St Andrews Events

Webinar and face-to-face session on constructive alignment in distance learning programmes

Date: 19th Feb

Time: 3.30 – 5pm

Panopto Webcast link: https://st-andrews.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=9ff65a5a-c87d-4be5-8da4-ab5d00e5a322

Mentimeter for online audience: https://www.menti.com/v5pcwxe6b8

Presenter: Dr. Pam Rogerson Revell, University of Leicester

I am an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at the University of Leicester, where I have been Director of the distance MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL for many years. One of my main areas of interest is in developing and researching online and distance learning pedagogies. I have been involved in many funded projects in this area, including 3 EU-funded international e-learning projects and 2 JISC-funded national projects.  I created an OER (Open Educational Resource) ‘ The Phonology and Phonetics Review to help students develop their skills in this area and in 2018 I led the development of a MOOC  ‘An introduction to Applied Linguistics and TESOL’ which is a collaboration between the University of Leicester and Futurelearn. The MOOC is currently in its fourth run and has had over 20,000 participants.

 

Session Overview: As Director of our distance MA, I am very keen to use technologies to support teaching and learning. Although technologies potentially offer a vast range of opportunities to enhance distance learning and support, for instance by facilitating interactive and collaborative learning environments, they need to be ‘constructively-aligned’ (Biggs, 2003), i.e. carefully integrated into programme design and assessment.  My talk will report on an action research study (Rogerson-Revell, 2015) investigating  the use of online learning activities or ‘e-tivities’ (Salmon, 2002) to enhance the learning and assessment experience of students on our distance Masters programme.

 

Writing for publication: an editor’s perspective

Date: 5th Feb 2020

Time: 1pm – 1.30pm lunch; 1.30pm – 3pm Lecture and Workshop

This interactive workshop will look at what’s involved in preparing and submitting an article to a refereed journal. It will look, in broad terms, at why we publish and how we might get started in our writing. It will then look at how journals ‘work’, outlining what authors might expect during the submission and peer review process, and what reviewers, editors and journals are looking for in articles they receive.

Graham Hall is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics/TESOL at Northumbria University, UK, and has been involved in English Language Teaching/TESOL for over 25 years, working as a teacher and teacher educator, and as a researcher, author and editor. His research interests range from classroom discourse to language teaching methodology, and from supporting teacher research to the cultural politics of TESOL. He is the author of Exploring English Language Teaching: language in action (Routledge, 2011; 2nd edition, 2017), which was the winner of the 2012 British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) book prize. He also edited the Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching (2016), and was editor of ELT Journal from 2013-17.

A workshop on the Flipped Classroom

We are very pleased to announce a workshop available to all staff,  on the techniques that are essential for a creative and successful Flipped Clasroom.  This event will be held in Parliament Hall on the 8th July 2019, hosted by Prof. Paul Hibbert and led by Prof. April Wright & Dr. Stuart Middleton.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30 and the event will be ending at 4:30.

Course information

Interest is growing in flipped, or inverted, classrooms as students demand their education becomes more dynamic and engaging and as university administrators push academics to develop flexible learning on multiple platforms to accommodate for the changing environment of higher education. This interactive workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity for participants to develop skills in designing flipped classrooms and to share insights and experiences on the opportunities and challenges they pose for educators. The workshop will draw upon on an example of a highly effective flipped classroom design developed for an undergraduate business strategy course, which produced dramatic improvements in student’s motivations to prepare and participate as well as significant increases in course and lecturer effectiveness ratings and student learning outcomes. The workshop facilitators will demonstrate key learning activities and assessment tasks that formed the foundation of the flipped classroom design, including a highly interactive management team meeting format for analysing business case studies, in which students play different roles as they debate and develop strategic recommendations, and online simulations to promote experiential learning. During the workshop, participants will gain insights into how they might adapt flipped classroom techniques to deepen student engagement and learning in their own courses and will be provided with a set of workshop hand-outs as resources to support them in this endeavour.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Recognise the key learning activities and assessment tasks that can form the foundation of a flipped classroom design
  • Identify flipped classroom techniques that can be adapted to different learning environments
  • Utilise skills in designing flipped classrooms

Please reserve your place for this event through the PDMS booking system

 

Conferences:

The International Language Institute & SALTI Pedagogical Research Conference.

In collaboration with the International Education Institute SALTI will be facilitating a conference on Innovative Assessment in Higher Education on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 9am- 5pm in Parliament Hall.

Plenary speakers are Professor Carol Evans, University of Birmingham, and Dr Mark Carver, University of St Andrews.

The event will be open to academics, teachers and postgraduate students. This will be the first IEI SALTi conference, but our ambition is to turn it into an annual learning and teaching event.

The conference theme addresses innovate practices of assessment in Higher Education. The organisers are looking for presentations which relate to:

– Innovative assessment methods
– Giving feedback
– Transdisciplinary assessment
– Technological/digital methods of assessment
– Student-created assessment

IEI SALTi are also looking for poster presentations on learning and teaching practice in Higher Education (in general).

If you have something you would like to share, please email Blair Matthews at bm221@st-andrews.ac.uk with your proposal (max 250 words). Deadline for proposals is Wednesday 24 July 2019.

Please book your place via the University Events Page via the following hyperlink

Learning and Teaching Symposium: Innovative Assessment in Higher Education