Subject Specific – Digital Learning Gym

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Subject Specific – Staff and Student Gyms

The EIC’s Digital Learning Gym (DLG) aims to help teaching and support staff enhance programs and build for the future. With a focus on embracing technology enhanced learning and pedagogy.

Following the success of the  DLG, we are delighted to announce we are designing a series of gym’s tailored and specific to subject areas. In addition, we will make these subject specific gyms available to students and staff, giving programs the chance to provide students with alternative learning opportunities, and staff CPD opportunities.

In February 2016, we designed and delivered a Virtual Reality Gym for level 3 Journalism students.  Working closely with John Curzon a Senior Lecturer in Journalism, the day was designed that would allow John’s students to gets hands-on and turn theory into practice. 

John commented on the day;

 “I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent day of Virtual Reality workshops which you put on for my student journalists on Friday.

During my Journalism Lab Module for  Level 3 Journalism students we try to look forward to future developments and it is really difficult for us to turn some of the theory that we talk about into reality.  I attended one of your workshops myself at the Education Innovation workshops for staff last summer and remembered how interesting that was in showing us new technology for teaching  so I thought you might be able to help me in capturing the students’ imaginations.

So when I got in touch I was delighted with the enthusiasm you showed for putting on workshops for the students to give them some hands-on time with the latest virtual reality systems and to have an opportunity to understand how it might affect the way they will work in a future media industry.  The students really enjoyed the day and they are starting to send me essays based on the discussions we had there and it has really stimulated them into coming up with some great ideas.

I am starting to plan a new module which will start next year called Journalism Innovations and I am really hoping you will be able to help me out again with that course because I am already seeing it as a vital element of the course.

So thanks again for all the help.”

John Curzon Senior Lecturer in Journalism.

DLG is open to UWE staff and local schools and colleges on request. During the two days within our dedicated learning space, participants will take part in discussions, activities, and group work, leading to the final day conclusion where participants use the knowledge they have gained from the two days to create their vision of a technology enhanced module or course.

Divided into morning and afternoon sessions, each day has an emphasis on group work and participation. Tea and coffee are supplied on both days.

“Very impressed with the state of the art learning space and the approach from the team.” – Gym attendee

Gym sessions are planned throughout the 2016 academic year.

Day one – Morning 10:00 to 12:30
Collaborative learning (technologies and spaces)

How can we think differently about enabling collaborative and social learning? Participants will consider physical and virtual spaces and look at collaborative tools and approaches to collaborative working.

Afternoon 13:30 to 16:00
Flexible approaches to learning

Participants engage in discussions and practical activities that explore the use of tools and technologies to create flexible distance and remote learning opportunities.

Day two – Morning 10:00 to 12:30
Virtuality and how learners interact

A demonstration of virtuality and its educational advantages and the tools and technologies used to create this immersive learning experience. Participants will get hands-on with virtual worlds and use Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard – as well as Augmented Reality. Participants will discuss how our understanding of the way learners react and relate is changing with the application of virtuality.

Afternoon 13:30 to 16:00
Supporting the transformation of practice from the traditional.

Working in groups, participants will use the knowledge they have gained from the two days to create their vision of a technology enhanced module or course.

The Digital Learning Gym can be provided to schools and further education colleges at request.

To book a session please email john.sumpter@uwe.ac.uk