1. TELFest is an annual week long event held at the University of Sheffield, during the summer. The event is designed to help academic and teaching staff make the most of technology to enrich learning and teaching. Our next TELFest will take place 3 July 17 - 7 July 2017 and the call for participation is now open: bit.ly/TELFestPresent

    The TELFest community consists of attendees who are passionate about learning and teaching and they have told us how much they value the networking opportunities that TELFest has provided them with. In order to support the network, this month, we held our first TELFest reunion, a 2 hour, exclusive event, that was only open to those that had previously attended TELFest.
  2. The event began with an update on some of the institutional projects that we have underway. This included:
  3. - VLE Review, Dr. Chris Stokes (Cross-Cutting director of Digital Learning) provided an update and outcomes of the review that we have recently undertaken. The review involved a wide consultation with staff and students, visits to other institutions and presentations from leading suppliers. Outcomes cannot be shared here, but you can contact myself or Chris for more information.
    - Digital Media Hosting Project, we have recently procured Kaltura, which will be launched at TELFest 2017. Graham McElearney (Senior Learning Technologist) updated colleagues about this project and outlined how colleagues can get involved in early pilots.
    - PebblePad saw a major change to it's design over the summer and there has been lots of positive feedback from colleagues using the tool. Pete Mella (Learning Technologist), outlined these changes, alongside examples of how people have utilised this new look and feel.
  4. Lunch provided colleagues the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and discuss educational technology trends, in this world cafe type session. Discussions included: What is VR and could it be used in your context?, How can we be both consistent and innovative? We also asked colleagues what they would like to see at TELFest 2017.
  5. We ended the event with some excellent 'show and tell' presentations, with presenters sharing experiences and details of TEL projects that they have been working on.
  6. Flipped Learning
    Gareth Bramley, Law | Link to Slides
    Gareth provides an update on delivering flipped learning (to include changes and developments since year 1), and utilizing Lecture Capture and Google Community, in an undergraduate law module.

    If you are interested in learning more about flipped learning, why not sign up for the short online course to help you put flipped learning into practice with your students.
  7. Enhancing MOLE Course
    Juliana Meira, Management School | Link to Slides
    Juliana has worked on tailoring a course for MBA students by redesigning the module guide and engaging more closely with colleagues, students and wider audience. She will share how she has redesigned her MOLE module, making it look professional, clear and at the same time student-friendly. For instance, adding updated examples from large organisations as case studies is essential to this audience. Videos from Financial Times were added to the MOLE page. She has also added more details to PowerPoint slides and explained clearly expectations and desired behaviour and module learning outcomes. Additionally, in terms of engagement in the classroom she had a 'laboratory style' class using LEGO in a team building and cost reduction in our target costing session. Another thing she did differently was to embed formative feedback for the assignment, both in writing and through the use of group presentations.

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    Juliana Meira, Management School
    Juliana has worked on tailoring a course for MBA students by redesigning the module guide and engaging more closely with colleagues, students and wider audience. She will share how she has redesigned her MOLE module, making it look professional, clear and at the same time student-friendly. For instance, adding updated examples from large organisations as case studies is essential to this audience. Videos from Financial Times were added to the MOLE page, for example. I have also added more details to powerpoint slides and explained clearly expectations and desired behaviour and module learning outcomes. Additionally, in terms of engagement in the classroom we had a 'laboratory style' class using LEGO in a team building and cost reduction in our target costing session. Another thing I did differently was to embed formative feedback for the assignment, both in writing and through the use of group presentations.
  8. As mentioned, this was our first TELFest reunion and pending feedback, we intend to deliver more sessions, to help strengthen the networks within this vibrant community. In the meantime don't forget to save the date for TELFest 2017 (3rd July -7 July) and do consider submitting a proposal: bit.ly/TELFestPresent
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