Annual UW Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference 2015

 ‘Building a community of learning through innovation and shared responsibility

Joining in The Learning Conversation

 Thursday 18th June 2015

The Conference Centre, St John’s Campus, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ


 09:15    Coffee, Tea and Registration (Worcester Room CC004)

 09:45 – 9.55   Welcome Address (Worcester Room CC004): Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of University of Worcester.

9.55 – 10.10 Introduction: Will Bowen-Jones, Head of Educational Development, University of Worcester.

10:15 – 10.50 Key Note Address: Doug Parkin, Programme Director at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education  

11.00   Oral Presentations

 The oral presentations broadly cover the following 7 themes. Of course some will inevitably overlap, but as you will see below we have identified the theme(s) covered in each presentation and tried to group presentations according to these areas of interest.

 The book of abstracts is available to download Conference book of abstracts June 2015

Area 1: Technology Enhanced Learning

Area 2: Activities that Engage Students

Area 3: Teaching Specific Types of Students

Area 4: Creating Effective and Productive Environments for Learning

Area 5: Learning for Sustainable Futures

Area 6: Developing a culture of engagement with learning and teaching

Area 7: Curriculum Design and Work based learning


11.00 -12.00 Parallel Session 1

Worcester Room CC004 Hereford RoomCC009 Redditch RoomCC008 Malvern RoomCC007 EE1104
Chair – Lerverne Barber Chair – Daniel Farrelly Chair –Judith Keene Chair – Katy Boom Chair – Karen Appleby
Students’ perceptions of peer mentoring(Area 2&4)Chris Cattell, Lerverne Barber,and Nick Breeze, (ISES) “Technology enhanced learning in PE; a participatory action research project to enhance the course experience and future professional development of secondary physical education trainee teachers.” (Area 1)Kerry Whitehouse, Stephanie Clark, Andy Morgan, Nicole Streather, Gemma Taylor, Andy Wilks. (ISES)  “A student-centred approach to developing resource lists and its impact on learning” (Area 4&6) Sarah Brewster, Ellie Newman, Jennifer Dumbelton & Judith Keene (IoE & ILS)  “Partnerships between University of Worcester and Snozelen Centre in only 159 steps.” (Snoezelen centre is 159 steps from University of Worcester campus)  (Area 5) Rebecca Foster, Chloe French, Lauren Goater, Natalie Hobbins, Christopher Price (ISES)  “Fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment for male students in undergraduate initial teacher education courses”(Area 3) Rachel Barrell & Dr Colin Howard, (IoE) 
“Engaging undergraduate students in Problem Based Learning: purpose and value” (Area 2)Michael Reed (IoE) Gaynor Corrick “Making online induction for online students fit for practice – considerations and dilemmas.” (Area 1 &4)Lisa Lyness, Jakki Watkins & Michelle Rogers (IoE)  “Developing a Teachers’ Resource Webpage” (Area 6)Branwen Bingle (IoE) “Freebies for NQTs – what we need to know:  An evaluation of ‘free’ commercial resources that could be used in a Primary Teacher’s NQT year” (Area 5)Sue Irving and Isobel McLaughlin (IoE) Building student confidence in tackling business case studies – the assisted case study approach” (Area 3)Dr Richard Nicholls (WBS)
Using ‘clickers’ for formative assessment and feedback in first year Psychology students: an action research study” (Area: 1&2)Elaine Walklet (IHS) “Can apple technology increase our appetite to practice mindfulness: using application based technologies to improve access to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)”(Area 1)Jo Augustus, (IHS)  “Increasing Student Engagement with Library Services” (Area 6)Dr Sarah Pittaway and Shelley Probert, (Academic Services)   “Audit of team working practice within WBS” (Area 5 &7)Sue Barnes, John Gardener, Molly Hughes & Freya Ceen (WBS)  Recognition and belonging: Engaging first generation students” (Area 3)Wayne Richards, Faiza Elgazzari & Hugo Sugg (IHS) 
“Exploring the research findings using reflective pedagogical conversation” (Area 2) Alison Prowle and Jackie Musgrave (IoE) Student perspectives on the use of TEL in seminars and lectures” (Area 1)Ellie Hill, Sarah Cook & Sharon Smith (IoE) “Why Passing on Passion(POP) is good for you…?” (Area 5) Alison Reeves, Diane Noble, Fae Armstrong (IHCA) “Inter-professional Learning: Student nurses’ experience of the ‘West Midlands First Health Care Team Challenge” (Area 3)Susan Thomas (IHS)


12:15-13:15 Parallel Session 2

Worcester Room CC004 Hereford RoomCC009 Redditch RoomCC008 Malvern RoomCC007 EE1104
Chair – Lesley Spiers Chair – Marie Stowell Chair – Sue Cuthbert Chair – Scott Buckler  Chair – Val Chapman 
“Take the A train: Articulation, Ambition, Application and Achievement in Collaborative Group Work Assessment” (Area 2 & 4) Dr Sean Bracken (IoE) ‘’The effects of using Social Media in order to develop general IT and specific electronic research skills’’ (Area 1)David Robson, (IHS)  “The aim of the research was to illustrate factors that impact on the development of Early Childhood students’ reflective dispositions” (Area 7)Dr Karen Hanson (IoE)  “Two fingers to the administrivilisation of higher education: A radical approach to radical education”(Area 4 5 & 7)Dr. Scott Buckler, Sophie King-Hill, Gareth Dart (IoE)  Elite athletes’ self-perceptions of their confidence and stress levels in academic/sporting performance following engagement with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)”(Area 3)Charlotte Beaman-Evans (ISES), Dr Nick Breeze (ISES) & Dr Val Chapman 
Categorising asynchronous discussion threads: improving the quality of student learning” (Area 2) Dr Anthony Barnett, (IoE) “Students ask the questions: How can an online peer-based question and answer tool be used help students learn programming?”(Area 1&2)Dragis Vrabie and Dr Paul Golz (WBS)  “The aim of the research was to develop a conceptual framework to support reflective practice as a way of being” (Area 7)Karen Appleby (ioE) “Perspectives of social work students on the relevance of relationship-based practice in contemporary social work”(Area 7)Lauren Morgan, Dr. Raluca Zanca and Peter Unwin (IHS). “What works’ for students disclosing a specific learning difficulty (SpLD); aspects of inclusive practice currently in existence within UW and how these can be enhanced and promoted” (Area 3)Michele Lefevre, Michele Chieffo (DDS) and Chantal Vinyard
“Enhancing Feedback Practices and Skills Development” (Area 2) Lucy Cooper, Kirsty Driscoll & Dr. Nicoleta Cinpoes (IHCA) “How to Turn Boring into Playful” (Area 1&2)Jo Lewis, Mayur Vaghela &Amy Rogers (IHS)  “Developing an understanding of the role of visual representations and narrative in enabling students’ critical reflection” (Area 7) Alison Prowle (IoE)  “A study of the joint honours provision for Archaeology and Heritage Studies” (Area 7)Caroline Rosen and Dr Jodie Lewis (ISE)  Diversity and Inclusion in the Primary Classroom – helping trainee teachers tackle the educational legacy of Section 28” (Area 3)Branwen Bingle (IoE) 
“Values Exchange Community”: An innovative online learning system (Area 1&2)Professor David Seedhouse (IHS) Creating a virtual Centre for Student Progression and Academic Achievement” (Area 1&4)Lerverne Barber, Will Bowen-Jones (EDU), Amy Stringer, David Millward (ISES) “Asking the right questions: A study to explore the means by which professional dialogue between learners and teachers can inform new course design” (Area 7)Karen Blackmore and Michelle Rodgers, (IoE) “Compassionate University – Reality or Rhetoric?”(Area 4&6) Scott Buckler (IoE) An Ocean Away Loving Life”: Creating student-led recruitment material for study abroad. (Area 3)Clare Perknis, Student Servcies


*Please note the following workshop will run for the whole hour (12.15-13.15) in EEG023

“Everything you need to know about the new Resource Lists System” (Area 4) Allie Taylor, Academic Liaison Librarian for (IHCA)

13:15 – 13:55 Lunch and Poster Presentations (Pear Tree)

1.Categorising asynchronous discussion threads: improving the quality of student learning” (Area 2) Dr Anthony Barnett, (IoE)

2. Final year midwifery students’ views and experiences of telling and listening to practice-related stories” (Area 2&7) Ros Weston, (IHS)

3.“A comparison of the effectiveness of e-lectures versus traditional lecture delivery on student learning, engagement and satisfaction in an introductory motor learning and skill acquisition module” (Area 1) Jennifer Joyce, (ISES)

4. What do students gain when they go that ‘extra mile’?” (Area 5) Rebecca Foster, Chloe French, Lauren Goater, Natalie Hobbins, Christopher Price (ISES)

5.“The Impact of a School Cluster Model upon the outcomes for Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Trainee Teachers” (Area 5)  Joy Carroll (IoE)

6. “Sports Coach Education: Accredited Vocational Qualification Development to Enhance Student Employability – The ‘Level 2 + award’ programme” (Area 3, 5, 7) Craig Williams (ISES)

7. “New Ways of Engaging Students with Employability Opportunities” (Areas 1&2) Debbie Lambert and Cristina Florescu

8. The use of Facebook and Blackboard online discussion forum to support students’ summative assignment preparation” (Area 1) Rachel Kyte (IHS)

NB There will be a stand telling you “Everything you need to know about the new Resource Lists System” (Area 4) Allie Taylor, Academic Liaison Librarian for (IHCA)


14:00 – 15:00   Parallel Session 3

Worcester Room CC004 Hereford RoomCC009 Redditch RoomCC008 Malvern RoomCC007 EE1104
Chair – Val Chapman Chair- Maggie Andrews Chair – Debbie Hodson Chair – Sean Bracken Chair – Heather Barrett
The role of tablet technology in undergraduate teacher training to promote teaching and learning of pupils with SEND(Area 1&3)Alex Holloway, Andrea Holloway, Dr Colin Howard and Dr Karen Blackmore.  “Creating Productive Learning: Communities:  Writing Retreats” (Area 4) Prof. Maggie Andrews, Jody Crutchley, Elspeth King, Rose Miller, Lesley Spiers and Prof. Jean Webb, (IHCA)  I know I am just a student but….An education provider’s perspectives in supporting students to raise concerns about professional practice in the context of safeguarding children.” (Area 6)Claire Richards (NCSPVA)  “Good writing, clear thinking: ten features of good writing and ten ways of helping students do it” (Area 2)      Mike Webb, (IHCA)  Encouraging International student participation in lectures, seminars and tutorials” (Area 3)David Busby (Language Centre)   
Tales of a Teaching Assistant (TA)” (Area 3)Roshni Patel, Samantha Howells, Emily Hubbard, Andrew Wilks, Eleanor French, Sophie Cross, Kathryn Woodward, Gemma Taylor, Sarah Murray and Emily Beaman and Suzanne Lawson (IoE) “Arts enhanced learning: using music to motivate within Higher Education” (Area 4)Paul Golz (WBS)  Examining students’ perceptions and future use of feedback and grades” (Area 6)Clare Rhoden and Billy Hunt (ISES) Final year midwifery students’ views and experiences of telling and listening to practice-related stories” (Area 2&7)                Ros Weston, (IHS) “English for Academic Studies: tailored online support for international students”(Area 3)Judy Barker, (Language Centre)
Learning how to prevent the maltreatment of babies and young children: A contribution of pedagogic design innovation in an undergraduate Early Years Professional Practice programme” (Area 3&7)Stuart Gallagher (IoE) “Peer Assisted Learning in Sports Therapy: the peer experience” (Area 4)Sally Smith and Hollie Taylor, (ISES)  “Against the grain”: accepting that facilitating learning means that at times we need to adapt our personal teaching style.” (Area 6)Kay Wall, (IHS)  “Student Reflections about how Universities support High Level Student Achievement” (Area 2&4)                              Will Bowen-Jones (EDU), Lerverne Barber & Nick Breeze (ISES) “Staff-student email (mis)communication: international and home students” (Area 3)Jenny Lewin-Jones, (Language Centre) 
“Working collaboratively to develop a strategy for marketing early childhood programmes at the University of Worcester” (Area 3)Angela Hodgkins, Abbie Phillips, Stacey Hodgkins & Niki Terrell (IoE) Enabling the practitioner voice to be heard” (Area 4) Mike Reed (IoE) “Inter-professional learning: innovation in teaching and learning for pre-registration student nurses and midwives” (Areas 1, 4 & 6)Toni Martin & Sherri Ogston-Tuck, (IHS) “’ UW’s digital sustainability magazine” (Area 1 2 4 &5)Katy Boom (Director of Sustainability) & Antonius Raghubansie (WBS) “Reflective journals and reflective practice in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language): communication, participation and engagement.” (Area 3)Penny Dinezos Golightly, (Language Centre)


15:10 – 15:45 Key Note Address: Dr Kathleen M. Quinlan « How Higher Education Feels:  The Role of Emotions in Teaching and Learning”. (Worcester Room CC004)

Closing Remarks: Professor Sarah Greer (Pro-Vice Chancellor Academic)


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