Episode 028: Season 2 preview with Learning Analytics update

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Hello and welcome to a special preseason trailer of the Learning & Teaching @ Newcastle University podcast.

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We also have an update on one of our specials from season one.

Dr. Raghda Zahran, from NUIT, returns to talk to Dr. Matthew Forshaw, a reader in data science, and Dr. Huizhi (Elly) Liang, a senior lecturer in computing science, about how learning analytics plays a part in their courses and their teaching.

You can hear Raghda’s learning analytics special here if you want to learn more about the university’s approach to learning analytics. 

Thank you to all our guests this week. We hope you enjoy this taster for the new season.

If you would like to get in touch or have an idea you would like to share. Please email ltds@ncl.ac.uk and use the title ‘Learning & Teaching @ Newcastle University Podcast idea’.

Links from the episode

Learning Analytics from the Learning and Teaching website – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/learning-and-teaching/effective-practice/learning-analytics/

Learning Analytics in Canvas – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/learning-and-teaching/digital-technologies/canvas/canvas-new-analytics/

Learning Analytics Case Studies – https://microsites.ncl.ac.uk/casestudies/tag/learning-analytics/

Learning analytics season one special – https://podcasts.ncl.ac.uk/learningandteaching/series-1/episode-024-learning-analytics-special/

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Episode 022: Learning and Teaching Conference 2022 Special

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Hello and welcome to episode 22 of the Learning & Teaching @ Newcastle University podcast.

We look back at our 2022 Learning & Teaching Conference that took place on the 31st of March 2022.

The conference, titled ‘Education for All: Learning Together’ was a chance to bring colleagues and students together and talk about learning, teaching & education going forward and what things we can learn from a tumultuous couple of years.

Before the conference, we checked in with Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education Tom Ward who shares why he feels the conference is so important. He also picked out some of some of the key things he looked forward to such as Student Wellbeing and assessment design.

We then spoke with the Prof Paul Ashwin, just after finishing his Keynote address that posed the question ‘What is an Education For’. Paul gives us some behind-the-scenes insights into the process that goes into preparing a delivering a Keynote, and how these events help his research.

We also caught up with a few colleagues of the conference, who explained what the conference means to them.

Recordings of the presentations and lightning talks are now available to view via ReCap:


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Episode 013: A Student’s View on Assessments

Hello and welcome to episode 13 of the Learning & Teaching @ Newcastle University podcast.

As we approach the assessment period for students, we have decided to focus some of the upcoming content on various elements of the assessment process.

In this episode, we focus on a student’s view of assessments. Future episodes will look at giving feedback, the Deans of Education from all three faculties’ views on assessment, and how to get the best out of feedback.

For the first section, we speak to Emily and Josh, who are our regular student contributors. Ben from LTDS caught up with Emily and Josh to discuss how they deal with assessments in university and how they found the jump from A levels to university assessments.

In the second half of the episode Liv Jonassen, an Academic Skills Development Manager from Liaison Services in the Library, has put together (what we hope is the first of many) a section about how the Library can support students in getting the best out of their assessments. Firstly, she speaks to three students (James, Vicky, and Zoe) about their experiences. Liv then provides some great advice and insight about the writing process. Finally, Liv catches up with Dr Helen Webster, the head of the Writing Development Centre, also based in the Library, to discuss techniques for students to tackle exams.

Thank you to all our guests this week, we hope you enjoy this episode.

If you would like to get in touch or have an idea you would like to share. Please email ltds@ncl.ac.uk and use the title ‘Learning & Teaching @ Newcastle University Podcast idea’.

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Show Links

ASK Website – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/academic-skills-kit/

ASK pages on assessment – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/academic-skills-kit/assessment/

ASK pages on writing – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/academic-skills-kit/writing/

ASK pages on where to go for support https://www.ncl.ac.uk/academic-skills-kit/where-to-go-for-support/

Library homepage – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/

Library pages on assessments – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/news/item/refresher/

Student Union pages on assessments – https://www.nusu.co.uk/support/sac/academic/

Student Union Welfare pages – https://www.nusu.co.uk/support/#welfare/

Newcastle University Wellbeing pages – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing/

Episode Transcript –http://podcasts.ncl.ac.uk/learningandteaching/files/2021/12/Episode-13-Transcript-1.pdf

Episode 011: Ideas in Academic Practice: Technicians gaining AdvanceHE Recognition

In this episode​, Rosa Spencer (Professional Development Manager at Newcastle University) and James Davoll (Creative Practitioner and Technical Manager at Newcastle University) talk about evidencing and gaining a ​category of HEA fellowship ​from ​Advance HE from a technician’s perspective.

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This discussion begins with James’s experience as a technician and an educator, and how his journey led him to write a guide for all technicians to help them demonstrate and evidence their work as being aligned with the UKPSF.  You can read and download the guide here: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/research/nu-technicians/

James and Rosa talk about some of the complexities for both the technician and the university in the role of a technician as an educator, and they reinforce Advance HE’s and the university’s belief in recognising the contribution Technicians make to teaching and supporting students through HEA Fellowships.

This podcast is part of a suite of podcasts developed from the meetings of the Academic Practice Board of Studies and for more information on the work and support of the Academic ​Practice Team please contact: apt.lts@newcastle.ac.uk or visit https://www.ncl.ac.uk/ltds/professional/

Links from the episode

HEA / AdvanceHE Technician Guide – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/media/wwwnclacuk/research/files/HEATechnicianGuideUpdate.pdf

National Technician Centre –

Technician commitment booklet –

Newcastle University support in achieving AdvanceHE recognition –

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Episode 010: Decolonising the Curriculum

Hello and welcome to episode ten of the Learning & Teaching @ Newcastle podcasts

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As we celebrate black history month, we look at Decolonising the Curriculum and speak with key members of the university about this subject. In this episode, we try to go beyond the title and see how the process can be implemented here at Newcastle University.

In our first segment, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Education Tom Ward shares his thoughts on why this is such a crucial step for us personally, institutionally, and nationally.

Students have greatly contributed towards the push to decolonise the curriculum.  We spoke with NUSU’s new Education Office Livia Scott, who has made Decolonising the Curriculum (or DeCol for short) a priority for her role. Livia shares what the student union is doing to work with students and staff to implement change through the ‘Decolonising NCL’ campaign. 

We then explore what this change is like in practice. Dr. Paula Waterhouse from the School of Dentistry takes us through the wider context behind their decision to make a pledge, and the steps are taken to Decolonise a Curriculum like dentistry. Paula offers her advice for other schools looking to go through a similar process.

If you would like to get in touch or have an idea you would like to share. Please email ltds@ncl.ac.uk and use the title ‘Learning & Teaching @ Newcastle University Podcast idea’.

Links for the episode

Decolonising NCL X BHM Panel Discussion NUSU Recording – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzymu46isMY

Newcastle Changemakers video – https://twitter.com/changemakersncl/status/1270772605176463366

School of Dental Sciences EDI Update video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z1DJq2Z3eY&t

School of Dental Sciences Pledge to NUSU – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/mediav8/dental/files/Decol_pledge_SDS_NUSU.pdf

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