‘We need to talk about happiness’ … Eduzone, 18th October


‘We need to talk about happiness’ … is the proposition from our first speaker, Dr Ruth Cigman, Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy of Education at the Institute of Education, London, at our next meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society, Dundee branch, on 18th October. Dr Cigman’s work is in ethics and the philosophy of education, with special reference to literature, emotion and the nature of thinking. Her recently published works focus on what it is to live well and to think about living well. Ruth has also written about philosophy of music, animal ethics, disability, and medical education.

Our second speaker is Euan Macpherson. Euan has broad experience of working at school, further and higher education levels and his presentation will focus on Consciousness-based Education, the significance of which is that it recognises three components to the philosophy (and delivery) of education, where standard educational practice traditionally recognises one. Consciousness-based Education is not currently being delivered in Scotland and Euan’s discussion of this topic is therefore timely and apposite.

Everyone welcome – colleagues and students – and you don’t need to be a philosopher to be able to contribute to and enjoy the discussion. Just someone with a lively mind and an interest in the world of education.

We supply the refreshments – and we would be delighted if you could bring a friend along to enjoy the speakers and the discussion. Please register with inspirED@dundee.ac.uk if you would like to come along so that we can cater appropriately. Thank you.

Saturday 18th October – Eduzone – Main Library

10 am – refreshments and an opportunity to chat informally with colleagues

10.30 – Dr Ruth Cigman, Institute of Education, London – working title ‘We need to talk about happiness’

12 noon – Euan Macpherson, Consciousness-based Education

1pm – close

Dr Lorraine Anderson FRSA FHEA
Secretary, Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) Dundee branch

Student Transitions

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The new Enhancement Theme is ‘Student Transitions’. What does this mean to you and your students? Where should the University focus its activities under the Theme?

Join the conversation and share examples of transitions from your area of practice.

Date for your diary –inspirED seminar on ‘Student Transitions’ 28th October 12.30-2pm.


Embedding Employability into the Curriculum – University Place Secured in HEA Initiative

Susan Buckman, Linda Walker (both ESWCE) and Lorraine Anderson (CASTLE), working with DUSA and the Careers Service, have been successful in their joint bid  to take part in the latest Higher Education Academy (HEA) Strategic Enhancement Programme.

The University has been offered a place on the HEA Embedding Employability into the Curriculum programme and the initiative will build on the excellent work already being carried out by Susan and her colleagues in relation to the development of placements, including international opportunities, for initial teacher education (ITE) students . The aim is to enhance the student experience, as well as contributing to the development of enterprising and internationally-minded professionals, who can work within a global society.




Save the Date! DLF dates for the new semester

The Distance Learning Forum is up and running again for the new academic year and kicks off this Thursday, 18 September, with a pecha kucha style session on Approaches to Student Induction (14.00-16.00 hrs – Dalhousie 1G10).

Dates for future meetings as follows

Tuesday 11.11.14
Thursday 12.02.15
Tuesday 05.05.14

Aileen McGuigan & Linda Martindale, co-conveners, invite you to join in the discussion and share your own induction experiences this Thursday and to keep in touch with the DLF at http://blog.dundee.ac.uk/knowledge/

Perspectives on Practice – Teaching Excellence at Dundee University

The Teaching Awards special issue of Highlighter will be hitting your desks next week but here is a sneak preview.  I’m sure you’ll agree that this is an excellent reflection of the enthusiastic and inspiring teaching that takes place across the institution. Look out soon for a new CASTLE series of seminars, interviews and resources – Perspectives on Practice – that will support dissemination of good practice from the award winners and provide an opportunity for you to engage with and contribute to the University’s shared knowledge base on excellence in teaching.


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Dr Lorraine Anderson


Last chance to register for eAssessment Scotland 2014!

It’s only 10 days to the largest conference dedicated to technology enhanced assessment practice in the UK; eAssessment Scotland, now in its 6th year, welcomes speakers from around the country to the sunny Dundee to share their experiences of eAssessment. We’re delighted to have Mark Glynn, Dublin City University and Peter Reed, University of Liverpool delivering keynotes and a host of seminars, workshops and presentations to choose from.

Although sessions are filling up rapidly, we still have spaces for:

• Open Badges in Open Education – Do They Count? – Martin Hawksey, Association for Learning Technology
• Adaptive Comparative Judgement – Gavin McCabe & Nora Mogey, University of Edinburgh
• Virtual Patients – Paul Chapman, Glasgow School of Art
• The Bedford College Moodle GradeTracker and Other Stories – Roy Currie, Bedford College
• My Portfolio Turned Out to Be More than Just an Assessment … – Libs Browne, University of York

And if that wasn’t enough, we have a free Online Programme running from the 8th – 19th of September. This includes an exciting line-up of international presentations organised by our partners from Transforming Assessment.

Register now for eAssessment Scotland 2014

Inspiring Teaching, Transforming Learning

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The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has undergone something of a revamp recently. This includes their website so if you have not yet had the chance, do have a look at it  https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/
Were you involved in the consultation on the re-developed website? If so, I’d be interested to hear from you. The latest update from the HEA includes a number of publications of potential interest including two on Mathematical Transitions; a new Internationalising HE Framework which considers ways in which we can support students’ skills development as global citizens; and a focus on the Future of Flexible Learning by Ron Barnett from the Institute of Education, which proposes ‘15 conditions of flexibility’ across the sector.  The CASTLE blog will focus on a selection of these publications over coming weeks.  More on the latest HEA update is available from here: http://tinyurl.com/l8rmn8t
Dr Lorraine Anderson,  Head of CASTLE

Finding a Focus on Academic Literacies?

Discussing the ‘what’s in a name’ with a colleague we began to focus our thinking on ‘academic literacies’ as a top level concept that can provide a framework to incorporate digital capabilities, numeracy, literacy, etc. A number of current projects and developing ideas across the institution could be brought together as part of this framework including the work done by the LLC digital literacies team on a programme-level mapping exercise to establish areas which would benefit from further digital literacies input. Also the ideas of the ‘numerate campus’ group to develop students’ capabilities in working with statistics within their own disciplinary context. A baseline for academic literacies could be developed including self-evaluation tests, toolkits and resources, for staff and students, with ongoing development opportunities for individuals at all levels. I feel another CASTLE project coming on.

Dr Lorraine Anderson, Head of CASTLE

CASTLE literacies; What’s in a name?

One of the key strands of CASTLE’s work that crosses all areas of the partnership is our focus on the development of a range of ‘literacies’; skills that will be useful for both students and staff in an academic context, workplace environment and social settings. Or do I mean ‘attributes’ rather than ‘skills’? And what about the literacies themselves, which seem to grow in number on regular basis. Are information literacies a thing of the past and we should be referring to digital literacies? And what about visual literacies – and assessment literacies, which I heard mention of at a recent event. I guess what I’m asking is to what extent these labels are useful in helping us to understand the complexity of graduate literacies (there’s another one for you) or potentially inhibit engagement as students encounter yet another ‘literacy’ to be learned.

Dr Lorraine Anderson, Head of CASTLE