There has also been an emphasis on student engagement and partnership working from QAA, particularly in Chapter B5: Student Engagement in UK Quality Code for Higher Education and
‘[where] student engagement is highly developed, pervading institution culture and clearly recognised.by staff and student alike, these institutions tended to be those where related features of good practice were found.’(QAA, 2014)
The Jisc Digital Student project (Jisc, 2014) has explored both higher and further education students’ expectations and experiences of technology and how this informs the development of institutional responses to developing a better student digital experience. The project has produced a set of 50 exemplars exploring how institutions are responding to the challenges of supporting the digital student experience. These show the importance of involving students not only in improving infrastructure and provision but in designing relevant curriculum activities, evidencing their emerging digital capabilities, and challenging their assumptions about the role that digital technologies will play in their learning. We need to support the active participation of students in setting and supporting the digital agendas in institutions.
In this session we will hear from a student panel with student representatives from 2 universities and a FE college. Students will share their views on how their use of technology for learning, teaching and assessment could be better supported. The panel will challenge staff to think more creatively about how they engage their own students in digital developments.
The timings for the session will be as follows:
1) Initial presentation (10 min) – introduction to the session, overview of the Jisc Digital Student project
2) 45 mins interactive debate between students and with participation from delegates through structured questions (feedback collated using a padlet and shared with delegates during session
3) Closing plenary (5 mins)
Participants will be able to access supporting advice and guidance to take forward this agenda in their own institution from the newly launched Digital Student online guide: Enhancing the student digital experience: a strategic approach (Jisc, 2015)
Further Education Action Group (2014) Report. Available from http://feltag.org.uk (30 March 2015)
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. (2014) Exploring themes to improve quality for students. Gloucester: QAA.
Jisc (2014) Digital student final consultation Report. Available from http://digitalstudent.jiscinvolve.org/wp/outcomes/ (30 March 2015)
Jisc (2015) Digital Student online guide: Enhancing the student digital experience: a strategic approach. Available from http://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/enhancing-the-digital-student-experience (30 March 2015)
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