2015 Conference

2015 SOLSTICE eLearning Conference

4th and 5th June 2015

The 2015 conference was a two-day event on Technology Enhanced Learning focusing on the enhancement of student learning through evidence informed practices.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Keith SmythProfessor Keith Smyth

Professor of Pedagogy
University of the Highlands and Islands

Keith Smyth is Professor of Pedagogy at the University of the Highlands and Islands.  Keith leads UHI’s new Learning and Teaching Academy, and works across the UHI partnership on strategic learning and teaching developments, funded projects, and supporting staff to engage in educational scholarship and research. Prior to joining UHI in Summer 2014 Keith was a Senior Teaching Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at Edinburgh Napier University, where he was Programme Leader for Edinburgh Napier’s professionally accredited, award-winning MSc Blended and Online Education and also led Edinburgh Napier’s Digital Futures consultation. Keith has been involved in a range of projects and initiatives focused on harnessing technology to support co-creative pedagogies and curriculum models, open educational practice, and online academic development. Keith has undertaken funded projects for organisations including the HEA, JISC, and NHS. He also developed the 3E Framework for technology-enhanced learning and teaching, which has been implemented by over 35 educational institutions across and beyond the UK since being published via Creative Commons in late 2011.

Reconceptualising ‘curriculum’ for digital engagement in Higher Education
Professor Keith Smyth


Sue BeckinghamSue Beckingham

Educational Development – TEL
Sheffield Hallam University

Sue Beckingham is an Educational Developer, taking a Faculty lead role for technology enhanced learning (TEL) at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and also a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (where she is a member of the Executive Board).

Her teaching portfolio includes Professionalism and Communication; Digital Marketing; Web 2.0 in Business; Social Media Use in Organisations; and Information Design. She is also a course designer and facilitator of the cross institution open online course ‘Bring Your Own Device for Learning’ and co-lead of the weekly Learning and Teaching in Higher Education online chat  #LTHEchat.

Sue’s research interests alongside TEL include digital identity and connectedness, and the use of social media in higher education and business.  As a lifelong learner she is currently taking a second Master’s degree, an MSc in Technology Enhanced Learning, Innovation and Change.

Digital Connectedness
Sue Beckingham


Day One

Why can’t I just email you instead? The challenges of engaging students in online feedback within a Digital Learning Environment
Emma Purnell, Plymouth University

The Step Up FE to HE 
Claire Farquharson, Edge Hill University

What constitues effective use of technology enhance learning (TEL)?
David Wooff, Edge Hill University

Me, university and employability (MUE): Developing a Competitive Edge:  Reflexive Journal/process linking the learning journey at university with graduate employability
Dr Julie Kirby, Edge Hill University

How many legs does a dog have?” – Continuous online assessment in the Life Sciences
Peter Alston,  University of Liverpool

Hearing the Online Student Voice Addressing student perceptions of technoogy enhanced learning adoption
Osman Javaid, Irfan Mulla, Rod Cullen, Emily Webb, Hannah Palin, Susan Gregory, Neil Ringan, Manchester Metropolitan University

Making the most of new technology at Edge Hill at tale of two projects.
Dr Chris Beaumont, Michael Banford, Edge Hill University,   Professor Peter Hartley, Visiting Professor

Designing and facilitating cross-country collaborative learning in a professional education context
Sarah Cornelius, University of Aberdeen

Technology enhanced formative assessment Participant experiences, relative efficiencies and tutor learning curves
Dr Rod Cullen, Susan Gregory, Neil Ringan, Mark Roche, Manchester Metropolitan University

iSpring Part 1 and  iSpring Part1a:   Practical examples of use of this e-learning toolkit to enhance student experiences.
Elaine Hughes, Carl Simmons, Edge Hill University

Reflective research project assessment using Pebblepad
Dr Luciane V. Mello, Dr Andy Bates, Peter Alston, University of Liverpool

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn
Elaine Hughes, Judith Ball, Alexandra Swift, Edge Hill University

Day Two

< Transactional Distance and Flexible Learning
Dr John Bostock, Edge Hill University

The workplace as an extension of the classroom – using technology enhanced pedagogy to develop student employability
Stacey Tilling, Coventry University

Creating Tweeter Bases
Dr Dane Anderton, Edge Hill University

Using digital technologies to enrich classroom interaction in HE – experimental observations from FUNAAB
Dr Oluwakemi Fapojuwo, Oluwakemi Fapojuwo, Bosede Soiloye, Remi Aduradola, Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria

Online Assessment Feedback
Claire Farquharson, Edge Hill University

EXIT M – Extending interactions with text and other media
Professor Mark Schofield, Edge Hill University

iSpring Part 2 Practical examples of use of this e-learning toolkit to enhance student experiences.
Sue Canning, Claire Moscrop and Sertip Zangana, Edge Hill University

Peer Review as a Pedagogy using Blackboard Collaborate
David Callaghan, Edge Hill University

160 Students go into a room:  Using real time collaborative software for assessment design and feedforward.
Dr Charles Knight, Edge Hill University

Make best use of learning technologies – searching for effective strategies
Professor Peter Hartley, Visiting Professor;  Professor Keith Smyth, University of the Highlands and Islands

Using screen recording to enhance assessment feedback
Dr Charles Rawding, Edge Hill University

Learning Analytics and Assessment Analytics and Feed Forward
Paul Bailey, JISC

QR Stations:  A route to work base learning
Laura Taylor, Edge Hill University, Richard Williams and Andrea O’Donnell, Alder Hey Hospital

Transforming lives, inspiring change
Professor Alejandro Armellini, University of Northampton

It’s all about Community!
Carol Chatten, and Martin Baxter, Edge Hill University

TThe role of the Senior SOLSTICE fellow – Prezi
Dr Andrea Wright, Laura Taylor, Jacqui Basquill, Edge Hill University

Poster Presentations:

Bringing the Virtual World to the Real World; Use of Augmented Reality (AR) to Enhance the Learning Experience – David Wooff, Edge Hill University

Educational use of QR CodesDavid Wooff, Edge Hill University and Matt McLean, Liverpool John Moores University

Exploring the impact of TEL; a gender specific case studyDawne Bell, Edge Hill University

Empowering the Learner; ensuring curriculum access for all – Dawne Bell, Edge Hill University, Mike Martin, Liverpool John Moore’s University

Conference Papers:

Charles Rawding – Using Screen recording to enhance assessment feedback

Dr Oluwakemi Fapojuwo et al – Using Digital Technologies to enrich classroom interactions in HE

Mark Schofield – Exit-M

Peter Alston – How many legs does a dog have? Continuous Online Assessment in the Life Sciences

Rod Cullent et el – Technology Enhanced Formative Assessment

Sarah Cornelius – Designing and facilitating cross-country collaborative learning

Webb et al  – Student Voice

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