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Applications for Santander Technology Fund - Now Open

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The LITEbox Team is pleased to announce the availability of funding for technology-related projects, open to all students and staff. Santander have teamed up with LITEbox and the University for the first time to offer a total of £30,000 across two years for innovative and inclusive ideas to facilitate progression in teaching and learning. By providing funding and visibility, the LITEbox team wishes to encourage staff-student collaboration to support change across teaching and learning to enhance the student experience.

While the project will be judged on a case-by-case basis, projects submitted under the following categories are more likely to be successful.

How does this fund differ from other funding sources?

There are very few funds that allow the purchases of equipments such as iPads or 3D Printers for example. This fund is aiming to provide a different type of support to enable further and deeper exploration of what technology has to offer in enhancing the student experience and bringing teaching and research closer together. It is important to note that successful bids for equipment will be funded on the agreement that the equipment becomes part of the LITEBox Digital Playground following project completion.

Staff-student collaboration, to include students at all levels is a key aim of this fund and, in particular, student-led projects.

To maximise this opportunity, there are rolling deadlines throughout the academic year with three deadlines during the academic calendar, as follows:

Round 1 - 8th   December 2017

Round 2 - 28th February 2018

Round 3 - 31st May 2018

Please note that successful applicants will be asked to contribute to the LITEbox community through seminars, blog posts and/or "cafe style" introductory/dissemination events. Santander may also contact the applicant for personal information, and an impact report to understand the outcomes and impact generated from the project will be required.

More information and application details here.

If you are a student, watch this video:

If you are a staff, watch this video:

 

 

 

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