exchange, an article for the SDF Digest, and a workshop at the November Staff Development Forum Conference.

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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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