June 2018 Learning and Teaching Newsletter

Information gathering: future demand for online exams and in course tests

The eAssessment and Feedback Steering Group are currently gathering information about potential demand for online exams and in course tests in the next 5 years.

We are asking all colleagues who are interested in introducing a new online exam (whether for a new module, or a change to assessment method in a current module) to complete a short online form for each potential new exam.

The information collected will be used to gauge demand and assist in planning future provision.

Guidelines for Degree Programme Handbooks 2018-19

The guidelines for degree programme handbooks for 2018/19 are ready and have been published on the LTDS website

The web pages that hold an electronic alternative to sections of the handbook have also been updated and you can also access these on the LTDS website

There were  a number of updates to sections from various contributors. Information on the first page of the guidelines document lets you know which sections have changed to support you in updating your documentation.

If you need any further information please get in touch with LTDS@ncl.ac.uk 

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) will close on Friday 15 June 2018.

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 groups of institutions so to make changes that better meet their future needs.

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 encourage students to complete the survey.  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

Updates to Centrally Supported AV Facilities that will be happening during Summer 2018

A brief summary of the changes are listed below:

  • VGA connections will be replaced with HDMI connectivity in all supported spaces
  • Wireless Presentation will be rolled out to refurbished and new rooms via a product called ‘Solstice’
  • All spaces will now provide widescreen images (16:9 aspect ratio) instead of the older square images (4:3 aspect ratio)
  • PCs in centrally supported Teaching Spaces will be updated to Windows 10 and Office 2016.  Further details about the Windows 10 update can be found on the intranet

For more details on the changes, please follow the link below:

Any queries regarding these changes, please email IT.ServiceDesk@newcastle.ac.uk

3Ps: Pizza, Pop and Practice

Weeding and Seeding for The New Teaching Year

-Find out about the new reading lists system where you can review, edit and update your reading lists online

-cleaning up Blackboard, getting rid of the deadheads and exploring ways of adding value with collaboration tools, groups and tests

Thursday 5th July 12:00-14:00
Room 152, Philip Robinson Library

There will be lots of time to try things out and pizza and pop will be provided. If you would like to reserve a place, please sign up using this online form
Look forward to seeing you there.

E-assessment in Mathematical Sciences 2018 conference

The Numbas team is organising and hosting the international conference on E-Assessment in Mathematical Sciences (EAMS) here at Newcastle on 28th – 30th August 2018.

The conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners with an interest in e-assessment for mathematics and the sciences, with an emphasis on enabling attendees to have a go at creating material, and getting an opportunity to share expertise directly.

The conference is free to Newcastle delegates (£75 external delegates) and includes a conference dinner.

To find out more information and to book your place please visit the LTDS Blog

Upcoming Workshops and Development Opportunities

-Evidencing Teaching Excellence as part of promotions applications- Writing Workshop 8th June 2018 12:00-14:00

-Responding to Vulnerable Students, Monday 11th June, 14:00-17:00

Advance HE Newsletter

Find out about conferences, summits, resources and publications in the
June Advance HE Newsletter

Upcoming events include a Large Group Teaching Workshop and Teaching and Learning Conference

Featured Case Study

Dr Tom Astley, Winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Feedback TEA award, shares his approach to providing feedback on the case studies database

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