Teaching and Learning Conference – Experience and Practice within College based HE

Friday 4th July, University Centre at Blackburn College

With Alicia Nordstrom, Director of CETL at Misericordia University, Pennsylvania ‘Remember the Data: Teaching Critical Thinking through Research-Based Assignments’

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Bookable here: http://www.blackburn.ac.uk/teach-learn-conf/

Extract from my presentation with Peter Shukie and David Meir

This presentation explores the project as a rhizomatic studio space, where the practice explored the use of virtual and real spaces to create in and share with others. The auto-ethnographic ‘self-surveillance’ process enabled observations to be made of a creative practice, gain insight into the creative process and consider the benefits of documenting, reflecting, and using recall techniques. The process of capturing and documenting not only informed the work but also formed the work itself with visual and audio narratives being incorporated.

 

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How to Avoid Digital Dead Ends – A Teaching & Learning Conference

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On the 9th July the University Centre at Blackburn College will be hosting an exciting teaching & learning conference. This year’s conference is open to external delegates and sees a range of speakers both present findings to research in relation to teaching and learning. Our keynote speaker Virginia Eubanks is flying in from New York to be a part of this exciting event and will present alongside a number of Blackburn College’s own staff members. We have 50 places available for this exciting event at £49 including lunch and refreshments. An outline of the programme is below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

9am – Registration

9.35 – Mindfulness Thinking

10:00 – Keynote Speaker – Virginia Eubanks

11:00 – Joanna Neil (Teaching by example and creating cultures of learning: digital tools and system for reflection and personal planning in teaching & learning)

The paper examines how case-studies have been used to promote a culture of sharing positive practice across college, enabling practitioners to learn from their innovative use of technology in teaching and learning. It focuses on studies that use technology to enhance reflection and planning such as Evernote, Mahara and WordPress. 

11:45 – Valarie Todd (Assessment: Feedback to feedforward)

The aim of this study is to formalise the process of assessment feedback to feedforward for student learning and growth. 

12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch (provided)

13:30 – Craig Hammond & Phil Johnson (Enhancing Employability via Community)

‘Community Challenge’ built on experiences acquired from involvement as a research partner in C-SAP’s ‘Cascading Social Sciences Open Educational Resources’ project in phase two of the UK-wide OER programme. The cascade’s reflexive research methods led to the implementation of a wiki-based staff development programme at UCBC called ‘Creativity for Edupunks?’

14:15 – Martin McAreavey (Herding Cats in Search of Employability Skills)

This paper looks at the development of a better process for matching students looking for an organisation to host their Business Research Project with employers seeking to benefit from ‘free consultancy with health warnings’ available through tapping into the intellectual resource available within our undergraduate student population.

15:00 – Alex Shukie (Supporting undergraduate engagement and achievement in STEM disciplines)

With funding from National HE STEM Project, the School of Science and Technology at UCBC developed an innovative, engaging and practical Mathematics ‘bridging’ course for new engineering students enrolling onto Higher National programmes. In 2012 the project team developed an online resource to not only to reduce contact time within College, but more importantly to introduce a blended learning approach to make mathematics engaging and relevant to learners in engineering disciplines.

15:45 – Close

 

For more information and a booking form please contact Amy Musgrove – a.musgrove@blackburn.ac.uk or phone 01254 292874.

Learning and Teaching Conference University Centre Blackburn College 2012

The theme of the conference is sharing and engaging others in good practice to enhance learning, teaching and assessment. This is particularly relevant in a rapidly changing external context where maintaining and continuing to enhance high quality will be crucial.

Key note speaker Paul Trowler: Engaging Students: Concepts, Practices and Resources

I will be doing a session at the conference with a colleague Deb Millar on Technology and community enhanced practice: Tweet, Pin and Scoop – Creative approaches to engaging in and sharing research.

I have spent the last 12 months exploring social media tools like Twitter, Pinterest and Scoop-It as methods for engaging students in collaborative practice and research. My current research is examining pinterest comments boxes as forum structures, where students can record their observations, exchange ideas and share good practice. These tools allow for curation and aggregation of content allowing students to develop skills in research and community practice.

UCBC Learning and Teaching Conference 2012

@sk – Academics Sharing Knowledge

The theme of the conference is sharing and engaging others in good practice to enhance learning, teaching and assessment. This is particularly relevant in a rapidly changing external context where maintaining and continuing to enhance high quality will be crucial.

Technology enhanced practice: Tweet, Pin and Scoop – Creative approaches to engaging in and documenting research

This presentation and paper will examine how online social networking micro blogging tools (Twitter) as well as ‘content curation’ platforms (Pinterest and Scoop-it) can be used for both synchronous and asynchronous activities with a focus on how these tools help to facilitate blended approaches to teaching and learning. These tools can be used to introduce good practice for academic research and referencing and can be used as selective research methods that encourage curation not aggregation of information. Curation online, requires skill ‘mastery, passion, knowledge and expertise. Without such additional layers, a curated collection of links is just a collection of links’ (Foremski 2011). How these tools can be used to encourage collaborative working practices as well as interactive discussion will also be illustrated. By their nature these tools can also be used to widen participation and be used for asynchronous activity. In addition to being used as academic research tools their uses for Social media profile development and networking opportunities will also be referred to.

Foremski, T 2011, Curation Is Not Cheap Content… weblog, accessed 14th March 2012< http://www.siliconvalleywatcher.com/mt/archives/2011/05/curation_and_ch.php >