Well – A lot has happened here with the T-SPARC project at Birmingham City University in recent weeks.
First up, the (academic) staff consultation events which have been held over the past few weeks, around 40 staff attended, distributed between 4 separate events. The events lasted for 5 hours and were structured with several different activities scheduled for attendees throughout the day. After some brief introductions from attendees and project staff, the Project Manager gave an Introduction to the T-SPARC project and a review of progress so far.
During other exercises, a range of data collection techniques were employed, including some exercises using Flip video cameras, which allowed us to gather a range of different types of data that will reflect the views of staff expressed at the events.
From these consultation events, the project team have identified 3 courses so far that will be taking part in the first phase of full pilot schemes (using all technologies and new processes available to them). There are also another 2 course teams that have volunteered to pilot specific aspects that that they feel would benefit the approval/re-approval of their courses.
More recently, members of the team have been coding the videos produced at the events and inputting quantitative data from some of the questionnaires into spreadsheets. The team are now beginning to analyse the results. Once collated, this rich source of information generated at the consultation events will inform documentation produced by Senate on new procedures and guidelines on programme design and approval/re-approval.
On a different note, the VOXUR units T-SPARC ordered have been delivered, if you haven’t heard of these before, click here for more info. JISC recommended these pieces of equipment to us as a way to collect video data efficiently and effectively. Watch this space for more feedback on the VOXUR units once we get the pilot schemes up and running.
In conclusion, we seem to be making very positive progress at the moment, the project continues to benefit from a high level of institutional support. This can be attributed to (amongst other things) members of the project team working across a number of different projects simultaneously and being able to develop synergies and encourage institutional buy-in to the T-SPARC project though their involvement in other areas. This beneficial environment has made some of the barriers we were looking to climb become more scalable in reality, a situation we hope we can continue to enjoy in the future.