We've lined up the following two talks for our first virtual Talking Teaching:

Digital teaching is the new black and learning design is the dressmaker.
Katie Stripe  (PG Medicine)

Which comes first the content or the tools?

This presentation will take you through a brief introduction to the pedagogy transformation funded, Attributes and Aspirations Short Course; how we constructed the programme and how we have built an interactive, student focussed course that just happens to be online. We will also discuss how the models we have used can be adapted and applied to other disciplines and scenarios.

Digital delivery of content can get overlooked and regarded as an extra. There is a view that it isn’t a fundamental part of the curriculum and can be seen as just a set of videos. Often, discussions can become bogged down in technical considerations of which platform to use, which tools are supported, will it be compliant with accessibility legislation and copyright law?

In truth, all of these are relevant but digital delivery is so much more.

We are now in the 4th industrial revolution and can no longer differentiate between digital and analogue education. The world is digital. Of course, educationally it is a sliding scale and depending on the needs of your cohort, the focus will be different.

The Attributes and Aspirations short course is primarily online for a wealth of reasons, mostly practical in order to meet the needs of the students. However, it is being designed with a ‘andragogy-first’ approach, that mixes established teaching theories with new ideas on student centred online classrooms and the incorporation of the tools used for career planning.

Giving feedback on clear, accurate writing in a lab report. The Centre for Academic English (CfAE) shares the feedback with Mechanical Engineering.
Brett Harmony (CfAE)

First-year undergraduate writing assignments are often designed to initiate students into practices in their field, including lab work and conventions of reporting. But they are also meant to be well-written and able to communicate clearly to a non-specialist. Feedback on all aspects of such assignments creates a load for both staff and students.

Mr Brett Harmony will present a three-year collaboration with the CfAE and Mechanical Engineering, where CfAE teachers have given the feedback on writing communication for a 2000 word report. Using Turnitin's Feedback Studio and a workforce of remote writing teachers, the CfAE gave timely feedback on 175+ first-year reports. Using evaluations, debriefs, and exportable reports feedback has been streamlined.

Brett is a Senior Teacher of English for Academic Purposes for the CfAE and coordinator of the 3-week Pre-sessional and undergraduate support