Student experience experts group meeting

Hear about and feed into the development of Jisc’s work on learning and curriculum design, how we are researching the international students’ digital experience, and assessment and feedback.

  • One day
  • Birmingham
  • Free

This event will be held on

  • 17 October 2023

    • Conference Aston, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET
    • 10:15 – 16:00


This face to face meeting offers opportunities for members to hear about and feed into the development of Jisc’s work on rethinking assessment and feedback, researching the international students’ digital experience, student engagement post pandemic and designing learning beyond blended.

Our student experience experts group continues to play a key role in informing and influencing the direction of future Jisc work in learning, teaching and assessment. Find out more information about the group and how to become a member.

  • Discuss how universities are rethinking their assessment practices in the context of the lessons learnt from Covid-19 and the challenges and opportunities posed by AI
  • Reflect on how student engagement has changed post pandemic
  • Explore materials to support discussions with staff on beyond blended and how to design for mixed modalities of learning
  • Hear our latest findings in understanding the digital experience of international students studying in UK HE and participate in discussions around how to best support the digital experience of international students
  • Share examples of effective institutional practice and research in digital learning, teaching and assessment



Welcome and introduction to the meeting

  • Sarah Knight, Head of learning and teaching transformation, Jisc

Balancing authenticity and integrity: shaping the future of assessment at LSE through institutional and students’ perspectives

  • Dr Claire Gordon, Director, Eden Centre for Education Enhancement, LSE
  • Ugne Litvinaite, Research assistant, Eden Centre for Education Enhancement and MSc Inequalities and Social Sciences, LSE


Understanding international students’ digital experience

This session will cover the findings from our phase 2 research of surveying and speaking with international students studying in the UK.

  • Tabetha Newman, Consultant, Timmus Consulting
  • Elizabeth Newall, Senior consultant for digital transformation of learning, teaching and assessment, Jisc
  • Mike Gulliver, Consultant, Timmus Consulting

Lunch break


Choice of one of two workshops:

Beyond blended - new curriculum design considerations and principles for rethinking space, place and modes of interaction

This workshops will offer delegates the opportunities of exploring new guidance and principles for beyond blended.

  • Helen Beetham, Consultant
  • Sheila MacNeill, Consultant
  • Elizabeth Newall, Jisc

Reimagining assessment and feedback: future trends and platforms

  • Professor Simon Walker, Consultant
  • Sarah Knight, Jisc

Panel discussion: Post-pandemic challenges to student engagement

  • Tom Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, University of Portsmouth, and Chair of RAISE (Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement).
  • Dr Charles Knight, Assistant Director, Knowledge & Innovation, Advance HE.
  • Professor Sam Elkington, Learning and Teaching, Teesside University.
  • Alyson Hwang, Researcher (Education and Skills), Policy Connect.
  • Temidayo I.O Dosunmu, Development Officer, University of Portsmouth Students' Union.

Members showcase

The Postgraduate Computing Student Perspective: UK Education, Generative AI and Good Academic Practice

We have, alongside many other universities experienced an increase in our postgraduate students particularly those from overseas. Many of these find our higher education provision quite different from what they have experienced previously and this has led to issues around their engagement, academic performance and increasing instances of academic misconduct. This Pecha Kucha will provide an overview of several student centred and student led projects we have been working on during this past academic year primarily with international postgraduate students in our Department of Computer and Information Sciences to address these issues. It will explore their views and experiences of UK Higher Education including the use of Generative AI tools and how to promote good academic practice. It will also outline what we can do as educators to tailor our delivery and guidance with a particular focus on engaging these students, enabling them to use good academic practice and the ethical use of generative AI.

  • Rebecca Strachan, Professor of Digital Technology and Education, Northumbria University.

Theatre in the Round

A recently completed research project at Durham University experimented with providing English Studies students an opportunity to experience scenes from the plays they were studying through the perspective of VR. Three scenes were chosen; from Hamlet, Top Girls and Waiting for Godot, and these were recorded using a 360-degree camera. Each scene was recorded from three different camera angles; a third-person perspective, and first-person perspectives from the two main characters in the scene. This placed the students in the place of (in the first example) Polonius, then Hamlet and then Ophelia within the “get thee to a nunnery” scene. In a later workshop, these were then viewed through Oculus Quest headsets before the participants took part in a focus group.

This member showcase will discuss the pedagogical rationale for the project, some of the technicalities behind recording and presenting 360-degree video on VR headsets, and the successes (and limitations) of this form of activity as a teaching tool. Participants will be able to ask questions throughout with the anticipation that they will identify ways this may be applicable to their own practice.

  • Mark Childs, Senior Learning Designer, Durham University.

Five Crises Challenging HE – and why curriculum mapping is only half of the answer

Drawing upon more than 50 conversations with senior leaders across the globe, this presentation will describe 'Five Crises' – the challenges and concerns keeping senior leaders awake at night. At the heart of these challenges are questions about the very purpose and value of the higher education experience. This presentation will suggest some possible answers.

  • Shane Sutherland, CEO, Founder of PebblePad.

The DIGI:ĐỔI CONSORTIUM: Digital transformation training & mentoring​ programme

This short presentation will introduce the programme and how its design was co-created synchronously and asynchronously across Universities in the UK and Vietnam. The programme uses a range of professional development techniques that are participant-centred and consider their professional context in relation to their role and the institution within they work.

  • Dr Denise Sweeney, Associate Professor, University of Nottingham (on behalf of ALT ELESIG).


Who should attend

  • Staff with a role of supporting the student experience within their college or university
  • Open to staff and leaders with a role in technology-enhanced learning (TEL) or digital learning, teaching, and assessment
  • Leaders who are responsible for digital transformation of learning, teaching and assessment


Please contact events@jisc.ac.uk for further information.