Learning and Teaching Festival 14-18 June 2021

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

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Thursday 17th June: Preparing for the Future

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09:45 - 10:00

Introduction to EuroSoTL 2022

Claire Hamshire

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

EuroSoTL

 

10:00 - 10:30

Learning with our Learners: Current Research on Remote Teaching and Learning in an Irish Higher Education Institution

Susan Flynn, Gina Noonan, Damien Raftery, Thomas Drury

Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland.

panel

EuroSoTL

 

This panel examines some of the recent challenges in remote teaching and learning since the ‘online pivot’. It explores key findings from a series of recent research projects at the Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland, where we have been attempting to understand the impact of the transitions to hybrid and online learning. Our research considers the responses, opportunities, difficulties, and concerns of both our teaching staff and students. We explore how online learning environments produce different interactions, and we consider how our new ‘pandemic pedagogies’ can facilitate learning in different ways.

10:30 - 11:10

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11:10 - 11:20

Tutoring large globally distributed online groups in a pandemic

Nicholas Bowskill

University of Derby

presentation

EuroSoTL

 

How do you tutor large groups online? Many postgraduate online courses may contain modules with 20-30 participants. Larger numbers may have more than one tutor. How do you scale up online teaching to manage large numbers alone? This presentation will provide an overview of the changes made in an online module which initially had 20-30 participants and most recently had 155 students enrolled. A range of technologies, structures and activities will be discussed to show how individuals might tutor large online groups. Key challenges and participative opportunities will also be highlighted.

11:25 - 11:35

Netflixing your unit: A subject storytelling strategy for greater clarity and engagement

Allie Johns

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

We all strive to create more meaningful and fulfilling experiences for students and ourselves as mentors. This short presentation will share the practice of 'bookending' your unit to set a clear direction for learning, ensure you maintain an engaging story throughout the block and ignite their curiosity.

12:00 - 13:00

Understanding Identity, Authenticity & Belonging in the Virtual Classroom

Paul Taylor

University of Leeds

panel

EuroSoTL

 

Colleagues at both Manchester Metropolitan and Leeds Universities have been researching and promoting a sense of belonging and opportunities to be ourselves in the classroom. Widespread use of virtual classrooms has created new challenges and opportunities. A first step is to understand how identity, authenticity and belonging play out in the digital environment.

In this session, participants will experience a set of exercises that help us understand presences, absences and dynamics in on-line spaces and reflect on the opportunities that listening methodologies can bring.

13:00 - 14:00

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14:00 - 14:30

Career learning for the future academia, the how and why - GeoIntern as a modern case study

Iver Martens, Oda Bjørnsdatter, Ingvild Lorentzen

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

panel

EuroSoTL

 

Internship practices in science disciplines is increasing in popularity and relevance. Throughout the last year we have developed a systematic approach to internship courses in geoscience education nationally in Norway. The aim of the internship programs is to make students aware of who they are, what they can, and how this can be conveyed to their future employers. Mapping and knowledge of skills, and the teaching of orienting students through this process is a goal for this panel.

14:35 - 14:45

Becoming the student to be a better teacher in the current context

Kerry Dobbins

University of Leicester

presentation

EuroSoTL

 

As HE practitioners, we view ourselves as continual learners; however, we may not often view ourselves as students. In the current context, I have found it invaluable to take on the explicit role of the student and engage the academics that I support as students of HE. I will reflect on a 3-stage process I have taken: 1) taking on the student role myself to 2) inform the teaching development sessions I design in which academics explicitly become a HE student leading to 3) them creating teaching resources for colleagues based on critical reflections of their experiences as students.

14:50 - 15:00

Thinking Online

Helen Smith

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

Everything we do depends for its quality upon the thinking we do first. Over the last year we have all had to multi-task on-line which has stretched the demands of our learning environment and upon us as tutors in facilitating this bedrock of learning i.e. thinking.

This short presentation shares some of the activities to facilitate greater interaction and learning through on establishing an on-line thinking space. Helen will share her experiences and reports from students too.

15:05 - 15:15

Accountability, Attitude & Achievement: Implementing an Accountability model within BSc Business Technology

Jonathan Kettleborough

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if students understood their learning goals and took ownership for their own success, even when things go wrong? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if students moved from a position of victim mentality when everything is someone else’s fault, to a position where they actively seek solutions?

That’s exactly what we’re trying to achieve within the BSc Business Technology Programme. This academic year we introduced the Accountability Model and during my talk I would like to update you on our progress, challenges and achievements so far.

15:20 - 15:30

Place-based learning - utilising innovative pathway approaches for learning in practice

Deborah O'Connor, Kirsten Jack, Claire Hamshire

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

Public Health England (2019) sets out a place-based approach to tackling health inequalities, and such place-based approaches enable students to consider not only medical models of care but also the wider psychosocial influences on behaviour in a specific geographical location. This presentation will outline a pilot project that developed an innovative place-based approach to multi-professional placement learning for Nursing and Physiotherapy students. Results from the mixed methods evaluation of this pilot will be considered, along with lessons learnt, and how this work can be applied to wider work-based learning contexts.

15:35 - 15:45

Structuring Assessment to improve student outcomes

Dee Goldstraw

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

This year I took a completely different approach to my assignments at L7 introducing formative and summative weekly tasks that contributed to the final assessment piece. These weekly tasks rewarded students with a small percentage for engagement and also provided the opportunity for me to provide feed forward to their final assessment. The approach has hugely improved the final marks students have received for the unit.

15:45 - 16:30

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16:30 - 17:00

Publish your SoTL-work in Teaching & Learning Inquiry?

Katarina Mårtensson, Kelly Schrum, Ketevan Kupatadze, Susannah McGowan

Lund University, Sweden, and others

panel

EuroSoTL

 

In this panel, the editorial team of Teaching & Learning Inquiry, the ISSOTL-journal, invites participants to discuss their experiences of and questions related to publishing SoTL-work. In particular we encourage those new to SoTL and/or less experienced in publishing SoTL-work in journals to join us. The panel will adress topics such as: the journal and our specific process of peer reviewing, key aspects to consider when writing for the TLI-readership, and support available to new authors. There will also be room for questions & answers.

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

 

Time: In your respective groups, you are putting together your outputs from the collaborative work to showcase as part of the Virtual Museum. This could be posters with graphics or hand sketches or PowerPoint presentations.

11:00 - 13:00

Community Strand

GCJ

 

Guest speaker Jayne Mechan is talking about post-pandemic work especially on Avatar. This day is looking at fashion in the context of the future. During the session we will be challenging you to think of the idea of the ‘phygital’ (physical and digital).

14:00 - 16:00

Learning Strand

GCJ

 

On Thursday, you will be joining an inspirational workshop by Dr Carmen Herrero, Director of FLAME, Research Group for Film, Languages and Media in Education, looking at the learning journey.

17:00 - 19:00

Creativity Strand

GCJ

 

On Thursday you are joining artist and maker Darrell Wakelam exploring the ways that recycling can be used as an art material and how everyday packaging and objects can be transformed into artwork. Darrell is demonstrating how scrap cardboard can be used as an incredibly versatile and cost-effective sculptural material focusing mainly on the creation of faces and masks.

 

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

 

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