Online Moderation and External Examining: Academic Briefing Sessions

The University is moving the moderation and external examining process to be fully online, in order to streamline activities.  This will mean that all the information will be located in one place for markers, second markers and external examiners.

We will be running a number of briefing sessions throughout June, September and October which will cover the new process and outline what you need to do in preparation. Each session will last for an hour followed by an optional 30-minute technical support session.

Sessions will take place as follows;

5th June 14:00 – 15:30 Luton
20th June 10:00 – 11:30 Bedford
27th June 10:00 – 11:30 Luton
5th September 10:00 – 11:30 Luton
19th September 10:00 –  11:30 Bedford
26th September 10:00 – 11:30 Luton
10th October 10:00 – 11:30 Luton
17th October 10:00 – 11:30 Bedford

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at cle@beds.ac.ukTo sign up, please follow this link.

Providing Feedback Online: University Policy Update

The University has updated its policy in relation to how feedback is provided to students. This is a focused activity as we are looking to enhance assessment practices.

We will be running a number of sessions throughout June, September and October which will cover changes to the policy and implications for practice. Each session will last for an hour followed by an optional 30-minute technical support session.

Sessions will take place as follows;

7th June 14:00 – 15:30 Luton
20th June 14:00 – 15:30 Bedford
27th June 14:00 – 15:30 Luton
5th September 14:00 – 15:30 Luton
19th September 14:00 – 15:30 Bedford
26th September 14:00 – 15:30 Luton
10th October 14:00 –  15:30 Luton
17th October 10:00 – 11:30 Bedford

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at cle@beds.ac.ukTo sign up for any of the sessions, please follow this link.

 

CLE workshops March 12th-23rd

The following workshops will be delivered in March – just click the title to sign up:

12/03/2018 – Introduction to PebblePad Version 5 – 12:30 – 15:00 – Luton, F304
13/03/2018 – Object-Based Learning  – 09:30 – 12:00 – Luton, F304
14/03/2018 – Effective Assessment for Learning – 09:30 – 12:00 – Luton, F304
14/03/2018 – Object-Based Learning – 09:30 – 12:00 – Bedford, P2.05
15/03/2018 – Effective Assessment for Learning – 09:30 – 12:00 – Bedford, T0.07
15/03/2018 – Writing for Publication – 09:30 – 12:00 – Luton, F304
16/03/2018 – PebblePad Version 5: Next Steps – 09:30 – 12:00 – Luton, A404
19/03/2018 – Leadership and Creativity in Teaching – 09:30 – 12:00 – Luton, F304
20/03/2018 – Leadership and Creativity in Teaching – 09:30 – 12:00 – Bedford, G1.11
20/03/2018 – UIF/CIF Drop in – 10:00 – 12:00 – Luton, F304
21/03/2018 – Introduction to PebblePad Version 5 – 09:30 – 12:00 – Bedford, Training suite 1
21/03/2018 – Creating Engaging and Valuable Feedback – 09:30 – 12:00 – Luton, F304
21/03/2018 – Course Co-ordination – 09:30 – 12:00 – Luton, A109

22/03/2018 – Creating Engaging and Valuable Feedback – 09:30 – 12:00, Bedford, P1.20
22/03/2018 – PebblePad Version 5: Next Steps – 12:30 – 15:00 – Bedford, T0.09
23/03/2018 – Course Co-ordination – 09:30 – 12:00 – Bedford, P1.20

 

News and upcoming events from the HEA

September will start with a bang with the announcement of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme winners and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence finalists, days before the NET2017 Conference and the gala dinner which will celebrate the first winners of Global Teaching Excellence Award.

To help ease you back into the swing of things, and plan for your continued professional development throughout the year, the HEA has extended its early bird offer on all 17-18 training and events* if you book before 15 September 2017.

*Excludes NET Conference 2017 and Global Insights USA

 

Conferences and Events

> NET2017 Conference – LAST CHANCE TO BOOK
5-6 September 2017, Churchill College, University of Cambridge

> Teaching Excellence Programme – First Workshop
7 September 2017, HEA, York

> New to Programme Leadership: Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
12 September 2017, Manchester

> Virtual reading group: September
18 September 2017, Online

> Academic Leadership Programme – First workshop
19 September 2017, HEA, York

> Principal Fellow Writing Retreat
21 September 2017, Friends House, London

> Senior Fellow Writing Retreat
21 September 2017, Friends House, London

> New to Teaching in Higher Education
27 September 2017, HEA, York

> HEA STEM Conference 2018: Creativity in Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement
31 January & 1 February 2018, venue TBC – Call for papers now open

Coming soon – PebblePad V.5

pebble5

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.

ATLAS
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.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/inclusive-learning-teaching