The potential of collage making as a tool for academic development

 

anna-hunter Anna Clare Hunter

Senior Lecturer in Academic Development

University of Central Lancashire

About this conversation:

In this conversation we will be exploring the potential of collage making as a tool for academic development, and for teaching and learning more widely. Drawing on the work of Daphne Loads (2010; 2016; 2017) I will be discussing the importance of such arts based methods for connecting learners with their own perceptions, and enabling connections between individuals to enhance learning communities.

I will be describing my own experience of using collage in the first module of a PGCert Learning and Teaching and reflecting on how my understanding of the practice has developed through time and experience. I will also be identifying different ways in which collage can be used to support student learning and engagement, before widening the discussion to include arts-based strategies more broadly, considering their value for facilitating critical self reflection in learners.

About Anna:

Anna is a Senior Lecturer in Academic Development at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. She has a particular interest in arts-based methods as a tool for supporting the learning and teaching development of academics and draws on collage making, Lego, film, photography and storytelling as some of the strategies to implement this. Anna’s academic background is in English Literature and she actively seeks ways of integrating her subject expertise in narrative and storytelling as a tool for exploring personal experience, with her educational practice.

When: Wednesday 13th March 2019 12:00-13:00 (UK Time)

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Digitally Supported Curriculum

 

Simon_Thomson_Speaking Simon Thomson

Director, Centre for Innovation in Education

University of Liverpool

About this conversation:

I passionately believe that digital tools and services offer fantastic opportunities for learning and teaching. However, in many Universities there is still often a segregation of TEL / E-Learning into separate units or departments and in some cases these are detached from academic or curriculum development services. Alongside this we have, as a sector, segregated the roles in these areas (as an example see my blog post on Learning Technologists https://blog.digis.im/ed-tech/do-we-still-need-learning-technologists/ ).

My research is exploring the effectiveness and impact of the TPACK framework (Mishra & Koehler, 2006) as an academic development and curriculum development framework where we see “digital” as an integrated component of academic development and curriculum design (not a separate component) My work draws upon the discussions around critical digital pedagogy (http://hybridpedagogy.org/critical-digital-pedagogy-definition/ ) and the notion that “it is as much about using digital tools thoughtfully as it is about deciding when not to use digital tools”.

I am proposing that we shift the positivist rhetoric from technology as an “enhancement” to learning (TEL) to one of critical discourse where we consider the use of “digital” as part of the wider curriculum design process through which we integrate digital when and where it adds value and we don’t use digital where it doesn’t.

About Simon:

Simon Thomson is a “flipped academic” (Bruton, 2012) and has a track record for developing and supporting digital pedagogic practice in Higher Education. His academic career has been entirely focussed on teaching excellence and his work is dedicated to improving the staff and student experience.

He has led on a number of funded learning & teaching research projects including a JISC/HEA funded OER project as part of the Phase 1 UKOER programme, an institution-wide pilot of tablet devices evaluating the impact of 1to1 tablet device use and more recently a HEFCE funded project exploring the next generation of digital learning environments. He has presented and published his work at a number of national and international conferences, predominantly in the areas of learning technology and open education.

A passionate advocate of open education almost all of his work is available under a creative commons license (where he is permitted to do so).

Simon was awarded an HEA National Teaching Fellow in 2014 in recognition of his work in Open Education and Digital Pedagogy. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, SEDA accredited in Embedding Learning Technologies and an Apple Distinguished Educator.

You can connect with Simon on Twitter @digisim or through his personal website: https://blog.digis.im

When: Tuesday 26th February 2019 12:00-13:00 (UK Time)

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Learning Development Unboxed?

 

john-hilsdon John Hilsdon

Independent counsellor and academic, formerly Associate Professor and Head of Learning Support and Wellbeing at the University of Plymouth.

About this conversation:

In studying for my doctorate about Learning Development, I was enthused when I came across John Prunty’s criterion for critical analysis in social policy: it should serve the creation of political, social and economic arrangements where “persons are never treated as a means to an end, but treated as ends in their own right.” (Prunty, 1985, p. 136, quoted in Ball, 1997, p. 271). We now know that the continuation and replication of our current political, social and economic arrangements, which construct people primarily as consumers and producers to be the means to achieve the ends of profitability and ‘growth’, for mostly transnational corporations, is leading to potentially catastrophic climate change, amongst other serious global ills. NASA reports that the scientific evidence used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is “unequivocal” on this (Earth Science Communications Team, 2018). So, change is essential to our survival. Can LD be part of the change? In our daily working lives many of us feel boxed in, constrained and unfree. But in working with students and staff we do have opportunities to speak and to act creatively, even if we ‘just’ ask good, critical questions of ourselves and others.

In this conversation I hope to elicit a view of Learning Development based on the notion that our mongrel-like profession, emerging in the UK since the 1990s, can help individuals resist being put into the institutional ‘boxes’ created for them by collectively devising creative learning practices for the benefit of students, staff and, by extension, society beyond the university. In this, I am inspired by Hannah Arendt’s notion of “a world in common” (1958), to see universities as places where we develop learning communities, and thinking outside of rigid boxes with narrow labels like ‘graduate skills’ and ‘employability’; to shape, instead, what Ron Barnett terms “feasible utopias,” albeit starting in small ways or in fleeting moments, to support learning for a sustainable world in common.

Arendt, Hannah (1958) The Human Condition. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.

Ball, Stephen J. (1997) ‘Policy, Sociology and Critical Social Research: a personal review of recent education policy and policy research’, British Educational Research Journal, 23: 3, 257 — 274.

Earth Science Communications Team, NASA (2018) Climate change: How do we know? Webpage: https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ accessed 10.01.19

About John:

John works as an independent counsellor and academic, having recently retired from his role as Associate Professor and Head of Learning Support and Wellbeing at the University of Plymouth. He has contributed to the evolution of Learning Development as a distinct field of practice in Higher Education since the turn of the century. He helped set up the UK network of learning developers, LDHEN, in 2002, was the first Chair of ALDinHE from 2006 -2011, and is lead editor of the (JLDHE) Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. He was awarded an HEA National Teaching Fellowship in 2005. John’s work has focussed on issues associated with academic writing, critical thinking, reflection and peer learning. His doctoral study examined Learning Development as a case study of policy and identity construction in UK Higher Education. In addition to his role in HE, John has worked as a counsellor at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth since 2000.

When: Tuesday 22nd January 2019 12:00-13:00 (UK Time)

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Did you hear the one about the stand-up, the preacher and the scriptwriter?

 

 

 simon_lygobaker Dr Simon Lygo-Baker

Senior Lecturer
University of Surrey

About this conversation:

For many years I fought to keep my university identity separate from that I picked up away from campus: living two separate lives. I now believe that as a consequence of this I missed opportunities to draw learning from one context to another and to enhance my role as a teacher. This has now changed and it started when, away from campus, I was listening to a discussion between two stand-up comedians who were talking about the construction of their work. I started to recognise parallels between the development of my own teaching and what the pair were discussing. Since this happened I have shifted my approach to consider the cross-over more frequently, exploring and examining other professions to see what I can learn and bring onto campus from my other life. Using the experience gained from working with a range of seemingly disparate professions, including stand-up comedians, preachers, singing coaches and script writers this session will explore what I have borrowed and then transplanted into my teaching and the higher education environment. I will explore these experiences, using examples from work in the UK and USA with a view to encouraging you to do the same with those people and groups you may engage with away from the university campus.

About Simon:

Simon started working in higher education with different socially excluded groups (refugees, asylum seekers and those in recovery from addiction) on a range of educational projects before joining King’s College London where he developed a range of programmes for academic staff related to learning and teaching. He completed a PhD at the Institute of Education looking at educational values in higher education and now works at the University of Surrey in the Department of Higher Education for nine months a year and at the University of Wisconsin in the School of Veterinary Medicine for the remaining three months.

When: Tuesday 18th December 2018 12:00-13:00 (UK Time)

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How can I make my online delivery more engaging?

About this conversation:

This session will offer an opportunity for discussion on effective tools and techniques when delivering webinars. This will draw upon experience of supporting various online sessions and workshops on different platforms. Projects such as designing and delivering staff development, disseminating student engagement techniques in distance learning and organising Teaching & Learning Conversations (TLC) events. This involves assisting colleagues in developing engaging and interactive webinars, appropriate delivery techniques, as well as familiarising presenters with the delivery environment.

The conversation will be split into two; the first will cover the core functionality of Adobe Connect to promote participant engagement throughout the process of a webinar.  The second will cover more advanced features found within the tool and how these can be used to enhance participant interaction and collaboration. Due to this, the session will be suitable for beginners new to webinar delivery and intermediates looking to further develop their delivery.

When: Tuesday 16th October 2018 12:00-13:00 (UK Time)

About the Presenters:

Matt Thorpe

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Matt is a Technology Enhanced Learning Advisor in the Faculty of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University within Learning & Research Technologies. His particular areas of interest include learning analytics, blended learning and the role technology can play in the embedding of active learning and formative assessment within pedagogical practice.

 

Steven Williams

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Steven is a Technology Enhanced Learning Advisor in the Faculty of Health, Psychology & Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University within Learning & Research Technologies. Areas of interest are ePortfolios, distance learning, gamification and the solutions that technology can provide in Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

 

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Follow up – Developing the Congruent Educator

Thank you to Emma and all who attended for a fantastic webinar last week. As promised please find below links to Emma’s slides used in the session, a recording of the webinar and some further reading in the area.

Look forward to seeing you all in another TLC soon.

Many thanks, TLC team.

Click here for slides

Click here for webinar recording

Books and Journal Articles

  • GOOD PLACE TO START -> Whitmore, J. (2009). Coaching for performance: GROWing human potential and purpose: The principles and practice of coaching and leadership (4th ed.). London: Nicholas Brealey.
  • Bettinger, E., & Baker, R. (2014). The Effects of Student Coaching. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 36(1), 3-19.
  • Blakey, J., Day, Ian, CIPD, & Ebrary, Inc. (2012). Challenging coaching: Going beyond traditional coaching to face the facts. London; Boston: Nicholas Brealey Pub.
  • Bluckert, P. (2006). Psychological dimensions of executive coaching. Maidenhead: OU/McGraw Hill.
  • Bird, J. (2015).  The are of coaching. Routledge
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Whitney, D., & Stavros, J. M. (2008). Appreciative Inquiry Handbook For Leaders of Change (2nd ed.). Brunswick, USA: Crown Custom Publishing.
  • Downey, M. (1999). Effective coaching (Orion business toolkit). London: Orion Business.
  • Fletcher, S., & Mullen, Carol A. (2012). SAGE handbook of mentoring and coaching in education. Thousand Oaks, Calif.; London: SAGE.
  • Gallwey, T. (1974). The Inner Game of Tennis (1st ed). New York: Random House
  • Goleman, D. (1998). Working with emotional intelligence. London: Bantam Books.
  • Goleman, D., Boyatzis, Richard E, & McKee, Annie. (2004). Primal leadership: Learning to lead with emotional intelligence. Boston, Ma.: Harvard Business School Press.
  • Grover, S., & Furnham, A. (2016). Coaching as a Developmental Intervention in Organisations: A Systematic Review of Its Effectiveness and the Mechanisms Underlying It. PLOS ONE, PLOS ONE , 11 (7).
  • Kimsey-House, K., Kimsey-House, H., Sandahl, P., & Whitworth, L. (2011). Co-Active Coaching (3rd ed.). London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
  • Landsberg, M. (2003). The Tao of Coaching: Boost Your Effectiveness at Work by Inspiring and Developing Those Around You. Profile Books.
  • Rogers, J. (2008). Coaching Skills: a handbook, Maidenhead: OU/McGraw Hill.
  • Stork, A. (2015). Becoming an Outstanding Personal Tutor. Critical Publishing Ltd
  • Van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2012). Coaching in education: Getting better results for students, educators, and parents (Professional coaching series). London: Karnac Books.

Online resources

Developing the Congruent Educator

 

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Emma Gillaspy

Digital Teaching & Learning Manager
School of Health & Society – University of Salford

 

About this conversation:

This webinar will explore the potential for taking a coaching approach to learning and teaching development and how we can work holistically with individual’s strengths to ensure they are happy, satisfied and performing at their best.

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Whitmore (2009) defines coaching as “unlocking people’s potential to maximize their own performance”. Coaching has been shown to positively impact psychological factors such as reducing stress and improving wellbeing and resilience (Grover & Furnham, 2016). Common outcomes from coaching include increased self-efficacy, performance and satisfaction (Jarvis, 2008). Coaching is becoming more widely used across the Higher Education (HE) sector. This includes coaching support for senior management and increasing provision for researchers (Medd, 2012). However there is very little research into the efficacy of academic coaching for improving learning and teaching practice.

I propose that coaching may be a positive developmental intervention that can improve confidence and competence in teaching. During this webinar, we will:

  • investigate the benefits and challenges of adopting a coaching approach
  • try out a range of coaching tools and techniques that encourage academic development
  • debate the feasibility of adopting a coaching approach for improving learning and teaching practice

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About Emma:
I am passionate about helping people realise their potential through leading academic career development and executive coaching. I’m a co-founder of #coachingHE, a qualified executive coach and facilitator of coaching skills development. I am currently Digital Teaching & Learning Manager in the School of Health & Society at the University of Salford.

As an advocate of social media, I encourage experimentation in blended learning through creative, experiential and heutagogical approaches. I teach across a wide range of topics including education, social and digital media, personal effectiveness, communication, leadership and public engagement.

Before moving into the field of academic and researcher development, I worked in the NHS as a clinical molecular geneticist following graduation from my PhD studying the genetics of osteoarthritis.

Continue the conversation with me on Twitter @egillaspy or LinkedIn.

 References

Whitmore, J. (2009) Coaching for Performance: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose. London; Boston, Nicholas Brealey Publishing.

When: Wednesday 11th July 2018 12:00-13:00 (UK Time)

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ALDinHE Virtual Symposia

We are pleased to promote an upcoming virtual symposia that our colleagues at ALDinHE will be running over the next few weeks. Please find details of the event below…

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ALDinHE are pleased to share details of our first ALDinHE “cyberspace”
regional symposia.

Due to the range of experience and interest, we have decided to run two webinars.
Whatever your level of experience and practice, whether you want to present and/or
participate, you are very welcome to sign up for both webinars (or just one). If you would like to present, please provide details when you sign up, including a title and overview of your 10-15 minute presentation. Remember we are interested in hearing about the good, the bad and the ugly. Please don’t feel you can only present if you pulled off the “perfect” webinar.

If you have any queries before signing up, please contact: sandie.donnelly@cumbria.ac.uk

ALDinHE webinar 1: Getting started

Tuesday 26/6/28 – 13:00 – 15:30
(timings include comfort breaks). If you would like to present, please sign up by Monday
18/6/18.

· Have you had a go at webinars? Please share your experiences of how you got
started with webinars and what recommendations you would make to those of us
starting out.
· Are you interested in hosting and facilitating webinars but would you like to know
more from people who have had a go? Join this webinar to share your questions
and queries.
Sign up for this virtual symposium to explore getting started with webinars, including
shared experiences of: platforms, pitfalls, positives, tips for beginners and more. (Should
the embedded link not work, please use: https://goo.gl/forms/obkgGGJTY9gDq9MV2)

ALDinHE webinar 2: Enhancing webinar design and practice 

Tuesday 24/7/18 – 13:30 – 15:30
(timings include comfort breaks). If you would like to present, please sign up by Friday 13/7/18

· Have you been hosting and/or participating in webinars for a while and would like
to share your practice and/or experiences of webinars – the good, the bad and the
ugly?
· What do we need to consider in webinar design to engage learners and
participants?
· What about webinars and accessibility?
· How do we manage webinars to increase participation in the webinar?
· How do we avoid webinars being one-hit wonders and encourage return learners
to sign up for more?
· Do we record webinars to share with learners who didn’t participate – why?
· How might we use webinars to share/promote our practice with our colleagues
and peers – within our own institutions as well as beyond?
· Have you got an idea for a webinar that you’d like to run past a supportive and
constructive community? Take the opportunity to sign up for a “sounding board”
slot.

Whether you are a seasoned webinar designer/practitioner or are just interested in
learning more about webinars, sign up for this virtual symposium to explore enhancing
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Twitter in Education: Interactively exploring the conversation with TAGS and TAGSExplorer

 

 

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Martin Hawksey

Chief Innovation, Community and Technology Officer
Association for Learning Technology

 

About this conversation:

There has been much research in the use of social media to support learning and teaching. In many instances it is argued that it enables a decentralization of learning moving towards a distributed model which has many benefits including supporting a stronger foundation for lifelong learning.

Twitter is one service that has been widely used within this context. The introduction of hashtags as a mechanism to allow communities to form and contribute to a topic is now a well established model within both formal and informal education as well as in society in general. The use of Twitter in this way removes boundaries extending the opportunities for co-learning, in particular, discussions can become less siloed, every contribution to a hashtag community is potentially another opportunity for someone else to join the conversation. The thinning of the walls in this way is not without it implications and the vulnerability of being a learner should never be underestimated. Another consideration is that Twitter has been adopted as a tool to support learning in this way rather than being designed for this purpose. As a result exploring and finding understanding within hashtag communities can be problematic and with many open learning contexts individuals can end up feeling lost.

This conversation will explore approaches to help learners and educators gain more insight and a feeling of place within hashtag communities. As part of this we will look at TAGS and TAGSExplorer tools (https://tags.hawksey.info) which have been developed with educators and learners in mind to help support the collection, analysis and exploration of Twitter hashtag communities. These free tools provide a means to collect data from Twitter searches and analysis the results either in Google Sheets, where the data is collected, or visualized in the companion TAGSExplorer web interface. As part of this conversation we will touch upon the limitation of data collection from Twitter and issues around data protection and privacy. We will also provide some examples of where TAGS/TAGSExplorer has been used within an educational context.

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About Martin:

Martin is Chief Innovation, Community and Technology Officer for the Association for Learning Technology and developer of TAGS/TAGSExplorer. Martin has held advisory roles within the UK educational technology sector for a number of government-funded services. In these roles, he has supported staff in the exploration and adoption of innovative approaches to teaching and learning. He created TAGS and TAGSExplorer out of his own interest in hashtag communities and has used it as a vehicle to learn about social network analysis and data collection and visualization techniques.

When: Tuesday 12th June 2018 12:00-13:00 (UK Time)

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Students’ Responses to Learner Dashboards: how they might affect our pedagogical practices.

 

 

Dr Liz Bennett

 

 

Dr Liz Bennett

Director of Teaching & Learning
University of Huddersfield

 

About this conversation:

This webinar will report on the findings from the study of students’ responses to Learner Dashboards. It will focus on how they can be used within teaching and learning practices to support students’ engagement.

It will cover

  • What are learner dashboards (proxies for learning)
  • Drivers for learner dashboards
  • Pedagogy of learner dashboard designs with focus on self-regulated learning
  • Limitations of self-regulated learning for understanding dashboards
  • Dashboard literacy
  • Conclusions and recommendations for practice.

About Liz:

Liz Bennett is a Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield. In 2017 she was the Principal Investigator on an Society for Research in Higher Education funded Scoping Project entitled “Students’ learning responses to feedback on their progress using learning analytics dashboards“. Liz has published extensively in the field of higher education practices and learning technology.

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