Learning and Teaching Festival 14-18 June 2021

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Tuesday: Communities Wednesday: Widening Horizons Thursday: Preparing for the Future Friday: Technology

Learning and Teaching Festival sessions EuroSoTL sessions

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Tuesday 15th June: Communities

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10:00 - 10:30

The story of EuroSoTL

Katarina Mårtensson, Bettie Higgs, Mirari Ayerbe, Claire Hamshire

Lund University, Sweden and others

panel

EuroSoTL

 

 

10:40 - 10:50

Building Communities Online through Meso-level

Charlie Reis, Fiona Smart

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

presentation

EuroSoTL

 

I would like to offer a short paper on meso-level SoTL during COVID, specifically how professionals have pivoted more to online platforms, including blogs, online groups, webinars, provocations, and virtual presentations to keep engagement in SoTL vial. While these activities are not peer reviewed journal publications, they have created an international sense of community when it was needed most and functioned as a knowledge and wisdom exchange. This did not begin with pandemic conditions, and will not end with them, but the less formal scholarly exchanges do signal a change in the ways creators and consumers of SoTL interact.

10:55 - 11:05

Enabling and building community remotely for SoTL: Opportunities and challenges in Covid times

Jane Pritchard, Roger Dalrymple

Oxford Brookes University

presentation

EuroSoTL

 

In this presentation, we will share the journey we are on as the inaugural Faculty Learning Community (FLC) at Oxford Brookes University, the Brookes Scholarship Group. This is a topic-based community, including two topics; Enterprise Education and Leading Inclusive Teaching with 12 members of staff. We elected to use an FLC approach to developing and embedding SoTL practices to support our wider ambitions of embedding strong scholarly communities and approaches across a dispersed campus and subjects within our institutional context.

Owing to the timing of launching the Brookes Scholarship Group we have been meeting entirely online and this has brought both challenges but opportunities to the running of the group. The meetings become moments and a space for us all to pause, reflect and think about our projects and how we are working together and moving forward. In many ways, the group provides some ‘light relief’ from the intensity and pressures on us all adjusting to ever-changing working and home demands during COVID. Online only has brought a richness of affordances to engagement but also a loss in terms of ‘breaking-bread’ and lighter more informal relationship building that the coffee moments allow. This for the leads of the community (Jane and Roger) has meant more support and direction for members of the community. At the same time the community members are gaining confidence and our projects are starting to take fruition as we slowly build SoTL community with a strong belief that this is as important now as before. We will share vignettes from the community members about negotiating the community online, building the SoTL expertise in relation to their projects and challenge and opportunities for them in engaging in a fully virtual FLC.

11:10 - 11:20

Peer to peer learning for Heads of Educational Development

Jackie Potter

Oxford Brookes University

presentation

EuroSoTL

 

I'll share my experiences of, and reflections on, learning from peers who are members of the Heads of Educational Development Group (HEDG) during a pandemic. HEDG is a national UK network for those leading educational development units. We have held a range of types of virtual meetings since the first UK lockdown in March 2020: they have all had the intention to allow us to learn together and to support one another. I'll reflect on the value of learning from peers, particularly those from those outside our own organisations and for the need for and impact of reciprocity and openness in learning networks.

11:20 - 11:45

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11:45 - 11:55

SOTL as relationship management & interaction tool for connected teaching

Torsten Sprenger

Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences

presentation

EuroSoTL

 

University teaching and learning is challenged by the digital revolution. As “new” 21st century competences get more and more into the focus, relationship competences from teachers and students have to evolve alongside these future needs. This means, that bridging the gap between a professionalised relationship management and building up an authentic, warm, trust- and meaningful communication becomes a crucial factor for teaching success. This presentation proposes SOTL as an instrument for building up a meaningful relationship management and interaction tool for connected teaching.

12:00 - 12:10

'I am glad that it happened this way' Scholarship of Teaching & Learning & Emergency Remote Teaching

Robert Kordts-Freudinger, Diana Buecker, Rebecca Schulte, Nerea Voeing

University of St.Gallen (HSG), and others

presentation

EuroSOTL

 

The study explores the potential added value of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in managing Emergency-Remote Teaching (ERT) in the aftermath of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Building on definitions of SoTL, eight faculty members at German universities were interviewed about their teaching, including their SoTL activities, their teaching before and during ERT, and their future teaching; the transcripts were analyzed to form categories. Results suggest certain patterns already before ERT as well as during ERT: In addition to a strongly student-oriented teaching attitude and their view that reflection is central to teaching, the interviewees predominantly experienced the ERT as a positive learning opportunity for themselves and their students, despite existing uncertainties and sometimes greater effort. For many respondents, SoTL served as an important support on several levels, so that the basic research attitude in teaching should also be maintained in the future.

12:15 - 12:45

Key Success Factors and Good Practices for SoTL-Projects in Higher Education

Maik Arnold, Sabine Reisas, Nerea Vöing

Fachhochschule Dresden - University of Applied Sciences

panel

EuroSoTL

 

Due to increased interest in greater cooperations, in 2017 a German-speaking SoTL network with members from different colleges and universities was founded in order to enhance the specific attitude as a “teacher-researcher” within higher education. The aim of this workshop is to present and discuss initiatives for the successful implementation of SoTL by teachers, researchers and university didactics based on current projects and best practices to broaden the scope of SoTL at all universities in Germany.

12:45 - 14:30

BREAK

 

 

14:30 - 14:40

Online teaching as performance; how to be present in a virtual setting

Rachael Rooke

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

Responding to the effects of Covid-19 on classroom based learning, the university provided for the transfer to online teaching delivery by ensuring academics received technical training in the use of conferencing platforms. Noticeably absent however, was guidance on how to adapt the teaching performance to an online setting whilst maintaining attendance and student engagement. Goffman (1959) identifies three main elements of a performance; setting, appearance and manner. Using the example of my secondary role as a fitness instructor, currently live-streaming exercise classes, I will examine how adapting our ‘manner’ to remote teaching, can enhance the online learning experience.

14:45 - 15:15

No place like home

Erinma Ochu, Lisa Gold, Polly Palmerini, Zoe Parker Moon

Manchester Metropolitan University

panel

UTA Festival

 

Convergence culture offers the opportunity for explosions of new forms of creativity at the intersection of digital media technologies, industries and consumers. Enter the COVID19 pandemic, blended learning and the opportunity to involve students (the consumers) as creative contributors innovating practice-based units through storytelling, peer to peer and intergenerational learning to build a community of practice and new cross platform stories sharing how we lived, thrived and learned together through challenging times. This panel offers perspectives from senior lecturer, lecturer, graduate teaching assistants and students. Short clips and images from work will be included.

15:20 - 15:30

Growing Pains: Learning & developing in HE during and after Covid19'.

Anne Everett, Rachael Rooke, Ffion Evans

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

Drawing on our shared experience of navigating a ‘Pandemic Pedagogy’, we reflect on our collaborations in teaching and learning as E-learning developer, Lecturer, and Education Lead. We seek to explore how the identities and roles of academic/learner/supporter have become disrupted during the Pandemic, and how working across ‘The Third Space’ (Whitchurch, 2008), offers new possibilities for collaborative working and decolonising the teaching and learning experience.

15:35 - 15:45

Imagining communities: International collaborative practice in a period of uncertainty

Jenny Holt, Joe Duffy

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

While Covid 19 triggered physical isolation across the globe, digital technologies and shared creativity sparked new networks across time zones and cultures. In Manchester School of Art’s Media Department, undergraduate and postgraduate students came together with students from California Institute of the Arts and MultiMedia University Malaysia for two collaborative virtual mobility projects: one as part of curriculum study and the other extra-curricula and linked with RISE. This presentation profiles the projects, reflecting on the student experience and collective themes and practices which emerged, considering how the model might be developed in a post-pandemic world to support an internationalized curriculum.

Global Culture Jam sessions

All participants in the Festival also have access to the Global Culture Jam which is running all week. Find out more about the GCJ

08:00 - 10:00

Sustainability Strand

GCJ

 

Attendees will be working in the groups on the respective activities for Open Education, Biomedical Science and Materials. You are engaging in reading and online research on sustainability in relevance to one of the three activities. Our guests Paola Corti, Gino Fransman and Dr Viv Vladimirschi will introduce the open education activity which will be facilitated by them in collaboration with two of our students from Tuesday to Thursday. Don't miss it!

11:00 - 13:00

Community Strand

GCJ

 

Attendees will enjoy an inspirational talk by Jo Jenkinson who is discussing her ‘portrait youth’ collection and self-styling project, followed by a provocation activity on presenting ourselves to online spaces and social media platforms.

14:00 - 16:00

Learning Strand

GCJ

 

The learning team will introduce activities that allow you to use your camera phone into a tool for learning. Using specific camera functions, you will explore how to juxtapose images to create a learning journey panorama. You will then be introduced to a guide for failing designed to make you think about the benefits of purposeful and positive failure.

17:00 - 19:00

Creativity Strand

GCJ

 

The team is giving you tools to draw a narrative out of just about anything! Whether you have a particular medium you work in or if you are new to developing stories entirely you will have the opportunity to connect with the storytelling potential all around you.

 

If you have any questions about the Festival, please contact utacpd@mmu.ac.uk

 

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