INSPIRE - the Teaching Fellows' newsletter

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

March 2017

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Contents:

 

An inclusive approach to promoting stability in the classroom
Dr Doirean Wilson, Business School  

Bags, mags and collaboration
Osbert Parker, Visual Arts and Peter Thomas Learning Enhancement Team

Some thoughts on inclusivity awareness: every little helps
Ed Currie, Science and Technology

Towards the building of an inclusive community: the learning journey of a Student Learning Assistant
Simbo Ajayi, Student Learning Assistant Scheme

Reflection on inclusivity and becoming an SLA
Dhana Letchmann, Senior SLA

My experience of Inclusivity at Middlesex University London
Hibba Butt, Business School GTA

KUWASEP, reflective learning framework for leadership and management development   
Dr Lola-Peach Martins, Business School

App-date
Alexandra Pitt, Learning Enhancement Team

Upcoming conferences

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November 2016 Newsletter

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Contents:

 

Students flourishing 
By Dr Sheila Cunningham, Associate Professor, Health and Education

Respect as a means for enabling students to flourish
By Dr Doirean Wilson SFHEA, HRM Senior Lecturer - Diversity & Corporate Engagement 

A student’s experience: 'Equality, Diversity & Inclusion' module
By Janine Sappleton-Brown, Middlesex University Student

Seven insights on 'encouraging and enabling flourishing'
Multiple authors
 
Top tips from the Learning Enhancement Team

App-date
By Dr Sheila Cunningham, Associate Professor, Health and Education 

Upcoming conferences




Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Mar 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the 10th issue of Inspire. It will be coming to you three times per year.
Feel free to comment on any of the individual items. [Download PDF version]


Diversity and difference at Middlesex
At a recent Erasmus conference held for Middlesex International Week the Vice Chancellor closed the conference praising our diversity and reflected on the issue of how we make difference integral to learning. He proposed that ‘we need students who are both prepared and diverse if we are to be an exciting, vibrant university'. 
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Intercultural learning on the Internet
One of the outputs of the Intercultural learning on the Internet (IntCultNet) project included a target group analysis for learners. The aim of the analysis was to investigate the existence of and target potential target users of the deliverables of the project in the partner countries in the duration of the project and after it.
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Bridging social capital 
Within the SU one of our key mechanisms for understanding diversity is through the lens of social capital. If we consider ‘bonding’ social capital what happens when similar groups of people spend time together, then ‘bridging’ social capital is what occurs when we learn and collaborate with those who are different to us. We are creating situations in which ‘bridging’ social capital happens.
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Benefiting from Diversity (and saving lives)
The meaning of the word diversity is itself a broad concept; it not only includes the dimensions of race but also embraces the gender difference, ethnicity, sexual orientations and many more. Finding a potential donor and saving lives of people suffering from blood cancer is the mission of our marrow society. 

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Diversity – three key learning points
My experiences have taught me valuable lessons in terms of finding a balance between staying consistent with my own values and beliefs, whilst at the same time building a rapport and showing respect for others. I have reasoned this into three key areas, which I believe that if in place it is possible to live and work in harmony with any diverse group of people. 
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Teaching Inclusively – Celebrating diversity
Top Tips: Resources to aid your thinking and planning.  Especially useful for CPD or in need of refreshing your skills.
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Apps for teaching and learning
As a group of health and sport academics and subject librarians we have run a project that has involved an innovative interactive process using dialogue sheets to stimulate teachers in discussion and reflection on the use of ‘apps’. It also enabled capture of individual comments, questions and ideas for wider dissemination.
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Conferences 
A regular listing of conferences with a learning and teaching theme (including this year's Annual Learning and Teaching Conference on 5 July), plus links to other sites listing similar events. 
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Monday, 16 November 2015

Nov 2015 - Newsletter

Welcome to the 9th issue of Inspire. It will be coming to you three times per year.
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Teaching Excellence - or Otherwise? 
Excellence in teaching has been an issue for many years. Many of us know this is recognised in a variety of ways and yet how to define it remains challenging. Rewards and ‘badges’ of excellence are in existence including our own Teaching Fellowship, though we also know that not all excellent teachers wish to have this ‘badge’. Excellence has now taken another direction and involves a sector overhaul.

Middlesex University UKPSF Scheme
Middlesex has received approval from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) to recognise and accredit HEA Fellowships aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) across all 4 levels from Associate Fellow through to Principal Fellow via a CPD route. The Scheme (under the abbreviation MURS), coordinated through CAPE, is a welcome addition to the existing alignment of Associate Fellow and Fellow levels through the taught route gained through the PGCert HE. 

A Picture of T&L Excellence at Middlesex  
Recent discussions of the Government's proposed Teaching Excellence Framework have opened up discussions on the metrics of what excellent teaching looks like. We’re fortunate enough that at the Students’ Union, students have been telling us about their excellent teaching for the past two years, through MDXSU’s Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTA’s). 


APP-date
Prior editions of APP-date have introduced readers to a specific app that can be used to support teaching and learning. This edition of APP-date takes a slightly different approach. Instead of focusing on one app, this brief article draws the reader’s attention to an open online course that will introduce participants to twelve apps that have the potential to personalise the learning experience.  


Seven Tips to Beat a Mid-term Slump 
We asked some of the University Teaching Fellows to give some tips on avoiding a mid-term slump by their students. Here we present seven of them, including the intriguing 'make a move', 'only the lonely, and 'playing with a full deck'. 
Learning and Teaching Scholarship Research Grants 
CAPE recently funded eight Learning and Teaching Scholarship Research Grants ranging from £4,000-£10,000 in the areas of Innovative Pedagogy; Student Engagement and Digital Literacy. The grants scheme is designed to deliver and evaluate beneficial impact on our students educational experience, while developing rigour in our approach to pedagogical research. 
Conferences 
A regular listing of conferences with a learning and teaching theme (including this year's Annual Learning and Teaching Conference on 5 July), plus links to other sites listing similar events. 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

June 2015 Newsletter



INSPIRE – excellence in learning & teaching at Middlesex

Middlesex University Teaching Fellows                                                                         June 2015

Welcome to the 8th issue of Inspire. It will be coming to you three times per year.
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International partnerships
One of the key roles of the Centre for Academic Partnerships is to provide a central management and support service for University overseas campuses, and across a range of collaborative arrangements varying from Internationally recognised Universities, UK FE Colleges, or global business and private providers offering provision in a wide variety of subject areas. 
Challenges of teaching international students
Transnational education (TNE) has increased substantially over the last decade both in terms of partnerships with other educational providers but also in the development of international campuses.  TNE is award- or credit-bearing higher education learning undertaken by students based in a different country from that of the awarding institution. 
Student transfer from an overseas campus to UK
"The transition to the London with its relatively faster moving life was pleasantly welcome in the beautiful and new buildings with extended courtyard. I really am impressed by the beautiful new buildings with the extended courtyard. This has been a challenge but one I am happy to have done."
App-date
Voicethread is a web-based interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to add images, documents, and videos, and to which other users can add voice, text, audio files, or video comments. You can talk, type, and draw right on the screen. The app gives users the ability to comment on VoiceThread slides using one of five powerful commenting options. 
7 things you never knew about overseas campuses
Mick King worked on both the home campus and overseas campus at a previous institution, which gave him fascinating insights into how people in one educational context cannot always imagine how things are in another even when under the same umbrella. Many staff may be unaware of the similarities and differences between the home and overseas campuses. 
Teaching international students
Ruth Miller, a Senior Lecturer Work Based Learning and Accreditation/H&E reports on a telephone tutorial with an overseas student on the MSc Work Based Learning who was undertaking their final project.
Conferences
A regular listing of conferences with a learning and teaching theme (including this year's Annual Learning and Teaching Conference on 9 July), plus links to other sites listing similar events.

Grounded theory (comment from last edition)
One of the most influential qualitative approaches is that of grounded theory, and it has been used extensively in education, nursing, evaluation research and organisational studies. Grounded theory questions tend to be orientated towards action and process and so are a good fit with data collection methods that encompass observations and interviews. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

April 2015 Newsletter



INSPIRE – excellence in learning & teaching at Middlesex

Middlesex University Teaching Fellows                                                                         Apr 2015

Welcome to the 6th issue of Inspire. It will be coming to you three times per year.
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Research and Teaching or Research or Teaching?
The link between research and teaching (or teaching-research nexus) has been a topic of increasing interest over several years. Despite the growth in literature on this topic, the nature of the links between teaching and research appear to becoming increasingly blurred. 
UTF Research Interests
The last edition saw the launch of The Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS). This centre  oversees the training supervision and ethical clearance of all education-related research degrees at Middlesex University.  Several UTFs contribute to CERS and also pursue their own disciplinary research – a few share their work for this edition.    
Inspired or Confused? Too Many Hats
The role of the insider-researcher is well documented, and confirms the challenges of undertaking research within one’s own area of work. This challenge becomes part of daily life for those students such as me under-taking a professional doctorate around a topic in their own work area.  

App-date
PaperShip is an app designed to give you access to two popular reference libraries – Zotero  and Mendeley  on your mobile device (Apple devices only at the moment). To take advantage of the features of PaperShip you need to have a Mendeley or Zotero account. 

Top Tips for Researchers
Four of the University's Teaching Fellows share their thoughts and advice for researchers. The contributor's messages all cover similar ground - emphasising in particular the value of talking and sharing, in all their various guises.  

Time efficient and easy: research reference management
Keeping track of references and other sources for research writing can be challenging and time consuming. University teachers and students often develop strategies to keep track of research sources, but these too can involve time-intensive manual data entry.  

Conferences
A regular listing of conferences with a learning and teaching theme (including this year's Annual Learning and Teaching Conference on 9 July), plus links to other sites listing similar events.  

Friday, 21 November 2014

Nov 2014 Newsletter


INSPIRE – excellence in learning & teaching at Middlesex

Middlesex University Teaching Fellows                                                                                      November 2014

Welcome to the 5th issue of Inspire. It will be coming to you three times per year.
Feel free to comment on any of the individual items. [Download PDF version]


Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS)
CERs was launched in October with over 100 University academics, staff and external partners coming together to celebrate its inception.


Middlesex University Graduates - 100% employable, 100% employed
This is the ambitious vision for the new Employability Service launched in October 2013.  One year on, 8,000 students have been engaged through 1:1 sessions, workshops and our innovative online employability self-assessment.

University Teaching Fellows Views on Employability
UTFs were asked How do you view employability (skills, integrated into curriculum or bolted on?) Here’s what they are thinking some food for thought? 

 


Enabling Students - Embedding Employability into the Curriculum
The Dept of Criminology and Sociology is developing a three-year employability programme, focused around field visits, volunteering, placements and internships. A major effort is being put in place to support students to become the ‘authors’ of their personal programme.



About the Academic Excellence Exchange
The MDX Academic Excellence Exchange is a new forum led by the Centre for Academic Practice Enhancement (CAPE) providing the opportunity for all colleagues engaged in Learning, Teaching and Research to showcase inspiring, innovative and effective academic practices.

App-date
Turnitin is used widely across the university allowing students to check their work for text matches ahead of assessment deadlines.Turnitin is used as a teaching tool helping to raise awareness of plagiarism and writing skills.


Welcome to the New University Teaching Fellows and Senior Teaching Fellows 
University Teaching Fellowships aim to recognise and reward outstanding practice and promotion of high quality teaching and learning. Interested?



Conferences
A regular listing of conferences with a learning and teaching theme, plus links to other sites listing similar events.

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