The WebLearn Improved Student Experience (WISE) project is supporting departments, faculties and doctoral training centres to fast-track the development and improvement of their WebLearn presence. The project aims to increase the uptake and optimise the use of WebLearn by units across the University, to support teaching and learning. The students and staff in 12 units participating in the project are already reaping the benefits of their involvement in the project, and we are currently working with a number of others.
Collaboration is a cornerstone of our approach, and to foster smooth and productive relationships between the WISE project team and the participating units we have produced a ‘welcome’ booklet. The attractive A5 booklet, which was designed for us by the University’s Design Studio, summarises the aims, objectives and approach taken by the team and is given out at the start of our work with each unit.
The WISE team aims to work as flexibly as possible while ensuring that WebLearn sites are consistent and sustainable. However, an essential part of working collaboratively is to clarify who does what. For example, who will actually build the content in WebLearn? Who will manage access to the sites? What will happen to the sites at the end of the academic year? The ‘welcome’ booklet therefore describes the roles and responsibilities of both the units and the WISE team in each of the five stages of the redesign process: requirements-gathering, prototyping, building, launch and usability evaluation (if a unit wishes to test its newly redesigned site with students). The aim is to help the staff involved understand the development process and how they should plan for each stage of work. However, we don’t leave participants in the lurch once their new site (or sites) is up and running: a final step is to make sure that each unit has the requisite information and skills going forward.
To download the WISE ‘welcome’ booklet in PDF format, and to see the home pages of some of the redesigned sites, visit the WISE project WebLearn site (open to all). You can also read about our progress in the WebLearn blog.