Reflections from November Learning and Teaching Morning

On 27 November 2017, colleagues in Library & Learning Services came together for a Learning and Teaching Reflection Morning.  The event took place in the Collaboratory which is a new LLS space encompassing the digital classroom.  Colleagues received an overview of how the technology works.  If you would like to use this space and want more information, contact Rob Weale or Julia Reeve from CELT.

The morning started with an update on the last reflection morning where the digital landscape was a key theme.  Neil Stokes, Academic Team Manager, CELT outlined the progress that LLS have made in this area.  Infographics as a means of communicating data and the services that we provide was also discussed at the previous event and examples of Infographics to produce Faculty Action Plans and NSS Improvement Plans, produced byJenny Coombs, Academic Team Manager, Academic Liaison, were shared with attendees.

Next, Kaye Towlson, Academic Team Manager, Academic Liaison and also the Fair Outcomes Champion for LLS and Carol Keddie, Senior Assistant Librarian, Academic Liaison and also UDL Champion, delivered an interactive inclusive practice workshop.  We were asked to reflect in groups on how our work fitted into the three UDL areas: Flexible study resources, Flexible ways to learn and Flexible ways to show learning.

The morning finished with a “speed dating” activity where 5 colleagues delivered 10 minute updates on a learning and teaching initiative to attendees who visited each table in turn.

Richard Vallance from CELT covered inclusive assignment feedback, Jason Eyre from CLaSS demonstrated the Dissertation Toolkit, Adele Creak from Academic Liaison showed us how to create videos using Powtoon free software, Joanna Dare from Academic Liaison shared her use of timers in interactive teaching and Heather Conboy from CELT explained the use of OneNote for inclusive learning. This activity proved to be a really fun and engaging way of sharing best practice and expertise with colleagues.

We now look forward to the next Teaching Reflection Morning later in the term where we hope to involve colleagues from the University of Nottingham, to share best practice between our respective universities and library services.