Teaching Matters


Learning and teaching events happening in April

Teaching with Wikipedia: Event for Course Leaders

This session will showcase best practice from two recent Wikipedia assignments at the University of Edinburgh and University of Stirling.

  • A Wikipedia assignment on the Reproductive Biology (Hons.) programme where a cohort of 38 students researched and wrote new Wikipedia articles about reproductive health.
  • A Wikibooks assignment where students on the Digital Media and Culture module created chapters on a new Digital Media and Culture Yearbook as part of their degree programme in the Division of Communications, Media and Culture at the University of Stirling.

Course leaders from these disciplines, Dr. Chris Harlow and Dr. Greg Singh, will outline what their experience of the assignment was and answer questions. Demystifying the process behind such assignments, attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about how assignments can be conducted in their own field.

Monday 3rd April, 11:30 - 12.30

Venue: G.06, 50 George Square, Edinburgh

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Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Frameworks and Practice conference

The Open University will be hosting a one-day event to share frameworks, projects and experience through which interdisciplinary learning and teaching can be approached within Higher Education (HE). The conference focus is on the emerging practices of interdisciplinary learning and teaching and how theoretical pedagogical frameworks might enhance and further develop interdisciplinary learning and teaching practice for foundation level students, undergraduates and taught-postgraduates. 

Thursday 6th April, 10:00 - 16:30

Venue: The Open University, Milton Keynes

Cost: £45 (to cover catering and administration)

For more information contact: interdisciplinaryconf@open.ac.uk

Future teacher: killer Powerpoint

We have all heard of the ‘Death by Powerpoint’ and many have experienced it too. Bring your own teaching slides to this practical workshop and explore techniques of visual literacy, TED-style presentation skills to enliven the message.

Fri 7th April, 14:00-16:00

Venue: Paterson’s Land (G.42)

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Learning and Teaching Conference: Being a Scholarly Teacher

The University of Stirling’s Annual Learning and Teaching Conference theme is "Being a Scholarly Teacher" with keynote speaker, Dr Suranne Weller, from  London South Bank University. During the Conference you will have the opportunity to attend two parallel paper sessions and one workshop, and you will be asked to indicate which of these you wish to attend on the sign up form. Each parallel session will consist of three papers with opportunity for discussion at the end of the session.

Wednesday 19th April, 09:00- 16:30

Venue: Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling

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Transformative Learning Theory and Praxis: New and Old Perspectives

Join us for a stimulating day of presented papers, discussion and networking.

The aim of this workshop is to contribute to the theoretical framework of Transformative Learning Theory, as well as to enrich its applications within various educational settings.

Confirmed Speakers include: Ted Fleming (Columbia), Knud Illeris (Aarhus) and Alexis Kokkos (Hellenic Open University).

Monday 24th April, 9:30 - 17:00

Venue: Room 1.19 Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road

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The Sonic Spaces of Online Distance Learners lunchtime webinar

While much has been written about the digital environments where online learning takes place, there has been relatively little critical interest in the material spaces that online distance students occupy while learning. In this session we will describe research where we gathered aural, visual and textual data in the form of 'digital postcards' as a way of gaining insights into the spaces where online distance learning takes place. In particular we will discuss how student-generated field recordings encouraged us to think newly about the ways that online distance learners negotiate space for learning. This session will be of interest to colleagues involved in the design and delivery of online programmes and courses.

Tuesday 25th April, 12:00 - 13:00

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Degrees of Success: Widening Access to Higher Education & Social Mobility

Professor Cristina Iannelli, Personal Chair in Education & Social Stratification, Inaugural Lecture.

Issues concerning the distribution of opportunities in society, social mobility and inclusion have been prominent in both academic and policy debates for many years. In these debates, education, in particular higher education, features as the ‘great equalizer’, i.e. as the main route through which people can escape from the disadvantage they are born in and climb the social ladder. However, the empirical evidence suggests that, despite decades of expansion of higher education and many widening access initiatives, social inequalities in education and labour market outcomes remain stark. Why is this the case?

This lecture will argue that, in addition to the well-known importance of individual and family factors, institutional factors - such as differentiation of institutions and curricula, and the extent of linkages between education and labour market – play a crucial role in shaping the unequal outcomes we observe. Discussing the Scottish case, the lecture will point out current policy dilemmas and contradictions and the need for more evidence-based policies and for joined-up efforts.

Wednesday 26th April, 17:30 - 19:00

Venue: George Square Lecture Theatre

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