Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex


Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) offers a specialist service focussed on enhancing teaching practices and enriching student learning. The team comprise a group of expert educators who work collaboratively with Schools to provide advice and support in the effective use of technologies in teaching, learning and assessment.  

Our expertise can help you with the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of a range of approaches to using educational technology. TEL provides a range of services, from professional development workshops, to collaborative projects working with staff and students who want to develop digital learning resources or use technologiy to achieve particular teaching and learning goals.

Contact us if you’re looking for guidance on how to build interactivity into your teaching, mark assignments using electronic tools (e.g. Turnitin Feedback Studio), record your lectures or to learn how to make the most effective use of the University’s virtual learning environment, Study Direct.

Our team

Dr David Walker
Head of Technology Enhanced Learning 
Antony Coombs Learning Technologies Manager
Mellow Sadik Online Distance Learning Manager
Kitty Horne Learning Technologist
Dr Anne Hole Learning Technologist
Peter Sparkes Learning Technologist
Tab Betts Learning Technologist
Dan Axson Learning Technologist
George Robinson TEL Coordinator
Our objectives
  1. To support the development and implementation of strategies, projects and initiatives to improve the student experience of teaching and learning.
  2. To provide specialist support, development opportunities and guidance to Schools in the use of technology in teaching, learning and assessment with a reputation for effectiveness and excellence in support of institutional priorities.
  3. To assess staff and student needs, evaluate emerging technologies, pedagogies and services and guide the future development of technology enhanced learning at Sussex.
Our priorities for 2017/18
  • Lead institutional project to procure and implement a new virtual learning environment for the University by September 2018
  • Lead development and delivery of new online distance learning provision working in collaboration with the University’s online distance learning partner with first new courses launching in September 2018.
  • Develop and deliver a managed programme of communication, training and support to Schools in response to changes to Turnitin impacting on electronic marking and feedback processes.
  • Upgrade Mahara e-Portfolio platform to version 17.04 and extend use across Schools to support the development of collections of evidence for assessment and reflective writing.
  • Establish cross-institutional Digital Skills Service to deliver a coordinated offer of resources, advice and training opportunities to support the development of the digital capabilities of all Sussex students and staff. 
  • Offer an extended range of learning technology professional development opportunities for academic and professional services staff
  • Promote active, creative and experiential approaches to the use of technology within teaching practice e.g Flipped Classroom, In-class technologies
  • Lead evaluation of virtual and augmented reality applications and assess potential for enhancing on-campus/distance learning.    
Get Involved! Show & TEL

If you're interested in learning more about technology enhanced learning activities across the University or would be willing to share ideas from your own professional practice then our termly Show & TEL events provide the perfect opportunity for you to get involved.  These informal meetings are open to everyone and offer the chance to connect with other colleagues and access personal insights on the use of technology in teaching.

 Find us in Essex House. Use Google Street View to orient yourself.

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