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LDC Newsletter – October 2013

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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 Blog 2011-12 – June

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Welcome to the June 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:    

  • 4th Annual Learning at City Conference – Wednesday 13th June 2012
  • Report from the Researchers’ Development Day – Friday 4th May 2012
  • Research Symposium – Tuesday 26th June 2012
  • iMovie @ The MILL
  • Dates for your diary
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    4th Annual Learning at City Conference

    Assessment and Feedback are important to City University London. For this reason 4th Annual Learning at City Conference will focus on improving student learning through enhanced assessment and feedback.

    The conference will comprise of the following:

    Furthermore, the conference is a great opportunity for staff to share knowledge and expertise on this year’s theme, ‘Feedback and Assessment’, and to allow best practice on learning, teaching, research and development, to be disseminated more widely.

    So Register now by visiting the conference website and add it to your calendar by visiting City Events.

     

     

    Researchers Development Day Report

    Developing and disseminating your research

    Friday 4th May 2012

    On Friday 4th May 2012 the Learning Development Centre held the second of this year’s Researchers’ Development Days.  This one day conference targeted researchers studying and working at City University London, aiming to help them develop new skills and providing them with the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the University.

    The day consisted of four lots of three concurrent sessions, each lasting fifty minutes.   Each session was run by a guest speaker from within the University and covered a range of topics aimed at helping delegates develop their research practice.  The day began with a plenary session given by Professor Jo Wood, looking at the work for which he won the Spotlight on Research prize.  The closing session was a panel discussion which considered the question ‘in an academically excellent university, how does research inform teaching?’

    Over twenty members of staff presented at this event and it was attended by nearly one hundred people from across the University.  Delegates hailed from every School and represented a wide range of disciplines.  A selection of presentations from the day can be found on our Slideshare page.  The event was a great success and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to make it a really interesting day.

     

     

    Research Symposium – Tuesday 26th June 2012

    University Building, City University London

    The Learning Development Centre is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Research Symposium, taking place on Tuesday 26th June 2012.  This one day event sees PhD students from across the University presenting their research to fellow research students and staff.  Over 30 PhD students from every School will be presenting their research on the day, either in the format of a 15 minute presentation or a poster.  The event will begin with a welcome from Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Bolton, and the day will culminate in the awarding of prizes for best poster and best presentation.  There will be networking opportunities throughout the day.

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

    For more information and to book your place please visit our website: http://www.city.ac.uk/about/education/ldc/events/researchers-symposium.  

     

     

    iMovie @ the MILL: Quick & Shiny  – Making movies in a moment (or an afternoon)!

    Last Friday (19.05.12) we ran our first session of iMovie @ the MILL (The Media and Innovation Learning Lab). The session was aimed to promote video making for educators, students and researchers, demonstrating simple and fast methods with which to create effective multimedia resources for a variety of purposes.

    The session began with some Top Tips on what to keep in mind when filming your video and then followed with a demonstration of different multimedia equipment. We have some fantastic new lightweight video cameras, iPads and Macs available for staff at the university to use.                

    Equipment can be loaned from the MILL (E201), just email video@city.ac.uk for more info and to book.

    During the afternoon we guided attendees in creating a short ‘talking head’ video, shot in our TV studio, which we then uploaded onto the Macs in the MILL. Using the iMovie software installed on our Macs. Attendees were then able to edit their videos and add in a few special effects, such as title pages, zooms and additional images and sound. By the end of the day everyone had uploaded all the videos onto YouTube demonstrating how they can be easily shared and either embedded or linked to websites or other areas such as Moodle.  

    Suitable for beginners, the session enables staff to use the video kit independently or in the Media and Innovation Learning Lab (MILL). It will be running again in the near future. Our next slot if fully booked but keep an eye on the LDC blog for more details or email video@city.ac.uk to register your interest.

    VideoTip: Using iMovie allows you to easily record audio and video straight into the software – great for quick assessment feedback.

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    Dates for your Diary

     

    4th Learning at City Conference – Wednesday 13th June 2012

    Researchers’ Symposium – Tuesday 26th June 2012

    LDC Blog 2011-12 – October 2011

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    Welcome to the first monthly post in the new-look Learning Development Centre Blog for 2011-12. Bookmark this page and keep a look out for updates in the first week of each month.

    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.

    In the blog this month:

  • Researcher’s Development Programme 2011-12
  • The MILL: Guest Starring iTunes U
  • LDC Journal and Research Club
  • Academic Practice Modules
  • Oh My Pod! October Dates
  • Dates for your diary
  • Researcher’s Development Programme 2011-12

    Online Research Skills Session – 19th October 2011

    The LDC Research Development Programme opens this year with a half day session on Online Research Skills. It will run from 13:00 – 17:00 on Wednesday 19th October. It will cover the online resources available at City for researchers and ensure that you are comfortable with them and understand how they can help you to get the most out of your research time.

    Attendees must register by e-mailing ldc@city.ac.uk, as places are limited.

    Research Development Day – 23rd November 2011

    The Learning Development Centre is pleased to announce that the first of this year’s researchers’ development full-day events will take place on Wednesday 23rd November 2011.  This one day conference aims to help researchers gain new skills and gives them the opportunity to network with staff from across the university.

    The sessions will be divided into two strands, one for postgraduate researchers and the other for early career researchers, so you can attend the sessions most relevant to you.  Each session lasts 55 minutes and will focus on a different aspect of research.  Topics include: preparing for your viva; working effectively with your supervisor; managing a research team and project; getting media publicity for your research.

    A welcome and introduction will be given by Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Curran on the subject of Research at City. There will also be several plenary sessions including one on the subject: ‘REF: what is it and what does it mean for the individual researcher?’ given by Jo Bradford, Director of Research at City University.

    The event will be followed by a drinks reception, and there will be networking opportunities throughout the day. We invite you to review the programme, and register for the event online.  Please visit our website for more information.

    Further events in the Research Programme 2011-12 are scheduled for the new year, and will be featured in this blog in the coming months. More details of all the events can be found on the LDC website by clicking the link at the top.

    The MILL: Guest Starring iTunes U

    The Learning Development Centre cordially invites you to attend the launch night of the Media Innovation and Learning Lab (MILL) guest starring iTunesU and featuring Adobe Connect.This exclusive event will be held on Tuesday 1st November from 4-6pm. Guests will get a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the exciting world of video production at the MILL, with interactive demonstrations of its podcasting, web conferencing and blue screen technologies. With staff on hand to talk you through the podcasting process you can see just how easy it is to turn your basic film ideas into a polished final product with which to inspire your students. Meet the cast and find out how lecturers are changing the way they feedback to students using audio and video technologies.

    The star-studded evening will culminate with a screening of some of the very best iTunes U videos created by City University staff so you can witness first hand what an exciting educational tool film can be. Movie-themed refreshments will be served throughout the event and guests are invited to take a film quiz, with a mystery prize to be won.

    A City staff event from the LDC:

    Places are limited so book now at http://tinyurl.com/LDCMILL to avoid disappointment.

    LDC Journal and Research Club

    The LDC’s Research and Journal Club meets once a month over lunchtime, and gives participants the opportunity to discuss many different aspects of educational research with the LDC and their peers.  Each month a guest speaker will introduce a different thematic area related to HE research and participants will be asked to reflect upon a variety of issues relevant to the subject.

    This year’s dates and corresponding topics are listed below.  All sessions begin at midday and last for an hour and a half.  For more information or if you would like to attend please contact ldc@city.ac.uk.

    Thursday 20th October 2011: Establishing your Research Question

    Friday 25th November 2011: Ethics of Research in Higher Education

    Tuesday 13th December 2011: Conducting a Literature Review

    Tuesday 17th January 2012: Journal club article review

    Thursday 9th February 2012: Writing Abstracts and Submitting to Conferences

    Monday 12th March 2012: Surveys in Higher Education Research

    Tuesday 10th April 2012: Journal club article review

    Thursday 24th May 2012: Conducting Interviews and Focus Groups

    Tuesday 19th June 2012: Analysing Data in Higher Education Research

    Thursday 12th July 2012: Journal club article review

    Academic Practice Modules

    The Academic Practice Programme commences teaching for 2011-12 this week, but we still have available places for students wishing to study an individual module. All these modules are free for City staff members.

    One of these is our Academic Leadership module, looking at leadership in practice and considering the application of specific leadership theories to academic practice.  It will provide participants with an excellent opportunity to reflect on their role and personal leadership development through considering a variety of leadership models and examples. We ask whether academic leadership is different to other forms of leadership, and if so, what makes it unique.

    We also invite senior leaders in from City to talk through their own leadership experiences and lessons.  The module is taught over four days using a variety of techniques to facilitate discussion on the challenges and strengths of viewing academic leadership as different.

    Previous participants said: “This was a very good module” “I loved the coffee and papers sessions. I also enjoyed the fact that there was a good balance between theory and practice”; “This has provided a better-than-expected opportunity for me to consider my own position and direction”.

    You can find out more information and download an application form from the LDC website, or by contacting the admin team at MAAP@city.ac.uk

    Oh My Pod! Sessions continue into October

    The LDC will be running 10 more sessions to get you up to speed with the new streamlined build for the Teaching Pods. The full list of sessions is below, so pick the one that’s easiest for you and sign up using our online form

    Monday 10th October – 12:30-1:30pm – University Building Room B104

    Tuesday 11th October – 12:00-1:00pm – University Building Room B103

    Wednesday 12th October – 12:00-1:00pm – University Building Room B103

    Monday 17th October – 1:00-2:00pm – University Building Room B104

    Tuesday 18th October – 1:00-2:00pm – University Building Room B104

    Wednesday 19th October – 1:00-2:00pm – Tait Building Room C170

    Monday 24th October – 1:00-2:00pm – University Building Room B104

    Tuesday 25th October – 1:00-2:00pm – Tait Building Room C150

    Wednesday 26th October – 1:00-2:00pm – University Building Room B104

    Dates for your diary

    Research Skills Online Event – Wednesday 19th October 2011

    LDC Journal & Research Club: Establishing your Research Question - Thursday 20th October 2011

    The MILL Launch: Guest Starring iTunes U – Tuesday 1st November 2011

    Researcher’s Development Day –  Wednesday 23rd November 2011

    LDC Blog September 2011

    TIPS.

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

  • Oh My Pod! Month
  • Learning at City Journal
  • CitySpace Switch-Off Event
  • MA Academic Practice Applications
  • LDC Blog Relaunch for 2011-12
  • Dates for your diary
  • Keep an eye on the blog for updates about LDC activities in the forthcoming academic year.

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    Changes to the Teaching Pod –

    Be in the Know! Your Teaching Pods have changed – don’t miss out!

    We would like to help you provide your students with the best possible learning experience by using the Pods. A number of improvements have been made to the Pod build, which means that you will need to attend an ‘Oh My Pod!’ session to familiarise yourself with what has changed, and allow you to get the most out of the Pods – both for your teaching and for your students’ learning.

    The LDC will be running a series of sessions to update you on these changes, throughout September and October, in several different sites across the institution. Please complete the webform at https://www.city.ac.uk/forms/13668 to select the date, time and location which is most appropriate for you.

    These sessions will take no longer than half an hour, but will provide you with the knowledge to be confident and competent using the Pods in the coming academic year.

    If you’d like any more detailed information on the changes or the sessions, then please contact the LDC

     

    Learning at City Journal –

    In April of this year the launch edition of the Learning at City Journal was published.  The journal is aimed at disseminating good practice, research and scholarship related to learning, teaching and curriculum and will be published twice a year in April and October. The journal is published on line and the last edition can be downloaded or viewed here. There are also a limited number of printed copies available. Both of these formats have an ISSN number. The audience of this journal will include all staff and students with a role in facilitating and supporting learning across the University.

    The journal will include academic papers with a focus on practice and research and project reports. We are currently receiving articles for the October edition and need to have any for consideration by 23rd September. If you have a project report you would like us to include, a paper on a development or perhaps a paper you have submitted for the MA academic practice programme you wish to share with colleagues please submit these.

    Please e-mail your contributions to Dr Pam Parker on P.M.Parker@city.ac.uk.

    If you have something that is not quite ready this time note we have an open submission so whenever you have a contribution completed please e-mail to Dr Pam Parker.

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    CitySpace Switch-Off Event –

    After 8 years of service to the University, CitySpace has been switched off.  This event was commemorated with the collection of obituary entries from staff and students and a small party.

    CitySpace, formerly known as City Online Learning, used the operating system WebCT Vista and was first used on courses at City University London in September 2003.  The E-Learning Unit (ELU) comprising of two instructional designers, an office manager, a systems administrator and director was put together to work in collaboration with staff across the institution to implement the system.  Obituary comments reflect on working with the system and the team over the years.  Many tell tales of frustrations and hours devoted to making CitySpace work while wrestling with the clunky interface.  However, this is also the story of transforming teaching and learning at City University London, creating user communities across the institution, and leading the way with learning technology across the sector.

    Staff and students were invited to the CitySpace Switchoff Party on 1st September.  Representatives from across the schools and central services attended to eat, drink, reminisce and say goodbye.  We admired the youth of the ELU team as evident in photos from the early years.  The guest of honour, Brendan Casey, now Director of Academic Services at the University of Birmingham who oversaw the initial purchase and implementation of Cityspace, gave a short speech. 

    After a successful first year of implementation, Moodle will now become the University’s sole online learning environment.

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    MA Academic Practice Applications –

    The 9th September – deadline for applications to the Academic Practice Programme – is fast approaching, but it is still possible to enrol on any module from the programme, including Year 2 modules, on an occassional, stand-alone module basis. Applications for these are accepted throughout the year, provided that there are spaces available on the chosen module.

    These modules cover a wide range of subjects that may be helpful to your teaching activities, from Academic Leadership to Research Supervision. The full list of Year 2 modules is as follows –

    Technology Enabled Academic Practice
    (EDM116; 30 M Level Credits)
    This new module provides a larger scale examination of how technology can be used to develop all aspects of academic practice. It offers the opportunity to develop expertise in the area of online and blended learning and to become effective users and evaluators of a wide range of educational technologies.

    Research Methods
    (EDM112; 15 M Level Credits)
    This is a ‘lead in module’ for the Dissertation module (above). It provides guidance and practice in drawing up a proposal for educational research, and identifies key research methods.

    Research Supervision
    (EDM111; 15 M Level Credits)
    This module is designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to supervise students undertaking doctoral research projects.

    Mentoring
    (EDM117; 15 M Level Credits)
    This module incorporates a creative approach, considers mentoring theory and practice in higher education, and makes comparisons with related activities such as coaching and counselling.

    Innovation and Development
    (Module 6; EDM115; 15 M Level Credits)
    This enables participants the opportunity to develop a specific, pedagogical aspect of their work through the undertaking of a negotiated project.

    Information and Communications Technology in Higher Education
    (EDM107; 15 M Level Credits)
    This module examines the impact of ICT on teaching and learning, research and policy in UK Higher Education.

    Academic Leadership
    (EDM113; 15 M Level Credits)
    This module provides a critical overview of theories and approaches in educational leadership, as well as practice-based guidance from academic leaders.

    For more information, or to apply, please visit the website at https://intranet.city.ac.uk/staff/learning-development/learning-development/academic-practice-and-phd-programme/ma-module-quick-guide.html

      

    LDC Blog Relaunch for 2011-12 –

    We’ll be making some changes to the LDC Blog ready for the new 2011-12 academic year, in order to make it more informative and engaging. Look out for the new-look LDC blog from the October edition, which will also contain details of all our forthcoming events for the year.

     

    Dates for your diary –

    Learning at City Journal Submission Deadline – Friday 23rd September 2011

    Development for Research Students Event – Wednesday 19th October 2011

     Researcher’s Development Day –  Wednesday 23rd November 2011

    LDC Blog August 2011

    TIPS.

     

    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 http://educationalvignettes.wordpress.com/ and will be used in celebrations around the switch off. 

    Please take a few minutes to record your memories at: https://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/city/cityspaceobit/ 

    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 

    https://webapps.city.ac.uk/forms/13168 

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

    https://intranet.city.ac.uk/staff/learning-development/learning-development/learning-technologies/cityspace/Cityspace%20closure.html 

      

    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 – maap@city.ac.uk 

    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 (Andrew.oliver.1@city.ac.uk). 

      

    Dates for your diary 

    CitySpace Switch-Off Party – Thursday 1st September 2011 

    MA Academic Practice Application Deadline – Friday 9th September 2011

    LDC Blog July 2011

    TIPS.

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

  • Research Symposium  
  • Learning at City Conference
  • Good Morning City
  • CitySpace Closure
  • Dates for your diary
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    Research Symposium 22nd June 2011

    A busy week of events kicked off with the Research Symposium, an institution wide event which provided research students with the chance to give presentations and answer questions about their work. It was a great opportunity for early career researchers to get valuable experience of presenting their research to a diverse audience. The day began with an inspiring opening delivered by Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research. He identified some of the common issues that researchers must overcome and offered wise words of advice.

    During the day 17 sessions provided important development, not only for those researchers who were able to present, but also for the more than 60 staff members who attended and were able to get a taste for research being undertaken across the Schools, and ask any questions of the researchers themselves. In addition to the structured sessions, there was also a chance to get a more informal, personal feel for a range of research projects as 16 other students were able to produce posters to be displayed during the lunch and refreshment breaks. Attendees were then encouraged to browse around these during the breaks and speak with the researchers behind them.

    Rounding off the day, Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Curran addressed the participants and presented awards to those who had given the most engaging sessions and produced the best posters. The event was very well received and many attendees reported that they had found it useful and informative.

      

    Learning at City Conference  23rd June 2011

    The 3rd annual Learning at City Conference took place on the 23rd June 2011. The event opened with a very interesting and engaging plenary from Aaron Porter, President of the National Union of Students. Aaron addressed such topics as fee increases in relation to student expectations and choosing courses for career progression rather than personal interest. Aaron also focused on the quality of teaching, which has improved over the last couple of years but could be improved further with more academic contact hours.

    The conference sessions were both informative and motivating covering a range of areas including Semantic Web technology, student feedback and podcasting. Throughout the day, more than 120 staff members attended the event, and the sessions received very positive feedback, with participants finding sessions “inspiring” and “illuminating”.

    “Listening to students in lectures, returning coursework in a timely manner and personal tutors” were a few of the issues raised at the student discussion panel which took place in the afternoon. Undergraduate students spoke about topics important to them and highlighted  ways in which their student experience at City University could be improved.

    The day ended on a very positive note with the Learning and Teaching awards ceremony. Professor Paul Curran presented a range of awards and prizes to staff from across the university. These included the Learning Development Projects, the school based Recognition fund for Learning and Teaching, the Moodle Launch Awards and the Student Voice Awards. The Student Voice Awards in particular emphasized the innovative work being carried out by City staff with over 350 nominations by students. You can see the presentation with all the winners of this years awards by using the link below. Congratulations to all awardees and nominees!

     https://docs.google.com/present/edit?id=0Aezs4AZOqAUKZGczMnpnZHRfMDRjamdwYmdz&hl=en_US

    The Learning Development Centre would like to thank everyone involved in making this an enjoyable and successful day.

     

    Good Morning City Online – The Young Ones; Inducting New Students to the University  27th July 2011, 8.30-9.30am

    The next in our Good Morning City seminar series will be held online, taking place on Wednesday morning, 27thJuly. This session takes the form of a webinar using Adobe Connect so you will need your headsets on at your desks.  The material will look at the student induction process at City as we come up to the start of a fresh academic year, with a specific focus on supporting students at this time of significant change.

    There will be case studies and guest speakers, plus the opportunity to discuss your experiences with colleagues online. As this is an online session, places are limited, so book now at ldc@city.ac.uk to avoid disappointment.

    Additionally, if you would like some advice or guidance on how you can make use of Adobe Connect to take your own sessions online, please contact the LDC using the same address.

     

    CitySpace Closure

    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 http://educationalvignettes.wordpress.com/ and will be used in celebrations around the switch off.

    Please take a few minutes to record your memories at: https://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/city/cityspaceobit/

    We will be holding a switch-off party on the 1st September to pay our respects, and all staff are welcome to join us. For more information, go to the Learning Development Centre website:

    https://intranet.city.ac.uk/staff/learning-development/learning-development/learning-technologies/cityspace/Cityspace%20closure.html

     

    Dates for your diary

    Good Morning City: The Young Ones; Inducting New Students to the University - Wednesday 27th  July 2011

    Good Morning City: You decide - Wednesday 24th  August 2011

    CitySpace Switch-Off Party – Thursday 1st September 2011

    LDC Blog June 2011

    TIPS.

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

     

    • Learning at City Conference
    • Research Symposium  
    • CitySpace Closure
    • Good Morning City

      

    Learning at City Conference  23rd June 2011 – Open for registration now

    Following the excellent response to last month’s call for abstracts, the programme for the 3rd annual Learning at City Conference has been confirmed and is available via the LDC website.

    We are very pleased to announce that this year’s key note will be given by Aaron Porter, President of the National Union of Students.

    Papers and workshops will focus on feedback strategies, using learning technology to enhance learner engagement and learning support. The sessions will include examples of research and development, demonstrations where appropriate and opportunities for questions and discussion on how this might be used by others.

    The Students’ Union will be arranging a panel discussion with students presenting on topics such as assessment, personal tutors and positive learning experiences.

    There will also be the Learning and Teaching Awards ceremony where Learning and Teaching prizes and Student Voice Awards will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Curran.
    All staff are eligible for an award, so please come along to find out who the winners are.

    The event will run all day from 9.15am, starting in the Students’ Union, to 5pm, followed by a drinks reception.

    Please read through the programme and sign up to your choice of sessions here: 

    https://intranet.city.ac.uk/staff/learning-development/learning-development/events/Conference/Conference%20registrat.html 

     

    Research Symposium – 22nd June 2011

    Registration is now open for the 1st annual postgraduate Research Symposium, an all-day event featuring presentations from postgraduate research students. Students from across the range of schools will be presenting their research, with a wide variety of topics being explored. The event aims to provide an opportunity for staff to network and share enthusiasm for research with their peers. The symposium will be opened by Professor Dinos Arcoumanis.

    To register please visit the Learning Development Centre Website:

    https://intranet.city.ac.uk/staff/learning-development/learning-development/events/researchers-symposium.html

     

    Good Morning City Seminar – The Young Ones; Inducting New Students to the University  27th July 2011, 8.30-9.30am

    The next in our Good Morning City seminar series takes place on Wednesday 27thJuly as a webinar on adobe connect so you will need your headsets on at your desks.  This session will look at the student induction process at City with a specific focus on supporting students at this time of significant change. There will be case studies and guest speakers, plus the opportunity to discuss your experiences with colleagues online. As this is an online session, places are limited, so book now at ldc@city.ac.uk to avoid disappointment.

     

     

     

     

     

    CitySpace Closure

    Don’t forget that CitySpace will be closed on 1st September 2011.  Take the opportunity now to download all content that you need.  For more information, go to the Learning Development Centre website:

    https://intranet.city.ac.uk/staff/learning-development/learning-development/learning-technologies/cityspace/Cityspace%20closure.html

     

    Dates for your diary

    Learning at City Conference – Engaging Students in Learning – Thursday 23rd June 2011

    Research Symposium – Wednesday 22nd June 2011

    Good Morning City: The Young Ones; Inducting New Students to the University - Wednesday 27th  July 2011

    Teaching and Learning Showcase: More imagination, less time

    Improving student and staff experience in assessment and feedback

    Tuesday 21st June 2011, Cass Business School, 2pm – 7pm

    LDC Blog May 2011

    TIPS.

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

     

    • Student Voice Awards 2010-11
    • Learning at City Conference Update
    • Good Morning City – The Good Life: Managing Change for Learning Development
    • Good Morning City – Neighbours: Meeting the needs of International Students
    • Researcher Development Materials
    • Dates for your diary

     

    Student Voice Awards 2010-11 Now Open

    The Students’ Union and the LDC will soon be giving out prizes to staff members based on their work over the last year, and the prize winners will be chosen by the student body. Over the past month, students have been offered the chance to nominate members of staff, both academic and professional, and there are still 10 days left before the nominations process closes. A panel from the Student’s Union will then decide the winners from the full list of nominees.

    The awards will be handed out during the upcoming ‘Learning at City Conference’ which will take place on the 23rd of June. The Student Voice Awards scheme has been running now for three years and is always a great opportunity to show deserved appreciation to staff members whose work exemplifies good practice.

    As well as recognition of their efforts, and an official certificate confirming the prize, award winners will each receive £1000. Amish Patel, President of the Students’ Union says “It’s excellent that City recognises the importance of the student voice when it comes to excellence in teaching. The award process highlights those who have stood out and encourages good practice across the University in teaching and student support.”

    If you wish to find out more about the Student Voice Awards scheme, you can view further information here – http://www.city.ac.uk/ldc/staff_development/Learning%20and%20Teaching%20Awards/Studentvoice.html or e-mail any questions to ldc@city.ac.uk

      

      

    Learning at City Conference Update

    Following the excellent response to last month’s call for abstracts, the programme for the 3rd annual Learning at City Conference is currently being finalised and will be made available via the LDC website shortly. The Conference will be taking place on the 23rd June 2011 and we will start taking attendance bookings very soon. Those interested in attending should keep an eye on the LDC website for online registration and further details – https://intranet.city.ac.uk/staff/learning-development/learning-development/Events.html

     

    Good Morning City – The Good Life: Managing Change for Learning Development

    “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

    Charles Darwin

    Join us to explore some models and strategies for managing changes to learning development.  The session includes case studies from your colleagues that have experienced and implemented curriculum design or learning technology changes.

    The session will be facilitated by Uma Patel and Anise Bullimore, with additional guest speakers. Refreshments will be provided and places are limited, so book now at ldc@city.ac.uk to avoid disappointment.

     

    All colleagues at City are warmly invited to attend this session, which takes place between 8.30am-9.30am, on Wednesday 18th May, in Room E201 (The MILL). If you would like to join us, please email ldc@city.ac.uk. Similarly, if you have any perspectives or ideas that you would like us to be aware of before the seminar, please email using the above address.

    We hope to see you there!

     

     

    Good Morning City – Neighbours: Meeting the needs of International Students

    April’s Good morning city event was on the subject of International Students, and supporting international students is essential to the University’s policy that we should be “celebrated as London’s premier internationalist University for professional policy, practice and applied research, dedicated to preparing students for global careers, and working with global practitioners, research and educational partners.”

    Challenges for Learning, Teaching and Assessment Activities

    International students can arrive enthusiastic about their programme but with some challenges that may differ from our home students. Their previous experiences of education will influence some of their views and anxieties but also be responsible for some of the challenges. Students may arrive unaware of the expectations of their programme but also of study in the UK. They may not have experienced education that requires them to engage in the journey of discovery we expect many students to undertake. Often they might have come from systems where education is very traditional and the lecturer provides the content of each session in a lecture style without invitation to ask questions. They will also have differing experience of personal tutoring processes. Students way well be studying in a second language and words we commonly use in higher education are unfamiliar and students need time to get used to these. This sometimes shows as them being unable to answer questions however this might also be due to a lack of understanding the terms and/or needing more time to think about the question and read papers when given in class.

    In terms of assessment, many will be used to examinations that test their ability to rote learn rather than their ability to analyse, problem solve and apply material to practical issues. In addition in some cultures it is considered necessary and indeed honourable to copy words of professors and authors and use these in essays sometimes not correctly referenced. There are also differing cultural norms about how to communicate with people including body language. Some cultures find speaking out in a group difficult. It is also worth noting that occasionally we use examples in class of ‘real life’ or from popular programmes and films and students from different cultures may not be familiar with these examples and so miss their meaning. Lastly there are issues about being away from home and losing their support network of family and friends and not being able to identify how to get help even though there are places to get support. Whilst it is difficult to make allowances for all these issues in classes there are some things that can be done to start to make these students feel included and to help them gain insight into expectations of the programme and study.

     Practical advice on managing the challenges

    When students first arrive as part of the induction it would be useful to provide some outline of the types of learning, teaching and assessment activities they will be expected to engage in and why. Providing a summary of this in programme handbooks is also useful. Explain why it is important they are actively engaged in their learning and how they can do this. Also provide information about how to seek help and what a personal tutor does.

    In terms of students studying in a second language it is helpful to remember to speak clearly and slowly and explain key terms and concepts and use glossaries in handbooks where necessary. Providing slides or handouts before sessions so students can read these and bring them to class and ask questions or add notes is also helpful. Remember to provide additional time to read papers in a mixed cultural class and give extra time to answer questions. Provide some explanation of the types of assessments and expectations of students when undertaking these. Discuss how to use the work of others in an acceptable manner and discuss what working together means. Providing formative assessment opportunities helps students gain insight into the skills they need for assessments and an understanding of what is required.

    Try to reassure students about how to refer to you and others by name and do not always assume a student is not listening or is disinterested if they do not look at you when speaking. Remember that some of the examples you use in class may be unfamiliar to them. In terms of support for a range of personal issues ensure students do gain information about both the student centre and the student union and in a manner that is seen as providing support not remedial help.

    Two helpful websites:

    The Higher Education Academy

    Preparing for success is a site that provides a lot of advice and has videos of students and quizzes

     

    Researcher Development Materials

    As a follow-up to the success of the Researcher’s Development Day held last month, we have now uploaded several accompanying materials and presentations from the sessions to a resource library hosted on Moodle. Those who attended the day should be able to see this in their course list when they log in to Moodle, and may view and download all the available material from there.

    For more resources and materials for researchers, sign up to attend the Researcher’s Symposium on the 22nd June using the link on our website – https://intranet.city.ac.uk/staff/learning-development/learning-development/Events.html

     

      

    Dates for your diary

    Good Morning City: The Good Life – Managing Change for Learning Development — Wednesday 18th May

    Researcher’s Symposium – Wednesday 22nd June

    Learning at City Conference – Engaging Students in Learning – Thursday 23rd June