A role description will help Champions represent what they do, gain attention and have their work recognised.
Please feel free to adapt this and make it your own.
- Identify support, resource and educational development requirements within your department and work with Digital Education and the Arena Centre to act on these.
- Liaise with Digital Education organise educational, practical and moral support for experimental colleagues.
- Be aware of, and promote, good and/or interesting practice in your department.
- Contribute to departmental and UCL digital education initiatives, events and networks.
- Help to review new technologies e.g. by participating in pilots and experiments.
- Help to improve the provision of technologies already in use by identifying opportunities, benefits, barriers and unmet needs for Digital Education to address.
- Review and evaluate e-learning initiatives, and feed findings into your department's planning and policy frameworks.
- Involve (and help Digital Education involve) students.
- Contribute to debates and decisions which shape digital education at UCL.
- Are a main point of contact between their department and Digital Education.
- Try to connect with both reluctant and enthusiastic colleagues in their departments.
- Are an approachable, constructive sounding board for colleagues’ ideas and plans.
- Take an interest in each other.
- Have status within their department.
- Sit on their department's Teaching Committee.
Benefits of being an E-Learning Champion:
- A role on Departmental Teaching & Learning Committee.
- A close relationship with Digital Education.
- Experience and evidence for recognition e.g. Higher Education Academy professional accreditation via UCL Arena.
- Insights into digital education in your subject area.
- Advancing the UCL Education Strategy.
- A supportive, inclusive Champions Network for sharing ideas and practice.
* 'Department' here means a teaching unit or division, often within a faculty.
If we were simply to extract from the ELS, we would get:
The UCL E-Learning Champions
The UCL UCL's E-Learning Strategy for 2012-2015 encourages departments and divisions to debate and explore the use of technology to enhance learning and to develop their own ‘position statements’ which articulate their philosophies, approaches, standards and support requirements. The Champions' role is to facilitate local ownership of the e‑learning agenda , increase buy-in and help share and embed good practice.
The Champions' role is outlined in the E-Learning Strategy and includes working with ELE and CALT to
- Develop and disseminate best practice guidelines, templates and exemplars. April 2013
- Identify and celebrate the very best examples of e‑learning and promote them as exemplars. [ELE, CALT, Champions] April 2013 and ongoing
- Encourage departments to allow read-only views of Moodle, Lecturecast and other e‑learning content for their staff and students. [also with Library Services] July 2013 and ongoing
- Develop departmental e-learning statements articulating departments’ expectations for the level and nature of use of e-learning across programmes and highlighting support needs. Dec 2013
- Encourage staff to consider opening their e-learning courses and resources (except those containing sensitive or restricted content) for read-only access across UCL. [also with Library Services,] Dec 2013 and ongoing
- Encourage and facilitate the development of exemplary teaching materials and OERs for use beyond UCL. [also with Library Services and ISD] Dec 2013 and ongoing
- Encourage the development and sharing of media objects (e.g. video clips and animations) across UCL and beyond. Dec 2013 and ongoing
- Investigate and develop the use of e-learning to support and enhance laboratory-based learning. [also with Estates] Jan 2014
- Measure and review departmental e-learning provision periodically, feeding back into departmental and central quality frameworks. Aug 2014 and annually
- Review the potential of platforms such as MyPortfolio, blogs and social media to support learning and scholarly communication within and across disciplinary boundaries. [also with UCLU] Sept 2014
- Identify and help disseminate good local, UCL and sector-wide practice, and support local events and networks. Ongoing