21 March 4pm Scrymgeour Building Room 2.12
The first in the series of talks arranged by the new Teaching Innovation & Learning Enhancement (TILE) network at the University of Dundee will be presented by Mark Healy, Deputy Head, St Andrews High School, Coatbridge. TILE aims to bring people from different disciplines and sectors together to discuss ways to improve education using evidence-based findings. It is a network of academics at uni, teachers at schools, educational developers, and science communicators. Learn more
In this talk, Mark will ask: What do we mean by an evidence base in education? Who gets to decide the canon of knowledge that sits behind the choice of evidence and why?
For example, why do aspects of Cognitive Psychology seem to reflect the zeitgeist of evidence base in schools, but perhaps not sociology, philosophy or anthropology? Why Cognitive Psychology and not Social Psychology or humanistic lenses on learning and teaching?
Mark will highlight some of the processes and scaffolds they have put in place at his secondary school and then also widen the dialogue to assert that reductionism to a sole lens of Cognitive Psychology may be helpful, but does not fully embrace all factors that influence effective approaches to learning and teaching.
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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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.
More information and registration here
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.
Full information available here
Try something new this January with 5 days of connecting, communicating, curating, collaborating and creating with colleagues from across the UK and the rest of the world, beginning 16th January.
BYOD4L is a bite-size facilitated open course offered over 5 days for educators and students in HE but also anybody else who would like to learn with us as to how we can utilise our digital devices for professional, lifelong and lifewide learning.
Full details here
This is a fantastic resource drawn from the Educational Development community, collated by the Teaching Commons @ York
In the format of a cookbook, there are Starters (ice breakers), Main Courses (ideas for workshops and events) and Desserts (ways to obtain feedback or evaluation). Lorraine Anderson from CASTLE and Gaye Manwaring (ESW) have both contributed to this innovative collection of ideas.
Access the cookbook here
Friday, 7 October 2016 from 10:00 to 17:00
Scrymgeour Hall in the Scrymgeour Building, Park Place
Taking social innovation as its focus, this event will break the usual symposium format – it will be interactive, dynamic and open – and will look at the successes and challenges of social innovation in the 21st century. With speakers from both academia and the wider professional network, expect to be inspired and astonished!
This free symposium is open to all staff and students with an interest in finding out more about this exciting area, and includes all refreshments, lunch and a wine reception.
Booking essential through EventBrite
This Symposium is hosted by CASTLE in partnership with the RSA Scotland and the SiE