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Using Collaborate for online learning – part 2

25 July 2018

Part two of a vlog series by Dr Dan Allen @DAllen110 about using Blackboard Collaborate in facilitating learning. This time, we hear from the students on the MA Social Work programme…


Using Collaborate for online learning

20 February 2018

A vlog by Dr Dan Allen @DAllen110 about his first experiences of using Blackboard Collaborate in facilitating learning

New years resolutions #creativeHE

17 January 2018

Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to develop your teaching practice? Joining the #creativeHE network could help you achieve this goal and there are many ways you can get involved.

The main action for #creativeHE happens via the Google+ community. This is an informal learning space where we share ideas and resources to help us develop our teaching practices. We also use #creativeHE on Twitter and the Creative Academic magazine as ways to share and develop. There are regular #creativeHE weeks which contain specific activities to explore and maximise our creativity. In the North West, we also hold regular meet-ups where we play with educational approaches and tools, share our lunch and grow our networks. More information on each of these below…

NW #creativeHE meet-up 19/01/2018

This month’s meet-up is hosted by us at the University of Salford and will be held in Mary Seacole Building, room 302 from 12:00-14:00. We will be exploring how we facilitate ideas generation using Ketso, other tactile approaches and using technology. Join us for a couple of hours of educational playtime. Find out more…

#creativeHE week  22-26/01/2018

Explore together fresh, alternative and novel ways to transform learning, teaching and assessment into creative and diverse practice. Let’s make it a bit or a lot more stimulating. Just imagine how our ideas can grow and evolve when we share them and learn together. The plan is:

  • Day 1 Creative induction, introductions: belonging
  • Day 2 Spicing up learning in the classroom (campus-based, blended and fully online)
  • Day 3 Extending creative learning outside the classroom
  • Day 4 Assessment and feedback that works (better)
  • Day 5 Reflecting on the week and moving forward.

Find out more…

So what’s stopping you from getting involved? Just 5 minutes involvement can spark an idea that will influence your development as an educator. You will see the benefits and your students will too!

See you on the dancefloor 🙂

Developing my first animated video – 8 steps to academic success

9 October 2017


The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

12 April 2017

Update from Neil Withnell, Associate Dean Academic Enhancement, SFHEA

Results from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) submission from the University will be known by the end of May.
The TEF is “rated” according to the aspects of quality below

Aspects of Quality  Teaching Quality  Learning Environment Student Outcomes &    LearningGain
Dataset evidence  Teaching, assessment & feedback (NSS)  Academic support (NSS) & non-continuation (HESA)  Employment / further study, including highly skilled (DLHE)


As can be seen by the table the emphasis is on three key areas – NSS, DLHE and non-continuation (retention). With this in mind we need to focus our attention into these key areas and we have negotiated working with the Higher Education Academy to start to address employability and retention. A small number of colleagues from within the School will be able to attend bespoke workshops that run at the end of May. It is anticipated that actions from these workshops will be deployed across the School.

As a School we need to continue the great work that is already in place, and look at areas that we could improve on.

Suggestions for improvements include:

  • NSS – feedback to be clear and to enable feed forward, assessments that are fit for purpose,
  • DLHE – internships, job-shop, engagement with students to ascertain their destination on leaving,
  • Retention – coaching for personal tutoring, early retrieval, enhanced induction, keeping warm activities, wellbeing support.

Whilst this list is not exhaustive a good learning experience, quality feedback, opportunities for employability and support to remain on the programme are areas that we all have an influence.