New Digital Learning Website
We are excited to announce the launch of a new Digital Learning website go.ncl.ac.uk/digitallearning
This new site brings together the digital learning activities taking place across the University, providing you with information, step by step guides and ideas to help you to get the most out of digital technologies for learning, teaching and assessment.
Visit the site to find out about:
Canvas– the University’s exciting new Virtual Learning Environment replacing Blackboard from 1st August 2020. Staff and students can find project updates, information about the support available, answers to FAQs and upcoming events.
TEL Services, lots of information about our centrally supported technologies and systems, digital exams and access to TEL guides providing you with step by step instructions.
Blended Learning, if you want to explore online educational materials and collaborative learning opportunities with traditional face-to-face delivery, visit these pages for inspiration and support.
We will be continuing to update the site with resources so please let us know if there is anything else you would like to see that can support you in your role. Get in touch at LTDS@ncl.ac.uk.
The Advance HE Good Practice Grants are now open for applications. These grants will give Advance HE members an opportunity to develop and share innovative practice.
Newcastle University is an Advance HE member so all Newcastle University staff would be eligible to apply.
There are two funding strands:
- Up to £1000 for ‘What Works’ case studies
- Up to £4000 for solution-based proposals
Projects that use creative approaches and mediums such as film, animation, and infographic-rich reports are particularly welcomed.
Advance HE are also particularly interested in:
- Good practice in inclusive leadership: What works?
- Fostering a sense of belonging for staff and students: What works?
- Successful transitions: What works for different student groups?
Application deadline is the 7 February 2020 and you can find full information on the Advance HE website.
Have you heard Canvas is
coming to Newcastle?
Canvas is the University’s
new Virtual Learning Environment replacing Blackboard from August 2020. This
Roadshow event will showcase this new platform and the benefits it offers to
students and colleagues.
This is your opportunity to
meet Canvas colleagues who will be on-site for this event, see live
demonstrations of the fantastic features Canvas provides and get involved in
discussions with the Canvas and Newcastle University Project team.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions during
the sessions, but if you wish you can also pre-submit any questions you would
like the teams to answer by emailing email@example.com.
Some of the sessions are tailored to specific audiences so please sign up to the most appropriate session for you. Please register now to attend.
The lntroduction to Canvas sessions will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. You can access the livestreaming links below:
Introduction to Canvas, 20th January 2020 10:00-11:00
Introduction to Canvas, 21st January 2020 9.30-10:30
Introduction to Canvas, 21st January 2020 14:00-15:00
Introduction to Canvas, 22nd January 2020 10:00-11:00
We really look forward to seeing you at one of these
Knowledge Exchange for Learning and Teaching in HE.
Colleagues are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a paper at the upcoming Three Rivers Learning and Teaching Conference which will be held on the 24th April. Please see the information below:
This 15th regional conference builds upon the success of
previous partnership events held by the region’s Universities (Sunderland,
Northumbria, Durham, Newcastle and Teesside).
The teaching community are invited to contribute to critical discussions on Knowledge Exchange as part of learning in higher education. This involves exploring how our institutions enable student learning as part of Knowledge Exchange processes in higher education, establishing why they are powerful approaches to student development, and sharing experiences of their impact on the students’ learning experience.
Since the title of this conference is ‘Knowledge Exchange for
Learning and Teaching in HE’, contributions are welcomed on learning and
teaching initiatives in higher-education which form part of Knowledge Exchange
The call for abstracts is now open to staff and students (as co-authors) at Sunderland, Newcastle, Durham, Teesside and Northumbria universities.
Please see the GDPR statement page for how your data will be stored and used.
Please see the abstract submission process page to find out what information you will need to submit and the submission process.
Please see the supporting information for advice on submitting an abstract for a paper and presenting a paper.
Click here to submit your
250 word abstract for a 20 minute paper (+5mins for questions) by midnight on
the 31st January
Please go to
the Three Rivers Website at https://3riversnortheast.wordpress.com/
for more information.
Emma McCulloch, Academic Practice Team
On the 12th December the Academic Practice team held a Celebrating Success evening for the 2018- 2019 UKPSF CPD Scheme.
In total this academic year there were 154 participants gaining Fellowship Recognition with Advance HE.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening where participants got to share their experiences of gaining recognition either through the CASAP programme, Experiential Route or Certificate of Medical Education. The evening had representatives from EduBites, Library services and NUTELA to showcase the Learning and Teaching innovations taking place across the university.
A really lovely way to end 2019 reflecting on all the great Learning and Teaching that is happening here at Newcastle. Well done to all the successful participants the Academic Practice team look forward to working with you all again in the future.
If you need any more information please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Chris Whiting, Academic Practice Team
The University’s scheme to support staff in gaining recognition for their teaching is changing. CASAP (Certificate in Advanced Studies of Academic Practice) is being replaced by the Newcastle Educational Practice Scheme (NEPS) as of January 2020. NEPS is the supported scheme for staff involved with teaching and supporting student learning but are new to teaching and learning in higher education.
has been conceived as a structured approach to supporting staff new to teaching
to gain Fellowship of Advance HE (the external recognition of
teaching in HE). NEPS is a structured yet flexible
scheme that supports staff develop the knowledge and skills they need
to enhance their teaching and be able to make a successful claim for
Experiential Route remains an option for those with experience of teaching and
learning in higher education. And PGRs Who Teach are now supported through
Evidencing Learning and Teaching Skills (ELTS) scheme.
Find out more information on NEPS or apply on the LTDS website.
David De La Haye, Music Technician, School of Arts and Cultures
‘Silurian’ is the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s research vessel and for ten days in September I joined the crew on a voyage around the Inner and Outer Hebrides. A citizen science project that was established in 2002, the trust has collected one of the largest visual and acoustic datasets of cetacean activity in the region.
Awake to the tide crashing on the shores of an uninhabited island, the sound of snapping shrimp beneath the waters in a secluded bay. Listen to the amplified strains and groans of the vessel in swell before drifting asleep to the eerie howls of grey seals. Perhaps register the echolocation of Risso’s dolphins or the distant pulse of minke whales. The seas are awash with sounds, revealed through acoustic technologies. As we begin to explore these rich soundscapes we start to understand the impact of other anthropogenic noise, persistent throughout.
The NUTELA fund afforded me time for real-life creative practice, developing the tools needed to assist students who are beginning to embrace the growing trend towards field-recording. Realising sonic opportunity in the everyday, understanding which technologies are best suited to given tasks and advising on appropriate methods of sound diffusion within the studio environment are topics covered within my demonstrator role; this award provided invaluable experience and insight. The work-in-progress was performed as a multi-channel piece at the ‘LIVE in the Kings Hall’ series alongside other practitioners in ICMuS.
The voyage included incredible audio-finds! Recordings of unusual animal behaviour captured onboard Silurian were confirmed on Twitter and the project has already captured the imagination of the Institute of Creative Arts Practice (NICAP) who recently awarded me a ‘Pioneer Award’. This will be used to conduct an experimental research project that intercepts the acoustic data collected by HWDT and marine acoustic systems developed in SAgE, inviting listeners to imagine an oceanic perspective through the generation of sound installations, crossing boundaries between Marine Science, Bioacoustics, Electronic Engineering and Digital Arts.
David was awarded a NUTELA Small Grants Fund to explore the use of technology enhanced practices in learning and teaching. Find out more about the NUTELA Small Grants Fund.
The project team have been busy over the last couple of weeks and early adopters of Canvas have now been confirmed. The team have started delivering training to make sure that early adopters get the most out of this new University Virtual Learning Environment which will launch across the whole University for the 2020/21 academic year.
We are also pleased to announce that the Canvas team will be here on the 20-22 January delivering a number of roadshows giving you the chance to see the new opportunities that Canvas brings and ask any questions that you might have. We are looking forward to sharing more details about this in the next couple of weeks.
To find out more about the transition to Canvas please visit the Canvas project site. If you have any questions or would like to invite the project team to speak to colleagues in your school/service, please email email@example.com
By Bhavani Veasuvalingam, Newcastle Medicine Malaysia (NUMed).
Assessing Technologically enhanced learning
(TEL) quality is a multifaceted method that, built on theoretical perspectives
and on organised data collection, analysis and interpretation, leads to a
decision that should promote a better understanding of quality of TEL and the
enhancement of its quality (Casanova,2011). The Newcastle
University’s education strategy attracts a great emphasis on bringing an
educational experience supported and enhanced by technology. In this context, Newcastle University with its
existing international branch campuses in Malaysia and Singapore triggers
another element adding to TEL study, that is the transnational education.
Transnational education is defined as
programmes located in a country other than the awarding institution (McBurnie
and Ziguras, 2007, p.21). Newcastle Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) and Newcastle
University Singapore (NUS) are international branch campuses who shares the
same technologically enhanced learning tools from its parent institution and
qualifications bear the name of the parent institution. Though branch campuses adopt much of
its practices from its headquarters, the different location and the cultural
differences may provide an added perspective to understanding TEL in higher
education, considering globalization impacts every aspect of our lives.
Mazzucato believes, local anchoring is crucial to obtain an in-depth knowledge
of and this is important for our project TEL to gauge how globalized it has
Continue reading Transnational Educational Research Experience in TEL Project
Technology for Large Group Teaching
11 December 2019, 12-2pm , G.56, Frederick Douglass Centre
you interested in using technology for large group lectures?
The next NUTELA pizza, pop and practice event
will look at a variety of technology-based strategies to increase
interactivity, offer real time feedback, and reinforce learning.
You will hear more about a range of tools that
are being used well across the University. We will also be welcoming lecturers
from HaSS, SAgE and FMS who will each deliver a 10 minute interactive session
giving you the opportunity to experience the technologies first hand, as a
Come along for some pizza, pop and the chance to
practice in one of our newest large lecture theatres. Book
your place now.
We will be sharing resources and keeping the conversation going in our NUTELA Team after the event. Everyone is welcome to join the team.
Remember to bring your own device to the session so that you can take part in the interactive aspects. Any questions please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org