Lecture Capture event at Loughborough 17th December – PROGRAMME NOW AVAILABLE

Lecture Capture event 17 Dec 14On Wednesday December 17th the Centre for Academic Practice is holding its second lecture capture mini-conference, open to both Loughborough staff and external delegates. Over 60 people have already booked.

Entitled Lecture Capture: Building the Evidence Base,  the workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to engage in conversation around the evidence base for the value of lecture capture, stimulated by informal presentations by practitioners from across HE.

The event is to be hosted in the Brockington Extension from 9.15am – 4pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

LCprogrammeDec14The format is based on short presentations with ample opportunity for discussion.

The programme is available here.

The event is intended for academics, learning technologists, quality enhancement staff, and educational researchers – and anyone else with an interest in making effective use of lecture capture (LC).

As many institutions are scaling up the use of LC, it remains a contentious area, with many academic staff still questioning whether the resources now being invested are justified. Learning technologists are being challenged to produce evidence that the introduction of lecture capture has a positive impact on learning outcomes. We would particularly welcome delegates who have concerns or who are sceptical as to the value of LC.

This event provides an opportunity for who have been undertaking monitoring and evaluation projects to share their findings so far. Presentations will cover both institution-wide and small-scale studies.

Deadline for bookings: 9am Monday 15th December


 

Attention Camtasia users!

Techsmith FuseIf you’re a Camtasia user (and we have many here on campus, making narrated screen recordings for a variety of purposes), you might be interested in a new multi-platform app Techsmith have brought out called Fuse. This works with the latest versions of Camtasia (8.4) and allows you to send images and videos instantly from your smartphone to Camtasia on your PC. It’s easy to set up and the connection / transfer process is slick.

This is ideal if you’re recording ‘talking heads’ interviews, as we do frequently in the Centre for Academic Practice, and you want to speed up the editing process. The app works with Techsmith’s Snagit image editor too. Recommended.

The blog is dead – long live the blog!

Merging of the Blogs[Reposted] After over 4 years of regular posting, we’ve now taken the decision to merge the Loughborough E-learning Blog into the Teaching and Learning Blog.

This reflects the fact that e-learning is no longer seen as a standalone activity but is increasingly embedded into mainstream teaching and learning.

There is a wealth of historical posts from both blogs and you can still access these using the search box or the ‘Categories’ drop-down menu.

Please bookmark this new address – or better still, subscribe to the RSS feed!

 

Lecture Capture event at Loughborough 17th December

Lecture Capture event 17 Dec 14On Wednesday December 17th the Centre for Academic Practice is holding its second lecture capture mini-conference, open to both Loughborough staff and external delegates.

Entitled Lecture Capture: Building the Evidence Base,  the workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to engage in conversation around the evidence base for the value of lecture capture, stimulated by informal presentations by practitioners from across HE. Lboro staff should contact the organiser, Charles Shields, directly to book a place. If you work at another institution, click here to book.

The event is to be hosted in the Brockington Extension from 9.15am – 4pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

LCprogrammeDec14The format is based on short presentations with ample opportunity for discussion.

The programme is available here.

The event is intended for academics, learning technologists, quality enhancement staff, and educational researchers – and anyone else with an interest in making effective use of lecture capture (LC).

As many institutions are scaling up the use of LC, it remains a contentious area, with many academic staff still questioning whether the resources now being invested are justified. Learning technologists are being challenged to produce evidence that the introduction of lecture capture has a positive impact on learning outcomes. We would particularly welcome delegates who have concerns or who are sceptical as to the value of LC.

This event provides an opportunity for who have been undertaking monitoring and evaluation projects to share their findings so far. Presentations will cover both institution-wide and small-scale studies.

Please e-mail c.f.g.shields@lboro.ac.uk for further information.
Payments can be made through the Loughborough online store from November 19th. The event is priced at £50.00 for external delegates.

Deadline for bookings: 9am Monday 15th December

Shopping cartCLICK HERE TO BOOK!

 

Equality and diversity for academics – updated resources

The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), a body that centres on advancing equality and diversity across universities and colleges, has updated its online resources for academics. As the ECU says, these tools are aimed at “ensuring that higher education institutions are inclusive and accessible, and encourage good relations between the diverse groups that study, work, or otherwise engage with them”. Now located at http://ecu.wpengine.com/publications/e-and-d-for-academics-factsheets/, and further to a previous Equality and diversity for academics posting on this Teaching and Learning Blog, these resources “are designed to help raise awareness among academic staff of their responsibilities in this area and promote the development of equality and diversity expertise as a key competence for teaching and learning”. The four short ECU factsheets that colleagues might find to be particularly useful are as follows:

  • The legal framework: England, Wales – as this document says, “domestic and European legislation relating to equality and human rights provides the context within which teaching and learning are delivered”;
  • Inclusive practice – this resource states that inclusive practice “recognises the diversity of students, enabling all students to access course content, fully participate in learning activities and demonstrate their knowledge and strengths at assessment. Inclusive practice values the diversity of the student body as a resource that enhances the learning experience”;
  • Pastoral care – in terms of pastoral care, it is clear that academic staff “have a critical role to play, being best placed to observe behaviour in the learning environment that might indicate that a student is in need of support. The relationship between academic achievement and resilience in dealing with personal issues is well documented, and a student who receives relevant and timely support in dealing with the problems of everyday life is more likely to have the energy and motivation to do well in their studies”; and
  • Promoting good relations – finally, it is also readily apparent that academic staff also “have a critical role to play in promoting good relations in the design and delivery of courses, and in the relationships they build with students”.

More information on these resources is available from Abida Akram (Staff Development Adviser (Equality & Diversity), Staff Development) via email at A.P.Akram@lboro.ac.uk or by telephone on 01509 222389. Co-presented with Nick Allsopp (Head of Academic Practice, Teaching Centre), contactable via email at N.J.Allsopp@lboro.ac.uk or by telephone on 01509 564662, the ‘Designing for Inclusivity’ workshop which will make use of these materials is part of the Teaching Centre’s CPD provision for Loughborough University staff.

Teaching Centre/Graduate School job opportunity – 'Research Staff and Student Development Adviser'

Loughborough University logoThe Teaching Centre – set to be relaunched on October 3rd as the Centre for Academic Practice – and the Graduate School are in the process of appointing a Research Staff and Student Development Adviser.

As the job description says, the successful candidate will be asked: “To contribute to the strategic objectives of the University by supporting the development of postgraduate research students and research staff at all career stages. This will encompass the design, promotion, delivery and the evaluation of training and development programmes, with specific responsibility for leading the enhancement of the online provision for researchers. The post-holder will be expected to foster and embed a research informed, evidence-based approach to researcher development. This is a joint appointment between the Teaching Centre (soon to be renamed the Centre for Academic Practice) and the Graduate School. The post holder will be based in the Teaching Centre and will also be expected to liaise closely with the Research Office, the Research Student Office and in particular with the Researcher Development Manager whose role is to provide strategic direction for researcher development activities at Loughborough. Although based at Loughborough the post-holder will also be expected to contribute to activities for the Loughborough in London campus.”

Interested persons are welcome to make informal enquiries either to Dr Nick Allsopp (Head of Academic Practice, Teaching Centre) by email at N.J.Allsopp@lboro.ac.uk or by telephone on 01509 564662 or to Dr Carol Robinson (Director of the Teaching Centre) by email at C.L.Robinson@lboro.ac.uk or by telephone on 01509 228252. Further details are available online through the University’s Job vacancies pages, with the Research Staff and Student Development Adviser job description and person specification also offering more detail.

iPads in teaching

Over the last year we’ve been looking at different ways in which tablets can be used in learning and teaching. Last autumn we held a tablets workshop at which Ola Aiyegbayo from the University of Huddersfield gave a presentation based on his research project in this area.

He’s just released an infographic animation setting out his findings. You can view this on Vimeo below.

 

iPad Research Study Animation from Olaojo Aiyegbayo on Vimeo.