Events

Events

Events

06 Jun 2020 - 06 Jun 2020

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LD@3 – Using escape rooms for student inductions – implications for online delivery

Date and Time: Thursday 18th June 2020 15.00 – 16.00

Location: Online via Google Meet

Presenters: Kate Coulson and Paul Rice, University of Northampton 

Description:

During the 2019-20 academic year, an Escape Rooms activity was used as part of the Induction Week activities. Student feedback showed that this approach worked well. This session will explore how this approach can be used to induct students for the academic year 2020-21. At time of writing it is unclear whether induction will be conducted face to face, online or a mixture of the two. The induction materials and teaching interventions need to be more flexible than ever and ensure that students receive a good experience whether they are physically on campus or not. The session will encourage discussion and reflection upon current practice and how we use these experiences to enhance the student experience during 2020-21.

 

LD@3 – Using audience voting platforms in synchronous remote learning sessions

Date and Time: Thursday 2nd July 2020 15.00 – 16.00

Location: Online via Google Meet

Presenters: Rally Kantcheva, Bangor University

Description:

When I was faced with the sudden pivot to online synchronous provision, I was hesitant to turn my interactive face-to-face sessions into another video call. My institution does not have webinar software and distance learning is delivered through lecture capture software. Thus, I needed a solution that was quick and simple, both for the students and myself. In the past, I have used an online voting platform for rapid anonymous sharing of viewpoints in large classes (120-180 students) during face-to-face sessions. Students have liked the anonymity and freedom to express their views on the online voting platform in real time. Therefore, I trialled using the online voting platform in a virtual teaching environment. This approach offers an easy access authentic interactive learning experience, through meaningful engagement, and requires limited time and resources for development. Sessions are hosted on Skype or MS Teams, and a link is shared so students can view teaching content on their devices as we progress through it. Students do not need to download anything, to register, or to enter a pass code. All they need is an anonymous username to vote when prompted.

Students indicate they “enjoy the interactive element” and that “it was fun answering the questions and seeing the results”. Similarly, colleagues welcome the change from the ‘talking over slides’ mode to an interactive discussion with the students. This session explores the challenges and benefits of this approach, along with possible future developments to create an enhanced authentic interactive meaningful synchronous remote learning experience.

 

LD@3 – TBC

Date and Time: Thursday 16th July 2020 15.00 – 16.00

Location: Online via Google Meet

Presenters: Gita Sedghi, University of Liverpool

Description:

 

LD@3 – TBC

Date and Time: Monday 10th August 2020 15.00 – 16.00

Location: Online via Google Meet

Presenters: Karen Gravett, University of Surrey

Description:

 

LD@3 – TBC

Date and Time: Wednesday 26th August 2020 15.00 – 16.00

Location: Online via Google Meet

Presenters: Ursula Canton, Glasgow Caledonian University

Description:

Like many learning and writing developers, we see writing as a complex social act, and our teaching and conceptual thinking is strongly influenced by the concept of academic literacies. Writing, in this understanding, is difficult to define, complex, situated and not easy to capture by most rubrics-based writing tests that do not take this into account. This dilemma led to our search for an instrument that would allow Learning Developers to evaluate the impact of their teaching on students’ ability to communicate well with their readers. Such an instrument already exists for creativity, where Amabile (1982, 1996) has demonstrated consensus, even if there is no universal definition of what makes a thing creative. It could be argued that successful writing is similar: based on experience readers can recognise texts that work better (or not so well) in different situations. Following conceptual work (Canton. 2018), we conducted a first study that suggests that some tacit consensus exists (Zahn, Canton et al. 2020). Here we present the insights gained from a second, ALDInHE-funded study and reflect on the challenges along the way of developing our instrument.

 



ALDinHE 2021: The Learning Development Conference

2021’s #ALDcon will be held just after Easter on the 7th, 8th and 9th April 2021 at The University of Northampton.


 

Regional Symposia

As well as the annual conference, ALDinHE hosts several one-day events, known as Regional Symposia, throughout the year, to encourage building local communities and networks of practice, as well as inspiring others to host future events.

Whether you are new to Learning Development or an old hand, Regional Symposia are a fantastic and accessible opportunity to learn from and share practice with each other, and contribute to your own research and professional development.

Interested in hosting, attending or presenting at a symposium?
Contact one of the regional coordinators:

Madeleine Mossman – m.mossman@leeds.ac.uk
Dr Alistair Morey – alistair.morey@kcl.ac.uk


 

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