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30 Minute Presentations

Ruth Daniel (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures)

How to make an engaging presentation, talk or event

This presentation will explore how to make an engaging and innovative presentation, how to organise your ideas, how to devise an engaging narrative and how to make a powerful and interactive visual representation of your work. From the Co-Director of In Place of War, who work with creativity in sites of armed conflict, who has spoken across the world about her work and is known for her unusual approach to presenting.

Chris Hewson (Faculty of Humanities)

Research filmmaking: Beyond dissemination

This session considers the integration of filmmaking into a range of institutional outreach strategies, outlining best practice around content creation and institutional support. Whilst the post-REF ‘impact’ landscape has led to the increased production of audio-video material, activities are often un-coordinated and piecemeal. Tried and trusted formulas are maintained; equally some seek to ‘re-invent the wheel’. In either case, best practice is rarely documented or routinely shared.

Significantly, the session considers the role of film in the production of research/learning outcomes and new forms of pedagogy, rather than as simply a mechanism for the dissemination of research. This issue is often side-stepped by HEIs, with film commonly viewed as an add-on to completed research, or a polished mode of external engagement. Please note that this presentation replaces "Short Films/Big Impact" by Jackie Carter.

Ian Hutt (UoM MOOCs Project Manager: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences)


In 2014, the University stepped into the MOOC (Massive, Open, Online Course) arena with five courses in a range of subjects across three Faculties. The aim was to showcase the excellent teaching here at Manchester and to reach out to those who might otherwise never have access to this material. A little over 45,000 people worldwide actively participated in these courses and rated them very highly. This session will examiner our first MOOCs programme, the lessons we have learned from it and the possible future for MOOCs, both in general and here at Manchester.

Michael O'donoghue (School of Environment, Education and Development)

Producing video for teaching and learning

This session will present the detail of a research study into design of video for teaching and learning and include a framework composed of questions and issues which may prove to be of value when creating video with specific learning objectives.

Georg Christ (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures)

Deciphering the human past - teaching micro groups of a heterogeneous MA course through blended/distance learning 

The MA blended/distance learning course 'Treasures of History - Palaeography: How to Decipher the Human Past' is part of the MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Hosted at the John Rylands Research Institute (JRRI) at the name sake library (JRL) it has the opportunity to work hands-on with prime archival/manuscript material. The challenge is that the clientele is very small and heterogeneous: Some students have Latin; others may have old English/French/German/Dutch or Italian but also Hebrew, Arabic, Persian or even Chinese. We teach the different groups or individuals separately focusing on their specific requirements by providing tailor-made online teaching with a set of introductory texts, exercises and online tests. Part of the online material is simultaneously developed into a promotional MOOC for the JRRI. The online provision is complemented by joint sessions for general aspects of palaeography and group sessions with the respective language tutor normally at the JRL working with original material from the library's rich funds.

Paul Gratrick (Student Support and Services)

In collaboration with the Careers Service, the Faculty of Humanities is creating a new gamified and interactive online resources, tailored specifically for its students. This presentation will give an overview of these new resources, the eLearning process they are adopting, how it links to the wider "My Future Framework" and how both students and staff can use it to improve the employability of students across the faculty.

Hannah Cobb and Irene Garcia Rovira (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures)

Enhancing Experience and Employability in Archaeology and beyond

In the last academic year, a series of initiatives have been developed in Archaeology to enhance both undergraduate and postgraduate student experience and employability. These have included a Learning Enrichment Fund project to develop a suite of online learning modules, as well as a Learning through Research funded project to examine student fieldwork experiences. The aim of these initiatives has been to empower our students in their learning and in their future employability. In this presentation I will outline these projects and evaluate whether they have met this aim.

Rosemary Goodier (The University of Manchester Library) and Anna Goatman (Manchester Business School) 

Improving Academic and Study Skills: How to partner with the Library to improve the first year learning experience

Developing the academic and study skills of first year students can often be difficult when faced with the large cohort of students. The Library's award-winning skills programme "My Learning Essentials" can help you with this. This presentation will demonstrate how partnership between academic staff and the Library can increase students' awareness of the resources available to them, whilst simultaneously helping to meet your individual course objectives. We will discuss how a blend of the resources available from My Learning Essentials were used to help 500 Business and Management students to develop effective study and research habits whilst writing their first assignment. We will also demonstrate how the programme can be helpful with the creation of a truly constructive feedback process for new students.

Pam Vallely (University Academic Director for Distance Learning)

This presentation will look at the University of Manchester's future distance learning strategy, introduce our partnership with the publisher Pearson, update on progress with this partnership and look to future opportunities.

Kirsten Howarth (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures) 

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) as a learning platform and a recruitment tool 

This presentation will give an overview of how the massive open online course (MOOC) in Global Health and Humanitarianism was set up. Kirsten will share some of her experiences as a co-convener and some of the lessons learnt from successfully running the MOOC in 2014 and 2015. This session would be of interest for those considering undertaking a MOOC for their department on a chosen topic.

1 Hour Workshops

Julian Jones (Manchester Business School) 

Enhancing in-class engagement and contextualising learning through interactive tools 

Traditional lectures for large groups of students can often involve a standard, tutor-led, single exchange presentation with little opportunity for interaction, discussion or pre/post-lecture work.

This session will look at a project developed for a Business School course in Management Accounting. The project centred on converting adapting the traditional lecture into lecture slides and an interactive teaching & learning component that could be used both inside and outside the classroom. 

Ralf Becker (School of Social Science) with Tracy Timperley (Humanities eLearning Team) 

In the first part of this presentation we will discuss how online clips can be used to support your teaching and your students' learning. The second part will focus on the technical aspects of using Camtasia.

Sophie Woodward (School of Social Science)with Phil Styles (Humanities eLearning Team)

Students as Researchers

This presentation outlines an initiative developed within a course - the Sociology of Fashion - that aims to help the students to generate course materials for future years. Course materials are usually exclusively designed by academics, as we try to find ways for our students to engage with the materials we provide. In this course I wanted to address this by getting students to take photographs based upon their chosen topics (developed in their assignments) and uploading them onto a database. The images will be visible for future cohorts of students as they are able to build images and make connections with different topics. This initiative was enabled through a collaboration with eLearning, who helped create the database on which these images are stored. This talk will outline the project, the advantages and challenges faced, and possible future developments and applications.

Kersti Börjars (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures) and Will Carey (Teaching and Learning Support Office)

Am I doing it, but don't realise it?: Integrating 'Learning through Research' activity into your programme

The 'Learning through Research' (LtR) agenda is a key component of the University's emerging 'Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Vision'. Pilot activity over the past two years has received national media coverage. Projects from all faculties have been funded, and Humanities students have contributed winning entries in the international "Undergraduate Awards" programme. This workshop will be discussion based and explore:

  • How can I start/further develop research skills in large classes?
  • Where is LtR happening in my courses and I do not realise it?
  • Opportunities for funding small projects through LtR.