The network brings together those working in teaching and learning through a dedicated LinkedIn group and at a series of live events throughout the year. It aims to inspire new ideas and gives leaders the chance to collaborate on issues facing their institutions and hear examples and best practice from universities around the country.
The latest event, held at Wallacespace in Clerkenwell, focused on the theme of “Value for Money”. We were joined by 17 colleagues from universities on March the 6th.
First to speak was Professor Mark Simpson - Pro Vice-chancellor of Learning and Teaching at Teesside University. His engaging talk focused on the university’s Future Facing Learning strategy which enhances the digital skills of staff and students.
Dedicated learning environments have been created to encourage more interactive teaching and all new full-time students at the university are given iPads as well as vouchers for textbooks alongside a mandatory digital development programme.
The standardisation of devices - all students are guaranteed to have access to the same books and equipment - led to the successful integration into learning and 85% of students agreed they have had the opportunity to use their iPad and software to support learning.
Dr Paul Redmond, Director of Student Experience and Enhancement at the University of Liverpool, spoke enthusiastically about the difference between recruitability and employability.
The digital technological revolution means more and more jobs are being automated with students needing to learn a whole new set of skills aside from those traditionally taught by universities. Deloitte estimates 100,000 Jobs in the legal sector alone could be automated in the next 20 years. Where does this leave students?