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The Gwella Programme supports the implementation of HEFCW’s Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Technology (TEL) in Wales strategy. The University of Glamorgan’s CELT TEL team has submitted a report in the form of a “Glamorgan’s case study” to the Academy with Gwella project outcomes . The case study considers one such set of institutional efforts to generate change – at many levels, including pedagogic change – through technology.
There are some significant outcomes and messages from the Gwella initiatives about the institutional initiative in an engaging, interesting and thought-provoking way. This case study presents an institutional initiative as part of the Gwella project with the following focus: (1) milestones and achievements; (2) where are we now? (3) looking back and looking forward – the wider context and sustainability.
All the key developments in the past three years have been achieved through the institutional Gwella enhancement evidenced by Glamorgan students, staff and external bodies (e.g. JISC e-learning evaluation programme case studies).
The student engagement and voices for supporting student learning enhancement in the digital world has been recognised by the JISC Study of how UK FE and HE institutions are supporting effective learners in a digital age ( SLiDA project). For example, online submission and self-assessment for learning through Turnitin on GlamLearn have enhanced both home and international student experiences. Richer and prompter assessment feedback is provided to students via GradeMark and audio feedback (see the SLiDA wiki and Turn it in or Turn it off project for more details).
There are also increasing discussion and debate across the faculties about the readiness and consistency of both staff and students for various learning technologies. This will be a continuing discourse and challenge in years to come. However, Glamorgan academics are overcoming these challenges by realising for themselves the student-driven benefits of their increased use of TEL . Such commitment to enhance student learning and assessment experiences, added to individuals’ persistency and patience towards technological constraints has given rise to enhanced performance. In sum, there are three key messages to the sector:
1 – Challenge: Enhacement than embedding
2 – Celebrate the focus: Pedagogy than Technology
3 – Change: Student experiences driven changes
It is essential that the messages from the Gwella initiatives are known by all stake holders in the Welsh HE and particularly those who have a role in implementing change in institutions.
Last but not least, an interesting book for your reference on this agenda: Transforming Higher Education Through Technology Enhanced Learning book – chapter visualisations