FH3 BURNT exercise

This is the output from the BURNT activity held at ALT-C.  Feel free to use it.  These were the instructions given to participants at the ALT-C conference in Liverpool.

'This is your opportunity to get out of your system your experiences of success and failure and what you think about the role of technology in higher education. Put your stake in the ground early, but be prepared to move on.  Have a discussion in a small group. Introduce yourself.  Say hi. Then explore your own and the others views and experiences on success and failure and its role in supporting and making ‘good’ (digital) teaching and learning.'




Victories! On the pink one, write down all reasons why educational technology projects you have been involved with, worked on, were a part of worked.  What made them a success?

On the yellow one, write down what made other projects, initiatives, pilots fail to ignite or take-off.  What made them work in the first pilot and became one-off experiences?

On the green one, put down all your hopes and dreams for educational technology projects.  What do you hope will happen when a  project works 

What went right!

What went wrong!


  1. Video feedback project to help tutor address student dissatisfaction with their feedback from drama assessment
  2. Forming a digital capabilities group to look at digcap issue at institution SMT peeps came! Woweee
  3. User design led platform for courses
  4. Using mobile technology at the forefront (2005) for mobile methods data collective
  5. App workshop – bringing people together across disciplines to share good practice and demonstrate you don’t need an app
  6. Creating staff help resources – innovative localised solution
  7. ‘TEL week’ staff development
  8. Putting TEL on map
  9. Overcome cultural barriers ‘in our situation’ by engaging the students on the teaching them
  10. Blended learning pilot at a FE college – now a core part of Level 3 curriculum delivery
  11. Flipping own content to remove ME talking at THEM in the classroom - More able learners not waiting for catch up - Less able get more support
  12. Set up community of practice around pedagogy. Use of learning tech
  13. Took uni from minor use of VLE as ‘dumping ground’ to over 50% use with interactive/collaborative tools
  14. Convinced management to pay for uni ALT subscription – took 2 years
  15. Student led sharing of learning sketches because they are ‘allowed’ to use their phone camera
  16. Using ‘alternative’ communication methods to scaffolded learning
  17. SMS – demonstrated reduced dropout of committed students
  18. Every time I convince a student to use a digital referencing system
  19. Consideration of digital tools as part of a course validation process
  20. One to one ‘aha’ moments with staff
  21. Essential learning framework – toolkit with checklists, one-to-one MOTS for modules
  22. # edltol
  23. An open, public VLE at university
  24. Digital literacy strategy
  25. 23 things for digital learning ed uni
  26. Warm up sessions with students to get familiar with the digital environment
  27. Attended ELISE course – 8 week intro to edtech, community learning, digital world = perfect!?
  28. Peer assessment platform for intercultural skills. Victory because sweet spot between – practice in fitting with ed practice – no other option but using tech (=added value)
  29. Live online tutorials – new for us – very well received
  30. E-learning champions networks – survives after 4 years
  31. Using Vscene for distance learning
  32. Started and intelligent way to match thousands of access mentors with applicants based on non-programming ‘algorithms’ – why? To level the playing field in university admissions
  33. Getting to try Open Badges at university
  34. Working with a high school for refugees to connect students between camps – why? To give them a chance at learning from each other without formal institutions
  35.  Student’s life changed (career wise) due to the learning experience created
  36. Developed a blended learning approach and platform for social work that is being applied in a number of universities in Europe
  37. Integrating ‘e-learning’ with academic development
  38. Making audio lecture summary
  39. Hair and beauty students working on Flipped learning materials at 2am
  40. Getting high level support for initiatives like use of new software/systems baseline
  41. Professional development for library staff – DigiQuest
  42. Over 80% use of VLE to baseline standard across schools – why? 15 years of attrition
  43.  ‘Online facilitation and designing for engagement’ course now attracting lots of interest and enrolments
  44. Learning design workshop ‘ABC’ popular with academics
  45. Using Bb for first time new teacher
  46. Digifest – 5 days digital festival of talks, workshops, films, music. Success – engaged hundreds of students in designing the festival
  47. That we will find and replicate technological change that does enhance learning
  48. Employing a UX dev for own VLE
  49. Rapid curriculum development with academic students and digital ed team for new units and programs
  50. E-learning ‘baseline’ accepted!
  51. Digital TEL toolkit published
  1. Give virtual lecture with no camera (no cam)
  2. No slides
  3. No reading
  4. Time wasted developing tools we don’t need
  5. Digital disconnection in blackboard
  6. No ‘community’
  7. Adobe connect teaching in 2 places at one time
  8. I’m only human for now – maybe I’ll be a cyborg tomorrow?
  9. Poor rollout in school - Shambles/mixed messages/lack of leadership
  10. Funded a project to install cameras into a welding bay (fried equipment, bright lights, complicated set up)
  11. Institutional VLE (don’t go there) – no clear vision on what is needed, what is experimental, what is unnecessary
  12. Provost didn’t like it!
  13. When staff say ‘who are you to tell me how to teach?’
  14. IT failures in classroom
  15. ‘Finance’ decisions taking over from staff/student review of future VLE
  16. Blogging on an education master’s programme
  17. Recording an entire lecture course and posting it online (40 hours)
  18. Induction game with serious grown-up professors
  19. Following one technology too closely for research purposes
  20. Building an ipad app for ipad not phone, no plan/funds for future upgrades
  21. No clear learning outcomes or expectations for students
  22. Trying to get business school staff on board for an enforced ‘digital transformation project’
  23. Minimum expectations (because not all disciplines are equal)
  24. The VLE upgrade this summer pushed back a lot of prep for teachers
  25. Online course never far
  26. Everything good we designed that was never used
  27. Getting staff/students to engage in using some of the new systems like eportfolio
  28. Investment (significant) in tech enshrined poor teaching (privileges lecture as teaching
  29. Manage tools in Bb!! At one time for all students
  30. Made to stop running ‘e-learning community’ sessions but nothing replaced them so now no network for TEL
  31. Digifest – 5 days digital festival of workshops, films, music – failed, although core of students engaged didn’t manage to find any sessions. Must let us know by saying it’s too large two weeks beforehand
  32. Low involvement
  33. Sustainability: hard to keep project/courses initiatives going
  34. Wasting so much time on projects with no onward funding
  35. Introducing and adopting Black Boards assignments tool EVERYWHERE (not testing it well first)
  36. Our college made ‘blended learning’ mandatory, but really it didn’t blend with anything meaningful from the study programme. Awful
  37. About to introduce a new VLE that no one wants (including me…)
  38. No outcomes or expectations for students within the pilot/project
  39. Developed an concept for an active community that is now not so active (only in small pods)
  40. System failures
  41. Padlet used in staff conference
  42. Learning design was based on assumptions that couldn’t be validated and in the end didn’t benefit the learner
  43. Funding a second life project
  44. Going on long term sickness without leaving enough documentation
  45. Portfolio system change – no funding – complex system – staff redundancy at last minutes = no skills / ownership
  1. Flexible and sustainable structure (strategy) that supports adopting digital technologies
  2. A digital capable organisation with digitally capable co-workers
  3. Implementing a working integrated online assessment system
  4. Not hearing ‘your innovative approach of work works because we’ve always done it….’
  5. Being able to have projects from any part of the uni bid for time for it be an active community of support
  6. A strategy in the uni which acutely means T&L is central to organisation and design – eg embedded anytime and learning spaces
  7. Learning technology to be taken seriously as a profession within institution
  8. Stitch the digital and the physical into the fabric of learning – no more digital divide
  9. An institution (and school) where TEL is built into infrastructure and just part of what we do
  10.  I/we want to create degrees with pick and mix ‘modules’ from multiple institutions – so that’s easy…
  11. Real student involvement
  12. Integrated assessment system ‘student centered’
  13. Lectures who want to do things differently
  14. Engaged students and academics
  15. More edtech that functions on sweetspot of learner needs, working practice, good tech
  16. Technology is seamless
  17. That tech is used for true right reasons not because it should/can be
  18. Teaching staff empowered to use technology to empower students
  19. That we don’t need to use the words ‘digital’/’technology’ when we use the word learning!
  20. Development route for learning tech within institution
  21. Having infinite money – capitalism….
  22. Integrated TEL initiatives
  23. Never being mistaken for IT ever again
  24. A vibrant community around a platform: ‘wikipedia’ of social work situations
  25. Real/funded buy in at top
  26. Learners collaborating and creating content and knowledge, not just acquiring and consuming
  27. Professional staff are recognised as professionals
  28. Moving from digital to translate pedagogy to digital to transform
  29. Staff keeping an open mind
  30. Learners and educators who are comfortable learning/teaching in networks
  31. Digital as real enhancement (not just cos)
  32. An integrated EMA process where everyone knows what they are doing and wide consultation has produced a process all buy into
  33. LTs invited to the decision making table from the start
  34. E-assessments
  35. Full integration of learning technology into design of programmes and modules from inception
  36. Funding
  37. Live online access to tutors for everyone
  38. Empowering student via online collaborative work
  39. Digitally literate staff who can focus on the T&L rather than know to perform a simple task
  40. Not needing to put the word ‘digital’ in front of things anymore
  41. A year of stability to stop and evaluate
  42. New VLE 17/18