TILE (Teaching Innovation and Learning Enhancement) Hub

About this project

The Teaching Innovation and Learning Enhancement (TILE) Hub sits directly under SCoLPP providing learning enhancement activities in pedagogy, digital innovation, training, and development.  We work across the university with staff and students. 

Our Mission

Design a value-based future for digital education that will enable efficient access to systems, connect people and deliver transformational capabilities for students through greater collaboration, use of digital tools and co-creation of effective pedagogical approaches.

The TILE Hub is developing an academic community of practice and provides interdisciplinary collaboration between departments and work to develop collision pedagogy and synergies to push digital learning and teaching forward. TILE Hub has 4 primary objectives:

  1. Delivery of Digital Pedagogical Training
  2. Delivery and Development of Catalyst Pedagogical Training
  3. Staff Digital Diagnostic and Development
  4. Student Digital Diagnostic and Development

We have developed and are leading on Digital Activation Days for staff and students, a monthly event that aims at upskilling and creating awareness around digital technology, digital capability and digital development.

Working closely with SCoLPP experts and the educational community as a whole, we will be providing sessions in pedagogical innovation and digital innovation. These events run monthly through our TILE Webinar Series, which is open for anyone to join.

The Digital Diagnostic Toolkit (JISC) has also been launched at Staffordshire University. Students and staff can take part in the diagnostic which will give them an individualised breakdown of their digital capability. It maps onto LinkedIn Learning, so students and staff are able to develop their digital capability for learning, teaching and employment opportunities.

TILE Hub is working in partnership with the Students Union. Currently we are collaborating with the Student Union in several projects including a review and trial of a new lecture capture system and lecture capture policy, a new mandate for our VLE to ensure consistency and minimum requirements are in every module across the university.


Associated researcher

John Hendy

Head Of Digital Pedagogies

John is a specialist in digital and online learning. His current research areas are around systems, digital transformation, distance learning and digital pedagogies.

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Current initiatives

The following recent initiatives, under the realm of the Hub, have supported the effective facilitation of innovative teaching and learning practice at the university:

  • Collision Coffee - These events have been held at Catalyst building to encourage staff to come along and see how they can develop synergies working together and make productive use of our experimental and innovative workspaces adopting new approaches such as collision pedagogy and phenomenon-based learning.
  • Digital Activation Day (series) takes place monthly with an aim to conduct workshops and drop-in sessions to offer personalised support to staff and students to explore and get hands on experience around varied digital technologies. It provides an opportunity to rethink and rebuild the future teaching and learning practices based around innovative techniques and e-learning tools that can be used within the Catalyst building.
  • Developing links with local schools and colleges to enhance transition activities, provide best practice sharing events and develop further synergies to enhance education at every level.
  • Annual TILE Festival is another initiative aimed at developing and fostering an Academic Community of Practice (CoP) and is an opportunity to celebrate and share success with colleagues internally and sector wide. All the colleagues from wider education sector are welcome to attend the same. The event takes place in a hybrid format to foster communication, engagement and encourage participation.

How to get involved

If you would like to get involved with the Webinar series (which runs on the last Wednesday 2-4pm online every month), or if you would like to discuss any projects please reach out to  tilehub@staffs.ac.uk.

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