Learning and Teaching Conference 2014, 18th-19th June 2014
Our annual Learning and Teaching Conference was on 18th-19th June 2014. The conference theme was ‘Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience’.
The main purpose of the Conference, hosted by Suzanne Cholerton (PVC Learning and Teaching), is working with staff to enhance the student learning experience. All staff at Newcastle University were invited to take part in the Conference, students presented on their own as along side staff.
Most sessions were 20 minutes long, scheduled in themed 2 hour blocks of 4 to 6 sessions. There were refreshment breaks between blocks, and discussion time within blocks.
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Colleagues were welcome to tweet about the Conference using the hashtag #ncllt. Please find links to the tweets below;
June 18th – Robert Boyle Lecture Theatre, Armstrong Building
Introduction by Suzanne Cholerton
Raising the Bar – implications for Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience The session will set Newcastle University’s Raising the Bar initiative in the context of the broader, strategic HE environment, with particular emphasis on our ambitions to grow and the implications for learning, teaching and the student experience.
Bev Robinson (workshop)
The Learning process- how do we create the right environment?
Focusing on the Raising the Bar initiative, this workshop aims to generate 10 key principles to develop suitable learning spaces. We will explore innovative practices and how the academic and student community can work with ESS and ISS to help design the type of spaces required.
Transitions into, during and beyond university study
|Laura Heels (Transition Officer, School of Computing Science), with Lindsay Marshall and Marie Devlin
It’s the transition that is troublesome.
This presentation introduces our new Transition Officer and outlines the activities and processes she has implemented to help first year Computing Science students with their academic and pastoral issues.Presentation
Ann Musk, Jen Stewart, Laura Fletcher
Building Bridges: Successful Transition and Innovative Practice.
A workshop to explore the transitional challenges faced by current and prospective students and the innovations, which can empower students whilst supporting retention and achievement. Presentation
Sandra Salin and Damien Hall
Better French Living Through Independent Learning.
The main objectives of this project funded by the Innovation Fund are:
Helping students to succeed.
The presentation will address the challenges students face and the strategies used to try to enable students to understand what it is we require in order for them to succeed. Presentation
|History Room, Students’ Union
Sue Thorpe- Poster
Iain Keenan- Poster
Alison Clapp- Poster
Students’ professional development & career planning
Enhancing the Employability of Stage 2 Maths & Stats students through the School of Maths & Stats Careers Management Skills Award.
The School of Maths & Stats Careers Management Skills Award is for Stage 2 students who have taken part in non-compulsory (but timetabled) events and activities. We will describe the development of the award, what we have learned, what was successful and what we will change in the future. Presentation
Two approaches to developing medical student preparedness.
Graduating medical students must be ready to be core members of the healthcare workforce. Two recent projects looked at the contributions of clinical placements and simulated practice to developing preparedness.Presentation
Tom Hill and Jessica Strudwick
Enhancing skills in analysis and resolution of complex issues of relevance to Food and Human Nutrition.
This presentation will discuss the experiences gained from attending a major international symposium on “Dietary Guidelines: Scientific substantiation and public health impact” which took place at The Royal Society of Medicine earlier in the year.
Gigi Herbert & Salome Bolton
To Boldly Go: roundtable reflections on engaging students with (personal) enterprise.
Roundtable presenters will discuss key areas of practice in cultivating enterprising skills and behaviours and reflect on some of the tensions and contradictions involved in the context of assessed modules.
|Twilight session||HERB.1 Red & Blue Zone PC 104 Herschel Building|
|Graeme Boxwell and Marc Bennett
Learning and Teaching App Swap Event
Is your mobile device improving your learning and teaching? Would you like it to? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then this is the event for you.
We will be demonstrating some L & T apps, and would also like you to show your favourites at this interactive app swap. Bring your device and learn what apps are out there to support your teaching. The apps demonstrated will be usable on Apple or Android devices.
June 19th – History Room, Students’ Union
Students as partners
NPCEC: Postgraduate Innovation in Research and Professional Development.
The Northern Postgraduate Chemical Engineering Conference (NPCEC) received national attention in Summer 2013 for being the first event to serve as a platform for postgraduates to present their research in a prestigious yet supportive environment. This presentation outlines the positive impact and skills developed this conference had from the point of view of presenters, audience and organisers; all of whom were postgraduates. Presentation
Creating partnership opportunities in the curriculum
In Combined Honours we have co-designed modules with students that enable them to really take ownership – through projects they choose – many of which enhance the student experience more broadly.Presentation
Herbal Magic: Cross campus collaboration, outreach and the student experience:
Hear more about Herbal Magic, an outreach project involving the Library, AFRD and Newcastle students. Student involvement helped turn this successful project into an unusual example of collaboration, with real impact and benefits for all involved. Presentation
Dr Gill Vance
Student Involvement in Medical Education Research.
This presentation shares a number of strategies that we use to involve medical students in medical education research. These include optional rotations in medical education research and a research advisory group, comprising students from all years of the MBBS programme.Presentation
Innovative approaches to learning & teaching
|Mark Backhouse, Michael Fitzpatrick, Jocelyn Selwyn-Gotha, Ayat Bashir (Stage 4 MBBS), Rachael Allen (Professional Artist, Gateshead), Iain D Keenan (School of Medical Sciences Education Development) (Presentation)
Transdiscipline student partner approaches for evidence-based development and evaluation of a novel cyclical ORDER (observe-reflect-draw-edit-repeat) artistic learning technique in anatomy education.
Medical and artist partners have developed ORDER to increase the variety of anatomy learning methods. Our data from a mixed-method evaluation shows ORDER can enhance student learning, engagement and experience. Presentation
Patrick Rosenkranz, Amy Fielden, Efstathia Tzemou
Teaching psychological research methods through a pragmatic and programmatic approach.
In this talk we will present our experience and evaluation of the first delivery of a revised research methods module in psychology. We will focus on the students’ perception and explore how the module can support the development of psychological literacy.Presentation
Creative Difference: Feedback and Assessment in Fine Art.
This presentation investigates the Open Studios feedback and assessment model in Fine Art, looking at the role of feedback within the learning environment of the studio. Presentation
Improving feedback for students: Less effort for a greater return
The greatest potential benefit from assessment is from constructive feedback. We have developed a system that automatically generates meaningful feedback without requiring significant time investment by academic staff. Presentation.
Rebecca Wassall and Divya Vedapuri
Time to listen – embedding patient feedback in student assessment (phase 1 pilot)
Patient experience is fundamental to providing high quality care. The outcomes of this pilot provide learning opportunities for student dentists, teaching staff and the NWE placement student. Presentation
|Lunch||Martin Luther King Room, Students Union|
Enhancing teaching and learning with electronic voting
I will present a smart phone based Verifiable Classroom Voting system (https://evoting.ncl.ac.uk), which was developed at the School of Computing Science, trialled in real classroom teaching with positive student feedback and is being made available to all schools in Newcastle University. Presentation Blog
James Gerrard and Emma Gooch
Getting the Romans online: e-learning, student engagement and contextual knowledge in the humanities.
This presentation explores a recent initiative by Archaeology to augment student learning through the provision of additional Blackboard based resources, which allow undergraduates to develop their contextual knowledge base. Presentation.
An Evaluation of ePortfolio for Personal Tutoring.
This presentation shares the findings of the investigation into ePortfolio’s efficacy as a personal tutoring tool, covering tutors’ views and best practice. Presentation
Title: Teaching and Training Online – learning from the Netskills experience
Abstract: Jisc Netskills, based in Computer Sciences, has been successfully running full day online workshops for several years now. This presentation describes how Netskills runs a typical online workshop in a way that ensures an engaging and interactive experience and details some of the lessons we have learnt in a way that can help anyone considering using tools like Adobe Connect or Blackboard Collaborate for their own teaching practice. Presentation
|Twilight session||HERB.1 Red & Blue Zone PC 104 Herschel Building|
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
|Mike Cameron and Nuala Davis
What can we learn from MOOCs?
What are the lessons learnt so far from developing ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ for the FutureLearn social learning platform? How can we apply these lessons to distance and campus based education?