Enhancing Practice with Digital and Social Media

Toolkit in a Day

Event title: Enhancing Practice with Digital and Social Media – using ‘Toolkit In A Day’ methodology to explore the possibilities and practicalities
Toolkit themes: Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes, Social Media for Learning, and Digital Media for Flipped Active & Blended (FAB) Learning
Date: 21st June 2018 Time: 9.30 – 4.30
Host: Sheffield Hallam University
Cost: Free
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/melsig-enhancing-practice-with-digital-and-social-media-tickets-46101232026

Hashtag: #MELSIG_SHU

Who’s it for? Academics, educational developers, learning technologists and anyone involved in the design, delivery and support of innovative academic practice

Joining instructions: Sheffield Hallam University, “Heartspace”, The Atrium, City Campus. Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB Sheffield 

Note: Refreshments will be provided as outlined in the programme. You may want to bring additional water if it’s hot.


Join us to explore how media-enhanced learning approaches can be used to stimulate student learning and engagement. Together, we will learn by using our knowledge, imagination and curiosity to co-construct three online toolkits:

  • Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes
  • Social Media for Learning
  • Digital Media for Flipped Active & Blended (FAB) Learning – digital video and digital stories

In each case, our aim is to create a useful and inspiring media-rich online resource, open for anyone to use. Each toolkit will inspire and guide academic innovation, featuring examples of good practice in the use of digital media for learning. Whether novice or expert, you will make a significant and valuable contribution to one or more of the toolkits while learning from each other.

The day is structured around a ‘toolkit in a day’ semi-structured method. The method itself is valuable and can be adopted in any discipline for use with your own students.

The event sees the launch of the book Reimagining Spaces for Learning in Higher Education by Andrew Middleton, published by Palgrave Teaching & Learning and the day will conclude with a panel made up of National Teaching Fellows and case study contributors who will explore the concept of the co-constructed learning space and the concept of hybrid learning studio – key ideas explored in the book.

Outline Programme

As always, the programme details remain provisional up to the event. Small changes to titles and timings and the addition of room numbers and session details are likely. We will rework this page after the event so that it provides direct links to resources produced in these sessions.

9.30 – Registration – tea/coffee and cakes

10.00 – Welcome and introduction – Andrew Middleton will introduce MELSIG and explain how we will work together to co-construct the toolkits.

Each toolkit strand will involve teams led by two experienced MELSIG facilitators. We will work through a series of activities as set out in the programme.

Toolkit-focused Sessions

10.20 Activity 1 What – definitions and explanations

10.45 Activity 2 Why – rationale, examples and benefits

11.15 Activity 3 Coffee Gallery – Toolkit exchange, questions and peer feedback

11.30 Activity 4 How – explain and demonstrate how to make or use these methods

12.30 Lunch – networking and exchange

13:15 Activity 5 Reality Checking – reviewing feedback, listing and exploring the challenges and possibilities: “it may be a good idea, but/and…”

13.35 Activity 6 Make it Happen! – Creating examples, making tools, tips and FAQs

15.00 Activity 7 Coffee Gallery – Toolkit exchange, questions and peer feedback

15.20 Next Steps…

Reimagining Spaces for Learning in Higher Education book launch

15.30 Panel session – ‘Studio for All’ panel involving NTFs and Case Study participants. We will consider the role of media-enhanced learning in the context of a reimagined learning space by looking at ideas such as:

  • mobile and smart learning with BYOD
  • social media for learning
  • rich media
  • flipped, active and blended learning
  • the concept of hybrid learning studio
  • learner-generated context and self-determined learning

16.30 Wine and networking

Note: During the day we will have video cameras on hand for capturing some of ideas and examples. We will seek your permission before recording you.