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2017 - 2018

More events will be added throughout the year.
Location/ Date/ Time Session Title/ presenter/ details
Autumn Term - Poster

Medway, Ward Room, Pembroke Building

Thursday
14/09/2017

9:00 - 13:00

Refreshments available from 8.45am

Lunch will be provided from 13:00

Medway L&T Festival: Responding to TEF: refining metrics; addressing issues

Programme

This year’s Medway Learning and Teaching Festival will reflect on teaching evaluation metrics (TEF) and the impact on teaching practices and student experiences.  The keynote speaker (Dr Fabio Arico (UEA) will explore the concept of learning gain as part of the national HEFCE project, and speakers from the three Universities at Medway will present on student engagement and teaching enhancement projects.

Session 1 - Learning Gain

Presentation Dr Fabio Arico (UEA): Learning Gain and Confidence Gain: design, practice, evaluation

Presentation Dr Louise Naylor (Kent): What can we learn from HEFCE’s Learning Gain projects?

Session 2 - Students as Partners

Presentation Greenwich Students’ Union - Vivian van Lent (Vice President Education), Heather Doon (Representation and Advice Manager), Cat Moody (Academic Representation Manager): Working with Students as Partners.

Session 3 - Medway Projects in Action

Presentation Dr Cate Robinson (Kent): Lessons learned from implementing Team Based Learning (TBL).
Presentation Dr Yang Yang and Dr Michael Okereke (Greenwich): Developing professional networking through the curriculum.
Presentation Sharon Perera (Greenwich): Raising students’ awareness of independent learning through the Learners’ Toolkit.

CNWSR6

Wednesday
18/10/2017

13:15 - 14:30

 

Academic Advisers: review and recommendations

Dr Alexander Hensby, Research Associate, SSPSSR - Presentation
Dr Louise Naylor, Director of UELT - Session Notes

The Academic Adviser system at the University of Kent was first implemented in 2012 to all first year students and then rolled out to all undergraduates from 2014-15 academic year. The system has been evaluated as part of the Students Success Project and overall, the report endorses the retention of the Academic Adviser system for its contribution to the delivery of undergraduate tuition and support, in the context of expanding cohort size, rising tuition fees and the increasing diversification of the student body.

In this session, a summary of the review and recommendations for improving the implementation of the Academic Adviser system will be presented to ensure that all undergraduates can benefit from the one-to-one support, subject-specific guidance and personal representation provided by Academic Advisers. Full report available at https://www.kent.ac.uk/studentsuccess/staff-only/index.html.

Who should attend: All staff are welcome to attend.

CNWSR6

Wednesday
01/11/2017

13:15 - 14:30

Assessment and Feedback Audit Outcomes

Assessment and Feedback Audit Team - Presentation Recording

On 2 and 3 March 2017, an Audit Team of the University’s Academic Audit Committee met nearly a hundred colleagues and students on our Canterbury and Medway campuses to collect and test out ideas on improving assessment and feedback at Kent. These have resulted in a range of recommendations which have been approved by Education Board and Senate, and in this session we will discuss the process of the audit; its report; and the recommendations. Some actions are already being implemented in the 2017/18 academic year while others need further exploration. This session will include discussion of the ways we can share the excellent practice which can be found in different parts of the University to provide enhanced assessment and feedback for all our students.

Who should attend: All staff are welcome to attend.

CNWSR6

Wednesday
15/11/2017

13:15 - 14:30

EQUIP - enhancing assessment and feedback

Dr Alison Dean, Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Social Sciences & Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management, Kent Business School
Dr Zita Stone, Senior Lecturer in Management, Kent Business School

Recording

The Evidence-Informed Quality Improvement Programme (EQUIP) was a change project supported by the Higher Education Academy to help higher education providers take an evidence-informed approach to quality enhancement. The Faculty of Social Sciences has used this to develop resources to improve assessment and feedback and in this session, Faculty staff will introduce the project and showcase the use of these resources, which have been recommended for adoption by other Faculties as part of the Assessment and Feedback Audit (2017).  

Who should attend: All staff are welcome to attend.

CNWSR6

Wednesday
22/11/2017

13:15 - 14:30

How to take a KIP at work - and not get into trouble

Ben Watson, Accessible Information Project Adviser, Student Support - Presentation, Handout, Recording

Kent Inclusive Practices (KIPs) offers simple but powerful mainstream adjustments to learning and teaching delivery at Kent and are informed by analysis of our most frequently requested Inclusive Learning Plan (ILP) adjustments. Embedding these adjustments will improve the learning environment for all students, reduce the need for retrospective adjustments and lessen the additional workload required to implement individual Inclusive Learning Plans (ILPs).

The session will look at inclusive design principles and identify how everyone in an academic school or professional services department can play their part in developing learning experiences that are accessible by design to everyone.

Who should attend: All staff are welcome to attend.

Medway Campus, Rochester Building R2-09

Wednesday
06/12/2017

13:15 - 14:30

 

Focus on Quality (Medway)

Dr Louise Naylor, Director of UELT - Presentation
Dr Silvia Colaiacomo, Curriculum and Educational Developer, Curriculum Development Team, UELT
Nik Duncan, Assistive Technology Assistant, Student Support

The 2017 Higher Education and Research Act (HERA) creates a new regulatory environment with the Office for Students (OfS) is at its heart. Its aim will be to secure student success by providing  risk-based regulation for teaching excellence, social mobility and informed choice in higher education. With the advent of subject level TEF, Dr Louise Naylor will consider the changing role of the NSS and other TEF metrics in establishing teaching excellence.

Dr Silvia Colaiacomo will discuss the process, report and recommendations of the Assessment and Feedback Audit, which was carried out by the University’s Academic Audit Committee in March 2017.  As part of the recommendations, some applications and resources developed through the EQUIP (Evidence-Informed Quality Improvement Programme) project will be illustrated, by looking at examples focussing on how to improve assessment and feedback.

Nik Duncan will discuss inclusive design principles and Kent Inclusive Practices (KIPs). KIPs enable academic and professional services departments to embed simple but effective adjustments that can improve the learning environment for all students, reduce the need for retrospective adjustments and lessen the additional workload required to implement individual Inclusive Learning Plans (ILPs).

Participants will be encouraged to share ideas and suggestions about future Medway forums. These can be submitted at the point of registration cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk for sharing on the day.

Who should attend: All staff are welcome to attend.

Spring Term

UELT Seminar Room

Friday
26/01/2018

13:15 - 14:30

Internationalisation at Kent – updating module specifications

Dr Anthony Manning, Dean for Internationalisation - Presentation

The session will focus on Curriculum Internationalisation and how this can be embedded in your academic practice at module level. It will provide an opportunity to develop a shared understanding of what is meant by internationalising the curriculum and to reflect on aspects of internationalisation which are already present in your provision in relation to taught content, teaching approaches and assessment.

Throughout the session, examples of good practice will be shared and discussed. Time will be allocated for questions and to provide support to staff working on module specifications.

Who should attend: This session will be of particular interest to staff who updates their module specifications or are planning to write new programmes. Staff are encouraged to bring their module specifications to the session. All staff are welcome to attend.

UELT Seminar Room

Wednesday
31/01/2018

13:15 - 14:30

 

The Anonymous Marking Debate in HE

Dr Edd Pitt, Lecturer in HE and Academic Practice, UELT - Presentation, Recording, Article

In light of the current anonymous marking debates, the Assessment and Feedback Steering Group at the University of Kent requested that institutional data from students and experiences of staff engaged in anonymous marking should be explored in order to inform future policy based decisions. Results from an exploratory study will be discussed and future directions explored. In particular, the focus will be on practical and logistical implications of anonymous marking alongside the potential affects upon the student learning experience.

Who should attend: All staff are welcome to attend.

UELT Seminar Room

Wednesday
21/03/2018

13:15 - 14:30

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

Malcolm Dixon, Quality Assurance Manager, UELT - Presentation

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; as places are limited attendance will be restricted to one person per School.

UELT Seminar Room

Monday
26/03/2018

13:15 - 14:30

The Use of Interactive Classroom Experiments in Teaching

School of Economics - Sylvain Barde, Edward Cartwright, Anna Stepanova - Presentation

Classroom experiments have become an increasingly common way of teaching economics and other social sciences in an engaging and fun way. But, implementing an experiment in the classroom involves significant costs and this understandably deters many lecturers from using them. In this session we will discuss our experience running classroom experiments over many years and also chart progress on a recent project to develop experiments using o-Tree. o-Tree is new open-source software that allows for interactive experiments that can be performed easily on smartphones and laptops etc. This has the potential to revolutionize how we run classroom experiments because it allows for easy to run, quick, large scale interactions. For instance, an asset market, social dilemma or voting mechanism could be run in a large lecture theater with instantaneous feedback on the overhead to inform learning. This is a step beyond existing classroom response systems. Students can also be given unique identifiers to participate in a number of experiments over the course of a module or degree program.    

Medway Campus, Rochester Building R2-09

Wednesday
28/03/2018

13:15 - 14:30

Lunch will be provided from 13:00

External Examining and Boards of Examiners at Kent (Medway, Internal and external staff)

Malcolm Dixon, Head of Quality Assurance - Presentation

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.

 

KS16

Wednesday
28/03/2018

13:15 - 14:30

Working with and understanding international students

Angela Koch, Student Learning Advisor, Student Learning Advisory Service, UELT
Charlene Earl, International Pathways Manager, Centre for English and World Languages

Presentation - International Me

Presentation - Working with and understanding international students

Students’ differences provide a valuable setting where opportunities for learning, exchanging and reflection multiply. For this to happen activities and resources need to be designed in a way that engages students’ prior knowledge and skills, whether the intent is to build on that knowledge, to unpack it, or to encourage new ways of thinking and communicating. 

Colleagues from SLAS and CEWL will share their experience and current practice of working with international students and will introduce some of the programmes and resources currently available to support them. There will be opportunities for reflection and discussion of possible ideas and instructional strategies to support inclusive teaching practices benefitting both international and home students alike.

Who should attend: All staff are welcome to attend, particularly those working with international students

UELT Seminar Room

Wednesday
04/04/2018

13:00 - 16:00

Writing with Impact - writing workshop for administrative staff

Susan Barker, Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund
Poster

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. She is now training to be 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 administrators who would like to improve the effectiveness and quality of the written documents they produce.

 

This course is now full. If you wish to be added to the waiting list please email cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk

 

 

 

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