UWE L&T Conferences
The first UWE Learning and Teaching conference took place in May, 2011. The conference provided a platform for the Fellows and Associate Fellows to communicate and share ideas, research and good practice in learning and teaching. The UWE learning and Teaching Conference is now an annual event open to all UWE staff.
The second UWE Learning and Teaching Conference was held in April 2012. Full details are available below.
The UWE Learning and Teaching Conference 15th January 2013 - Effective Assessment Feedback
This very successful event presented research and practice which explored ways of ensuring effective feedback and promoting student engagement.
Comments from staff: 'inspiring speakers' 'excellent ideas for challenging the status quo'
'brilliant down to earth practical REAL LIFE examples'
'excellent day hearing from energetic, enthused and creative people'
'really interesting with a good mix of philosophy, practical and best practice'.
The conference was introduced by Professor Julie McLeod, Pro Vice Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Experience. Julie's introduction: 'Effective assessment Feedback'
Keynote address – Professor Phil Race
We were delighted to welcome back Professor Phil Race, National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the HEA. Phil describes himself as an educational developer with a passion for ‘making learning happen’, in an approachable way, without recourse to jargon, acronyms or elitism’. Phil's presentation: ‘Top tips for ensuring effective feedback – from feedback to feedforward’; Phil's resources from the day
Keynote address – Professor Mark Huxham
We were also delighted to welcome Professor Mark Huxham, Professor of Teaching and Research in Environmental Biology at Edinburgh Napier University. Mark has particular interests in student engagement, assessment and feedback. He has published on the use of exemplars and model answers as well as peer and self feedback. Mark's presentation: 'Feedback Unbound'
Expert Address – Dominic Passfield
We were pleased to welcome back Dominic Passfield, former UWESU President, to give the student perspective. Dominic has continued his work within the QAA and is leading the Student Engagement theme of the new Code of Practice. Dominic's presentation: 'What students want from feedback'
Dr Jenny Hill: Recognising and Achieving Effective Feedback
Dr Darren Reynolds: Using Blackboard voice authoring in online feedback
Rachel Sales: New academics – experience of assessment and feedback
Dr Sarah Robertson: Feedback project findings
The UWE Learning and Teaching Conference 2012
The 2012 Conference was open to ALL staff interested in Learning & Teaching initiatives.The conference brought together colleagues from within the university to share good practices in learning and Teaching. We were delighted that the keynote was delivered by Professor Phil Race*, National Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the HEA, on 'Ten ways of making learning happen - and making learning more enjoyable for them and us'. Phil says his passion is about 'making learning happen', in an approachable way, without recourse to jargon, acronyms or elitism. Phil is known for bringing humour into presentations and keynotes - but always with the purpose of highlighting important points here and there.
There was some very positive feedback from staff:
'It was great to be reminded about the basics of of teaching and learning:it takes putting yourselves in the students shoes to realise that it is not all about the content.'
'...really useful ideas about how to engage students more actively in their learning; the contrast between interesting ways of using technology to enhance learning and low tech solutions such as Post-it notes was particularly good.'
'.. really enjoyed it, and have taken away a million great ideas, some of which (in my part of the institution at least) have energised and informed staff development meetings and developmental conversations already.'
Details of the Programme and Workshop sessions are in the associated documents below.
* Phil Race is a Visiting Professor: University of Plymouth, Emeritus Professor: Leeds Metropolitan University and Adjunct Professor: James Cook University: Northern Queensland.
Phil leads highly interactive keynotes and workshops on learning and teaching in higher education. In 2007 he was recognised by the Higher Education Academy with a National Teaching Fellowship and appointed a senior fellow of the academy. His passion is about 'making learning happen', in an approachable way, without recourse to jargon, acronyms or elitism. One of Phil's proudest claims to fame is "people say I have the knack of making complex things understandable". Phil will explore with the audience how we can purposefully address with our learners ten straightforward factors underpinning successful learning, to work towards learning being effective, efficient, and enjoyable.
b. SHELLA M Frutos-Perez
c. CAKE N Plant
d. STEM Technology Enabled Employer Engagement C Morton
e. Constructing a Coherent STEM strategy for Schools A Hooper
f. Employer Engagement in Curriculum Practice W Fowles-Sweet
g. Feedforward Screencasts D Lush
h. Reflection and Dialogue C Higgs
i. Catch the Wave R Wood
j. Student Learning and Lecture Capture D Buzzo
k. Ethics and CSR in the Virtual world D Wornham
l. Taking PAL Out of the Classroom E Malliris