The Strategic Developer: The Strategic Developer -- 150 -- Hybrid


16:15 - 17:15 on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 in 4.204

Further / Higher Education (F/HE) in the UK is in the fortunate position to have talented and experienced developers working in its organisations, driving both service development and applied research. Because of this, developers in F/HE frequently contribute to a particularly rich source of technical innovation to the sector.

The CMALT Scheme provides a framework to develop learning technologist skills. This session is about the hard technical skills end of this technologist spectrum. It is about the coders, hackers and integrators, the people who build and develop software solutions.

As part of our work on the DevCSI project [http://devcsi.ukoln.ac.uk/blog/about/ ], we are creating a collection of case studies and resources to explore the idea of the Strategic Developer [ http://devcsi.ukoln.ac.uk/blog/2011/05/17/the-strategic-developer-how-local-developers-can-make-a-difference/ ] We run events such as Dev8D and Dev8eD and challenges to help nurture the skills of developers.

This session is a showcase of the ways that developers working collaboratively can solve problems in teaching and learning. It will highlight the successes of this approach within learning technologies and beyond. Most importantly it will give an opportunity for managers to think about how they work with developers: the argument for in-house expertise, ways of utilising technology skills.

It will explore where solutions fail: the tension between innovation and implementation-ready software, the failures in communication, and the lack of technical understanding of decision-makers. It will end with a practical session of signposting useful resources, connecting people, and sharing learning opportunities.

The outline for this session:

  • Showcase of DevCSI successes (5 mins);
  • Introduction to The Strategic Developer and the argument for in-house technology skills (15 mins);
  • Structured discussion on the role of technical developers in further and higher education (30 mins);
  • Planning practical action: how are we going to be more effective as managers and developers working together to solve problems (10 mins).


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