Using ‘memory palaces’ to improve recall

With exams around the corner, suggest that your students take a leaf out of Sherlock’s book  and use this technique, invented by the ancient Greeks, to improve their memories!

Have a look at this interesting recent article in The Guardian, discussing research by Dutch and German neuroscientists around…now, what was it again?

Image: (Benedict_Cumberbatch_filming_Sherlock.jpg) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Still time to submit a poster proposal for QAA International Student Transitions Conference!

The deadline for posters has been extended until 7th April.

This is a great opportunity to be part of the largest learning and teaching conference in the UK, which is taking place in Glasgow on the 6-8th June. You will be able to showcase examples of: institutional strategy; policy and practice work; projects addressing student engagement; and inter-institutional collaboration and developments in learning and teaching practice linked to enhancing the student experience.
More information from the conference website

Transitions Skills and Strategies – free webinar series and resources

QAA Scotland is running a series of highly-relevant 30-minute lunchtime webinars exploring resources created as part of the Transition Skills and Strategies project 2014-16. As part of the project, resources were created which aim to provide information about transition strategies. It also provides HE staff with materials they can use to run group or one-to-one sessions with students who may be struggling with transitions.

The resources cover the following transition skills:

  • Self-belief (self-efficacy)
  • Self-management of expectations
  • Critical self-reflection
  • Academic resilience
  • Mindset
  • Time management.

Webinars are available for student support staff; teaching staff; students’ association staff; staff that deal with student inductions; and curriculum and programme management staff. Each will explore how the package can be used in day-to-day work with students and assist their transitions.

To register and find out more, visit the Enhancement website

Creating Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education – UWS conference

Registration is now open for the International Higher Education Teaching & Learning Association’s conference taking place at the University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, 28th – 30th June 2017.

With keynote speakers including Professor Lorraine Stefani (University of Auckland) and Professor Mandla Makhanya, Principal, University of South Africa, this conference will explore new developments in inclusion and diversity in higher education from around the world.

More information here

HEA Transforming Assessment In Higher Education Symposia

HEA RGB portrait logoA series of symposia will be taking place in York in Spring 2017:

Assessment literacy – Wed 8 March

Technology enabled/electronically managed assessment – Wed 12 April

Enhancing student engagement through assessment – Wed 24 May

Submissions are currently being invited for these. See the call for contributions flyer for full details: HEA Transforming Assessment Symposia Series_Flier

A new module from CASTLE

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This semester sees the pilot delivery of a new module as part of the Student Transition Enhancement Programme for University Progress (STEP UP), run by CASTLE in collaboration with Academic Schools and DUSA. STEP UP aims to improve and enhance students’ experience as they transition from further to higher education, using the underlying philosophy of Becoming, Being & Belonging. A group of Associate students from Dundee & Angus College is currently undertaking the module prior to their entry into Year Two of their degree programmes in both the School of Humanities and DJCAD. We’ll evaluate and report on the module at a future date. More information from castle@dundee.ac.uk

How to Fail Your Research Degree Workshop

serious games

Wednesday 15 March, 14.00-15.30

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

In this workshop, Daisy Abbott of Glasgow School of Art will run an award-winning  serious game on “How to Fail Your Research Degree”. You will have the chance to play the game, and discuss how game-based learning can be effective in embedding research skills into practice. Whether you are a member of staff supervising student research, or a master’s or PhD student yourself, you will take away a better awareness of the risks and pitfalls that can affect a research degree, and the academic skills and activities required for success (or failure!).

To register, email capadmin@qmu.ac.uk

New to the concept of Serious Games? They offer a fun way to learn, and there is growing research into how games can be used in higher education (click here for an example)