Session Abstracts - Learning & Teaching Conference 2016 - University of Derby

Session Abstracts

Sessions will take place in 3 time slots as below.  The Session Matrix lists all sessions at a glance.  You are also welcome to choose the 'no session' option (designed for networking).

All sessions are split into themes:

  • Future Learning (all session references beginning with FL)
  • Technology Enhanced Learning (all session references beginning with TEL)
  • Pedagogic approaches (all session references beginning with PA)
  • Assessment (all session references beginning with A)
  • Employability (all session references beginning with E)

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Parallel Sessions A

(FL1) What does the future hold?  Students as partners in delivery, not just design

Facilitated by David Hodgkinson

Theme - Future Learning

This session introduces the concept of the 'teaching student' and practical examples of the concept in practice. Treating the UG student as a partner in ‘our’ teaching and allowing them to act as a fundamental conduit to information delivery in which they and their peers will attain depth of learning by consideration of their subjective views when being taught by a ‘peer’. Students form collaborative partnerships in the sense of study groups, developing inclusion and success in the context of group learning.

(FL3) Living lab at Derby

Facilitated by Rosemary Horry

Theme – Future Learning

This session introduces the concept of the ‘Living Lab’ and practical examples of emerging practice at Derby. A concept which is appearing in HE institutions in the UK, students apply to do research or projects, which can be part of an assignment or independent study, linked to sustainability or the environment in areas such as transport, biodiversity, waste, food, energy, behaviour change, the built environment, consumption patterns, culture, wellbeing, IT management, or others, and gain opportunities to engage with relevant departments and external agencies to develop the work.

(TEL3) Using MOOCs for pedagogic innovation, research, and to inform wider learning and teaching at the University of Derby

Facilitated by Dominic Petronzi

Theme – Technology Enhanced Learning

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have brought about a new educational paradigm that opens education to a wide range of learners on a global scale. The Innovation Hub at the University of Derby (UoD) has focused on horizon scanning to inform pedagogy and practice for MOOCs and non-traditional qualifications. This has ensured that they are relevant, and utilizing the latest technologies.

This session presents analysis of the changing perception of higher education, delivery and qualifications and how we can observe current attitudes via MOOCs, and how MOOC research is benefiting wider teaching and learning and preparing HEIs in offering non-traditional delivery methods and qualifications, such as short courses.

(PA1) Spot the Spikes: exploring module level attainment data

Facilitated by Helen Hathaway

Theme – Pedagogic approaches

Through the Student Attainment Project we are working to support academic colleagues and students in closing the ethnicity attainment gap.

This workshop will enable you to examine data to identify differences in student attainment at a module level, it will provide an opportunity to:

  • consider variations in student attainment across modules within a discipline
  • explore possible reasons for any variation as well as potential remedies
  • explore how this approach may support the closure of the ethnicity attainment gap.

Our approach draws on the work of the ‘Disparities in Student Attainment’ (DiSA) project undertaken by Coventry and Wolverhampton Universities. Spiky data was highlighted by the DiSA project as a key finding for consideration in their final report, “Students classified as BME tend to have ‘spikey’ patterns of achievement in terms of a range of low to high module marks; the causes for this remain unexplained.” (Cousin, G & Cuerton, D, October 2012, p13, “Disparities in Student Attainment”, Higher Education Academy). This workshop may be of particular interest for Programme Leaders and Subject Heads.

(PA4) Exploring the potential role of coaching approaches within healthcare practice programmes

Facilitated by Julie De Witt

Theme – Pedagogic approaches

In developing graduate skills there is an expectation that students will develop autonomy and demonstrate leadership; coaching can develop these skills (Henwood, 2014; Kemp, 2009). This workshop will start with an exploration of coaching. We’ll take a brief look at why ‘rescuing’ learners might not be the best long term strategy for them, or for you. We will then go onto to look at some of the practicalities of implementing a coaching approach and you will be introduced to a framework as well as given opportunity to practice.

(A1) Assessing by discussion rather than by written assignment

Facilitated by Gavin Jinks

Theme – Assessment

This session presents insights from a move away from traditional written coursework assignments to conversation based assessment for Human Growth and Sociology modules on the BA Social Work programme. Recognising written coursework as both an unreliable and time consuming process of assessment, pilot use of the alternative approach has proven highly successful. This workshop will outline both the process of transforming approaches to assessment, summarise key findings, and encourage participants to consider if and how they might amend any assessments that they undertake for modules that they teach.

(E1) Career development: The Disney way

Facilitated by Yasuhiro Kotera

Theme – Employability

This session presents insights from a recent study with certified Career Consultants exploring psychological techniques in career consulting with clients. Identifying Reframing and The Disney Strategy as the most successful techniques, both are designed to change perspective and support development of greater control over different modes of thinking.

Including a practical exercise, the workshop introduces Contents and Context Reframing and explores the different perceptual positions and modes of thinking of the Disney Strategy in the form of Dreamer, Realist, and Critic, including how these can inform effective career development for students in Higher Education.

(E4) Derby’s got talent: Destination of leavers Higher Education unpicked

Facilitated by Katie Seymour-Smith

Theme – Employability

This session presents an overview from Head of Careers & Employment Service and team members on graduate destinations and the national debate on how this relates to teaching quality and the emerging Teaching Excellence Framework.  The workshop is a timely opportunity for delegates to contribute to the national review of destinations and outcomes of graduates from Higher Education and the HESA consultation which closes on 14th July.  

We will review good practice case studies from Colleges, demonstrate how data is collected, and show you how to use this information to develop the student career learning journey and how effective career planning can improve outcomes.

Parallel Sessions B

Parallel Sessions C

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Creative Systems for Deeper Learning 

29 November 2016

3pm - 5pm 

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