learningandteachingconference2012

Learning and Teaching Conference, 4th - 6th July 2012

The 2012 Teaching and Learning Conference used the five Coherent Curriculum themes as its starting point.  These themes are:

"Speaking as a new member of staff, this event has been very timely!  Interested and engaging presenters, key topics and good opportunity to ask questions.  Well organised event.  Many thanks!"

  1. Assessment and feedback
  2. Research-informed teaching
  3. Student skills and employability
  4. Student Engagement
  5. Student Induction

The Conference recognised and shared work across the institution in preparation for the Newcastle Offer commitments as we move towards 2012/13. Scroll down this page for ReCap recordings, slides, contact information and other resources from the event.

Wednesday 4th July 2012

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Using Social media in your teaching: what works and what do we need to do to maximise the benefits for student learning?

ReCap recording

Coherent Curriculum theme: student engagement

This session was about the specific use of social media in teaching. The University's general guidelines for the use of social media are available online.

Jonathan Galloway (Law) - slides
Sue Dobson and David Peck (NUBS) - slides
Franck Michel (Modern Languages) and Helen Lowther (QuILT) - slides

Mei-Yen Chan (Food and Human Nutrition) and her students have set up a project using Facebook to help BSc students on the Singapore and Newcastle campuses to interact with each other. Their video interview is now available online - technical delays prevented us showing this at the Conference.

Round table discussion: Research-informed teaching. 

ReCap recording

A multi-stranded definition of what research-informed teaching at Newcastle University is, and what this looks like in practice, was out for consultation at the time of this session.  This was an opportunity to discuss each strand in its own right, and together as a multi-stranded definition.  Are these principles clear?  Do they allow for the breadth of practice at NU?  Round table discussion: Research-informed teaching. 

Coherent Curriculum theme: research-informed teaching

Simon Pallett, Undergraduate Dean of HaSS Faculty - notes
Armelle Tardiveau, Architecture, Planning & Landscape - slides
Lee Fawcett, Mathematics & Statistics
Grace Barker, (Combined Honours)/ Kathryn Dalziel (Combined Honours student)- YouTube clip

Lindsey Ferrie (Biomedical Sciences) and her students have made short videos showing the student experience of research-informed teaching. Their videos about the lab assistant scheme and research-informed teaching are now available online - technical delays prevented us showing this at the Conference.

Ethics: How do we introduce professional ethics into the curriculum and for what purpose?

Coherent Curriculum theme: skills and employability

Sue Haile and Kea-Cheng Tan (CEAM) - slides (SH) / slides (KCT)
Sandra Salin (Modern Languages) - slides
Elaine Hall (Education)
Tom Bramald (Civil Engineering and Geosciences) - slides

 

Thursday 5th July 2012

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Engaging students in taught sessions.

This session highlighted ways in which staff actively involve students in taught sessions.

ReCap recording

Coherent Curriculum theme: student engagement

Georgina Carr (Biomedical Sciences) - slides
Katie Wray (SAgE) - slides
Colin Ashurst (NUBS) - slides
Peter Hoare (Chemistry)

Student representation: what Course Reps and Student-Staff Committees have achieved, and practical ways to work in partnership with them.

Coherent Curriculum theme: student engagement

Click here for information on University policies and support for student representation.

The NUSU website includes information for staff involved in Staff Student Committees. Click the "information for staff" link on the right hand side.

Liam Dale (NUSU Education Officer) and George Watkins (NUSU Representation and Democracy Coordinator) - slides

Peer mentoring: different perspectives on establishing, embedding, and researching peer mentoring schemes.

ReCap recordings

Coherent Curriculum themes: student induction; student engagement

Colin Bryson (Combined Honours) - slides
Patrick Rosenkranz (Psychology) - slides
David Walker (Politics) - slides
Grace Barker (Combined Honours)

 

Friday 6th July 2012

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Interactive assessment and feedback. This session highlighted examples of how students are supported to be active participants in the assessment of and feedback processes around their work, including both course work and exams.

ReCap recording

Coherent Curriculum themes: assessment and feedback; student engagement

For more information on different theories of learning and teaching click here.

Jessica Jung and Darrin Beattie(Careers Service) - slides
Kate Reader (City University and the Making Assessment Count Consortium) - slides - MapMyProgramme.com
Vicki Bruce (Psychology) - slides
Steve Herron (INTO NU)
Colin Murray (Law) - text
Debbie Bevitt (Biomedical Sciences) - slides

Keynote session: Updating our Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Strategy.

Newcastle University's mission is 'to deliver teaching and facilitate learning of the highest quality' and our existing LTSE Strategy sets out our aspirations to enrich students' experience of higher education. This keynote session gave an opportunity to reflect on our existing LTSE Strategy and discuss how best to update it as we move towards 2012/13.

Suzanne Cholerton, PVC for Learning and Teaching - slides - keynote plenary

Post-keynote networking, discussion, and information session.

An informal opportunity took place to discuss learning and teaching issues, and to find out more about current learning and teaching projects at Newcastle University including:

  • EquATE (Equal Acclaim for Teaching Excellence) posters of past projects
  • Teaching and Learning Spaces Steering Group
  • ePortfolio for UG and PGT students
  • ReCap lecture capture
  • Blackboard
  • Reward and recognition of achievement in teaching - Steve McHanwell
  • MSED (Medical Sciences Education Development) – IT teaching and support offered by Rebecca McCready http://fms-itskills.ncl.ac.uk

Resources from last year's conference are also available.

"Very stimulating session & really interesting ideas" "Found the 'teaching through research' session interesting - always good to find out what others are doing"

Any queries please contact the Conference team:
Lydia Wysocki (QuILT)

Rosalind Beaumont (SDU)

Sue Gill (QuILT)

Ashleigh Cummins (QuILT)