- 28/10/2020 Future Teacher, “Inclusive Practice”
- 4/11/2020 Jisc, “Learning and teaching reimagined, a new dawn for higher education?”
- 19/11/2020 Aberystwyth University LTEU, “Academy forum: Why and how to help students to reflect on their learning?”
- 16/12/2020 Aberystwyth University LTEU, “Advice for Action: Promoting Good Feedback Practice”
- Burgos, D. (2020). Radical solutions and open science: An open approach to boost higher education. Singapore: Springer Open.
- Carvalho, P. F., & Goldstone, R. L. (30/9/2020). “The most efficient sequence of study depends on the type of test“. Applied Cognitive Psychology.
- Hibberson, S. (6/10/2020). “Teaching online: the challenges and the potential“, Jisc blog
- Learning Scientists (30/9/2020). “Three Views On Remote Learning and Teaching“, #LrnSciChat
- Learning Scientists (22/10/2020). “Digest #148: Engaging Students in Online Learning“
- Nicol, D. (18/10/2020) “The power of internal feedback: exploiting natural comparison processes“, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
- University of Edinburgh, “Mini-series: Social justice and anti-discrimination“, Teaching Matters Blog
On Wednesday 16th December, the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit will be hosting the first of this year’s Academy Mini-Conferences online. The theme will be ‘Advice for Action: Promoting Good Feedback Practice’, where we will explore how to make feedback more useful and engaging for students.
The three main strands for this Mini-Conference are:
• Marking group assessments
• Peer assessment and feedback
• Improving student learning through feedback
We are looking for proposals from staff, postgraduate teaching assistants and students to give presentations, demonstrations, workshops and discussions on their current feedback and assessment practices. Even if your proposal does not particularly fit the strands above, other relevant proposals are very welcome.
If you would like to submit a proposal to this year’s Mini-Conference, please fill in this online form before Wednesday 18th November.
We’re looking forward to this year’s Learning and Teaching Conference which is just under a month away, 7-9th September 2020.
As you may have read, this year’s Conference will be taking place online via Teams so you can join us for as much or as little of the conference as you wish.
We’re grateful to have a number of external speakers this year. Our keynote, Professor Ale Armellini, will be talking about embedding active blended learning into all courses at the University of Northampton. You can read more about this project on the University of Northampton’s webpage.
In addition to Professor Armellini, we also have Dr Kate Lister from the Open University who will be talking about embedding wellbeing into the curriculum. In addition to her presentation, Kate will also be offering a drop-in session where colleagues can ask specific questions about the wellbeing strategy.
Finally, Gillian Fielding from Blackboard will be joining us to offer examples of tools that can be used to engage students in online learning.
As well as our external speakers, we’ve also got some great presentations and discussions lined up from colleagues across the University, with great practical tips and case studies.
We’ve got sessions on the following topics:
- Teaching practical classes and subjects online
- Virtual labs
- Embedding employability into the curriculum
- Making online seminars interactive
- Peer assisted learning
- Predicting academic achievement
- In class polling
- Video assessments
And much more…
Hope to see you there.
Registration for the eighth annual Learning and Teaching conference is open. This year’s Learning and Teaching conference has the theme Enhancing the Curriculum: Inspire Learning and Invigorate Teaching! and will be taking place online between Monday 7th and Wednesday 9th September 2020.
You can register for the conference by filling in this online form.
This year, we’ve got an exciting and varied programme with activities, workshops and presentations demonstrating the innovative teaching practices that are taking place across the University. A draft copy of the programme is available on our webpages.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We are inviting proposals for the 8th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Monday 7th – Wednesday 9th September 2020.
This year’s conference theme, Enhancing the Curriculum: Inspire Learning and Invigorate Teaching, aims to reflect the commitment that AU staff have to enhance the student learning experience.
As lecturer in learning and teaching responsible for the PGCTHE, I keep an eye out for new resources to help our staff teach effectively online. This includes externally-provided webinars, toolkits, publications and other resources. Because active learning is high on our university agenda, I’m particularly keen to share guidance for moving active learning online.
Below I’ve listed items that came to my attention in the past week. In the interest of clarity, our policy is to show the titles and descriptions in the language of delivery.
- 23-24/6/2020 St Mary’s Festival of Learning https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/events/2020/06/festival-of-learning
- 26/6/2020 “AdvanceHE webinar Active Digital Design” https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/programmes-events/calendar/active-digtial-design
- 26/6/2020 “Future Teacher Webinars – Self Assessment and Mastery Learning” https://xot.futureteacher.eu/play.php?template_id=4#selfassessment
- 1/7/2020 “Jisc Learning and Teaching Reimagined webinar – How Staff Needs are Changing” https://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/learning-and-teaching-reimagined-how-are-staff-needs-changing-01-jul-2020
- 15/7/2020 “Transforming Assessment Webinars – ‘Feedback is useless if no-one can get what it means’ – The effect of technology-mediated peer feedback on uptake and literacy. James Michael Wood (Seoul National University, South Korea); Inclusive assessment design: what can we learn from assessment adjustments?. Joanna Tai, Mary Dracup, Merrin Mccracken, Yasmin Mobayad (Deakin University, Australia); Assessment and digital competences: building capacity with academic staff. Rob Lowne and Suzanne Stone (Dublin City University, Ireland)” http://taw.fi/15jul2020
- “Call for papers for Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching – Compass is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that welcomes research articles, case studies, opinion pieces and reviews relating to learning, teaching, assessment, and the wider student experience within higher education.” https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/compass
- “Jisc Podcasts Responding to COVID-19” https://www.jisc.ac.uk/podcasts
- Beard, Mary “The end of the university as we know it? – Mary Beard asks if the iconic university lecture might have had its day, in the aftermath of the pandemic” BBC Radio 4 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000k2cq
- Clay, James “Why online learning doesn’t have to be a poor experience” https://universitybusiness.co.uk/comment/why-online-learning-doesnt-have-to-be-a-poor-experience/
- Hosseini, Dustin. “Podcast episode 12: a flipped classroom through digital chalk talks” https://digitaleducationpractices.com/2020/06/16/episode-12-a-flipped-classroom-through-digital-chalk-talks/
- Jisc, “Higher education sector comes together to reimagine learning and teaching” https://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/higher-education-sector-comes-together-to-reimagine-learning-and-teaching-05-jun-2020
- Jisc, “How COVID-19 has changed student assessment for good” https://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/how-covid-19-has-changed-student-assessment-for-good-15-jun-2020
- Tan, E., Small, A., & Lewis, P. (2020). Have a question? Just ask it: using an anonymous mobile discussion platform for student engagement and peer interaction to support large group teaching. Research in Learning Technology, 28. https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2323
Please see the Staff Training booking page for training offered by the LTEU and other Aberystwyth University staff.
This year’s Learning and Teaching Conference is scheduled to take place between Monday 7th and Wednesday 9th September. We are starting to plan to deliver elements of the conference online.
We have extended the deadline for proposals for the conference to Friday 26th June 2020 and added an extra strand, to this year’s conference theme: Enhancing the Curriculum: Inspire Learning and Invigorate Teaching!
- Pivoting to Online Learning
- Creating a Learning Community
- Developing Wellbeing in the Curriculum
- Embedding Active Learning
- Working with Students as Partners
We are particularly keen to hear from colleagues who would like to share practical tips and experiences of delivering learning and teaching online.
This year’s keynote is Professor Ale Armellini from Northampton University. You can read further information on Professor Armellini on this blogpost.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very excited to announce that Professor Ale Armellini will be attending this year’s Learning and Teaching Conference as our Keynote speaker.
From developing, implementing and evaluating Northampton University’s own Learning and Teaching plan, we are highly anticipating Professor Ale Armellini’s thoughts and ideas on this year’s conference theme of Enhancing the Curriculum: Inspire Learning and Invigorate Teaching!
Northampton University’s Learning and Teaching Plan and the Aberystwyth Pedagogical Excellence (APEX) Strategy both emphasise the importance of active learning, and are trying to implement active learning on a wider scale across their respective universities. Active learning is one of this year’s key points of the conference, so to have Professor Armellini as keynote speaker will certainly be a highlight of the event.
Over three phases, Aberystwyth University aims to promote a more sustained student active learning ethos, by following a series of both key strategies and ongoing strategies, through the mediums of Welsh and English. This includes our Active Learning Project, and Staff and Student Mental Health Development as two key areas of strategy, as well as Personal Tutor Enhancement, and Employability Initiatives as part of our ongoing strategic concerns. Ultimately, by the summer of 2022, Aberystwyth University strives to have transformed how we teach and how our students learn, and hopefully encourage other Universities to do the same.
Northampton University’s Learning and Teaching Objectives, developed by our keynote speaker, have some similarities which highlight the importance of pedagogic innovation. Professor Armellini’s role in providing leadership in learning and teaching across the entirety of Northampton University and research on learning innovation and online pedagogy, to name a few of his research areas, means he will be providing the attendees of our conference with invaluable advice and insight.
The Annual Learning and Teaching Conference at Aberystwyth University will be held from the 7th September 2020, to 9th September 2020.
You can follow his twitter feed at @alejandroa
We are now inviting proposals for the 8th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Monday 7th – Wednesday 9th September 2020.
Submit and view the call for proposals here.
This year’s conference theme, Enhancing the Curriculum: Inspire Learning and Invigorate Teaching aims to reflect the commitment that AU staff have to enhance the student learning experience. The four main strands of this year’s conference are:
- Creating a Learning Community
- Developing Wellbeing in the Curriculum
- Embedding Active Learning
- Working with Students as Partners
Staff, postgraduate teaching assistants, and students are welcome to propose sessions on any topic relating to learning and teaching, especially those that focus on the incorporation and use of technology. Even if your suggestion doesn’t fit a particular strand, other topics are welcome.
We seek to encourage presenters to consider using alternative formats that reflect and suit the content of their sessions. As such, we are not specifying a standardised presentation format.
Please complete this form no later than 26th June 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit at email@example.com or phone us on extension 2472.
The Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit is pleased to announce that Dr Kate Exley will be running two workshops on Tuesday 24th March 2020.
Dr Exley is Senior Staff Development Officer at the University of Leeds and a Consultant in Higher Education. She has particular expertise in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Assessment and Accreditation, Supervising Research Students and Career Review, and Course Design and Curriculum Change.
These workshops have been specifically designed to support the implementation of the forthcoming Active Learning projects that form part of the Learning and Teaching Strategy 2019-2022. The workshops will focus on Active Learning for small and large group teaching. The workshops are open to all members of the University community but we strongly recommend that staff members or their nominee involved in the implementation of the Active Learning projects attend.
To ensure that as many people as possible can attend, the workshop will run twice – once 9.30am-12pm and again 12.30-3pm. Places are limited and booking is recommended.
To book your place, fill in your details on this online form and specify which workshop you would prefer to attend.
If you have any queries regarding these workshops please email firstname.lastname@example.org.