University Teaching Prizes 2018

Each year, the University awards a number of prizes to individual staff or teams for outstanding work in teaching and/or learning support. The call for applications for the 2018 prizes is now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 25th May 2018.

Further details and information on how to apply are available at http://www.kent.ac.uk/teaching/reward/index.html [1].

The prizes will be awarded by the Vice-Chancellor at a lunchtime ceremony on Wednesday 3rd October 2018, to which all staff are invited. Please email cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk [2] if you would like to attend.

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Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education: A Research Symposium

The way in which students engage with and learn from the multiple sources of feedback available to them is a key issue in the enhancement of student learning in higher education. Well-designed assessment tasks and associated feedback can yield large learning gains compared to a variety of other educational interventions, yet the National Survey of Students consistently reveals the lowest student satisfaction for assessment and feedback.  Although students struggle to understand what is expected of them on academic tasks, formal statements of assessment criteria are typically insufficient to build the task understanding and evaluative expertise that students need to monitor their own learning. Increasing opportunities for dialogic feedback (i.e. interactions between lecturers and students, students and students, and students own self assessments as students are doing the assessment task) may result in better learning outcomes.

This research symposium brings together five assessment and feedback researchers who will discuss their own research findings in relation to these key concepts and consider implications with delegates. Sponsored by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Kent, the event is free to participants both within and external to Kent, though places are limited.

When:Wednesday 16 May 2018, 12.30-17.30

Where: Sibson Lecture Theatre 1 and Atrium

To view the programme and book a place please see here.

 

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CSHE Research Seminar – Developing feedback practices based on what students want and on sound research and scholarship

Colleagues are invited to attend the CSHE Research Seminar on Wednesday 24 January 2018, 13.00-14.00, UELT Seminar Room (Canterbury Campus).

Professor David Boud, Professor and Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University and Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology Sydney will present this session titled ‘Developing feedback practices based on what students want and on sound research and scholarship’.

Further details available here

Please confirm your attendance by emailing cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk

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Annual Learning and Teaching Conference – 20 June 2018

The University of Kent is pleased to announce its annual Learning and Teaching Conference.  Organised by the Centre for the Study of Higher Education it will take place on Wednesday 20th June 2018 in Keynes Lecture Theatre 1 and Atrium Foyer from 9.00-16.15, followed by a drinks reception.

This year’s theme is Promoting Powerful Student Learning Experiences In and Out of Class.  The theme interprets learning holistically, encompassing both curricular and co-curricular activities that support students’ growth while at university.  The conference will examine how professional services staff, academics, and Kent Union work together to create opportunities for powerful student learning.  It will also feature examples of innovative teaching that blur the boundaries of the classroom.

The event is an opportunity for the University of Kent community to come together around the shared goal of supporting student learning.

The event is free and colleagues can register here.

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Learning and Teaching Network – Spring Term sessions

The Learning and Teaching Network provides sessions based around the categories used in the National Student Survey for staff working towards enhancing learning, teaching and assessment.

Details of sessions arranged for the Spring Term are available to view here.

All staff are welcome to attend.

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University Teaching Prizes 2017

Excellent teaching was celebrated at the University Teaching Prizes ceremony on 4th October.  These annual awards recognise the dedication and creativity of staff working to give their students the best possible learning experience at the University.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen Cox offered her congratulations to the winners and presented the awards to:-

Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support
Johanne Thompson (Kent Law School)
Irena Jennings (Kent Business School)
The Go Abroad Team: Emma Marku, Jan Lowe, Janet Wilson-Sharp; Francoise McKee; Brechje Klok-White; Hazel Lander; Sophie Baker; Sammy-Jo Foster

Humanities Faculty Teaching Prize
Chloe Street Tarbatt (School of Architecture)
Professor Murray Smith (School of Arts)

Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize
Professor Sally Fincher, Dr Colin Johnson, and Ian Utting (School of Computing)
Dr Dan Lloyd, Dr Tobias von der Haar, and Professor Martin Michaelis (School of Biosciences)

Social Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize
Dr Stefan Rossbach (School of Politics and International Relations)
Dr Anna Brown (School of Psychology)

Gallery of images

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Learning and Teaching Network (LTN) sessions 2017-18

The Learning and Teaching Network provides sessions based around the categories used in the National Student Survey for staff working towards enhancing learning, teaching and assessment.

Details of sessions arranged for 2017-18 are available to view here.  Further events will be arranged for the Spring Term.

All staff are welcome to attend.

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New Approaches to Teaching for Experienced Staff at Kent – Autumn Term 2017 sessions

These teaching-related events are intended for academic and teaching staff with at least three years Higher Education teaching experience. The theme for 2017/18 is: Creative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

This interactive forum offers opportunities to hear about initiatives which have had an impact on student learning, to share experiences with colleagues from across the university, to explore tensions and opportunities of different approaches and how these could apply to your own teaching.

While TEF and student surveys such as NSS, PTES and PRES have increasingly foregrounded teaching as a metric, the emphasis in these sessions is on teaching as exciting, challenging, surprising…..  an activity in which we can take pride.

The first session, ‘Using creative and imaginative forms of assessment’ will be presented by Professor Charlotte Sleigh, School of History on Tuesday 10 October, 12.55-14.00.

Further details of sessions are available here.  All sessions are free and take place in the UELT Seminar Room near Santander Bank (unless otherwise stated).  Please email cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk [4] to book a place.

If you are interested in contributing to a session in Spring 2018 please contact cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk [5].

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University Teaching Prizes 2017

Once again the University is celebrating excellent teaching and learning support with the announcement of 2017 University Teaching Prizes. The winners are:

Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support
Johanne Thompson (Kent Law School)
Irena Jennings (Kent Business School)
The Go Abroad Team: Emma Marku, Jan Lowe, Janet Wilson-Sharp; Francoise McKee; Brechje Klok-White; Hazel Lander; Sophie Baker; Sammy-Jo Foster

Humanities Faculty Teaching Prize
Chloe Street Tarbatt (School of Architecture)
Professor Murray Smith (School of Arts)

Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize
Professor Sally Fincher, Dr Colin Johnson, and Ian Utting (School of Computing)
Dr Dan Lloyd, Dr Tobias von der Haar, and Professor Martin Michaelis (School of Biosciences)

Social Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize
Dr Stefan Rossbach (School of Politics and International Relations)
Dr Anna Brown (School of Psychology)

You can find further details of the awards at:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/teaching/reward/index.html

The prizes will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor at a lunchtime ceremony on Wednesday 4 October 2017, from 12.30-14.00 in Darwin Conference Suite.

All colleagues are welcome. Please email cpdbookings@kent.ac.uk if you wish to attend

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Academic Administration Excellence Award Winners

Many congratulations to colleagues in UELT who won the Academic Administration Excellence Award for the development and delivery of the University’s first 4 MOOCs with FutureLearn, with over 20K participants world-wide in 2016-17.

 

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