EnABLing Future-Focused Design for Active Blended Learning
Date Thursday, Nov 24 Time – Room Tiergarten I/II/III
EnABLe is the University of Portsmouth's framework to support team-based learning design at module and programme levels. It provides a scalable, collaborative way to focus on curriculum enhancements, resulting in changes and plans for modules or programmes that can easily feed into institutional review processes.
In this collaborative Learning Café, participants will engage with enABLe facilitators and with each other to review and redesign modules or programmes, as applicable to their contexts. Delegates will be introduced to the enABLe toolkit and guided through a sample enABLe workshop. Through meaningful discussion and directed activities, participants will identify their shared values, and utilise the enABLe toolkit resources to draft a storyboard, identify, and plan enhancements.
- Engage in a creative, team-based approach to building institutional capability in learning design.
- Attempt to (re)design a module or short course in a hands-on, participant-focused, collaborative way.
- Reflect on how approaches such as enABLe can inform policy and practice at your institution.
- Gain an understanding of Active Blended Learning in Higher Education.
Interim Head of Academic Development, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Andy utilises over 30 years of Higher Education (HE) and industry experience to bring currency, legitimacy, and credibility to the student experience. As a Senior Fellow and National Teaching Fellow, Andy has a demonstrable track record of leading strategic change and delivering real enhancement to learning and teaching through innovative approaches to curriculum design and crafting creative solutions to contemporary agendas and ‘wicked’ problems across the HE sector. Andy delivers high quality pedagogic enhancement in partnership with students, staff and employers through the provision of transformative Continuing Professional Development (CPD) aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and the mentoring of staff to support inspirational learning and teaching. Drawing on specialisms in curriculum design, student engagement, education for sustainable development, work-based learning, statistical literacy, technology enhanced learning and the strategic design and delivery of active blended learning.
Andy is an advocate for play and creativity in HE and is a certificated facilitator of the Lego Serious Play® (LSP) Methodology. He uses this approach to craft more playful, tactile, auditory, and visual approaches to learning, drawing on the real-time use of LSP and the power of metaphor and storytelling as a ‘complexity killer’ to engage students in learning and teaching.
Andy has been described as ‘one of the most innovative and enterprising academics working in the field of employer engagement’ and has nationally championed the employability agenda. As an early adopter of employability pedagogies, his record of industry engagement and leadership has served to strengthen sector credibility with employers. Allowing him to unlock and map pedagogic opportunities with industry partners to make student learning ‘real’ through applied and action-based approaches to learning and teaching which, underpinned by an invaluable industry context, stimulates and inspires learning and enhances student employability. As Professional Development Lead at the University of Portsmouth, responsible for the University’s accredited provision, Andy champions the UKPSF and staff engagement with Fellowship. He believes in a relational and curatorial approach to mentoring and works to create inclusive cultures where staff have the opportunity to engage with emergent pedagogies, thus enhancing their confidence, self-efficacy and pedagogic competencies within safe, aspirational spaces for engagement, collaboration, self-discovery and personal reflection.
Andy is currently leading on enABLe, the University of Portsmouth's approach to supporting a team-based approach to learning design. Andy was instrumental in helping to shape and develop the overall enABLe initiative, designing the activities within the enABLe toolkit. As Master enABLEr, Andy works with the facilitation teams across the University and is currently developing a methodology to track the impacty of enABLe.
Dean of Digital and Distributed Learning, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Alejandro (Ale) Armellini is Professor and Dean of Digital and Distributed Learning at the University of Portsmouth. His role is to provide leadership in digital learning and learning innovation, including on-campus and distance provision, across all Faculties. Before joining Portsmouth, Ale was Dean of Learning and Teaching at the University of Northampton, where he was the strategic lead for the redesign of all programmes for active blended learning. Ale is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Ale’s research and doctoral supervision focus on learning innovation, blended and online pedagogy, institutional capacity building and open practices. He holds visiting professorships at several UK and overseas universities. His latest co-edited book is Cases on Active Blended Learning in Higher Education (2021).