Goodbye CEDE and hello to a new digital innovation group at Loughborough

From the 1st May 2016, the Centre will be closing and a new Learning Technologies and Digital Innovation group will be formed within the University’s IT Services.  Most of the CEDE team will be taking on new and exciting positions within the group and will join forces with the existing e-learning systems team in ITS.  Two CEDE staff members, Glynis and Sarah, will be moving to the Centre for Academic Practice and will be working as Associates to the new group on learning technology and digital innovation projects.

We are looking forward to working with our new colleagues and the new opportunities that this will bring.  We are also very grateful for working with such engaged and supportive engineering and design educators over the past decade (and longer for some of us!) on a huge variety of interesting and significant projects.

A final CEDE stakeholder report will be published in May.  Academics within the Schools are working on the next phase of engineering education activities that will build upon the work of the Centres for Engineering Education at Loughborough University over the past 18 years (EngTLSC, EEC, EngCETL, HEA Eng Subject Centre, CEDE).  If you are interested in getting involved please contact Dr Peter Willmot in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

12 Apps of Christmas from the University of West London

A team from the Institute for Teaching, Innovation and Learning (INSTIL) at the University of West London have gathered 12 free apps that they believe could be useful to people in higher education. From 1st December, one app will be revealed per day on the 12 Apps of Christmas website.

The 12 Apps of Christmas is open to everyone.  You’ll need a smart phone or tablet and about 15 minutes per day to visit the website, discover the app, and have a go with a short activity.  The team would love you to share your tips so, download the apps, try them out, then share your insights and ideas on the website or through twitter.

CEDE’s 2014-15 Stakeholder Report published

Each year CEDE produces a report for its stakeholders, summarising the projects undertaken with our partner Schools, and highlighting the breadth of other activities we collaborate on across the University and beyond. These activities include support for student-led activities and the Unitech programme, and for individual academics. CEDE has hosted or supported a range of events over the year, including the M5 Advanced Manufacturing Conference and the British Computer Society’s 20th Annual SQM and INSPIRE 2015 International Conference. This year’s report also includes an overview of CEDE’s successful, agile and collaborative approach to projects and problem solving, which has led to major changes in practice within Schools.

To view an electronic copy of the report, click here Hard copies will shortly be distributed to our stakeholders and colleagues across the University.

Visitors from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile

On 21st October 2015, CEDE welcomed Robert Pardo Silva and colleagues from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Chile. Robert is the Learning Strategies Co-ordinator at the School of Engineering in his home institution; he is acquainted with the work of CEDE through our website and requested a meeting to discuss our projects in more detail.
Members of CEDE demonstrated a selection of our tools and resources and Peter Willmot discussed, compared and contrasted aspects of engineering education that are in place in different countries around the world.

ALT Conference: University of Manchester

On Wednesday 9th of September, I attended the ALT Conference at the University of Manchester. It was an interesting day, lending insight into how other Universities and Institutions tackle similar issues to those held within Loughborough University. Among many talks highlighting routes that could be taken to ensure staff and students utilise the technology around them fully, one I found particularly interesting was given by Sara Hattersley and Emma King from Warwick University, entitled Technologies for Academic Practise. They are creating a space within Mahara where people can upload their experience using certain software. They can upload; videos, text, images, screenshots, blogs- anything they feel comfortable with. This can be viewed by others who may then comment on or ask questions about this experience, in order to build several different views on the same technology so that eventually users can see the chosen software’s capabilities entirely, and create a ‘shared experience’. Another of the talks I found interesting was Justifying Lecture Capture: The Importance of Student Experiences in Understanding the Value of Learning Technologies by Matt Cornock; although his research is based on a very small group of students, the data produced shows that Lecture Capture is at its most effective when used in conjunction with attending the initial Lectures. This way, students are able to maintain a healthy life/work balance, scheduling their revision efficiently without having to be in constant contact with a tutor, which is an unrealistic expectation for any university. The students in the study all said that they felt their revision was more qualitative using Lecture Capture as a resource.

For more information on the ALT Conference, visit the website;

CEDE welcomes Alicia and James, our new interns

We are pleased to welcome Alicia Pegg and James Bacon, who join CEDE this week as interns. Alicia is a recent Fine Arts graduate while James is studying Chemical Engineering and joins CEDE as his placement year. James says “I am looking forward to developing my skills to make myself a more rounded person”.  Alicia stated “I am very excited to join CEDE in my first job”. We look forward to working with Alicia and James in a variety of ways over the coming year in support of our Engineering and Design School colleagues.

Check out our Kanban wall!

CEDE are piloting a project Kanban wall in our office. This shows up-to-date information on what we are all working on. It means we can have more focused team meetings (standing in front of the wall!) as we can easily see those activities that have stalled for a variety of reasons and we can all discuss how to move them forward. If you’re passing Keith Green Building at any time, pop upstairs and we’ll give you an overview.

Kanban wall

CEDE delivers Interim Report on projects

The CEDE Management Board met on 15th April to hear an update on the projects CEDE is currently undertaking on behalf of our 5 Engineering and Design Schools.  Projects on a number of topics including distance learning, critical thinking, peer assessment, CASPA and placement management were discussed.  In addition to projects for our Schools, Melanie presented the current status of the Co-Tutor commercialisation pilot.

A copy of the Interim Report can be seen here: