Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement

Inaugural meeting of ELESIG South

ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners' Experience of elearning Special Interest Group) is a community of researchers and practitioners from HE and FE who are interested in investigating learners' experiences and uses of technology. It is a national body, enjoying contributory sponsorship from a number of sources, including the HEA.

ELESIG continues to expand, and its membership is now in excess of 2000. However, it can be difficult for members of a UK-wide body to meet often. For that reason, a number of regional ELESIG branches are being set up.

In recent months the TEL team here at UoP, along with colleagues from Bristol University, Cranfield University, Southampton University and Southampton Solent University, have convened ELESIG South - a group that is open to members in a geographical area ranging from Exeter in the west to Brighton in the east.

The first meeting of the new group was held in the PBS TEAL rooms on 30 June, and we had attendees from all the universities mentioned above as well as Brighton University, Chichester University, Barton Peveril College, Farnborough College, Havant College, Highbury College, Portsmouth College and our regional account manager from JISC. The meeting's theme was "Innovative Teaching and Learning Spaces", and visiting speakers told us of some of the interesting work with iPads taking place at Portsmouth College and of room redesigns taking place at Cranfield University to facilitate defence-related teaching and research. The majority of the speakers were home-grown however (from the Library, TEL, PBS and Technology), and the conversations taking place on Twitter show the attendees were impressed with the work happening here at Portsmouth!

If you would like to learn more about the work of ELESIG, please contact Stephen Webb or visit http://elesig.ning.com.