Review of SMU Strategic Objectives regarding TEL

Introduction Sequence Project summary (appendix 2) Update (14/09/10)

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The area of strategic technology enhanced learning to be addressed by this proposal is directly aligned to Swansea Metropolitan University's strategic plan. A key objective of the 2009/10 - 2013/14 plan is to:
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Develop a new Learning and Teaching strategy for publication in late 2010.

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This strategic objective signals the University's intent to realign the academic quality, teaching and learning functions to improve performance, and it makes specific reference to the role of technology in enhancing learning and teaching as part of that process. It states that A new Learning & Teaching Strategy will evolve from these changes ( in combination ) with the work of our E-Learning Working Group ; a clear indication of the importance the University sees in the use of technology, particularly the growing affordances of the Internet, in the delivery of teaching and learning in the future. As HEFCW has put back the submission of Learning and Teaching Strategies from 2010 to 2011 in order that institutions may take account of the outcomes of the Gwella project (due to report in November 2010 ± April 2011) it will be possible for SMU to align the outcomes of this present proposal with the outcomes of the Gwella project and allow both to feed into the final drafting processes of the Learning and Teaching Strategy now due in the later part of 2011. The Gwella project is of major importance to the University: led by the Head of Quality and Learning & Teaching, who reports directly to the Vice Chancellor, a group has been charged with the development and enhancement phase that succeeded the benchmarking exercise. The group reports to the University¶s Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee and to t he Senior Managers, Deans and Directors committee. Three other key objectives in the strategic plan will also benefit from the exploitation of technology; these being improvements in student employability , widening access and sustainable development . The increased use of Internet based access to learning and teaching resources will not only enhance the learning experience for Now due Aug 2011 ± awaiting official confirmation of this date

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students, but will also broaden access for students, particularly those in more rural areas, will ma ke delivery more sustainable with a lower 'energy footprint' and will enhance student ICT skills: an important factor for employers. 7 The project will aim to encourage a culture of change within the institution that enables staff at all levels to recognise the benefits of exploiting technology in the planning, development, delivery and administration of learning and teaching. It will engage with staff at all levels to make them aware of the opportunities that TEL offers to assist them in their work and how they can become more involved in advancing effective deployment by applying JISC project outcomes. The Building Capacity Programme at SMU is seen as an opportunity to advance the existing plans to speed the embedding of technology in the deliv ery of teaching and learning. It will be overseen by the Vice -Chancellor and led by the Head of Quality and Learning & Teaching. A major role will be played by the Head of Information Services and the Head of Commercial Services, who has led a number of su ccessful e-learning EU, WAG and JISC funded e-learning initiatives in Wales. The proposed project directly addresses the key objectives of the HEFCW strategy: Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Technology: a Strategy for Higher Education in Wales . We are in complete agreement with the objectives of this strategy. In particular we wish to create the conditions for the achievement of:
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the enhancement of learning, teaching, assessment, the curriculum and core processes

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We also recognise the importance of accelerating the shift from 'pockets of innovation' to the mainstreaming of learning and teaching provision, processes and practice. This exactly describes the situation at Swansea Metropolitan University at present. The re is a strong track record of innovation in the development of technology enhanced education at SMU. We have also been leaders in collaborative developments with partner institutions across Wales, the UK and in Europe. Embedding though, across the institution, still has to be achieved and it is felt that this project will significantly assist in that process.

WORKPACKAGE 1: Project Review The objective of workpackage 1 is to review available projects and resources from JISC / HEA and examine how they can be used to address strategic objectives of the University. This objective has three sub -goals: 1.1 Review and articulate strategic objectives and needs that project will address 1.2 Review JISC / HE Academy Projects and services and align with strategic objectives.

1.3 To embed a Organisation monitoring process in the institution that monitors opportunities for JISC / HE Academy funding, new publications and supporting materials, events and conferences The first of these three sub -goals has involved the Head of Quality and Learning and Teaching in discussions with key figures in the University, including the TEL Strategy Working Group that is tasked with bringing the Gwella project to completion. The BCP is precisely conceived of by the University as a means of exploiting the opportunities opened up by the Gwella project to make them of longer duration and of wider application, to explore ways in which those opportunities might impact upon , in particular, curriculum development and programme validation and review, aligning these processes with assessment records (mark spreadsheets) and other aspects of information management. The primary strategic objective, the development of a Learning and Teaching Strategy for 2011-2014, invites the University to align some of its procedures with the main aims of the strategy as it takes shape so as to enable to alignment of quality assurance processes with learning and teaching so as to further enable quality enhancement. µGap analysis¶ µThe project will aim to encourage a culture of change within the institution that enables staff at all levels to recognise the benefits of exploiting technology in the planni ng, development, delivery and administration of learning and teaching (7 supra). The four key objectives to be addressed by this project are:

A new Learning & Teaching Strategy will evolve from these changes ( in combination ) with the work of our E -Learning Working Group (3 supra)
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student employability , widening access and sustainable development (8 supra).
In conversation with key figures in the University the Head of Quality and Learning and Teaching has determined that the following key areas need to be addressed by the project:
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The development of an information strategy The development of an information management strategy A review of management and administrative structures

These must be flexible and adaptable, allowing the University to meet changing student needs, especially the growth of part -time study that will be consequent upon the changing student body (demographic: decline in 18 -year old population; changing balance between male/female in older age groups; economic: changing em ployment conditions); development of HEAR and MIAP (need for µTrack µn¶ Trace ¶); completion/achievement; HE/F E interface. The University must be continually adaptable so as to be future -ready. Monitoring The University must be ready to respond to initiativ es arising from JISC and the HEA. The University will ask a member of the TELSWG team to browse for information/updates on a regular basis: the findings will be disseminated through the staff portal.

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