Although the qualitative case study phase of this mixed method research is in progress, the survey has already offered insights that will guide the upcoming qualitative phase. The survey showed that even though all the responding institutions offer digital tools for teaching and learning, and that more than half of them (57%) develops their own in-house TEL tools, only 40% have some kind of an online toolkit collating the tools using different taxonomies. However, 37% claim to have a toolkit in development, demonstrating that TEL toolkits are becoming ‘the new normal’ in the UK HE. These toolkits and institutions’ strategies will be further explored and analysed within the follow-up case study research asking in what ways academic staff needs are included and/or addressed within these strategies. The survey further demonstrated that institutions spend more days training academic staff to use the available digital tools (66% more than 5 days per year) compared to students (33%). Yet less than 10% of institutions monitor TEL users ‘continually’, with the majority stating they ‘rarely’ monitor academic staff (63%). 31% claim to ‘frequently’ monitor the use of TEL tools among students. This could imply that academic staff are seen by the HE institutions as an interlink between them and the students rather than the primary target audience and users.
Our presentation will explore the research completed and its future direction. In addition, we will run a workshop to explore the additional benefits TEL Toolkits for staff including, but not restricted to, wellbeing, life-long learning and self-development.
Those attending the session will gain a thorough understanding of the TEL Toolkit landscape and how the additional benefits of toolkits can be used to further develop staff.
Biggins, D., Holley, D., & Zezulkova M., 2017. Competence and Capability Frameworks in the Context of Learning, Self-Development and HE Pedagogy. In Vincenti, G., Bucciero, A., Helfert, M., Glowatz, M., eds. E-Learning, E- Education, and Online Training, Springer e-book, pp. 46-53.
Yin, R.K., 2011. Applications of case study research. Sage.