Happy New Year!
Welcome to the January update for the LDC Blog.
We use the blog to announce events and development opportunities that we run; to inform staff of initiatives, projects and changes, and to celebrate the successes of staff from across City University London. Bookmark this page and keep a look out for updates in the first week of each month.
In the blog this month:
Learning Development Showcase 2012
Following positive feedback from our previous Showcase events, the LDC invite all staff to the Learning Development Showcase on Wednesday 1st February 2012, from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. This year the showcase will be focusing on the theme of ‘Student Engagement’ and will be opening with coffee, cake, and the first in a series of debates to be hosted by the LDC during 2012. Further details on the debate can be found below.
At the Showcase you will have the opportunity to:
- Take an in-depth look at some of the projects that are being undertaken across the University this year supporting student engagement.
- Find out more about the work currently being undertaken by the LDC.
- Take part in designing a physical learning space for your students.
- Network with staff from across the University.
There will of course be many more interesting things to see and learn about too, and we hope that everyone who attends will be able to take something useful away.
The event is also an invaluable chance to meet staff and students from across the institution and share in some of the many innovative developments that you and your colleagues are working towards at City. Refreshments and nibbles will be served at 4:00pm.
Bring a Friend, bag a free gift!
To help spread the word about some of the great work being done within Schools and across the University as a whole, the Learning Development Centre would like everyone to BAF (Bring A Friend) to the showcase. Both you and your friend – ideally, we’d like you to bring someone who hasn’t attended an LDC event before – will receive a token of our appreciation for the effort you’ve made in attending. Ask them to register, and then when you both arrive at the registration desk together you will be given a mystery gift each. And hopefully you will come away with both a gift and a head full of new ideas to take back into your practice.
At the start of the Showcase event, we will be hosting the first in a series of Debates which will run throughout 2012. These debates will address a range of topics related to higher education with guest speakers, while audience participation will be actively encouraged. If you’d like to get involved and have your say, or just listen to what your colleagues have to say on the matters, then come along. While the Showcase itself will be an open event, places for the debate are limited and are filling up fast so be sure to register soon. You can sign up for free at http://tinyurl.com/ldcshowcase. Keep an eye on the blog for details of the next debates in the series.
The first debate will consider assessment methods, with the motion Assessment Practice in Higher Education relies largely on a limited range of methods that are not always fit for purpose. It promises to be an interesting and lively discussion, featuring guest speakers Prof Nigel Duncan (City Law School) and Dr Christopher Wiley (School of Arts). Patrick Baughan and Neal Sumner from the LDC will co-chair the event.
We expect the debate to touch on many issues which affect the work of all staff here at City, so if it’s something you’re interested in, register using the form above. If you’d like any more information, visit the LDC Events page or contact us at email@example.com
What’s on at the MILL
January, February & March 2012
- Wednesday 18th January 2012, 9am – 5pm
- Wednesday 15th February 2012, 9am – 5pm
This intensive one-day course will show you essentials of video production, from how to use the camera, composing your shots and editing your footage using Final Cut Pro into a finished film. Essential technical aspects are also covered but in an easily accessible way. By the end of the workshop you’ll be able to create and edit your own films with a greater degree of confidence. This course acts as an induction to using The MILL and many staff who have attended continue to develop their skills and produce films using the Mill facilities.
To book: visit The Mill website.
TV Studio Induction – Thursday 1st March 2012, 10am – 12.30pm
The TV Studio (room E206 at The MILL Drysdale Building) is ideal for recording interviews and presentations. This session will take you through lighting, using the two professional cameras, the backdrops and blue screen, using the autocue, mixing and saving the footage. Some experience of shooting and editing video or using an SLR camera is essential for those taking this course; it is not suitable for beginners. Staff are welcome to use the TV studio unassisted after this induction.
To book: visit The Mill website.
The Research Supervision module is a must for those of you who wish to develop skills of supervising research students both masters and PhD students.
The module will examine different approaches to supervision, different stages of research you need to support your student through, some research on issues of student completion for PhD and factors that impact on this and would have some relevance to Master students, how to ensure you maintain appropriate records of supervision and the importance of this.
The module runs on 8th February 10am – 4pm, 23rd May 1pm – 4pm and 27th 10am – 4pm & 28th 1pm – 4pm June.
LDC Research & Journal Club - Tuesday 17th January 2012
- Video Making Day - Wednesday 18th January 2012, 9am – 5pm
Learning Development Showcase – Wednesday 1st February 2012
Video Making Day -Wednesday 15th February 2012, 9am – 5pm
TV Studio Induction – Thursday 1st March
LDC Research & Journal Club - Monday 12th March 2012