De Montfort

Heriot-Watt

Lancaster

UWE

Ulster

Teesside

 Heriot-Watt Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research.   We are Scotland's most international university with an unsurpassed international in-country presence. We deliver degree programmes to 31,000 students globally, have campuses in Dubai and Malaysia and boast the largest international student cohort in Scotland. A Heriot-Watt Graduate, values, and is adept at, team-working and collaboration.  They will also communicate in a confident, informed and inclusive way. The JISC Digital Classroom Roadshow has provided a valuable opportunity to invite University members, from across our entire academic community and to explore with them, the possibilities for the use of innovative technologies, to facilitate flexible collaboration and information sharing.   Collaborative activities are a key part of our academic programmes and the opportunity to work with novel technologies and to experiment are vital.  It has acted as a valuable test bed for us to examine the ways in which we might embed spaces of this nature into our learning and teaching.  It’s also provided an opportunity to examine the most appropriate ways in which to integrate wireless collaborative tools into our existing technical infrastructure. In addition, the opportunity to meet with and to discuss common issues with colleagues from the academic community across Scotland, has been extremely worthwhile.

Douglas Marsland - Head of Audio Visual Services - Information Services Directorate

 Lancaster Lancaster University hosted the digital classroom roadshow in its newly refurbished library from 7th March to 6th April 2016. Over that period a broad range of academic, professional services and senior management staff visited and were able to make use of the space to experience and gain insight into the benefits afforded by a technology enhanced, dual pedagogy learning space. In addition to workshops that focussed on technical and pedagogical aspects of flexible learning space design, the opportunity for ‘live’ teaching sessions was invaluable in gaining student perspectives on the value of this teaching environment. Hosting the classroom on campus, with all the associated support that was provided, enabled us to see it operating within the local institutional context, integrated with our infrastructure and processes. This, together with overwhelmingly positive feedback from all users, has enabled us to make a compelling case for introducing similar classroom environments on campus as well as clearly defining the requirements for establishing them and has already resulted in two such initiatives. Phil Cheeseman - Head of Academic Services
 UWE The Digital Classroom Roadshow at the University of the West of England (UWE) provided a very useful opportunity to raise awareness and gain feedback from staff, students and visitors – as well as providing a useful testing ground for technologies. A wide range of people from across the university and beyond came along for a hands-on experience of a fully equipped digital learning space, including academics, learning technologists, technical staff, students and external visitors. It provided UWE with a really useful environment to raise staff awareness and try out various techniques for technology enhanced active learning (TEAL). The installation helped us to identify perceived benefits and challenges - this will be useful in planning staff development and informing decisions on pedagogical approaches and designs for the future. This is a really valuable and useful initiative - both for UWE, and for the wider HE sector. I would highly recommend the Digital Classroom Roadshow at UWE to be nominated for an AV Award. Glenn Duckworth - Learning Technologist - Faculty of Business & Law

Inaugural UK Roadshow - 2015/2016

In addition to being hosted at Teesside, Ulster, UWE, Lancaster, Heriot-Watt and De Montfort, the

Digital Classroom Roadshow also featured at Digifest, Landex, and the British Academy of

Management’s Technology Event at Portsmouth Business School.   A total of 74 universities and 46

colleges were represented at workshops that also attracted architects and designers.  Read what

the hosts had to say about their experience of the Digital Classroom….

© DroitwichNet- 2017 - Contact: Duncan Peberdy - m:07887 628567 - e:duncan@droitwich.net
 ULSTER Ulster University is transforming  higher education, creating dynamic teaching and learning environments with state-of-the-art facilities in the city centre. The new Belfast campus will be open and accessible learning environment, offering opportunities for organisations and individuals to share city-centre facilities where businesses can collaborate, industry can access expertise and communities can engage in spaces of unrivalled quality. This campus will be a world-class centre for research and innovation, facilitating creative and technological excellence. In preparation for interacting in these new generation  learning environments, a range of experimental active learning spaces are being developed across regional campus locations to inform decisions regarding future investments and learner-centred engagement by all stakeholders.  The Digital Classroom Roadshow was conceived by external consultant Duncan Peberdy as a facility that would allow a greater number of people across the campus to have hands-on experience of a fully equipped digital learning space. In Ulster, there was excellent engagement from colleagues in Learning and Teaching, Academic Development, Estates, Timetabling, IT and AV,  and the Student Experience. Workshops, presentations and discussions during the roadshow raised awareness and discourse to consider different furniture and technology configurations that promote collaborative and active learning.  Participants were able to bring their own wireless computing devices and experience the connectivity and usability available to enhance the student learning experience.  Over 200 staff and students attended training sessions, workshops, teaching and discussions in the Digital Classroom and considered the use of dual pedagogies (Active Learning and Didactic) in the same space without the need to reconfigure furniture for either to be achieved.  This has been a critical initiative in support of our strategic Learning Landscape Change Programme, inspiring a range of innovative interdisciplinary Active Learning Projects across all faculties, which are already delivering positive student evaluations of these digital  learning spaces. Professor Diane Hazlett - Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research & Practice
 TEESSIDE Teesside University was the first University to participate in the national roadshow showcasing a fully configured digital 36 capacity classroom, which was designed to provide people with an experience of the active learning environment, exploring how this sort of learning space can contribute to enhancements in learning and teaching. This provided a useful test bed space for staff from the University and regional partnership institutions to explore new learning spaces that support dual pedagogies. The classroom clearly demonstrated some of the exciting developments in technology enabled learning that are available to enhance the student learning experience. There were a number of features that were available, that we currently don’t have access to, such as screen to screen sharing, ability to control the screens from a mobile device and document sharing, which will inform our decision making as we develop learning spaces. The regional architects who attended an event found the session particularly useful in terms of increasing their understanding of current pedagogical imperatives and technological solutions to support these. This has been of benefit in terms of an on-going Knowledge Transfer Partnership that the University is engaged with. Anne Llewellyn - Principal Lecturer - Learning and Teaching Academic Registry
 Jisc Colleges and universities often lack the opportunity to experience first-hand best practice set-ups using AV in teaching.  Jisc therefore decided to support the Digital Classroom Roadshow project, in order to show that high-quality active learning spaces are possible without breaking the bank. The well-attended events allowed participants to use a practical and easily deployable set-up, supporting more sophisticated methods of teaching, teamwork and collaboration in education. It was also innovative in showing the potential of AV to a range of education roles, and even to architects. Jisc’s role is to enable the FE, HE and skills sectors to exploit fully the possibilities of modern digital empowerment, content and connectivity. To that end, the Digital Classroom Roadshow was a successful and impactful demonstration of fit-for-purpose AV technology, backed by solid evidence of achievable benefits. The participants engaged enthusiastically in their workshops, but, more significantly, there was a high-rate of follow-up requests for further information, extra workshops, and purchases of equipment.”

Jason Miles-Campbell – Head of Jisc Scotland and Jisc Northern Ireland

De Montfort

Heriot-Watt

Lancaster

UWE

Ulster

Teesside

 Heriot-Watt Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world- class teaching and practical, leading-edge research.   We are Scotland's most international university with an unsurpassed international in-country presence. We deliver degree programmes to 31,000 students globally, have campuses in Dubai and Malaysia and boast the largest international student cohort in Scotland. A Heriot-Watt Graduate, values, and is adept at, team-working and collaboration.  They will also communicate in a confident, informed and inclusive way. The JISC Digital Classroom Roadshow has provided a valuable opportunity to invite University members, from across our entire academic community and to explore with them, the possibilities for the use of innovative technologies, to facilitate flexible collaboration and information sharing.   Collaborative activities are a key part of our academic programmes and the opportunity to work with novel technologies and to experiment are vital.  It has acted as a valuable test bed for us to examine the ways in which we might embed spaces of this nature into our learning and teaching.  It’s also provided an opportunity to examine the most appropriate ways in which to integrate wireless collaborative tools into our existing technical infrastructure. In addition, the opportunity to meet with and to discuss common issues with colleagues from the academic community across Scotland, has been extremely worthwhile.

Douglas Marsland - Head of Audio Visual Services -

Information Services Directorate

 Lancaster Lancaster University hosted the digital classroom roadshow in its newly refurbished library from 7th March to 6th April 2016. Over that period a broad range of academic, professional services and senior management staff visited and were able to make use of the space to experience and gain insight into the benefits afforded by a technology enhanced, dual pedagogy learning space. In addition to workshops that focussed on technical and pedagogical aspects of flexible learning space design, the opportunity for ‘live’ teaching sessions was invaluable in gaining student perspectives on the value of this teaching environment. Hosting the classroom on campus, with all the associated support that was provided, enabled us to see it operating within the local institutional context, integrated with our infrastructure and processes. This, together with overwhelmingly positive feedback from all users, has enabled us to make a compelling case for introducing similar classroom environments on campus as well as clearly defining the requirements for establishing them and has already resulted in two such initiatives. Phil Cheeseman - Head of Academic Services
 UWE The Digital Classroom Roadshow at the University of the West of England (UWE) provided a very useful opportunity to raise awareness and gain feedback from staff, students and visitors – as well as providing a useful testing ground for technologies. A wide range of people from across the university and beyond came along for a hands-on experience of a fully equipped digital learning space, including academics, learning technologists, technical staff, students and external visitors. It provided UWE with a really useful environment to raise staff awareness and try out various techniques for technology enhanced active learning (TEAL). The installation helped us to identify perceived benefits and challenges - this will be useful in planning staff development and informing decisions on pedagogical approaches and designs for the future. This is a really valuable and useful initiative - both for UWE, and for the wider HE sector. I would highly recommend the Digital Classroom Roadshow at UWE to be nominated for an AV Award. Glenn Duckworth - Learning Technologist - Faculty of Business & Law

Inaugural UK Roadshow - 2015/2016

In addition to being hosted at Teesside, Ulster, UWE,

Lancaster, Heriot-Watt and De Montfort, the Digital

Classroom Roadshow also featured at Digifest, Landex,

and the British Academy of Management’s Technology

Event at Portsmouth Business School.   A total of 74

universities and 46 colleges were represented at

workshops that also attracted architects and designers. 

Read what the hosts had to say about their experience

of the Digital Classroom….

© DroitwichNet- 2017 - Contact: Duncan Peberdy m:07887 628567 - e:duncan@droitwich.net
 ULSTER Ulster University is transforming  higher education, creating dynamic teaching and learning environments with state-of- the-art facilities in the city centre. The new Belfast campus will be open and accessible learning environment, offering opportunities for organisations and individuals to share city- centre facilities where businesses can collaborate, industry can access expertise and communities can engage in spaces of unrivalled quality. This campus will be a world-class centre for research and innovation, facilitating creative and technological excellence. In preparation for interacting in these new generation  learning environments, a range of experimental active learning spaces are being developed across regional campus locations to inform decisions regarding future investments and learner-centred engagement by all stakeholders.  The Digital Classroom Roadshow was conceived by external consultant Duncan Peberdy as a facility that would allow a greater number of people across the campus to have hands- on experience of a fully equipped digital learning space. In Ulster, there was excellent engagement from colleagues in Learning and Teaching, Academic Development, Estates, Timetabling, IT and AV,  and the Student Experience. Workshops, presentations and discussions during the roadshow raised awareness and discourse to consider different furniture and technology configurations that promote collaborative and active learning.  Participants were able to bring their own wireless computing devices and experience the connectivity and usability available to enhance the student learning experience.  Over 200 staff and students attended training sessions, workshops, teaching and discussions in the Digital Classroom and considered the use of dual pedagogies (Active Learning and Didactic) in the same space without the need to reconfigure furniture for either to be achieved.  This has been a critical initiative in support of our strategic Learning Landscape Change Programme, inspiring a range of innovative interdisciplinary Active Learning Projects across all faculties, which are already delivering positive student evaluations of these digital  learning spaces. Professor Diane Hazlett - Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research & Practice
 TEESSIDE Teesside University was the first University to participate in the national roadshow showcasing a fully configured digital 36 capacity classroom, which was designed to provide people with an experience of the active learning environment, exploring how this sort of learning space can contribute to enhancements in learning and teaching. This provided a useful test bed space for staff from the University and regional partnership institutions to explore new learning spaces that support dual pedagogies. The classroom clearly demonstrated some of the exciting developments in technology enabled learning that are available to enhance the student learning experience. There were a number of features that were available, that we currently don’t have access to, such as screen to screen sharing, ability to control the screens from a mobile device and document sharing, which will inform our decision making as we develop learning spaces. The regional architects who attended an event found the session particularly useful in terms of increasing their understanding of current pedagogical imperatives and technological solutions to support these. This has been of benefit in terms of an on-going Knowledge Transfer Partnership that the University is engaged with. Anne Llewellyn - Principal Lecturer - Learning and Teaching Academic Registry
 Jisc Colleges and universities often lack the opportunity to experience first-hand best practice set-ups using AV in teaching.  Jisc therefore decided to support the Digital Classroom Roadshow project, in order to show that high-quality active learning spaces are possible without breaking the bank. The well-attended events allowed participants to use a practical and easily deployable set-up, supporting more sophisticated methods of teaching, teamwork and collaboration in education. It was also innovative in showing the potential of AV to a range of education roles, and even to architects. Jisc’s role is to enable the FE, HE and skills sectors to exploit fully the possibilities of modern digital empowerment, content and connectivity. To that end, the Digital Classroom Roadshow was a successful and impactful demonstration of fit-for- purpose AV technology, backed by solid evidence of achievable benefits. The participants engaged enthusiastically in their workshops, but, more significantly, there was a high- rate of follow-up requests for further information, extra workshops, and purchases of equipment.”

Jason Miles-Campbell – Head of Jisc Scotland and Jisc

Northern Ireland