On behalf of Gillian Judson and Norman Jackson
On behalf of Gillian Judson and Norman Jackson
This request has been posted to a Jiscmail list, and we thought it might be of interest to more people. Please contact the authors directly if you are interested in contributing.
“We are inviting short case studies on what enables someone to develop their teaching. This is for the second edition of Kahn & Walsh’s (now Kahn & Anderson) Developing your Teaching, and we would like to refresh the case studies. The book is part of Routledge’s popular Key Guides for Effective Teaching in Higher Education series, edited by Kate Exley.
Do you have an anecdote or incident on how you have developed your teaching that you could share? Case studies were a well-received feature of the first edition, with a high profile within the book. Contributing a case study in this way can provide greater exposure for your ideas, and your name and institutional affiliation will be included within the text.
We would like to see a focus on the processes of developing your teaching. What is it that has enabled you to demonstrate excellence in your teaching? We are looking for case studies that link to the chapter titles below. We are also interested in case studies that are co-authored with students.
Why not take a look at the first edition at Google Books ?
Dr Peter Kahn, Director, Centre for Higher Education Studies, University of Liverpool firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Lorraine Anderson, Assistant Director Student Services & Head of the Academic Skills Centre, University of Dundee email@example.com”
#creativeHE is an open collaborative community for creative and innovative practitioners which exists online at https://plus.google.com/communities/110898703741307769041 through which a series of events and courses have been offered by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University in partnership with Creative Academic and facilitators from a range of institutions nationally and internationally.
We will continue connecting, collaborating, experimenting and learning together online this year and have just launched the Creativity in Practice project led by Prof. Norman Jackson.
More info about the #creativeHE initiative:
It aims to support pedagogical rebels and free-thinking innovators in experimenting with, developing, sharing and getting support for novel learning and teaching ideas as well as initiate and disseminate research activity around these that have the power to transform the student and staff experience within and beyond institutional boundaries.
This community is open to anyone who would like to join, academic staff, students and the wider public. All who have an interest in creative and innovative approaches to teaching and helping others learn.
We meet physically on a monthly basis, each time at a different institution. During our meetups, we will have the opportunity to get to know each other, share and grow new ideas, take risks and support each other in our creative adventures, experiment and play, as well as test and develop pedagogical ideas and identify ways to take them forward.
We will continue using the #creativeHE online community space which now supports and connects a global community of over 600 people. Furthermore, this space will offer additional opportunities for professional development through online discussions, events and courses that are organised through #creativeHE, the Creative Academic and the wider academic community. The openly licensed #101creativeideas project will help us collect and share our ideas and the pedagogic innovators project (#pin) to engage in related research activities.
We suggest that each meetup features time for socialising. As the meetups will all be free and open, we encourage each participant to bring a gift of food and/or non-alcoholic drinks to share with other participants. Homemade and more healthy contributions are very welcome as are foods from different cultures. In this simple way we aim to encourage sharing of the many cultures that make up our society.
The institutional contact will coordinate the monthly gathering and a booking system will be in place through CELT at Manchester Metropolitan University. If you would like to become a #creativeHE champion in your institution, please get in touch with us.
We are really looking forward to seeing you again online and locally,
Chrissi on behalf of the #creativeHE team
GREAT THINGS HAPPEN WHEN PEOPLE COLLABORATE TO LEARN TOGETHER
Update after the meetup
This time we discussed the creative use of social media for learning and teaching. This topic emerged directly through conversations we had during a previous meetup and I think it is a wonderful way to come-up with a focus instead of randomly picking one. It was a smaller group this time but the conversations and sharing were deep. A colleague from Bournemouth university joined us and engaged us in a series that of drawing activities based on her doctorate real research. While these were low tech, we did make the connection to social media and how we could use these as well to add a digital dimension to create alternative and additional opportunities for expression, sharing and collaborative drawing. We could see parallels to the use of LEGO SERIOUS PLAY but also differences and agreed that drawing is a valuable tool in our toolkit that can be interwoven into classroom practice, in and outside the classroom, in the physical and online classroom. Our next meetup is in May at the University of Salford.
We would like to inform you that the Higher Education Academy has made an announcement that the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTF) and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) will be offered again this year. The official call for the NTF opened on the 12th of February and the deadline for institutional submission is the 30th of April. The CATE call will open on the 5th of March with further information released then.
CELT has created a special section for colleagues and teams to submit their expressions of interest via a webform to be considered for a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) or Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) application.
Expression of interest for an NTF application http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/ntfs/index.php
Expression of interest for CATE application http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/good_practice/recognising/cate.php
On the NTF page, you will find the HEA NTF guidelines under Applying for Fellowship http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/ntfs/index.php
This will take place on the the 8th of March at 11am at Manchester Metropolitan University. Colleagues from Manchester Met and from across the region are very welcome to join this.
Please register at http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/cpd/viewcourse.php?unit_id=28
Further support events have been scheduled across the UK. Please follow the tweet below.
— Viv Rolfe (@VivienRolfe) February 18, 2018
Colleagues from CELT will then be in touch and support individuals and teams before a decision at institutional level is made, about which applications will be submitted to the Higher Education Academy.
The institution is entitled to put forward three NTF applications and one CATE application.
Please share this message with colleagues and teams who deserve to be recognised for their excellence in teaching nationally.
Staff and students are warmly invited to a unique Wellbeing workshop with our very own Gail Spencer on the 14th of February 12-2 pm in Seeley 0.20 to immerse themselves into creative making activities using clay and other materials, for relaxation and regeneration of our minds and bodies. We decided to combine this with our monthly #creativeHE meetup to open-it up to colleagues and students around the region.
Come along with your ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
Get inspired by others!
Create something unique for you and a loved one.
We would like this to be the first in a series of workshops to come together more regularly and co-create an artwork that reflects our lives on the Cheshire campus. Come along to explore future workshops together.
Gail, Chrissi and Mike
After the workshop
Our fifth meetup took place at the ManMet campus in Cheshire. It was on Valentine’s day and it was a makers workshop. Gail Spencer immersed us into a range of creative activities using printmaking, clay, handmade paper, sewing. It was a wonderful experience and very relaxing. We all had the chance to immerse ourselves in making art through which we demonstrated our love, love to create and also started exploring how art could create stimulating learning and teaching experiences. There is so much potential to use art- and making-based learning approaches to create hands-on immersive learning experiences that help us express in creative ways.
On Wednesday 24 January, we were visited by Dr Ender Özcan and Dr Carmen Tomas from the University of Nottingham for a research seminar about moderation. Ender is an assistant professor of Operational Research and Computer Science with the Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning (ASAP) research group in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, and the level 3 and level 4 undergraduate project coordinator for the School. Carmen is the Assessment Adviser for the University of Nottingham and works on the Teaching Transformation Programme leading on the area of assessment.
Ender and Carmen explained about their implementation of a novel approach to moderation of dissertations and project reports. Carmen explained the background to the project, which aims to ensure consistency and confidence in determining final grades. Like all the best projects, the assessment advisor and the head of computer science found that they were thinking along the same lines and were able to combine forces to create a new approach. I may be over-simplifying here, but the process goes something like this: the supervisor first-marks the assignment and submits a grade. At the same time, three colleagues read the submission in less depth. Each allocates the assignment to a grade band and submits this. Ender then compares the median marks. If the grades are in the same band, as 79% are (16% were identical), then the supervisor’s mark stands. If there is a wide gap, then the project is systematically referred to a full second marking. If there is more than six marks of difference across the markers, then the panel meets to discuss the final grade.
Student submissions are 15,000 words each. Each panel member reviews around 28 submissions and reported that they took between 10 and 30 minutes to review each one, compared to 90 minutes for a full, detailed, grading with feedback production.
Following the seminar, we had a lively debate about the pros and cons of introducing such an approach at Manchester Met. We talked about how this approach would mitigate the risk of single/bilateral marking groups. We also talked about whether it would mask weaker supervision, because the extreme grades may get removed during the process. Ender and Carmen said that there are now more first class marks than there used to be, but that this may be because of the simultaneous introduction of an analytic rubric.
Our thanks to Carmen and Ender for coming over to present to us and for engaging in a stimulating and robust discussion.