Jisc/Surf Knowledge Exchange on Innovation in Learning and Teaching

As part of our collaboration with Surf Netherlands around innovation in learning and teaching we held joint event hosted at the Jisc London office on Tuesday 24 January 2017.  The event was attended by 45 people including a Surf study group of about 20 people.

Delegates from the UK presented examples of how they are working with students to support innovation.

Paul Bailey, Jisc Summer of Student Innovation. Approach and examples of competitions to encourage and support educational technology innovation. The Ed Tech Startups and the Student Ideas Competition provide a process to surface new innovations and product that can help students and institutions. This presentation will provide an overview of the process and some examples of the winners.

Tom Lowe, REACT Project Manager, The University of Winchester. REACT (Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation) is a HEFCE-funded project designed to investigate the impact of different of forms of engagement on the student experience. A special focus is on so-called ‘hard-to-reach’ students, with the aim of embedding inclusive student engagement opportunities in the 16 participating universities. This presentation will share best practice through the dissemination of the research findings, interventions and project outputs of the REACT project across sixteen HEIs.

Emily Parkin, University of Lincoln and Marcus Elliott, Bishop Grosseteste University.  Presentation of examples and experiences of implementing student /staff partnerships work around innovation at the University of Lincoln.

Janina Dewitz, Innovations Officer, University College London. LearnHack. A review of a series of UCL hackathons on the theme of “Learning” and discuss “Are hackathons the perfect learning environment?”

Delegates from the Netherlands explained how they use Innovation Centres to support staff to explore emerging technologies such as Hololens, 3D Cameras, etc. to look at new ways to support learning and teaching.

Lieke Rensink, Education Community Manager, SURFnet
Short introduction about SURFnet, the collaborative organisation for ICT in higher education and research in the Netherlands, the ‘Customized Education Program’ and ‘Testbed for innovative ICT applications’. In Testbed, the possibilities for new ICT technologies and applications in education are explored among other things in the Innovation Challenge.

Thomas Hurkxkens, Centre for Innovation The Hague & Leiden University. The Leiden University Centre for Innovation and the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) are 1 out the 5 winners of the SURFnet Innovation Challenge 2016-2017. They won the prize with an experiment to link a virtual 3D anatomical model to a living human body. They developed an experiment whereby a virtual anatomical model is displayed next to a real human body. This allows medical students to learn from their own physical movements, while at the same time studying the virtual anatomical version of the body. This method of learning is made possible with the Microsoft HoloLens-technology.

Eduardo Hermsen & Wytze Koopal, University of Twente. Stimulating and supporting educational innovation with a multidisciplinary team. What are our experiences with working in a multidisciplinary team supporting teachers on implementing technology in education? The University Twente started last year with the TELT-Team (Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching – team). In this team we work with specialists from different disciplines on educational innovations. One of the projects is the development of MOOCs that focusses on teacher professionalization.

Frank Rem Graafschap College and Norbert van Eys ROC van Amsterdam. Innovation in Vocational Education in the Netherlands. Technology is making a big impact on vocational education, both in the classroom and on the workfloor. As vocational schools we have a unique responsibility to make sure our students are taught the latest work-related technology and are being educated with the most current tech. In this talk two schools will share their vision on integrating technology to make the classroom and our students keep up to date.

The event provided a useful opportunity to share approaches to innovation and establish new contacts.

The delegates from the Netherlands departed for a guide tour of London (which translated to pub crawl) and to attend BETT 17.

1 thought on “Jisc/Surf Knowledge Exchange on Innovation in Learning and Teaching

  1. Ruth drysdale

    Many thanks Paul and team for organising such an excellent event. I certainly made some very useful Open Badge and Block chain contacts in SURF so we can progress further collaborations (with IMS Europe too)


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