Purpose

The purpose of this scaling up online learning ideas board is to stimulate discussion and collaboration across the community to feed in to the development of solutions that ease the pain points in the scaling up of online learning within institutions.

Consultation

We ran an open workshop in July where we gathered ideas to contribute to this area and we have also established a Working Group of individuals from the community who are supporting us in refining our understanding further. The ideas board will be populated with the ideas which have and are emerging from these consultations - but is not limited to these (see below).

Vote and comment on the ideas!

Have a look at the ideas, if you think an idea is worth pursuing, do vote and comment on it! And remember that you can also vote on the comments too. You are encouraged to use the comment space to offer your skills and expertise to the idea owners, and to join forces and collaborate on the solutions proposed.

Submit your ideas

Submit your ideas using the button near the top on the right-hand side of this page. Allocate your idea to the campaign (challenge area) based on the deliverable that your idea will produce. If you feel it falls within more than one campaign, allocate it to the one that it most strongly links to and then tag your idea with the name(s) of the other campaign it relates to. Please tag the idea with keywords describing the area or challenges that your idea addresses. The content of the idea must also have the following parameters:

1. Identify or model specific user or tech requirements, use cases or any tools involved
2. Provide a prototype or an idea with the potential to be developed further
3. Identify clear benefits

The campaigns

The campaigns (challenge areas) covered by this ideas board are:

- Tools/software: Ideas for tools or software that will help institutions scale up their online learning offer.
- Market intelligence: Ideas that will improve the market intelligence to help inform institutions with designing or planning their online learning offer
- Support/guidance: Ideas that will help guide or support institutions with scaling up their online learning offer.

Jisc will moderate the board and select those ideas that have potential to make a real difference to improving the uptake of online learning provision within UK higher education.

Ideascale is being used to support a Jisc project but is not affiliated with or funded by Jisc in any way.

Let's put our ideas to work.

Support/guidance

Distance Learning Recipe Book/Handbook trending idea

A JISC handbook that goes beyond Case Studies of good practice to giving practical recommendations and solutions that can be shared with and implemented by senior management. It would need to acknowledge the key barriers to scaling up online learning in order to show strategies that can be used to overcome or bypass these.

The handbook would recommend tools, techniques, strategies and activities at institutional, strategic,... more »

Voting

23 votes
25 up votes
2 down votes
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Support/guidance

Step by step support for moving teaching online trending idea

To develop an online resource (that could be used within face to face workshops) that would take a new lecturer through the steps necessary to transform their existing face to face teaching into online learning activities. It would support lecturers in analysing what they do with a view to changing it for online, and matching up the new design with appropriate tools.This could involve existing learning design approaches... more »

Voting

14 votes
15 up votes
1 down votes
Active

Market intelligence

Intelligence looking into student appetite for Distance Learning trending idea

Is there actually the market out there that many of us are hoping to meet by scaling up our institutional provision of online learning?

There is scope for work in this area across the HE Sector generally. More particularly, individual institutions investigating the appetite within the specific disciplines in which it hopes to scale up its online distance delivery would have a strong impact on effective implementation.... more »

Voting

9 votes
12 up votes
3 down votes
Active

Tools/software

Set baseline standards for use of technology with support trending idea

We have set out the digital capabilities we expect of all members of staff in the Business School in relation to commonly used tools, e.g. Outlook, Moodle, search tools, Turnitin. This is accompanied by links to online tutorials and the offer of further support if needed. This establishes a "baseline" of the expected standards for all staff and is linked to appraisals

Voting

7 votes
11 up votes
4 down votes
Active

Support/guidance

Institutional approach to quality and governance of online learn

Strategic approach to approval and governance of distance learning courses and modules, which ensures development and delivery of consistently high quality learning experiences for online learners. This involves developing the regulatory framework as well as the infrastructure to support online learners and staff, working in partnership with HEBP partners, across University departments and with students.

Voting

5 votes
5 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Market intelligence

Online/Distance Learning Resources Survey

Survey institutions that run online/distance courses

Capture:

* How much lead time was needed

* How many people were involved

* What resources were needed

* What software/tools used in the delivery of the course

* Whether the course was successful/some measure of course success

* Approximate number of students on the course

* Subject area of course

* Level of course

Voting

4 votes
7 up votes
3 down votes
Active

Market intelligence

Building partnerships for international online learning courses

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A service to build partnerships between universities in the UK and universities in countries that have a large number of international students, who are interested in studying a UK degree. Identifying existing courses, including open courses and MOOCs, that can be integrated and co-delivered through a blended approach collaboratively at a lower cost. The courses also can be moved online and scaled up and have the market... more »

Voting

4 votes
5 up votes
1 down votes
Active

Support/guidance

Shared student support systems

students need to be supported from initial contact through to graduation. constant support doesn't have to come solely from the tutor but from a network of staff helping to keep in contact and meet that students needs. these are all large investments that it makes sense to share. I have seen commercial distance providers work in this way and increase retention with some very simple processes.

Voting

1 vote
1 up votes
0 down votes
Active