Monday, 17 December 2012

Viewpoint's Workshop at Belfast Met

Today Alan and Catherine delivered a Viewpoint's workshop as part of the Panorama Project with teams at Belfast Met.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Greenwich Digital Literacies Project Camel Meeting

On the 25th and 26th October 2012 Alan contributed to Greenwich Digital Literacies Project Camel meeting at Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

Catherine and Vilinda joined the group on the 26th.  There was a lot of discussion and group work regarding digital literacy and Viewpoints.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Belfast Metropolitan College

Alan and Catherine met with Belfast Met staff today at the Castlereagh Campus to discuss and share ideas how Viewpoints could be used there as part of  JISC Panorama embedding project. Workshops have been planned for December 12 and February 13.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Enhancing learning and teaching in Northern Ireland

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) have included the HEA Viewpoints Seminar Briefing Report (June 2011) in a new HEA publication entitled: 'Enhancing learning and teaching in Northern Ireland'.

Monday, 30 July 2012

HEA Annual Conference 2012

On the 4th July 2012 Dr Vilinda Ross presented a Viewpoints paper entitled "The Art of the Designer: creating an effective learning experience, Supporting staff to deliver student learning experiences of a lifetime" at the HEA Annual Conference at the University of Manchester along with Rebecca Galley from the Open University.

Slides from the session will be added soon.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Blended Learning Conference at the University of Hertfordshire - 13 June 2012

Yesterday Catherine O'Donnell and Dr Vilinda Ross delivered a session along with Rebecca Galley at the Blended Learning Conference at the University of Hertfordshire.
A link to the session was recorded by the conference and is available at:

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Curriculum Design: Celebrating successes and continuing the journey

Alan and Catherine attended the final JISC Project meeting for the projects in Birmingham on 22nd and 23rd May 2012 Selected tweets from the last JISC Curriculum Design Programme meeting, 22-23 May, 2012, Birmingham added by Sheila McNeill

Friday, 11 May 2012

Viewpoints Assessment and Feedback JISC webinar

Today Alan and Catherine delivered a JISC Assessment and Feedback webinar entitled 'Tools to support effective assessment and feedback; the Viewpoints project'.

Link to a recording of the session:

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Lilac - Embedding information literacies into the curriculum design process: the Viewpoints experience

On the 12th April 2012 Alan, Catherine and Vilinda delivered a Viewpoint's Information Skills workshop at Lilac Conference at Glasgow Caledonian University.

This practical hands-on workshop session introduced delegates to the Information Skills strand of the Viewpoints project and demonstrated how staff and students can be supported in the digital age.

The project showed how the Viewpoint's Information Skills theme can help academic staff consider their students’ information skills needs for a module or course and how librarians working with teaching staff or students can also use this theme to raise awareness of how the demand for information skills/digital literacy is distributed throughout a course or module.

Library staff have commented on the usefulness of the Viewpoints approach and the Information Skills resource set. After a brief introduction to the Viewpoints process in a workshop setting, an Assistant Librarian at Ulster commented that the value of Viewpoints outputs and resources is the “wealth of practical examples”. They added that as a result of the session they were going to “implement ideas when supporting module/course information skills classes”.

The workshop demonstrated how Librarians and other related information professionals can be assisted to use the Information Skills themed resources to support staff and students in the classroom. It shared some experiences from past workshops as rich media has been used to capture outputs via ‘digital stories’, photos, video etc. It demonstrated how workshops have stimulated constructive dialogue and fostered collaboration among both informal groups and teams, helping them build ideas towards a student-centred curriculum design model.

Attendees were invited in groups to participate in an activity designed to give some experience of using the Information Skills strand of the Viewpoints resource suite. This activity was guided but flexible as the groups had to plan how they might use or adapt ideas to meet a given objective. Reflective prompts were provided to aid discussion and promote reflection. There was frequent opportunities to share experiences, compare outputs and discuss how the Viewpoints approach may be applicable to Librarians and other information professionals.

Lilac Conference, April 2012, a set on Flickr.

Slides from the session are available below.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Technology Facilitated Learning Development programme

Participants taking part in the Technology Facilitated Learning Development programme had the opportunity to use Viewpoint's project resources as they scoped and planned their projects during this creative workshop. 7 groups from the Faculty of Art, Design and Built Environment, Access and Distributed Learning, Computing and Engineering, Faculty of Life and Health Science and Ulster Business School took part at Mossley Mill, all focusing on Assessment and Feedback.

Friday, 23 March 2012

CAMEL meeting (Coleraine and Bushmills)

The last CAMEL meeting for JISC Curriculum Design Cluster C took place over two days, on the 22nd and 23rd March 2012. This time University of Ulster hosted the meeting, which took place at the Coleraine Campus (day 1) and Bushmills hotel (day 2). Peter Bullen, the Cluster's critical friend, was the chair for the event.

Day 1 – the Viewpoints Project started day 1 by providing an update and sharing experiences. Each of the projects then spend time brainstorming and sharing indirect project benefits at institution, department, process and individual level.

Day 2 - focused on benefits realisation: how we maintain/embed the indirect benefits identified in Day 1.

Camel meeting March 2012, a set on Flickr.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Postgraduate Certifciate in Further Education session

Today Alan and Catherine from the Viewpoints project along with a colleague Colette Murphy delivered a session on the Postgraduate Certiciate in Further Education course.

Alan introduced Technology Faciliated Learning (TFL) at Ulster. Catherine provided a walk through of a Viewpoints workshop and Colette provided details of some of the tools TFL are promoting.

Slides will be added soon.

Friday, 9 March 2012

HEA Workshop on Embedding Self and Peer Assessment and Feedback in Practice - A Principle-Based and Technology-Enabled Approach,

Alan, Catherine and a colleague Luke Chen delivered a HEA Workshop on 9 March 2012 from 10.30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Jordanstown Campus, University of Ulster. The event was Sponsored by HEA Workshop and Seminar Series.

The workshop introduced and exemplified a principle-based technology-enabled approach to self and peer assessment and feedback in teaching and learning practice. The approach is based on the recently adopted Ulster Principles of Assessment and Feedback for Learning and is supported by the Blackboard Learn system.
In particular, the workshop presented two case studies detailing the step-by-step implementation of self and peer assessment and feedback in practice. These allowed participants to deconstruct the benefits of the case studies, while considering best practice assessment and feedback principles. Some of the students involved in the case studies were present to ensure an authentic student perspective.
In addition, prominent educators from the UK HE/FE were invited to talk about their studies, findings and experiences on self and peer assessment and feedback in learning practice. Participants were also be given the opportunity to share their practice, and to consider and discuss how the presented approach could be adopted to enhance their own practice.

There were both individual and group activities to encourage participants to establish connections between the principles and practice. Assessment and Feedback resources from the Viewpoints Project (an Ulster JISC-funded Curriculum Design Project) used to support activities for the duration of the session.

Slides and further information will be added soon.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Environmental Health Workshop

On 8th February Catherine led a Viewpoint's workshop with colleagues from Environmental Health. The team used the Assessment and Feedback strand as they considered their undergraduate course in preparation for revalidation. They also used the Learner Engagement strand as they began the process of planning a new fully online masters programme for initial evaluation.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Assessment and Feedback for Learning Conference

Today Alan Masson and Catherine O'Donnell delivered a Viewpoints workshop at the Assessment and Feedback for Learning Conference at the University of Ulster.

Slides are available via slideshare