SmiLE! Smart Learning Environments for Smart Teaching

HEA STEM: SmiLE! Smart Learning Environments for Smart Teaching

  • Date: 21 Mar 2014
  • Start Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location/venue: Sheffield Hallam University, Aspect Court, City Campus, Howard Street Sheffield

Smart technologies can promote autonomy, flexibility and innovation where individual academics are open to recognising and exploring the opportunity. Creative academic practitioners, using personal tablets and apps, are able to define and support contextualised smart learning environments enabling student-centred teaching. The seminar looks at associated attitudes, ideas and good practice.

By the end of the seminar delegates will have,

  • Understood the capabilities of smart devices (e.g. tablets and phones) and the range ‘apps’ for supporting the academic role by using a Smart Learning Environment taxonomy and example scenarios;
  • Learnt how STEM academics are responding to opportunities provided by personal smart technology;
  • Reflected on their own readiness to use personal and institutional smart technologies to change and improve their existing teaching paradigm by considering the findings from our smart teaching research;
  • Generated and considered scenarios for innovative smart teaching;

Learnt about the risks associated with smart device teaching and how to manage these.

The workshop will be led by Andrew Middleton, Chair of the UK Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group and Dr Anne Nortcliffe, Senior Lecturer, Software Engineering and Computing. Other academic and student speakers will be invited to contribute based upon the outcomes of current research* into BYOD approaches and attitudes of academic staff.

12:00 – 12:30 – Orientation/Lunch

12:30 – 12:45 – Introductions

12:45 – 13:15 – ‘Know’

13:15 – 14:00 – ‘Generate’

14:00 – 14:15 – break/refreshments

14:30 – 15:30 ‘Innovate’

15:30 – 16:00 – ‘Reflect’

* An internally funded Student As Researcher project is being run this year sponsored by the session leads.

To book onto the event, see:

Further questions, contact: Andrew Middleton

10 Ways for Academic Development Teams to Exploit BYOD4L Momentum

The course runs over five days online from 27th to 31st January 2014. We expect participants to spend between 1 and 3 hours on each of those days in the typical model, but the course can be adapted to fit to different schedules especially where a more blended approach is being taken.

1.         Awareness – make sure your academic and support colleagues are aware of this CPD opportunity. Do they want to learn about Smart Learning and BYOD4L? Do they want to experience an innovative social learning environment?

2.         Local Information and Support – if you have local information, support or initiatives in the area of smart learning and BYOD4L make sure they are prepared to support and build upon the momentum in this week. The BYOD4L course community will be generating plenty of artefacts this week too. Think about how you can tap into and contribute to this growing resource now and during the next year.

3.         UKPSF – Discuss how BYOD4L maps to most activities, core knowledge and values of the UKPSF. BYOD4L is a good talking point, therefore, in discussions about the different flavours of CPD.

4.         Blended – BYOD4L is a Collaborative Open Online Course (COOL). It’s pedagogy comes from social network and their collective experience and common learning. Facilitating local f2f events and peer enhancement activities will multiply the benefits of the experience for participants and their institutions.

5.         Peer Supported Review – encourage the formation of local Peer Support Review, Peer Development, Peer Enhancement Groups on Smart Device Learning. There are opportunities for staff and students to learn about this together in a Students As Partners ethos – can you facilitate this?

6.         Answer the call! – can you find someone to facilitate a local Special Interest Group this week? Contact MELSIG if you want further thoughts on facilitating the course locally.

7.         Do it all later! – BYOD4L is available for you to run yourselves when it suits you under a Creative Commons attribution licence. Encourage one or two people to take part now so they can put your spin on it later.

8.         PG Cert HE, PGCAP, MEds… – alert course leaders so they can suggest BYOD4L as a special project focus for students. Remember BYOD4L is more about disruptive pedagogy than technology. It addresses questions about learning and teaching spaces and how space affects innovative pedagogy.

9.         Organise Hang Outs and webinars – run your own webinars leading up to, during or following on from BYOD4L. MELSIG will be running Google Hangouts each day to discuss the five key topics. But you could do this too to give the discussion that local focus.

10.       Watch Twitter – surprise yourself about who at your institution is taking part anyway. Look out for colleagues who are asking for help and be ready to offer them the right, useful answers for your institution. For example, be ready to answer questions about ethics, social media policy, assessment methods, access to technology, institutional apps for learning, how to write case studies, etc.

Follow the course on Twitter@MELSIGUK

10 was never enough…! Please comment with further suggestions. Please let us know how you end up integrating BYOD4L in your own context (@MELSIGUK) #MELSIG #BYOD4L

BYOD4Learning course

Announcing a free new short course from MELSIG

Dear colleague,

We hope you had a wonderful break and the New Year started well for you.

We would like to bring the following to your attention:

The Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group is offering the

‘Bring Your Own Device for Learning’ course (or short BYOD4L)

27-31 January 2013

A bite-size open course over 5 days for students and teachers in HE who would like to learn with us how we can utilise our digital devices for learning.

Together we will explore the following topics

  • connecting

  • communicating

  • curating

  • collaborating

  • creating

Using an inquiry-based approach that will enable us to learn with others and/or on our own. You are very welcome to join one or all the above topics and work towards an open badge or two ;) There will be six open badges available in total. One for each topic and a super-badge if you successfully complete the whole course.

If you would like to find out more about #BYOD4L and join, please have a look at Feel free to follow @melsiguk on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all course announcements. The course hashtag is #BYOD4L.

Please note, this is a registration-free course. We would however like to invite you to consider completing the initial survey if you decide to participate in the course. This can be found at Thank you in advance for completing this.

Please extend this invite to others who might want to join this course. Thank you very much.

Best wishes for a healthy and creative New Year!

See you soon.

Chrissi Nerantzi (@chrissnerantzi) & Sue Beckingham (@suebecks)