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How to Avoid Digital Dead Ends – A Teaching & Learning Conference

8 July 2013
University Centre Blackburn College

University Centre Blackburn College Conference - Keynote Virginia Eubanks

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Joanna Neil
16 May 2013

University Centre at Blackburn College will be hosting an exciting teaching & learning conference. This year’s conference is open to external delegates and sees a range of speakers both present findings to research in relation to teaching and learning. Our keynote speaker Virginia Eubanks is flying in from New York to be a part of this exciting event and will present alongside a number of Blackburn College’s own staff members. We have 50 places available for this exciting event at £49 including lunch and refreshments. 


9am – Registration

9.35 – Mindfulness Thinking

10:00 – Keynote Speaker – Virginia Eubanks

11:00 – Joanna Neil (Teaching by example and creating cultures of learning: digital tools and system for reflection and personal planning in teaching & learning)

The paper examines how case-studies have been used to promote a culture of sharing positive practice across college, enabling practitioners to learn from their innovative use of technology in teaching and learning. It focuses on studies that use technology to enhance reflection and planning such as Evernote, Mahara and WordPress. 

11:45 – Valarie Todd (Assessment: Feedback to feedforward)

The aim of this study is to formalise the process of assessment feedback to feedforward for student learning and growth. 

12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch (provided)

13:30 – Craig Hammond & Phil Johnson (Enhancing Employability via Community)

‘Community Challenge’ built on experiences acquired from involvement as a research partner in C-SAP’s ‘Cascading Social Sciences Open Educational Resources’ project in phase two of the UK-wide OER programme. The cascade’s reflexive research methods led to the implementation of a wiki-based staff development programme at UCBC called ‘Creativity for Edupunks?’

14:15 – Martin McAreavey (Herding Cats in Search of Employability Skills)

This paper looks at the development of a better process for matching students looking for an organisation to host their Business Research Project with employers seeking to benefit from ‘free consultancy with health warnings’ available through tapping into the intellectual resource available within our undergraduate student population.

15:00 – Alex Shukie (Supporting undergraduate engagement and achievement in STEM disciplines)

With funding from National HE STEM Project, the School of Science and Technology at UCBC developed an innovative, engaging and practical Mathematics ‘bridging’ course for new engineering students enrolling onto Higher National programmes. In 2012 the project team developed an online resource to not only to reduce contact time within College, but more importantly to introduce a blended learning approach to make mathematics engaging and relevant to learners in engineering disciplines.

15:45 – Close 

There is a blog -  and a Twitter link - @Bburn2013
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