Teaching and Learning Conversations 2015/16

Following on from successful series during the 2013/14 and 2014 /15 academic sessions, we are delighted to announce a new programme of Teaching and Learning Conversations for 2015/16.

As well as continuing to explore current issues in learning teaching and assessment in Higher Education, this year we plan to explore ways in which video conferencing tools can be used to enable teaching and learning conversations that are actively engaging rather than passive experiences for participants. In this respect, our plan is to experiment with a range of formats for the coming series of TLCs including: Debates; Expert Panel Discussions; Workshops and even a Fun Festive Quiz. We also hope to extend some of our conversations beyond the confines of the 60-90 minute online webinar event using a variety of social media tools before and after the events.

Furthermore, we hope to inspire other colleagues to deliver, with support from members of the main TLC team, their own teaching and learning conversations. For this reason, we have only formally scheduled the first 4 TLCs for this session and invite colleagues to get in touch and work with us to deliver a TLC on a topic and in a format of their choice.  We are particularly interested to work with colleagues who have no previous experience of delivering a webinar or online activity using a video conferencing tool.  Please get in touch as soon as possible if you have an idea for a future TLC.

The initial programme for the 2015/16 TLC series are below.  Details of individual TLCs will be released shortly through this blog and via social media.

Best wishes from the TLC team.

Teaching and Learning Conversations 2015/16

Date Time Title Presenters
Tuesday 29th September 12:00-13:30

(90 minutes)

Don’t plan to present, plan to engage:  Making the most of web conferencing technologies for online learning and teaching Dr W. Rod Cullen,  Manchester Metropolitan University

Calum Thomson, University of Salford

Monday 26th October 12:30-13:30

(60 minutes)

Debate: Is there a role for Badges in Higher Education? Prof. Ale Armellini, University of Northampton

Chrissi Nerantzi, National Teaching Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University

Thursday 26th November 12:30-13:30

(60 minutes)

Redefining Learning Space Andrew Middleton, Sheffield Hallam

Kathrine Jensen, University of Huddersfield

Tuesday 8th  December 12:00-13:30

(90 minutes)

The Big Fat Higher Educational Quiz of the Year: A Christmas Special Calum Thomson, University of Salford
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About Rod Cullen

I am a Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching Technologies in the Learning Innovation Team at Manchester Metropolitan University. I have gained considerable experience over almost 20 years in design, delivery and evaluation of online learning, teaching and assessment. I am particularly interested in assessment and feedback practice as well as the emerging role of web conferencing technologies to support blended and distance learning.

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