Sonia Bussey and Dr Jo Matthan are the first successful recipients of the NUTELA Small Grants Fund. The fund was set up this academic year with the aim of helping colleagues explore and embed technology-enhanced practices into their learning and teaching.
Sonia will be using the funds to support her submission to the Three Rivers Conference where she will be delivering a ‘show and tell’ session to introduce delegates to Adobe Connect web-conferencing software as an innovative platform to support student learning at distance.
Joanna is going to be attending the International Conference AMEE to present the results of The Darkside of Technology Enhanced Learning in Medical Education.
“I am delighted to be one of the first applicants to receive a NUTELA small grant. It will allow me to explore technology-enhanced practices utilised elsewhere, disseminate some of the experiences we have gleaned from our project to a wider audience and help evaluate practices that I hope will enhance the overall student experience. The grant is an important statement to those of us on the shop-floor and, on a very practical level, illustrates that Newcastle University values even the small-scale projects we do to promote innovation in technology-enhanced learning and to evaluate the real implications of these innovations for staff and students.”
Dr Jo Matthan, School of Medical Education
Key in the success of both applications were the plans to disseminate outputs of the activities with colleagues across the University so look out for updates over the coming months.
Interested in applying?
Small Grant Fund applications are welcomed at any time of the year with a final deadline of 1st June 2018 for the 2017-18 academic year.
Applications could cover a wide range of activities, including : attending or presenting at conferences, visiting other institutions or organisations to identify new approaches or practices, and trials of new software for teaching and learning. NUTELA are also interested to hear from staff about their ideas so please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
You can find full details about the small grants fund including the application form and guidance notes at: https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/ltdev/2017/01/07/nutela/