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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 Innovations team, in Learning and...

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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 become heavily facilitated and ultimately...

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‘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.

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Being an OU student: the highs and lows

As students we were treated as equals during the Hack Day, and this ensured that we all felt part of an inclusive process rather than just some academic experiment. This has added to the positive feelings I now have towards ‘my’ university.

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