The SPEED project builds on previous initiatives to build capacity among academics, support staff and senior managers across the four partner universities ( Liverpool John Moores University, University of Northampton,London South Bank University and University of Derby). The project focuses on embedding benefits that have emerged out of the following activities within the partner institutions:

  1. The DUCKLING project, including:
    • curriculum design and delivery lifecycle
    • exemplars of technology-supported curriculum
    • case studies of and guidelines for integrating the successfully piloted DUCKLING technologies (podcasting, voice boards and e-book readers) into the curriculum
  2. Other projects funded by the JISC Curriculum Delivery programme, including ESCAPE, INTEGRATE and ATELIER-D: Each of these projects offers case studies, exemplars or guidelines for the use of social learning and Web 2.0 technologies to enhance the curriculum.
  3. The 7Cs framework (Conceptualise, Capture, Create, Communicate, Collaborate, Consider, Consolidate) for learning design and delivery at UoL (currently under development), which incorporates elements from the following initiatives:
    • UoL's Carpe Diem workshops, which arose out of an earlier, successful, JISC-funded project called ADDER (Assessment & Disciplines: Developing E-tivities Research). Carpe Diem is a team-based model for promoting change in learner-centred e-learning design and assessment, institutional capacity-building and innovation.
    • The Moderating Online Groups workshop offered at UoL, which focuses on designing for effective use of the VLE and highlights the use of voice tools in delivery, informed by DUCKLING.
    • The OULDI project which was part of the JISC Curriculum Design programme, and is already embedded in UoL staff development processes via post-project collaboration between DUCKLING and OULDI project teams.
  4. Wider informal networking between partners to share knowledge as it emerges from current projects.

Evidence from DUCKLING shows that the quality of student engagement was substantially enhanced by the project (Nie et al., 2011; 2010). The course teams that were involved in DUCKLING are continuing to innovate based on the successes from that project, and new findings are currently being documented (Rogerson-Revell et al., forthcoming). All consortium partners have already participated in Carpe Diem workshops and are eager to build on the early gains achieved via these workshops. There is agreement within the consortium that SPEED has the potential to make a profound impact on their institutions at relatively low cost.

SPEED builds on collaboration between the OULDI and Beyond Distance Research Alliance teams in early 2012, in the form of the 7Cs pilots, which produced the following resources:

  • Slideshow presentation for 7Cs (derived from 7Cs pilots that we ran in 2012)
  • Cloudworks site for 7Cs (regularly being updated as more 7Cs workshops/ events are held with different groups)
  • 7Cs OER site (This site was updated towards the end of SPEED to reflect the revised 7Cs course outline and e-tivities, based on feedback from SPEED course participants. It will continue to be regularly updated as the e-tivities are used in different contexts and further feedback is received.)

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