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2018 - 2019

Location/ Date/ Time Session Details
Spring Term

 

Thursday 24 January 2019

12:00 - 13:30

UELT Seminar Room

Developing your voice workshop: confidence and projection

This workshop is led by Matt Hoss, a Kent Stand-up Comedian ((BBC Newcastle Comedy Writer, Co-Host of Miffs Podcast and Eric Barker Award Winner 2015), School of Arts.

The workshop brings the skills of the stage to the workplace.  We aim to allow you to overcome any nervousness of public speaking and become more engaging in the way that you may address a group of people. We will give you the means and confidence to be yourself when in front of any audience.  It will feature warm-ups, games and techniques which you can apply to any situation, including the lecture.

This workshop is now full.

 

Wednesday 30 January 2019

13:15 - 14:30

UELT Seminar Room

Intelligibility support for international staff

Presented by Rebecca Coleman, EAP Tutor, Centre for English and World Languages

The workshop looks at intelligibility support for international staff.  We aim to highlight the importance of these staff members being clearly understood in the Higher Education classroom and present common issues that they may face. There will be the opportunity to discuss intelligibly issues that you have encountered and individually and in groups look at ways of improving them. Further support offered by the Centre of English and World Languages (CEWL) in this domain with be mentioned at the end of the session.

Wednesday 6 February 2019

13:15 - 14:30

UELT Seminar Room

Utilising Peer-review to Enhance Student Learning

Presented by Dr Ruth Herbert and Dr Rich Perks, School of Music and Fine Art/Centre of Music and Audio Technology, Humanities Faculty Teaching Prize Winners 2018

The session aims to explore the utilisation of peer-review in the teaching environment. Referring directly to the redevelopment of music performance courses within the SMFA and CMAT as a case study, this session will discuss the conventional approaches to teaching music performance employed across the higher education landscape in the UK, and how the measures taken in SMFA/CMAT changed the performance culture and enhanced student learning at the University of Kent.

Participants will then break into small groups to discuss the viability of employing a similar strategy in their own subject areas, and potentially re-think approaches to delivery of content ​. The session will be interactive and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their experience and examples.

Wednesday 8 February 2019

13:30 - 15:30

UELT Seminar Room

Inclusive Exam Design

Presented by Harriet Cannon and Jenny Brady, Disability Advisory Team, University of Leeds

In this session we will explore what makes an inclusive exam paper, and examine themes related to inclusive assessment practices.  Set in the context of a rapidly diversifying student body, we’ll discuss the interplay of academic integrity and genuinely equitable assessment methods, describe the difference between inclusive assessment and modified assessment, and explore how assessment language can inadvertently contribute to discrimination and poor student outcomes.

Using guidance and materials developed by the University of Leeds, this interactive session will enable participants to work together to create inclusive exam papers, using real-life examples, as well as providing an opportunity to discuss this important topic. Participants are encouraged to bring along their exam papers.

 

Wednesday 13 February 2019

13:30 - 17:00

UELT Seminar Room

Grant writing for learning and teaching

Presented by Dr Anne Wilson, Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow

Do you have a brilliant idea for a project that would help improve your teaching and students' learning? Or a project that develops your skills, leadership or reputation as a practitioner? If you do and would like to write a coherent grant proposal for either a TESSA or a Faculty Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund grant, this workshop is for you. Come with an idea and develop it in a supportive atmosphere with colleagues' help and the advice of an experienced grant proposal writer.

After this workshop you will be better able to:
·       assess whether your idea meets the criteria of the TESSA  or Faculty Fund
·       establish what the funders will look for when assessing your application
·       match the aims and outcomes of your project to University priorities
·       identify aspects you need to develop or where you need further information
·       draft different sections of the application

It will be essential for participants to bring a laptop that will connect them to the TESSA and Faculty grant pages and to come with an idea (however undeveloped) for Teaching and Learning project.

 

Wednesday 6 March 2019

13:15 - 14:30

UELT Seminar Room

Specific Learning Differences- what are they and how can they be identified

Presented by Veronica Millum, Specific Learning Difficulties Team Manager, Student Support and Wellbeing

If you have ever wondered what the difference is between a student with an assessment for dyslexia and a student with an assessment for dyspraxia, this is for you. 

The presentation will look at how we determine if a student needs to be referred for an assessment, what the assessor considers when identifying a SpLD; the differences between the main SpLD’s and how different aspects of learning difference result in the various identifiers. It will also consider how these difficulties impact on the individual student’s experience in lectures and seminars.

It will also consider some of the strategies that can be integrated into teaching to make it more inclusive for all students.

Friday 8 March 2019

13:15 - 14:30

Medway, Rochester Boardroom R2-09

Learning clinical special tests through gamified seminar​

Presented by Karthikeyan Muthumayandi, Lecturer, School of Sport & Exercise Sciences

The primary objective of this feasibility research is to compare the delivery of gamified seminar to that of the traditional methods in teaching clinical skills. We used free web-2 technologies in developing a gamified seminar in the virtual network. Eleven therapy students underwent learning through traditional seminar and gamified seminar in a random order. A semi-structured interview, pre and post student satisfaction level, knowledge and understanding scores were measured. Gamified seminar had better scores than traditional seminars in most variables but similar scores on the knowledge and understanding. Gamified seminar can be an adjunct to different seminar delivery methods. ​

Wednesday 13 March 2019

13:15 - 14:30

UELT Seminar Room

Online resources for enhanced interaction

Presented by Dr Patricia Lewis, Reader in Management, Kent Business School

The session aims to explore and discuss the process of creating and adapting learning and teaching resources for online, distance learning. We will look at the case study of the KBS undergraduate module ‘Introduction to Management’, which is taught both on campus in Canterbury and online as part of the Higher and Degree Apprenticeship provision.

The development of resources designed to enhance online interaction must focus on providing opportunities and purposeful activities to stimulate student exchanges. This resulted in creating a set of materials that also benefitted the face-to-face module, as they offered new opportunities to re-think approaches to content delivery.

The session will be interactive and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their experience and examples.

 

Wednesday 20 March 2019

13:15 - 14:30

UELT Seminar Room

Running an effective Board of Examiners (Canterbury, Internal staff)

Presented by Malcolm Dixon, Head of Quality Assurance

This session will give an overview of the processes relating to running effective Board of Examiner meetings. Participants will be given up-to-date guidance about the Credit Framework and related examination conventions / procedures for the classification of awards, in accordance with Annexes J and K of the Code of Practice. The relevant policies and procedures will be reviewed, and there will be time for questions and discussion.

Who should attend: This session is for University staff who are involved with organising, attending or recording Board of Examiner meetings. Staff new to Boards of Examiners are strongly encouraged to attend; all staff are welcome to attend.

 

Friday 22 March 2019

13:15 - 14:30

UELT Seminar Room

Lunch will be available from 13:00

External Examining at Kent (Canterbury, External Staff)

Presented by Malcolm Dixon, Head of Quality Assurance

This session will give an overview of regulations and requirements relevant to External Examiners. Participants will be given up-to-date guidance about the Credit Framework and related examination conventions / procedures for the classification of awards, in accordance with Annexes J and K of the Code of Practice. The relevant policies and procedures will be reviewed, and there will be time for questions and discussion.

Who should attend: This session is directed towards external examiners particularly those new to the role. All staff are welcome to attend.

 

Wednesday 27 March 2019

13:15 - 14:30

Gillingham Building Room 412 (G4-12), Medway Campus

Lunch will be available from 13:00

External Examining and Boards of Examiners at Kent

For Medway, Internal and External staff

Presented by Malcolm Dixon, Head of Quality Assurance

This session will give an overview of regulations and requirements relevant to External Examiners and Board of Examiner meetings. Participants will be given up-to-date guidance about the Credit Framework and related examination conventions / procedures for the classification of awards, in accordance with Annexes J and K of the Code of Practice. The relevant policies and procedures will be reviewed, and there will be time for questions and discussion.

Who should attend: This session is for University staff and external examiners who are involved with organising, attending or recording Board of Examiner meetings. Staff new to Boards of Examiners are strongly encouraged to attend; all staff are welcome to attend.

 

Wednesday 3 April 2019

13:15 - 14:30

UELT Seminar Room

Enhancing the Academic Adviser system - case study from SECL

Student Success Project SECL

Presented by Dr Laura Bailey, Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics and SECL Student Success Lecturer

SECL has historically had very low engagement with the Academic Adviser system with difficulties in implementing it consistently across such a diverse school with 1300 students in six departments and nearly 100 degree programmes. In 2018, we introduced user-friendly materials, centralised the initial meetings, and piloted the Target Connect booking system. In this session we present what went well, what didn’t work, and lessons learnt in the process.

Past 2018-19 events

 

Thursday 13 September 2018

9:15 - 14:00 (registration from 8:45)

Medway, PK008, Pilkington Building

Medway Festival of Learning and Teaching

Inclusive Practice and Student Success: Leading Change across the Medway Campus

The Universities at Medway fourth annual festival of learning, teaching and assessment focuses on inclusive practice.  It is a strong theme that runs through all three universities and their partner colleges. Inclusive practice incorporates multiple aspects including curriculum design and delivery, assessment and feedback, technological innovation, education for sustainable development, staff-student partnerships, internationalisation, research-led teaching and graduate attributes. 

Programme and presentations

 

Wednesday 17 October 2018

13:15 - 14:30

UELT Seminar Room

Working with and understanding international students

Follow-up session for professional services staff

Presented by Charlene Earl - International Pathways Manager, CEWL, Barbara Sheehy - Student Learning Adviser, SLAS and Dr Silvia Colaiacomo - Curriculum & Educational Developer, UELT.

Session presentation

Following the positive feedback of the introductory LTN ‘Working with and Supporting International Students’ offered in the Spring Term 2018, this session is particularly aimed at professional services staff interacting with international students in a variety of settings.

During the session we will explore some common scenarios and we will discuss possible communicative strategies to facilitate intercultural interaction and understanding.

The session will be hands-on and participants will have the chance to ask questions, share experiences and examples and develop a common frame to enhance students’ confidence and a smooth transition in our University system.

Who should attend: This session is aimed at Professional Services staff

Thursday 18 October 2018

11:00 - 12:30

UELT Seminar Room

Developing your voice workshop: confidence and projection

This workshop is led by Matt Hoss, a Kent Stand-up Comedian (BBC Newcastle Comedy Writer, Co-Host of Miffs Podcast and Eric Barker Award Winner 2015), School of Arts.

The workshop brings the skills of the stage to the workplace.  We aim to allow you to overcome any nervousness of public speaking and become more engaging in the way that you may address a group of people. We will give you the means and confidence to be yourself when in front of any audience.  It will feature warm-ups, games and techniques which you can apply to any situation, including the lecture.

Wednesday 31 October 2018

13:15 - 14:30

Cornwallis North West Seminar Room 6

Enhancing the Academic Adviser system

Managing Progress Profiles; the Virtual Student Advisor (VSA) and appointments

Presented by Dr Louise Naylor, Director, UELT and James Grant, Systems Development Manager - Student Success (EDI) Project

Session recording

Session presentations - Dr Louise Naylor, James Grant

Education Board Paper 31.10.18, Enhancing the Academic Adviser System

Student Success Resources Toolkit

In this session, we will consider the outcomes from the reviews of the Academic Adviser system, feedback from the Faculties plus the HEA Collaborative Retention Project, aimed at Enhancing the Academic Adviser System that supports the personal and professional development of students.


This has included the development of Progress Profiles to monitor student performance & attendance, the Virtual Student Advisor and Appointment Management system pilots as part of the Student Success Project.


This is the first of a series of LTN events with case studies from KBS and SECL planned for later in the year.

Wednesday 7 November 2018

13:15 - 14:00

Cornwallis North West Seminar Room 6

Talking cultures - enhancing intercultural awareness in and beyond the University context

Presented by Charlene Earl, International Pathways Manager, CEWL

Session presentation

The University of Kent has welcomed international students from around the world for over 50 years. The changing nature of the student body, aligned with the shifting global contact in which higher education is embedded, means UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI) must closely keep in touch with the needs of international students and the developing requirements of educational support available to students in any international HE environment. Talking Cultures refers to a series of training and consultancy activities devised by the Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL). Our work aims to foster and enhance intercultural awareness both within and beyond the University context. Talking Cultures involves the development of intercultural awareness in Higher Education teaching and learning. Our provision also includes specifically focused CPD for professionals working or studying in international environments ranging from academics in specific fields to trainee medical practitioners.

This LTN session is designed to encourage discussion based around the obstacles faced in a diverse international HEI environment and how we can actively encourage engagement between cultures in order to share knowledge and further facilitate collaboration both in and out of the classroom.

Thursday 8 November 2018

13:30 - 14:45

Pilkington Building Room 127, Medway Campus

Working with and understanding international students

Follow-up session for Professional Services staff

Presented by Charlene Earl - International Pathways Manager, CEWL, Barbara Sheehy - Student Learning Adviser and Silvia Colaiacomo - Curriculum and Educational Developer

Session presentation

Following the positive feedback of the introductory LTN ‘Working with and Supporting International Students’ offered in the Spring Term 2018, this session is particularly aimed at professional services staff interacting with international students in a variety of settings.

During the session we will explore some common scenarios and we will discuss possible communicative strategies to facilitate intercultural interaction and understanding.

The session will be hands-on and participants will have the chance to ask questions, share experiences and examples and develop a common frame to enhance students’ confidence and a smooth transition in our University system.

Who should attend: This session is aimed at Professional Services staff

Wednesday 21 November 2018

13:15 - 16:15

Cornwallis North West Seminar Room 6

Writing with Impact - writing workshop for Professional Services staff

Presented by Susan Barker, Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund

Susan is a novelist (see publications) with two years experience as a Royal Literary Fund fellow at Leeds Trinity University, where she mentored hundreds of students and staff in academic and non-academic writing. Susan is a Royal Literary Fund Consultant fellow.

Susan is providing an afternoon writing workshop for staff engaged in non-academic writing. The workshop will will cover all non-academic writing, from letters to reports, and will focus on techniques for stylish and effective writing. The session will include practical activities and a Q & A. A pre-workshop questionnaire will be sent to the participants in order to tailor the workshop to their specific requirements.

Who should attend: This session is for Professional Services staff who would like to improve the effectiveness and quality of the written documents they produce.

Wednesday 28 November 2018

13:15 - 14:30

Cornwallis North West Seminar Room 6

Autism Awareness

Presented by

Tom Sharp, Disability Team Manager, Student Support

Chloe Farahar, PhD researcher - presentation

‘Autism Awareness’ is a chance to discuss the many faces of autism: we know that some members of the University community have a positive diagnosis of autism, and we recognise that autistic people can be successful in academic contexts.  We recognise also that autistic people can struggle to assert themselves alongside perceived norms, or within institutional mechanisms.  (Hopefully) you will bring your own experiences to the discussion.

Wednesday 5 December 2018

13:15 - 14:30

Cornwallis North West Seminar Room 6

Enhancing the Academic Adviser system - case study from KBS

Working with Students as Partners: KBS Academic Advising

Presented by Dr Zita Stone, Director of Education and Senior Lecturer in Managment and Michael Green, Student Success Officer, Kent Business School

Session recording

Presentation

In this session the Student Success Team and Director of Education and will go through the new academic adviser system and the rational for its implementation. The new system includes the use of an appointment management system and offers students the opportunity to meet with their adviser as part of a group meeting or one-to-one. The team will also discuss the different variations introduced at Medway and Canterbury.

Wednesday 16 January 2019

13:15 - 14:30

Medway, Rochester Boardroom R2-09

Enhancing the Academic Adviser system - case study from School of Sports & Exercise Sciences

Presented by Dr Sam Winter, Senior Lecturer & Director of Education, School of Sports & Exercise Sciences

Presentation

Staff in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences worked closely with the Student Success Project to design a new Academic Advising system for the School for 2018-19.  This session will explain how the system was designed to address issues of transition, orientation and belonging, as well as issues of retention and attainment in our BTEC dominated student cohort.  First term staff and student evaluations will be considered, and we will invite attendees to discuss and comment on the new system and its evaluation so far.

   

 

 

 

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