PebbleBash 2012: Making the Case
Meet the Keynote Speakers
"I can make the case, but who decides and what will persuade them?"
By Professor Mark Stiles
Those wishing to innovate and transform learning, teaching and assessment have probably never had such a rich set of technology to work with before. Systems such as PebblePad (and even the more “traditional” learning management systems, such as Moodle and Blackboard) can be used in an ever-widening range of ways and be linked to and used with an increasing number of other “corporate” processes and systems. However the relationship between innovation and the “institution” is probably more difficult than previously, given the financial strictures institutions face, and the desire of senior management to take “whole organisation” approaches in the face of a “scary new world”.
Mark will examine the organisational challenges facing those who want to change and improve professional practice and the learning experience, by considering the relationship between innovation and strategic change and the vital role that decision-making and, more formally, governance play in ensuring that innovation both happens and is sustained.
The Lion, the Witch and the Empty wardrobe: Creative adventures in PebbleLand.
By Lilian Austin and Lyn Doolan
Pre service education students are in the process of developing their identity as an emerging teacher. This includes embracing an educational philosophy which underpins and informs lesson planning, teaching practice, classroom management and assessment approaches. Central to this emerging understanding is the growth of strong reflective practices to continuously refine their professional practice and the concept of their professional role.
This presentation outlines how active learning design led by Faculty Educational Designers, has facilitated a course wide approach, providing continuity for students both horizontally and vertically across their degree. Previously, early adopters (our lions) had struggled against lack of organisational support and the naysayers (the witches). This resulted in most students not developing a rich and compelling asset collection to evidence their growth (the empty wardrobe).
This cohesive course wide design using the Personal Learning Space, PebblePad, has allowed students to develop a narrative of their emerging teaching persona. The innovative and creative results have surprised both lecturers and students.