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Professor Alan Spivey, Assistant Provost (learning and teaching), will be giving an update on Learning and Teaching Strategy progress, activities and events. Alan will also be running a short Q&A session – if you have any questions on Curriculum Review or Pedagogy Transformation, please do come along and ask them.

Following Alan, we will be showcasing the teaching and insights of two Imperial staff members. Abstracts will appear below once each talk is confirmed.

Mirror Mirror...Can the use of vlogs enhance student reflections?

Dr Elinor Gunning

Reflection is acknowledged as a key skill in education, particularly in the field of medicine, and is encouraged throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Traditionally this takes the form of retrospective written assignments, however advances in technology and social media may provide educators with other options which may be more engaging for students. I will discuss how I have used video-logging (vlogs) and WhatsApp to capture and share student reflections during a yoga and mindfulness module for third year medical students. I will review the potential advantages and pitfalls of this method, and propose a series of top tips for other educators interested in employing this technique.

Mathematics for Machine Learning: Learning and Teaching with Massively Open Online Courses

Dr A. Freddie Page

Imperial College has just launched its flagship Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) in the "Mathematics for Machine Learning", a specialisation of three courses that teaches the prerequisite maths to enable learners to access the wide range of machine learning resources currently available.
In this talk I will describe what can be done when working on an online platform, how this fits within the Learning and Teaching Strategy, and how this could be leveraged for blended learning in courses on campus.