Inclusive Pedagogy: Principles, Policy, and Practice

Message sent on behalf of Sean Bracken

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 Dear colleagues,

 Given the diversity of our student profiles and mindful of the current focus on widening participation and internationalisation in HE, the need to develop inclusive pedagogical practices has never been greater.  

 Please find attached the flyer for our forthcoming Share & Inspire Seminar entitled Inclusive Pedagogy: Principles, Policy, and Practice which takes place on 14th of December from 11:30-14:00, in EE2009. The seminar will provide key information about the diverse teaching and learning context at Worcester, it will provide insights into current great practice across the university and it will enable space to inform future policy through a hands-on seminar.

The IoE will be well represented so please do support your colleagues and sign up for this seminar here (https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/university/booking_v2.pl)

Regards,

Sean and Karen.

 

SAP Projects 2015-2016 Developing Student Digital Literacy sub-group

We were successful in being awarded 3 Student as Academic Partners TEL projects this year- summaries below

Interdisciplinary SAP project 1 2015-2016
Developing Digital Literacy and Employability
Nominated Project Lead(s):

Moira Savage, Senior Lecturer (IoE)

Dr Anthony Barnett, Senior Lecturer (IoE)

Kira Butcher (student- Chair of Enterprise team)
We would really like more colleagues and students to join us- please email m.savage@worc.ac.uk and/or come along to the next meeting:

Developing Student Digital Literacy sub group on Tuesday 24th November at 2.45- 4.45 in BY1147

Proposed by the University of Worcester Developing Student Digital Literacy sub-group in response to the Technology Enhanced Learning Strategy 2015-2019 in relation to development priority C. Developing the digital skills and capabilities of students. Projects are intentionally interdisciplinary and focus upon elements of the student digital experience whilst studying at the University of Worcester.
Ongoing support for the project is available from the group:

Chair: Moira Savage, University of Worcester Learning & Teaching Fellow & Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Students Union: Lewis Arnold (Vice President Education) & David Tomkins (Communications Coordinator)

Student Services: Ellen Williams (Student Achievement Officer), Adela Cragg (Careers- The Worcester Award) & Patrick Clark (Specialist Learning Support Service Manager,

Disability and Dyslexia Service)

Information and Learning Services: Dr Sarah Pittaway

Learning, Teaching and Technology Unit: Libby Symonds

Academics: David Hunt & Gareth Hunt (IoE)

The importance of equipping our students with the appropriate 21st Century digital capabilities, for the transition into the world of graduate employment, is reflected in the current QAA Higher Education Review themes of Student Employability and Digital Literacy. Leeds Metropolitan University and Oxford Brookes University are two examples where the digital literacy component has been formalised within graduate attributes and/or curriculum design frameworks.
We would like to collaborate with students to explore and identify where opportunities currently exist, or could exist in the future, to support employability related to generic digital literacy skills. If appropriate, we could explore how digital Open Badges could be attained and added to your LinkedIn profile related to your studies.
Interdisciplinary SAP project  2 2015-2016
Mapping the digital experiences of students at the University of Worcester.
Nominated Project Lead(s):

Dr Paul Golz, Senior Lecturer (ISES)  

Moira Savage, Senior Lecturer (IoE)

Francesca Ellis (Student WBS)

Debbie Doyle (Student)
We would really like more colleagues and students to join us- please email m.savage@worc.ac.uk and/or come along to the next meeting:

Developing Student Digital Literacy sub group on Tuesday 24th November at 2.45- 4.45 in BY1147

Proposed by the University of Worcester Developing Student Digital Literacy sub-group in response to the Technology Enhanced Learning Strategy 2015-2019 in relation to development priority C. Developing the digital skills and capabilities of students. Projects are intentionally interdisciplinary and focus upon elements of the student digital experience whilst studying at the University of Worcester.
Ongoing support for the project is available from the group:

Chair: Moira Savage, University of Worcester Learning & Teaching Fellow & Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Students Union: Lewis Arnold (Vice President Education) & David Tomkins (Communications Coordinator)

Student Services: Ellen Williams (Student Achievement Officer), Adela Cragg (Careers- The Worcester Award) & Patrick Clark (Specialist Learning Support Service Manager,

Disability and Dyslexia Service)

Information and Learning Services: Dr Sarah Pittaway

Learning, Teaching and Technology Unit: Libby Symonds

Academics: David Hunt & Gareth Hunt (IoE)

Students have a diverse array of digital platforms and service available to them during their study at UW. Many of these are bespoke solutions created independently by individual stakeholders, such as academics, administrators, Registry, IT, LTTU, ILS, Student Services and the Students Union. With such a wide range of platforms students report issues around locating the particular service they require and how to use the service once it is found. Bespoke solutions typically engender a higher learning curve in both understanding purpose and accessing content anyway and this may be exasperated by the sandboxed nature of the services.

The main aim of this project would be to produce a dynamic map for existing and new students to signpost who does what and how to access and understand those services. Where existing guides exist these can be linked into the map. As well as being useful to existing students we would aim to create a guide available for use in induction next year to assist new students. The master guide would be deployed to each institute and could be tailored appropriately.

Interdisciplinary SAP project  3 2015-2016
Inbox Overload? Understanding the scale and scope of automated and en masse communication from the university to students.
Nominated Project Lead(s):

Moira Savage, Senior Lecturer (IoE)

Dr Paul Golz, Senior Lecturer (ISES)

Francesca Ellis (Student WBS)

Debbie Doyle (Student)
We would really like more colleagues and students to join us- please email m.savage@worc.ac.uk and/or come along to the next meeting:

Developing Student Digital Literacy sub group on Tuesday 24th November at 2.45- 4.45 in BY1147

Proposed by the University of Worcester Developing Student Digital Literacy sub-group in response to the Technology Enhanced Learning Strategy 2015-2019 in relation to development priority C. Developing the digital skills and capabilities of students. Projects are intentionally interdisciplinary and focus upon elements of the student digital experience whilst studying at the University of Worcester.
Ongoing support for the project is available from the group:

Chair: Moira Savage, University of Worcester Learning & Teaching Fellow & Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Students Union: Lewis Arnold (Vice President Education) & David Tomkins (Communications Coordinator)

Student Services: Ellen Williams (Student Achievement Officer), Adela Cragg (Careers- The Worcester Award) & Patrick Clark (Specialist Learning Support Service Manager,

Disability and Dyslexia Service)

Information and Learning Services: Dr Sarah Pittaway

Learning, Teaching and Technology Unit: Libby Symonds

Academics: David Hunt & Gareth Hunt (IoE)

Email communication is used extensively by UW, both automated system communications (e.g. Blackboard), en masse emails as well as personal communications from tutors. The project seeks to understand the typical scale and scope of communication from the university to students.
Communication is an essential part of the relationship between the University and the students and often features in the analysis of NSS scores. It is important to research the attitudinal understanding the students have towards these various types of email communication in order to define best practices for use of this medium.
This project has two goals: to understand the volume and nature of email communications from UW, and to improve (where possible) our mailing strategy. An action research approach will be taken to investigate what options are available within systems and associated apps (e.g. Blackboard Learn Mobile) to manage the flow of communication in line with personal preferences.

IT in Teacher Education Research Fellowship Programme- invitation to apply for a Research Fellowship

The University of Worcester is an institutional member of ITTE (the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education).

INVITATION TO APPLY for a RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

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ITTE Fellowships worth up to £1000 are available to support a Research Fellow to lead a team in the review and synthesis of existing research on a topic of interest within the field of digital technologies in educational settings. Projects should support ITTE’s main aim which is to enhance the use of digital technology in all phases of education through effective teacher education and training and across the range of any UK curriculum.

Applications for a Research Fellowship are welcomed from ITTE members who are Teacher Educators or Researchers in Higher Education or any related teacher training provider, including  staff in Teaching Schools (Alliances, School Direct, Teach First, Strategic Partnerships etc.).

An application must include at least one team member in addition to the Research Fellow.

To Apply for a Fellowship please complete this application form.

Closing date Friday 25th September 2015

For the 18 month period of the award, the Research Fellow will be entitled to use the title ‘ITTE Research Fellow in <the topic>‘ and use the special ITTE logo. If team members are involved (who are not required to be ITTE members) they will be entitled to use the title ‘ITTE Educational Researcher‘ and use the appropriate special ITTE logo.

Project teams will be supported by a dedicated online collaboration workspace provided by Knowledge Hub.

The final outcomes of the Fellowship to be completed within 18 months are expected to be:

  • a research review to be submitted for publication as an academic article in the Association’s journal Technology, Pedagogy and Education;
  • a summary of the findings of the review published as a MESHGuide and written in a form accessible to practitioners;
  • a presentation about the project at an ITTE annual conference in the year of completion.

The outcome of the Phase 1 application round will be announced in October 2015.

To find out more please visit: http://www.itte.org.uk/kms

Enhancing employability through digital literacy

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Following Moira and Anthony’s recent book Digital Literacy for Primary Teachers, the authors have commenced an 18-month project to explore the relationship between employability and digital literacy from multiple perspectives.

This page will provide an overview of the project’s four stages and outline progress so far.

We will also focus on how we will use these insights to improve the experience of trainee and experienced teachers with whom we work. In particular we will report on phase 1 in which we re-examined the drivers including the Computing National Curriculum Programmes of Study (DfE 2014); the Higher Education Review Group Themes for 2015-2016 (QAA) and institutional measures to embed student digital literacy development opportunities within courses.

We will then match particular elements of our previous work using a simple model of values, dispositions and capabilities to underline the limitations of viewing digital literacy as a narrow set of skills to be attained.

We will exemplify the model with an employability focus which includes scrutinising elements implied (or not) in the Teachers’ Standards, inspection guidance, graduate attributes and popular digital literacy models from the UK and global context related to ‘the key tools a 21st century teacher needs’.

This is very much an open and practice-based project and we welcome collaborators- leave a comment and we will get in touch.

First edition of New Perspectives- NQT Cath Mijovic

In this first edition we have four papers written by newly qualified teachers.

Cath Mijovic is currently teaching science in a Worcestershire middle school. She is an ex-international athlete and reports on a small scale study she undertook last year, looking at children’s fitness. Cath was interested to find out if teaching the children the benefits of exercise through role play, would have any effect on their activity levels.

Children’s activity level study CM