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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

Video_Camera_icon.png Watch Lydia Arnold's recorded presentation​

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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