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Institutional Student ePioneer Partnerships (InStePP) is a JISC-funded project supported by the Developing Digital Literacies programme. The project will build on the Brookes strategic approach to developing the digital capabilities of our
students and staff. OCSLD is providing support to InStePP with partnership models, student development pathways and project evaluation.
For more details of the evaluation contact Greg Benfield or look at the evaluation section of the
InStePP project wiki.
The Internationalisation and Promoting Assessment Diversity Study (IPAD) project aimed to promote student engagement by teaching a cohort of undergraduates peer mentoring techniques and academic writing strategies. Participants were given iPads
for the fifteen months of the project, and invited to experiment with ways of using these tools to support each other as scholars.
Half the participants were international students, and data was collected by peer-led support for students who were relatively unfamiliar with the culture and conventions of British academia. The IPAD project was supported by the Centre for
Curriculum Internationalisation (CCI).
£45,000, January - July 2008. Additional £10,000 July 2009. (Project ongoing.)
This is funded by the Higher Education Academy. The crux of this project is the creation of ELESIG: Experiences of E-Learning Special Interest Group for those involved in investigations and evaluations of learners' experiences of e-learning. The
three collaborating institutions: Oxford Brookes University, University of Bradford and University of Greenwich are all actively involved in research in this area. We are finding that this type of research brings its own challenges as well as rich
rewards. ELESIG will support the investigators as they develop their research, building capacity within the sector as well as providing rigorous research to support evidence informed practice. The work of ELESIG will be made public, to the benefit of
practitioners and researchers throughout the sector.
Evaluation of Learners' Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group
£30,000, March – Nov 2010This JISC funded project investigated how institutions are creating and enabling opportunities that promote the development of effective learning in a digital age. The main deliverables of the study are 10
institutional case studies and a final report with recommendations for further and higher education on how to develop effective institution-wide strategies and practices which better support effective learners in a digital age. There is an
opportunity here to build capacity in researching learners' needs and experiences. The project team are working collaboratively with each institution to assess what evidence they have available and what further evaluations they could conduct.
Project team: Rhona Sharpe, Greg Benfield, Judy Hardy, Shalni Gulati
Emerge is the support project for the JISC Users and Innovation Programme. The aim of the Emerge Project is to support the JISC's forming of an "effective and sustainable community of practice" around the Users and Innovation Development Model.
The community will play a formative role in owning and refining the approach and providing heuristics on the use of the method.
A team from Brookes was funded by the Higher Education Academy to review UK literature and practice relating to the undergraduate experience of blended learning. For further details see the