Some really good news today. We put in a bid for a SeeChange project - a process to help teams of staff deliver major projects - and we've just heard that we've been successful. The aim of the project will be to to develop partnerships between CiCS, students and departments to encourage the use of web2.0 tools in student learning and research; beyond the classroom and outside the formal structure (unsupported and un-assessed). It will explore and disseminate the safe and appropriate use of web based collaboration tools for students to enable inquiry-based learning and collaborative learning and research approaches. These tools include social tagging, bookmarking and social networking sites that are not centrally provided or supported. It's a really exciting project, and one that we're hoping students will really engage with. Well done to Patrice, and all those responsible for helping to put the bid together.
I was in the IC this morning (first day of term, and it was packed), discussing strategic developments in Learning and Teaching with senior colleagues from other services, including the Library, Student Services, the Careers Service, CILASS and Learning and Teaching Support. We meet every couple of months to exchange news on projects, swop ideas and look for areas where we can collaborate to deliver a better experience to students. Today we talked about many initiatives, including case studies promoting inquiry based learning, student mentoring, the healthy campus project, and internationalisation.