In this short session we will describe how strategic buy in at the top level of our University was achieved for changing the face of support for the use of technology enhanced learning in blended delivery of campus based programmes. We will showcase our TEL Roadmap and talk about how it was developed, highlighting how TEL has been built into a new institutional education strategy. We will also explore the adjoining change programme created to highlight effective practice and encourage experimentation with blended learning. Lastly we will reflect on the challenges faced in this 5 year project and how we have overcome them to move into a still challenging implementation phase.
Although we have achieved institutional and strategic buy in, the challenges have now shifted to realising seismic shifts in digital capabilities for staff and students are needed – alongside an institutional VLE review. Programme level learning design in highly modularised delivery structures, requires team based approaches which are challenging in a research intensive university where despite parity for teaching based reward and recognition, there are perceptions that individual exploration is still the norm, and where support for programme development and review has traditionally not been available.
Recruiting a new team to support using more blended delivery will address the headline findings of the TEL Roadmap research phase providing Faculties and Schools the offer of support. We will briefly describe the growth in demand for the services offered under the TEL Roadmap focussing on programme development and review, and expansion of online exam provision and discuss the iterative approach taken to building and sustaining this initial five year project, endorsed by Senate and Council, implemented by a team based in the Learning and Teaching Development Service in partnership with Faculty priorities and delivered by team based partnerships of academic and professional services staff.
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