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July 2012 showcase

July 2012 showcase

The Faculty of Humanities hosted its latest Teaching and Learning Showcase event on Tuesday 3 July 2012. The event was held in Roscoe.

Professor Keith Brown, Vice-President & Dean of Humanities, attended the event and welcomed Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, who met stall-holders and presenters during the first part of the event.

There were 10 sessions available for participants to attend, each lasting 30 minutes and structured around a presentation followed by time for questions and answers. The underlying themes for this Showcase were:

  • Employability
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Enhancing student contact time

The event was very well attended - thanks to all who were able to come along and help make it a success.

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Jenni Viitanen's tweet "Final thought on #humshowcase - sure teaching needs to engage with tech but we should be critical about the added value for learning" was deemed the best of the Showcase.

Jenni won a webcam.


Max Jones (School of Arts, Histories and Cultures) 

Course details: Programme Level, 850 students

After a series of successful pilots in 2009-11, the Department of History switched to online submission of ALL essays through BB Turnitin/Grademark from September 2011. The switch has proved very popular with staff, students and administrators. This presentation is designed to assist colleagues in other departments who are considering whether to switch entirely to online submission. The presentation will briefly outline History’s experience, highlighting both benefits and problems.

Judy Zolkiewski (Manchester Business School) 

This presentation illustrates how turnitin can be used as a device to teach students about what plagiarism is and how they can avoid it. Other tips on working with students to improve referencing and citation will also be discussed.

Emma Packham and Richard Screaton (Division of Development and Alumni Relations) 

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations have over 250,000 contactable alumni on their database, many of whom are willing to support schools in achieving their aims through volunteering their time and expertise. Find out about how alumni engagement can support improving student recruitment, student experience and student employability, through initiatives such as alumni mentoring, career profiles for websites, providing internships or placements, guest lectures or sitting on external advisory boards.

Tim Jones (Manchester Enterprise Centre, Manchester Business School)

  • Enterprise essentials

Find out what enterprise is, how it may fit within your programme and how it can help graduates with their employment.

Rosie Jones (University Library)

  • What to expect at the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, opening this Autumn 2012

With the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons opening just around the corner find out what you can expect from the latest library service. This session will talk not only about the physical space and services but will also give you an insight into how we plan to continue engaging with our learners.

Jane Ratchford (Careers & Employability)

  • Improving Student Employability & Graduate Destination Data

The University is committed to a radical improvement in student employability and has a target for 85% of graduates to move into graduate-level work or further study. This session will update participants on the University's Employability & Graduate Destinations Strategy and its implications for schools. It will help participants understand how destination data is generated and used, and will showcase a range of techniques to improve student employability including ways to embed employability within the curriculum.

Nuno Ferreira (School of Law)

Course details: Laws 20091 European Union Law, Level 2, 290 students

Institutional and decision-making simulation exercises are very common initiatives in the world of legal and political science studies: a group of students and/or young people come together and participate for a certain period of time in activities that are as similar as possible to how certain institutions work and take decisions. Carrying out this type of activities in a more limited period of time and physical space is challenging, but this is what was attempted with the support of Blackboard tools in a European Union Law course. This presentation discusses the design and delivery of the simulation exercise, the challenges faced, and the students’ feed-back.

Paul Middleditch (School of Social Sciences)

Course details: ECON20401 and ECON10042, Level 2, 550 students

The talk will present evidence collected from students exposed to two different responseware vehicles that enable interaction in lectures using mobile devices and how this learning tool effects the overall satisfaction of students in their learning experience. The session will also demonstrate a live interaction session for participants through their mobile phones or web enabled devices to show how responseware works in practice. I will sum up with some open comments from the students on the use of in lecture interaction and discuss how we aim to imbed these sessions more frequently in future courses. Participants will be given details and advice on how to adopt this technology themselves.

Andrew Russell (School of Social Sciences)

  • Use of Video; Essay Advice Vidcasts

Course details: POLI30242 - Elections and Voters, Level 3, 74 students

Poli30242 is assessed through a mixture of essay (1/3) and exam (2/3). This academic session we recorded and uploaded to Youtube and BB9 a series of essay advice videos designed to provide generic assistance with structuring the essay component of the course. Uptake was very encouraging and student feedback to the videos was very positive.

Andrew Gold (Faculty Office, eLearning team)

Getting students to create learning resources for use in the wider world can promote team working and negotiation skills, encourage independent learning and enhance employability. This presentation describes the experience of supporting students on GERM20472 in the development of their assessed interactive language resources. It will look at how the process worked, what the outcomes were, and the students’ response to this group activity, as well as outlining some of the considerations, issues and benefits for anyone thinking about introducing this element into their course.

Stalls in the foyer

Throughout the afternoon, there were a number of stalls providing information and demonstrations pertinent to teaching and learning in Humanities.

  • Library: Talis Aspire, digitising texts and support for teaching and learning
  • Careers: Information on the variety of tools and resources available to staff for use in supporting students such as the academic toolkit, academic FAQ sheets, and CMS support.
  • Humanities Sabbatical Interns: Peer Assisted Study Sessions and Peer Mentoring
  • Humanities eLearning Team: demonstrations of Blackboard 9, BoB and other online technologies
  • Student System (Campus Solutions): how Campus Solutions can be used to support the Academic Adviser role, information on reporting from Campus Solutions, latest functionality and the opportunity to raise queries.
  • Manchester Enterprise Centre

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