This year’s SITS:Vision conference, affectionately named ‘SITS:FEST’, is over for another year. The 2016 festival themed product conference was the biggest yet. Attended by over 300 delegates from across the Higher Education sector, SITS:FEST saw a festival winning line up, with sets from Tribal’s HE Managing Director, Jon Baldwin and SITS:Vision Product Owner, James Oakley as well as an enlightening keynote speech from guest speaker and South Pole adventurer, Conrad Dickinson.
With a choice of 20 breakout sessions across the two-day conference, delegates took inspiration from such topics as best practice CRM, digital apprenticeships and learning analytics. With packed out, standing room only, in the product showcases, delegates were truly hooked on the latest developments of the SITS:Vision product.
The festival keynote content was captured via Periscope and attracted hundreds of live viewers. The content was also captured in sketch notes – quite the talking point!
The festival theme was continued into the evening’s festivities with delegates donning their finest festival gear! We saw flowers in the hair, wellies, sunglasses indoors and with temporary festival tattoos – everyone helped to bring the festival theme to life! Each delegate was provided with a festival ‘survival’ kit, a must-have for any keen festival goer!
The festival dinner was followed, as is tradition, with an award ceremony. Congratulations to all those nominated and awarded.
The Howard Knowles Award: Rachael Crabtree, University of Reading
This award recognises an individual from the SITS:Vision user community who reflects the traits of the person it was named after. These are:
Supporting the community nature of the customer base
Volunteering to head mutually beneficial groups
Giving time to make SITS:Vision a better product for all
Being vocal to make sure the customer voice is heard
Going out of their way to provide space, coordination and organisation to allow many of the necessary meetings and events to happen
University of the Year: University of Bradford
2016 has been a very busy year for the University of Bradford. Some of the fantastic work they have done includes a Specific Learning Difficulties Screening Questionnaire and an electronic Learner Support Profile (e-LSP). The impacts of these projects will have tremendous reach in supporting students for many years to come.
Our other winners were:
Most Improved Student Experience: Arts University Bournemouth: Responsive Design for eVision and Online Application System
Outstanding use of Innovation and Technology: Birmingham City University: Student hubs and the challenges of wanting a One Stop (Data) Shop BCU
People Process Performance: University of Warwick: Enrolment Events and Data Management
Improving Efficiency, Achieving Effectiveness: Kingston University: Introduction of More Efficient, Effective and Common Assessment Board (MABs and PABs) and Administrative Arrangement
We continue to be inspired by the achievements in the sector. With so many projects nominated each year, this year was particularly difficult to select just one winner in each category. Seeing (and working with) such talent makes us proud to serve the higher education sector, a sector doing such wonderful things to enthuse generations of learners.
This conference could not happen without the support and attendance of the SITS:Vision customer base. Thank you to all that attended, we hope to see you next year.
Register for your place at http://info.tribalgroup.com/sits2017.