3rd Loughborough University Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2018: Educating for Success

We are delighted to announce the themes for our annual Learning and Teaching Conference, which is being held in West Park Teaching Hub on 27th June 2018. The themes are:

  • Digital Literacy
  • Engaging students in the learning process
  • Student Wellbeing
  • How do students learn?

The call for abstracts of approximately 300 words is now open and full papers will not be required. Abstracts should be emailed to Glynis Perkin (g.perkin@lboro.ac.uk) and Sarah Bamforth (s.e.bamforth@lboro.ac.uk)

This year there are several different types of sessions from which presenters will be able to choose.

  • 5-minute presentations – Themed Sessions
  • 10-minute presentations – Mini Master class
  • 50-minute sessions – Interactive Workshop or Presentation. Suggested Topics are Virtual Reality or Inclusivity, however, abstracts under the broader themes of the conference are also welcome.
  • 30-minute Campfire sessions (introduce a topic, facilitate and drive a discussion on the topic but not the content).

There are also other opportunities to contribute (abstract not required)

  • World Café – facilitate small group discussions on a pre-determined issue.
  • Technology Showcase – book a stand to demonstrate the technology you use to enhance learning. For example: virtual reality; subject in a box.

The conference website is now being developed and may be viewed at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/cap/lborolt18/ 

We look forward to welcoming you to a vibrant event showcasing current areas of interest.

Lecture Capture Conference Postscript

Jim Turner (photo courtesy of Sandra Huskinson)

Our 2nd lecture capture conference last month, attended by over 70 delegates, received very positive feedback and generated some fantastic debates about the value of lecture capture.

There was general agreement that it would be useful to run another event with a similar focus (on pedagogic research around lecture capture) later this year, and we’ll certainly look at doing this.

All the main presentations were captured and can be accessed below.

Morning session 1: http://review.lboro.ac.uk:8080/ess/echo/presentation/6237eb11-fe08-4e02-b6d4-5e2403d0567f

Morning session 2: http://review.lboro.ac.uk:8080/ess/echo/presentation/0cbd5ce9-b266-40f7-9f7b-e18895eecc22

Afternoon session: http://review.lboro.ac.uk:8080/ess/echo/presentation/1cde883b-9ee6-4fe0-bc5f-bd26cd1e5e69

Details of the sessions can be found here.

(Photo of Jim Turner courtesy of Sandra Huskinson)

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


 

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!

 

Student Social Media Showcase (Brighton) call for contributions

social media showcase

The forthcoming European Conference on Social Media, which is taking place at the University of Brighton on July 9th, 2014, is seeking applications from students to showcase their research into social media. The conference website is located at http://academic-conferences.org/ecsm/ecsm2014/ecsm14-committee.htm, while the showcase website is at http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/ssms/. Further information is also available from Sandra Huskinson (Online Development Officer, School of Business and Economics) if Loughborough staff and/or students are interested in taking part.

Teaching Innovation Awards showcase 6th Dec 2013

Lego Mindstorms

Lego Mindstorms image, by VetalruCC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday 6th December 2013 12:00pm – 1:45pm BE.0.53 (in School of Business and Economics)

Loughborough Teaching Awards recognise, celebrate and promote excellence in learning and teaching. At this showcase event, recipients of Teaching Innovation Awards 2012 share their findings to benefit other teaching staff and learning support staff at Loughborough. This cross-disciplinary event provides an introduction to the Teaching Innovation Awards from the recipients themselves, an opportunity to learn from innovative practices resulting from the awards and a chance to find inspiration from colleagues.

This year’s event has a new, shorter format. Following an introduction by Professor Morag Bell (PVC(T)), each recipient will give a 5 minute overview of their project. There will then be a buffet lunch and the opportunity for informal networking and discussions with the award winners.
The 2012 award recipients came from a wide range of academic schools/departments and support services across the University. Their varied projects included the following topics:

– Student Buddies: Developing a Sustainable Peer-Mentoring Scheme in Politics, History and International Relations

– Lego-based learning initiative for systems design and ergonomics teaching – efficiencies in teaching through the use of technology (Lego Mindstorms NXT: programmable robotics kit)

– Linking the local to the international: embedding oral history and eyewitness accounts into the curriculum

– Electronic Group Logbooks for Design Students: Creating Efficiencies in the Assessment of Visual Coursework

– E-Qual: Developing a reusable e-learning object for efficient teaching of qualitative coding

– Using Learn Wikis for discussion and development of multifaceted topics by a large enrolment class.

– Transferable technology and interactive and learner-centred activities in the History programmes

To find out more about the Teaching Innovation Awards, visit: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/teachingcentre/procedures-schemes/teachingawards/teachinginnovationawards/

For more information about this showcase event, please contact Dr Katryna Kalawsky (k.e.a.kalawsky@lboro.ac.uk).

Bookings should be made through http://my.hr.lboro.ac.uk .

Note that the event starts at midday, not 12.15 as previously indicated.

Keep taking the tablets

Tablets workshop 16 Oct 2013Our first ‘Tablets in Learning and Teaching’ workshop took place this week, with around 25 people dropping in at one point or another, including external presenters Dave Foord from the Tablet Academy and Ola Aiyegbayo from the University of Huddersfield.

We heard from Sara Ronca and Clare Hutton how they have been using their loan iPads so far this semester – with benefits and issues being apparent. We’ve been blogging over the summer about different techniques for ‘mirroring’ the display on the teaching room projector, and it’s clear that this is an area where glitches can occur. Clare talked, inter alia, about the Wasteland app she’s been using (ie relating to T S Eliot’s poem), and this looks fantastic – potentially transformative for teaching, in the way it makes it possible to navigate the text and brings in other media elements. Sara has been making use of the annotation capabilities of the iPad using a stylus.

Dave talked about his experiences of the primary, secondary and FE sectors, which are arguably ahead of HE in this area. We saw some inspiring examples of imaginative work created by children using a variety of iPad apps.

Ola presented early findings from his BJET project at Huddersfield, as well as looking at ways of categorising the use of tablets in teaching and learning. The key take-home message was that it’s not enough for institutions to simply hand out tablets to staff; in addition to technical set-up advice, staff need longer-term support in making the most of the technology, or they will either not use it or use it in ways which replicate what they have already been doing.

We’ll be organising further events on this theme over the course of the year.

 

eAssessment Event

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eAssessment Scotland are holding their annual eAssessment themed day event on 23rd August 2013. The day programme looks really good and varied and if the conference was held a little closer to home I would go without hesitation. But, unfortunately for me, it’s not. So I will have to make do with registering for the online conference. If you are interested in registering, which is free by the way, or want to have a look at the programme then you can do so by visiting the conference website.

Tablets in Learning and Teaching: MELSIG event 6th Sept

Smart Devices for Learning #2: using smartphones, tablets and apps to enhance learning

Host: University of Huddersfield, for MELSIG (Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group)

Date: Friday 6th September 2013

Description: Building on the interest and success of the first MELSIG smart device special focus event in February, academics, educational developers and learning technologists will have the opportunity to hear about and think about how smart technologies like Apple, Android and Windows smartphones and tablets are being used by students and staff to enhance learning. The aim of the day is to share and develop good practice in an important emerging field. The sessions being planned for the day will have a practical focus with opportunities for people to share their favourite apps and think about how this can enhance teaching and learning.

The full programme for the day is being developed here: http://melsig.shu.ac.uk/?page_id=350

MELSIG is run by and targeted at post-compulsory academics, learning technologists and educational developers. It hosts inspiring and leading edge events on how digital media and technology is enhancing the academic and student experience.

Registration:  http://melsighud.eventbrite.co.uk/

Cost: The event is free though a charge of £20 will be made to people who register and do not turn up on the day as demand usually exceeds places at MELSIG events.