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Academic Enhancement Unit CPD Workshops – January 2012 Please see below the workshops taking place in January. If you would like to book a place on any of the workshops, unless otherwise stated, please contact the Academic Enhancement Unit (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone extension 8101). An Introduction to the WoW Programme and WoW Skills Certificate at LJMU Dates: Tuesday, 10th January 2012 – 9.30 am – 11.30 am Tuesday, 3rd April 2012 – 9.30 am – 11.30 am Venue : Graduate Development Centre, Room 2a, 1st Floor, Kingsway House To book a place at this session please contact Jenny Glover in the GDC (e-mail email@example.com or extension 8741) Being a Panel member for Validation and Programme Review Processes for Collaborative Provision Date & Venue: Tuesday, 10th January 2012, 9.30 am - 12.30pm, Training Room 3, 5th Floor, Kingsway House Training for Chairs of Validation and Programme Review Processes for Collaborative Provision Date & Venue: Thursday, 12th January 2012, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm, Training Room 3, 5th Floor, Kingsway House For further information about these events please contact Vicky Jones, Quality Support Officer, Academic Enhancement Unit (e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 8771). NEW FOR 2012!!! Building communities and programme identity Date: 9.30am – 12.30pm, Friday 13th January Venue: Training Room 2, 5th Floor, Kingsway House Programmes with strong course and cohort identity tend to be successful in academic performance and score high in satisfaction ratings. This workshop considers various strategies for building programme and cohort identity. Key to this are to build relationships amongst students and between staff and students, and to bring together associated activities such as staff research activity into a more integrated student learning experience. In this workshop we shall explore the potential of: - Programme-level Blackboard websites as a platform to integrate learning across modules, build a stronger community online, and close the gaps across the academic year - Building community with social networking technology; this will involve discussing best practice from the literature in this area. - Subject societies (student-staff led) - Strategies to bring departmental research cultures and student learning into closer proximity Parts of the session will involve practical hands on training in setting up and using specific tools External Examiner Briefing Day Date: Friday, 13th January 2012, 12.00 pm – 4.00pm For further information about this event please contact Vicky Jones, Quality Support Officer, Academic Enhancement Unit (e-mail : email@example.com or extension 8771). The Faculty of Science Good Practice Seminar – ‘It’s good to talk – Presentation by Campus IT Support’ This January seminar will be presented by Harry Morton, Dave Monks and Pete Carlin and will take place on Wednesday, 18th January 2012 – 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm in Room 145, Tom Reilly Building. For further information or to book a place please contact : Caron Knowles, Faculty of Science (e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 2492). Programme Leaders Forum – Implementation of LJMU’s new Academic Framework Date & Venue: Wednesday, 18th January 2012, 10.00 am - 12.30pm, Room G.07, John Foster Building, Mount Pleasant The University is now operating under the new Academic Framework. To support Programme Leaders in finding out about how the new Framework differs from the UMF and how this might affect day to day practice the Academic Enhancement Unit is offering a series of workshops (Programme Leaders need only attend one of them). These interactive sessions will be an opportunity to: - find out about changes and how they affect practice; - clarify understanding and help to develop consistency; - comment on and contribute to the developing Methods of Practice guidance that will run alongside the Framework. Workshop delivery will be scenario-based intended to provide an opportunity for participants to work through case studies seeing how colleagues interpret and use the Framework. Good ideas about effective practice will be incorporated into the Methods of Practice which will be a developing resource. If there is a particular query about the Framework that you would like discussed please let us know in advance so that we can plan the session accordingly. To book a place or to suggest a topic of discussion or if you have any queries please contact Liz Menzie (e-mail email@example.com or on extension 8101). The final date of the Programme Leaders Forum is: Thursday, 9th February 2012 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm Trg Room 3, 5th floor, Kingsway House NEW FOR 2012!!! Integrating use of technology for active learning in the classroom Date: 2.00 – 4.00pm, Thursday 19th January Venue: Training Room 2, 5th Floor, Kingsway House This problem is growing across the sector with no clear single cause or solution. This session will focus on a range of ideas and discuss different approaches that integrate the use of technology. It integrates with a series of sessions looking at this particular issue offered by the Academic Enhancement Unit. This session not only looks at how the technology works, but looks are key research in this area, and pedagogic design. Just to whet your appetite http://youtu.be/YWOzxFlspdE?t=41m for an example of this Technology covered: · Clickers · Lecture recording · Active learning with Powerpoint Pedagogic Research Forum – Variations in Marking Practices across the Disciplines Date & Venue: Thursday, 19th January 2012, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm, Training Room 3, Academic Enhancement Unit, 5th Floor, Kingsway House Details to follow NEW FOR 2012!!! Academic Writing Skills & Plagiarism Date: 10.00am – 12.30pm, Friday 27th January Venue: Training Room 2, 5th Floor, Kingsway House Research into student experiences of learning academic writing identifies a significant grey zone in understanding between learning citation, paraphrasing and plagiarism. Whilst there are always genuine cases of plagiarism there is evidence that many others are fearful of being wrongly accused of plagiarising so adopt overly cautious and inappropriate styles of writing. In addition, international research has recognised that concepts like plagiarism and copyright are rooted in western ideals that value individual intellectual property. For learners educated in other cultures founded on different ideals, this can create misunderstandings where practices of citation differ. This session will examine issues surrounding development of academic writing skills and how Turnitin software and tutorial support can help students understand and identify weaknesses in their work, This workshop will show you how to introduce Turnitin to a module, discuss the research and give examples. It will include some hands on with the technology working through examples. NEW ONLINE COURSE FOR 2012!!! Course commences on 25th January. Identifying struggling students ‘I know some of the students are finding parts of the course difficult, but I find out who they are too late to do anything about it.’ This session looks at a range of technologies and methods to gather information about students’ engagement and their level of understanding. These ‘at risk’ students can then be targeted and supported in a range of different ways. This session will give you a range of ideas that you may need further support with, but will help guide you to build an effective and efficient use of technology and teaching time. Technologies include: · Blackboard tracking and statistics · Grade Center · Email · Screen casting · Wimba Classroom · Blackboard quizzes · Classroom voting system This course will only be offered online and will consist of a series of video presentations demonstration key methods and how they might link together to create a joined up approach to supporting this issue. For further information about this on-line course please contact either Jim Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org, extension 8670) or Martyn Stewart (email@example.com, extension 8674), Academic Enhancement Unit NEW FOR 2012!!! Effective group learning series Group-work plays an important role in education at many levels; intellectually, it allows students to encounter differing perspectives and elaborate understanding through discussion. Personally, it can help build relationships and develop essential team-working skills. Yet evidence from student surveys reveals group-work to be unpopular. Key difficulties surround problems with group dynamics, not seeing the reasons or benefits of peer learning, and perceptions of unfairness when group-work is assessed. This series of practical-focused workshops is intended to help you to design and deliver more effective group-learning activities: 1. Getting more out of peer learning: From theory to practice Dates: 3.00 – 5.00pm, Tuesday 24th January repeated 2.00 – 4.00pm, Thursday 26th January Venue: 5th Floor, Kingsway House This session considers group-learning phenomena, examines common problems with peer learning and explains basic theory to provide a framework for task design. A better understanding of social learning processes can help students see the benefits and learn how to mitigate any team-working problems. 2. Assessing group-work Dates: 10.00am – 12.00pm, Thursday 2nd February repeated 2.00 – 4.00pm, Friday 3rd February Venue: 5th Floor, Kingsway House Many students experience difficulties with the assessment of group-work. This workshop will consider a range of assessment designs, consider the role of peer assessment, development of assessment criteria and strategies for developing student confidence in assessed group-work. 3. Connecting group-work across a programme Dates: 3.00 – 5.00pm, Thursday 9th February repeated 1.00 – 3.00pm, Friday 10th February Venue: 5th Floor, Kingsway House This workshop considers development of course-level strategies for peer-learning and group-work and will be of interest to programme leaders, tutors and other teachers keen to better connect group-work across modules and levels. The session will consider the different personal and intellectual functions of group-work at different stages of the degree and help participants map and connect group/peer assessment and feedback activities.
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