We have 2 live sessions planned to accompany #creativeHE.
In each, we’ll make time for people to speak about ideas they’ve had as a result of the activities they’ve done so far in the session = and start to develop networks across the University that you may find useful for gathering more ideas. Given the nature of these sessions, we’ll make them a drop in sessions, so come for as long or as short as you want.
We’ll meet in the Strawberry bank ideas lab – I’ve got it booked from 2-4, but, rather than using the whole room, we’ll just use the two tables at the right hand end as you enter (i.e. where the main display is) – unless there are lots of people – in which case we can spread!
These sessions are formed by having a series of web posts during a single week on a particular theme.
January 22nd – 26th #creativeHE – to tie in with a session that’s being run by a number of others across the UK – encouraging us to think about how we might engage creatively with students. As the Google+ introduction says “Creativity will help us get through the bad times and create good times!”
February 5th – 9th
Innovative Assessments – how can we be innovative in the way we assess students.
In March, we’ll be starting to think about the upcoming academic year, and how you can start to look at the way your modules are structured online. It’s going to be more, though, than just combining the Module Makeover and Searching, Using and Sharing sessions we did last year, we hope to go into far more depth.
We have a number of live sessions, mostly linked to related Learning X online sessions
When we first came up with the idea of Learning X, we hoped to be able to involve other staff, both for the blog based seasons, but also for the idea of Learning X Live, the series of face to face sessions held in the Strawberry Bank Ideas lab. We have had a number of locally arranged sessions (such as one looking at visitors and residents ). This session was, however, the first when we had presenters from the rest of the University.
Susie Schofield, from the Medical School, and Jenny Woof from Biomedial Sciences joined with us to look at the benefits for both markers and students when staff use rubrics to help them with the marking. Susie outlined the benefits of rubrics generally, while Jenny looked at her experiences of working with a large team of markers, using rubrics.
The presentation is available to Dundee staff via Office 365.
In groups, staff then started to look at the different ways that they are using rubrics already in their disciplines – or how they might apply them. To help with the discussions, we made available examples of rubrics and generic criteria from Dundee and other Universities. (Examples in Box – Dundee staff only). We had staff from most schools in the University – Medical School, DJCAD, Humanities and more, this lead to lively discussions, clearly there are some expectations in student performance that differ greatly across the university, but there are others that all expect their students to be able to do as graduates.
From my point of view, I felt that the session went very well; and the comments invited from staff seemed to show that they also found it beneficial (see the last few slides on the presentation).
If you have any ideas for other sessions you’d like to see as part of the Learning X series, please let us know.