Working Lunch!

What happens?

At this time of year with placements looming and assessment deadlines on the horizon, not to mention 1st Teaching Posts to apply for, time is of the essence.

So to support students during this potentially difficult period of time, over in Design and Technology teaching spaces are booked over the lunch period, which provides not only a few hours per week of additional contact time, but helps to create and maintain a collegiate, industrious working atmosphere.

Staff stay around after the formal contact time and are on hand to offer additional support, which also at this frantic period in the students journey is very much appreciated by the students.

What are the benefits? 

This approach has proven to contribute positively to the students attendance, engagement, attainment, and also has had a positive impact on the students general feelings of well-being.

Working lunches have proven to be so popular where possible students have also been coming in early for ‘breakfast club’!

For more information about the benefits of this initiative on students well-being, engagement and attainment please contact:

David Wooff, Wooffd@edgehill.ac.uk

 

Placement support app

What happens?

This app, which will be piloted from September 2017, is proposed to provide support and useful information to 3rd year students whilst on placement. It will enable them to have instant access to and understand issues such as safeguarding and conflict resolution. Practical details such as travel information will also be included.

What is the likely impact?

Students will have valuable information at their fingertips, enabling them to feel more confident in the placement area.

The new placement support app which has been developed in collaboration with the Computer Science department.

Following this pilot a professional staff development workshop will be scheduled, please see the CLT website to book your place and for immediate further information please contact:

Hayley McKenzie,mckenzih@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Global Public Health – Stage 2].

‘Transition Days’

The format and content of ‘Transition Days’ at Levels 4 to 5, and 5 to 6

What happens?

The transition days offer students the opportunity to attend sessions, outside of semester one and two, to learn and be informed about the transition they will be making, academically and also personally, between either levels 4-5 or 5-6 in their student journey.

All undergraduate students will face these transitions, which include the jump in academic expectation, personal demands, the need for resilience and their destination planning; as such, it is felt that the transition days could be an integral part of all programmes across the University.

What is the likely impact?

Students are able to see their own journey, to assess their current skills base, and to consider where they might need help and support in moving to the next stage of their academic journey. The sessions are very practical and are designed to offer students the ability to start planning ahead for the next academic year.

To book to attend a Professional Staff Development Seminar on this topic please click here CLT.

For more information please contact Hazel Flight, flighth@edgehill.ac.uk  or Peter Leadbetter

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing – Stage 2].

Creative assessment

The creativity of assessment, specifically the use of imagery and visualisation in presentations

What happens?

Given the nature of the student cohort and their potential future careers, it was felt necessary to ensure that they were able to convey information using a range of mediums, in particular the use of imagery and visualisation. This assessment method is designed to support students in enhancing their effective communication, creativity and presentation skills. Other settings could equally apply this approach in an attempt to broaden their students’ ability to transmit information in alternative formats.

What is the likely impact?

Directly, this assessment method will develop students’ skills and abilities in communicating information using various mediums, developing and enhancing presentation skills and mastering the use of imagery to convey meaning.

To book to attend a Professional Staff Development Seminar on this topic please click here CLT.

For more information please contact Shelly Haslam, haslamsh@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing; MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing – Stage 1].

TEL support for staff

The support provided for staff in the development of Technology Enhanced Learning including a dedicated Digital Productivity Lab

What happens?

Having a dedicated Digital Productivity Lab (DPL) where support for Faculty staff is provided by both LTD and the Faculty SOLSTICE fellows allows the development of creative learning materials that can be used in the virtual learning environment. Supporting the development of staff is key to this innovation as the pedagogy that is associated with face-to-face learning can be adapted to the virtual world promoting mixed methods of learning and teaching. This can have a positive impact on resources if supported and designed well and can be easily transferred to other settings with the support of Faculty Learning and Teaching Associate Deans, LTD and SOLSTICE fellows.

What is the impact?

The DPL has had a positive impact for students across programmes, in particular the use of lecture capture for key concepts in learning and meeting the needs of students with a recognised SpLD. The development of virtual learning encourages not only the development of the students’ digital literacy as a key transferrable skill for employability, but also the development of independent lifelong learning through the use of learning theories.

For more information about this innovation please contact                                      Laura Taylor, taylorl@edgehill.ac.uk

SOURCE: [FdSc Nursing Associate with level 6 BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Conversion degree].

Students as Digital Leaders

The selection of students as ‘Digital Leaders’ (DL) to support staff and other students in using digital learning technologies

What happens?

Students apply for a DL role and go through a selection procedure which includes a presentation. They work with the Department’s TEL Lead with the intention of supporting tutors’ use of TEL and being advocates for the use of TEL in schools with students on ITE programmes and the Department’s HEFCE programmes which all have a focus on children, education and communities.

The Departmental TEL Lead has been appointed as a Solstice Fellow and so we would anticipate that this practice would be presented to a wider audience. The Department’s first DLs were appointed in semester 2 of 2016/17. They have supported the TEL Lead in working with the sub-teams within the Department, have established an online presence with the ITE students through social media and have attended and worked on a national TEL conference (BETT)

What is the impact?

We expect that the DLs will have an increasing impact on the use of TEL in the Department’s teaching and on students’ confidence in using TEL to support children, their families and their communities.

For more information please contact Sarah Wright, Wrighsar@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: BA (Hons) Working with Children 5-11].

Alternative assessment

The Department proposes to collaborate with the Department of Computer Science to explore the potential use of the CAVE resource for developing virtual field trips to 3D landscapes, simulating natural and environmental hazard scenarios etc., to support and enhance students’ experience of fieldwork and hazard management.

What is the likely impact?

Such virtual fieldtrips would allow students to begin to explore a field setting in preparation for residential fieldwork, and to develop research questions for project work in advance of the fieldwork. This would provide an experience of field locations which may be inaccessible for some disabled students. For hazard management, it may allow for different hazard scenarios to be simulated and for students to interact directly with the situation as part of their learning of risk and hazard/ disaster management. Such an approach would enhance interactive learning between students.

The Team’s collaboration with the Computer Science Department to utilise the C.A.V.E resource, particularly in relation to alternative assessment arrangements for disabled students

For more information please contact:

Dr Nigel Richardson, richardn@edgehill.ac.uk

Dr Irene Delgado-Fernandez, delgadoi@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Geoenvironmental Hazards – Stage 2].