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Katrina Swanton, Quality & Standards, DLTE
Wednesday 11 March 2020

Merchiston F14, 2–4pm

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The University’s Quality processes rely on the support and engagement of internal peers from across the University and we are seeking to extend our pool of academics who can contribute to panels. The next Quality Panel Membership training session is now available to book.​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Dr Sally Brown, School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University

Monday 9 March 2020

Sighthill 5.B.16, 12noon–1pm

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This workshop will introduce you to using board games as a technique for engaging students in research methods. We will look at how board games can be beneficial in helping students understand issues such as research design, research process and ethical approval. There will be some hands-on exercises in designing board games that you will be able to take away to develop for your students.

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Feedback from workshop participants:​

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"I will definitely be finding ways to incorporate this approach in my teaching."

"I enjoyed learning how games could work in any type of process. It was interesting to hear how the actual design of a game can encourage a lot of interaction, rather than playing the game."

"I'm starting to teach methodology to post grads so will definitely try the board game approach."​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Mabel Victoria, Languages and Intercultural Communication, Edinburgh Napier University

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Craiglockhart 1/09, 12noon–1pm

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What compels students to solicit personal advice from strangers by writing inscriptions on the toilet wall? Why resort to graffiti to cope with depression, deal with the fear of ‘coming out’ or even to express their (dis)satisfaction with the university/university life? This exploratory study draws insights from current theorising in sociolinguistics and linguistic landscapes to examine how latrinalia or messages and pictures written on restroom stalls, collected over a period of nine months in one of Edinburgh Napier’s campuses, might reflect the larger context of the university. I analyse how contextual factors such as anonymity, the gender-segregated space and the public/private nature of toilet stalls play a role in this community of users. Based on latrinalia in the men’s and ladies’ toilets, I also discuss the differences in communication patterns between male and female writers, which confirm previous studies. I then explore how the existing latrinalia can be mined to generate invaluable insights about the needs and opinions of the student body. Lastly, I invite the audience to reflect: why might some students prefer to express their feelings by writing on the toilet stalls rather than filling in online satisfaction surveys, talking to their student rep/personal development tutors or using the SSLC to voice out their concerns?

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Katrina Swanton, Quality & Standards, DLTE


The University’s Quality processes rely on the support and engagement of internal peers from across the University and we are seeking to extend our pool of academics who can contribute to panels. Panel Membership training sessions are now being delivered over the next few weeks.

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Monday 27 January 2020, 2–4pm, Sighthill 3.D.13

Thursday 30 January 2020, 11am–1pm, Craiglockhart 2/06

Monday 10 February 2020, 9.30–11.30am, Merchiston F6

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Dr Rachel Shanks, University of Aberdeen

Monday 27 January 2020

Sighthill 3.D.03, 12noon–1pm

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This presentation shows how blogposts can be used to support students by incorporating peer feedback loops as well as to assess their written work. The assessment of three undergraduate courses has been changed to be wholly or partly based on blogposts uploaded within the university’s virtual learning environment. Students upload separate blogposts and provide peer feedback to each other, they can then revise their blogposts until the summative assessment deadline. Students’ work has become more focussed as they cover topics more succinctly in each blogpost. In course evaluations students have been very positive, stating that this method of assessment enabled them to structure their work, break it down into manageable chunks, helped with time management, and made them feel more confident. Students’ results have also improved.​

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Come and speak to us about anything learning, teaching or quality related

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Sighthill LRC1 10am-12noon
Craiglockhart Foyer 1-3pm

​Thursday 12 December 2019
Merchiston Foyer 12noon-2pm​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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DLTE SEMINAR: Getting Started with Pedagogic Action Research
Dr Lydia Arnold, Educational Developer and Principal Lecturer, Harper Adams University, Shropshire

Wednesday 27 November 2019
3-4pm, Craiglockhart Room 1/09

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Pedagogic Action Research (PedAR) is a powerful research approach with the potential to change practice, knowledge, values and relationships. It can help address practice-based questions from "how can I make my assessment more authentic?", and "how can I get my students to read?",  through to "how can we develop cross-university student partnerships?".

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This workshop will support participants to get started with their own action research projects. It will clarify what PedAR is, and what it is not. It will set out the steps involved in conducting PedAR and share some real examples of projects undertaken by colleagues in different institutions. Participants will reflect on whether PedAR could be adopted as a way of addressing some of their own pressing issues in practice. Using a planning template, we will each consider the steps of our own potential projects. There will be space for questions and open discussion as we consider the practical and conceptual challenges of PedAR​.

Lydia Arnold AR Workshopv2.pptxDownload Lydia Arnold's workshop presentation

AR planning worksheet - Copy.pptxDownload Planning Worksheet

Feedback from workshop participants:

"Encouraged me to use this more."

"I will definitely implement an action research project after this session."

"I'm interested in doing more - can see how useful it would be."

"The template helped me to identify weaknesses in my planning."

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ARISE LECTURE: Advancing Authentic Assessment Practice

Dr Lydia Arnold, Educational Developer and Principal Lecturer, Harper Adams University, Shropshire

Wednesday 27 November 2019
12noon-1pm, Merchiston Lecture Theatre B2

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Why would I want to use authentic assessment? And, how might I achieve this?

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This talk aims to prompt reflection on these key practice-based questions. To set the scene Dr Arnold will first discuss the definition of authentic assessment, showing how the concept has multiple dimensions and how it may sometimes suffer from oversimplification. There will be an honest evaluation of the benefits and challenges of this type of assessment from the perspective of both staff and students, and some real examples of authentic assessment in use will be shared. These range from small scale, formative, easily implementable ideas, through to approaches which have been pedagogically transformational. Finally, there will be discussion on the conditions and support approaches (for example, use of exemplars, programme level curriculum design) that can help to enable successful and sustainable authentic assessment approaches.

Lydia Arnold authentic assessment.pptx Download Lydia Arnold's ARISE presentation

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Feedback from lecture particpants:

"Excellent! Gave me lots of ideas to try."

"Encouragement to think differently."​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

ESTABLISH: Student-led Digital Transition Project

Monday 28 October 2019
12-1pm, 2.D.15 Sighthill

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For the past three years the Widening Participation Team has worked in partnership with a team of students to facilitate a student-led digital transition programme for incoming Widening Participation students with the aim of building a sense of belonging and community long before their first day on campus. The project has gone from strength to strength having been shortlisted for a national student engagement award and gaining both national and international recognition. Liz Scott (Head of Widening Participation) and Gary Donaldson (Student ESTABLISH Lead) will showcase the project, discussing how the programme was instigated and developed, detailing successes and issues the project has evoked. They will finish with a Q&A session.

Establish - Seminar 28-10.pptxEstablish - Seminar 28-10.pptx

Feedback from event participants:

“I thought it was a fantastic event and really helpful to have a session on the network and in particular to have a student, Gary, presenting it.”


“ Fantastic project! As a new member of staff it was useful to find out about this.”

“It helped me think about how we could increase student input in devising our programmes.” 

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Are you interested in applying for the National Teaching Fellowship/Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence 2020?

Tuesday 8 October 2019
1-2pm, 2.D.04 Sighthill

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This workshop outlines the NTF scheme and helps you consider whether you are ready to apply. Expressions of interest are welcome from members of staff who feel their work has had an outstanding and demonstrable positive impact on student learning and teaching. Closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 25 October 2019. Please visit the DLTE website to familiarise yourself with these Awards and find out how to register your initial interest here​


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Community and Belonging at University: What Matters?

Wednesday 2 October 2019
12.30-4pm, LRC5 Sighthill

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You are invited to the Community and Belonging Showcase, which is being run as part of QAA Enhancement Theme.

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We will hear from a variety of the mini-projects that have been supported within Edinburgh Napier over the past three years, and discuss how we see this theme moving forward.

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If you wish to attend, please confirm attendance to Louise McCarte at l.mccarte@napier.ac.uk, indicating any allergies or requirements for catering purposes as lunch will be provided.

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Support for Programme Leaders: new resources available

The Department of Learning & Teaching Enhancement (DLTE) colleagues will be visiting each campus to talk about this year's Programme Leader Resources​. Please join us and pick up a copy of the Operational Checklist and view a demonstration of the Moodle site.

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Monday 16 September 2019
12-1pm, MERCHISTON (glass corridor)​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Tuesday 17 September 2019
12-1pm, CRAIGLOCKHART (opposite iPoint)

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Monday 23 September 2019
12-1pm, SIGHTHILL (outside LRC1)

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