Session Abstracts B - Learning & Teaching Conference 2017 - University of Derby

Session Abstracts

Sessions will take place in 3 time slots as below.  The Session Matrix 2017 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:

  • Student Experience (all session references beginning with SE)
  • Employability & progression (all session references beginning with EP)
  • Digital Practice (all session references beginning with DP)
  • Inclusive Learning & Teaching (all session references beginning with ILT)
  • Radical Pedagogies and/or research active curricula  (all session references beginning with RPR)

Parallel Sessions A

Parallel Sessions B


(SE2) How to Build Good Supervisory Relationships

Sigrid Lipka

Theme - Student Experience

The student-supervisor relationship greatly influences doctoral student satisfaction and successful completion rates. Can research supervisors be taught how to build successful supervisory relationships? Evidence collected from seven iterations of the research supervisor training programme for new doctoral supervisors at Derby University suggests that the answer is yes. A framework based on behaviour change literature is presented to guide future research into effective training for doctoral supervisors and to stimulate a wider discussion of how we can establish whether any staff training programme has worked. 


(SE5) Student Experience Framework

Fiona Shelton

Theme - Student Experience

Internal and external drivers continue to highlight the importance of the Student Experience. TEF, REF and league tables make an assessment of the quality of the academic experience, much of which is driven by value for money in a marketised environment. Students have high expectations of their university experience and what it can offer them in order to improve their life choices. Following consultation with students and staff the Student Experience Framework has been released to articulate that offer. This is organised into 6 key themes:

  • Be Distinct
  • Think Differently
  • Create Opportunities
  • Get Involved
  • Go Further
  • Take the Lead

This workshop is an exciting opportunity to find out how you can shape, be a part of and deliver on this crucial University strategy.


(EP2) The Derby Internship Programme: developing a local SME scheme to enhance student work experience

Fiona Naismith and Amber Woodfull with student contribution

Theme - Employability & Progression

Employability is high on the university agenda and we understand that access to quality work experience is essential for our students’ success and increased confidence in the graduate labour market, enabling social mobility and increasing our DLHE outcomes.  The Employer Engagement Team have created over 250  wide ranging, flexible, paid internships, exclusive to University of Derby students and graduates with SMEs in the D2N2 area since December 2013.  This session presents a summary of the success of the DIP.  Almost 50% of Derby graduates stay in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and the DIP programme allows students to make vital links with local businesses and enterprises, evident in the fact that 42% DIP interns continue in employment with the SME after their internship has finished.


(DP2) Micro Lectures: how to teach online

Paula Shaw

Theme - Digital Practice

The aspiration to modernise educational delivery enabling people to learn flexibly without missing out on the key features of classroom teaching is becoming a vital skill for educators, this session highlights key design features for fully online and blended courses.  What Makes a Successful Online Learner? is followed by micro-lectures demonstrating Action Mapping (to avoid Cognitive Overload) and Blooms Affective domain.  Participants will have the opportunity to try out online activity on their own devices before being introduced to an interactive diagram, ‘The Anatomy of an Online Module’ that will assist them at the planning stage; UDOLs  three design models will provide further support for module structuring.


(DP5) What Does a Digitally Capable Student Look Like?

Laura Hollinshead

Theme - Digital Practice

Educational institutions are increasingly asked to consider what digital capabilities students are graduating with.  In response the UoD, through the TEL Strategy 2017-2021, has committed 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 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).  Participants will consider what is meant by ‘digital capabilities’, explore what a digitally capable student on their programme might look like and the challenges we face in supporting their development.  We’ll also look at support for academic staff in embedding opportunities to develop student’s digital capabilities into the curriculum.


(ILT2) Developing an Inclusive Study Skills Service

Catherine Shipley with student contribution

Theme - Inclusive Learning & Teaching

The Study Skills Service offers generic study skills support to all HE students across the University of Derby. This support is delivered in a variety of ways, developing and adapting to student feedback and need.  The service has recently undergone a change in approach, including the creation of new online materials - the basis of an online EYL toolkit that can be utilised by staff and students as classroom, revision or new learning tools. The aim is to make Study Skills Resources as accessible and inclusive as possible.  Along with a demonstration of the current online materials by a student Study Advisor, this session introduces this new system and offers participants the opportunity to design the programme of events for the Autumn semester by discussing what students need and when.


(RPR2) #FactsMatter: information literacy in the real world

Caroline Ball and Jonathan White

Theme - Radical Pedagogies and/or Research Active Curricula

Our lives are dominated by easy and instantly accessible information which is also becoming increasingly difficult to trust. We hear terms such as ‘fake news’ used more and more in today's complex media and political landscape – but what does that really mean and how can we assist our students with the skills needed to effectively understand and evaluate information?  It is more important than ever that students are equipped with these critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making skills, not only to enhance employability but also to create responsible citizens of a modern, inclusive society. This session will explore how issues surrounding literacy impact on almost every aspect of modern life and how information itself is a political issue – who has it, who doesn't, how it is used or misused and how it differs depending on perspective and privilege.  Bring your devices for some fake news hunting!


(RPR4) Re-examining the Exam: exploring the use of time constrained summative assessment in aiding student reflection on employability

Duncan Marson

Theme - Radical Pedagogies and/or Research Active Curricula

The dynamic environment of UKHE policy is shifting the discussion of radical pedagogies for both summative and formative assessment.  Subsequently, the nature of traditional assessment mechanisms such as the classic examination have been placed under increasing scrutiny within subject areas where the value of the examination scenario incorporates a need to understand and reflect on practices experienced within employment.  This session will detail and reflect on the processes and actions undertaken as part of the study which explores the application of both time constrained exam and employment reflection through the application of a time constrained exercise.  We will also look at recommendations for future applications, how this project contributes towards creative application of summative assessment modes and discuss future inclusion of reflective practice with students upon completion of summative assessment.


Parallel Sessions C

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.