HEA Transforming Assessment In Higher Education Symposia

HEA RGB portrait logoA series of symposia will be taking place in York in Spring 2017:

Assessment literacy – Wed 8 March

Technology enabled/electronically managed assessment – Wed 12 April

Enhancing student engagement through assessment – Wed 24 May

Submissions are currently being invited for these. See the call for contributions flyer for full details: HEA Transforming Assessment Symposia Series_Flier

A new module from CASTLE

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This semester sees the pilot delivery of a new module as part of the Student Transition Enhancement Programme for University Progress (STEP UP), run by CASTLE in collaboration with Academic Schools and DUSA. STEP UP aims to improve and enhance students’ experience as they transition from further to higher education, using the underlying philosophy of Becoming, Being & Belonging. A group of Associate students from Dundee & Angus College is currently undertaking the module prior to their entry into Year Two of their degree programmes in both the School of Humanities and DJCAD. We’ll evaluate and report on the module at a future date. More information from castle@dundee.ac.uk

How to Fail Your Research Degree Workshop

serious games

Wednesday 15 March, 14.00-15.30

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

In this workshop, Daisy Abbott of Glasgow School of Art will run an award-winning  serious game on “How to Fail Your Research Degree”. You will have the chance to play the game, and discuss how game-based learning can be effective in embedding research skills into practice. Whether you are a member of staff supervising student research, or a master’s or PhD student yourself, you will take away a better awareness of the risks and pitfalls that can affect a research degree, and the academic skills and activities required for success (or failure!).

To register, email capadmin@qmu.ac.uk

New to the concept of Serious Games? They offer a fun way to learn, and there is growing research into how games can be used in higher education (click here for an example)

BYOD4L – Bring Your Own Devices for Learning

BYOD4L

Try something new this January with 5 days of connecting, communicating, curating, collaborating and creating with colleagues from across the UK and the rest of the world, beginning 16th January.

BYOD4L is a bite-size facilitated open course offered over 5 days for educators and students  in HE but also anybody else who would like to learn with us as to how we can utilise our digital devices for professional, lifelong and lifewide learning.

Full details here

Educational Developers’ Cookbook

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This is a fantastic resource drawn from the Educational Development community, collated by the Teaching Commons @ York

In the format of a cookbook, there are Starters (ice breakers), Main Courses (ideas for workshops and events) and Desserts (ways to obtain feedback or evaluation). Lorraine Anderson from CASTLE and Gaye Manwaring (ESW) have both contributed to this innovative collection of ideas.

Access the cookbook here

Promoting Inclusion Transforming Lives Conference 2017

Promoting Inclusion Conference June 2017

Organised by PAMIS Scotland and the Research Centre for Transformative Change: Educational & Life Transitions, which is part of the University of Dundee, the first PITL (Promoting Inclusion, Transforming Lives) International Conference in June 2017 will attract more than 200 national and international delegates to Dundee and Angus for a 3 day conference.  Abstracts are invited to be submitted by 31st January. Registration and more information available here.

Classroom Psycho-geography

Victorian classroom

Have you ever considered, or even heard of this? If not, have a read of this fascinating article, newly published in the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education

In his conclusion, the author, Richard Henry Reynolds (Central Saint Martins), states:
“I am satisfied genuine differences in students’ involvement and
engagement with lecturer pedagogies and course methodologies are suggested by students’ decisions, conscious or unconscious, to sit in different parts of a lecture room or studio along the ‘axis of engagement’. “

Save the date! Student Transitions Symposium, University of Dundee, 9 June 2017

Sally Brown

We are pleased to announce that CASTLE will be holding a Symposium to celebrate the end of the current Student Transitions Enhancement Theme. There has been a lot of excellent work going on in the University around this Theme and this will be an opportunity to share colleagues’ work with a wider audience.

We are delighted to have Professor Sally Brown as keynote for the day.

More information will follow in the New Year – watch this space!