Importance of collaboration in Educational Technology

Educational technology is a vast field, the individuals who work within this area are often as diverse as the topics they cover. From online assessment to user experience, learning design to technology best practice, we work in a diverse environment. Within the University environment there are several ways learning technology practitioners are embedded into an institution, most commonly this involves either having a centralised department, using a hub and spoke method or assigning individuals at a departmental level. 

How departments are structured ultimately affects how learning technologists collaboratively work together, and while this is important within the context of a University it’s often outside of your own institution that these opportunities become more valuable. 

The learning technologists, designers, educators and developers who make up the learning tech community are some of the most collaborative people I know. Keen to swap best practice advice and tips with others working in education and providing a sounding board for innovation and educational enhancement ideas. You only have to look at initiatives such as #LTHEChat to see the benefits of a collaborative virtual meeting of minds. 

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Similarly collectives such as ALT’s special interest groups (pictured above) make it possible for individuals to come together for a common goal. Making the effort to attend meetups and conferences either physically or virtually is a really important enabler for collaboration in any field. These connections can be especially useful should you need input from others who might have experience implementing certain technologies at an institutional level or if you want to bounce ideas around with someone else working in the same area as you.  

As a team we’re always up for collaborating and see its value in driving forward change in learning technology. Should you wish to get in touch we can be reached by email: etsupport@falmouth.ac.uk

Introducing TeamET+

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Part of our function is working in collaboration with our academic departments to support  appropriate use and research of technology in learning and teaching. Some of these projects might prove beneficial to and benefit from the input of other team and individuals. 

When these projects are in review, the questions we often return to are “How do we share these great and innovative practices within the institution?” and “How can we get other people involved?”

The recent staff survey reported that “70% of respondents say, on the whole, the different parts of the University do not communicate effectively with each other”

So as a response to these questions and concerns, let us introduce you to TeamET+ 

Team ET+ documents our current and past collaborations within and external to Falmouth University. With a simple breakdown of the What, Why, Who, When and Where of each project accompanied by relevant multimedia and documents, we aim to make it easy to understand who to talk to and how to get involved with our collaborative work.

If you’re working on a learning or teaching project that might benefit from advice and support in using technology get in contact.

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