LEaD Newsletter April 2014

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  • Learning at City Conference – Registration now open!

  • Invitation to LEaD Launch event – Tuesday 3rd June

  • 4th Annual Postgraduate Symposium – Talent on display

  • City University London staff – tell us about your experiences of using educational technology

  • Academic Learning Support (ALS)

  • Research Methods and Skills Development Day – May 20th

  • Cass Showcase – LEaD exhibition

  • Dates for your Diary

 

Learning at City Conference – Register now!

Registration for the Learning at City conference is now open.

The 2014 event is taking place on Wednesday 4th June. This one day event is open to all staff at City University and external delegates.

The theme for this year is Students as Partners in Learning?

See the LEaD events webpages for more information about the conference and to register to attend.

Learning at City Conference 2014 registration form

Invitation to LEaD Launch event – Tuesday 3rd June

To celebrate the creation of LEaD and as a pre-conference warm-up,  we are holding a launch event at City University London on the evening of Tuesday 3rd June 2014.

This event will be a chance to find out about the sphere of activity of the new department and to meet our staff. It will also showcase the innovative projects that our teams are involved in and give an insight into the exciting collaborations set for the future.

The launch will also be a chance to celebrate the achievements of City University Staff. Professor Paul Curran will be presenting a University Education Excellence award to one outstanding member of each School for their achievements in education.   Staff receiving Postgraduate Certificates in Academic Practice will also be celebrated along with those receiving a Learning Development Fellowship.

The event is scheduled to take place in the Level 1 Refectory – University Building

5pm – 7pm Tuesday 3rd June

There will be plenty of wine and nibbles available – Look out for invites in your inbox soon!

4th Annual Postgraduate Symposium 

Last Wednesday (26th March) saw LEaD in conjunction with The Graduate School run its most successful Research Symposium to date with nearly 100 doctoral students and staff in attendance.

The focus of 2014 symposium was on the presentation of student’s research methodology and the tools they plan to use or a reflection on those they had used with the benefits and limitations.

The event saw 30 students presenting details of their research. Twenty one students gave a 15 minute paper and nine displayed a poster. Delegates were asked to give feedback on all the sessions they attended and all the posters they viewed. This feedback was then used to award prizes of funding towards a conference for the three best papers and posters.

RS2014 Prize winners

The event gave those presenting an opportunity to gain valuable experience and feedback and those attending an opportunity to see the breadth and variety of research taking place at City University London.

  ”The talks were very good and engaging, and it was nice to see such talent on display”

A programme and book of abstracts from the day is available on Google here

 

City University London staff – tell us about your experiences of using educational technology

Image by CraigTaylor74 (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Image by CraigTaylor 74 (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Learning Enhancement & Development are looking at future educational technology developments and we are looking for input from City University London staff. Tell us about your experience of using educational technology and what enhancements you would like to see in the future by completing the staff educational technology survey.

It is important that you complete this survey for us to gain accurate feedback from academics and administrators to ensure the requirements for any change are driven by those that use educational technology to support teaching at City.

This survey will take a maximum of 20 minutes to complete. If you don’t use specific technologies online or in a face to face teaching environment you will be able to skip certain sections reducing the amount of time required to complete the survey.

If you would like to be entered into a draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher please provide your staff email at the end of the survey. The answer to this question will not be included in the data analysis.

We would look forward to hearing your feedback and we will publish the results on this blog which is accessible to all staff and students.

Academic Learning Support (ALS)

The Academic Learning Support (ALS) team has recently expanded: Richard Knott and Sally Thorpe were joined in November 2013 by Emma Davenport and David Shah.LDP

This term, the team has delivered a broad programme of university-wide academic skills workshops, covering assignment skills, dissertations, critical thinking, revision techniques and more.  Feedback gathered from students attending these sessions indicates that they highly value this kind of guidance, but a full analysis of the feedback will be presented at the LEaD Launch and the Learning at City conference in June.

Through one-to-one tutorials, the ALS team has supported students from every school, from first year undergraduates to doctoral candidates.  In addition, the team works with school staff to embed academic skills development into course programmes.  If you feel this type of provision would benefit your students, the ALS team would be pleased to hear from you. Academiclearningsuccess@city.ac.uk

 

Research Methods and Skills Development Day – May 20th

The second of this year’s Research Methods and Skills Development Day will be taking place on Tuesday 20th May at City University London. This event targeted at doctoral researchers studying and working at the university  will offer a range of sessions exploring research skills.

Sessions on the day include: Undertaking qualitative data analysis approaches and tips, Digital resources and being a digital researcher, Preparing for your viva process and tips, Academic writing and drafting a literature review, SPSS & Quantitative Data Analysis and Maintaining an up to date CV and career planning

Registration for the event will open next week.

 

Cass Showcase – LEaD exhibition

​As in previous years, the T&L team at Cass is organising a showcase with the purpose of disseminating good practices and, in general, ideas on the present and future of education. This year, the focus will be on teaching excellence, and the showcase will see presentations from colleagues from Cass and also from other Schools at City.

In addition to the traditional presentation sessions, the showcase will also have a ”poster” session, which consists of an exhibition from Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD). This will therefore be an opportunity to also familiarise yourselves with what  LEaD can do for Cass.

Wednesday 7 May – 11am to 5pm (room 3002 at Cass)

If you’d like to attend, please book a ticket using the online system.

 

Dates for your Diary

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         7th May – Cass Showcase
         20th May 2014 – Research Methods and Skills Development Day
         3rd June 2014 – LEaD Launch event
         4th June 2014 – Learning at City Conference

 

LEaD Newsletter – March 2014

Included in the March 2014 Newsletter:

  • Learning at City Conference – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
  • Research Symposium sign up
  • The Learning Spaces Group
  • Learning at City Journal
  • Educational Technology guides and Service Now support
  • Education Enhancement Project – Funding bids
  • Booking flexible learning spaces and Lecture Capture – Important changes for September 2014
  • Dates for your Diary

 

Learning at City Conference – Call for abstracts

There is still time to submit a proposal for our Learning at City Conference. The 2014 event is taking place on Wednesday 4th June. This one day event is open to all staff at City University and, for the first time this year, to external delegates.

The theme for this year is Students as Partners in Learning? 

Submission Deadline Friday, March 28th 2014

See this Educational Vignettes blog post for more information about the conference and to register your interest in submitting a proposal.

Research Symposium – Sign up now!

The 2013/14 Research Symposium organised by LEaD in conjunction with The Graduate School, will take place on Wednesday 26th March 2014. This event provides an opportunity for doctoral students to prepare for presenting posters and sessions at conferences.  For details of how to sign up to attend visit the Research Symposium webpages

The Learning Spaces Group

LDC Team Away Day Aug 13 035The Learning Spaces group is back and we are currently looking for new academic members! The Learning Spaces Group is a forum for discussing, debating and designing new Learning Spaces at City.

For clarification by design we mean both the design of the physical spaces, and the technologies and resources within them. By learning spaces we mean classrooms, lecture rooms and informal spaces within the City University campus. The group is made up of academics, students, Learning Technologists and staff from PAF and IS. Over the last two years this group has had an enormous impact on the design of the new spaces in the wider Estates project and redevelopment of the University campus.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th March from 1200 – 13.00. This year the group will be helping to design the new teaching spaces for the wider estates project there are around 14 new rooms currently being developed, and the learning spaces group will feed into the technologies, architect designs, and furniture/room design that will become the final spaces. We will also be evaluating the rooms developed last year by the learning spaces group, for example the swivel seat lecture theatre BLG07, as well as evaluating and developing future designs for new teaching pods and classroom technologies.

Visit our Educational Vignettes Blog for a look at some of the work we have been involved in:

Please email kate.reader@city.ac.uk to sign up to the group, or if you have any questions.

 

Learning at City Journal – Volume 4 Number 1stack of books

The next edition of the Learning at City Journal is being published and is available to order.

This edition contains articles covering a wide range of subjects related to teaching & learning in HE.

  • The Need for Greater Support in Academic Writing for PhD Students in Mathematics and Related Subjects 
  • Developing Assessment at City: A Review of Learning Development Associate Projects 2010-12 
  • Development of a web-based interactive tool for the assessment of clinical decision-making skills
  • Project report: Evaluation of two post-graduate pre-registration nursing modules ‘Finding the Blend’: An evaluation of the balance between online and face to face learning and teaching in a blended curriculum
  • Assessing the use and impact of technology in physical learning environments at City University London – Learning Development Associate project
  • Possible approaches to personalisation at Cass Business School
  • How would students prefer to be assessed? Report of a pilot research study.

You can request a copy of the journal by contacting us at ldc@city.ac.uk, and the articles will be made available online via the Digital Repository in due course. In the meantime, you can search through the archive of Learning at City Journal articles on the repository here.

Educational Technology Guides and Service Now support

Educational Technology Guidance

Educational Technology Guidance

Online Guides

Guides for using all our educational technologies have been collaboratively developed by our Educational Technology Team and are available at: www.city.ac.uk/edtechhelp/staff and www.city.ac.uk/edtechhelp/student.

Service Now

To access support in using educational technology do log your queries through Service Now www.city.ac.uk/itservicedesk

For full details of how to request support take a look at this blog post

Education Enhancement Projects

Do you have a small evaluation or scoping activity you would like to do but need some funds to enable you do this? There are some funds available through the Department for Learning Enhancement and Development that you can use for such a project. You may request up to £500 to support this activity by completing the online form found at this link. Education Enhancement Project – Application form

Please note any funds must be spent by 15th July 2014

 

Booking flexible learning spaces and Lecture Capture – Important changes for September 2014

This year there have been some important changes to the room booking restraints form so take note!

The data collection process and submission of staff and availability/constraint forms is due to start w/c 10 March, with the deadline of 17 April.  Flexible teaching spaces and Lecture Capture have now been added to the constraint’s forms so if you would like to teach your modules next year in a more flexible space, or you would have liked to have lecture capture automatically recording all term and available through your Moodle module, you can just select the relevant options on the form for your teaching next academic year (2014/15).

Please ensure you request these options on the constraint’s form, or if you do not complete the form yourself, then ensure you inform the person who does before the 17th April.

The three available options for flexible spaces are:

Table and Chairs with castors:

Table and Chairs with castors:

Node Chairs

Node Chairs

Collaborative-style lecture theatre seating (swivel seating):

Collaborative-style lecture theatre seating (swivel seating):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dates for your Diary

  • Learning at City Conference – Call for abstracts closes – Friday 28th March 2014
  • Research Symposium – Wednesday 26th March 2014
  • Learning at City Conference – Wednesday 4th June 2014
  • Researcher Methods and Skills Development Day – Tuesday 20th May 2014

 

 

 

LEaD (LDC) Newsletter – New Year 2014

Included in the New Year Newsletter

  • Introducing the new Department for Learning Enhancement and Development – LEaD
  • New Team, New Vision
  • Learning at City Conference 2014 – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
  • Research Symposium – 26th March 2014
  • MA Leading Change in HE Module
  • Calling for articles – The Learning at City Journal
  • National Teaching Fellowship Scheme
  • Dates for your Diary

Introducing LEaD

We are pleased to announce the creation of The Department for Learning Enhancement and Development – or LEaD – a new team comprised of the old Learning Development Centre (LDC), educational technologists from Schools, Learning Success and Student Counselling.  The purpose of bringing these areas together is to improve the connection between student support and curriculum delivery as well as providing more focused support for staff.  LEaD plays a key role in delivering University strategy and provides support for staff and students to ensure that the best possible education experience is realised.  LEaD is a diverse team of 54 staff which has an academic remit and is also a professional service offering student and staff facing services. LEaD’s vision to achieve this, is to create a University culture whereby educational excellence is of equal value to research. We see “education” as encompassing a curriculum model in the broadest sense (both content, delivery and support) and covering the full student lifecycle and experience.  “Excellence” is the fostering of talent to achieve the best outcomes through practice.   An excellent educational experience is the natural outcome of a University culture where staff and students are supported to learn collaboratively and inspired to create new learning opportunities.

Our work is governed by three overriding principles – guidance, innovation and inspiration – in all that we offer to staff and students.

This year is a transition year for the team as we work on new practices and processes, particularly in the area of educational technology support. Whilst you will see some changes, we hope to keep any disruption to a minimum but please be patient with us whilst we work to create the new services and support model.  If you have any questions about the team or services please contact us and we can arrange to visit your School or Department.

New Team, New Vision

Working on the vision

Following its re-structure the newly created department for Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD)  had a successful away day at the Museum of London. The purpose of the Away day was to get to know each other, to establish the new vision and to plan for the future.

The team enjoyed a productive and fun day spent together away from the office.

The full LEaD vision statement is available as a google doc here

Learning at City Conference 2014

The 2014 Learning at City conference is taking place on Wednesday 4th June. This one day event is open to all staff at City University and, for the first time this year, to external delegates. The theme for this year is Students as Partners in Learning? The call for abstracts will open on Monday 13th January and we would encourage all staff who are interested in presenting to submit an abstract for consideration. Visit our events webpage for more information about the conference and to register your interest.

Research Symposium

The 2013/14 Research Symposium organised by LEaD in conjunction with The Graduate School, will take place on Wednesday 26th March 2014. This event provides an opportunity for doctoral students to prepare for presenting posters and sessions at conferences. The call for abstracts has now closed and submissions will be reviewed by the 10th February. Look out for details of how and when to sign up to attend on the Research Symposium webpages

MAAP Leading Change in HE Module

We are still recruiting participants for the Leading Change in Higher Education module that will run as part of the MA Academic Practice from the end of January 2013. Leadership and being an agent of change are qualities that apply to all roles and grades of work.  This module creates a space within which to reflect, network and discover in order to build on your role as a leader of change.  Across the four contact days, the participants will take part in a visit, action learning set, reflection, presentation and discussion.  The module will be driven by the experiences of the participants. The module will be lead by Professor Susannah Quinsee, an experienced leader of change, who along with senior staff in LEAD has been shortlisted for a THE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development this year. Fees are waived for this module for City staff including visiting lecturers and current City PhD students. Read more info and apply here

Calling for articles for the Learning at City Journal

The Learning at City Journal is produced twice a year and is your chance to share good practice in education you have been undertaking. This could be designing a new module, revising an assessment, using a new approach for your teaching or involving students more in their learning. There are many really good practices around the University that could be shared more widely so write an article for the journal. You may have presented at a conference but not thought about writing so now is your chance. We take submissions throughout the year and publish the journal in January and June of each year. Learning at City Journal webpage.

National Teaching Fellowship Development Scheme

Each year the Higher Education Academy publish a call for Universities to submit applications from staff who are felt to have made a sustained contribution to students experience through innovative, creativity and teaching excellence. This call is published in November of each year normally.

LEaD run an annual development scheme to support those who would like to work towards being an applicant for the National Teaching Fellowship. This scheme involves exploring what you do now, your impact in your department, school and within the University and beyond and what development you might need to support you meeting the criteria for a National Teaching Fellow. If you would like to apply to join the scheme which will be preparing you for possible submission in 2014-2015 then write an application of no more than 500 words outlining your reasons for applying and providing some background to your possible claims for the National Teaching Fellowship. In addition discuss this with your Associate Dean for Education within your School so they can support your application with a short statement. These should both be sent to Dr Pam Parker via e-mail P.M.Parker@city.ac.uk by Friday 31st January 2014.

More information about the HEA National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is available on the HEA website

Dates for your Diary

  • Learning at City Conference – Call for abstracts open – Monday 13th January
  • Research Symposium – Wednesday 26th March
  • Learning at City Conference – Wednesday 4th June
  • Researcher Methods and Skills Development Day – Thursday 26th June

 


LDC Newsletter – November 2013

Included in the November Newsletter:

  • Call for articles – Learning at City Journal

  • Research Methods and Skills Development Day – open for booking

  • National Teaching Fellowship Development Scheme

  • RISES programme

  • Call for abstracts – Research Symposium

  • MA Leading Change in HE Module

  • Educational Vignettes

  • Meet the team

 

Call for articles – Learning at City Journal

 

The Learning at City Journal is produced twice a year and is your chance to share good practice in education you have been undertaking. This could be designing a new module, revising an assessment, using a new approach for your teaching or involving students more in their learning. There are many really good practices around the University that could be shared more widely so write an article for the journal. You may have presented at a conference but not thought about writing so now is your chance. We take submissions throughout the year and publish the journal in December and June of each year. Here is the link to more information http://www.city.ac.uk/about/education/ldc/resources/learning-at-city-journal

Research Methods and Skills Development Day

The first of this year’s Research development days is taking place on Wednesday 4th December. This full-day event is targeted at doctoral students at City University and offers a range of sessions on research methodologies and skills. The event also provides an open forum to share interests and explore research issues with other researchers and academic staff.

The December event will also feature an Industry v Academia panel discussion led by two former City Psychology PhD graduates; Dr. Kiki Koutmeridou, and Dr. Esha Massand. They will be sharing their personal perspectives on each of their chosen career paths. Dr Koutmeridou has followed an industry-based career and is currently head of Behavioural Economics in an international Marketing company, whereas Dr Massand is part-way through her second post doctoral research appointment based at a Developmental Neuroscience lab at Birkbeck, University of London.

Follow this link for more information and to book a place:  http://www.city.ac.uk/about/education/ldc/events/rdd

 

National Teaching Fellowship Development Scheme 

Each year the Higher Education Academy publish a call for Universities to submit applications from staff who are felt to have made a sustained contribution to students experience through innovative, creativity and teaching excellence. This call is published in November of each year normally.

The Learning Development Centre runs an annual development scheme to support those who would like to work towards being an applicant for the National Teaching Fellowship. This scheme involves exploring what you do now, your impact in your department, school and within the University and beyond and what development you might need to support you meeting the criteria for a National Teaching Fellow.

If you would like to apply to join the scheme which will be preparing you for possible submission in 2014-2015 then write an application of no more than 500 words outlining your reasons for applying and providing some background to your possible claims for the National Teaching Fellowship. In addition discuss this with your Associate Dean for Education within your School so they can support your application with a short statement. These should both be sent to Dr Pam Parker via e-mail P.M.Parker@city.ac.uk by Friday 6th December 2013.

More information about the HEA National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is available at this website link http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/national-teaching-awards

 

RISES programme

 Recognising Individual Senior Education Staff

TheLDC has gained accreditation for the above programme through the Higher Education Academy. This programme provides a continuing professional development opportunity for staff to gain Senior Fellowship with the HEA as well as Senior Learning Development Fellowship using a portfolio approach.

If you are an experienced member of staff who can demonstrate leading, managing, influencing and impact in the area of learning and teaching within your school and/or the University then consider being recognised through this programme.

If you would like to find out more e-mail Dr Pam Parker P.M.Parker@city.ac.uk by Thursday 21st November to register for the introductory workshop being held on Friday 29th November from 9.30 – 11.30. The workshop will outline the process of gaining Senior Fellowship and how to register to achieve this.

Research Symposium – Call for Abstracts

The 2013/14 Research Symposium will take place on Wednesday 26th March 2014. This event provides an opportunity for doctoral students to prepare for presenting posters and sessions at conferences. The call for abstracts for the symposium will go out at the end of November. Check the webpages for more information.

Leading Change in Higher Education – MAAP Module

We are now recruiting participants for the Leading Change in Higher Education module that will run as part of the MA Academic Practice from January 2013.  In this challenging and uncertain time within HE it is vital to develop leadership skills that draw on self-awareness, leadership models and exploration of change.  Leadership and being an agent of change are qualities that apply to all roles and grades of work.  This module creates a space within which to reflect, network and discover in order to build on your role as a leader of change.  Across the four contact days, the participants will take part in a visit, action learning set, reflection, presentation and discussion.  The module will be driven by the experiences of the participants.

The module will be lead by Professor Susannah Quinsee, an experienced leader of change, who along with senior staff in LEAD has been nominated for a THE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development this year.

Fees are waived for this module for City staff including visiting lecturers and current City PhD students. Read more info and apply here

 

 

Check out the latest vignettes on our other blog:

Video Making Skills     Horizon Scanning      SLE achievements 2012-13

 

Meet the Team

Hester & Iro

Hester Wellings McGeorge

Iro Ntonia

We job-share in the role of Learning Development Support Officer. This role involves supporting different aspects of the work that the LDC does; on the one hand, we help support the smooth running of our academic programmes, and on the other we help organise LDC-led events aimed at researchers and Higher Education academic staff and professionals. These include the Researchers Development Days and Symposium and The annual Learning at City Conference.
We, in the support team, form the first point of contact for academic staff and research/doctoral students wanting to find out more about Academic Practice modules or about the different research student-focused events that we organise and run. Our role also involves looking at how to improve and evolve LDC-run events based on feedback and delegate suggestions through analysing feedback responses and putting together evaluation reports.
We are also involved in the communication strategy of the department, creating, updating and maintaining the LDC webpages and promoting the LDC and its services across the University.

Iro joined the team in November 2012.
My role at the LDC takes up half of my working week; the rest is taken up by my PhD write up. I am a PhD student with the Department of Psychology here at City, and am currently in the last stages before submitting my thesis in Cognitive Neuroscience. Research is currently taking over my weekends as well, as I collaborate on a research project at UCL. The rest of my time (if there’s any left by the end of the week), is dedicated to walking around London for hours on end, cooking, and thinking of elaborate arguments and justifications to convince my significant other that irregular hours are perfect for keeping a pet dog.

Hester has been working in the LDC since April 2012.
Previous to my role here I worked in various Student support roles at another university including student housing and volunteering/work experience and have over 12 years’ experience in Higher Education administration. When not working for the LDC I spend my time entertaining my 7 year old by visiting museums and galleries and dreaming up new and exciting meal time feasts for my family and friends. Any other spare time is spent reading, watching films and taking long relaxing walks by the sea-side and in the countryside (usually ending up in a nice pub)

 Dates for your Diary

  • 4th December 2013- Research Methods and Skills Development Day
  • 26th March 2014 – Researchers’ Symposium
  • 20th May 2014 – Research Methods and Skills Development Day
  • 4th June 2014 – Learning at City Conference

 

 

LDC Newsletter – October 2013

Included in the October Newsletter:

  • LDC Events Programme 2013-14

  • Educational Technology Guidance

  • MA Academic Practice

  • Educational Vignettes Blog

  • Learning at City Journal

  • Meet the team

 

 Events Programme 2013-14

 

Each year, we hold several events designed to help staff disseminate their practices to others and celebrate successful initiatives, research and work. These events provide excellent opportunities for staff and researchers to share their experiences and network with colleagues.

Research Methods and Skills Development

Wednesday 4th December 2013 & Tuesday 20th May 2014

These two full-day events are targeted at doctoral students at City University London and offer a range of sessions around the theme of research methodologies and skills. The events also provides an open forum to share interests and explore research issues with other researchers and academic staff.

Book here for the December event.

Researchers’ Symposium – Wednesday 26th March 2014

This event provides an opportunity for doctoral students to prepare for presenting posters and sessions on their research findings at academic conferences. Students will present their research methods to a supportive audience, gaining invaluable experience and constructive feedback

Learning at City Conference – Wednesday 4th June 2014

Each year the Learning Development Centre holds the Learning at City Conference and Exhibition. This will be the 6th annual higher education conference to be held by City University London, and colleagues from across the University will be sharing their research, innovation and practice in education.

Educational Technology Guidance

Do you have a query about Moodle? Interested in trying out clickers? Want to start up a blog for you and/or your students? 

If you have any questions about how to use Educational Technologies take a look at the new Educational Technology Guidance Site. The site has been compiled to support the enhancement of teaching and learning experiences at City University London, through the integration of technology. Compiled by both school-based and central educational technologists, you will find areas with specific and more general information, spanning a wide range of technologies and their uses. It provides both student and staff guidance areas. If you have a question about an educational technology, including Moodle please refer to this site to find the answer. The site offers answers to basic FAQs and detailed guides on using educational technologies. Please see the links below;

For staff members you will be able to access through http://www.city.ac.uk/edtechhelp/staff

For students you will be able to access through http://www.city.ac.uk/edtechhelp/student

Please do email ldc@city.ac.uk if you have any feedback for this site. If you have a technical query that is not covered within these guidance pages then please log it at city.ac.uk/itservicedesk. Please do check these pages first as you are likely to get a quicker answer there particularly during the start of year when the IT service desk is at its busiest.

 

 

The Educational Vignettes blog is the place to showcase all educational development activity at City University. It is designed to be a place to share practice, ideas, expertise and activities in the field of educational development.

Our colleague Rae has been busy updating the blog with useful hints and tips for Moodle 2 including how to embed twitter and other social media into your modules, how to make the most of quizzes and the usefulness of Scheduler when arranging tutorials.

She has also written an interesting post on engaging students in formative and summative assessment through the use of educational technologies.

Check out these and other posts on the blog.

MA in Academic Practice – Apply for modules in the spring term

This programme is open to all staff with teaching responsibilities and there is still time to apply for either the full course or stand alone modules relevant to your academic practice. The deadline to apply for modules running in Autumn 2013 has passed but there is still time to sign up for those running in the Spring and Summer

How to Apply

Learning at City Journal – Call for abstracts

The call for abstract for the next edition of the Learning at City Journal is now open. The “Learning at City Journal” provides an opportunity for you to share your developments, research and good practice. Articles submitted to the journal are blind peer reviewed by the Learning Development Fellows prior to publication. The journal is an in house publication which is published twice a year in Autumn and Spring.

Guidelines for submission of articles  - Learning at City Journal

Meet the Team

 Neal

Neal Sumner – Programme Director for the MA Academic Practice

My role in the Learning Development Centre includes Programme Director for our Masters in Academic Practice Programme, and a school liaison role for the School of Health Sciences and the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. On the Masters programme I lead on our foundation module on Leaning, Teaching and Assessment, and have particular responsibility for modules on Technology Enabled Academic Practice and Information and Communications Technology in Higher Education.  These latter modules reflect my long-standing interest in, and research into, the integration and impact of technology into educational delivery.  This aspect of my role allows me to work closely with the university community of educational technologists, developing models of blended learning and horizon scanning.  Additionally I provide workshops and support on the use of digital tools for the university research community through the LDC’s Research Development Days.  In my school liaison role I work with academic and professional staff on curriculum design, development and evaluation.  I have taught in the arts and technology faculties of the Open University and continue my interests in history through lectures and research when time permits. I enjoy walking, bird watching and the occasional glass of wine, a legacy of years spent living and working in France!

Dates for your Diary


  • 4th December 2013- Research Methods and Skills Development Day
  • 26th March 2013 – Researchers’ Symposium
  • 20th May 2014 – Research Methods and Skills Development Day
  • 4th June 2014 – Learning at City Conference

 

 

LDC Newsletter – September 2013

Included in the September newsletter:

  • LDC nominated for Times Higher Education award!

  • The LDC’s Professional Development Open Evening

  • MA in Academic Practice – Application deadline 13th September

  • Learning at City Journal – call for abstracts

  • Researchers’ Development Day

  • Learning Development Centre – Meet the team

Collaborative Leadership Programme nominated for a Times Higher Education award

The Collaborative Leadership Programme, an advanced professional development programme for senior City University staff run by the LDC  has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Award for “outstanding contribution to leadership development”. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on 28th November.

THE Awards Shortlist

The LDC’s Professional Development – Open Evening – Thursday 5th September 2013.

The Learning Development Centre held an Open Evening last week to encourage staff to sign up to the Academic practice programme and to celebrate the teaching achievements of City University staff.

Education Excellence awards were presented to Professor Steve Stanton, Dr Rachael-Ann Knight, Dr Russell Gerrard and Sanmeet Kaur Dua; in recognition of their commitment to developing and improving education at City University London. Nine staff in all received an award, with the others being presented during graduation. A full list of staff receiving the award in 2013 is below:

Professor Richard Verrall (PVC) presenting Professor Steve Stanton with an Education Excellence award

Professor Chris Atkin
Professor David Bawden
Dr Russell Gerrard
Sanmeet Kaur Dua
Dr Rachael-Ann Knight
Paul McKeown
Professor Steve Stanton
Dr Peter Weller
Dr Caroline Wiertz

 

The rest of the evening was dedicated to exploring the Academic Practice programme with attendees having the opportunity to chat to members of the academic team and to explore the modules on offer.

MA in Academic Practice – Application deadline 13th September

This programme is open to all staff with teaching responsibilities and there is still time to apply for either the full course or stand alone modules relevant to your academic practice. The deadline to apply for modules running in Autumn 2013 is 13th September.

How to Apply

Learning at City Journal – Call for abstracts

The call for abstract for the next edition of the Learning at City Journal is now open. The “Learning at City Journal” provides an opportunity for you to share your developments, research and good practice. Articles submitted to the journal are blind peer reviewed by the Learning Development Fellows prior to publication. The journal is an in house publication which is published twice a year in April and October both in print format and online.

Papers published in this journal include academic papers with a focus on practice and research, literature reviews and project reports. The papers should be written with the audience for this journal in mind which includes all staff and students who have a role in facilitating student learning.

Guidelines for submission of articles  - Learning at City Journal

Researchers’ Development Day – 4th December 2013

The first of this years’ Researchers’ Development Day will take place on Wednesday 4th December. Aimed at doctoral and PhD students this day will include a series of workshops on research methods and skills development. It is also an opportunity for students to network with other researchers.

LDC – Meet the Team

This is the first in our series of “Meet the Team” blogs in which we introduce you to members of the Learning Development Centre.

Susannah

Professor Susannah Quinsee – Director, Learning Development Centre. Professor of Learning and Teaching Development

My role is to lead the LDC team, and more broadly to lead educational development across the institution.  How does this translate to practice though? Well, it involves sitting on various committees from Education Committee to Senate, chairing various LDC groups such as LD Advisory Board, and being roped into other formal meetings as required. But it’s not all committees! I also do a lot of coffee drinking to build relationships and keep my ear to the ground in terms of what is going on at City, and beyond. I play an active role on the MAAP programme through teaching and assessment activities, and also undertake some research when I get time (!). I work on developing our strategic approach to educational development by building capacity in our staff, and by creating an environment which is supportive of improving academic practice (i.e.my support of the awards scheme).  I also make sure that I keep abreast of developments in the sector both nationally and internationally. I attend conferences where I am often asked to speak, give keynotes etc. Recently, of course, as an outcome of the PSR process my role has changed to encompass more student-facing services in Learning Success and Student Counselling Services, and I’m excited about working with these new areas. This is my role 3 days a week and then on the other two days I’m looking after my three children – 6 year old Sylvia and Isaac and Mariela who are 20 months old.  They certainly help keep me grounded although are probably responsible for my love of glitter and craft – or is it the other way around? I’d love to say that I do all sorts of exciting hobbies but life is a bit hectic at the moment on the domestic front so my relaxation is drinking a cup of tea that has not gone cold in the garden.

Pam

Dr Pam Parker – Associate Director of the Learning Development Centre. Reader in Educational Development

My role includes supporting Susannah with leading the team and with the strategic development of education across the institution. The main focus of my role is to lead the development of the MPhil/PhD and the MA in Academic Practice programme, as well as leading professional development opportunities to support staff gaining HEA recognition through the different levels provided. I also support opportunities to share good practice through the award scheme, Learning at City Conference and am editor of our Learning at City Journal. I undertake some research which is currently focused on teaching excellence and evaluation of our MA programme, and often have ideas about areas for future research. I attend conferences to keep up to date with cross-institutional practices, to share good practice from City University London, and to publish some of this. I am also Co-Chair of SEDA, which is a national organisation for staff and educational development.  My specific interests lie in curriculum development, increasing staff development and potential, and research supervision. These interests enable me to get to know a range of staff across the institution through many different fora. I started my career as a nurse and maintain an interest in nursing and health care by getting involved in my local trust and hospice when I can. For my time off I enjoy travelling, nights out with friends and family and going to concerts and the theatre.

Tom

Tom Sanderson – Senior Learning Development Support Officer

During 2012-13 I have been covering for the Learning Development Service Manager, Keri Lloyd. When Keri returns from maternity leave this month, I will step down to the newly created post of Senior Learning Development Support Officer. Over the last year I’ve been overseeing the administrative side for a wide range of the services the LDC provides. I coordinate the logistical support for the academic programmes we run: the MA Academic Practice; and the PhD in Professional Education. I also take an important role in managing the LDC events and communications throughout the year. I act as the publication coordinator for the Learning at City Journal, which is published twice a year, and provide financial and logistical support to the holders of our annual Learning Development Projects. I provided the support for the Collaborative Leadership Programme, an advanced professional development programme for senior City University staff which was recently shortlisted for a 2013 THE Award. In addition I oversee a range of general office administration, from scheduling high-level meetings, to ordering paperclips. I have worked in various clerical roles at City University London for nearly 8 years, and my career in HE administration spans almost a decade. I have an MA in International Politics and Human Rights, and outside the University I work pro bono for a campaign group which opposes the detention of children for immigration purposes in the UK. I have recently completed City University London’s Novel Studio programme, and am currently working on several creative writing projects.

Dates for your Diary

13th September – Deadline for applying for Academic Programme modules running in Autumn 2013.
20th September – Deadline for Learning at City Journal submissions.
4th December – Researchers’ Development Day

 

LDC Newsletter 2012-13 – August 2013

Included in the August newsletter:

  • The LDC’s Professional Development Open Evening
  • Learning at City Journal – call for abstracts
  • Learning at City Conference 2013 – Catch-up & YouTube channel
  • Moodle 2 – Educational Vignettes
  • E-Learning Special interest group – Summer Symposium review
  • ICICTE technology innovations conference – Review

The LDC’s Professional Development – Open Evening – Thursday 5th September 2013

The Learning Development Centre provides a huge range of professional development opportunities for staff at the University. Whether it’s preparing PhD students to teach their first classes, keeping experienced lecturers up to date with the latest educational technologies and how to get the best out of them, or guiding Programme Directors as they undertake detailed research into Higher Education issues.

If you can’t commit to a full programme but would still like to learn more about a particular subject, you can sign up for one of our MA modules on a flexible, stand-alone basis. We have modules on a range of topics such as:

  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment
  • Technology Enabled Academic Practice
  • Research Supervision

The above modules are just some of those you can take individually or you can undertake a series to achieve an award such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

To find out more please come to our Open Evening from 16:00 on September Thurs 5th, at our offices in Goswell Place. Staff from the LDC will be on hand to answer your questions and talk over options for taking your career on to the next step, while also enhancing the standards of education at City University London.

If you wish to attend, please fill in this short registration form

Learning at City Journal

The next edition of the Learning at City Journal will be published in December so if you have any Education activities around improving your student experience you wish to share with others across the University or you provided a workshop or paper at the Learning at City conference in June please write an article for the journal. These need to be submitted to Pam Parker via e-mail P.M.Parker@city.ac.uk by Friday 20th September so they can be peer reviewed prior to publication.

Learning at City Journal 

Learning at City Conference – Catch up

Following on from the success of the Learning at City Conference held in June this year a selection of slides and videos from the conference are available on the LDC webpages and on our Youtube channel.

The catch-up pages give those people who attended the conference an opportunity to re-visit the sessions they attended on the day and also gives those who were unable to attend a chance to catch up on the innovative and creative discussions and sessions that took place.

We hope you enjoy catching up with the conference on our webpages.

Moodle 2 – Educational Vignettes

The LDC blended learning team have been busy updating staff with all the new features on Moodle 2. They have also produced a new guidance site for staff which you can access here: www.city.ac.uk/edtechhelp/staff

If you require a training session on using moodle 2 please contact your school Educational Technologists.

You can read a selection of vignettes giving tips and tricks for using Moodle 2 over on the Educational Vignettes blog.

ELESIG summer symposium

Rae Bowdler from our Blended Learning team played host to The Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group (ELESIG) Symposium which took place at City University on 28th June. This one day symposium explored  learners’ experiences of innovative flipped and open online curricula with a keynote speech being broadcast live from the University of Queensland.

You can read all about the day on Rae’s blog post here

ICICTE technology innovations conference

Two of the LDC team presented at the International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education in Crete in July. The themes of the conference ranged from procedures and techniques to tools for creating 21st century learning environments.

Olivia Fox and Neal Sumner presented a paper detailing the findings of a case-study on the role of Learning Technologists at City University. They also attended some interesting and informative sessions and workshops whilst at the conference including sessions on Turning Technologies Response Technology clickers, managing change when introducing and embedding ICT in HE and  a keynote addressing how distance education has evolved with technological innovations.

You can read Olivia’s blog about her trip here.

 Dates for your diary:

Thursday September 5th 2013 – Professional Development Open Evening

Friday 20th September 2013 – Deadline for Learning at City Journal submissions

LDC Newsletter 2012-13 – July 2013

Welcome to the LDC Newsletter for July 2013.

 

Included this month:

  • 5th Annual Learning at City Conference
  • Researchers’ Symposium
  • LDC staff nominated for award

 

5th Annual Learning at City Conference

This year’s Learning at City Conference, the 5th in the annual series, centred around innovation and creativity in higher education, and featured some interesting new tools and fresh perspectives.

It was well recieved as usual, garnering highly positive feedback from those who attended:

“Very informative and thought provoking
Good breadth of subjects and variety of presenters. Very impressed

If you were unable to attend – or if you had to choose between two parallel sessions and would like to see what you missed – then log on to our conference catch-up page, where you can find presentation slides and videos from each session.

 

 

Researchers’ Symposium

Following the success of the Conference, we held the final event in our calendar for 2012-13 – the Researchers’ Symposium – on 26th June.

This event provides an opportunity for PhD students to present their research to peers in a supportive, informal environment. This is a valuable experience for research students gearing up for submitting abstracts to external conferences and preparing to disseminate their work.

This year, 17 students took up the opportunity along with 4 students presenting their work in posters, which were available to view throughout the day. The standard of both posters and presentations was very high.

You can view the full book of abstracts for the Symposium from our webpage on the event.

 

 

LDC staff nominated for award by School of Health Sciences students

Stef Smith and Sandra Partington were very pleased to be nominated for an Enhancement of Student Experience Award 2013, by SHS students in recognition of their  contribution to the student experience.

The ceremony on June 18th  was a chance to meet and congratulate the winners from across SHS schools and meet the student representatives.

 

 

 

 

 

LDC Newsletter 2012-13 – June 2013

Welcome to the LDC Newsletter for June 2013.

 

Included this month:

  • 5th Annual Learning at City Conference – Thursday 6th June 2013 – Last chance to book a place!
  • New Educational Vignettes Posts
  • ELESIG Summer Symposium
  • Dates for your Diary

 


5th Annual Learning at City Conference – Thursday 6th June 2013 – Last chance to book a place!

This year’s annual conference is being held this week and all City University London staff are invited to attend.

This year’s theme is: “Innovation and creativity in higher education.”

View the full programme

Registration on our website

Colleagues from across the University will share their research, innovation and practice in this area, providing an opportunity for you to listen to others, share good practice and explore transferability between different disciplines.

The conference will focus on the following sub-themes:

  • Innovation and creativity in curriculum design;
  • Being creative in assessment design;
  • Innovative approaches to giving feedback;
  • Creative teaching and learning; and
  • An innovative and creative learning experience.

Colleagues will present posters, exhibitions and papers and workshops relating to the conference’s themes.

There will be a keynote presentation from Professor Diana Laurillard, student-led activities and a prize-giving presentation by our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Curran.

You can also register for a pre-conference workshop to support you in better engaging with the conference through social media. You can find out more about this when you register your attendance.  

 

 

 

New Educational Vignettes Posts

There have been some interesting updates posted on our Educational Vignettes Blog this week.

Firstly, there is an introduction to some of the new features that will be available using Moodle 2, an upgrade to our current VLE to be made available for 2013-14.

Secondly, there are updates about the exciting new stages in the redevelopment of our physical learning spaces, incuding new lecture theatres designed to facilitate group and collaborative work.

You can read about these developments and many more interesting items on out Educational Vignettes blog, updated regularly.

 

 

 

ELESIG Summer Symposium

 

 

Booking is now open for the Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group (ELESIG) Symposium which will be held at City on the 28 June. The programme for the day explores learners’ experiences of innovative flipped and open online curricula with the keynote coming to you live from the University of Queensland.

The ELESIG community would particularly like City folks to contribute during the members corner. This is where there is an opportunity to share a project, an idea for a small grant for ELESIG or a new data collection tool etc. So when submitting your booking form why not ask for 5 – 15 minutes with community members to share your research and practice into learners’ experience of e-learning? (See booking form).

See more details and RSVP on ELESIG. For more details of the programme please click here. Members of ELESIG can view full details of the event via this link. For those who aren’t members and would like to be, its free to join. For booking onto the event please click here.

 

 

 

Dates for your Diary

Backchannel Communication Workshop – Wednesday 5th June 2013

Learning at City Conference – Thursday 6th June 2013

Research Symposium – Wednesday 26th June 2013

 

 

LDC Newsletter 2012-13 – May 2013

 

Welcome to the LDC Newsletter for May 2013.

 

Included this month:

  • 5th Annual Learning at City Conference – Thursday 6th June 2013 – Registration now open – book your place today!
  • Backchannel Communication Workshop – using online tools to engage in conferences
  • Researchers’ Symposium – Tuesday 26th June
  • Learning at City Journal – Vol. 3, No. 1 published
  • Dates for your Diary

 

5th Annual Learning at City Conference – Register now!

City’s fifth annual higher education conference: Thursday 6th June


 

The Learning Development Centre is proud to announce that registration is now open for the Learning at City Conference and Exhibition 2013.

This is the University’s fifth annual higher education conference and this year’s theme will be: “Innovation and creativity in higher education.”

Colleagues from across the University will share their research, innovation and practice in this area, providing an opportunity for you to listen to others, share good practice and explore transferability between different disciplines.

The conference will focus on the following sub-themes:

  • Innovation and creativity in curriculum design;
  • Being creative in assessment design;
  • Innovative approaches to giving feedback;
  • Creative teaching and learning; and
  • An innovative and creative learning experience.

Colleagues will present posters, exhibitions and papers and workshops relating to the conference’s themes. Furthermore, there will be a keynote presentation from Professor Diana Laurillard, student-led activities and a prize-giving presentation by our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Curran.

If you would like more information on the event, please visit our website, or contact us at ldc@city.ac.uk

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Backchannel Communication Workshop

Title: No Talking at the Back: An Introduction to using Twitter to participate in ‘backchannel communication’ during live events such as conferences.

Description: Online communication around live events such as conferences is on the increase.  It is known as backchannel communication and involves both delegates and non-delegates using tools such as Twitter for reporting, commenting, questioning, sharing resources, chatting and so on. Participating in a conference backchannel can be a rewarding experience that enhances conference attendance.

This practical workshop will include hands-on activities enabling participants to get to grips with using Twitter and understand how it can be used effectively during live events such as academic conferences.  It is primarily aimed at staff who are attending the Learning@City Conference on 6th June. The workshop will use iPads which will be provided but staff are welcome to bring their own internet-connected tablets or smartphones. There will also be a limited number of iPads available for loan during the conference itself.

Pre-requisites: No prior knowledge is needed but participants will be required to create a Twitter account in advance to the workshop. Full instructions & assistance will be provided.

Location: MILL, Goswell Road

Dates/Time: 1) Thursday 30th May, 10:30-12:00 2) Wednesday 5th June, 14:00-15:30

Registration: Please use the main Conference booking form and ensure you tick the relevant box to reserve your place on this session.

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Researchers’ Symposium – Tuesday 26th June

Join the Learning Development Centre for this one day event which sees over 20 doctoral students from a range of subjects presenting their research to staff and students.

The research symposium offers a unique insight into some of the work being undertaken by research students in the University and is a great opportunity to celebrate and explore the groundbreaking research undertaken at City University London.

The registration form will be opened very soon, so keep an eye on our webpage to book your place.

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Learning at City Journal – Volume 3 Number 1 published

The next edition of the Learning at City Journal has now been published and is available in print form.

This edition contains articles covering a wide range of subjects related to teaching & learning in HE, including -

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  • Climbing the Great Wall: Linking Teacher Beliefs and Learning Styles in Cross-Cultural Teaching – Observations from cross-cultural teaching in Mainland China
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  • Addressing the needs of international postgraduate students: the role of social capital
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  • What influences student participation in asynchronous online discussions
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  • Developments in information technology and their implications for psychological research: Disruptive or diffusive change?
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  • Exploring the relationship between sustainability and university curricula: a small-scale study
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  • Using mirror and other internal surveys in order to improve student experience
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  • Flexible Learning Spaces Evaluation Report
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  • Interim Project Report: Teaching Excellence: what is this and how can we assess and recognise this

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You can request a copy of the journal by contacting us at ldc@city.ac.uk, and the articles will be made available online via the Digital Repository in due course. In the meantime, you can search through the archive of Learning at City Journal articles on the repository here.

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Dates for your Diary

Backchannel Communication Workshops – Thursday 30th May/Wednesday 5th June 2013

Learning at City Conference – Thursday 6th June 2013

Research Symposium – Wednesday 26th June 2013

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