Education Technologists – who are we and how can we help?

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The educational technologists live and work at the interface between learning technology and the science of how we learn best.

Superpowers: understanding the application of educational technology to: Learning and teaching; Academic development; Innovation and creativity; Systems and platforms; Content creation and curation; Developing collaborative and engaged learning communities; Forensic solution finding; Creative development; Team play; Visualising possibility; Wrangling assessment .  

We are:

  • Expert collaborators 
  • Relationship builders 
  • Tech translators 
  • Lifelong learning advocates 
  • Creative problem solvers 
  • Committed to excellence, inclusivity, accessibility and equity in teaching, learning and assessment 

What can we do for you?

The work of the educational technology team is delivered across all of our campuses and sites. Most of our work falls into the following 5 categories; and in each of these we will meet you where you are, without a prior expectation of technical knowledge or comfort. Our work is about enhancing learning and teaching, whatever the starting point.

1. Triage/problem solving

2. Small projects

3. Large projects

4. Innovation and Future Thinking

5. Training, advice and guidance

The following training courses are available for booking by clicking on the relevant training date and booking link.

Training (April – July 2024)

Software TypeTraining TitleTraining Dates and Booking Link
PedagogyMaking your Teaching Inclusive: 3 Simple Things to Address Students’ Accessibility Needs14/05/24, 10am-11am
16/05/24, 10am-11am
11/06/24, 10am-11am
09/07/24, 10am-11am
Emerging TechnologiesAn introduction to virtual reality and immersive technologies17/05/24, 1pm-2:30pm
12/06/24, 2pm-3:30pm
08/07/24, 10am-11:30am
A beginners’ guide to Generative AI15/05/24, 2pm-3pm
11/06/24, 10am-11am
12/07/24, 10am-11am
Artificial Intelligence Tools in HE24/05/24, 9:30am-11am
27/06/24, 2pm-3:30pm
30/07/24, 9am-10:30am
AI as a workplace assistant: Prompt design for streamlining tasks08/05/24, 2pm-3pm
11/06/24, 2pm-3pm
12/07/24, 2pm-3pm
Using Copilot to create interactive learning resources18/07/24, 2pm-3pm
Getting started with Microsoft Copilot for teaching16/05/24, 1pm-2pm
Student AssessmentGetting Started with Inspera; the new digital assessment platform07/05/24, 2pm-3:30pm
14/05/24, 2pm-3:30pm
16/05/24 – 9am-10:30am
03/06/24, 1pm-2:30pm
12/06/24, 3pm-4:30pm
Feedback and Grading in Inspera02/05/24, 2pm-3:30pm
08/05/24, 9am-10:30am
04/06/24, 9am-10:30am
11/06/24, 9am-10:30am
Student EngagementEngageli: Introduction for New Users13/05/24, 2pm-3pm
14/05/24, 10am-11am
13/06/24, 2pm-3pm
15/07/24, 10am-11am
Engageli: Q&A for Existing Users23/05/24, 10am-11am
Getting started with Padlet04/06/24, 2pm-3pm
17/07/24, 2pm-3pm
Miro Training31/05/24, 12pm-1pm
Engaging your students with Mentimeter29/05/24, 2pm-3:30pm
19/06/24, 2pm-3:30pm
MediaCreating visually engaging content with Adobe Express09/05/24, 10am-11am
06/06/24, 10am-11am
Getting started with the AI features in Adobe Express16/05/24, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Getting started with video tools in the Ed Tech Ecosystem21/05/24, 2pm-3pm
13/06/24, 11am-12pm
Recording and Editing with ScreenPal01/07/24, 2pm-3pm
31/07/24, 10am-11am
ContentIntroduction to Microsoft Sway17/07/24, 11am-12pm
How to make a narrated presentation in PowerPoint13/05/24, 12pm – 12:30pm
PortfolioWordPress via Coventry Domains23/05/24, 2pm-3pm
17/06/24, 10am-11am
Introduction to Domains of One’s Own04/06/24, 2pm-3pm
01/07/24, 10am-11am
An Introduction to H5P17/07/24, 2pm-3pm
Unable to make one of the sessions above? There may be a recording available through this link. More videos will be added soon.

Key collaborations with……..

Academic Development

Co delivered training: assessment; hybrid teaching and learning; online and distance teaching and learning; online international learning; embedding technology with impact into the curriculum.

Educational innovation

Co delivering: horizon scanning, proof of concept piloting and transition to scaled integration for new technologies that convince us of their functionality and future use.

Digital Services

Collaborating on swift query resolution through service now; working with digital services project teams and leads to support the roll-out, training and use of new technologies.

Platform Team

Supporting on platform glitches and issues; working in tandem with the Platform Team and engineering and project teams on continuous improvement of platform functionality; regularly communicating issues and fixes; supporting some of the day to day tasks at busy times; leading on assessment tools and their integration within the platforms.

Strategic alignment

Alignment with Corporate Strategy 2030 

Coporate strategy  
  
Education and Student experience to deliver an inclusive and engaging learning experience that reflects cultural and global perspectives 
 evolve and adapt our use of educational technologies to enable innovation and to democratise access to learning 
 ensure our students have equal and wide opportunities to access, succeed and progress in education and into purposeful roles in society 
Enterprise and innovation  establish the Group as a sector leader in the provision of professional development programmes 
A global university  deliver a strategic and sustainable approach to the delivery of mobility and collaborative online international learning experiences 
Digital ConnectivityThe Group will be a leader in the adoption and utilisation of digital technology and new ways of working. We will enhance our connectivity, platforms and immersive and experiential learning solutions to deliver an integrated digital ecosystem that underpins our excellence in teaching and learning, research, knowledge exchange and global engagement. We will deliver social learning platforms that enable interaction, collaboration and engagement, and promote accessibility, while ensuring we are at the leading edge of technological innovation. 

Does what it says on the tin

Ed tech job spec.  Typical use cases How does this support the corporate strategy? 
effective use and development of the University Group learning platforms collaborating with academics to devise and implement appropriate solutions to enhance the student learning experience   Education and Student Experience –  
To provide technical guidance and pedagogic advice to staff on the appropriate choice and use of digital learning technologies to support teaching and learning and assessment. Ecosystem and wider tools – edtech ecocsytem -listing tools we support – experts on thse tools, offer training and support, troubleshooting  Ensures academic and professional services staff are knowledgeable about the opportunities afforded by tech and sufficiently skilled to use them in normal and pandemic times.  
Provide leading edge knowledge and expertise in a key area(s) of technology enhanced learning, for example, digital assessment.   
Proactively lead on the design and delivery of staff training as needed and appropriate.   
Design and develop digital artefacts to support teaching, learning and assessment and evaluate their effectiveness   
Support the delivery of externally and internally funded projects.   
Provide expert second line support for the applications that comprise the Ed-Tech ecosystem   
Design and produce user guides for key applications in the ed-tech ecosystem   
Engage with appropriate national bodies and organisations to update knowledge and skills to 
ensure their own professional practice reflects contemporary practice and is cognisant of future 
trends and drivers 
  
To maintain a network of links with appropriate external organisations and effective working 
relationships with a range of professionals across the University Group. Of primary importance is 
the working relationship with academic staff to support them in achieving their teaching and 
learning objectives, but also with students, and professional service and support group. 
  
Work as part of the Coventry University Online community contributing to the wider team activities, 
goals and the development of a community of practice 
  

How to get in touch

learningenhance@coventry.ac.uk

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Author

  • Amanda Black

    By day, a learning technology manager more interested in tech-enabled engagement, collaboration and knowledge sharing than the latest gizmo. Huge ambivalence to social media and hatred of algorithmic bias. By night, a turner-off-of-technology and teen-wrangler.

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