Digital Learning Curation

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Workshop 9: Digital Learning Curation: Enhancing Staff Development Opportunities using your VLE



This session is for you if:


You are interested in using your university’s VLE (Virtual Learning Environment – eg Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle etc) to provide or support your staff development offerings.


You are already using your VLE and would like to share best practice and explore new ideas.


Bournemouth University’s Organisational Development team are creating blended and online development opportunities through our new VLE, Brightspace. We are keen to share our experiences and hear about participants’ stories and experiences.


We have been incorporating principles of digital learning curation and blended learning to enhance staff development:  allowing staff to be ‘leaders of their own learning’ by choosing the place, time, pace and path of their learning, freeing up OD staff time, allowing staff to prepare for workshop sessions and role-modelling potential uses of the VLE that staff may use with their students. The majority of the session will be spent leading participants through a process of starting to create or enhance development opportunities in line with these principles.


Julie Barber works at Bournemouth University (BU) as Leadership & Engagement Manager within Organisational Development (OD). Julie is working on a number of projects including the curation of learning resources, supporting teams to build performance and resilience and a range of activities that support embedding a culture of Talent, Performance and Succession at BU. Julie has worked within OD at BU for just over 3 years but had a varied career in the Civil Service for 26 years including Head of Learning for HM Courts Service (Ministry of Justice) and Stakeholder Relationships & Communications Manager during a major change programme which brought 43 organisations together within the Department for Constitutional Affairs. Julie is a member of BU’s Internal Coaching Bank and enjoys seeing people develop and grow, alongside finding time for her own professional development which recently included a Coaching Supervision Programme at Oxford Brookes University.

Kar Stanton works in the TEL Development Team, part of the newly-formed Technology Enhanced Learning Innovation and Development service at Bournemouth University. In her previous role within the Organisational Development team, Kar developed an interest in using TEL and digital technologies to enhance staff development. She is keen to help colleagues to develop their digital capability so they can start to use TEL tools creatively. In their session ‘Digital Learning Creation: Enhancing staff development opportunities using your VLE’, Kar and her BU colleague Julie Barber will be exploring how TEL can open up new learning possibilities, and new ways to design staff development opportunities within our universities’ virtual learning environments.
Kar has created staff development opportunities within BU’s VLE, Brightspace, containing bespoke designed infographics, videos, quizzes and discussions as well as curated content.
She was the TEL Adviser for the BU Certificate in Programme Leadership an accredited unit designed especially for Programme Leaders at BU.
In her time at Bournemouth University she has also facilitated workshops, conference sessions and induction events; provided support for leadership and change programmes and worked with colleagues one-to-one to develop their facilitation skills.