The University of Winchester co-led the JISC funded FASTECH project (Feedback and assessment with students using technology). This project pioneered the use of Student Fellows as catalysts in bringing about evidence-informed changes in teaching and learning. Building on this, the Head of TEL, Amy Barlow, has pioneered a Mobile Device Scheme which is run by Student Fellows, and promotes staff and student use of technology for pedagogical purposes. The Mobile Device Scheme is being extended to first year students in 2015/16.
FASTECH enabled staff and students to make technological innovations based on educational principles. For example, programmes used blogging as a way of encouraging students to undertake formative tasks. Other programmes improved feedback by using screencasting to personalise and enrich students' experience of feedback.
LTD has an evidence-based approach to using technology. Currently the University is piloting Canvas, a cloud-based virtual learning environment, to ascertain the benefits to student learning, and its capacity to facilitate excellent teaching. For us piloting means supporting staff and students through the process, and collecting rich qualitative and quantitative data from staff and students before we make decisions. It's worth it - even in the fast-moving world of technology.