UCL #LearnHack

UCL #LearnHack

A huge thank you to UCL’s Tech Society and colleagues from UCL’s Digital Education team (and in particular Janina Dewitz, Innovations Officer) for inviting the OU to join forces for #LearnHack on Saturday, June 4. #LearnHack was a great opportunity for staff and students to learn together, by trying new technologies, and think creatively as to how they might be applied to enhance teaching and learning.

Hack Days: a case study

Hack Days: a case study

Hack Days: a case study I’m Liz Ellis, and together with my colleague David Vince, we organised and ran the Open University’s first Staff-Student Hack Day in January 2016. David and I are product development managers in the Technology Enhanced Learning...
So, how the heck do you run a Hack Day?

So, how the heck do you run a Hack Day?

So, how the heck do you run a Hack Day? If engagement with staff and students is a continuum, surveys and consultation can often end up on the passive end of the scale. Too easily, even workshops, which belong on the more actively productive end of the scale can...
‘Yay, toasters!’

‘Yay, toasters!’

This structured approach but informal presenting style kept the pace flowing but allowed the educators’ personalities to emerge; learners were excited not only to have their questions answered but to be name-checked; all of which created a sense of intimacy and personalisation that increased learner interactivity, while the live questions on topical issues created a sense of spontaneity.