12 Apps of Christmas 2016 #12AoC


Are you interested in exploring which free mobile apps could help you in your teaching or supporting your students?

Would you like to take part in a fun, free, practical online course this December?

Then the 12 Apps of Christmas could be for you.

Last year, over 1000 participants from around the world took part in a new open course hosted by Regent’s University London – the 12 Apps of Christmas.  In just a few minutes a day, they learned about and tried out a range of free mobile apps with potential classroom use, built a community of practice, and had fun doing so.

The course was a success, winning the Credo Digital Information Literacy Award and inspiring people to run versions at other institutions.

Now, the original is back – better than ever! From 1st to 16th December 2016.

The 12 Apps of Christmas 2016 will offer a completely new range of carefully selected apps, while keeping to the same simple, entertaining formula which made it so successful last year. Expect guest posts, engaging hands-on activities, and a chance to be part of a friendly, enquiring community of educators worldwide.

And for those of you who took part last year – yes, we’re afraid the Christmas cracker jokes will be back…

To enrol on the 12 Apps of Christmas 2016, go to:


Watch the video here:


Twitter: @12AoC #12AoC


101 Creative Ideas

In September we launched the 101 Creative Ideas project to curate and share ideas for creativity in learning and teaching in Higher Education. We’ve been really impressed by the contribution that have come in since!

We’ve have ideas for novel approaches to common academic activities, such as academic reading. For example, Sandra Sinfield of London Met University contributed an idea for creating ‘Scrolls’ as a way to tackle course texts with students.

Some ideas have looked at different or additional ways to demonstrate learning. For example, Juliette Wilson-Thomas, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education here at Manchester Metropolitan University, suggested asking peer reviewers to respond to work with colleges or poem instead of the ordinary written text (see Creative Peer Reviewers).

Several of the contributions have been about techniques for encouraging creative thinking in both staff and students. Teryl Cartwright, a writer and education from the USA, contributed one of each: for students, you could try running a session where they can only answer questions with questions; and for staff, try creating analogies from within your discipline to use as teaching aids.

We welcome further contributions to the project! To do this, you just need to fill in this short form: 101creativeideas.wordpress.com/contribute

#101creativeideas is a #greenhouse contribution and part of the year long Creativity in Higher Education Project led by Creative Academic. To find out more, please check out www.creativeacademic.uk/2016-17-programme

101 Creative Ideas project

logo_1We are about to bring to life the 101 Creative Ideas project. This is a fantastic opportunity for YOU to share your creative ideas on how to encourage, support and/or assess students’ creativity in higher education. Ideas can be big or small but we are looking for concise descriptions of no more than 50-80 words.

So if you are doing something that is interesting or novel in your practice, please click here and share your idea.

All ideas will be credited and made available through an online OER collection under a  CC BY NC 4.0 licence.

A panel consisting of students and practitioners in higher education will decide on the 101 most interesting ideas which will be turned into a published resource. These will be a valuable resource to refresh teaching and support further creative projects.

You can start submitting your ideas now and they will be collated and reviewed in January. The 101 ideas that are selected will be shared via Twitter 1 idea per day up to the start of the World Creativity and Innovation Week in April 2017.

#101creativeideas is a #greenhouse contribution and part of the year long Creativity in Higher Education Project led by Creative Academic. To find out more, please check out http://www.creativeacademic.uk/2016-17-programme.html

Thank you in advance for your contributions,
Eleanor Hannan and Chrissi Nerantzi

TALE Autumn Workshop Programme


It is a new term, and CELT’s Teaching and Learning Essentials (TALE) programme is back!

TALE workshops are of particular interest to associate lecturers (ALs), academics, graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and professional and technical staff involved with supporting student learning.

We are also excited to introduce new workshops developed with partners across the university, including MMU Special Collections, the Disability Service, Counselling and Wellbeing service, and LRT.

Here is the full autumn programme:

3Ps (Planning, Preparation and Purpose)
Wed 21st Sept, 9:30-15:30, Cheshire campus
Introduces session planning, inclusive practice, learning levels and writing learning outcomes. There is also opportunity to explore creative ways to deliver teaching and evaluate that learning has happened. Book online.

Transition into Higher Education
Thurs 29th Sept, 10:00-12:00
This is the ideal time of year to attend CELT’s Transitions into Higher Education workshop. We’ll consider the student experience as they move into Higher Education and generates practical techniques to promote a positive transition. Book online.

Introduction to Unit Leadership
Wed 5th Oct, 14:00-16:00
Outlines the role and responsibilities of unit leaders, highlight useful resources and provide opportunities for questions and answers. Book online.

Thurs 6th & 13th Oct, 9:30-15:30, Cheshire Campus
Microteaching is a two-day intensive follow on workshop, which practically applies many of the skills introduced in 3Ps -Planning, Preparation and Purpose. This workshop is highly experiential using microteaching, peer review and action learning techniques to develop practice.
Only available to people who have completed 3Ps Book online.

Group Work
Mon 17th Oct, 10:00-12:00
Shares techniques for organising seminars/group work and provides creative space to design interactive activities for use in teaching or supporting learning. Book online.

Introduction to Assessment, Marking and Feedback
Wed 19th Oct, 10:00-12:00
Are you new (or relatively new) to marking and assessment? Do you want to know more about marking practices and standardisation at MMU? Then the introduction to assessment workshop is the ideal CPD option for you. This practical session includes an opportunity to do some marking, work as a member of a marking team and to write developmental feedback. There will be opportunities to share your experiences and learn from other members of the group. Book online.

New Digital Interactivity in Lectures
Tues 25th Oct, 10:00-12:00
Introduces a number of freely available and user-friendly software options to increase student interactivity in lectures. Options explored include polling systems, MMU video options, text wall etc. Book online.
Co-developed and delivered by Learning and Research Technologies and CELT

Engaging and Supporting Disabled Students
Thur 27th Oct, 9:30-12:00
Contextualises how MMU works to provide an inclusive experience for disabled students in their learning and assessment activities. The workshop will look at processes and procedures in place whilst keeping the sense of student learning central to discussions. Book online.
Co-developed and delivered by The Disability Service and CELT.

Tools and Techniques for Personal Tutoring
Fri 28th Oct, 13:00-15:00
Explores how to use coaching approaches in personal tutoring and some useful techniques for managing difficult conversations with students. Book online.

New Introduction to Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Services
Thurs 3rd Nov, 10:00-11:00
Provides an overview to counselling, health and wellbeing services available to students at MMU. The session considers some scenarios in learning and teaching contexts to explore how and when to refer students to professional services. Book online.
Co-developed and delivered by the Counselling and Wellbeing service and CELT

New Assessment at MMU
Fri 4th Nov, 11:00-12:00
Are you an experienced academic used to marking student work? Do you want to know more about assessment practice and the resources available at MMU? Then this is the session for you. Book online.

Managing Large Groups
Wed 9th Nov, 10:00-12:00
Considers strategies to optimise the learning potential when working with larger groups. The session will also consider how to promote positive student behaviours. Book online.

3Ps (Planning, Preparation and Purpose)
Mon 14th Nov, 10:00-16:00
Purpose introduces session planning, inclusive practice, learning levels and writing learning outcomes. There is also opportunity to explore creative ways to deliver teaching and evaluate that learning has happened. Book online.

New Introduction to Employability
Wed 23rd Nov, 10:00-11:00
Defines employability in a Higher Education context and highlights the services, support and opportunities available at MMU, so that you can best support your students. This introductory session is appropriate for colleagues with little or no experience of employability. Book online.
Co-developed and delivered by Careers and Employability and CELT.

Mon 28th Nov & 12th Dec, 10:00-16:00
Microteaching is a two-day intensive follow on workshop, which practically applies many of the skills introduced in 3Ps -Planning, Preparation and Purpose. This workshop is highly experiential using microteaching, peer review and action learning techniques to develop practice.
Only available to people who have completed 3Ps Book online.

Engaging with Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Mon 5th Dec, 13:00-15:00, Special Collections
This is an introductory level workshop for all practitioners involved in supporting student learning. You will learn about ESD in national and institutional contexts. You will also identify your role in educating MMU students for responsible futures. Book online.
Co-developed and delivered by Special Collections, Science and the Environment and CELT

New Helping Students in Distress
Thurs 8th Dec, 10:00-12:00
Considers the practical techniques and effective referrals that staff can use to support students in distress. The session considers mental health & well-being perspectives in learning and teaching contexts.  Book online.
Co-developed and delivered by the Counselling and Wellbeing service and CELT

For more information, go to www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/tale

Postgraduate Certificate/Masters in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education 2016-17

The timetable for 2016-17 for CELT’s Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE) and Masters in Higher Education (MAHE) units is now available on the CELT website.

Existing participants can now register for any of next year’s units here.

New participants can also apply – you will need to complete an application form (see infographic of the application process). Links to the relevant unit webpages and the application for can be found at www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/cpd/accredited/pgclthe as well as more information about entry requirements, admissions, delivery and contacts.

Note: The PGCLTHE and MAHE are available free to MMU staff with teaching and assessment responsibilities. There are also opportunities for staff in support roles and postgraduate students with teaching.

Not sure which is for you? Try the CPD Route Planner

Festival of Learning and Teaching: Programme Available Now!

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CELT is very pleased to share the programme of the Festival of Learning and Teaching for June 2016! There are over 50 events, workshops and talks taking place, so there is something for everyone.

We’ve categorised the events to 6 themes –

It is easy to select events according to which campus you’d like to attend on as well. Simply select Crewe or Manchester to filter the results.

We’ll be offering a prize draw entry to anyone who attends three or more Festival sessions. You can also use attendance at the Festival sessions to form a basis for aFLEX portfolio which you can use for credit towards a PGC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, or an MA in Higher Education, or to support an application forHigher Education Academy professional recognition. Collaborative partners and other guests are welcome to attend sessions.

Go to www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/festival/ to see all the events and to book.

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Creative Support for Reflection and Assessment – Complexities in Assessment –  Skills Fair –  How to… set up your first digital portfolio – Academic Study Skills: Critical reading and writing –  Distance Working –  Interdisciplinary Collaboration –  Academic Study Skills: Presentation Skills –  Digital Portfolios –  What’s your curriculum for? Embedding Sustainability –  An Introduction to Moodle 3 –  Delivering an Inclusive Curriculum –  Augmented Reality – a concept too far? –  Learning Through Objects –  Making your Moodle areas more student-friendly –  Personalising Education –  Academic Study Skills: Masters Level Writing –  Induction Challenge –  Extending Your Practice – Learning & Teaching in Computing, Maths & Digital Technology –  Supporting Transitions –  Interdisciplinary Teaching –  How to … use video with your students –  Play your Mods Right –  Stand and Deliver? –  OMG Manchester –  Steps to Internationalisation –  Academic Study Skills: Planning Demystified –  Pedagogic Research in HE drop in session –  A will to learn … –   Academic Study Skills: Exam Techniques – Planning for PARM (Preparing your documentation) –  CARPE Learning Lab –  Ready Steady Teach –  Academic Study Skills –  Novel approaches – What’s your story: using collaborative story-making to enhance learning –  How to… do basic video editing for your teaching

Call for Contributions – Summer Festival of Learning and Teaching

Festival L&T Banner_finalThe Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is pleased to announce the CELT summer Festival of Learning and Teaching.

As you probably know, we normally run an annual conference in the summer term which focuses on learning and teaching at MMU. This year, we’re taking a slightly different approach, and we’re planning a more distributed conference over the month of June. The Festival will give all MMU staff an opportunity to share their own good practice, find out more about interesting approaches and resources used at MMU and in other institutions and to collaborate with colleagues both at MMU and internationally.  In addition, we are linking the Festival to an exciting collaboration with our CARPE partners: a summer school for staff who’d like to find out more about joint teaching and research across the CARPE network.

There will be several events offered each week during June, at both the All Saints and Crewe campuses. We will be releasing more information soon, but in the meantime we’d like to open the call for contributions and would like to encourage you to contribute to the Festival. Please visit the Festival website at to submit a contribution or to suggest something you’d like to see included. Deadline for proposals is 15 March 2016.