Dome Floor Exhibitors - Learning & Teaching Conference 2017 - University of Derby

Dome Floor Exhibitors

A variety of exhibitors from across the University will be showcasing their work on the Dome floor throughout the day from 9.30am until 4pm.  The Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme poster exhibition will also be displayed on the Dome floor.  

All our exhibitors would be thrilled to welcome you to their displays to talk about their work.

The Dome floor exhibitions are split into the same themes as the parallel sessions:

  • Student Experience 
  • Employability & progression 
  • Digital Practice 
  • Inclusive Learning & Teaching 
  • Radical Pedagogies and/or research active curricula  


Dome Floor Exhibitor Abstracts

Blackwell's Bookshops - supporting your students

Jenni Lattin, Blackwell's Bookshop

Theme - Student Experience

As of September 2017, all full-time UG students are to be given £100 to spend with Blackwell's to ensure they can access all the relevant reading and other materials they require to complete their studies. The L&T conference gives us an amazing chance to engage with as many teaching staff as we can, to ensure staff are aware of the range of services we can provide for them and their students (textbooks; e-textbooks; 'non-book' items for specific courses ie stethoscopes, drawing materials; books to support study skills, learning difficulties, employability, etc; stationery; our ordering services so staff have access to books for their own research.) We are working closely with the library to ensure quality of reading lists is as high as it can be and to allow the library to buy a wider range of materials, as students will be able to buy their own textbooks across the board.  Our remit from the Executive Board and especially Prof. Malcolm Todd is that we are a true partner to the University of Derby and are integral in providing the students with an excellent university experience.


Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Greg Sutton, Technology Enhanced Learning

Theme - Digital Practice

Blackboard Collaborate is the webinar software that it used for remote teaching, it is heavily used by UDOL academics and other members of staff. From mid-July a totally new version of the application (Collaborate Ultra) will be in use. While the functionality largely remains the same, how it works, the look and the interface have all been fully modernised.  The stand will consist of 2 PCs with large monitors both connected to the internet. One PC will be showing the student interface and one showing the staff interface. Both PCs will be logged into the same collaborate session to demonstrate how the lecturers actions will be seen by a student. A URL will be made available for delegates to access the session on their own devices. The idea is to inform staff about the change, let them know the implications of the change, show staff how easy it is to setup and access a session in the new software, and give staff a chance to use the new interface.  IT will also be explaining what the different roles in the application are for. Moderator, presenter, student, and the new role of captioner, as well as how to create recordings, access them and make them available. The new accessibility features will also be explained. 


When the Penny Drops - threshold concepts in postgraduate sonographer training and development

Heather Venables, College of Health and Social Care

Theme - Employability & Progression

Meyer and Land (2003) present the idea that in most disciplines ... "there are ‘conceptual gateways’ or ‘portals’ that lead to a previously inaccessible, and initially perhaps ‘troublesome’, way of thinking about something". These are the 'penny drop' moments that lead to transformative and irreversible learning, the dawning realisation of the interconnection of theories and practice experiences that enable students to make sense of profession-specific expectations.    Threshold concepts can transform the way students think and challenge their self-identity. Both are key as they move towards autonomy as advanced practitioners.   However, as students gain a deeper understanding of the drivers for service delivery and the theoretical underpinning of practice, these insights may lead to challenge and re-evaluation of their emerging professional role.  We explore the idea of threshold concepts with ultrasound work based mentors and consider the key 'penny drop' moments in sonographer training and development. 


Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device - change the way you work with MS Office 365

Louise Hart, ITS

Theme - Digital Practice

Got a question about MS Office 365? Not sure why you might use it? Then come along and discover the benefits of using Office 365 features.  Quick demonstrations and hands-on practice, where you will find out how to:

  • Use Sway to create presentations with impact
  • Collaborate on a document using OneDrive
  • Thin out your mailbox with 365 Groups, Yammer and OneNote
  • Create a quiz using Forms

Feel free to bring your  mobile device to experience the full potential of 'Anytime, Anywhere, Any device'.   


Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) – Developing Digital Capabilities

TEL Team

Theme - Digital Practice

The TEL Strategy 2017-2021, has made a commitment to developing students who are able to 'learn and thrive in a digital society' (JISC, 2015). With the ever evolving nature of technology we need to think about the types of capabilities students will need for their potentially long and varied careers, making sure they have the skills they need to flourish and that nobody is left behind (UK Digital Strategy, 2017).  This TEL stand will provide a chance to talk to members of the TEL team to find out what is meant by Digital Capabilities. You can explore the JISC Digital Capability Framework and accompanying learner and staff profiles.   Take a look at the university Digital Practice Baseline and the team will provide advice and guidance around the support available at the university to aid academic staff to embed opportunities to develop student’s digital capabilities into the curriculum.


Student Attainment Project 2

Helen Hathaway, The Registry

Theme - Inclusive Learning & Teaching

We will provide information for academic colleagues about our HEFCE Catalyst Funded Student Attainment Project 2 (SAP2), which aims to address barriers to student success.  The SAP2 is being led by the University of Derby working in partnership with Southampton Solent University and the University of West London.  We will take the opportunity at our event stand to raise awareness of the differential outcomes for different groups of students within higher education and for colleagues to consider these issues in the context of their teaching.  Colleagues will be able to find out more about our approach through the SAP2 to identifying attainment gaps at module level for different groups of students including by: ethnicity; gender; white working class males; socio-economic group; disability and care leavers.  With access to the SAP2 tools colleagues can: check their modules for attainment gaps for different groups of students; identify inclusive resources and approaches to support their teaching practice; share with the project their experience and good practice where they have closed attainment gaps for different groups of students.  Members of the SAP2 team will be available to discuss with colleagues aspects of the project and the resources available.


Developing Religious and Cultural Literacy

Omari Williams, College of Life and Natural Sciences

Theme - Inclusive Learning & Teaching

Within the HE sector there are 14,315 UK University professors, of these just 70 are black. For students, there is a degree attainment gap of 15.2% between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students who achieve a first or 2:1 and white students. This rises to a 25.2% gap for Black African heritage students [1]. Through well informed local research and active engagement with strong leadership the University of Derby is actively addressing the student attainment gap and has halved the gap over a period of 3 years, however the gap still exists for both staff and students.  The Race Equality Group (REG) aim to raise understanding about race and religious diversity at the University of Derby and work towards the goal of continually reducing the equality gap that exist within Higher Education around representation, progression and success all staff and student body at the University of Derby.   We hope to raise broader awareness about the group and our aspirations over the next 3 years and attract additional membership and support from staff in attendance at the L&T Conference.  The REG deliver an interactive stall area in which we would present a range of staff and student case studies, statistics and present challenges BAME staff and students face and current ideas for developing inclusion.  We would also invite staff to engage with personal questions and ideas about the subject of race and religion within a safe environment, thus supporting staff to develop religious and cultural literacy and reduce the equality gap within the HE sector.   Ref 1: Equality Challenge Unit (2016): 


Your Academic Practice Programme

Duncan Marson, Centre for Excellence in Student Experience and Learning & Teaching

Theme - Inclusive Learning & Teaching

The Academic Practice Programme (APP) is an opportunity for university staff to engage in discussions regarding innovative teaching, learning an assessment practice each academic year. Increasingly, the programme is shifting towards creating a variety of bespoke sessions tailored to the needs of staff at the University of Derby. With this in mind, the APP event stand at the learning in teaching conference this year gives an opportunity for staff to provide input into what sessions they would like to see on the academic practice programme for 2017 – 2018. The College Leads in Learning Enhancement will be at the stand to discuss through the ideas for the forthcoming academic year. Please come along and take a few minutes to discuss through your ideas on what you would like to see on the programme! 


The Careers and Employability Resource Guide for Personal Tutors and Academics - a resource to support career conversations and curriculum input

Katie Seymour-Smith, Careers and Employability Service

Theme - Employability & Progression

The Careers and Employability Service have produced a guide that provides an overview of their resources that help support personal tutors with career conversations.  The guide acts as a rich source of information and referral points and will support one to one conversations but also curriculum work.  The guide gives an overview of the service, how we can work together, an explanation of key employability documents but most importantly orientates the user to resources via commonly asked student questions, for example if a student is thinking of post-graduate study.  We welcome and seek academic feedback as to whether this guide is fit for purpose and want to ensure academics feel supported in their work and know how to access and make referrals effectively. The guide refers to key resources that could be used in sessions for example an e learning resource for understanding personal resilience. We would hope to take feedback and showcase the range of support available in an interactive space.


Researcher Development

Liz Torrance, University Research Office

Theme - Employability and Progression

The Researcher Development Programme is run by the University Research  Office with support from staff across the University. In this academic year we have hosted more than 40 events, workshops and seminars which aim to develop research capacity and effectiveness across the discipline areas.

At the University Research Conference in May, the recently appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Nick Antonopoulos shared his ambitions for building on our current activities to strengthen research at Derby. From September 2017 a cross-college consultation process will lead to the development of a new Research Strategy for which personal development will be a key theme.

At the Learning and Teaching Conference 2017 we would like to hear what researcher development you think will help us to achieve our ambition to achieve research excellence, aligned to the curriculum and teaching quality. Please come and visit us on the Dome floor.


Implementing Mixed Immersive Reality for Teaching Practices

Simon Everett, The Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub at the University of Derby is currently working on mixed reality projects to merge the immersive virtual world and the physical world. As this progresses, educators from all fields will have the potential to:

• Effectively guide students through scenarios.

• Allow students to experience scenarios in their educational area and receive real time feedback.

• Provide demonstrations in the actual virtual environment.

Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) removes the occupant, from their perspective, from the physical world and places them in an entirely artificial environment. Whilst the environmental experience is wholly believable for the headset occupant, it is also entirely exclusive to them, leaving others to only imagine their experience. From a gaming perspective, this is acceptable as the emphasis is only placed on the occupant’s experience. However, from an educational perspective, Virtual Reality alone does not allow educators to demonstrate scenarios to learners or advise learners during their own experiences of scenarios. IVR can better prepare students for their career environment and support the development of soft skills and responses to challenging experiences. Additionally, an IVR experience can help students to better understand many theories and concepts and develop existing skills in a safe and controlled environment.


Hearing The Student Voice - how, when and why we should communicate with our students

Cheryl Stephens, Precious Taylor and Sadie Gration and the Student Experience Team

The Student Experience team receives feedback from students throughout the year through a variety of methods such as surveys and focus groups. The feedback received from these help us to improve the student experience, and as a result of this we’re looking into whether we are using the most appropriate communications channels and how the student voice can be heard.

We’d like to involve you in these developments. Come and have a chat with us about what the ‘student voice’ means to you, discover more about the current communications approach and help us to share ideas of best practice in creating effective student communications. 

What's Happening ...

Academic Practice Programme (APP) 2018

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is pleased to announce the launch of the Academic Practice Programme (APP) 2018. This programme of workshops, activities and events is available to all staff, and is designed around current strategic priorities for the University.