I will be facilitating this week’s #LTHEchat on Open CPD…here is the blurb for the website:
Advances in learning technology in the last few years have meant that Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and events can now be shared across and beyond the education sector. Recent examples with a vocational focus have been the ‘Blended Learning Essentials’ and the ‘Embedding Practice’ courses run by Leeds University in collaboration with UCL and ALT on the Futurelearn platform. There are other examples from the HE sector such as the BYOD course, The 10 Days of Twitter, The 12 Apps of Christmas and events like this one, the #LTHEchat.
The possibility that HEIs can open up their CPD courses/events has potential advantages to both the host institutions and the participant joining the CPD activity. ‘Bite sized’ CPD courses can be delivered online which enables busy lecturers to participate when they have the time and energy. Courses and events can also be adapted and reinvented to the needs of the specific institution if the content is shared using a Creative Commons licence. The breadth of experiences, insights and perspectives these open CPD courses/events generate enriches the conversation and discussion around education issues and has enabled collaborative learning communities across institutions, subjects and even geographical spaces.
This week’s Twitter chat will discuss how staff training can been done differently in an ‘open’ learning environment, exploring the pros and cons of open CPD and what impact this has on the student’s learning experience.
See you Wednesday, same time, same place – 8-9PM (GMT+1) #LTHEchat
This week’s Twitter chat #LTHEchat is Using Apps in Higher Edcuation
Weds 16th Dec 8 – 9pm GMT
The use of mobile apps in higher education is starting to change the way we research, learn and collaborate in higher education. Social networking apps like Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress and Pinterest are all great for research, seeking teaching resources and developing your professional network. Mobile apps are enabling us to transform learning activities in ways that were inconceivable in the past. But there are still many issues to resolve; how can apps be integrated into our existing courses? How will lecturers become confident in their use? Do they actually improve the student learning experience?
Chris Rowell is Deputy Learning Technology Manager at Regent’s University London. He is a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT) and Assistant Editor of the Association for Learning Technology’s (ALT) newsletter. Previously he has been a member of the Staff and Educational Development Association’s (SEDA) National Executive and Conference Committee and is also founding member SEDA’s Special Interest Group on Technology-Enhanced Practice. Currently he is doing a Doctorate of Education at UCL.
Steve Dawes is a Learning Technology Content Developer at Regent’s University London. Steve’s research interests are based around mobile technology and has recently presented his work at the Blackboard User Group and OER15. He is currently studying on a PGHE Certificate. For the last two years Steve and Chris have developed and shared their online CPD course promoting apps in Higher Education called the ’12 Apps of Christmas’http://tinyurl.com/12aoc
Dr Phil Newton is the guest on this week’s #LTHEchat discussing ‘Academic Integrity’.
Weds 8 to 90 pm #LTHEchat
This week’s LTHEChat “will explore some contemporary issues in academic integrity – why do students get into difficulty, how would we know if students were using essay writing companies, who should quality assure the assessment procedures at UK HEIs to ensure that they consider contemporary issues in academic integrity?”
Dr Phil Newton (@newtonsneurosci) is the Director of Learning and Teaching for the Swansea University Medical School. A self-confessed ‘plagiarism-nerd’, he has a long standing research interest in academic integrity.
This week’s #LTHEchat is on ‘normalising the use of technology’.
“In the past Technology Enhanced Learning was treated as something set apart from the rest of teaching and learning. HEIs often had e-learning strategies which existed separately from their learning and teaching strategy. Things are changing and the use of TEL is becoming ‘business as usual’ with e-submission, e-marking, lecture capture and use of the VLE now a mainstream part of teaching. How far advanced is this process, and what does it mean for teaching staff, support staff and students? And how do we continue to innovate and change in an environment where technology is standard part of day-to-day life? ”
Kate Wright is the E-learning Group Manager at Aberystwyth University.
Weds 25th November 8 to 9pm Use the hashtag #lthechat.
This week Dr Kirsten Jack (@Heijinxs) to explore the use of art in cross-discipline undergraduate education.
Weds. 11th November 8 to 9pm
Use the hashtag #LTHEchat
Kirsten is Senior Lecturer Adult Nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University. “Her contribution to teaching, learning and research is supported by a clinical career in adult nursing where she specialised in primary care nursing, before embarking on her academic career. She is committed to excellence in teaching and learning and was awarded a HEA National Teaching Fellowship and a Manchester Metropolitan University Outstanding Innovation in Teaching Award in 2014. She has a keen interest in pedagogical research specifically the exploration of the use of the arts in nurse education to support nurses’ emotional self-awareness development. She led on the development of a website www.caringwords.mmu.ac.uk which encourages health care professionals to write reflective poetry, as way to explore their thoughts and feelings about clinical practice”.
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This week’s #LTHEchat willdiscuss Pedagogic Innovators in Higher Education.
It will “explore together the characteristics of pedagogic innovators, the people and the work they do? What enables them to innovate? Where are the challenges? How can we help pedagogic innovators to grow and spread their passion for innovation and how can we all become innovators?”
Weds. 4th November 8 to 9m
Use the hashtags #LTHEchat and #BETTchat
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Hala Mansour is this week’s guest at the #LTHEchat on ‘Reflective Writing Spaces: Students’ Engagement and Challenges’
2.00 – 21.00 Weds 21st October
“Reflective writing in academic context involves reflective thinking of an event or idea happened to explore or to understand why and how it happened. It is quite challenging for students to stand back from a situation and evaluate their experience and feelings and reflect this on their writing.
How do you facilitate reflective writing for students? How using reflective writing spaces could help students to be engaged and to learn in an effective way?”
Hala Mansour is Deputy Head of the DBA Programmes and the Programme Leader of MSc Management DL, Lecturer in HRM/OB at Northampton Business School, The University of Northampton http://www.northampton.ac.uk/directories/people/hala-mansour.
This week #LTHEchat will be led by Dr Kay Hack who will engage us in discussions exploring ethical considerations in pedagogical research.
“As a community we are passionate about ensuring we are using effective methods for teaching, learning and assessment. Much of the evidence we need to inform our practice is generated by ourselves, evaluating our own teaching practice, in our own discipline, with our own students. In this week’s tweetchat Kay Hack invites you to discuss the benefits and risks of scholarship and pedagogic research, and explore the need for ethical review”.
Kay is a Consultant in Academic Practice, firstname.lastname@example.org), with the Higher Education Academy.