Central Initiatives


The JISC EBEAM PROJECT (Link to Project blog), jointly funded by JISC and the University of Huddersfield from 1st September 2011, will evaluate the impact of e-assessment and feedback on student satisfaction, retention, progression and attainment as well as on institutional efficiency.  It  will share recommendations for achieving high quality assessment processes, staff development, student support, sustainability, scalability and curriculum development.

British Educational Research Association (BERA) funded project

Evaluating academics' use of iPads - led by Olaojo Aiyegbayo, Teaching and Learning Institute

Higher Education Academy (HEA) funded Projects/Initiatives

A multitude of mobile devices for learning. Supporting each other through the confusion - led by Andrew Walsh, Computing and Library Services,  funded by an Individual Teaching Development Grant from the Higher Education Academy (Aug 2012 - Aug 2013)

Students as educators and mentors: increasing awareness of the benefits and participation in sandwich placements - led by Ruth Brooks, The Business School, funded by an Indiviual Teaching Development Grant from the Higher Education Academy (Aug 2012 - Aug 2013)

Students as Teaching and Learning Consultants - led by Kathrine Jensen, Teaching and Learning Institute, funded by an Individual Teaching Development Grant from the Higher Education Academy (Aug 2012 - Aug 2013)

Social justice law provision in undergraduate and postgraduate study: the implementation and evaluation of clinical legal edication in a British Law School: Professor Stuart Toddington and Phil Drake of the Law School and Dr Jane Tobbell and Lynda Turner of the School of Human and Health Sciences, funded by a Collaborative Teaching Development Grant from the Higher Education Academy

Developing a variety of approaches to work placement to enhance knowledge and skills for employability, led by James Reid from the School of Education and Professional Development, funded by an Indiviual Teaching Development Grant from the Higher Education Academy Education Academy

Professor Glen Hardaker was awarded the HEA International Scholarship in 2012: The International Scholarship will support Glenn’s continued search for excellence in the teaching and learning of Islamic Studies by collaborating with internationally recognised Islamic universities and related institutions in Malaysia

Assessment and feedback: from monologue to dialogue - led by Dr Chris Gifford in the Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, funded by a Teaching Development Grant from Higher Education Academy (April 2012 - Nov 2012)

Assessment and Feedback Change academy Team (Ended 2011)

Past HEA funded projects

  • Equip - Developing VLE approaches for an enhanced student learning experience - Completed 2011
  • Teaching Research Ethics Through Reality TV - Nigel King and Viv Burr. See also the 2012 paper "You're in Cruel England now!" in University of Huddersfield Repository
  • Development and publication of a Teaching Pack on Cross-Cultural Learning in Architectural Design - £6,000 (Yun Gao, School of Art, Design and Architecture)
  • CAD: Tutorials, Strategies and Support - £6,000 (Richard Fellows, Susan Clarkson and Ray Elysee, School of Art, Design and Architecture)
  • Real World social work developing digital stories about practice placement experiences - £4,760 (Rachel Balen)
  • NTFS (3 year) Funded Project – Reusable Qualitative Learning Objects: Resources to support the learning of methods of qualitative data analysis in the social sciences - £28,274 (Graham Gibbs)
  • Rehearsing popular music: exploring opportunities for supporting learning in the pop/rock band - £1,400 (Mark Pulman)
  • Enabling practice learning in a context of scarce resources and competing claims - £50 (Jim Reid)

Learning and Support Initiatives

Learning Technology Development Group (LTDG) - This group comprising all School based Learning Technology Advisors, Alan Radley, Head of Computing Services and Sue Folley, Academic Development Advisor meets on a monthly basis to coordinate and support the effective use of learning technologies.

Virtual Learning Environment Steering Group (VLESG) - A central University steering group, chaired by Pro-Vice Chancellor Tim Thornton, has been set up to ensure a coordinated approach and to set minimum standards. The VLE steering group is responsible for developing strategy for, and overseeing developments of, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. A Diagram of the connections between the Learning Technology groups in the University.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) - this research cluster is formed from a group of academic staff and post graduate students who are interested in exploring the role of digital technologies in improving the quality of learning and teaching. It is based in the School of Education and Professional Development, but welcomes others working in this area from across the University. If you have an interest in this area and would like to join the group please contact Liz Bennett Ext 8121

Portal plus group - a group chaired by Professor Tim Thornton (PVC for Learning and Teaching) to promote the portal as a virtual “one stop shop” for students, staff and prospective students.

Summon implementation group - The Universities of Huddersfield and Northumbria are early UK adopters of Summon a search engine that provides fast, simple access to relevant, scholarly material. The purpose of this JISC funded project is to provide the JISC community with a case study of the implementation, evaluation and launch of Summon. You can read more on the Summon blog. For further information contact Eileen Hiller Head of Library Technical Services at the University of Huddersfield.

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