Author: Ralph Lowerson

Learning and Teaching Fest recordings and resources

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The annual Learning and Teaching Fest is a highlight of the University of Cumbria academic year.

The 2018 theme was ‘Learning through Assessment’ and delegates had the opportunity to reflect on good practice, take part in stimulating discussions and to recognise the outstanding contributions staff make to student success.

We started the day with an address from our DVC Academic Professor Sara De Freitas (see link below). We then moved on to our Keynote speaker, Dr Erica Morris. Erica discussed the timeline of key important assessment changes within the sector and emphasised the importance of staff/student partnerships when developing University-wide assessment initiatives (see link below).

32 papers were presented as part of the parallel sessions with representation from across the University. The student experience of assessment was a sub-theme and a number of academic staff co-presented with their students.

After the parallels Professor Pete Boyd held a plenary discussing research into Assessment in Higher Education, putting the research here at UoC into context within the sector.

The day was concluded by Jess Robinson, who summarised key points from across all the presentations. Assessment design, the use of rubrics and authentic assessment being just three.

The day was a great success and a real celebration of teaching, learning and creativity.

DVC Introduction

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DVC Fest 2018

 

KeyNote

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FEST Keynote 2018

 

Follow the link below to open a copy of the programme where you can click on some of the sessions you may have attended to view the supporting PowerPoints.

Learning & Teaching Fest Programme 2018

VOXPops

 

 

University of Cumbria L&T FEST 2018 VOX Pops

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The following VOXPops were recorded during a great lunchtime time break during this years Learning & Teaching Fest at our Lancaster campus. Click any of the profile photos to watch them.

The link will take you to our Medial server which requires a UoC login.

Using Learning and Teaching Apps – Webinar 14th June 2018

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Click the image below to watch the recording of the webinar “Using Learning and Teaching Apps” which introduces the Apps available to staff, here at the University of Cumbria.

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Apps Webinar

 

Inclusive Learning and Teaching Resource

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NEW! A new webinar is available on the Inclusive Learning and Teaching PebblePad site.

At only 9 minutes long this webinar is an easily digestible source of information and guidance on how to further develop your practice in this area. It is a response to the changes to the Disabled Student’s Allowance which places the responsibility for meeting students’ learning needs on HEIs. It contains an opportunity for reflection on your and your department’s current practice and links to a range of sources to use in your teaching. Click the image below to go straight to the page.

Action Research using problem-based learning to increase participation in discussion forums on Blackboard

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Here is the latest PIP presentation held on Tuesday 13th March 2018.

The session generated discussion on how staff could make discussions boards more appealing to use in the future. Title :Action Research using problem-based learning to increase participation in discussion forums on Blackboard. Led by Tania Hopley HPSS.

The PowerPoint presentation can be viewed by clicking on the image above, or here.

CASE STUDIES SERIES: Edina Kulenovic, Senior Lecturer, Education

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The Education faculty had been using large Blackboard programme sites which presented a number of issues for students, and staff.

On a large programme site with multiple cohorts enrolled, any announcement sent out would be received by all students and therefore irrelevant to many and when marking students work, the numerous Turnitin submissions would make it hard for staff and externals to find and review.

By using a module site for teaching, communication is much more targeted, reading lists can be deployed and the management by staff is much more efficient. The module can also be tailored by the individual tutors in terms of themes, banners layout etc.

Edina Kulenovic from our London campus recently highlighted some of the positives the staff have found with their move to module sites.

Positives:

We have found that using Blackboard Module sites is easier and more time efficient than the old, large Programme site. One of the big advantages is that both the lecturers and students are automatically enrolled into all new sites.

In addition, accessing the individual sites is quicker.

The option of changing the module specific sites by changing the colour schemes or banners and personalising the site is welcome too.

The announcements were often sent to all users, but now they are sent to specific groups of students or a specific site. Module leaders and lecturers now know where to post resources and announcements.

Marking has become easier, as both the lecturers and External Examiners found it difficult to find work to mark in the old site.

The new Blackboard app is most welcome too, for quick access and information.

Negative:

Lecturers had to get used to having a long list of sites on their Blackboard My Institution page.

A previous Case Study regarding the move from Programme to Module sites, was also published by Emma Moore, BSc (Hons) Nursing Delivery here.

iLead iLearn Webinar Series – Your Role as a Module Leader.2nd Febuary 2018

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This webinar looks at your role as a module leader and aims to be a helpful resource for existing module leaders and those who may be taking on this role in the future. Key areas within this webinar include:

How does the University of Cumbria see this role?

How does this role integrate with other academic roles and responsibilities?

What on-going help and support is there?

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iLead iLearn Webinar Series: Managing Assessment Effectively 31st January 2018

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This session looks at ways to streamline and standardise aspects of the assessment/feedback cycle. It takes a programme/level approach to ensure consistency across and between module teams. This is followed by ways to create assessment criteria and introduces rubrics. These will be discussed in more detail in a future webinar.

The session moves on and discusses managing the assessment process for students and then for academic staff. A few suggestions concerning Academic integrity follow, introducing essay mills and bespoke ‘ghost writers’.

The concluding slide provides links to the University regulations and the level and grade descriptors.

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iLead_Webinar_31st_Jan_2018

https://hml.cumbria.ac.uk/Play/3710

Using Mentimeter to promote student engagement and inclusion – Davina Hill & Kelly Fielden

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Providing an inclusive, safe and varied learning environment is central to promoting engagement across a diverse student population. Browser-based interactive presentation programmes such as Mentimeter can be used to achieve this in a way that reaches multiple learners simultaneously through their own portable devices and grants them anonymity.

We used this session to present our research on student perceptions of two features of Mentimeter: interactive multiple choice quizzes and the option for students to ask open anonymous questions during class.  We found that students across two different levels, subject areas and contexts (anonymous questions and quizzes) recognised the value of Mentimeter in promoting engagement and inclusion.  All students were in favour of Mentimeter being used again.  Students perceived the quizzes to be fun, to consolidate learning, break up the lecture, and increase focus, while users of the anonymous open questions saw value in the potential for less vocal students to have their voices heard.

Participants in the Pedagogy in Practice session had the opportunity to take part in a quiz and an anonymous question and answer session, both of which were held remotely across campuses in Carlisle, Ambleside and Lancaster.  This allowed the participants to interact with the software from a student’s perspective.  Full functionality was accessible to all via Skype. Anonymous questions from the floor were used as the starting point for discussion around participation in quizzes by students with learning disabilities, by students of different ages and at different levels of study. We offered practical guidance on using interactive presentation software across various contexts. We concluded that technology-enhanced learning tools such as Mentimeter are effective in promoting student engagement and participation, and suggest that an optimal approach is to use these in combination with verbal question and answer sessions to suit a diverse population of learners.

To view the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, please click here

PIP Practice in Pedagogy Seminars

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Due to the success of PIPs last academic year we are running a series of seminars again for staff to meet and share practice on teaching and learning themes face-to-face. They will take the form of a short presentation by the lead, followed by an opportunity for discussion.  All staff are welcome whether you teach or support student learning, and you are encouraged to share examples of successful practice as well as challenges to which you have found solutions, or that are yet to be solved!  Bring your lunch

Thursday 14th December 1 – 2pm

“Sharing TEL tips to develop our digital capabilities” Sandie Donnelly

Lancaster Room SB204 Sentamu Building
Whether you’ve got some TEL tips to share or you want to make more use of technology in learning and teaching, please join our TEL PIP to share expertise, Christmas treats and find out about software available to staff and students at UoC.
Monday 18th December 12 – 1pm

“Use of Mentimeter to promote student engagement and inclusion” – Davina Hill & Kelly Fielden

Via VC Carlisle (SKF05) Skiddaw Building & (AXB002) Alexandra Building Lancaster and skype option available

The provision of an effective learning environment is central to promoting engagement and is a key component of the Teaching Excellence Framework. Mentimeter, a technology-enhanced learning tool can be used to achieve this in a way that reaches multiple learners simultaneously and grants them anonymity. We will use this session to describe our research on student perceptions of Mentimeter, offer practical guidance on using interactive presentation software to promote engagement and inclusion, and provide a forum for discussion. We will focus on two features of Mentimeter: interactive multiple choice quizzes and the option for students to ask open anonymous questions during class

Link to book on to PIP seminars:https://cumbria.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/pedagogy-in-practice-seminars-29th-november-14th-18th