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December 04, 2023

QAA Membership Podcast

Have a look at the latest episode of the QAA Membership Podcast which discusses inclusivity for neurodivergent students.


November 29, 2023

L&T Chat Show podcasts

This podcast looks at new ideas for teaching and learning in HE. There are a series of interviews with a variety of individuals from different roles in HE talking about practical ideas for enhancing academic activities and student engagement.

https://open.spotify.com/show/7CyKtc20ewzgYTAMwwg5E4


November 20, 2023

TalkingHE podcasts

TalkingHE is a podcast for HE bringing perspectives and insights into the sector. In each episode the TalkingHE team talk to those working in and with HE, including academics, researchers, support staff, consultants and senior leaders to get expert analysis of the issues effecting them. Here is the link: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/talkinghe


October 30, 2023

Talking Learning & Teaching Podcast

Please see this podcast by Rachel Rochon and Martin Smith from Buckinghamshire New University on using reflection as a critical tool for learning:

Talking Learning and Teaching Podcast


October 23, 2023

Mental Health & Wellbeing mini–series

Have a look at the Mental Health & Wellbeing mini-series on the Talking Learning & Teaching podcast:

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/dLjRL43QGBb


October 16, 2023

Past reflections, future outlook

Past reflections, future outlook: Update from the Warwick Learning Circle on diverse and inclusive assessment practices

by Kerry Dobbins, Isabel Fischer, Sam Grierson and Leda Mirbahai

Warwick’s International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) has many features - one of them is that members only remain active members for three years before becoming alumni. The imminent handover of the co-leadership of the open learning circle on diverse and inclusive assessment practices made us, outgoing and new co-leaders, reflect on past initiatives and future directions.

Let’s start with an exciting future - what is new?

As we continue to move forwards with this work, we will become the ‘Inclusive Assessment Learning Circle’. This name change recognises our intention to embed the work on diverse assessments into a broader outlook which sees assessment in HE as a vehicle to promote equity and social justice. The wellbeing of students and staff will feature strongly in our ongoing discussions.

In line with our focus, the learning circle will be inclusive of:

  1. Assessment strategies and methods that are diverse, authentic, applied and decolonised - this broad understanding and acknowledgement of relevant issues in teaching, learning and the designing of assessments reflects the current landscape in HE and indicates the interest of our members. We hope to support the university reimagining the assessment design narrative, taking a view from programme level through to single assessment and placing assessment at the heart of curriculum design.
  2. Our members - we want members to be and feel actively engaged and involved in the learning circle.
  3. Students’ experiences – the work of the learning circle will be firmly focused on working with students so that collectively we can work to understand and support students’ needs and their personal and professional ambitions through assessment.

As for ‘past reflections’: What are the existing features of the learning circle worth keeping? There are in particular four features that worked really well in the past:

  1. Since its inception membership has grown steadily for three reasons: The membership of this particular LC is open to WIHEA as well as non-WIHEA members from across Warwick and other institutions, also internationally. The open membership has enriched the discussions and enabled establishment of networks nationally and internationally. Secondly, creating sub-groups not just raised interest, it also offered leadership opportunities to more members. The most popular sub-group was AI in education which in turn was split into six further strands / interest groups: Artificial Intelligence in Education (warwick.ac.uk). Lastly, the topic of the learning circles (assessment in its broadest term) has significant implications not only for educators but also for our learners.
  2. Many of our invited keynote speakers at the start of the bi-monthly meetings and at our mini-conference on assessments, captured the essence of their talks in blogs. Most of the blogs were published within WJETT (see the end of this blog for some examples, others were in other outlets, such as SEDA and SCiLAB. Even if not captured in blogs, did the keynote speeches result in interesting discussions and network opportunities.
  3. Extensive student corporations, with students supported by two WIHEA grants. One of the student participants even drafted an academic article based on her learning about assessments during her membership.
  4. Hosting workshops enabled dissemination of our findings and new resources, including the outputs of our funded projects. It also provided a platform to encourage co-learning and sharing amongst participants and facilitators (including student facilitators). Overall we hosted three workshops with the details of the workshops available from our webpage.

Finally, this is blog 15 in our diverse assessment series, some of the more recent blogs can be found here (with further links to previous blogs shown within some of the blogs below):


October 09, 2023

#Take5 CPD blog

The Learning Development in Higher Education Network is aimed at those working in learning development so there may be some cross over with wider educational CPD that readers may find useful:

https://aldinhe.ac.uk/blog/


October 02, 2023

JISC podcasts

The JISC podcast series covers a wide range of topics related to using technology in FE and HE teaching. Although not directly relatable to primary or secondary education it does give wider sector information that you may find interesting:

https://beta.jisc.ac.uk/podcasts


September 25, 2023

L&T Chatshow

Check out the Roger Saunders L&T Chatshow podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/landtchatshow

Although aimed at HE, they do talk about practical methods for enhancing academic activities and student engagement which may translate well into primary or secondary scenarios.


September 18, 2023

Just make it up as you go along? Improvisation and adaptive expertise for teachers

In this SEDA blog post Richard Bale explores the space where adaptive expertise meets improvisation:

https://thesedablog.wordpress.com/2022/09/28/just-make-it-up-as-you-go-along-improvisation-and-adaptive-expertise-for-teachers/

SEDA is the Staff and Educational Development Association.


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