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October 11, 2017

Registration Open for PG CHEP

Filed under: Developing Excellence — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 11:58 am

This year’s PG CHEP program for those wishing to develop their skills in Learning and Teaching is open for registration and will be getting underway next month. It is the more formal pathway to Fellowship of the HEA (aligned with Module 1) and also allows you to gain a certification for teaching in HE (after Module 2). The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PG CHEP) is a qualification for staff involved in teaching who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise in academic practice. The programme provides opportunities to plan, record and evidence your professional activity in three key areas:

  • learning and teaching;
  • research and scholarly activity;
  • teaching-related administration, management and leadership.

The qualification comprises two 30-credit modules. Module 1 leads to fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Subsequent completion of Module 2 leads to the awarding of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice. Modules are usually taken over one or two years for each. We recommend the PG CHEP program for those colleagues who are new to teaching in HE and generally academic staff with less than three years’ experience of learning and teaching in HE. Please email PGCHEP@Essex.ac.uk to register. Further details on Module content can be found on the PGCHEP web page

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April 19, 2016

TEL-Con 2016

TEL-Con Circuit Board.On 25th May 2016, the Technology-Enhanced Learning Team (TELT) will be running a one-day conference called TEL-Con. This exciting new event is aimed at all teaching staff at the University of Essex who want to explore the possibilities of Technology-Enhanced Learning. You’ll be able to listen to inspirational talks, chat with technology experts, and learn about brand new technological tools at one of our hands-on workshops. TEL-Con 2016 is part of the University’s three-year TEL Programme. You can learn more about this initiative by visiting the TEL pages in Moodle (login with your Essex ID).

TEL Talks

The conference will begin with an introduction by Professor Aletta Norval (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education), which will be followed by four fifteen-minute “TEL talks” on the innovative use of technology. The invited speakers are all University members who are currently working on projects with the Technology-Enhanced Learning Team. Each speaker will discuss a different form of technology, and will share their hard-earned experience and insight with you. You will be treated to talks on Moodle, ThingLink, video production using a robotic video camera mount, and interactive Live Audience Participation software!

Technology networking session

The TEL Talks will be immediately followed by an informal networking session, which will include coffee and refreshments. You’ll be able to meet with various technology experts from around the University (including the invited speakers from the previous session), and ask them any questions you may have. This is a perfect opportunity to find out about the technology-based teams and tools that are available to all teaching staff at Essex.

TEL-Con will take place in the Winter Gardens within the Essex Business School on the north side of campus. The TEL Talks will be held in room EBS.2.34, just around the corner from the Winter Gardens (opposite Bonds).

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. You can book a place at the conference via HR Organiser, using the link below:

Book your place at TEL-Con

Hands-on technology workshops

In the afternoon, after the TEL Talks and networking session have finished, the TELT will also be running three optional workshops on ThingLink, Moodle Quizzes and Audience Response Technologies. Each session will be repeated twice, the first starting at 2:00pm and the second at 3:00pm, so you can attend a maximum of two sessions. You can book onto the workshops using the links below:

Fun with ThingLink - ThingLink is an interactive media platform that empowers you to create more engaging content by adding rich media links to photos and videos. In this hour-long session, you’ll learn how to use the platform to create interactive images, which can be embedded into Moodle. Location: PC Lab K (4S.2.8).

Making Moodle Quizzes – The Moodle Quiz activity allows you to design and build quizzes using a variety of flexible question types, including multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions. In this hour-long session, you learn how to use this versatile tool to create self-marking quizzes and tests that automatically provide rich feedback to your students. Location: PC Lab M (4S.2.4).

LAP it up! – In this hour-long session, you’ll get to play with two audience response technologies that will enable you to experiment with Live Audience Participation (LAP). You’ll learn how to create and run fast-paced, competitive quizzes. You’ll also be shown how these technologies can be used to test the collective comprehension of a student cohort in real-time! Location: EBS.2.65.

Book now!

Attending TEL-Con is an excellent way to improve your understanding of the IT resources and services that are available at the University. Book now to avoid disappointment!



November 3, 2015

Having difficult conversations

Filed under: Advice & Support,Developing Knowledge — Tags: , , , — Mandy Borges @ 9:22 am

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  • Do you sometimes wish you had a clear strategy before entering into difficult conversations?
  • Would you like to feel confident that the outcome will be positive for both of you?

We have an interactive, informative and entertaining workshop which has been designed to help you develop a strategy that works for you and to enable you to feel confident that any conversation can have a positive and constructive outcome. Log into HR Organiser now to book your place, there’s only a few places remaining.
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October 29, 2015

Unconscious bias

We all have biases but how can we stop them affecting our decision-making?

Think of a surgeon, or a nurse, and do you picture a man or a woman?

What do you think when you see someone who is overweight or particularly short, someone who has facial piercings or tattoos, someone who wears a headscarf?

Unconscious, or implicit, bias affects every area of our lives. Unconsciously we tend to like people who look like us, think like us and come from backgrounds similar to ours. We all like to think we are open-minded and objective but research has shown that beliefs and values gained from family, culture and a lifetime of experiences influence how we view and evaluate both others and ourselves.

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October 21, 2015

Coaching at the University

Filed under: Advice & Support,People Management — Tags: , , , — Mandy Borges @ 9:30 am

Do you have a work-related challenge or are going through a significant change at work? Coaching is one support mechanism available to all staff at the University of Essex.

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Why coaching?

People enlist the services of a coach because they want to improve their situation and achieve goals. They want to learn new ways of thinking and approaching situations in order to get better results. Common goals might be becoming more organised and effective at work, gaining confidence in certain situations, relating to people more effectively or dealing with change.

Benefits from coaching include:

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September 15, 2015

Raising the Profile of Technicians

What is HEaTED?heated

HEaTED is a membership organisation dedicated to supporting Professional Development of Technical staff from all disciplines and specialisms in Higher Education and related fields. The University of Essex is a member of HEaTED so you are already part of a growing community working to support and promote the skills and roles of Technical staff.  You simply need to click here to register yourself.

The University of Essex is delighted to be hosting the next HEaTED events at our Colchester campus on the 30 November and 1 December 2015.
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August 25, 2015

How to network with professionals online

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Networking and exchanging ideas with fellow colleagues at Essex is fundamental to our community. There are endless ways you can connect with others as highlighted previously, and online, social or virtual networking is fast becoming the norm in the professional and academic environment. An article by Ron Pauleyan Academic Liaison Librarian agrees that social media networking can improve connections to fellow researchers, as well as being a platform for acquiring and sharing expertise.

What is LinkedIn?

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July 24, 2015

What does your Outlook say about you?

During your busiest times of the year it may be vital to gain control over your inbox.workplace-desk-laptop

Here are some of my favourite tried and tested ‘tricks’ I use to help me organise my emails, my calendar and my tasks using Microsoft Outlook.

Tip #1 Set up rules to automatically file away emails e.g. small-ads

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July 7, 2015

Improve your digital confidence

The Technology Enhanced Learning Team (TELT for short) have just put the finishing touches to a “Digital Confidence Diagnostic”.DSC_2388(prn)

This web-based tool has been designed to help academic staff better understand their relationship with technology in a scholarly context. The diagnostic only takes about 5 minutes to complete and, once you have done so, you’ll be provided with a list of useful tips and tricks to help you improve your use of technology.

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July 2, 2015

How did it get so late so soon?

No matter where we work, who we work with or which grade we’re on, we all have 168 hours in any week. the-eleventh-hour-clock

We all lead busy lives and sometimes it feels like gremlins take away our precious time leaving us with seemingly less and less time.

Here are some of my top tips that I use to manage my time. Could some of these work for you?

Work out your goals – What are your main priorities?  What do you want to achieve today, this week, this month, this year?  Write yourself a list on a post-it or on a whiteboard.  You can then use this list to write your short term action plan.

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