Beyond the baseline: working with e-learning champions to transform e-learning at a research-led university

Gramp, Jessica (2013) Beyond the baseline: working with e-learning champions to transform e-learning at a research-led university. In: 2nd Moodle Research Conference (MRC2013), 4th and 5th October, 2013, Sousse, Tunisia.

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This paper reports on the creation of an e-learning champions’ network at a research-led university and reports on interim successes and challenges. The importance of senior management buy-in at multiple points within the initiative is highlighted, as is the localised approach to this strategy. A structured approach to working with the departmental e-learning champions has resulted in a successful start to the institution’s vision of improving e-learning uptake. This approach has involved analysing the usage data generated within Moodle and other e-learning systems and combining this with information gained from interviews with champions to produce e-learning position statements for each department. These were combined to produce a faculty e-learning report to be communicated to the faculty’s teaching committee. An action plan is in the process of being implemented at faculty level. Multiple communication channels have been established to support the E-Learning Champions’ Network; however, staff engagement with online communication tools has been minimal. The paper discusses the importance of face to face events in order to establish trust with and between champions and the e-learning support team. It also provides a description of engagement activities at one university which may serve as a useful model for other institutions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: E-learning, Moodle, reports, champions, network, communities of practice, special interest groups, Yammer, Confluence Wiki, senior management buy-in, strategy, initiatives, action plan, communication
Subjects: Educational technology > Case studies on the effectiveness of teaching methods
Depositing User: Dr Michael de Raadt
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 00:00
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 00:00

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