SLL Teaching and Learning Projects

SLL T&L Projects are designed to run over 2-3 years and are intended to build on our existing good practice whilst exploring new ways to produce an excellent learning experience for our students. In 2017-18 we have two projects underway, one focusing on our students (looking at the PAL and STAR schemes) and one supporting our own professional development (enhancing our peer review scheme). In 2018-19 we plan to introduce a third SLL T&L project, considering the highly topical issue of assessment and feedback. If you would like to suggest a topic for an SLL T&L project, do get in touch with Cindy on l.m.becker@reading.ac.uk.

 

SLL TEACHING AND LEARNING PROJECT ON STAFF PEER REVIEW AND REFLECTIVE PRACTICE

 

 

 

Led by Chiara Cirillo (MLES and ISLI)

Cindy Becker (SLL SDTL)

(This is a joint SLL/ISLI project)

 

Member Michael Lyons (SLL Teaching and Learning Support Officer)

 

Central support Eileen Hyder (Academic Developer, CQSD)

 

Timing Three years, commencing Summer 2017

 

Purpose To reinvigorate academic T&L peer review across SLL in response to:

§  University concerns that our peer review rates are dropping.

§  Amendments to university procedures that allow us to approach peer review in a variety of ways.

§  An understanding that reflective practices can be powerful tools in peer review.

 

Methodology Based on the CQSD session on reflective practitioners, led by Chiara and Eileen, Chiara will produce 3-4 reflective practice exercises that can be used as part of the peer review process.

Michael will source any university guidance on peer review.

Cindy will produce a guidance document on peer review for staff, encouraging, where appropriate, a move away from simple peer observation to a more nuanced and in depth peer review, which might be conducted in groups or as a pair, and might involve reviewing documents, discussing themes, sharing innovation and so forth.

Chiara will share her experience of pair/group peer reviews within ISLI which have gone beyond the traditional peer observation.

Michael will monitor who has carried out peer review, and how, and will be available to make notes if group peer review takes place.

A review and reflection stage will be followed in each year by a development of the system, so that we achieve effective peer review across SLL and ISLI by the end of the project.

 

Timeline of activities Summer 2017: Material produced by Chiara, Cindy and Michael, as above.

 

October 2017: New guidelines sent out to colleagues in SLL and ISLI, but with peer review probably remaining ‘in department’ at this stage.

 

2017-18 academic year: Peer review encouraged and monitored.

 

Summer 2018: Review of engagement with both peer review and reflective practice (taken from data on completed peer reviews and a staff survey asking for responses to the reflective practice material).

 

2018-19: Moving to reflective peer review across SLL (giving colleagues in different departments to peer review together). The SLL Teaching Links Project could be made the focus of some peer reviews. Also giving the option of peer review between colleagues in SLL and ISLI.

 

Summer 2019: review of engagement with peer review and consideration of any themes for peer review in the following year.

 

2019-2020: Monitor the situation, adjust as necessary. If needed, we could consider allocating peer review partners/groups.

 

Outcomes Full peer review in SLL and ISLI by the end of the project; peer review being conducted in a variety of ways, using a range of reflective practice tools.

 

Funding?
Dissemination Through University T&L blog and the T&L in SLL blog and website.

This project will produce material suitable for conferences and pedagogical articles.

Reports to SLL Teaching Leadership Group for consideration prior to submission to SBTL.

 

 

For more information, please contact Dr Chiara Cirillo (c.cirillo@reading.ac.uk) or Dr Cindy Becker (l.m.becker@reading.ac.uk).

SLL TEACHING AND LEARNING PROJECT ON PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) DEVELOPMENT

Led by Neil Cocks (SLL STAR and PAL Academic Champion)

Cindy Becker (SLL SDTL)

 

Member Michael Lyons (SLL Teaching and Learning Support Officer)

 

Central support Caroline Crolla (Peer Assisted Learning Coordinator)

Chantelle Turner (Peer Mentoring Coordinator)

 

Timing Three years, commencing Summer 2017

 

Purpose To reinvigorate peer assisted learning within DEL, to introduce successful peer-assisted learning throughout SLL, and to explore ways in which the STAR and PAL schemes might support each other in this context.

 

Methodology Collation of more in depth information on the varying practices across the school, then marketing in DEL to potential PAL Leaders for training, for the scheme to be initially cultivated there, before facilitating its adoption in DMLES and DELAL.

 

Timeline of activities Summer 2017: Neil and Michael start identifying modules and convenors who would be amenable to pilot adoption of the PAL scheme in other departments, and determine how to approach introducing the scheme in MLES and DELAL. Neil will also become co-convenor for EN1GC to facilitate running the scheme.

 

October 2017: Neil will start marketing the scheme to gather interest from potential PAL leaders, to start recruitment and training in advance of the 2018/19 session in DEL.

 

2017-18 academic year: PAL Leaders will be recruited and trained in DEL, ready for the scheme to be launched in DEL the 2018-19 academic year. Staff will also be approached in DMLES and DELAL for discussions about training PAL leaders during the same year, for adoption of the scheme across the school in 2019-2020, identifying particular modules for the scheme.

 

Spring 2018: Update report produced on progress with the scheme.

 

2018-19 academic year: PAL is launched in DEL, and PAL leaders will be recruited and trained in DMLES and DELAL, for the scheme to be launched in the rest of the school in the 2019-2020 academic year.

 

Spring 2019: Update report produced on progress with the scheme.

2019-2020 academic year: PAL is launched in DMLES and DELAL. More modules in DEL are included the scheme as well if deemed appropriate.

 

Summer 2020: A final report will be produced reviewing the scheme’s implementation across the school.

 

Outcomes A final report including recommendations for the continuation of the scheme in the scheme.

 

 

Funding? TLDF and PLanT funding.

 

Dissemination Through University T&L blog and the T&L in SLL blog and website.

This project will produce material suitable for conferences and pedagogical articles. The project will also be showcased at an appropriate Away Day.

Reports to SLL Teaching Leadership Group for consideration prior to submission to SBTL.

 

 

For more information, please contact either Dr Neil Cocks (n.h.cocks@reading.ac.uk) or Dr Cindy Becker (l.m.becker@reading.ac.uk).