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Academic Enhancement Unit CPD Workshops – January 2012


									                 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: 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 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 : 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
   -    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

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 : or extension

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 : 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 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
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
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.
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
(, extension 8670) or Martyn Stewart (,
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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