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)

Writing for publication workshops

David Mathew, author and editor of the University’s Journal of Pedagogic Development will be running two writing for publication workshops on 7th December 2017.

The first session will be held in Luton between 9:30 – 12:00 and the second session will be held in Bedford between 13:30 – 16:00.

The workshop will explore the practical elements of academic writing and publishing by looking at the construction of a piece of academic writing. During the session you will have the chance to develop a piece of writing for possible external publication.

To sign up, please use our online form

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.

PebblePad workshops

In December Averil Robertson will be running two PebblePad workshops – Introduction to PebblePad Version 5 and PebblePad Version 5 Next Steps.

The Introduction to PebblePad workshop is aimed at those who are new to the system. During the session you will discover the basic features of Pebble+ and ATLAS and learn how to use PebblePad to support learning.

Pebble Pad Version 5 Next Steps is aimed at those who have some familiarity with PebblePad but want to know more. During the workshop you will learn more about the enhanced features of Version 5 and discover how to use PebblePad for assignments/with BREO/with Turnitin.

The Introduction to PebblePad workshop will  take place as follows;

  • 4th December between 9:30 – 12:00 in Luton (F304)
  • 12th December between 9:30 – 12:00 in Bedford (T0.10)

PebblePad Version 5 Next steps will take place as follows;

  • 8th December between 9:30 – 12:00 in Luton (F304)
  • 13th December between 12:30 – 15:00 in Bedford (Library Training Suite 1)

Sign up here for the Introduction to PebblePad workshop and here for the PebblePad version 5 workshop.

CLE workshops December 11-15 2017

The Centre for Learning Excellence will be offering a number of workshops between 11th and 15th December in Luton and Bedford.

Sessions we are offering include;

Workshop Date Time Location
Leadership & Creativity in teaching 11/12/2017 12:30-15:00 Luton
Introduction to PebblePad version 5 12/12/2017 09:30-12:00 Bedford
UIF/CIF surgery 12/12/2017 10:00-12:00 Luton
PebblePad version 5: next steps 13/12/2017 12:00-15:00 Bedford
Course co-ordination 14/12/2017 09:30-12:00 Luton
Leadership & Creativity in teaching 14/12/2017 09:30-12:00 Bedford
Course co-ordination 15/12/2017 09:30-12:00 Bedford

If you would like to attend any of these workshops,  please visit our website for further information on booking a place.

 

Upcoming workshops Dec 4-8 2017

The Centre for Learning Excellence will be offering a number of workshops between 4th and 8th December in Luton and Bedford.

Sessions we are offering include;

Workshop Date Time Location
Introduction to PebblePad 04/12/2017 12:30-15:00 Luton
Object-based learning 05/12/2017 09:30-12:00 Luton
Object-based learning 06/12/2017 09:30-12:00 Bedford
Effective Assessment for Learning 06/12/2017 09:30-12:00 Luton
Effective Assessment for Learning 07/12/2017 09:30-12:00 Bedford
Writing for publication 07/12/2017 09:30-12:00 Luton
Writing for publication 07/12/2017 13:30-16:00 Bedford
PebblePad: next steps 08/12/2017 09:30-12:00 Luton

If you would like to attend any of these workshops,  please visit our website for further information on booking a place. Some will be repeated the following week (further details to follow).

If you have any questions, please email cle@beds.ac.uk.

HEA writing retreat

On Friday 1st December, we will be running a one-day writing retreat for colleagues wishing to focus on their HEA fellowship portfolio (Senior, Fellow and Associate).

The retreat is open to those who have previously registered on to the Experiential Portfolio Route,  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.

Please note, we have updated our guidance so please visit our BREO site at 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.

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 https://form.jotformeu.com/72411489713357 .

 

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

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.

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

4 ways to improve student retention

Colleagues may be interested in signing up for the following webinar, coming up soon:

4 ways to improve student retention – sign up here.

Making students feel included, engaged and listened to is a real challenge lecturers and teachers face and a hot topic in the education currently, which the April 2017 ‘What Works?’ HEA report highlighted.

We look at how technology can help create a sense of inclusion and belonging between students, but also make them feel they are being heard by their lecturers and teachers.

Join MeeToo’s Education Customer Success Manager, Amie, in this webinar to take a look at this report and discuss how Meetoo can help address some of the issues, covering the points below, and more:

  • Key takeaways from the latest ‘What Works?’ report
  • Supporting research carried out by Meetoo
  • How technology can help increase retention
  • Results seen from use of Meetoo within a leading UK university
  • Supporting success across an institution

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 pts@beds.ac.uk

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.

10 Days of Twitter returns!

Ever wondered if Twitter might be a useful tool for enhancing your teaching & learning, or developing your personal learning network? Not sure how to get started, or how it all works?

Ten Days of Twitter, or as it’s called in twitterspeak, #UoB10DoT will help you to learn to use Twitter from scratch, build up your network and join in the conversation in 10 days!

Twitter is in many ways very simple to use – it’s just a micro-blogging social media platform on which you can post 140 character ‘tweets’ which your followers can see, and you can follow other people to see what they’re sharing. Sounds easy, and in fact, setting up an account, following people and sending tweets is easy.

At first people are often very sceptical – what could you possibly say that was of any academic or professional value in 140 characters? And why would anyone care to know what you are saying? How could Twitter possibly enhance your work in any way, other than a fun way to distract yourself from real work? To find out, register to participate in Ten Days of Twitter running from Wednesday 10th May – Friday 19th May 2017.

Taking part and reaching certain milestones will also give you the chance to gain some badges, which can be displayed on your social media accounts, CV, email signature etc. as evidence of your achievements.

For more information, please contact averil.robertson@beds.ac.uk

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.

Upcoming webinars

You might be interested in taking part in these webinars.

17 February 2017, 12:30-14:00

Webinar 6: Enhancing access, retention, attainment and progression in higher education: A review of the literature showing demonstrable impact

See the description of this webinar below.  

Guest presenters from Plymouth University will present the findings of their recent literature review which presents a synthesis of literature (published since 2009) in each of the key student outcomes of access, retention, attainment, and progression.  The review locates and reviews a representative collection of empirical research that evidences demonstrable impact relating to each outcome, from which broad observations can be drawn about what works.

To book your place click here.

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Register for this webinar here: 

Student Interactive Response Systems – The benefits of going online

When? Thursday, 21st February 2017 at 11:00 (London time)

We hope you can join us for Meetoo’s next webinar with Senior Learning Technologist Mick Wood from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). 

Mick will be sharing his experiences of moving from clickers to online voting systems; why and how did they make the change and what benefits have they seen. How Meetoo is now used by lecturers across UCLan and the reactions they’ve got from lecturers and students in enabling more accessible active learning practices and measurement of learning.

 

 

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.

12 Apps of Christmas!

Are you interested in exploring which free mobile apps could help you in your teaching or supporting your students?

Would you like to take part in a fun, free, practical online course this December?

Then the 12 Apps of Christmas could be for you.

Last year, over 1000 participants from around the world took part in a new open course hosted by Regent’s University London – the 12 Apps of Christmas.  In just a few minutes a day, they learned about and tried out a range of free mobile apps with potential classroom use, built a community of practice, and had fun doing so.

The course was a success, winning the Credo Digital Information Literacy Award and inspiring people to run versions at other institutions.

Now, the original is back – better than ever! From 1st to 16th December 2016.

The 12 Apps of Christmas 2016 will offer a completely new range of carefully selected apps, while keeping to the same simple, entertaining formula which made it so successful last year. Expect guest posts, engaging hands-on activities, and a chance to be part of a friendly, enquiring community of educators worldwide.

And for those of you who took part last year – yes, we’re afraid the Christmas cracker jokes will be back…

To enrol on the 12 Apps of Christmas 2016, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/12AoC16

Watch the video here:

http://helixmedia.regents.ac.uk/Play/3360

Twitter: @12AoC #12AoC

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

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.

PTS Reviewer/Mentor Training

Throughout September and October, we are offering PTS Reviewers and PTS Mentors training sessions in Bedford and Luton.

Volunteering within the PTS will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to support others, network, be part of a growing teaching and learning community, strengthen your career and provide you with evidence which could be used in your own future PTS application. Please see below for dates, times, locations and booking information.

PTS Reviewers Training

26 Sep – 10:00 – 12:00 –  Bedford

18 Oct – 13:00 – 15:00 – Luton

To book, please go to https://form.jotformeu.com/62512973735360

PTS Mentors Training

4 Oct – 13:00 – 15:00 – Luton

6 Oct – 10:00 – 12:00 – Bedford

To book, please go to https://form.jotformeu.com/62513529855361

Online Learning taster course

The CLE’s short course on using the tools in BREO to enhance your online teaching will be running again from September 12th. The course lasts for 2 weeks and is held entirely online, apart from a class webinar on the evening of Wednesday 21st.

If you want some ideas for using discussion boards, blogs, journals, and more, with your students, this would be a good introduction – and it won’t take up a great deal of your time. There are several activities, but you can move at your own pace and catch up at your convenience.

For more information, please email pts@beds.ac.uk

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.