Gwella CAMEL Report

I was invited to attend and give a presentation at the Gwella CAMEL event which was held in Cardiff  University yesterday (10th November) on the topic of Learning Environment Reviews.

CAMEL (pdf)  (Collaborative Approaches to Management of eLearning) was a project originally funded by HEFCE in 2006 through their Leadership, Governance and Management Programme (LGM), led by JISC InfoNet in partnership with JISC, the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and the Higher Education Academy.

This was the last Gwella CAMEL in a series of 4 which were held between August and November this year – funded by a modest grant from the HEA to enable a small group of people involved in TEL from all the Welsh HEIs to get together physically for a day of discussion and sharing of experiences.

The University of Glamorgan arranged and organised all these events and the topics were:

  • Social media – hosted by University of Wales, Trinity Saint David in August
  • ePortfolios – hosted by Aberystwyth University in August
  • Online Assessment – hosted by University of Glamorgan in October
  • Learning Environment Review – hosted by Cardiff University in November

It was not possible for us all of us involved in TEL to attend every event personally, but we are disseminating our findings on a Gwella Ning site that we have set up and are hoping to arrange a Gwella CAMEL Season 2 next year with a small grant from ELESIG. (Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of eLearning Special Interest Group). The money is simply used to fund transport and refreshments for delegates to each event – in order not to impinge on individual HEI budgets – and therefore does not need to be particularly large.

Nonetheless, these CAMELs have proved to be very successful – not least because they have enabled those of us working in eLearning in Wales HEIs to build an on and offline Community of Practice where we learn from, help and  support each other on a regular basis and not just at annual TEL conferences.

Our next Gwella event is to be held next week at Aberystwyth University when a small group of  us are meeting to plan the development of  a shared online eLearning support materials repository with all Welsh HEIs being invited to participate.