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New resources released!

ManYang12 August 2011

Additional resources on Assessment and feedback to students have been released today. They are:

You are welcome to leave any comments and feedback at cpd4he@ucl.ac.uk.

CPD4HE Workshop – Register Now!

ManYang1 July 2011

The free workshop explores the potential of open educational resources (OERs) in developing and accrediting university teaching. David Kernohan, JISC’s E-learning Manager is the guest speaker. Participants will work with learning materials developed in UCL’s CPD4HE project (Funded by the HEA and JISC) and create their own OERs.

Lunchtime webinars

ManYang10 June 2011

We are going to run three lunchtime webinars during June and July, all on Thursdays from 1.00pm to 2.00pm.

The first webinar will be on 23 June, and is focused on rights and licensing issues in supporting OER in an institution. The second webinar on 7 July is designed for academic developers and those responsible for accreditation schemes. The third webinar on 21 July will target individuals who are interested in seeking HEA accreditation.

Each session will begin with a couple of short presentations from the project team to introduce the topic, and lead to a series of questions and discussion from the participants.

The web link to the sessions will be posted here near the event.

Dissemination plan

ManYang3 June 2011

We are now planning our project dissemination over the next two months. The major event is the CPD4HE workshop which will target resource users and focus on research, values and digital literacy. The date of the workshop is now confirmed on 12th July 2011. We have invited David Kernohan from JISC to give a presentation at the event. An outline of the programme will follow soon.

With the support from HEA/JISC, we are also planning three lunchtime webinars targeting three groups of audiences: educational developers and programme providers, academics and individuals taking accreditation, and librarians. Date and title of each webinar will be announced when finalised.

New postcard available

ManYang11 March 2011

I have slightly redesigned the project postcard to include the url of our released resources, blog url and twitter ID. The postcard, along with other marketing materials, are available to download from the Documentation section on the project web site.

We’ve also post more than 100 postcards to the University of Nottingham to be included in the packs that will be handed out at the  Open Nottingham event. We are hoping that the project postcard will help us to raise more awareness of the CPD4HE project and our released resources.

I’m broadcasting, but is there anyone out there?

Holly JSmith16 February 2011

I’m finding it harder than I thought to convert activities I’ve done many times in face to face classes to individual study materials!  Even where I had a really clear task specification, if it is read by someone alone out there it is completely missing any context.

So, Ive been busy writing introductions to each activity,  a sort of preamble of all the things I might say when I ask people to do the task in a face to face class. It is very different to have these written down as I make  spontaneous remarks, putting my pre-written task in the context of that particular class, and the history of discussions we’ve had in it. I guess when I introduce a task in class I’m selling it to that very particular audience, and so I might do it in different ways with different groups. When I speak I’m locating the activity in the ongoing history of our relationship, and trying to link back to what was said or done earlier and forward to what we’ll be doing later in the course. By writing down these spontaneous remarks as introductions I’m addressing an imagined reader with whom I have no history and will have no interaction. I wonder what they will make of them…

Steer from the Steering Group

JaneHughes28 January 2011

Very useful feedback on our resources from the steering group and our critical friend, Sandra Griffiths, at this week’s meeting.
We talked about the need to provide guidance materials for different groups of users, for example individual learners, educational developers, course leaders. We had been wondering how to make PowerPoint presentations as useful as possible; for individual learners, presentation as a text document (as in our Values in Higher Education materials) was preferred. Jannie Roed (Thames Valley University) and Anna Douglas (City & Islington College) were both looking for resources on e-learning and may be able to give us feedback on the “Learning, Teaching and Technologies” unit.
We also talked about dissemination, and how to increase the impact of the project. We will follow up Henry Potts’s suggestion of putting pdf documents in UCL ePrints, since this is searched by Google Scholar.

Start tweeting…

ManYang27 January 2011

CPD4HE starts tweeting now as we are gearing up for the first release! Follow us on Twitter and be the first to hear news from the CPD4HE project!

Busy at the moment!

ManYang26 January 2011

It’s been quiet for a while over the Christmas but we are very busy at the moment preparing for the release of the materials from the two units. June, our IPR and licensing adviser, had a meeting with Holly and Ros in December to give advice on IPR and licensing issues. There were lots of discussions and debates on which creative commons license our project should use.

Ros and I also tried recording voice over slides for the PowerPoint presentation on Assessment and Feedback. We have figured out the optimum settings to achieve good sound quality. Lots of materials have been uploaded to the team area of the project web site and we are in the process of releasing some of these very soon. So watch this space!

content provided units 5 and 7

Holly JSmith6 December 2010

I’ve just updated the content for ‘Unit 7 Values in HE’, and this time it is in the right place, not an additional page. I don’t have permissions to delete the earlier page so that is still there. Following discussion with the Steering Group last week I thought I should add Perry to the annotated reading list, and a few other things too… it is *not* finished.

I’ve also posted a lot of content for ”Unit 5 research and teaching’ including Ros’s virtual plenary on this topic. I have the jpeg separately, it displays OK in Word but did not survive cutting and pasting into Silva editor. It is also *not* finished. I think I need some Silva training!

Anyway, hope it gives the rest of the team something to go on, and I’ll work on the ‘curriculum’ unit next.