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LDC Blog August 2011



Welcome to the August LDC blog. In the blog this month: 

  • CitySpace Closure
  • MA Academic Practice
  • Dates for your diary
  • Keep an eye on the blog for updates about LDC activities in the forthcoming academic year. 

    CitySpace Closure –  

    Switch-Off Party 1st September from 14:00-16:00 in the Hub 

    Don’t forget that CitySpace will be closed on 1st September 2011.  Take the opportunity now to download all content that you need. You will not be able to access any material or content on CitySpace after 1st September 2011.  Also – if you had plans to use CitySpace for any teaching or assessment during August or September please ensure that you have informed educational technology staff in your school. 

    As part of the closure, the Learning Development Centre are creating a CitySpace obituary.  CitySpace will be switched off after 8 years of service to the university. The E-Learning Unit (ELU) was established with five staff members in 2003 to support the implementation of this VLE. WebCT Vista had a stint under the title City Online Learning before becoming CitySpace.  A survey will be used to capture memories of CitySpace for users over the years.  This obituary will be published on the LDC website and the LDC Educational Vignettes blog at and will be used in celebrations around the switch off. 

    Please take a few minutes to record your memories at: 

    We will be holding a switch-off party on the 1st September from 14:–16:00 in the Hub to pay our respects, and all staff are welcome to join us. To register your attendance please complete the online form linked below 

    For more information on CitySpace closure, go to the Learning Development Centre website: 


    MA in Academic Practice 

    This LDC Programme is currently recruiting its 11th, cohort since starting in 2001-02. Over the past ten years, it has grown and evolved to incorporate the advice and feedback of over 200 student lecturers. We are in a very privileged position where our students are able to evaluate the modules from the perspectives of both student and teacher, given that they themselves all have some experience of teaching. The excellent feedback and suggestions we have gathered from them have played a large part in creating the innovative and constantly updating nature of the programme. 


    The Learning, Teaching & Assessment module provides you with an overview of how students learn and the impact this might have on your teaching approaches. It will also introduce you to a range of teaching approaches both face to face and on line. The area of assessment will be introduced and specifically good practice for giving feedback. The module also provides information about promoting good academic practice and reflecting on your personal practice. The assessment of this is an essay that enables you to focus on a challenge in your practice related to learning, teaching or assessing and includes a self assessment. 

    If you complete the module and its assessment successfully you can be awarded the Introductory Certificate in Higher Education or continue with further modules in the MA programme to gain a further qualification, (Post Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters). The programme has also been approved by the Higher Education Academy and the Nursing and Midwifery Council 

    There are currently still places on the module, but the deadline for applications is the 9th September 2011. To register please contact the MA team – 

    You can check the dates and locations for all classes during 2011-12 using this link – MAAP Schedule 

    This module is run by the LDC as part of its MA in Academic Practice. For further enquiries please contact Dr Andrew Oliver ( 


    Dates for your diary 

    CitySpace Switch-Off Party – Thursday 1st September 2011 

    MA Academic Practice Application Deadline – Friday 9th September 2011

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