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Learning and Teaching Seminars 2015/2016

Please register for these seminars via the Centre Calendar.

Autumn Term

Dr Wendy Hein 'From assessments that address the 'bigger picture': transformative teaching practices that challenge classrooms and disciplines'

October 20th 12:30-2:00pm, B02, 43 Gordon Square

This seminar aims to provide insights into micro and macro aspects of the development of transformative teaching practices. On the one hand, it discusses practical considerations surrounding assessment design within two specific examples, and on the other hand it considers how teaching can be key in leveraging important disciplinary changes. As such it seeks to initiate debates around who, what, where and how transformative teaching practices can be implemented.

Dr Elizabeth Hoult 'Applying for a National Teaching Fellowship'

November 4th, 12:30-2:00pm B03, 43 Gordon Square

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching. It is open to directly-funded higher education institutions and further education colleges in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Up to 55 awards of £10,000 are made to recognise individual excellence each year. The call for applications usually comes out in October. If you think you might be interested in applying for the 2016 awards you should look out for announcements on the HEA page from mid-October onwards. In this seminar, Dr Elizabeth Hoult (National Teaching Fellowship winner, 2004), will talk about the benefits of applying for a national teaching fellowship. This scheme, which is run by the Higher Education Academy (https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/professional-recognition/awards/national-teaching-fellowship-scheme-ntfs) rewards outstanding practice in teaching and learning in higher education.

Nominees then have until early January 2016 to put together an application. Prospective nominees should be aware that the application process involves approximately 5,000 words of reflective writing about one's teaching and learning practices and one's track record of influencing and leading others in the pursuit of excellent teaching and learning. If you are considering submitting an application in time for the January 2016 deadline, it is a good idea to start thinking about it now.

It is important that prospective candidates attend this seminar. Candidates are then invited to submit a 1,000 word rationale for why they should represent Birkbeck as one of the nominees. We can put forward up to three nominees each year. A panel, comprising a selection of the Birkbeck NTFs considers the applications and chooses three to go forward. The selected candidates are then invited to develop a full proposal.

Dr Edwin Bacon 'Bite-Sized Good Practice: Dr Edwin Bacon'

November 19th 4:00-5:00pm, B06, 43 Gordon Square

Edwin Bacon won the Birkbeck Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012 for his module ‘The Practice of Politics’ which combines innovative teaching approaches with deeper aims that home in on students’ motivations for studying at university in general, and for studying politics in particular. The module employs approaches such as a negotiated curriculum, peer assessment, blogging, and report-writing. It’s not, however, about innovation for innovation’s sake. The module has a clear employability element too, but it’s not about employability for employability’s sake. Sometimes a focus on issues such as innovative teaching and learning or employability can be seen as merely box-ticking exercises responding to external agendas. This talk argues that the ‘The Practice of Politics’ module stems from a deep consideration of what it means to study politics, and models the sort of engaged approach central to Birkbeck’s Department of Politics. Its design and approach spring from its and students’ aims, rather than being ‘add-ons’ in response external prompts.

Dr Deborah Grange 'TEL Seminar: Student-Generated Content'

December 2nd 4:00-5:00pm, 122, 43 Gordon Square

Student-generated content offers many possibilities for enhancing learning. This talk will consider ways of supporting an ethos of useful student-generated content, including issues around:

  • Student-generated content that is explicitly included in the module
  • Content that is generated outside the class, informally
  • Easy-to-use tools available at Bbk to help staff incorporate student-generated content.

Examples from Birkbeck and other UK universities will be included.

Spring Term

Barbara Denton '10 top tips for making Moodle Accessible'

January 27th 4:00-5:00pm, 415 Malet St

Students with Specific Learning Difficulties like Dyslexia or with visual impairments may find it difficult to navigate your Moodle pages and the content that you put on them. Come and see a demonstration of how the difficulties arise and some simple to implement solutions that will benefit all of your students. Not everything is plain sailing though, so come and discuss problem areas, possible ways around them and how IT Services and the Library can help.

Ana da Cunha Lewin 'Peer Observation of Classroom Practice'

Thursday 4th February 12:00-14:00, 324 Gordon Square

Peer observation offers a uniquely valuable opportunity for reflection for both the observer and the observed. Based on a sharing of experiences and an intrinsically collaborative approach, it can provide a moment to pause and reflect on practice that is equally valuable for both. This workshop explores peer observation as a mechanism for reflection and professional development. We will discuss the preparation, the visit and giving feedback both verbally and utilising the associated forms.

Dr Elizabeth Hoult 'HEA fellowship all day seminar'

Friday 5th February 10:30-15:30, room 101, 30 Russell Square

This one-day workshop will take participants through the process of applying for full fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. In the morning the purpose and structure of the UK Professional Standards Framework will be introduced, as well as the stages involved in making an application for fellowship. Participants will hear about the process from a successful applicant and have an opportunity to ask questions and raise issues about the process. The afternoon session will be a writing workshop in which applicants will have the opportunity to draft applications and receive feedback on work in progress.

Please note: this is the only seminar that the Centre is running on direct entry this year. If you are unable to attend please do not contact the seminar leader; please contact the Centre administrator.

The PowerPoint slides from this session are available (Birkbeck login required).

Dr Ben Worthy 'Bite-Sized Good Practice: Dr Ben Worthy'

March 10th 4:00-5:00pm, 101 30 Russell Square

This session looks at Birkbeck's new Parliamentary Studies course that is co-taught by Birkbeck politics staff and members of the House of Parliament staff. It uses visits, independent research and a range of new topics to allow students to understand how Parliament influences the political system in the UK.

Summer Term

Please register for these seminars via the Centre Calendar

Higher Education Academy Fellowship Seminar

This one-day workshop will take participants through the process of applying for fellowship of the Higher Education Academy at the level of Fellow. Fellowship is aimed at members of staff with established track records of teaching in Higher Education who are seeking recognition for their development. You are likely to be one of the following:

  • an early-career academic, Learning Developer or Librarian
  • in a subject-specific role with substantive teaching and learning responsibilities
  • an experienced academic, relatively new to UK HE

The workshop is divided in two parts. In morning the purpose and structure of the UK Professional Standards Framework will be introduced, as well as the stages involved in making an application for fellowship. Participants will hear about the process from a successful applicant and have an opportunity to ask questions and raise issues about the process. The afternoon session will be a writing workshop in which applicants will have the opportunity to draft applications and receive feedback on work in progress.

The workshop will be led by David Mathew, an Educational Developer from the University of Bedfordshire

Dates:

  • Wednesday May 11th, 10:00-16:00
  • Friday June 3rd, 10:00-16:00

Higher Education Academy Senior/Principal Fellowship Seminar

This one-day workshop will take participants through the process of applying for fellowship of the Higher Education Academy at the level of Senior or Principal Fellow.

Senior Fellowship is aimed at experienced members of academic staff with significant responsibility for leading, managing or organising programmes for subjects/disciplines and/or experienced members of staff with departmental or wider teaching/learning development or advisory responsibilities within the institution.

Principal Fellowship is aimed at those who have a sustained, effective record of strategic impact at institutional, national or international level and are committed to wider strategic leadership in teaching.

The day will consist of a workshop to explore both types of fellowship and enable you to determine which is more appropriate followed by a supported writing retreat which is designed to give you some time to start working with others to draft your application.

The workshop will be led by Dr Jennifer Fraser, Deputy Director of the Centre for Transformative Practice in Learning and Teaching.

Dates:

  • Wednesday May 25th, 10:00-16:00
  • Friday July 1st, 10:00-16:00

Higher Education Academy Writing Retreat

Led by Jennifer Fraser (Birkbeck) for all Birkbeck Staff who have attended a fellowship (Fellow, Senior or Principal level) seminar.

These supported writing retreats are for members of Birkbeck staff who are applying for fellowship of the Higher Education Academy at Fellow, Senior or Principal Fellow levels.  The writing retreat is designed as a quiet supportive space in which to work on your application and to ask questions or receive feedback on your application process. We expect that you will have attended a workshop on applying for fellowship and have already begun drafting your application.

Dates:

  • Wednesday May 4th, 14:00-17:00
  • Monday 13th June, 14:00-17:00