Evaluation, Evidence and Enhancement conference 2018- deadline for proposals 12th January

Proposals are invited for next year’s Enhancement Theme conference. Closing date 12th January 2018.

You can submit a proposal for a paper presentation, workshop or lightning talk on one of the 4 broad conference tracks:

  1. Navigating the data landscape
  2. Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to enhance student retention, attainment and employability
  3.  Finding effective evidence for prompting student engagement in their learning
  4. Evaluating improvements in the student experience

For more information see the conference website

Call for Papers- University of Stirling L & T conference April 2018

Our collegues in Stirling have just announced the Call for Papers for their annual Learning and Teaching conference ‘Seeing things differently: learning, teaching and assessment practices in higher education’, which will take place at the University of Stirling on April 18th 2018.  The keynote address will be provided by Siân Bayne, Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, and also Assistant Principal for Digital Education www.sianbayne.net

Please click on the link below for the Call and all additional information. The deadline for abstracts is the 20th December 2017.

https://www.stir.ac.uk/ltconference/callforabstracts/

This is always a worthwhile conference and we would encourage you to submit and/or attend!

Working towards fellowship of the HEA?

Professors Phil Race and Sally Brown have just released an updated version of a document with all the details of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) details as currently on the HEA website. This is a useful at-a-glance guide, especially for those working towards the various levels of Fellowship of the HEA.

Phil suggests printing it onto A3 for best results!

Phil Race UKPSF_HEA

As a result of this, Dr Sophie Bessant, University of Keele, has shared a document which lists requirements of each level/category of Fellowship to help you establish which level to aim for.

Which category of fellowship_Nov17

Did you know that the Academic Skills Centre can support you in your application and are running several sessions specifically regarding this? Check our events page for the latest details.

Academic Skills Quick Query Drop-in service

Did you know that the Academic Skills Centre has just started a Quick Query Drop-in service for students?

Tutors will be available from 9-10am, every weekday except Wednesday in the ASC Zone, opposite the Main Library cafe.

Please do promote this to your students. If their query is more in-depth, direct them to our webpages, where they can request a one-to-one appointment.

Evidence for Enhancement

The sector’s new Enhancement Theme – ‘Evidence for Enhancement: Improving the Student Experience’ – was launched earlier this month in Edinburgh. Our VP(LT), Prof Karl Leydecker, is leading the Theme and you can read about his thoughts on it in Wonkhe. It’s early days yet for any detailed information on the direction that the Theme will take but an initial overview paper has been produced by QAA Scotland Evidence for Enhancement.

Interested in getting involved in this Theme? Contact our staff lead for the Theme – Aliki Varvogli a.varvogli@dundee.ac.uk

Reflecting on proxies for quality learning

SEDA Spring Teaching and Learning and Assessment Conference Leeds, 10-11 May 2018

The SEDA residentials are always great events for networking and picking up ideas on innovative practice that works. This conference will look at ‘how we can both understand and improve [the student] experience in ways which may offer more fundamental educational advantages than the simple metrics of systems like the NSS and the TEF’. Always of interest but very timely for the Scottish sector with the launch of the new Enhancement Theme focusing on evidence-based practice.

We do lots of great stuff at Dundee – why not think about sharing that good practice at this event? The call for contributions closes on 30 October https://www.seda.ac.uk/events/info/468/call-for-contributions

 

Graduate Attributes in Higher Education – book launch

Over 25 staff attended the launch yesterday of a new book  Graduate Attributes in Higher Education. Attitudes on Attributes from Across the Disciplines edited by former colleague Carey Normand and Lorraine Anderson, head of CASTLE. It features contributions from current and former colleagues from across the University of Dundee.

Contributors to the book

The book focuses on graduate attributes through a number of lenses: Learning, Adaptable, Self-Aware, Resilient, Agile, Empathic, Ethical, Professional, Digital and Reflexive. Utilising a mix of cases studies and theoretical frameworks, each graduate attribute is explored within the current context of higher education and a range of questions posed, including:

  • Are programmes of study which claim ‘postgraduate’ attributes providing something further, deeper or enhanced in comparison with (under) graduate attributes – or just more of the same?
  • In a culture of lifelong and lifewide learning, are graduate attributes simply a starting point – a launch pad for future and ongoing development required for a world of increasing complexity?
  • How can we embed graduate attributes in curricula that are relevant to this world of inter-disciplinarity and inter-professional working?

Practical guidance is provided at the end of each chapter on working with students and curricula to support deeper and more meaningful approaches to engagement with graduate attributes. The book is available to buy from Amazon now  – highly recommended 🙂

Top Tools for Learning 2016

Sorry, a few months late, but a great resource to dip into!

Jane Hart has been compiling the Top 100 Tools for Learning from the votes of learning professionals worldwide annually since 2007. Last year she did a special  Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016 selected from the votes of 1,238 learning professionals worldwide.

Some new additions for this year:

Zoom – unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform.

Grammarly – Grammarly lets you check for 250 types of grammatical, spelling, and punctuation mistakes – as well as for plagiarism

Lynda – Lynda offers thousands of courses to acquire software, creative, and business skills. (all University staff and students have free access to the courses on Lynda – sign in with University username and password)

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