Fancy a Brew?

I’ve just orderd 600 cups of tea & coffee for the SOLSTICE 2010 eLearning conference taking place at Edge Hill on Thursday 3rd June, and you never know there maybe some pastries too!

SOLSTICE 2010 is free to all Edge Hill staff and offers:

  • 34 sessions covering topics from ‘Teaching via Human Avatar’ to ‘Here’s Waving at you Kid – using Google Wave and Twitter’ with both UK and international speakers
  • two excellent keynote speakers; Professor Gilly Salmon & Professor Peter Hartley
  • an excellent opportunity for networking with UK and international colleagues
  • a new exhibitor area
  • a pre-conference workshop ‘Engaging with Open Content: a Framework for the Novice’
  • an evening seminar

So why not join us for a brew, book your place now @ http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/solstice/2012-2/register/

‘Teaching via Human Avatar’ find out how at SOLSTICE 2010

The SOLSTICE 2010 eLearning Conference is fast approaching, free to all Edge Hill staff, the conference offers

  • 34 sessions covering topics from ‘Teaching via Human Avatar’ to ‘Here’s Waving at you Kid – using Google Wave and Twitter’ with both UK and international speakers
  • two excellent keynote speakers; Professor Gilly Salmon & Professor Peter Hartley
  • an excellent opportunity for networking with UK and international colleagues
  • a new exhibitor area
  • a pre-conference workshop ‘Engaging with Open Content: a Framework for the Novice’
  • an evening seminar
Programme:

The complete conference programme including session abstracts is available at:

www.edgehill.ac.uk/solstice/Conference2010/programme.html

Registration:

To book your place please complete the online registration form available  at: www.edgehill.ac.uk/solstice/Conference2010/Registration_Fees.htm

Conference Website:

www.edgehill.ac.uk/solstice/Conference2010

Twitter stream: 

 www.twitter.com/solsticecetl   #solstice2010

We do hope you can come and join us on the 3rd June.

Amanda Boult

SOLSTICE Operations Co-ordinator

SOLSTICE Conference Programme available

We are pleased to announce the programme for our 5th international conference:

 Technology Enhanced Learning and the Student Experience

5th International SOLSTICE eLearning Conference

Thursday 3rd June 2010, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk Campus

Offering two keynote speakers; Professor Gilly Salmon & Professor Peter Hartley and a wide variety of papers, presentations, demonstrations, posters and a new exhibitor area, it promises to be an exciting and informative event. Exhibitors include our main sponsor Blackboard Inc, Pebble Learning, Blackwells and the Strategic Health Authority.

Programme:

Full programme now available at:

http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/solstice/Conference2010/programme.html

Registration:

To book a place please complete the online registration form on the conference website: http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/solstice/Conference2010/Registration_Fees.htm

Conference Website: http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/solstice/Conference2010

SOLSTICE Twitter Stream: http://twitter.com/solsticecetl

We do hope you can join us in June.

Student survey – last chance to respond

The student e-learning survey is closing Friday 29th January so this is your last chance tell us about your experiences of technology in your learning and enter the prize draw.  Looking at the early results you have some interesting ideas for using technology that can be considered for future developments. We welcome responses from all students. To get representative views from all areas, more replies from Business School, Health, Sports, Drama, Science and Geography would be valuable.

The survey may be accessed via the GO portal, from Blackboard or from the SOLSTICE webpages or via the link  

 http://surveys.edgehill.ac.uk/student2009/

Last chance to submit a proposal for SOLSTICE 2010

The closing date for proposals to present at SOLSTICE 2010 is this Tuesday (2nd February)

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Keynote Speakers:

Professor Gilly Salmon, Professor of eLearning & Learning Technologies, University of Leicester 

Professor Peter Hartley, Professor of Education Development, University of Bradford

Call for Proposals:

SOLSTICE is committed to TEL practices that are informed by and generative of research. To that end, proposals for papers, workshops, presentations and posters are invited which consider:

  •  knowledge that has been applied and integrated to inform practices
  •  how we know and predict that practices may work through using evidence?
  •  what has been learned that may positively influence the student experience in the future?
  •  insights gained into existing challenges and into new research agendas that are unfolding

The deadline for receipt of proposals (up to 300 words) is 5pm on Tuesday 2nd February 2010 and should be submitted via the electronic proposal form 

Further details are available on the conference website 

SOLSTICE 2010 Conference – 2nd Call for Proposals

SOLSTICE, Edge Hill University’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, announces its 5th international conference:

‘Technology Enhanced Learning and the Student Experience’

This is our 2nd call for proposals, please note that the deadline date has been extended by one week due to the adverse weather conditions last week.

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Keynote Speakers:

Professor Gilly Salmon, Professor of eLearning & Learning Technologies, University of Leicester 

Professor Peter Hartley, Professor of Education Development, University of Bradford

Call for Proposals:

SOLSTICE is committed to TEL practices that are informed by and generative of research. To that end, proposals for papers, workshops, presentations and posters are invited which consider:

  •  knowledge that has been applied and integrated to inform practices
  •  how we know and predict that practices may work through using evidence?
  •  what has been learned that may positively influence the student experience in the future?
  •  insights gained into existing challenges and into new research agendas that are unfolding

The deadline for receipt of proposals (up to 300 words) is 5pm on Tuesday 2nd February 2010 and should be submitted via the electronic proposal form 

Further details are available on the conference website

The Winter SOLSTICE approaches

As the winter solstice approaches on the 21st, Monday will be the shortest day, and longest night of the year.  Since the inception of the ‘SOLSTICE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’ at Edge Hill University in 2005, we have created a tradition of our own; to update colleagues on our progress by producing a newsletter that coincides with both the winter and summer solstices. 

The latest issue can be viewed @ http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/solstice/aboutsolstice/publications/  we only hope you find the time to read it on the shortest day of the year, if not it could become bedtime reading for the longest night of the year!

Happy holidays and happy reading!

Fascinating additions to Open Educational Resources: WW1 poetry and virtual trenches, Shakespeare Quartos, Trailblazing

Three collections of high quality material of general interest and for researchers and  students of history, poetry, literature, science, have recently been made freely available online and are worth exploring.  

The First World War poetry digital archive and virtual trenches are the result of a JISC project. The resources include works by Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves and Vera Brittain and others, along with contextual primary source materials http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/digitisation/enrichingdigi/ww1poetry

The virtual trenches are an exciting new venture in the 3D virtual world Second Life to simulate areas of the Western Front 1914-18. Explore the virtual Western Front in Second Life at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Frideswide/219/199/646/

Shakespeare Quartos archive http://www.quartos.org  holds the complete digital collection of rare early editions of Hamlet. This JISC project will eventually reunite all seventy-five pre-1641 quarto editions of Shakespeare’s plays into a single online collection http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/digitisation/jiscneh/shakespeare

Royal Society’s Trailblazing project is an interactive timeline for everybody with an interest in science http://trailblazing.royalsociety.org/ It showcases sixty fascinating and inspiring articles selected from their archives dating from 1665 to 2010. Scientific articles and commentary can be downloaded. Two examples are Edmund Halley’s article on the total eclipse of the sun in April 1715, and in 1788 Edward Jenner (of smallpox vaccination fame) wrote a paper on his observations of cuckoo chicks ejecting baby birds from the nest.

500 and counting – great response to the students e-Learning survey

Just one week since the launch of the student survey and we’ve received over 500 responses. What a great start. Thanks to all of you who have already completed a survey. Keep them coming.

The survey aims to find out about your experience, expectations and use of technology in your learning and gives you the opportunity to share your good ideas, as well as your grumbles, with us. This year the survey will also feed into the VLE review, so this is your chance to have your say.

To put yourself in line for a £50 Amazon voucher complete the survey http://surveys.edgehill.ac.uk/student2009/

Festive cheer, mulled wine and an electronic voting system

Last Christmas, SOLSTICE hosted a festively cheery, technology-enhanced learning networking event which brought together colleagues from across the University.

We’d like to do the same this year but focus a chunk of it onto the VLE Review as we’ve had some of your views, but would like to ensure we have obtained as many as humanly possible. I certainly know that staff and students have strong views about the current VLE, Blackboard, but getting  a sense of what kind of VLE we could or should have is proving more challenging.

Many colleagues will be aware that we have been running a series of stakeholder engagement workshops with academics from each of our faculties.  We want the views of a wide range of academic staff .. from those who have been VLE champions to staff who may not have had much interaction with the VLE.

We are proposing to run one further workshop with an open invitation to all academic staff.  This workshop will take place on Friday 11th December 9.30 – 12.30. We’ve been using TurningPoint, (an electronic voting system with ‘clickers’ that work with PowerPoint) to capture staff views. If you like the look of the voting system, you can also talk to us about borrowing it for your own classroom use.

The workshop will conclude with a festive Christmas lunch..and mulled wine. If you’ve already attended a VLE Review workshop, please encourage colleagues to come along. You, of course, are welcome to come to the lunch!

There are a limited number so spaces for the workshop so its first come first served.  Please contact Katherine Richardson, richark@edgehill.ac.uk ext 7754. Please also let her know if you are just coming to the luch so we can order enough food.

We look forward to seeing  you.