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  Trial and Evaluation
          of the
Roundtable Methodology
        Susi Peacock
        Catriona Kemp
     Queen Margaret University College


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                       Background
•   An eighteen month JISC funded research project until
    March 2002
    – http://www.roundtable.ac.uk
                                 to trial the:

•   AAHE TLTG’s (American Association for Higher Education:
    Teaching, Learning and Technology Group)
    – http://www.tltgroup.org/

•   Roundtable Methodology and Flashlight Program

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                   A Roundtable...
•   Brings together relevant individuals from different groups
    (those who have and have not implemented technology,
    academics, library, IT, learning technologists, registry,
    students)
•   Aims to optimise the level of informed decision-making and
    communication
•   In order to:
    – Facilitate the meaningful deployment of learning technology
    – Emphasise the pedagogy not technology
    – Aid informed financial decision-making
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              It achieves this by...
•   Being task focussed and activity related – involving
    working groups
•   Being a representative and inclusive body
•   Agreeing common goals and a Mission
•   Being appreciative and informed of necessary
    transformation and preservation
•   NOT being a talk shop, passive or divisive

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          Who or what does the
          Roundtable report to?
The staff group or staff member who:
  – Have/has the authority to legitimise and approve the
    activities of the Roundtables
  – Acknowledges and progresses the work of the
    Roundtable and its recommendations
  – ‘Champions’ and ‘sponsors’ the Roundtable
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     Who initiates and co-ordinates
           the Roundtable?
•   Development Team: a representative core of people willing
    and able to undertake the setting-up and development

•   Once initiated co-chairs ‘share the burden of leadership
    and ... provide a visible confirmation of the Roundtable’s
    commitment to a diverse constituency and membership…’



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                                 Joint Information Systems Committee


       Summary of Initial Findings:
             Challenges
•   Time-consuming in the early stages for the Development
    Team
     – Networking
        • Getting the right people and not alienating others
     – Fitting into reporting structures
     – Developing and maintaining momentum
•   Tasks within Methodology need adapting
•   No support outwith US for institutions via a ‘Network’
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       Summary of Initial Findings:
            Advantages
•   Ownership and inclusivity
•   Task-focus helps gradual achievement of long-term visions
    through medium-term targets and immediate actions
•   Guided methodology supports efficacy
•   Realistic: mixture of practical and strategic
•   Vision into practice (especially in a large organisation) - a
    ‘tested’ methodology

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Contacts and Further Information
Susi Peacock (Project Leader)
speacock@qmuc.ac.uk

Catriona Kemp (Project Officer)
ckemp@qmuc.ac.uk

http://www.roundtable.ac.uk
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