Blended Learning via Moodle - Exploring Pedagogy

Description

Blended Learning is a term circulating numerous academic discourse and articles. The name suggests there are two aspects, often with some part of online delivery through a learning management system such as Moodle. And the counter half facilitated through a classroom lesson, workshop, simulation or other physical delivery styles. The two halves are capable of making an excellent student experience when the sum of parts are fused together in a well-articulated pedagogical model. A good learning experience occurs when the association between the two modes of delivery is clear and complements one another.  This masterclass is an introductory session about joining the two halves together creating an efficiently blended learning experience and identifiable pedagogical model.

Presenter 

Brian Smith (Teaching and Learning Excellence Specialist)

Date, Time, Location and Booking link

February 1st, 3.00-4.00pm, Room M1-012, Booking link

February 22nd, 3.00-4.00pm, Room MLT, Booking link

May 31st, 3.00-4.00pm, Room Room MLT, Booking link

 

Blogs for Learning, Reflection and e-Portfolios

Description 

This session introduces setting up and writing a blog and the use of blogs for teaching, learning and reflection, as well as eportfolios.  

Intended outcomes: 

  1. Discuss how blogs are being used for teaching, learning and reflection, and as eportfolios
  2. Set up a blog and make a blog post (keep it going and share the link). 

Presenter

Arthur Kaddu (Student Experience Team) 

Date, Time and Location

March 22nd, 2.00-3.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

Booking link

Designing and Choosing Assessment

Description

An overview of the quality process followed when designing assessment to ensure fitness for purpose and an opportunity to explore an 'assessment menu' and share good practice with colleagues.

Presenter

Dr. Duncan Cross

Date, Time and Location

February 22nd, 1.00-2.00pm, Room D1-008

How to book

Booking link

Engaging Students in Online Discussions

Description

This session explores the challenges of engaging students in online discussions and gives suggestions for effective practice. 

Presenter

Professor Dai Griffiths

Date, Time and Location

November 9th, 1.00-2.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

Booking link

Digital Library

Description

Come along to this session to find out more about accessing the online library (and other) resources. The focus of the session is how to get the best out of Discover@Bolton – the Library’s search engine. Use it to find books, journal articles, newspaper articles and much more! Find out how to create a Refworks account within Discover@Bolton, this will enable you to manage your results and create bibliographies.

Presenter

Mary Barden

Date, Time and Location

October 26th, 1.00-2.00pm, Room - Larch

How to book

Booking link

Engaging Students in Online Discussions

Description

This session explores the challenges of engaging students in online discussions and gives suggestions for effective practice. 

Presenter

Professor Dai Griffiths

Date, Time and Location

November 23rd, 1.00-2.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

Booking link

Flipped Classroom

Description

This session explains what a flipped classroom is and illustrates how we make and use podcasts and other resources to implement a flipped classroom. It covers the benefits and challenges we have experienced.

Presenter

Brennan Tighe

Date, Time and Location

May 10th, 2.00-3.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

Booking link - Cancelled

Formative Assessment

Description

This session will provide a brief overview as to the rationale of formative assessment, a term which basically refers to the process of evaluating students’ academic needs and development within the classroom with the goal to monitor student learning and provide ongoing feedback that can be used by tutors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. A common approach for many of us, for example, will be using student delivered seminars to help shape a final assessment.
The approach will deliberately be to invite discussion and encourage an exchange of ideas, an open forum, rather than to attempt to provide definitive answers.

Presenter

Professor David Kitchener (Education)

Date, time, location and booking link 

October 12th, 1.00-2.00pm, Room M1-012, Booking link

November 2nd, 1.00-2.00pm, Room M1-012, Booking link

December 14th, 1.00-2.00pm, Room M1-012, Booking link

April 26th, 9.00-10.00am, Room T2-026, Booking link

 

Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowships

Description

This session aims to:

  1. familiarise attendees with the dimensions of the UK PSF and the descriptors
  2. discuss what is meant by a reflective and scholarly approach
  3. explore examples of evidence for showing successful engagement with the UK PSF at the appropriate descriptor
  4. discuss attendees' own examples of evidence
  5. provide guidance to attendees in their preparation for either written or dialogic assessment.

Presenter

Dr. Duncan Cross (Senior Lecturer in Education)

Jane Lovatt (Learning and Teaching Fellow)

Date, Time and Location

Friday 30th September, 1-3pm, Room M1-002

Monday 3rd October, 10-12am, Room Z3-042

Wednesday 19th October, 10-12am, Room D1-036

Monday 7th November, 1-3pm, Room T4-072

Wednesday 9th November, 10-12am, Room D1-036

How to book

Please book by emailing Jane Lovatt (J.Lovatt@bolton.ac.uk)

Inclusive Learning, Teaching and Assessment

Description 

The purpose of this session is to focus attention on inclusive learning, teaching and assessment, and to provide opportunities for staff to share practice. The intended outcomes are:

  1. explain the meaning of inclusive learning, teaching and assessment and key requirements of the QAA Quality Code and the Equality Act 2010; 
  2. share your experiences and practices in relation to inclusive learning, teaching and assessment
  3. analyse potential additional difficulties faced by students and suggest ways to overcome barriers
  4. identify a change you have made or could make to enable learning, teaching or assessment to be more inclusive on your module
  5. recognise where you can you get further information and support to help you design for inclusion.

Presenters

Rose Galway (Senior Lecturer in Education Studies)

Dr. Marie Norman (Head of Learning Enhancement and Student Experience)

Pat Robinson (Lecturer in Education and Teacher Education)

Fiona Valentine (Disability Service Manager) 

Date, Time and Location:

January 25th, 2.30-4.00pm, Room D1-008

How to book

Booking link

Live Project Briefs for Employer and Student Engagement

Description

This session presents innovative live project briefs for teaching, learning and assessment.  It is suitable for academic staff.

Intended outcomes: 

  1. Explain the benefits of live project briefs for students and participating organisations;
  2. Discuss the challenges of live briefs including managing live briefs, the learning process and outcomes for students, and client expectations.

Presenters 

Student Participants

Carol Allison (Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Graphic design)

Richard Norman (New Product Development Manager, Summit Foods)

Anthony Roocroft (Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design)

Date, Time and Location

29 March, 1.00pm -2.30pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

Booking link

Marking and Feedback: Digital Tools

Description

The session works through the set up and use of grading sheets and rubrics in Turnitin. Using grading sheets provides students with detailed and structured feedback on their work, some of which can be automated. Colleagues using this system have said it is one of the fastest methods of feeding back and have also said it assists in removing subjectivity from the process. Students can also clearly understand what was required and against what it was measured, and externals and moderators can easily appraise the marking.
Feedback can be given to any type of assignment and, once set up, grading sheets and rubrics can be recycled and slightly modified saving time. The session will also discuss how to upload different file types, scanned documents, and blogs.

Presenter 

Karl Gregory

Date, time, location and booking links 

November 2nd, 2.30-4.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library), Booking link

February 1st, 1.00-2.30pm, Staff Development Room (Library), Booking link

 

Marking Guidelines for Students with an SPLD

Description 

This short workshop will ensure all academic staff know the guidelines when marking the work of a student with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) (e.g. Dyslexia).

Presenter

Fiona Valentine, Head of Disability Service

Date, Time and Location

November 2nd, 1.00-1.30pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

To book, please email Dan Papworth dap2@bolton.ac.uk

Marking - Using the full range of marks

Description 

This workshop is to explore marking criteria, identifying the vocabulary we use in marking and how that impacts on differentiating between grade boundaries, and rethinking your 'range' of marks.

Presenter

Dr. Duncan Cross (Senior Lecturer in Education)

Date, time, locatio, and booking link

November 23rd, 1.00-2.00pm, Room M1-012, Booking link

December 14th, 1.00-2.00pm, Room M1-014, Booking link

February 1st, 1.00-2.00pm, Room MLT, Booking link

 

Moodle: Introduction to Moodle

Description 

This session introduces Moodle to new staff and is also a refresher for old hands. It covers:

  1. What is Moodle?
  2. Moodle and associated integrations
  3. Logging into Moodle
  4. Creating a New Moodle Course (SITS and non-SITS based)
  5. Uploading Resources Backup and Restore your Moodle Course.

Presenters 

Graeme Prescott & Gary Burns (E-learning Team)

Location

Staff Development Room (Library)

Date & Time

September 14th, 2.30-4.00pm

October 26th, 2.30-4.00pm

February 22nd, 2.30-4.00pm

March 8th, 2.30-4.00pm

May 31st, 2.30-4.00pm

June 21st, 2.30-4.00pm

How to Book

To book your place, please send an email specifying your preferred session date to elearningteam@bolton.ac.uk with Introduction to Moodle in the subject line.

Other information

If the above dates are not suitable or they clash with other commitments or you prefer a session dedicated to your area/team/unit, please drop an email to: elearningteam@bolton.ac.uk outlining your preferences including a preferred date/time and we will get back to you.

Moodle Drop In ... Open Door

Description 

  1. How can I replicate my Moodle resources?
  2. How can I use Moodle to enrol my Students through SITS?
  3. How do I add a Turnitin assignment?
  4. Can I have some help building a new Moodle Course?
  5. Can you show me a sample Moodle Course?
  6. How can I add images, blogs, forums, quizes, wikis, videos?

Would you like help with these and other Moodle questions? Then please feel free to drop in to one of our open door sessions.

Presenters

Graeme Prescott & Gary Burns (E-learning Team)

Location

Staff development Room (Library)

Time and Location

September 21st, 2.30-4.00pm

October 19th, 2.30-4.00pm

November 16th, 2.30-4.00pm

January 18th, 2.30-4.00pm

February 15th, 2.30-4.00pm

March 15th, 2.30-4.00pm

May 24th, 2.30-4.00pm

June 14th, 2.30-4.00pm

How to book

To book your place, please send an email specifying your preferred session to elearningteam@bolton.ac.uk with Introduction to Moodle in the subject line.

Other information

If the above dates are not suitable or they clash with other commitments or you prefer a session dedicated to your area/team/unit, please drop an email to: elearningteam@bolton.ac.uk outlining your preferences including a preferred date/time and we will get back to you.

Patchwork Assessment

Description 

The assessment of work carried out over an extended period of study in a single summative document does not always fully represent the work of the student or what they have learnt. Patchwork assessment offers a way of pulling together discrete pieces of work into a learning narrative that can be assessed. The patchwork method can be used with a wide range of documentation and artefacts, but is particularly relevant in working with digital materials.

Presenter

Professor Dai Griffiths

Date, Time and Location

February 8th, 1.00-2.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

Booking link

Peer-wise: The use of Peer-wise in an Assessment (mostly carried out by students)

Description 

PeerWise is a free and simple online method of engaging and assessing students. Students use it to create and to explain their understanding of course related assessment questions, and to answer and discuss questions created by their peers. I used it to set up an assessment for HE6 civil engineering students but it could be used in any discipline. Students are presented with an easy to use interface and lecturers can view student content and monitor their participation – easily extracting data for the giving of marks.
The workshop will be an introduction to PeerWise; some of its benefits and some pitfalls – particularly in relation to the students at Bolton. It is an easy way to become cutting edge and digital with a student centred pedagogy.

Presenter

Mike Bather

Date, Time and Location

November 16th, 4.00-5.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

Booking link

Problem-Based Learning

Description 

Problem Based Learning (PBL) brings together aspects of Cognitive Constructivism (Piaget) and Social Constructivism (Vygotsky) to form a student-centred approach to learning.  This session uses an interactive style to develop conceptual understanding and facilitates ideas and examples for running creative PBL sessions.  Participants will also gain an understanding of the nature of Problem Based Learning which will allow them to effectively implement teaching and learning strategies, ensuring their students gain a structured approach to self-determined learning.

Presenter

Joe Gazdula & Brian Smith

Date, Time and Location

May 10th, 3.30-4.30pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

Booking link

Reflective Practice

Description 

Reflection is a conscious approach to analysing our experiences, activities, actions, feelings and more in order to learn from them. Questioning the 'What', 'How' and 'Why' relating to what occurred is a way to pause and unpack learning opportunities. We often identify the things that did not work well, equally it is important to acknowledge the good things in our academic practice.
Becoming a reflective academic is a skill that requires self-investment and self-acknowledgement to all that we do. Reflection-in-action and Reflection-on-action are methods that run alongside different reflective models informing the academic practitioner's ability to identify patterns and links between emergent thoughts and the experience.

Presenter

Brian Smith (Teaching and Learning Specialist)

Dr. Duncan cross (Senior Lecturer in Education)

Date, Time and Location

November 30th, 1.00-2.00pm, Room D1-036

How to book

Booking link

Screencasting: A practical guide to creating screencasts for learning

Description 

Screencasting involves the recording of action on your computer screen whilst narrating and is often used for teaching, creating software tutorials or sharing ideas.  In this session you will discover how to create effective screencasts from initial planning and equipment choice through to recording, post-production and delivery.

Presenter

Graeme Prescott

Date, Time and Location

March 29th, 3.00-4.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

Please book by emailing Graeme Prescott (G.Prescott@bolton.ac.uk)

Social Media for Learning

Description 

Social media of many kinds has potential for use within education, from requiring students to make twitter-style microblog posts up to the creation of portfolios that showcase work. A great many things can be done, free of charge, that match the modern student’s expectations of the Internet while bringing about positive learning outcomes. At the same time, you can use social media accounts to raise your own profile, such that your work is cited more often (your students will Google you, so you might as well take control over your online presence...). The session reviews some of the pitfalls of using social media, and suggests some uses that you may not have thought about.

Presenter

Dr. Richard Farr (Senior Lecturer: Partnerships)

Date, Time and Location

February 15th, 1.00-2.00pm, Room D1-008


How to book

Booking link

TIRI - What makes a programme TIRI?

Description

This workshop outlines what Teaching Intensive Research Informed (TIRI) involves and allows academic staff to assess the extent to which TIRI is embedded in their programme. It also provides an opportunity for staff to  share ideas relating to future TIRI activities.  

Presenter

Dr. Lisa Cove-Burrell (Head of Standards and Enhancement Taught Provision) 

Date, time and location 

April 26th, 1.00-2.30pm, Room D1-036

How to book

Please book by emailing Dr. Lisa Cove-Burrell (lac2@bolton.ac.uk)

Teaching Observations (Graded)

Description 

This session outlines the criteria used in the University's graded teaching observation scheme and gives staff the opportunity to discuss how they might demonstrate them in their teaching.

Presenter

Brian Smith (Teaching and Learning Specialist)

Date, time, location and booking link

October 12th, 2.00-3.00pm, Room D1-036, Booking link

November 9th, 4.00-5.00pm, Room D1-036, Booking link

January 11th, 3.00-4.00pm, Room T4-080, Booking link

 

Technology - Using Technology for Teaching (SFX case)

Description 

The Special Effects (SFX) team are using technology to make demonstrations effective and to create podcasts and upload them on Moodle and social media.  In this case study, the presenters will demonstrate the software and explain the advantages for staff and students.
Presenters

SFX team

Date, Time and Location

June 14th, 2.00-3.00pm, Room SFX classroom TBC


How to book

Booking link

Technology - Using Technology to Help Students Reflect

Description

This workshop offers an example of how technology has been utilised to aid students' reflection whilst undertaking their major projects.  A case study will be used as an example.  The techniques used can be replicated in many curriculum areas.  The focus is on reflection-in-action.

Presenter

Simon Wiggins (Head of Creative Technologies)

Date, time, location and booking link 

November 16th, 1.00-2.30pm, Staff Development Room (Library), Booking link

March 1st, 2.30-4.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library), Booking link

 

Twitter and other social media - How to use Twitter and other social media in an academic context

Description 

This session covers how to use Twitter and other social media effectively in an academic context.

Presenter

Professor Patrick McGhee (Assistant VC - Standards and Enhancement) 

Date, time and location

November 9th, 1.00-2.00pm, Room D1-036

How to book

Booking link

YouTube - The use of YouTube in Supporting Student Learning

Description 

YouTube is free and relatively painless to use. Students like the ability to run and re-run tutorials. This facility for repetition creates a useful learning tool. A written example is a superb learning device, and one which has a commentary explaining some of the steps in the example is even more useful for students. In this session, I will pass on my experience of making short videos in structural analysis and design. This is a workshop and so you will be able to make your own videos - bring along your smart phone or camera and make sure you have a little memory for a video. If you don't have any kit, you can work with a pre-recorded video.

Presenter

Mike Bather 

Date, time and location

November 9th, 2.00-3.00pm, Room D1-036

How to book

Booking link