Students Staff

22 June 2016

Good Teaching Practice Conference

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DSC_0683The first Annual Good Teaching Practice Conference at Essex Business School was a success with over 75 people attending throughout the day.

The day included three themed sessions covering student engagement and provision of feedback; postgraduate teaching practice; and work-based learning. A number of speakers from across our campuses shared examples of their good practice and there were lively discussions in the breaks as colleagues enthusiastically shared ideas.

The event, organised by Learning and Development, was designed to allow colleagues to meet and share good practice ideas and promote good teaching practice across the University.

A large number of people attended throughout the day, including colleagues from partner institutions at Colchester Institute, South Essex College and UCS, as well as colleagues from Southend and Loughton.

Thank you again to all participants for giving your time to share your good practice and ideas with colleagues, hopefully the event will continue to grow in future years and become a cornerstone of a network to share good practice at the University of Essex.

Have a look at some of the event photos or download copies of the conference booklet and the speaker’s slides.

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7 April 2015

Reading list revolution

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Inside The Forum Southend-on-SeaConnecting teaching and learning at Essex is being revolutionised thanks to a new reading lists project which will benefit students and staff alike.

New software now stores reading lists online, enabling them to be interactive. It means students can click on books to see availability in the library and price to buy online, or click straight through to the resource if it is electronic. They can also create an easy-to-access list of resources they want to read which they can update whenever they like.

For staff, it enables them to keep reading lists up-to-date throughout the year and alerts students when new items have been added. They can easily bookmark items from the library catalogue or other websites and simply add them to a reading list, automatically pulling all required information into the system. They can also view what items students have been accessing or intend to read so they can find out how much their lists are being interacted with.

Staff and students from the Department of History have already successfully piloted the system, which is being run jointly by the Learning Technology Team and the Library.

The project will now be rolled out to all other departments and hope to get most reading lists into the system by the start of next academic year.

Training sessions are running throughout the summer term for staff wanting to know more about the system.

 

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8 August 2014

Are you an innovator?

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Ignazia Posadinu is among this year's crop of successful bidders for TALIF  funding

Ignazia Posadinu is among this year’s crop of successful bidders for TALIF funding

Six innovative new projects have received funding from the University’s Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund (TALIF).

Any member of staff can apply for TALIF funding to undertake innovative teaching and learning projects that embody the University’s commitment to excellence in education and will make a significant difference to the student experience at Essex.

The recent round of successful applicants were:

  • Ilaria Boncori’s project enhances the learning experience of International Academy and Essex Business School international pathway students including “reversed mentoring” on support, feedback and assessment.
  • Ismene Gizelis’s project involves inverted teaching in conflict resolution to improve students’ learning, participation and support students as active learners.
  • Tracy Lawson’s project involved buying state-of-the-art remote sensing equipment which will be integrated into innovative and novel teaching approaches for modules focusing on plant physiology.
  • Richard Owen’s project will establish an Innocence Project open to law and criminology students as part of the Law Clinic’s activities. As part of the Innocence Network UK, students will be involved in investigating claims of factual innocence by alleged victims of wrongful convictions.
  • Ignazia Posadinu’s project is to set up a digital repository of multi-lingual, multi-subject speeches that will enhance the learning experience of modern languages students. The repository will be hosted by Moodle.
  • Alejandro Quiroz Flores’s project involves a Stata and Maths Boot Camp Programme (STAMP) for Masters students at the Department of Government. The Programme will provide basic training in mathematics and a thorough introduction to Stata over two days to bring all incoming students to the same level of knowledge in these areas.

TALIF grants are usually awarded up to a maximum of £5,000, although projects – up to a maximum of £10,000 – will be considered if the project is demonstrably collaborative across faculties/departments/sections.

The 2014/15 call for applications for TALIF awards will open on Monday 6 October 2014 and close on Friday 28 November 2014 at 5pm. Details of this new round of TALIF will be available on the website shortly.

 

 

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2 May 2014

Managers celebrated at Wivenhoe House

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Managers completing the Management Essentials course were presented with certificates by Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Jules Pretty

Managers completing the Management Essentials course were presented with certificates by Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Jules Pretty

Eleven of our new managers have been presented with certificates after completing a three day Leadership and Management course.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Jules Pretty presented the certificates at a special lunch for the group, held at Wivenhoe House.

The Management Essentials course gives newly-appointed and other managers a chance to learn more about themselves as managers. They were given opportunities to practise the use of management tools and techniques and to apply them back in the workplace. Management Essentials has recently been approved by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and participants who successfully complete the programme receive an ILM-endorsed certificate.

Those successfully completing the course were Wendy Brown, Katherine Free and Liz Laws from Academic Section; Adam Armstrong, Claudia Carey, Robert Lister, James Martin, Jen McElroy, Cara Shirley from Communications and External Relations; Gareth Harvey and Imelda Wyatt from Estate Management; Tom Long from Hospitality Essex; and Nicola Samms and Kevin James from the Sports Centre.

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29 April 2014

Swedish visitors to Colchester campus

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Swedish delegates learned about our learning technologies at Colchester Campus

Swedish delegates heard about our learning technologies at Colchester Campus

Colleagues from Linkoping University in Sweden visited our Colchester campus to find out more about how we use new technology in our teaching, learning, communications and the transfer of information.

A 12-strong team from the University, including its Vice Chancellor and a representative from the Leadership Foundation, met with our Learning and Development and Information Systems Services teams to learn more about how we use our virtual learning environment, Moodle, Listen Again, IT pods and other technological learning aids.

The visiting delegates also heard about how we are developing an integrated e-submission, feedback and assessment system that will deliver feedback to students in an easier and more engaging way.

The visit, which was organised by the Leadership Foundation’s International department, was a great opportunity to share knowledge and best practice in this fast developing area.

Linköping University was granted full university status in 1975 and is now one of Sweden’s largest academic institutions

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16 April 2014

Sign-up for Customer Excellence workshops

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Learning and Development are launching Customer Excellence workshops to help all our staff to provide a consistently excellent experience for everyone using our services.

The workshops are designed to support our mission to deliver excellence in education and excellence in research by ensuring all our activities support these strategic goals.

Two members of the Learning and Development team have been creating the workshops with the Customer Service Network, the UK’s leading independent customer service excellence organisation.

You will be encouraged in the workshops to explore how you can build on your existing customer service skills. You will also be supported to identify the diverse needs of our customers whether they are students, staff or members of the public and to reflect on issues such as cultural awareness, building rapport and communication skills. Hopefully the workshops will give you lots of ideas for improving the services you help to deliver.

If you would like Learning and Development to organise a workshop for your Department or Section, or to find out more, please email Mandy Anslow.

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18 November 2013

Feedback and assessment day – book your place now

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Feedback and assessment is an important part of the learning experience for our students and Learning and Development have organised a day dedicated to the subject.

Sign up to find out more about assessment and feedback

Sign up to find out more about assessment and feedback

Taking place on Wednesday 27 November, the day will run as a series of stand-alone, drop-in sessions, beginning with a keynote speech from Mark Russell, Professor of Learning and Assessment at King’s College, London, and Head of Technology Enhanced Learning. There will also be opportunities to gain insights into the practicalities of introducing new assessment; to learn about TESTA, an innovative project to consider the relationship between assessment and feedback over a complete degree course; to be introduced to some techniques that colleagues from across the faculties have been employing in their teaching; and to learn more about FASer, the University’s new online system for e-submission, e-feedback, and e-assessment.

Book your place and find out more about each part of the day on the Learning and Development website.

 

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