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ACODE-UK 2017 TEL Benchmarking Summit

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The Open University pleased to host successful first ACODE-UK TEL Benchmarking Summit for UK Universities

De Vere Horwood Estate, Milton Keynes 

Sunday 11th June to Wednesday 14th June 2017

Photo of De Vere Horwood Estate, Milton KeynesACODE-UK Delegate group photo







The Open University and the Australasian Council for Open, Distance and E-learning (ACODE) recently collaborated to bring senior Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)  professionals and decision makers together for the first 3 day residental ACODE-UK 2017 TEL Benchmarking Summit, held at De Vere Horwood Estate, Milton Keynes. 

The ACODE-UK 2017 TEL Benchmarking Summit was designed for senior TEL professionals and decision makers to benchmark their TEL associated activities across good practice and alongside peer institutions. Over 30 TEL professionals attended from 17 institutions (pictured above). The benchmarks are designed to “support continuous quality improvement in technology enhanced learning”, and were fully reviewed in 2014. The ACODE-UK 2017 TEL Benchmarking Summit was similar to the highly successful ACODE Benchmarking Summits run in Australia since 2014. Participants came away with a better sense of strategically advancing TEL across their institution and an extended peer network.


About the benchmarks

There are eight Benchmark topic areas:

  1. Institution-wide policy and governance for technology enhanced learning;

  2. Planning for institution-wide quality improvement of technology enhanced learning;

  3. Information technology systems, services and support for technology enhanced learning;

  4. The application of technology enhanced learning services;

  5. Staff professional development for the effective use of technology enhanced learning;

  6. Staff support for the use of technology enhanced learning;

  7. Student training for the effective use of technology enhanced learning;

  8. Student support for the use of technology enhanced learning.

The full set of benchmarks are available from the ACODE Australia site.

Two webinars were held to further explain the benchmarks and their use.

About the Summit

During the Summit, delegates shared perspectives and advice related to good practice across the benchmark areas. The Summit consisted of several workshop sessions, designed to encourage conversation and improved practice. The Summit was held in a dedicated venue, maximising networking opportunities.

Note that participants were required to provide their university’s ratings to at least two of the eight benchmarks. High-level results were shared, in confidence across all delegates.

Participating in future benchmarking events

The process for participation:

- Register your interest in future benchmarking events. When dates are set, you will be contacted to confirm your regsitration to attend. When confirmed, you will be given access to the online tools for assisting you in the benchmarking exercise, and will be added to the distribution list for webinars, and pre-event news and support.

- Determine which of the eight benchmarks you will focus on for the event. For a Summit, at least two must be chosen. You will need senior management buy-in to adequately participate.

- Self-evaluate your institution based on the benchmarking criteria, ensuring the self-evaluation is representative and evidence-based. Guides are available, and webinars (dates to be confirmed) will further explain how benchmarks can be applied. Anticipate each benchmark taking a full day’s equivalent of an individual’s time to prepare, in addition to internal workshop time.

- Input the institutional data into the online repository, agreeing to the confidentiality of data added by other institutions (who likewise agree to treat your data in confidence). This provides a rich cross-institutional dataset.

- Attend the Summit workshop to network with TEL peers, represent your institution and contribute to the benchmark-related conversations around best practice and institutional development.


Registration is limited to 20 universities, with up to three delegates per institution (two recommended). Available places will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

You need not fully register to self-evaluate your institution, but you will need to register for the workshop to share and compare your institution's evaluation. You can also choose to register your interest initially, until you're certain you want to attend the workshop. Registering your interest will ensure we keep you up to date with news, but it does not guarantee you a place in the 20 university limit on attendance.

To register your interest for future events please go to our registration page

Latest Developments

First ACODE-UK a success

We are pleased to report the success of the first ACODE-UK TEL Benchmarking Summit, held Monday 12 - Wednesday 14 June 2017. 

Thank you to all delegates who attended to make the discussion so rich and rewarding. 

20th June 2017

Registration now closed

Registration for this year's ACODE-UK TEL Benchmarking Summit has now closed.

If you'd like to be kept informed of any future events, please contact us via

9th May 2017

Last chance to register!

Registration deadline today! 

Make sure you register now to guarantee your place at the first ACODE-UK TEL Benchmarking Summit.

28th April 2017

Just three weeks left to register!

The deadline for registrations is fast approaching.

4th April 2017

Online collaboration site now available

Registered delegates are now able to access the ACODE-UK online collaboration Moodle site

10th March 2017
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Contact Us

If you have any queries regarding this event please feel free to contact the ACODE-UK 2017 Benchmarking Summit team: