Lecture Capture event at Loughborough 17th December

On 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 informalRead more

Loughborough Academic Awards

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Congratulations to all those that were nominated and won awards at the Loughborough Academic Awards (LAAs) for their brilliant teaching! Teaching award winners were: Extra Mile – Scott Varney (Social Sciences) E-Learning – Dr Julie Holland (Business and Economics) Agent of Change – Dr Zulfikar Adamu (Civil and Building Engineering) Inspiration – Dr Sarah Mills (Geography)/ Dr Nick Freeman (English and Drama) Personal TutorRead more

HEFCE report compares A level success and degree attainment

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A recent HEFCE report follows 130,000 home A-level students who entered  university education in  2007-8. The report compares a number of factors which affect success at university, including: ethnicity, household income, state versus independent schooling, GCSE performance and overall school performance.  This current report builds on previous work and affirms the previous findings that, although students from independentRead more

Biting the Bullet: ending Death by PowerPoint, part 4: animation

I have long known students aren’t always listening to us or looking at our slides, despite the feeling that if they are paying for something, they’d want to know what it was they were paying for. This logic doesn’t follow: there are dozens of digital distractions in a lecture theatre. A quiet walk around one,Read more

Biting the Bullet: ending Death by PowerPoint, part 3: text

Text I’ve made images the heart of my slides and the L&T experience. Now I turn to the use of text. I have two things going on. One is text applied over images, the other is a different use of text on its own. For both I apply animation. I’ll deal with the technical aspectRead more

New Loughborough MOOC

Loughborough is launching a new ‘mini MOOC’ on the Futurelearn platform. Getting to grips with mathematical symbolism is aimed at those who are considering studying science or engineering foundation courses at university level but who currently lack skills in maths. For further information see the in-depth post over on the E-learning Blog.Read more

Reminder- Teaching Awards

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Please note that the closing date for submission of documentation relating to Teaching Innovation Awards is Friday 7th March 2014, directly to the Teaching Centre. For applications relating to Research-informed Teaching Awards, the closing date is Monday 28th April 2014. Further details on Teaching Innovation Awards can be found on the Teaching Centre website. FurtherRead more

GPA: An alternative to degree classifications?

It is well recognised that there are limitations and issues in the use of the UK honours degree classification system (e.g. current grade classifications do not provide sufficient information to distinguish between graduates). The adoption of a single GPA system, as commonly used in many countries, could provide key benefits including a finer granularity ofRead more

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