All posts by Monica Matthews

Graduate Attributes in Higher Education – book launch

Over 25 staff attended the launch yesterday of a new book  Graduate Attributes in Higher Education. Attitudes on Attributes from Across the Disciplines edited by former colleague Carey Normand and Lorraine Anderson, head of CASTLE. It features contributions from current and former colleagues from across the University of Dundee.

Contributors to the book

The book focuses on graduate attributes through a number of lenses: Learning, Adaptable, Self-Aware, Resilient, Agile, Empathic, Ethical, Professional, Digital and Reflexive. Utilising a mix of cases studies and theoretical frameworks, each graduate attribute is explored within the current context of higher education and a range of questions posed, including:

  • Are programmes of study which claim ‘postgraduate’ attributes providing something further, deeper or enhanced in comparison with (under) graduate attributes – or just more of the same?
  • In a culture of lifelong and lifewide learning, are graduate attributes simply a starting point – a launch pad for future and ongoing development required for a world of increasing complexity?
  • How can we embed graduate attributes in curricula that are relevant to this world of inter-disciplinarity and inter-professional working?

Practical guidance is provided at the end of each chapter on working with students and curricula to support deeper and more meaningful approaches to engagement with graduate attributes. The book is available to buy from Amazon now  – highly recommended 🙂

Top Tools for Learning 2016

Sorry, a few months late, but a great resource to dip into!

Jane Hart has been compiling the Top 100 Tools for Learning from the votes of learning professionals worldwide annually since 2007. Last year she did a special  Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016 selected from the votes of 1,238 learning professionals worldwide.

Some new additions for this year:

Zoom – unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform.

Grammarly – Grammarly lets you check for 250 types of grammatical, spelling, and punctuation mistakes – as well as for plagiarism

Lynda – Lynda offers thousands of courses to acquire software, creative, and business skills. (all University staff and students have free access to the courses on Lynda – sign in with University username and password)

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Inclusive learning & teaching conference – York, 11 May

Formulating excellence in inclusive learning, teaching and assessment practice: have we reached the tipping point in higher education?

Thursday 11 May 2017

Day Delegate Rate: £45.00

This conference presents an opportunity to discuss and learn about hands-on approaches to inclusive learning, teaching and assessment practices. Delegates will hear about cutting edge approaches to support and will have an opportunity to consider how they move ahead with implementation of inclusive principles in their own organisations.

More information and book a place

CASTLE Exam Revision Drop-in sessions

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March 21, 2017

Please alert your students to these drop-in sessions taking place:

Where: CASTLE Zone, Main Library

When: 7th March – 31st March and 24th April – 28th April between 12noon and 2pm

What: Academic Skills tutors will be available to discuss effective techniques and stategies for both revision and exams, and address any concerns that your students may have in a supportive and helpful environment.

Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference, July 2017

Learning Through Collaboration, July 20-21st 2017, University of Sheffield.
Call for Contributions

There is significant evidence to suggest that collaborative teaching enhances the student learning experience; the conference team welcomes contributions from Teaching-Focussed Academics to share their practice and experiences of collaborative teaching.

Full information available here

Using ‘memory palaces’ to improve recall

With exams around the corner, suggest that your students take a leaf out of Sherlock’s book  and use this technique, invented by the ancient Greeks, to improve their memories!

Have a look at this interesting recent article in The Guardian, discussing research by Dutch and German neuroscientists around…now, what was it again?

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Still time to submit a poster proposal for QAA International Student Transitions Conference!

The deadline for posters has been extended until 7th April.

This is a great opportunity to be part of the largest learning and teaching conference in the UK, which is taking place in Glasgow on the 6-8th June. You will be able to showcase examples of: institutional strategy; policy and practice work; projects addressing student engagement; and inter-institutional collaboration and developments in learning and teaching practice linked to enhancing the student experience.
More information from the conference website