Learning, lights and loveliness in Luxembourg

28 Nov

I’m back again this week to Luxembourg where I will be working with colleagues on evaluating their own teaching (slides here Eval-own-teaching-Luxembourg-2016w.pptx (10 downloads) ) and helping people work on HEA Fellowship applications (grid and slides here: grid-2015-11-1.docx (103 downloads) UKPSF-recognition-slides-2015-w.pptx (113 downloads) .  No doubt it will be nice and cold in Luxembourg and I hope to get into  the festive  spirit by popping down one evening to see the Christmas market for which the city is famous.  (Actually, with the grandchildren we seem to have been  building up to Christmas for some time!)

This is my last trip away for work before  January (although I hope to be bringing the writing of my book with Kay Sambell and Linda Graham for Palgrave on professionalizing higher education to some kind of glorious fruition before New Year’s Eve!)   So  I  would like to wish all my colleagues and friends a really joyous Christmas and a peaceful and positive New Year!

Shaping up in Sheffield

15 Nov

This week I am again working with Sheffield University on helping their academic staff on teaching contracts to think about writing and publishing. This Wednesday we have a really crucial session thinking about what makes a journal article attractive to publishers so that colleagues can target their submissions effectively. The handout is here:  teSS-Scholarship-Circle-Session-2-w.docx (31 downloads)

Enlivening Assessment at Liverpool John Moores

8 Nov

This week I am again working at Liverpool John Moores University helping colleagues improve publications opportunities and also working strategically across the Sports Studies, Leisure and Hospitality Faculty to improve assessment and feedback. ( see materials here: Checklist-of-the-8-steps-4-good-assessment-and-feedback-practice-w.docx (20 downloads) Assessment-captains-w.docx (16 downloads) checklist-grid-w.docx (17 downloads) Improving-Module-guides-w.docx (15 downloads) ).

And then it’s back down to Neath to see those rapidly growing baby twins. We are delighted to say they are making excellent progress and are now four months old!

Autumnal Networking, Nurturing and Nice people

3 Nov

This week finds Phil and I at the SEDA conference in Brighton, which is our key network for keeping ourselves up-to-date professionally. This is the organisation that nurtured us through the last two decades of our working careers, and indeed was the way we first met. We celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary last week in Budapest.

Today I will be running a workshop with Shan Wareing of London SouthBank University on fostering effective dialogue between educational developers and leaders of learning and teaching in universities. Together we have created seven scenarios of such interaction of which we will be role-playing two, and asking our participants to try out in pairs at least one, prior to a plenary discussion of the key issues.
We hope that the resource will be useful to colleagues beyond the university, and therefore we are making our resources available here. Brighton2016-Shan-and-Sally-handout.doc (27 downloads) If you do use them, please let us know how you did and what you used them for.

Beetling off to Budapest

24 Oct

This week Phil and I are honoured to have been invited to present at the EuroCHRIE conference in Budapest: we have both enjoyed working with these European Hospitality, Tourism and Events experts in the past in Leeds and Amsterdam, so  we jumped at the chance to network with them again in Hungary. It’s really important for our own CPD to keep up-to-date about learning, teaching and assessment developments in diverse subject areas, and so we will be participating extensively (although  we do plan to make use of at least one the famous thermal spas while we are there).

We are giving linked keynotes, so our slides are here (now including the slides Phil actually used – slightly different to previous version):   Budapest-4w.pptx (31 downloads)

And when we come back it is straight into monster mayhem on Sunday 30th when we host a Halloween party for our grandchildren and friends. Sounds scary to me!

Family, Fellowships and Fun!

13 Oct

After a brilliant three days visiting our granddaughters Chloe and Molly (and their parents) in Wales, this week I’m working with colleagues at Nottingham Trent University on HEA fellowship applications grid-2015-11-1.docx (103 downloads) ,  and on Friday  I am starting a really exciting project at Sheffield University’s Faculty of Social Sciences where I am working to support colleagues who have teaching rather than research-orientated contracts, over a number of months on developing their pedagogic writing and research skills. Slides should be downloadable here: tess-scholarship-circle I will also be helping them to prepare submissions for HEA fellowships.
(The photo shows Becky having a minute to look at her phone while Granny keeps Molly and Chloe happy) img_1849

Phil Race’s website and emails up and running again

5 Oct

Thanks to Ed Phillips for sorting out a new host so quickly.

Autumn, assessment and auto-development

18 Sep

On Wednesday 21st September I will be contributing to Harper Adam’s Learning and Teaching Conference, where I am looking forward to learning from Harper Adams colleagues and also to meeting up again with fellow speakers Ron Barnett and Phil Gravestock. My contribution will be two workshops on assessment, the slides for which are here. Harper-Adams-Sept-2016-w.pptx (76 downloads) As Autumn gets underway, it’s really good to be reconnecting with colleagues and refreshing my own practice.

Expeditions to Edinburgh and Liverpool

12 Sep

This week I am working at Edinburgh university helping them think strategically about assessment and feedback. The slides I’m using are here  Edinburgh-NSS-and-assessmentSept-2016-w.pptx (98 downloads)
Later in the week I’m working at Liverpool John Moores University, supporting colleagues with their writing for publication. It’s great having the chance to work one-to-one with eager writers and see them successfully getting articles published over time, often leading to PhDs by publication!


Autumn Leaves

6 Sep

The trees are starting to colour and the academic year has commenced so now it’s time to return to  foregrounding teaching, learning and assessment (as opposed to jam making, grandchildren and holidays!)
So this week I am delighted to be supporting Cardiff Met’s Alumni event to celebrate 10 years of the Post Grad Cert in HE there. I am having a busy day and the slides for all four sessions I am doing can be found here:  CardiffMet-sept2016-TED-talk-w-1.pptx (83 downloads) CardiffMet-sept2016-Engagment-workshop-w-1.pptx (95 downloads) CardiffMet-sept2016-embedding-change-w-1.pptx (73 downloads) CardiffMet-sept2016-Alumni-keynote-w-1.pptx (79 downloads)