Impact Case Studies

University of Glasgow – Enhancing the student experience through career-long professional learning (the Glasgow University Student Teacher Network)

This year’s (2013) Higher Education Academy (HEA) annual conference, Powerful partnerships: defining the learning experience, explored how partnerships within higher education affect the student experience and educational outcomes. Partnerships may arise in many forms and might include interactions between students, employers, teaching staff, research staff, and wider organisations.

Professor Philippa Levy, Deputy Chief Executive of the HEA said: “These awards have highlighted just how power partnership can be in making a real difference to learning and teaching. The quality of submissions was very high, and it was exciting to see the volume and range of partnership working between staff, students, institutions and their student associations across the four nations of the UK. Everyone who has worked on these projects, not just the winners and highly commended, but all who submitted, should be proud of their achievements.”

ILETS member, Lee Dunn, was nominated for an award based on his partnership with a Year 2 Undergraduate Student of Primary Education, Marc Andrew. Together, they developed a strategy and launched the Glasgow University Student Teacher Network, which promotes career long professional learning above and beyond the traditional curriculum of the School of Education.

Lee and Marc co-wrote a poster which was highly commended by the HEA and came in the top 4 nominations from across the UK.

The winning and highly commended submissions have been showcased through the HEA website where you can read more about the conference and the Partnership Awards.

Dunn, L., and Andrew, M. (2013) Powerful partnerships: enhancing the student experience through career long professional learning [Poster]. In: HEA Annual Conference, 3-4 July 2013, Warwick, UK.


Social Media 2013 Best Paper Award – 18th International Conference on Education Technology

ILETS member, Lee Dunn was invited to present a paper to Social Media 2013 and 18th International Conference on Education Technology in August, 2013. The conference saw over 400 delegates, presenters and participants from 22 countries, with some stepping on Hong Kong soil and others drifting in via cyberspace.

A rich range of quality keynote presentations together with lively workshops and seminars provided a rich buffet to feast upon. And this was augmented by a range of culinary and social delights.

Lee, who teaches Education Studies and Technology at The University of Glasgow, was invited to give the keynote address, explaining that:

I am delighted to be involved in this conference, which I believe to be an essential contribution to education, based on emerging technologies which have significant potential and equal challenges. Social media has grown from its original conceptualisation and as it is realised today, it may offer a new construct to enhance learning and teaching. Greenhow and Gleason explore the use of Twitter and suggest that it may lead to increased engagement and better interaction between students and teachers. A similar view is held by Fusch, who explores the possibility that the resources at our disposal are as important as the learning intentions and that indeed, resources are needed which promote social communication, create a more interactive learning experience and promote collaboration amongst peer groups and staff. The paper offers a synthesis of international literature and draws conclusions from a recent study carried out within The University of Glasgow. Crucially, it will explore the students’ perception and expectations on social media interaction within the context of their learning experience.

The paper can be found here:

Dunn, L. (2013) Using social media to enhance learning and teaching. In: Social Media 2013: 18th International Conference on Education and Technology, 1-3 Aug 2013, Hong Kong, China.


Changing the Learning Landscape – Realities of social media in learning and teaching: Making effective, safe, efficient and appropriate use of social media

ILETS member Lee Dunn was recently invited to present at a national HEA event this coming April. You can book your place here: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2014/24_April_SocialMedia_CLL

Social media turns the traditional static web into a participatory and collaborative experience. Social media enables individuals to discuss, share, and learn via different kinds of media, such as text, video, photos.

The use of social media is increasing within higher education to teach and support student learning. The range of different social media platforms is ever expanding and it can seem quite daunting trying to navigate through this and find effective methods for learning and teaching. This workshop will discuss a range of social media platforms and provide examples of their use within learning and teaching.

This workshop will offer focussed support for strategic innovation and institutional change in the use of technology to enhance the student experience within learning and teaching. With examples of practice coming from a range of disciplines this event will look to inspire leadership of pedagogic development of the use of social media platforms.

Through a series of presentations, activities and discussions, led by expert speakers, this one-day workshop will introduce you to social media approaches within learning and teaching and provide opportunities to explore how such techniques could be used in your own practice.

Topics include:

tools and affordances;
creation and curation;
connecting and sharing;
collaborative design.
Lee’s presentation and discussion will focus around the following:

Critical assessment of social media tools: benefits and challenges

The increased use of social networking has resulted in emerging pedagogies across the education landscape. Various collective behaviours focussed on student-centred learning are beginning to drive the student experience. The use of Facebook and Twitter as a tool to interact with students is becoming increasingly popular and early evidence points towards a variety of benefits for academic staff and their students.

The session will explore some of these benefits, whilst acknowledging the potential challenges which may be faced. Importantly, there will be discussion on the practical integration of such networking tools within higher education, and how it can enhance the learning journey.

There will be an eclectic mix of experience and ambition, grounded by literature and international perspective.