News and Updates

Update to CAN Jiscmail list 10 September 2015 from Sarah Knight:

Hello all,

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I hope you have enjoyed a relaxing summer break and the start of the new academic year goes smoothly. Iwould like to draw your attention to some new Jisc resources to support you with your work on supporting the student digital experience.

Developing successful student staff partnerships

A new Jisc online guide, Developing successful student staff partnerships, has been developed to support you in working with students to develop your institution’s digital environment and create engaging learning experiences.

Whether you are just starting to develop student-staff partnership work at your institution or to scale-up and embed existing initiatives the new guide provides a collection of effective practice resources, guidance, reflection points and tools to help you build strong and productive student-staff partnerships to develop your institution’s digital environment.  This resource has been developed through the Jisc change agents’ network which actively supports a community of practice of students and staff working in partnership on technology related innovation projects and facilitates the sharing of best practice.

The Change agents’ network has recently published the second edition of the Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes articles, case studies and opinion pieces relating to learning, teaching and assessment within the context of students and staff working in partnership. You can download an epub or kindle version of the journal here.

The SEDA-accredited Institutional Change Leader course supports staff and students who are working in partnership on technology led curriculum innovation projects in UK further education and skills and higher education. This online course is currently free and the next course starts on 19 October 2015 and runs for 5 months and further details on registration are available here.

Developing the student digital experience

Jisc has been collaborating with NUS and The Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP) to develop a benchmarking tool for the digital student experience. This tool highlights the importance of partnership working and offers institutions a starting point for discussions between staff and students about what is working in the digital learning environment and what they can work on together to improve.

The updated guide Enhancing the student digital experience: a strategic approach now includes the findings of the recent Jisc FE digital student project and over 50 snapshots of current practice on how colleges are supporting the student digital experience.

Please get in touch if you would like any further information on these resources or have any feedback on their use,

Best regards,

Sarah Knight

Welcome to all new people to this list; we now have just over 300 members.  Time has flown since many of us met in Birmingham at the Change Agents’ Network event in March.   While the end of term brings its own challenges to students and staff, there are activities and events listed below to look forward to – some CAN related and some in the broader community.  We look forward to meeting some of you over the next few months.

Change Agents’ Network events and activities:

Ø  [Free] Lunchtime webinar 12:30-1:30 on 30 June with Dr. Eleanor Quince and Charlotte Medland, who will be talking about their  ‘Mission Employable – Student-led employability activity’ . There will be time for discussion and questions on a theme of interest to us all – employability.  The second half of the webinar session will be an opportunity for you to help us shape the content and style of future CAN webinars.

o   Full information on the webinar and registration link

  • Recordings of previous webinars – including presentations and chat text are here.
  • CAN Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change second edition call for papers with information available here:   [Note: the submission deadline is 8 June .]
  • SEDA Institutional Change Leader award, open to students and staff, is just finishing the pilot run. If you are interested in registering for the next run of the course, we are accepting expressions of interest for registering  for the next run of the course, starting in late September.    If you would like more information about the course, please email: Dr Mark J.P. Kerrigan (, who is leading the course on behalf of the network. [ Read more about the course on the CAN blog:]
  • Meet the CAN team at the following conferences – Some of us will be presenting papers or running workshops  at the following events:

o   Sparqs – 29 May in Edinburgh

o   APT2015 – University of Greenwich and LSE – 7 July  Greenwich Maritime Campus

o   London Digital Student Meet-up (LDSM) – LSE and UCL –  11 June

o   Blackburn College : CULTURESHIFT: Embedding technology in staff and student practice – 29 June

o   Solihull College (closed event) – 22 June

o   e-Fair at South Essex College –  3 July

o   RAISE Network conference – 10/11 September

o   ALT-C 2015 – 8-10 September

Linked opportunity:

Elesig – (Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group) Summer Symposium – This year’s theme is improving communication between learner experience researchers across educational sectors, including school, further education and higher education.

The Symposium is free to ELESIG members.  Sign up to join ELESIG and register at


As always, we are always happy to hear from you with suggestions for case studies, webinar presentations or general questions.  Fill out the Contact Us form on the blog for a reply.


 About the network:

The Network is now an established network of students and staff working on curriculum enhancement and innovation projects. Key Change Agents’ Network activities include facilitation of networking and peer support; development of an accreditation framework through SEDA for students as change agents and staff working in partnership with students; formation of an open access Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, the establishment of a Jiscmail mailing list to support the community of practice and the development of a  “Student Partnerships Toolkit”  to support institutions in change processes associated with student partnership initiatives, based on the University of Ulster’s Viewpoints change framework.

The network has 300 members (1 June 2015) who have joined the  mailing list; 379 followers of the @CANagogy Twitter account; and has delivered over ten workshops and presentations at national conferences over the past 6 months reaching over 500 staff and students.

Change Agents’ Network events

A face to face networking event took place on 17th and 18th March 2015 in Birmingham. We had 100 staff and student participants and we are aiming to have a second, similar event in 2016.

Change Agents’ Network Webinar series

The Change Agents’ Network runs a series of webinars to support the sharing of best practice across the FE and Skills and HE community, from students working as change agents, digital pioneers, student fellows and students working in partnership with staff on technology related change projects.

Listed below are the webinars and you can find the links to the presentations and recordings on our blog page.     On 30 June the webinar is on the topic of employability and working with students as partners with Dr Eleanor Quince and one of the students involved, Charlotte Medland, and the information is on our webinar page.

  • 27th January 12:30 – 13:30 – Ellie Russell, NUS, Principles for Effective Student Engagement and Jim Pettiward, London Metropolitan University, Clued Up! project: How students and staff can explore digital literacies together
  • 18th February 12:30 – 13:30 UCL DigiFest ( and Julie Wintrup, RAISE Network
  • 27th April 12:30 – 13:30, Gillian Fielding and Rebecca McCready, ‘UCISA Digital Capability survey results and how this impacts on staff-student partnership working’ and Paul Chapman,  Birmingham City University on Student Engagement.
  • 13th May 12:30 – 13:30 Deborah Millar, Blackburn College and the DigiPals initiative and Peter Chatterton and Clare Killen on The Student Partnership Toolkit.

Further information about these sessions together with the registrations forms will be available shortly.

Change Agents’ Network Case Studies of Institutional Practice

We are in the process of gathering examples of institutional practice from colleges and universities on student-staff partnership working and from institutions supporting students as change agents, digital pioneers or student fellows. We hope to collate a range of examples from projects just starting out to mature examples where practice is embedded as part of the institutional strategy for student engagement and curriculum development. Clare Killen will be authoring these case studies.

Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change

We received 29 papers for the inaugural issue of the network’s Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership & Change – an edition exploring how staff and students are working in partnership to identify, lead and deliver change in education. Sarah Knight was the guest editor for the first issue alongside Mark Kerrigan who works as the journal editor. Linda Bennett, a nationally published crime writer and expert in academic publishing manages the journal.

Further information is available from

CAN SEDA Accredited Programme for Agents of Change – Institutional Change Leader award

The Network has now completed the SEDA accreditation process for the Institutional Change Leader programme, a National award. The award comprises of an online course, delivered via Moodle ( and a reflective portfolio. The award has been designed to recognise and support staff and students, working in partnership, in the area of managing and delivering change. The online course is assessed using automated technology and named tutors support and mark the portfolio. The portfolio is based on a named project undertaken, or supported by, the participant. The assessment of the award is pass or fail. It is expected that the online course take no more than 18 hours to complete and the portfolio (3000 words) will require approximately 30 hours of effort (excluding project delivery). To be eligible for the programme participants must be: (1) a student undertaking a change agent project, (2) a member of staff supporting a student change agent project, (3) a student having completed a change project within 12 months of starting the programme or 4) a member of staff having supported a student complete a change project within 12 months of starting the programme. Currently this programme is only available to those registered at UK FE/HE institutions.

The pilot run of the course is being evaluated and a second run will begin in September 2015.  For more information and to register your interest, visit the SEDA page of this blog.




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