ELESIG webinars allow you to keep in touch with the latest learner experience research either by attending the events live or watching the recordings. Below are our upcoming webinars and those held in 2020/21. For webinars and events prior 2019, please see our Archive page. If you want to request or offer a webinar on a specific topic, please use our Contact form. We are particularly interested to hear from early career researchers and researchers outside of the UK.

Events/webinars 2020 – 2021

ALT ELESIG Webinar Series

We are pleased to announce our webinar series. The details of events can be found below:

The use of learning design within the virtual learning environment to promote students’ metacognitive skills – 14th April 1-2pm

Drs James Matthews, Crystal Fulton and Emma O’Neill, are University College Dublin (UCD) Fellows in Teaching and Academic Design and came together to work on their Fellowship project, “Designing for learning within the VLE” in January 2019. Coming from diverse backgrounds across UCD, including Sports Psychology, Information & Communication Studies and Veterinary Medicine the fellows bring a broad mix of teaching and learning experience to their project.

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The student voice on Active Blended Learning – 11th March 1-2pm

Professor Alejandro (Ale) Armellini – Dean of Digital and Distributed Learning (University of Portsmouth)
Virginia Teixeira Antunes – Independent consultant working in the education sector
Rob Howe – Head of Learning Technology (University of Northampton)

The session focuses on university students’ perceptions of their learning and social experiences in the context of an institution-wide pedagogic shift to Active Blended Learning (ABL). This presentation will address 3 key categories emerging  from the research (1) learning experiences, (2) social experiences and (3) support provision.

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How are students experiencing learning online? What the data from our digital experience insights 2020-1 student surveys is telling us 24th March, 1-2pm

Sarah Knight, Head of data and digital capability, Jisc
Ruth Drysdale, Senior consultant, data and digital capability, Jisc

With the continued pandemic, and the requirement of students in further and higher education to continue to learn remotely, it is essential that we have mechanisms in place for gathering feedback on their experiences. It has never been more important to listen to the student voice and to work as partners with students to ensure their digital experience delivers what they need and shapes the digital future of the students that follow.

The digital experience insights surveys allow organisations to collect valid, representative and actionable data from their students and staff about the digital environment they offer and to understand how digital technologies are used in learning and teaching as well as across the organisation. This year, organisations have the option to run the surveys annually or as pulse surveys and this session will share the findings from the first round of pulse student surveys with the data collected from October to end of December 2020.

Over 27,000 students from further and higher education have shared their views on their online learning experience. The findings offer insights into how students are navigating digital poverty, their digital wellbeing as well as the support for developing their digital skills and what they need in order to become effective online learners.

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ALT Winter Conference – ELESIG Open Meeting (15 December 2020)

We held a free ELESIG open meeting on Tuesday 15th December between 1-1.45pm as part of the ALT winter conference. We were joined by Dr Brett Bligh, from the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University and co-Director of the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning. Brett presented an overview of the current challenges and opportunities within learning technology research in the current context. You can access the meeting here –