Educational Enhancement (EE): a fresh start for TEL

Members of EE at a workshop.
Members of EE at a workshop.

To better reflect the activities of our department, Technology Enhanced Learning has been renamed Educational Enhancement (EE). In recent years the team, which was originally focussed on Learning Technologies, has grown to also include Academic Development and Online Distance Learning.

What does Educational Enhancement do?

There are three main teams within EE all of which work together, and with academic and professional service colleagues across the university, to support and enhance the educational experience of Sussex students.

There are four Academic Developers (ADs) and an Academic Enhancement Officer, who work in partnership with the school clusters. Alongside providing leadership on institution-wide projects and bespoke projects the ADs offer pedagogic advice and support for curriculum design and innovation in teaching, learning and assessment. They are also involved in supporting the development of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning across the university.

Dan Axson as Learning Technologies Manager leads a team of six Learning Technologists (LTs) who focus on appropriate uses of digital technologies as they work in partnership with each school cluster to provide pedagogic advice and support for teaching practice, curriculum design and innovation in teaching, learning and assessment. The team offers an institutional source of expertise in effective educational practice using technologies and members are involved in educational enhancement projects at School, cluster or institutional level.

The Online Distance Learning (ODL) team, led by the Online Learning Manager, Mellow Sadik is made up of Learning Technologists, ODL Coordinators, a Project Officer and an ODL Librarian. Together they plan, develop and deliver the Sussex portfolio of fully online postgraduate courses and modules ensuring the portfolio of ODL courses is high quality and provides an excellent experience for over 1000 students around the world.

The whole is held together by the two Katies, Katie Piatt as Head of EE and Katie Turner as EE coordinator.

Dan Axson, Katie Turner and Katie Piatt stand in front of banners saying 'The Education Awards'.
Dan Axson, Katie Turner and Katie Piatt at the Sussex Education Awards.

New web presence coming

Over the summer we’ve been working on refreshing our web presence to reflect these changes and bring together all the guidance we offer. Over the coming weeks we will be further adding to the site and updating materials. If you can’t find what you are looking for just get in touch.

The new website is also where you’ll find details of the programme of workshops (in-person and online) being run by LTs and ADs in the coming term.

More self-enrol Canvas courses are also being created to allow staff to learn at their own pace. The existing courses on Canvas basics, Padlet and Podcasting will be supplemented with Marking and Poll Everywhere courses soon.

Members of the EE team play rounders in the park
EE Team games in Stanmer Park.

Contacting us 

Have a look at the About Educational Enhancement page for more information on the team and how to contact us. We are still using the email address for the time being.

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