Embedding digital education
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Our vision is to create conditions throughout Oxford where excellence in teaching and assessment can thrive.
In 2022-23, we invite you to work with us on projects related to two key priority areas: Embedding digital education and Redesigning summative assessments. Find out more about our consultancy service.
Read below how we can work with you on projects focussed on embedding digital education technologies, processes and pedagogies to ensure they are working well for you and your students. If you are interested in working with us on a project related to redesigning summative assessment, find out how we can help you.
What are some of the drivers at Oxford for embedding digital education?
Use of Canvas and associated digital tools to support students at Oxford more than doubled between 2019 and 2021, accelerated by the teaching requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we know from the University-wide consultation for the new Digital Education Strategy, that there is a strong demand to pause, review and consolidate before pursuing significant new digital education initiatives.
As such, the driver for this consultancy service is focussing on embedding digital education technologies, processes and pedagogies to ensure they are working well for you and your students.
How will we work with you?
In this context, and recognising all parts of the University have different needs, we will work with divisions, departments or course teams, and in partnership with your students, to solve a strategic challenge, address an already identified requirement, or support an emerging opportunity underpinned by digital education tools and approaches.
If you are interested in working with us on embedding digital education within your course or programme, please complete the expression of interest form by the due dates below:
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What are some project examples?
Projects to embed digital education could include working with you to:
- Streamline teaching and administrative processes around course management by better integrating tools, and working with staff to ensure they have the skills to confidently use these. For example:
- Implementing a new workflow using SpeedGrader in Canvas to record and track lab or practical work and save time in marking and managing this for staff and students
- Reviewing calendars for a department, replacing manual workflows to update documents or spreadsheets with Canvas calendars. This allows for automated dissemination across courses and roles, as well as streamlining annual updates through smart rollover options
- Define what the 'new normal' looks like for your disciplinary context, then setting up Canvas and other digital tools to support it. For example:
- Developing bespoke course templates and 'building blocks' to ensure all your Canvas courses have common elements and structures important to your context
- Reviewing tool integrations and workflows to ensure supporting materials, reading lists and educational recordings are predictably available to students in the most efficient ways for staff
- Integrating Teams and Canvas to better facilitate collaborative group work
- Address an issue identified by digital education technologies analytics or student feedback. For example:
- Improving formative feedback using the Canvas assignments tool integrated with Turnitin
- Explore options to extend a new or existing programme or course through blended, hybrid or online formats. For example:
- Bringing international experts to Oxford-based students through hybrid or online lectures
- Widening audiences for summer schools or other courses by moving fully online
- Allowing students to collaborate with globally dispersed peers or experts on project work.
It is anticipated that by working with us, departments, faculties, or course teams will be able to define what they want to do and how to achieve it, as well as implement a change in their use of digital education which improves the experience for students and staff.
Who can you contact for further information about this service?
If you would like to speak with us about this service before completing the expression of interest form, please contact Marion Manton (Head of Digital Education, Centre for Teaching and Learning) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to connect with peers across Oxford to share digital education practice, you can join the Digital Education Technologies User Group. The user group is an online space for anyone interested in discussing how digital tools can support flexible and inclusive teaching and learning at the University.
We also recognise that many course and programme teams may wish to explore projects that span across embedding digital education. In our initial scoping meeting with you, it may emerge that a broader conversation might be of value. Examples of methodologies we can use to support this conversation are TESTA (Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment) fast-track and ABC Learning Design.
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