May 2018 Learning and Teaching Newsletter

Advance HE continuing to support the HEA Fellowship network

As you’ll probably have seen in the press Advance HE is the new agency formed from the merger of the Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

However your Fellowship post-nominals to demonstrate Fellowship status: AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA will stay the same. If you’re just going through the process of applying for fellowship, it too is not changing and our accreditation for programmes is continuing.

New or innovative approaches to Learning and Teaching

The ULTSEC Innovation fund provides a fantastic opportunity for you to propose and develop projects with real benefit to learning.

The final deadlines for 2017/18 are approaching quickly but there is still time to apply:
Strategic project proposal submission deadline: Monday 21 May at 4pm
Responsive project proposal  submission deadline: Wednesday 30 May at 4pm

Last year’s successful projects included :
Game-enhanced learning in biological sciences This project is focused on game-enhanced learning with biological subject content with scope to consider the teaching of more transferable skills (e.g. referencing format).
NU InterComs – Developing Intercultural Competence in the University Community: An action research project Using the latest research in intercultural communication, this project will create an active space to work with our home and international staff/students that will enhance everyone’s intercultural competence and deliver an inclusive learning experience.

Please take a look at the summary of funded projects  from 2016/17. You can find full guidance and application forms on the LTDS website but if you have any questions please get in touch

Student research success at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research

Thirteen Newcastle University students brilliantly represented all three faculties and their own research at this year’s British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR).

Read more on the LTDS blog

Evidencing Teaching Excellence as part of promotion applications – Writing workshop
This workshop is for academic staff thinking of applying for promotion in whole or in part on the basis of their teaching.

The focus of the workshop is on helping participants to write the best application they can

Monday 4 June 12:00-14:00
Friday 8 June 12:00-14:00

Team-Based Learning

The European Team-Based Learning Community (ETBLC) are holding three Masterclasses in the afternoon of Monday 4 June at the University of Sussex.

Professor Danny McLaughlin, School of Medical Education, Newcastle University will be a presenter on one of the Masterclasses:
Team-Based Learning: Developing Effective Facilitation Skills and Best Practices for Using Peer Evaluation to Optimise Active and Collaborative Learning

To find out more and book a place please visit the Eventbrite booking page

Upcoming Workshops and Development Opportunities

– Role of the Degree Programme Director (DPD)- Student and Programme Management Issues Wednesday 9 May 09:00-12:00

– Role of Chair of Board of Examiners Friday 18 May 09:00-16:00

– Using Blackboard at Newcastle University Monday 21 May 14:00-16:00

-Online Stage Evaluation Workshop Tuesday 22 May 10:30-12:00

Turnitin and GDPR Webinar

10 May 2018
1pm- 1:45

Turnitin are running this webinar to cover the impact of GDPR on Turnitin and its customers and to explain what they have been doing to ensure GDPR compliance.

Find out more and register on the turnitin website 

Featured Blog Post

Could ‘spaced learning’ work in higher education?

Dr Paul Hubbard, School of Medical Education explains how he will be trialing this in the MBBS curriculum.
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