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 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, 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: and

Service Now

To access support in using educational technology do log your queries through Service Now

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




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