Interactive Lunch

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Wednesday 6 July, 12.30-14.00, TC007, Park Campus

A buffet lunch set amongst a range of stands that will include poster presentations, learning technology demonstrations and a range of teaching development initiatives. The Interactive Lunch is a fantastic opportunity to network with colleagues and discuss the ideas that interest you the most.

Poster Presentations and Lunchtime Cascades

i. Embedding Diversity and Inclusion in MA Illustration

Katie Forrester and Lianna Williams with Abbie Kayleigh Darch, Abby Hastings, Caitlin Holloway, Ema Priecinská, Francesca Salva Sala, Julie Swift, Luciana Chion Olórtegui, Natalie Morely, Trang Thu Tran, Wenrui Zhang (Students) 

This project was a collaboration between Masters by Research student in Psychology Lianna Williams, MA Illustration students and ACL Katie Forrester to address and explore issues of representation and inclusion in higher education (HE). The project began with a presentation and group discussion of Lianna’s BSC Hons Psychology research concerning black students’ experiences of HE and resulted in a series of editorial-style illustrations made by the illustrators in response to this theme.  

The intention for the project was both to provide a platform to Lianna’s research and to begin to develop and embed aspects of equality, diversity, and inclusion in the MA Illustration course. This collaboration is therefore an initial project to engage Illustration postgraduates with issues of representation and avoid under- and mis-representing groups of people.  

The project was evaluated through tutorials and the students’ submitted projects, as well as reflection on the process between Lianna and Katie. The finding was that the act of designing and creating artwork enabled the students to consider and critique representation in their own work and develop tools to be able to address issues surrounding diversity and inclusion more confidently in their own illustration practice. 

ii. Bringing Research to the Classroom: An International Partnership Perspective

Clair Greenaway with Gaurav Chawla, Alan Marvell, Hong Shi, Rachel Vieira (The Gloucestershire Business School)

What’s the best approach when it comes to bringing your research to the classroom? How can we maximise the benefit to students of the many hours spent out in the field? In 2022, academics from Gloucestershire Business School have been supporting partner colleagues at Polimanado in the development of four tourism-linked research projects and in realising the potential of these projects to enrich teaching. From the role of women in the rural tourism economy to an examination of the impact of COVID-19 on community tourism, a reflection on the ecological impact of tourism to a consideration of access needs in island tourism settings, each of these projects offers a unique perspective on contemporary issues in tourism and creates an opportunity to enrich the learning experience. As Polimanado launches a new International Tourism degree, our challenge has been to support Indonesian colleagues in developing their expertise and finding new ways to incorporate research into teaching. How do you do it? This Lunchtime Cascade is designed as an informal opportunity to consider best practice and to showcase four intriguing case studies from Indonesia.

iii. Anchor Institutions: Curating Partnership with Gloucester Cathedral

Clair Greenaway (The Gloucestershire Business School) and Anne Cranston (Gloucester Cathedral)

Looking ahead to next academic year, this Lunchtime Cascade will focus on the partnership between the University and Gloucester Cathedral. As anchor institutions in the city, both are uniquely placed to connect with students, industry and the local community. In 2022-23 Gloucestershire Business School will be working closely with the Cathedral to embed live briefs and create unusual academic interactions for undergraduates. The Cascade will be an opportunity for colleagues to find out more about the collaboration and to explore ways in which the partnership could be expanded across the University.

iv. All Things Apprenticeships 

Polly Pick, Sophie Thorn, Charlotte Niedzwiecki (Business Engagement) 

Ahead of Polly’s Academic Exchange, the Apprenticeships Team will be available for questions or queries about delivering (or maybe starting!) an Apprenticeship. 

v. Drawing is Contagious

Kimberly Hall (School of Arts)

Let’s experiment with how to communicate with drawing! This interactive workshop is suitable for everyone. No prior experience required! It’s especially interesting when we get a good cross-section of subject areas involved. Come try out some drawing exercises that will engage your curiosity about how drawing works as knowledge exchange and communication tool. We will do some collaborative drawing and work with a prompt decided by the class. This workshop is meant to help you devise activities with your students that will help them understand your subject area; the drawing is just a way to learn!

vi. Education for Sustainability – Learning Innovation for Tomorrow (LIFT)

Alex Ryan, Miriam Webb, Alice Lowe (Sustainability Team)

We will showcase a QAA-funded project on anti-greenwash education and share expertise in embedding sustainability learning through the UoG LIFT-funded projects.

vii. Professional Recognition for Teaching and Learning at the University of Gloucestershire

Jenny Hill (Academic Development Unit), Sabina Fiebig-Lord (Academic Development Unit), Debbie Reel (School of Education and Humanities)

The University is proud to offer a range of schemes that recognise groups and individuals who foster excellence in teaching, learning and assessment within and beyond the institution. During this Lunchtime Cascade you can visit us to hear about our schemes and to discuss your professional development within the Teaching & Scholarship Career Pathway. Find out more about: University Teaching Fellowships (UTF); accreditation against the Advance HE UK Professional Standards Framework (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA); Advance HE National Teaching Fellowships (NTF); and Advance HE Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE). These schemes provide progressive evidence for promotion along the Teaching & Scholarship Career Pathway.

viii. #ebooksos: A Campaign to Overhaul the Academic Ebook Market and How You Can Help 

Yohanna Anderson (Library, Technology and Information Service) 

Due to high prices and lack of availability, the academic ebook market has long been problematic and libraries have had to rely on hardcopy material.  This reliance was severely put to the test with the arrival of COVID.  As unprecedented demand for electronic access rocketed during the pandemic so did ebook prices, often by as much as 500%.  Furthermore, ebook licences became increasingly restrictive and title-bundling became prevalent.  Struggling to adequately support students forced into remote learning, UoG Subject Librarian Yohanna Anderson, founded the grassroots campaign, #ebooksos, to urge government and the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) to launch a market investigation.  

Come and find out more at the Lunchtime Cascade, sign our open letter and learn about the questions to ask publishers when negotiating contracts with them.  


ix. Introduction to Talis Elevate 

Darren Bolton, Nicky Williams, Rachel Reid (Library, Technology and Information Service) 

Elevate is a collaborative learning tool that can be used to facilitate and support students’ active engagement with the ‘resources’ you recommend for learning. The tool allows you and your students to leave comments on articles, books, images and audio-visual media and other file types (PDFs, PowerPoint, Word, etc.). Students can view comments by their tutors and classmates and respond. They have the option to comment with their name attached or anonymously. 

In January 2022, LTI embedded Elevate in Moodle. It therefore works in a seamless way with other Moodle processes, is intuitive to use, and includes some of the mainstream social media functionality with which many students are already familiar. 

Our Lunchtime Cascade offers a brief introduction to Talis Elevate. The team will take interested colleagues into Elevate to show its ease of use and broad potential application.  

x. Learning Analytics 

Jenny Fell (Library, Technology and Information Service) 

We will be providing information on Learning Analytics and the Data Explorer system, and how this can help students and tutors. We will also be demonstrating the Data Explorer screens. 

xi. Office 365 Bookings App

Jane Robinson (Library, Technology and Information Service) 

The Office 365 Bookings App lets students easily book time with you – without the volume of email exchanges or bits of paper stuck on your door.  The Office 365 Bookings App links to your Outlook calendar so your availability is always up to date. Set up different meeting types with unique features, then add a link to Moodle or your Outlook signature and wait for the bookings to arrive. 

xii. Microsoft Office Certification Programme

Jane Robinson (Library, Technology and Information Service) 

LTI provide free resources and an accreditation program for our students (and staff) to improve their proficiency in the core Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel which many users struggle with. Employers expect a certain level of proficiency in MS Office applications, and the digital badges together with the official Microsoft certificates are an ideal way to prove skills to an employer. 

xiii. Technology Enhanced Learning, Teaching and Assessment 

Bernadett Bus, Leon Diacogiannis, Catherine Hartell, Robin McKinlay, Adam Richards (Academic Development Unit) 

Drop by and speak to the ADU’s Learning Technologists who will be ready to: show you examples of well-designed module Moodle site templates that have been rolled out across courses; provide tips to ensure your digital teaching materials are accessible to as diverse a group of students as possible; demonstrate University tools and systems such as Lecture Capture and Better Examinations; discuss your ideas for developing your teaching practice through the use of technology; clarify how the ADU Learning Technology Team can support you. 

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