Category: Learning & Teaching

Using the TREC model to add active learning to your online sessions

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  Across the week of 19th to 23rd April, I attended a number of sessions as part of the Active Learning Network’s Global Festival of Active Learning. These ranged from drawing circles, faces and rainbows as part of an open creative studio to taking part in an online escape room. However the session I found…Continue Reading Using the TREC model to add active learning to your online sessions

What has been our student’s experience learning online during the pandemic?

We have been asking our students a range of questions using the Jisc Digital Experience Insights Survey so we can better understand what their experience has been of learning online throughout the pandemic and will be following up with the staff survey soon. The student survey launched on Wednesday 14th April and will run until…Continue Reading What has been our student’s experience learning online during the pandemic?

Supporting individuals to apply for reward and recognition – the DRIVE model of evidencing educational impact

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Introducing the DRIVE model This post describes the DRIVE model that I’ve developed to help individuals write about their teaching and learning experiences when submitting applications for reward and recognition of their educational practices. Over the past six years or so, I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to support colleagues to write about their…Continue Reading Supporting individuals to apply for reward and recognition – the DRIVE model of evidencing educational impact

LEaD Digital Education at City

Digital Education, the new name for the Educational Technology Team within LEaD Introducing LEaD Digital Education The LEaD Educational Technology Team have a new name! In light of the changes that have occurred over the past year and the increase in prominence of digital education both at City and across the education sector, we thought…Continue Reading LEaD Digital Education at City

The student voice on Active Blended Learning – an ELESIG Webinar on March 11th 2021

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Dear colleagues,  I wish to alert the Learning @ City readership that ELESIG is back in action from March 2021 and we are launching with a new webinar series for 2021. Our first event of 2021 is booking up fast ( and please keep trying if it says full –  as we are expanding the capacity!)….Continue Reading The student voice on Active Blended Learning – an ELESIG Webinar on March 11th 2021

Learning and teaching, reimagined

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Digifest, now online With Jisc being an aggregator of much that happens in the digital education space across the UK higher education (HE) sector – from the Janet network and learning analytics to exploring the intelligent campus and the digital capabilities framework – their annual Digifest is typically the live event where a lot of…Continue Reading Learning and teaching, reimagined

Virtual Moots – Challenges and Opportunities

Students meeting to Moot

I was fortunate enough to partake in the Moots again this year. This is my third year running and I am pleased to be able to help my colleagues at CLS to help students in the mooting process. This year will always be a memorable year in that most courses have had to move to…Continue Reading Virtual Moots – Challenges and Opportunities

Is chat where it’s at? 

With the rapid shift to online teaching, it is easy to forget that we’re now communicating with our students via software that was, in many cases, designed for business meetings rather than for education.  A key feature of some of these platforms (a Microsoft Teams Meeting, for example) is dual-stream communication: speech and text in parallel, in the form of a spoken presentation and a chat thread.  But…Continue Reading Is chat where it’s at? 

New Learning Analytics Pilot System to help identify students needing support

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LEaD and IT have launched a new Learning Analytics Pilot System, to help staff identify students who may not be engaging with their studies, in order to provide them with tailored support.  The dashboard provides staff with Moodle engagement data and formal assessment results. Work is also underway to incorporate other data sources, such as attendance.   The…Continue Reading New Learning Analytics Pilot System to help identify students needing support

How can we teach our Labs online?

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Moving to remote practicals for Engineers “We knew drawing on expertise from elsewhere in the sector would be necessary to help us to address this significant challenge at City, but Sheffield colleagues surpassed all our expectations by working with us to deliver a tailored workshop for our Engineering Department. We were very fortunate to be…Continue Reading How can we teach our Labs online?