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Online Engaged Teaching hub launched

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Following a successful series of workshops showcasing good practice of using technology to facilitate public engagement within teaching at the University of Bath, a project led by Dr Jessica Francombe-Webb, Lecturer in the Department for Health, funded by the University's Teaching Development Fund (TDF), has successfully launched its online hub.  The online hub, which can be found at https://engagedteachingbath.wordpress.com/,  will be updated periodically with the remaining findings of the project. You are invited to make use of the ‘follow’ function available on the website to enable you to receive email notifications when updates are made. This project has built on LITEbox, an Alumni-funded initiative supporting the exploration and adoption of new and existing technology enhanced learning tools and techniques for learning and teaching.

You may also be interested in the project’s “The 3 W’s of Engaged Teaching” Public Engagement Map, which can be downloaded electronically Alternatively, you can email Ed Stevens in the Public Engagement Unit to obtain a physical copy.

The project staged three workshops, which took place between December 2016 and April 2017, exploring a range of different approaches and methodologies for using technology to facilitate engagement with wider audiences to enrich teaching within the classroom. These findings have been captured within the online hub, which will also form part of a new Learning & Teaching Resources Hub, currently under development by the Centre for Learning & Teaching.

Attending the final workshop entitled ‘Developing engaged curricula: At Bath and Beyond’, which included a webinar featuring different methods of engagement with different audiences and their role education, Dr Marianne Ellis, Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching), Faculty of Engineering & Design and current Chair of the University’s TDF Sub-Committee said:

“This was a fascinating workshop which reinforced the importance of continuing to use TDF funding to push the boundaries of our thinking, both in relation to research-enriched teaching and also what new and existing technologies have to offer us for our future curriculum development. Participating in a workshop of this kind which used the technology to bring in external speakers to stimulate debate was excellent. I would encourage colleagues to explore the ‘Engaged Teaching’ hub and consider ideas for how we might build on this good work through the Teaching Development Fund and in our day-to-day teaching practices.”

During this workshop the project team also launched its public engagement map, designed to help you plan more effective and engaging activities.

Workshop 1, entitled “Developing engaged curricula: The challenges of technology and reflexivity” showcased the work of Dr Fran Laughton (Director of Teaching, Dept. of Physics). The second workshop, entitled “Developing engaged curricula: Film as critical pedagogy” showcased the work of Dr Darragh McGee (Lecturer, Dept. for Health). The penultimate workshop, “Developing engaged curricula: Industry engagement and technology” included a panel discussion regarding the role of technology in enhancing student engagement with industry partners.

Dr Sarah Bonner, Public Engagement Consultant for the University of Birmingham and external speaker at the final workshop commenting on the project said:

“Working with the LITEbox team and their colleagues has been an important project for me both personally and professionally. After over 15 years working within the higher education sector I have been involved in a variety of public engagement projects, but the focus on technological facilitation that Jess and her team embarked upon showed innovation, bravery, open mindedness and an enthusiasm to ‘have a go’. The collaborative nature of the project was a real strength and it was clear that the team were willing to learn from different disciplinary perspectives in order to ensure that honest conversations were had that progressed the work in the short term but can also have an impact in the future both within Bath and beyond.”

The project team would like to express their sincere thanks to LITEbox, the Teaching Development Fund, and the Public Engagement Unit at the University of Bath for making this project possible. The insights highlighted have been innovative and inspiring, and it is hoped that the map and online hub can be used to continue documenting examples of best practice here at the University of Bath and inspiring new endeavours in technology-facilitated engaged teaching.

Further information: Dr Jessica Francombe-Webb, Lecturer, Dept. for Health

 

Developing Engaged Curricula: At Bath and Beyond - a LITEbox Workshop

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The LITEbox team is delighted to invite you to the final workshop in a series of exciting workshops showcasing good practice of using technology to facilitate public engagement within teaching at the University of Bath. You can register now for this final workshop entitled "Developing Engaged Curricula: At Bath and Beyond." This will be held on Wednesday 5 April at 2:15-3:05pm in 3 West 4.1 and will showcase good practice examples of technology-facilitated student engagement with external publics at Bath and beyond.

We will also be launching our online hub, showcasing our findings from the project, and our public engagement map, designed to help you plan more effective and engaging activities.

Register for this workshop here

These workshops are part of a LITEbox project, funded by the University's Teaching Development Fund (TDF), exploring the role that new and existing technologies can play in supporting teaching and learning techniques in the classroom that enable students to engage with the public and other communities.

Funded by the University’s Teaching Development Fund (TDF), this project builds on the work of the Alumni-funded University-wide initiative LITEbox and is seeking to share and disseminate ideas to innovate this aspect of research-enriched teaching.

 

 

Workshop: Developing Engaged Curricula: Industry Engagement and Technology

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The LITEbox team is delighted to invite you and your departmental colleagues to participate in an exciting series of workshops showcasing good practice of using technology to facilitate public engagement within teaching at the University of Bath.

The third workshop, on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at 2:15-3:05 pm in CB 5.1, will be a panel discussion regarding the role of technology in enhancing student engagement with industry partners entitled “Developing engaged curricula: Industry Engagement and Technology”.

Panel members will include:

  • Dr Pete Mosely, Senior Lecturer in Physics. Project Co-ordinator for the 3rd year ‘Industry Teams’ project.
  • Ms Jo Rouse, Placement Officer in the Faculty of Engineering and Design. Liaises with Industry employers and supporting students throughout the recruitment process.
  • Dr Kevin Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. Project Supervisor on the Team Bath Racing project.

Discussion topics include developing and enhancing industry links in research and research-enriched teaching, and the role of technology, including some of the opportunities and challenges afforded by use of technology.

Register for this workshop here

Please feel free to forward this invitation to other colleagues, who may be interested in attending.

These workshops are part of a LITEbox project, funded by the University's Teaching Development Fund (TDF), exploring the role that new and existing technologies can play in supporting teaching and learning techniques in the classroom that enable students to engage with the public and other communities.

The final workshop will be held on Wednesday 5 April at 2:15-3:05 in 3W 4.1 and will showcase good practice examples of technology-facilitated student engagement with external publics at Bath and beyond

Register for this workshop here

Funded by the University’s Teaching Development Fund (TDF), this project builds on the work of the Alumni-funded University-wide initiative LITEbox and is seeking to share and disseminate ideas to innovate this aspect of research-enriched teaching.

Further information: Dr Jessica Francombe-Webb, Project Leader, LITEbox

 

Forthcoming workshop: Developing engaged curricula: Film as critical pedagogy - 8 February 2017

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The LITEbox team is delighted to invite you and your departmental colleagues to participate in an exciting series of workshops showcasing good practice of using technology to facilitate public engagement within teaching at the University of Bath.

The second workshop, on Wednesday 8 February 2017 at 2:15-3:05 pm in CB 3.6, will showcase the work of Dr Darragh McGee, Lecturer, Dept. for Health, and is entitled “Developing engaged curricula: Film as critical pedagogy”.

Darragh will give a 25-minute presentation focusing on how the integration of film into the curricula has increased and impacted the engagement of his students and added pedagogic value to learning and teaching. This will be followed by questions and time for interactive reflection.

Please register for Darragh's workshop

Please feel free to forward this invitation to other colleagues, who may be interested in attending.

These workshops are part of a LITEbox project, funded by the University's Teaching Development Fund (TDF), exploring the role that new and existing technologies can play in supporting teaching and learning techniques in the classroom that enable students to engage with the public and other communities. This workshop series will continue throughout March and April.

The penultimate workshop will be held on Wednesday 1 March 2:15-3:05 and will include a panel discussion regarding the role of technology in enhancing student engagement with industry partners. You can also register for this workshop.

The final workshop will be held on Wednesday 5 April 2:15-3:05 and will showcase good practice examples of tech-facilitated student engagement with external publics at Bath and beyond - for this workshop please register here.

Funded by the University’s Teaching Development Fund (TDF), this project builds on the work of the Alumni-funded University-wide initiative LITEbox and is seeking to share and disseminate ideas to innovate this aspect of research-enriched teaching.

 

How engaging is your teaching?

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As part of a LITEbox project, funded by the University's Teaching Development Fund (TDF), exploring the role that new and existing technologies can play in supporting teaching and learning techniques in the classroom that enable students to engage with the public and other communities, an exciting series of workshops have been scheduled. You are invited to register for workshop #1 and #2 to secure yourself a place.

Workshop #1 (Wednesday 14 December 2016 - 12.15-13.05 pm - CB 4.8): Dr Fran Laughton, Director of Teaching & Resources, Dept. of Physics -  “Developing engaged curricula: The challenges of technology and reflexivity”.

Fran will give a 30-minute presentation exploring her approach to developing and delivering engaged curricula for Physics students. This presentation will be followed by group discussion, to be chaired by Dr Jessica Francombe-Webb, LITEbox Project Leader,  considering issues such as:

  • how students find engaging with technology
  • levels of confidence in using technology as a teacher
  • pedagogic benefits arising from this kind of engaged teaching
  • potential challenges of using technology in this way.

Register for Fran's workshop here.

Workshop #2 (Wednesday 8 February 2017 14:15 - 15:05 pm - venue to be confirmed): Dr Darragh McGee, Lecturer, Dept. for Health -  “Developing engaged curricula: Film as (affective) critical pedagogy

Darragh will give a presentation focusing on the relationship with the filmmaker and how the integration of film into the curricula has increased the engagement of his students and added pedagogic value to learning and teaching.

Register for Darragh's workshop here.

There will be two further workshops as part of this series taking place in March and April next year. Further details will be published in due course.

This series of workshops represents Phase 2 of this fascinating project, which has been funded to explore and disseminate innovative engagement with new and existing technologies across the University that create opportunities for students and external publics (e.g. national/international scholars, third sector organisations, businesses, local and national government, peers) to engage with one another in diverse ways that enhance the learning experience.

Funded by TDF, this project builds on the work of the Alumni-funded University-wide initiative LITEbox and is seeking to share and disseminate ideas to innovate this aspect of research-enriched teaching.

The project has three phases, as follows:

  • Phase 1: map current use of technology to connect students with external publics.
  • Phase 2: identify examples of good practice across the institution and talk to staff about their experiences. A series of ‘engaged’ workshops will be co-convened to share experiences of staff, students and external publics, drawing on experiences across the University (x 3) as well as an example external to the university (x 1 webinar).
  • Phase 3: work in collaboration with the e-Learning Team, AV, the Public Engagement Unit and a student focus group, to evaluate and review these practices and develop a series of easily accessible online resources. This will include an online ‘hub’ of data e.g. blog posts, podcasts, case studies and online videos.

The LITEbox team hopes you can join us for one or more of these workshops.

Further information: Dr Jessica Francombe-Webb, LITEbox Project Leader or Samantha Wratten, TDF Project Officer.

 

 

 

 

 

LITEbox: join our 5x5 event

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LITEbox, a University-wide initiative exploring new and existing learning technologies generously supported by the Alumni Fund, starts the new academic year with an exciting 5 x 5 lunchtime event for all staff interested in gaining quick insight into some useful tools and technologies to support learning and teaching.

You can register now for this event taking place on Wednesday 19 October 2016 at 1.15pm, Chancellors’ Building 4.16.

Talking about LITEbox in the context of his recent appointment as Academic Director for the University’s new Centre for Learning & Teaching, Professor Andrew Heath said:

“The LITEbox initiative has started to build a cross-University community of practice that we can now build on to continue developing our capability to exploit new and existing technologies to enhance our learning and teaching. I would encourage staff to attend LITEbox events as they provide an excellent opportunity to learn about how to use technology in teaching and share examples of innovation and experience."

Hosted by LITEbox Project Leader and University’s AV Service Manager, Rob Hyde, this session will comprise five colleagues from academic departments and the Library  - Dr James Betts, Reader, Dept. for Health, Dr Momna Hejmadi, Senior Teaching Fellow, Dept. of Biology & Biochemistry, Dr Carmelo Herdes Moreno, Lecturer, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo, Lecturer, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Mr David Stacey, Faculty Librarian for Engineering & Design with Ms Lis Wallace, Information Librarian, Library. Each speaker will be giving a five-minute presentation on their experience of using a range of different technological tools, including:

• Using Apps for student feedback;
• Benefits and challenges of using Moodle for online assessments;
• Presentational tools for enhancing learning and teaching.

Each presentation will include time for questions and further discussion. The LITEbox team hopes you will be able to join them for this exciting event.

Further information email the LITEbox team

 

LITEbox: Lessons from the Universe

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Date: Friday 23 October 2015
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: 8 West 2.5

This event has now happened. An event review including full recording is available to view.

On Friday 23 October, world-leading Astrophysicist, Carole Mundell, one of the University’s most recently appointed professors, will share her ‘Lessons from the Universe’ with us as part of this semester’s LITEbox programme of events. Alongside her colleagues in the Department of Physics, Professor Mundell is establishing a new Astrophysics research group and undergraduate Physics with Astrophysics programme.

All staff and students are welcome to attend this event which will take place from 12.30pm to 1.30pm in 8 West 2.5. Places will be limited by space so please register your attendance by emailing the LITEbox team.

Professor Mundell is an observational astrophysicist who specialises in cosmic explosions driven by supermassive black holes that lie at the hearts of galaxies and Gamma Ray Bursts, and her presentation will take us on a journey through her experiences of the research-teaching nexus. This journey will explore and highlight the particular role that new and existing technologies play in Professor Mundell’s research. She will introduce the world of autonomous robotic telescopes, real-time astrophysics and the challenges of a new era of ‘big data’ in time-domain science.

Highly committed to the delivery of research-enriched teaching and the significant role technology can play, Professor Mundell said:

“I am delighted to participate in the LITEbox initiative as this provides us with opportunities to learn and share ideas – what does and does not work – across the institution. Technology plays a key role in all our lives; astrophysics catches the public imagination and research at the cutting-edge allows us to inspire the next generation of innovators.”

Supporting these latest new developments in the Department of Physics, Professor Jonathan Knight, himself a leading Physicist and founding member of the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials and recently appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), expressed his own keen interest in the role technology has to play in both teaching and research.

Professor Knight said:

“My own interests lie in how modern technology enables us to do all sorts of things that would have been completely unthinkable just a few short years ago. This approach enables us to do fundamental research but using the latest high-tech infrastructure. I am delighted that Professor Mundell has joined us. She shares our vision of exploring and exploiting new and existing technologies to maximum effect, and this is as true in teaching as in research. I am greatly looking forward to this LITEbox session and hope staff will be able to attend.”

Read more about Professor Carole Mundell and find out more about LITEbox.

Carole Mundell, photograph by Max Alexander

Carole Mundell
photograph by Max Alexander

Further information email LITEbox.

 

LITEbox set to launch

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A new and exciting initiative, LITEbox, is set to launch on Wednesday 6 May 2015. Supported by the Alumni Fund with two years initial funding, LITEbox (Learning Innovation Technology Environment) is aiming to provide opportunities for staff and students to learn, share, explore and develop new and existing technologies for learning, teaching and research.

The LITEbox launch, which will be streamed live to University desktops at 1.45 pm, will provide an overview of the initiative and present some examples of the types of activities that LITEbox will be supporting over the next two years together with an initial programme of monthly activities.

LITEbox has three key aims which are:

Aim 1 - Space and Technology Development: making the best use of facilities and systems

Aim 2 - Skills Development: equipping students and staff with digital skills for learning, teaching, and research

Aim 3 - Knowledge Exchange: developing Visual/Digital Methods for Teaching and Research

The LITEbox launch will also showcase some new, leading-edge technology called VIA Collage, due to be installed in the two LITEbox spaces in the coming month in addition to some examples of how staff and students are using technology to support and enhance teaching, research and skills development across the University. VIA Collage enables the creation of a virtual collaborative learning and teaching space allowing any user with a laptop or mobile device to view, edit and comment on documents real time, share files and chat with individuals or multiple participants simultaneously. VIA Collage is the only wireless solution that can show six user screens on a single main display in addition to enabling users to view the main display on their own device.

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The LITEbox team, led by Rob Hyde, Audio Visual Service Manager, and Dr Jessica Francombe-Webb, Lecturer, Department for Health, has designated two campus spaces for LITEbox activities. Chancellors' Building 5.13, a 50-seater PC laboratory, and 8 West 1.28, a collaborative group working space with six work zones. There are further plans in progress to secure a third space for the creation of an Innovation Lab for staff development. A new LITEbox Officer, MEng student Tim Maulin, has been appointed and will take up post at the end of April. Tim will be supporting the LITEbox team to promote the initiative and act as an interface with the student community.

In advance of the LITEbox launch on 6 May, Professor Bernie Morley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) said:

"This is an extremely timely initiative and one that offers the whole institution significant opportunities to explore the potential that technology offers to enhance every aspect of our learning, teaching and research. The LITEbox team is focused on supporting staff and students to learn and share new and existing technology-related activities, which will be critical if the University is to retain competitive advantage in an increasingly tough climate. I will be taking great interest in LITEbox developments and welcome this initiative to help push our thinking and understanding of technology forward. I would encourage everyone to get involved over the coming months."

Also supporting LITEbox, Ian Robinson, Chief Executive, Students' Union said:

"Providing our student community with enhanced opportunities to develop their digital skills and explore and experiment with new and existing technologies will, inevitably, aid their future employability. Increasingly, students are having to undertake group work, group presentations and projects as part of their programmes and creating more supported learning spaces and opportunities for them to learn from each other is a very positive development. The Students' Union is looking forward to working in partnership with the LITEbox team over the next two years."

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