Relationship between student attendance and academic achievement

Carol Mackintosh-Franklin (Postgraduate Divisional Lead) gave a thought provoking outline of her experience considering the relationship between attendance in class, use of Blackboard, personal motivation and final results. The University attendance policy states that students should attend all sessions and Carol considered the empirical evidence behind this both from reviewing the literature and her own […]

Teaching-focused Lecturer Network

Doron Cohen (Senior Lecturer) and Nick Weise (Lecturer) introduced their structure and concept of the new Teaching-focused Lecturer Network. The network provides a space for early career teaching focused staff to come together no matter what contract type they have (teaching focused, teaching and research or research only) to discuss common issues. The network is […]

Feedback for reflection and personal development

Maria Regan (Senior Lecturer, Division of Medical Education) and Karen Heggs (Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work) delivered an interactive session focused on challenges to giving feedback on reflective practice and how these challenges could be overcome to provide students with feedback to develop as reflective practitioners.  Participants considered whether a […]

Acknowledging Diversity Masterclass

Rebecca Farrington and Cath Prescott, alongside three students, led an open discussion on diversity and its impact on the learning environment.  They shared some practical exercises to equip participants with tools to use in their daily lives.

Integrated Interdisciplinary Innovations in Healthcare Science (i3hs) Project

Fran Hooley gave an informative seminar highlighting learning from the Integrated Interdisciplinary Innovations in Healthcare Science (i3hs) Hub.  As part of the session we all worked to develop our own Reusable Learning Objectives (RLO) and discussed how this could change the way we all work together on teaching activities.  Further information is available in her […]

Reflective Practice

Karen Heggs and Maria Regan gave an enjoyable Masterclass on Reflective Practice.  They considered the meaning of reflective practice, the theoretical underpinnings for reflection, the challenges and barriers to reflection as well as the value of technology to facilitate reflection.  Further information is available as part of their presentation below:

Teaching with Technology

This in-depth Masterclass was delivered in partnership with academic and eLearning colleagues.  The aim was to give participants a greater understanding of different types of technology that could be used to facilitate teaching experiences and ultimately improve student experience.

The learning environment and singing off the same song sheet

Caroline Bowsher gave a thought-provoking talk about the assumptions we make regarding assessment and feedback that can affect a student’s understanding or participation.  We considered ways to demystify the process and Caroline shared some good practice from within the School of Biological Sciences.

Lessons Learnt from Major Infrastructure Projects

Peter Green gave an illuminating talk on his experience as the Teaching and Learning Academic Lead for the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) project.  As part of the project he considered ways to optimise the 191 teaching rooms in MECD to ensure they were fit for purpose in the current climate, for example, considering the […]