Join two weeks of open learning and development – #FOS201 and #creativeHEjam (inc call for contributions)

#FOS201 – Flexible, open and social learning

5-14 June 2020

FIND OUT MORE: @fos4l: #FOS201


  • Digital literacies
  • Flexible pedagogies
  • Supporting learning
  • Communities and collaboration
  • Open education (including linking to #creativeHEjam)

In #FOS201 you will:

  • be supported by distributed volunteer facilitators across 10 NW institutions
  • have the opportunity to engage in inquiry-based activities
  • select what you would like to do, how, when (and with whom)
  • and if you wish, be part of a community to learn with and from each other…
  • and of course, experiment with and experience new approaches and consider some of these for your own practice.

You can do as much or as little as you wish in any order. You may even just focus on one of the above for the main part of the course. Whatever is useful for you! We look forward to learning together

Sean, Paul, Peter, Alex, Tünde, Emma, Hassan, Dawn, Craig, Paul, Neil and Chrissi (The #FOS201 team)


Creativity in Quarantine: Announcing the 2020 #creativeHEjam

12-19 June 2020

FIND OUT MORE: #creativeHE #creativeHEjam

The time for our second #creativeHEjam is approaching and how different it is this year! We would like to get together remotely and celebrate resourcefulness and creativity in supporting students’ learning in times of adversity.

Outline Programme

  • 12 June 2020, 12:00-14:00 Join us live online for a practice sharing marketplace Book your place on the live session here
  • 15-18 June 2020 Join in asynchronously (whenever suits you) with our daily discussion and short creative challenge
  • 19 June 2020, 12:00-14:00 Join us live online to reflect on your #creativeHEjam experience and discuss the future of a new normal in facilitating learning

You can join us for one element of the jam or jump in and experience the whole festival, the choice is yours!

Anna, Emma, Chrissi, Neil, Sandra, Norman, Alex, Rachelle and Hannah (The #creativeHEjam team)

Call for Contributions – #creativeHEjam 2020

We would love for you to share your lockdown story via the marketplace on 12 June. 15-minute slots will be allocated to contributors and it is completely up to you how you would like to use that time! Perhaps you would like to talk through your experience via an object or presentation. You could share what has gone well for you during lockdown, or what has gone wrong! Maybe you would like to lead a debate or demonstrate an activity or perhaps you have an idea that you would value feedback on. This is your space to share practice and learn from the collective #creativeHE community Submit your contribution idea here before 31 May


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

CELT’s Workshop Programme

CELT’s Workshop Programmetaletoolkit

CELT’s 2016/2017 Teaching and Learning Essentials (TALE) workshop programme is open to all academic colleagues at MMU, as well as professional and technical services colleagues working in student facing roles. There are sessions on key themes such as personal tutoring, assessment, student confidence and employability, as well as sessions such as, group work, digital interactivity in lectures and learning through objects to refresh teaching practice. Here is the link to view the programme and book a place

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

CPD: Engaging with Education for Sustainable Development

Engaging with Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Wednesday 2nd Mar 2016, 10am-12noon, Business School, 4.06a

Engaging with ESD is an introductory level workshop for all practitioners involved in supporting student learning. You will have the opportunity to identify your role in educating MMU students for responsible futures. You will also learn about ESD in national and institutional contexts.

This is part of the Teaching and Learning Essentials (TALE) programme

Full details about TALE and registration to workshops:

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Student summer school in Finland

Our partners in Finland, the Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS), are running  three International Summer School courses for students in August 2016:

  1. Game Development
  2. Introducing and Exploring Intercultural Relations in Everyday Life
  3. Urban Ecology and Design

These are fee-paying courses but may be of interest to students in some areas. Further information about the summer schools can be found at:


Internationalising the Curriculum? Global Citizenship? Education for Sustainable Development?

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During the Global Citizens project in 2013, we asked staff and students about how global citizenship was embedded into theircurricula. We found that there were many examples but that staff did not always recognise these as such. For example, in some health programmes, staff felt that they teach many of the aspects that might be thought of as being about global citizenship but thatthese were often couched in terms of access to education or access to healthcare in the UK.

One of the outcomes of the project is a staff development unit, Global Citizens Global Learners, which aims to surface and develop curricular examples, and to discuss our own identities and experience around the concepts of global citizenship,internationalising the curriculum, ESD and other related concepts
and their appearance and emphasis in our own academic disciplines.

The first session is on 5th May, and staff are welcome to attend any or all of the four sessions in May. More information and to sign up:

CELT also offer a bespoke workshops for staff development around Internationalising the Curriculum. For more information or to contribute an example to the HEA project currently in train, please contact Alicia Prowse

Post contributed by Alicia Prowse, Principal Lecturer in CELT.

New resources for Programme Leaders

For a little while, programme leaders have been asking for extended provision from CELT. We have produced quite a lot of resources related to programme design, but we didn’t have too much on programme management. Once we started asking people what should be in the resources, we were bombarded with ideas. We knew programme leaders had a lot to do, but seeing the list of expectations was quite sobering. We’ve tried to work with this list to develop a set of courses and resources which will help.

During the autumn term, we ran workshops for programme leaders and talked to a range of central and faculty support services. As a result of this,  we have developed some new resources which aim to provide guidance on a variety of procedural aspects of programme leadership. These are still under development but it would be really helpful if you would have a look at them and give us some feedback. You can look at the tasks by term, by category or by A-Z.

In addition to this, we’ve almost finished drafting some overarching materials which aim to help programme leaders at a more strategic level. For example, can you actually plan your marking and moderation schedule without having an overview of what you want assessment to achieve? How do you set targets for progression on your programme? What’s the best induction strategy for your typical mix of students? How can you delegate tasks to members of the team if there isn’t a clear approach at departmental level?  We’ll be discussing these at the next set of T50 workshops on 27, 28 and 29 January. Please do come along and contribute to the discussion and development of these programme strategies. Please note that the same workshop is being repeated twice. You can register for these via MyHR; search for T50@MMU – Programme Leaders 2 in the catalogue.

We have also recently updated our resources on programme development, including the sections on writing the learning, teaching and assessment aspects of a programme specification.

And finally, we’re starting a free, open, online course starts next Friday, 16 January for programme leaders and link tutors. It’s open to colleagues at MMU or elsewhere, and you don’t actually need to be a programme leader – insight into programme leadership may also make you a more effective part of a programme team. You can register here or just join in online. There will be weekly webinars at 1pm on Fridays; you don’t need to commit to the whole  course.