The resources from two major projects are available here:
- iBorrow -
In 2009, LTEU, in partnership with Computing Services, was successful in securing funding (£300k) from the second phase of the Joint Information Systems Committee’s (JISC) Institutional Innovation Programme to develop the iBorrow project. The project provided 200 netbooks for students and staff to borrow and use within Augustine House on a self-service system that was ‘easier than borrowing a book’.
The pedagogic research component of the project sought to understand how students would use mobile and fixed computing devices within large-scale learning spaces. The research highlighted that the portability of the netbooks, coupled with the flexible spatial configurations of Augustine House, afforded the capacity to work within different learning modes. The project was awarded Best IT Project 2010 by UCISA and recognised at the THE Management Awards.
The book Learning, spaces and technology: exploring the concept captures the project experiences for dissemination internally and to the sector.
- RIT (Research Informed Teaching) -
TQEF 2006-09, saw the launch of the Teaching Informed and Enriched by Research Initiative. CCCU decided to allocate the funding by inviting academic staff from across the University to apply for grants of up to £18,000 to develop their approach RIT. A 0.5 fte Teaching Fellow was appointed to co-ordinate and support this work within LTEU. RIT reached all departments and feedback from the staff involved in the projects has been overwhelmingly positive. The book Research informed teaching: exploring the concept provides details of the 26 completed projects and their impact.
This project highlighted the potential of RIT to enhance the student experience of research and inquiry, and importantly, for engaging more staff in research and scholarship. RIT is a feature within the LTAS but will need recognition as a priority within the research and knowledge exchange area of the Strategic Plan if it is to be sustained and its potential exploited