Join Dr Cristina Costa @cristinacost this week to discuss digital education #LTHEchat

The next #LTHEChat Wednesday 13th December 8-9PM (GMT) will be based on questions from Cristina Costa on “Digital education: participation as learning” Cristina Costa is a Lecturer in Digital Education and Scholarship in the School of Education, Strathclyde University. Her research focuses on the intersection of education and the participatory web through a sociological lens, especially […]

via #LTHEchat no 99 – “Digital education: participation as learning” with Cristina Costa @cristinacost — #LTHEchat


Making sense of biophilia in enterprise: A real life story of sustainability.

29th November 2017: a joint CELT SEEG event

Sharon Jackson shared stories of her journey from senior executive in the global electronics industry to researcher, teacher and motivational speaker on sustainability issues.

Dismayed at the detrimental environmental impacts of her own and other industries, Sharon established the European Sustainability Academy in Crete. Here, in an off-grid, environmentally low impact building, ESA offers opportunities for academics, business leaders and others to engage constructively with the challenges of sustainability.

 Sharon admitted that addressing sustainability agendas has been thoroughly depressing at times. The environment we work in is frequently not conducive to wellness, and it helps explain the disconnect between the intention to do good in the world and our ability to actually achieve it.  The answer to that challenge includes two important elements: first, the need to identify ‘anchors’ – ideas for change that persist outside and beyond the discussion about change, and which allow us to make sense of the change process in the long run; and second, a community which shares the same understanding and commitment to achieving sustainability.



New Publication: An analysis of the factors that affect engagement of Higher Education Teachers with an Institutional Professional Development Scheme


Kathryn Botham, who is the CELT PSF Lead, recently had an article published in the ‘Innovations in Education and Teaching International Journal’ re. captioned subject.  Please see a short brief below:


An evaluation project was carried out to consider the factors that influence university teachers engagement with an institutional professional development scheme. Data was collected via an online questionnaire followed up by semi-structured interviews. This paper will consider those factors that encourage and act as barriers to engagement. The influence of six cross-thematic factors: Time; Institution; Culture; Management; Individual and Mentorship, on engagement will form the focus of the discussion. The report concludes that the key factor influencing engagement was the presence of intrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation was a less effective motivator for HE teachers lacking intrinsic motivation.

If you would like to read this article further please click here:




reblogged: next #LTHEchat > lecture capture and in-class engagement >>> 22 Nov > Join us at 8pm UK time!

The next LTHEChat Wednesday 22nd November 8-9PM (GMT) will be based on questions from John Couperthwaite and Stephen Powell on lecture capture and in-class engagement. Bio John is an experienced educational professional who has worked within the higher education sector for over 20 years. His activities in technology enhanced learning have embraced leadership of large infrastructure […]

via LTHEchat #97 “I can spend more time paying attention: lecture capture and in-class engagement” with John Couperthwaite @johncoup and Stephen Powell @stephenp. — #LTHEchat

CARPE Conference in Hamburg

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Picture: Marjo Joshi, Mika Suuturi and Erik Hasenack get the Teacher Hub started

Alicia Prowse and Rachel Forsyth participated in the CARPE network conference in Hamburg last week. This network brings together six European universities which have agreed to collaborate in research and teaching, and Manchester Met has been a partner since 2012.

Since 2013, CELT has been involved in the development of the ‘Teacher Hub’ in the network, which aims to support academic staff who want to work with their counterparts in other institutions to develop shared teaching, joint awards, shared resources and exchanges of staff and students. The Teacher Hub held a joint simultaneous summer school for staff in June 2016 and has facilitated some small-scale projects such as the INternationalising STudent Education in Physiotherapy (INSTEP) initiative. At the conference, we ran workshops on internationalisation and staff development.

We have come back with a list of subject areas where our partners are looking for collaborations and a plan to run a short online course across the network which will help colleagues to make connections and think about accessible ways to internationalise their existing courses or introduce opportunities for staff and student mobility. The subject areas where people have suggested collaboration are:

Faculty of Business and Law: Law, Languages (particularly German), Coaching (HR), International Business, Strategy, Sustainable Management, Social Innovation, Marketing, Sales and Consultancy.

Faculty of Education: Secondary education

Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science: English language, Narratives in Art

Faculty of Science and Engineering: Materials Science and Nanotechnology

We also had interest from colleagues interested in more general topics related to teaching or research: the use of narratives and story-telling in teaching and in arts practice, coaching, learning teams, cultural differences, online learning.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.



Picture: What else would you eat for a conference lunch in Hamburg? 





Confessions of a Newtt*

We share here a story of a new member of staff who approached a colleague from CELT to be mentored. Updates on the relationship and how this is shaping practice will follow throughout the year.

If you would consider support in the form of coaching and/or mentoring to develop your  teaching further, please get in touch with colleagues in CELT. We are all very happy to discuss opportunities and help you!

“I’m new to MMU, I’m new to the big, wide, wonderful world of academia and I’m determined to be a Newtt – i.e. a new educator who tests n’ tweaks to optimise the user experience.

Now, that may be the language of someone who specialises in digital human behaviour but it’s an ethos that’s fuelled my industry career these past 20 years. Plus, it’s something I pretty much live and die by. So when I joined MMU as a senior lecturer in July this year, one of the first things I wrote on my ‘to do list’ was to seek out a like-minded and experienced mentor. Luckily, earlier in the year I’d completed CELT’s TALENT unit, which introduced me to the effervescent Dr Chrissi Nerantzi.

An email introduction and a Skype call later, Chrissi had agreed to be my mentor and we’ve got off to a flying start. She provides a wealth of perspective on both a practical and pedagogical basis and encourages me to explore and develop ideas. At this stage of my new academic career, it’s inspiring and comforting to know she’s in my corner. I’m already putting suggestions into practice, which is building my confidence as a new lecturer and helping to provide students with a practical learning experience. Let’s hope the mid-term survey feedback is reflected in those ISS scores!”

*New educator who tests n’ tweaks

Katrina Ingram our CELT Historian


Katrina our CPD Academic Administrator studied MA History at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015/16.  Katrina chose to research four medieval outlaws for her MA dissertation, which she completed in September 2016.  She decided to put this research to further use and submitted a conference paper entitled ‘Remembering Hereward the Wake and Eustace the Monk’. The theme of the conference was ‘Myth and National Identity’ and Katrina researched how these two outlaws tied in with English Identity.

This conference paper was submitted as an article to HIVE, a new Post Graduate Journal for the Faculty of Art & Humanities.  Well done Katrina who is now a published author.

If you would like to read Katrina’s article just click on this link