Category Archives: T&L Events

How would you describe our students? By Ellie Highwood

At the Curriculum framework conference on 25th January 2017, it was a delight to present with Sed Joshi, Diversity and Inclusion Sabbatical officer from RUSU on the topic of “How well do we know our students?” We gave staff a … Continue reading

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Reading Academy at NUIST: busy colleagues undertake staff development By Angela Buckingham (Academic Developer)

On a chilly week mid-November, Clare McCullagh and Angela Buckingham headed out of Heathrow to fly fifteen hours east to reach the ancient city of Nanjing in China. Colleagues at Nanjing University of Information, Science and Technology (NUIST) were waiting … Continue reading

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The Power of Collaboration: Reflections on St Andrews EAP conference by Bruce Howell & Aaron Woodcock (ISLI)

In February 2016, we presented at a one-day English for Academic Purposes (EAP) conference at St Andrews University, showcasing Reading’s ‘English Language for Chemists’ module, a collaboration between the International Study & Language Institute (ISLI) and the Department of Chemistry.  … Continue reading

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Education online en-masse: Lessons for teaching and learning through MOOCs by Clare Wright, Clare Furneaux and Liz Wilding

On 24 April, 2015: 40 academic educators from 19 institutions came together to discuss key issues in MOOC design and implementation. The one-day workshop, hosted and funded by the University of Reading, a leading member of the FutureLearn MOOC consortium, … Continue reading

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Towards a Postcolonial Pedagogy by Dr Nicola Abram

Engaging with literary representations of ‘race’, racism and ethnicity This workshop offers university teachers of literature a forum to reflect on texts that enquire into the construction of ‘race’, the practices of racism, and the representation of ethnic difference. Delegates … Continue reading

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Enhancing student engagement through T&L seminars by Dr Karen Ayres

Many of us enjoy attending the University’s T&L Showcase Series of seminars, as not only do these events give an insight into the exciting things going on across the University, but they also give us food for thought with regards … Continue reading

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MOOCs and quality – a report from a day conference in London by Dr Matthew Nicholls

I recently attended this QAA event on MOOCS in London for the University. Speakers included David Willetts, the Minister for Universities and Science, and Sir Timothy O’Shea, Vice Chancellor of Edinburgh University which has been running 6 MOOCs for the … Continue reading

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Teaching students how to use references: a speaker and a ‘toolkit’ by Dr Kim Shahabudin, Helen Hathaway, Clare Nukui, Dr Liz Wilding

On Wed 5 June, rather too many people crammed into rather too warm a room to hear about where we are going wrong when teaching students about referencing practices – and a suite of teaching materials that will hopefully help … Continue reading

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Mobile Technology – Changing the Learning Landscape – a HEA sponsored conference by Dr Natasha Barrett & Dr Samantha Weston

On Thursday 18th April, the HEA hosted a conference in Bristol, showcasing some innovative uses of old technologies as well as demonstrating the cutting edge of new tech used in the delivery of teaching materials to undergraduates in medicine and … Continue reading

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Digital teaching in Classics –a recent conference at the University by Dr Matthew Nicholls

The University of Reading recently hosted the Classical Association Conference, the UK’s largest annual meeting for Classicists. As well as research papers, the CA traditionally hosts panels exploring the teaching of the subject at both school and University levels and covering new … Continue reading

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Flexible Learning: Blended Learning for the Biosciences

Recently, we had the opportunity to participate in the Teaching & Learning Showcase event on ‘Flexible Learning’, put together by the CDoTL team, during which we presented the Existing and Emerging Biotechnologies (EEB) Framework. You can read more about our … Continue reading

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Opening our eyes to technology….how students can teach the educators! By Dr Samantha Weston

An eye-opening T&L seminar, presented by Dr Neil Morris (University of Leeds) outlined how terribly, terribly easy the majority of our undergraduates find using technology…of all kinds! Having seen his short video clip about how one of his students used … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Training Event for Early Career Teachers of English Literature by Nicola Abram

Avid readers of this blog might recall that I completed the University’s Teaching and Learning Support Programme in 2011. I recently took the opportunity to complement this valuable training by attending a subject-specific event run by the Council for College … Continue reading

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Technology in teaching: Reflections on Dr Neil Morris’ Seminar, 19th November 2012 by Dr Natasha Barrett

Last week’s T&L seminar, by Dr Neil Morris, on the use of technology in enhancing the student experience was a superb overview of the array of technology that our students seem to be familiar with and that many institutions are … Continue reading

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The sincerest form of flattery by Nadja Guggi

Our Teaching & Learning Showcase Series continued yesterday with a session on ‘Sharing good practice in the use of Turnitin’. Turnitin is an online service which allows educators to check students’ work for similarity with other sources as a tool for plagiarism prevention … Continue reading

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Digital literacies for student employability: Spotlight on work placements by Nadja Guggi

I have been working with a placement student, Rachel Glover, a third-year undergraduate in Politics and International Relations, to carry out research into digital literacies for student employability, focusing on the University’s extra- and in-curricular work placement schemes. This research … Continue reading

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Teaching and Learning Away Day Reflections by Dr Cindy Becker

As usual, it was great to see so many colleagues at a Teaching and Learning away day – it always reminds me how much we all care about this important aspect of our lives as academics. I enjoyed this session … Continue reading

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T&L Events Diary for Autumn Term 2012

There are an exciting range of T&L seminars, showcases and events taking place this term. See the CDoTL website for further details at http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/cdotl/NewsandEvents/cdotl-LatestNews.aspx

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Digitally Ready for the Future: Sharing Good Practice by Nadja Guggi

Digitally Ready for the Future: Sharing Good Practice Thursday 19 July 2012 10.45 -15.00, Agriculture Building The digital age has presented Higher Education with our greatest opportunity. We have new techniques, new technologies, changes in student expectations along with a … Continue reading

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The Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Project by Dr Alice Mauchline and Professor Julian Park

Fieldwork is an important component of Higher Education in a number of subjects. As a Learning Space it provides good educational opportunities for students; including the teaching & practice of skills such as observation, data recording & analysis to report … Continue reading

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