Apply now for the PgCTHE 17/18!

Applications are now being taken for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PgCTHE) which will commence in September 2017.

The PgCTHE will allow you to further develop your pedagogic skills and understanding, gain a professional HE teaching qualification, and gain Higher Education Academy Accreditation.

The course is available to the following members of staff;

1) Full-time staff who are teaching/supporting learning for a minimum of 50 hours over the duration of the course (12 months);

2) Part-time staff who are teaching/supporting learning for a minimum of 50 hours over the duration of the course (12 months);

3) Hourly Paid Lecturers who are teaching/supporting learning on a substantive contract (i.e., at least one unit).

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from research students. If you are unsure whether you meet any of these criteria, please contact us.

The PgCTHE is a 12 month Master’s level course which is delivered via face-to-face workshops and online sessions. Further information about the course can be found on our website at https://www.beds.ac.uk/pts/pgcthe.

To apply, please complete our online application form by 5pm on Thursday 7th September. You MUST provide two satisfactory references including one from your line manager confirming how you will meet the 50 hours teaching requirement.

The course is free to eligible staff but you MUST send us a completed fee waiver form which has been physically signed by your line manager to supplement your application. Once complete, please return to PTS Admin, Room F305, Luton. If any of these requirements are not fulfilled, we will be unable to process your application.

UoB staff conference – just one week to go!

We are now just over one week away from the start of our staff conference and fringe events. Click the links below to sign up – the CLE team will be appearing in many places!

If you have any other questions please email uobconference@beds.ac.uk.

Course Co-ordinator workshop, June 23rd

We will be running a Course Coordinator workshop on 23rd June between 9:30 -12:00 in Bedford.

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Explored notions of effective course co-ordination.
  • Considered the responsibilities of course co-ordination.
  • Explored leadership styles, effective management and how to influence others.

UoB staff can sign up using our online HR system.

If you know this course will be of interest to a colleague, please pass this on.

Open rehearsal and talk: Place, Identity and Belonging

Date: Thursday 11th May

Time: 4.30-6.30pm

Venue: Judith Blake Theatre, Luton Campus (Park Square)

Aimed at: staff, students, general public

Facilitators: Yasmin Sidhwa, Artistic Director of UK-based International Mandala Theatre, presents an open rehearsal showcasing her directorial work. Yasmin will be using provocative text to inspire debate around connection and disconnection to the communities we grow up in, wherever we are. Yasmin wants to engage everyone who lives, works and studies in Luton to join this discussion and reflect on their past and present.

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE: click on the Demo week link and look for the box “sign up now”

Workshop on Leadership and Creativity

We invite you to take part in a bespoke workshop, which encourages you to explore and use your leadership and creativity for higher student engagement. This is a unique opportunity to work with an external expert. 

Theme: ‘Stimulate student engagement and student voice through creativity and leadership’

Date: Thursday, 11th May

Time: 1-2pm

Venue: F304, Luton Campus (Park Square, next to the CLE office)

Aimed at: teaching and support staff, researchers, aspiring educator

Facilitators: Artistic Director Yasmin Sidhwa (Mandala Theatre), and Maria Kukhareva (Centre for Learning Excellence). 

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE: Please email maria.kukhareva@beds.ac.uk

Engaging Students for Effective Learning workshop, Bedford

We are running an ‘Engaging students for effective learning’workshop on 15th May between 10:00 – 13:00 in Luton and on 23rd May between 10:00 – 13:00 in Bedford.

This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to explore effective approaches to support student engagement in all types of learning, understand student engagement and motivation, explore strategies for engagement in scheduled, guided and independent learning and consider evidence-based approaches to address lack of engagement.

To sign up to either session please complete our online form  Registration for the Luton event closes at 5pm on 8th May. Registration for the Bedford event closes at 5pm on 16th May.

Risk Taking and Effective Teaching workshop, Bedford

We are running a ‘Risk Taking and Effective Teaching’ workshop on 16th May between 10:00 – 13:00 in Bedford.

In the workshop, you will explore how to be more creative in your teaching by becoming less risk-averse.

You will consider barriers to creative approaches to teaching and supporting learning, explore risk in the context of teaching/supporting learning and explore opportunities for you to be more creative in your practice.

Please sign up using our online form by 5pm on 9th May.

Upcoming writing retreat, June 9th

Have you started work on your EPR portfolio (formerly known as the PTS portfolio) but not yet had a chance to complete it or would you like some guidance?

On Friday 9th June, we will be providing a one-day writing retreat in Putteridge Bury for staff and research students who need some time away to focus on their portfolio.

By the end of the day, it is anticipated that you will have a virtually complete EPR portfolio ready to tweak and submit for the deadline of 6th July. The review itself will be held on Thursday 20th July.

The retreat is open to those who have previously registered on to the PTS, those who wish to progress on to the next category of HEA Fellowship along with those who have started to gather evidence for their portfolio but not yet registered.

To sign up, complete our online form.

Registrations received after 5 pm on 1st June may not be processed.

Please note, we have updated our guidance so please visit our BREO site for further information on how your portfolio should be structured.

If you have any questions about this day, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at pts@beds.ac.uk.

UoB10DoT

UoB10DoT will take place from Monday 13 March – Friday 24 March 2017.

10 Days of Twitter will help you to learn to use Twitter from scratch, build up your network and join in the conversation in 10 days!

Taking part in #UoB10DoT allows you to gain Open Badges that will credit your achievements. You can find out more about Open Badges here. They can be displayed on a variety of social media including LinkedIn, and on your CV, email signature etc.

Retention & attainment short course

This course will run from March 13-24.

This short course will look at the issues around retention and attainment in Higher Education; who leaves, why they leave, and what we can do to support retention and progression.

We’ll look at the outcomes of recent projects and examine some of the literature, as well as examples of good practice.

If you are a permanent member of staff, sign up using iTrent:

If you are a VL or research student, sign up using Jotform 

CLE drop-in days

Each month the CLE are offering a drop-in day aimed at staff and research students wishing to learn more about the CLE and teaching and learning at the University. Our next session will be running on 22nd February between 10:00 – 16:00.

This drop-in day will have a learning technology theme and each session will link a learning tool to the Realistic Learning strand of the CRe8 Framework.

The day is split up into sessions lasting somewhere between 30 and 90mins. You are welcome to attend the full day or pick and choose which sessions suit you. Please see below for an outline of the sessions running;

  • 10:00 – 11:00 – Active – Make your lectures more interactive using their mobile devices and an app called MeeToo.
  • 11:00 – 12:30 – Reflective – Get your students reflecting using e-Portfolios.
  • 12:30 – 13:00 – Collaborate – Learn how to encourage collaboration with a quick and easy Padlet wall.
  • 14:00 – 15:00 – Co-Create – Have your students create and set each other questions and activities with PeerWise (particularly good for STEM subjects!).
  • 15:00 -16:00 – Challenging – Challenge your students inside and outside of the classroom with two interactive apps – Socrative and EdPuzzle.

Sign up and select your sessions using our online form. Registrations received after 5pm on 16th February may not be processed.

CLE drop-in day December 7th

Our next drop-in day will take place on 7th December in Luton. The event comprises of seven hourly sessions so you can pick and choose which sessions you wish to attend.  Our next session will focus on technology.

Below is an outline of sessions;

  • Session 1 – 10am-11am – Introduction to the CLE and how we can support you.
  • Session 2 – 11am-12pm – Kelly Alexander (Social Work): PebblePad for social work portfolios
  • Session 3 – 12pm-1pm – Janine Bhandol (Library): Using Talis Aspire effectively
  • Session 4 – 1pm-2pm – Lunch and discussion (bring your own lunch!)
  • Session 5 – 2pm-3pm – Andrina Halder (Business School): Engaging students via WhatsApp
  • Session 6 – 3pm-4pm – Terry Lee (RadioLaB Co-ordinator): Using audio for assessment
  • Session 7 – 4pm-5pm – Round up, Q&A

To sign up for any of these sessions, please complete our online form by 5pm on 30th November.  If you register after this date, we cannot guarantee your place.

To find out more information about this, and other courses, please click here

Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues

The Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues course will be running as follows:

Tue 6th Dec –  Bedford – 10:00 – 12:00

Or:

Thu 8th Dec – Luton – 10:00 – 12:00

This course will enable you to explore and consider how you can best support students with mental health issues.

To sign up to attend this course please click here and complete the form.  The deadline for signing up is 17:00 on 29th Nov 2016.

We look forward to seeing you there.

To find out more information about this, and other courses, please click here.

CLE drop in day November 16th

Each month the CLE are offering a drop-in day aimed at staff and research students wishing to learn more about the CLE and teaching and learning at the University. Our next session is running on 16th November.

We have three sessions scheduled as outlined below. You are welcome to attend the full day or to pick and choose which sessions suit you.

  • 10:00 – 11:00 – What is teaching excellence?  Coffee, cake and conversation about the impending TEF.
  • 12:30 – 13:30 – Lunchbag reflections – bring your lunch and reflect informally on teaching/supporting learning in HE
  • 14:30 – 15:30 – Chill-out zone – strategies to help you relax – come in comfy clothes and bring a pillow/cushion

To sign up for any of these, please complete our online form by 5pm on 14th November.  If you register after this date, we cannot guarantee your place.

CRe8 Teaching and Learning webinars

Starting this month, the CLE will be delivering monthly webinars which seek to assist staff teaching and supporting learning in their engagement with the CRe8 framework.

Each month, the webinars will look at an individual area of CRe8.  Dr Lisa Hayes will begin the webinar series by discussing the first two areas of the Realistic strand of CRe8 – Meaningful (R1) and Active (R2) Learning (click on the links to book on).

Meaningful Learning (R1) – 28/11/16 (1-2pm) – Dr Lisa Hayes

This Webinar will:

Give an overview of Realistic Strand of CRe8 – theoretical underpinning/evidence.
Discuss Meaningful Learning – what does ‘meaningful mean’, why is it important, how can we make the learning experience ‘meaningful’ for our diverse students?
Consider practical examples from the sector.
Answer how Meaningful Learning relates to other elements in CRe8.
Answer your questions on Meaningful and Realistic learning.

Active Learning (R1) – 13/12/16 (2-3pm) – Dr Lisa Hayes

This Webinar will:

Discuss Active Learning – What is ‘active’ learning?  What is the evidence-base for incorporating active learning into the learning experience.  What sort of activities are ‘active’?
Consider practical examples from the sector.
Answer how Active Learning relates to other elements in CRe8.
Answer your questions on Active and Realistic learning.

Short courses from the CLE

Social media short course – November 14-25

This short course aims to introduce you to some of the main social media tools and how they’re being used in Higher Education. Unlike most of our courses, this will not be a linear process – you can dip in and out and have a look at the tools that most interest you. We’ll include examples and some further reading so you can think of ways in which you can introduce these tools in your own practice to enhance student engagement and skills.

If you are a permanent member of staff, sign up using iTrent – https://ubedsli.webitrent.com/ubedsli_ess/ess/#/summary/careerdev/activity;s=social%20media;d=;ed=;a=T/0202143Ddb.

If you are a VL or research student, sign up using Jotform – https://form.jotformeu.com/62994180029360

Retention and attainment short course – December 5-16

This short course will look at the issues around retention and attainment in Higher Education; who leaves, why they leave, and what we can do to support retention and progression. We’ll look at the outcomes of recent projects and examine some of the literature, as well as examples of good practice.

If you are a permanent member of staff, sign up using iTrent – https://ubedsli.webitrent.com/ubedsli_ess/ess/#/summary/careerdev/activity;s=retention%20and%20attainment;d=;ed=;a=T/7030563E3m

If you are a VL or research student, sign up using Jotform – https://form.jotformeu.com/62994023351354

CLE drop-in days

Each month the CLE are offering a drop-in day aimed at staff and research students wishing to learn more about the CLE and teaching and learning at the University. Our November session will be running on 16th November between 10:00 – 16:00.

Each day is split up in to one-hour sessions; you are welcome to attend the full day or to pick and choose which sessions suit you.

Please see below for an outline of the sessions running on 16th November;

  • 10:00 – 11:00 – What is teaching excellence?  Coffee, cake and conversation about the impending TEF.
  • 12:30 – 13:30 – Lunchbag reflections – bring your lunch and reflect informally on teaching/supporting learning in HE
  • 14:30 – 15:30 – Chill-out zone – strategies to help you relax – come in comfy clothes and bring a pillow/cushion

To sign up for any of these, please complete our online form by 5pm on 9th December. If you register after this date, we cannot guarantee your place.

Our December drop-in day will take place on 7th December.  Please see below for an outline of sessions;

  • 10 -11 Introduction to the CLE and how we can support you
  • 11-12 Terry Lee (RadioLaB Co-ordinator): Using audio for assessment
  • 12-1 Janine Bhandol (LRC): Using Talis Aspire effectively
  • 1-2 Lunch/discussion
  • 2-3 Andrina Halder (Business School): Engaging students via WhatsApp
  • 3 – 4 Kelly Alexander: PebblePad for Social Work portfolios
  • 4- end Roundup, Q&A

To sign up for any of these, please complete our online form by 5pm on 30th November. Again, if you register after this date, we cannot guarantee your place.

 

Kind regards

 

The Teaching and Learning Team

Centre for Learning Excellence

 

CLE dropin session October 12th

The CLE will be running a drop-in session on Wednesday 12th October between 10:00 – 16:00.

If you would like to learn more about the work we do, how we can support you and visit our new location, please sign up here. Please note, the deadline for registration is Monday 10th October at 6pm. Coffee and cake will be provided!

An outline of the event is provided below:

10 a.m. Welcome to the CLE! What do we do and how might we support you? Bring your questions and comments with you for us to discuss together.

11 a.m. Pedagogy and research-informed teaching. What is pedagogy in HE? Making links between what you do now and where you have come from.

12 p.m. Reflecting on teaching and learning. *Feel free to bring your lunch.*

1 p.m. Encouraging academic discourse.

2 p.m. Sharing good academic practice.

Effective Course Co-ordination workshops

We have a number of Effective Course Co-ordination workshops taking place throughout October.

Dates and times include;

  • 4th October between 9:30 – 12:30, Luton
  • 11th October between 9:30 – 12:30, Luton
  • 18th October between 9:30 – 12:30, Luton
  • 25th October between 10:00 – 13:00, Luton

If you have access to ITrent, please book your space using the following link – https://ubedsli.webitrent.com/ubedsli_ess/ess/#/summary/careerdev/activity;s=ecc;d=;ed=;a=T/0723543Ddb.

Alternatively, please use this online form.

PgCTHE course

We still have places left on our PgCTHE course starting on 28th September.

The course is open to all staff and research students who would like to gain a HE teaching qualification. No teaching experience is necessary although it is expected you will have at least 50 hours contact with students during the 12-16 months it takes to complete the qualification.

The course is free to UoB staff and discounted by 50% for research students.

If you are interested, please visit http://www.beds.ac.uk/pts/pgcthe or contact pts@beds.ac.uk for further information.

PTS Fellowship event 2016

PTS sunflowers 2016

The PTS Fellowship Event on Wednesday November 16th, 2016, will celebrate the University’s Professional Teaching Scheme and all those involved with it.

We are delighted that Professor Dilly Fung from UCL will deliver the keynote speech about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

We will be highlighting the range of development opportunities available through the PTS, and showcasing the outstanding teaching practice at the University.

Short presentations from Bill Rammel (Vice Chancellor) and Mary Malcolm (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic) will celebrate the achievements of our HEA fellowship holders.

After the formalities, there will be an opportunity for relaxing and networking with canapés and fizz.

Express your interest here.

Exploring resilience in Higher Education

A workshop on resilient writing was delivered  as a part of this year’s CLE writing retreat. The session focussed on maintaining motivation and perseverance during the writing process, and strategies around dealing with rejection.

The workshop was well received by the participants: “it allowed me to delve into a very personal view of my own resilience. In particular how I am dealing with my current PhD progress and my ‘resilience’” (Cheryl Barford, Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy).

Current issues around resilience in Higher Education (of both academic staff and students) will be explored in a range of development opportunities to be offered in the new Professional Teaching Scheme CPD programme 2016-17.

Introduction to Teaching and Learning day

The CLE will be hosting an Introduction to Teaching and Learning day on 11th May 2016.

The day provides an important opportunity to ask questions, consider the vision for learning at the University of Bedfordshire, explore expectations for teaching, network and engage in professional dialogue with colleagues, and find out the support available to you, as you settle into your post at the university.

The event is mandatory for all new permanent members of academic staff to attend. If you have not already booked your place, please email pts@beds.ac.uk to register.

If you are not a permanent member of academic staff but have teaching responsibilities and would like to discuss whether the event could be appropriate for you, please contact us at pts@beds.ac.uk.