Reviewing our digital learning environment – get involved!
By Steve Rowett, on 7 November 2019
Earlier this year, I celebrated a decade at UCL.
Just as I joined, there was another new recruit to UCL – Moodle. This open source virtual learning environment had recently replaced WebCT which we used before, and my initial task was to support the migration of 300 courses from one to the other. Since then we’ve regularly upgraded Moodle and added new facilities such as Turnitin, Lecturecast and Blackboard Collaborate into it. It now has 7000 live courses and is used by nearly every teacher and student at UCL.
We also have other services – from voting handsets to portfolios. And we also know that there’s lots of other web-based services that people use.
Time flies by, and after ten years we think it’s right to ask if this environment is right for us? Does it need to change? Are we making the most of what we’ve got? Is there something better we should be doing instead?
To help us answer these, Digital Education has been listening and learning. We’ve started the process by conducting detailed interviews with 10 staff and 13 students about how they teach and learn. These have raised issues from our spaces and technologies, to our culture and organisation. It’s a rich source of viewpoints, and reflects the diversity and breadth of UCL’s education and people.
We’d like to share some of these findings with you, and give you an opportunity to contribute and prioritise our future developments. To do this, we have arranged four Town Hall meetings:
- Wednesday 27 November 3-4pm, Cruciform LT2;
- Tuesday 3 December, 10-11am, Cruciform LT1;
- Monday 16 December, 12-1pm, Medical Sciences AV Hill Lecture Theatre;
- Wednesday 8 January 2020, 3-4pm, Cruciform LT2.
There’s no need to book – just turn up to any that you wish to attend. The events are aimed at teaching staff but students and other staff are welcome too.
Any questions, please contact Steve Rowett in Digital Education.