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 email@example.com
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.
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 🙂
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)
Formulating excellence in inclusive learning, teaching and assessment practice: have we reached the tipping point in higher education?
Thursday 11 May 2017
Day Delegate Rate: £45.00
This conference presents an opportunity to discuss and learn about hands-on approaches to inclusive learning, teaching and assessment practices. Delegates will hear about cutting edge approaches to support and will have an opportunity to consider how they move ahead with implementation of inclusive principles in their own organisations.
Please alert your students to these drop-in sessions taking place:
Where: CASTLE Zone, Main Library
When: 7th March – 31st March and 24th April – 28th April between 12noon and 2pm
What: Academic Skills tutors will be available to discuss effective techniques and stategies for both revision and exams, and address any concerns that your students may have in a supportive and helpful environment.
The University of Stiring has extended an invitation for external academics to attend its annual L & T conference. Subjects include student engagement, transitions and employability, and at only £35 for externals attendees, it will be well worth attending.
With a mission statement to ‘…develop insights, ideas and artefacts that lead to compelling new experiences for digital living.’, the Human Experience & Design team at Microsoft try to improve humans’ experience with computing.
Their recent post on Social Devices, concerning how people can work over multiple devices, is worth a look.
Learning Through Collaboration, July 20-21st 2017, University of Sheffield.
Call for Contributions
There is significant evidence to suggest that collaborative teaching enhances the student learning experience; the conference team welcomes contributions from Teaching-Focussed Academics to share their practice and experiences of collaborative teaching.