April 2018 Learning and Teaching Newsletter

Vice-Chancellor’s Education Excellence Awards

Applications are now open for the all-new Vice-Chancellor’s Education Excellence Awards – a chance to recognise the exceptional contributions of staff who teach or support students’ learning.

The awards are open to all members of staff, academic and professional services, individuals and teams who have made a marked impact on enhancing our students’ educational experience.
Groups of colleagues who work closely together are invited to apply for the newly-established team award.

For details of the revised criteria, and application process, please see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ltds/funding/vc/

Deadline for applications: Wednesday the 25th April

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES will open on Monday 16 April and run until Friday 15 June.

PTES is the only national survey of postgraduate taught students’ experience of learning and teaching. The results will allow you to compare students’ experience of postgraduate programmes both internally and against the sector and groups of institutions.

The survey is also an opportunity for students to voice their opinion and to be partners in developing the postgraduate learning experience. Information gathered helps us to demonstrate the quality of taught postgraduate degree programmes and show commitment to postgraduate education.

Please do all that you can to promote it. The more students that take part the better the picture we will get of the taught postgraduate experience at Newcastle.

To find out more about PTES this year, visit http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ltds/student/opinion/PTES/ or contact newcastlestudentsurveys@ncl.ac.uk

Learning and Teaching Conference 2018
Thank You and Resources

Thank you to all colleagues who attended, presented , and chaired sessions at this year’s Learning and Teaching Conference. It was great to see over 200 staff from professional services, all faculties and campuses sharing ideas about learning and teaching.

For those that couldn’t make it, or those who want to review some of the resources, please visit our conference website where we have a number of ReCap recordings and presentations from the day.

This includes Dr Camille Kandiko Howson from King’s College London presenting about Learning Gain, Newcastle University Students’ Union reflecting on partnership and academic representation and a range of presentations and lightning talks exploring the four key themes of the Draft Education Strategy.

Well done to winners of the poster competition and the NUTELA award. View full details of the winners and their projects on our website.

Next year’s conference will be held on 3 April 2019, sign up for the reminder service here

Box of Broadcasts – Reminder of terms of licence

Box of Broadcasts provides access to over two million programmes from over 60 TV and radio channels that can be used in your teaching. It includes most of the UK’s freeview network, all BBC TV and radio content from 2007, and several foreign language channels. You can view archived programmes, record new ones, and create clips and playlists.

Staff are reminded that the service is provided under the terms of the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) licence and therefore recordings can only be accessed from within the UK. The full Terms and Conditions can be seen at https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/help.php/termsandconditions

If you are interested in using the service we recommend viewing the short video tutorials to help you get started and if you require further assistance please contact ltds@ncl.ac.uk

ULTSEC Innovation Fund- Remaining deadlines this academic year

There is still time to apply for funding for projects with real benefit to learning, teaching, and the student experience. Past projects have also offered stepping stones to other internal and external learning and teaching opportunities and funding.For more information: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ltds/funding/teaching/

Responsive project proposal submission deadlines
Spring – Thursday 12th April 2018 4pm
Summer – Wednesday 30th May 2018 4pm
Strategic project proposal submission deadlines
Semester 2: Monday 21st May 2018 4pm

Education Research Seminar: Approaches and tools for Internationalisation at home in higher education

Tuesday 17th April, 2018
KGVI Howden Room, 1-2.30 p.m.
Dr Joana Almeida and Professor Sue Robson

Find out more about this seminar from this blog post. This seminar series is organised by the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Are you thinking of applying for promotion in whole or in part on the basis of your teaching?

Book in for a one to one consultation to discuss how you might most effectively gather and present your own evidence of excellent teaching.

Half hour appointments available on Tuesday 17th and Tuesday 24th April

Email LTDS@ncl.ac.uk or find out more from this blog post

Martin Weller: The Digital Scholar webinar

Monday 30th April
09:30-11:00 (Registration from 09:00)

Find out more and sign up

Featured Case Study

Staff view Dr Helen Stringer, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, describes how she successfully used class generated content in a Professional Issues module in this case study

Interested in a student view? Find out what Sarah Atkinson, a student on this module, thought from this blog post.

Upcoming Workshops and Development Opportunities

– Readiness for HEA Fellowship (D1/D2/D3) Tuesday 10 April 14:00-16:00

– Interpreting Originality Reports webinar
Wednesday 11th April 10:00-10:20 or 14:00-14:20

– Getting started with OMBEA Teaching Room Response System
Wednesday 11 April 2018 10:00-11:30

-Introduction to Turnitin Feedback Studio-Webinar
Friday 13 April 2018 10:00-10:30

– Online Evaluations- New User Workshop Tuesday 17 April 2018 10:00-11:30

-Role of the Degree Programme Director (DPD)- Board of Studies (BoS) and Quality Assurance Friday 20 April 2018 09:00-12:00

-Blackboard Grade Centre Basics Webinar Monday 23 April 2018 10:00-10:20

– Evidencing Teaching Excellence as part of promotion applications- Writing workshop Monday 30 April 2018 12:00-14:00

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