Keynote speakers announced for the Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 2018

Please see below for the announcement from Advance HE (formerly HEA)

“We are delighted to announce the keynote speakers for the Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 2018 taking 3-5 July, Birmingham, UK.

This year we will welcome Professor Christine Jarvis, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), University of Huddersfield; John Gill, editor of Times Higher Education; and Shai Reshef, President of University of the People, USA. You can read the full news story here.

The conference will position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context, exploring how we can learn from global communities to ensure the best student experience for all. In addition to the keynote speakers, the conference will include over 300 sessions from over 500 presenters.”


Course Co-ordination workshops

The CLE will be running two Course Co-ordination workshops in December;

  • 14th December between 9:30 – 12:00 in Luton
  • 15th December between 9:30 – 12:00 in Bedford

The workshop will explore effective course co-ordination for new and experienced co-ordinators by considering responsibilities of course co-ordination and exploring leadership styles, effective management and how to influence others.

To sign up, please use our online form.

If you cannot attend these sessions, they will run again in March 2018 (22/03/18 in Luton and 23/03/18 in Bedford)

Object-based learning workshops

Come along to the CLE’s Object Based Learning workshops, facilitated by Maria Kukhareva.

The workshops will be held on:

  • 5th December between 9:30 – 12:00 in Luton
  • 6th December between 9:30 – 12:00 in Bedford.

Object based learning is an interactive hands-on method that offers a creative way of inquiry into your own discipline.  You will use objects and images as a tool for creating both depth and breadth of thinking, which will then be applied to your own practice.

To sign up, please use our online form.

Webinar Nov 28th: Using technologies in the co-creation of assessment

This interactive presentation seeks to show how students and academics alike can empower their practice through the use of technologies in co-creative assessment.

Over the past few decades, Higher Education Institutions have been making concerted efforts and building detailed strategies to empower the student body to have a louder, more potent, voice in order to influence and impact all areas of student life. In turn, this has led to an advancing interest in the role of students in pedagogy with key concepts, such as ‘co-creation’, ‘students as producers’ and ‘students as partners’ being defined, developed and delivered from this culture shift.

In this webinar our own Nick Botfield from the CLE will describe a small piece of action research which used student response systems, a virtual learning environment, synchronous word processing software, and video-conferencing technology to facilitate the co-creation of a post-graduate summative assessment on a blended learning course.

This presentation will aim to give participants an opportunity to:

  • gain an insight into how technology can be used to empower both students and staff when embarking on co-creating an assessment
  • take part in a small co-creation activity using technology
  • consider the potential pitfalls and opportunities of using technology to co-create assessments
  • investigate preliminary results of a study into student attitudes and perceptions of using technology to co-create assessments.

You can register for the webinar here. A recording will be available afterwards.

Foundation year support

We are running a workshop for colleagues who support foundation year students. The workshop will cover learning outcomes and expectations at Level 3, characteristics of foundation year students and how best to support them. At the end, there will be a dedicated time slot for discipline specific questions.

The sessions will run on Monday 4th September between 10:00 – 13:00 in room F305, Luton and Thursday 7th September between 10:00 – 13:00 in room G2.21, Bedford. To sign up, please complete our online form at .


Using assistive and accessible technology in HE

Assistive technology has undergone a revolution in recent years. There is a wide range of established commercial and free and open source software products available (such as screen readers, on-screen keyboards and spelling aids), as well as in-built accessibility features in computers and programs.

More people use mobile and portable devices with assistive apps. One significant benefit of technology is the provision of a voice for those who are unable to speak themselves. Apps for tablet devices for example that use scanning and a touch screen interface can now provide this at a fraction of the cost of some of the more complex and advanced hardware technologies.

In this guide, Jisc provides an overview of the types of assistive technologies available and how they might be used in a learning and teaching setting.

Developing digital skills: new MOOC

Digital skills are essential in today’s workplace; there are few jobs that don’t require them, yet employers report a shortage.

Building on the highly successful Blended Learning Essentials series of MOOCs, the third course entitled ‘Developing Digital Skills’ has just been launched and will start in October. This course, commissioned and funded by the Ufi Charitable Trust is designed specifically for the Vocational Education and Training sector.

Professor Diana Laurillard, one of the lead educators behind Blended Learning Essentials, says, ‘We’re hearing every day about the need for digital skills in all kinds of jobs in the modern workplace. The idea of this course is to help the FE and Skills sector with gearing up to supply the graduates industry so desperately needs.’

More information:

Blended Learning Essentials is a free online course developed by the University of Leeds and UCL Institute of Education, supported by the Association for Learning Technology and funded by the Ufi Trust.

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

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.

Using portfolio-based learning at scale

Thinking of using e-portfolios to support learning? Want to implement that strand of our new strategic plan?

This webinar from PebblePad will show you how e-portfolios are being used at scale at Plymouth and Bradford Universities.

If you want to know more about how to use PebblePad, contact Averil Robertson in the CLE – and look out for our switch to version 5 on July 4th!

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

CLE staff heavily involved in staff conference!

Our team will be appearing in a number of places at the annual staff conference, both during the main event and in fringe activities. Hope to see you there!

Main conference

Dr. Maria Kukhareva: ‘Every teacher is a bit of an actor’

Dr. Mark Atlay & Dr. Diana Pritchard: ‘Utilising the TEF to identify the learning gain of our students’

Averil Robertson & Megan Loveys: ‘Ten Days of Twitter: running a social media course for university staff’

TED Talks

Dr. Mark Atlay: ‘The power of introverts’

Mark Gamble: ‘Draw your future’

Fringe events

Nick Botfield: ‘Engaging students in large group teaching’ & ‘Creating a MOOC’

Averil Robertson: ‘Developing Open Badges to support student achievement’

Dr. Maria Kukhareva: ‘Object-based learning: promoting creativity and lateral thinking’

Mark Gamble: ‘The development of Course Metric Infographics’

University staff conference 2017

We are now just three weeks away from our staff conference and fringe events; we hope to see many of you at the various sessions. Staff from the CLE will be presenting at both the main conference and the fringe.

You can find out more information from the links below:

In the meantime if you have any other question please email


Coming soon – PebblePad V.5


In August 2016, we upgraded to V5 of PebblePad.  Since then, Version 5 has been running concurrently with the ‘Classic’ version, in order to minimise disruption to those staff and students already working within it.

However, the older version will shortly cease to be supported by PebblePad, and we will therefore be switching as an institution to Version 5. The switchover will take place on July 4th at 8:30 a.m.

It’s important to note that the main difference in the new version is its ‘look’, and improvements to functionality – existing assets etc. will remain in your personal spaces. We have been working on a range of supporting materials (for staff and students), and will provide various hands-on sessions: for novice PebblePad users; for those who are transferring to V5; and for those who are already using it and just want to know more – look out for opportunities to sign up for these.

On July 12th, a representative from PebblePad will be at the University and available for Q&A and practical sessions – please get in touch if you would like to know more about this.

Please note that ATLAS is not changing in the short term, and all assessment activity (such as setting up assignments and marking) will continue as before.

Inclusive learning and teaching – free online course

We would like to draw your attention to a free online course ‘Inclusive Learning and Teaching Environments’ beginning on June 5th that is very relevant to HEFCE’s requirement to move towards a more inclusive approach, as well as the cuts in Disabled Students Allowance.

Who is the course for?

This course has been created for teachers and educators interested in inclusive practices, learning technologists and education design professionals. It will also be relevant for marketing and communications professionals working in training situations and those with disabilities who want to understand problems in education and how to overcome them.

Social media short course, June 5-16

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, over the course of two weeks.

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.

You can sign up here.

For more information, email