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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Wednesday 16th June: Widening Horizons

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10:00 - 10:30

International, interdisciplinary field-based learning: Impact of staff development

Bettie Higgs, Fidelma Butler and Ruth Ramsey

University College Cork

panel

EuroSoTL

 

An Erasmus+-funded project is re-thinking field-based pedagogy in physical/life/social sciences. Collaborators developed and implemented curricula for students at various stages in their study. Residential courses, where small interdisciplinary and international teams of students carry out research on issues of global interest, have proved successful. To build confidence in furthering this approach, the project also involves staff development (training-the-trainers) courses for field-course leaders, who have traditionally been thrown ‘in-at-the-deep-end’. Encouraging peer-learning between novice and more experienced participants is at the heart of courses. This poster reports impact on staff, and project partners themselves, in their approach to teaching, learning and assessment.

10:40 - 10:50

From 'Encounters ' in the field to 'online encounters': Training of intercultural competencies in times of COVID 19

Gery Nijenhuis, Veronique Schutjens, Gemma Corbalan

Utrecht University and others

presentation

EuroSoTL

 

MSc Degree students in International Development Studies at Utrecht University usually leave their university to do fieldwork abroad in the global South. We train students’ intercultural competences to prepare them for such fieldwork through reflections on intercultural encounters experienced by peers from previous cohorts. The Covid-19 pandemic however radically changed the practice of fieldwork, from data-collection ‘in the field’ to ‘online’. This impacted the character of intercultural encounters students experienced during data-collection, and requires adaptation of our training on intercultural competences. Using a SoTL-approach, we explore options to optimize training of students’ reflection on intercultural encounters in online fieldwork situations.

10:55 - 11:05

Reality Pedagogy to connect, protest and inspire

Khawla Badwan

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

The talk discusses reality pedagogy (Emdin, 2011) as an ecologically and culturally oriented approach to education. I outline how I used this pedagogy during online block teaching and I reflect on how this approach has enabled me to connect with my students, to develop a protest approach towards educational justice and to inspire students to do things differently in order to create inclusive and hopeful futures.

11:10 - 11:20

The importance of evidence, co-ordination & collaboration in eliminating the award gap

Hannah Holmes, Freya Ernsting, Amna Khan

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

This session outlines a multi-pronged approach at Manchester Metropolitan University, considering the importance of an evidence-based approach, and the subsequent co-ordination and collaboration to drawing awareness and supporting sustainable change in eradicating progression and award gaps within a Business and Law School context. The aim is to demonstrate how focusing upon each of these three components contribute to an informed, consistent, robust, and co-created approach to raise awareness of progression and award gaps, and ultimately, improve student experience and success through tackling educational inequity.

11:30 - 12:00

How to level up academic skills for International Students

Araida Hidalgo, Sravanthi Sashikumar, Cathy Coombs

Manchester Metropolitan University

panel

UTA Festival

 

In this session, we will explore a range of academic challenges faced by international students, and discuss the Faculty of Science & Engineering’s and the Graduate School’s strategies to ensure that their academic ability is not lost in transition due to culture change.

Support mechanisms to enhance their understanding of the British Learning and Teaching system and of the institution’s academic expectations will be shared. This is highly relevant in a block teaching and blended learning environment, especially for postgraduate taught students, with assessment deadlines scheduled within few weeks of enrolment, and postgraduate research students, starting projects under virtual supervision.

12:00 - 14:00

BREAK

 

 

14:00 - 14:10

Begninning the process of decolonising & diversifying the curriculum: the experience of two disciplines

Hetal Patel, Dr Gayatri Nambiar-Greenwood

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

This presentation considers adaptations made within two disciplines (Psychology and Nursing) in order to explore a diversity of voices and experiences to start the process of decolonising and diversifying the curriculum. The aim of these changes was at one level, to widen the scope of literature base from a Eurocentric lens, especially acknowledging evidence from the Global South. Secondly, to ensure the students’ experience of learning included positive global imagery and perspectives. Finally, developing and embedding discussions that help interrogate biases and privilege. This discussion will be set within the intellectual decolonising agenda.

14:15 - 14:25

Nursing Associate Student Experiences of Personal Tutor Support

Sunita Morris and Nursing Associate Students Emma Bull, Joyce Akpotabore, Hanan Al Baran and Georgia Dennehy

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

The nursing associate students started their Foundation Degree in Health and Care course during the Covid-19 pandemic. My group of personal tutor students on this course are from a diverse range of backgrounds. Despite some students having not recently been in education and healthcare placements, each student is clearly determined to continue and progress with their course and aim to achieve their future nursing career aspirations. Some of these students and myself would welcome the opportunity to share their experiences of personal tutoring by delivering a 10 minute collaborative student and a personal tutor presentation.

14:30 - 14:40

Collaborations for creating a culture of belonging

Yolande Sumbele, Shuab Gamote, Louise Jones

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

The Inclusive Learning Communities Project is a 4-year strategic project which aims to lead the sector in systematic changes in inclusive practice. The Project is delivered in partnership with the Students’ Union, through the BAME Ambassador Scheme which aims to improve student progression, degree outcomes, and student satisfaction.

This presentation will highlight the ways in which the project will be working with both staff and students to achieve this, as well as provide information about the contributions of BAME Ambassadors across the university and give ideas of how you can work with them during the next academic year.

14:45 - 14:55

Supporting International Students - Are we missing something?

Raya Karaganeva

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

One of the main strategies of Manchester Met University is Internalisation, which leads to higher expectations in providing exclusive support for international students. In order to meet such expectations, there is a need to discuss potential challenges when working with international students and whether a sufficient number of staff members can dedicate their time on understanding their specific needs. Also, a consensus in providing academic and pastoral support is required on cross-faculty and departmental levels. Sharing my experience as a support tutor may lead to increase in good practice and collaborative work towards initiatives to enhance the experience of international students and create a sense of belonging.

15:00 - 15:10

All in it together: reimagining digital inequalities (for HE) in a post-covid world

Ffion Evans, Anne Everett

Manchester Metropolitan University

presentation

UTA Festival

 

This presentation seeks to explore how the move to online learning has expanded our understanding of learner accessibility and inclusion, and has revealed further intersections of inequality. In recognising the impact of ‘digital inequalities’ (Helsper, 2021), we consider what is understood and meant by this term, and how a focus on material resources may distract attention from learner confidence, digital capabilities and habitus. We consider how we might apply a broader understanding of digital inequalities to maximise student participation and satisfaction.

15:15 - 15:45

The Inclusive University: The SoTL Challenges

Julie Hughes, Ada Adeghe, Jenni Jones, Debra Cureton

University of Wolverhampton

panel

EuroSoTL

 

The inclusive university is a major strategy at the University of Wolverhampton which seeks to explore how students’ identities and circumstances are interrelated and may mutually shape one another and their experiences. The case for inclusivity recognises the diversity of the student population which is constituted from under-represented groups whose intersectional characteristics reflect the richness of the Black Country region from where we draw 80% of our students. The panel will discuss the SoTL challenges from curriculum review and redesign to the creation of transition roles to address historical disadvantages and degree awarding gaps.

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. Engaging in ideation for solutions to be proposed for the sustainability challenge set.

11:00 - 13:00

Community Strand

GCJ

 

Attendees will be joining an inspirational talk from Danny Tracey discussing streets as a place with dress codes. The objective of this day is to look at what people wear ‘everyday’ vs what they would wear as a ‘uniform’, making connections and belonging (post)pandemic.

14:00 - 16:00

Learning Strand

GCJ

 

You will be asked to sketch out your formal and informal learner journey and play the learning game, responding to a range of opportunities and challenges along the way. You will have the opportunity to play with each other through game play.

17:00 - 19:00

Creativity Strand

GCJ

 

The third day focuses on un-making, deconstructing meanings, materials and function of objects to imagine new possibilities. The session presents a new approach to how we understand and view everyday objects in four provocative steps: new use, making, un-making and curating. Objects often become cherished for their ties to beliefs, experiences, memories, people, places or values that are significant to their owner. (Orth, D. 2018)

 

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

 

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