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Institute of Teaching and Learning Open Workshop Programme 2023-24

The list below is the definitive programme of events announced to date, available to all staff at the University of Manchester who are interested in teaching and learning practices and developing their own skills. This page will continue to be updated as we announce further workshops and other activities - so remember to bookmark or save the page and revisit regularly for all the latest details.

Announcements of additional workshops will also be advertised via the Teaching and Learning Online Network (TALON).

If you would like to suggest topics or themes for sessions which you would find useful, or if you would be interested in delivering or co-delivering a session as part of our Open Workshop Programme, please get in touch with the ITL team by email, at

Events in April 2024

MS Teams as a supportive learning environment (3rd April)

Led by Hamza Badenjiki, Learning Technologist, Humanities


Wednesday 3rd April 2024, 14:00-15:30, Online

This introductory session is aimed at teaching staff who are considering exploring new methods to further enhance students’ communication,

collaboration, engagement, and social learning in the Microsoft Teams environment.


Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will gain an overview of:

  • What were the academic staff and students' experiences with MS Teams based on a few sector showcases?
  • How do the outcomes of showcases connect to well-known learning theories?
  • What potential pedagogic advantages may the MS Teams platform provide?
  • What is the current best practice for planning, designing, and constructing an MS Teams environment to facilitate communication, collaboration and social learning, along with examples of existing Teams spaces?
  • How to get started structuring the MS Teams space with simple hands-on activities.
  • Advantages and current restrictions with MS Teams.


Sign up for this event and access the link on the Training Catalogue

MS Teams for collaboration using OneNote Class Notebook(10th April)

Led by Hamza Badenjik, Learning Technologist, Humanities


Wednesday 10th April 2024, 14:00-15:00, online

This session is intended for teaching staff who are interested in exploring new methods to facilitate students' formative collaborative activities

(such as group project work) as well as experimenting with additional opportunities for formative individual learning activities (such as

individual digital journals, homework, or exercises) with Teams OneNote Class NoteBook. The pedagogic aspects of collaborative learning will

also be covered in this session.


Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Create a OneNote Class Notebook in a Teams environment.
  • Create and share a collaborative class activity.
  • Form groups in the Class Notebook.
  •  Create and distribute collaborative group activities.
  • Manage the collaboration space for both the class and groups.
  • Create a formative group assignment for students to collaborate on.
  • Review and provide group feedback.
  • Distribute individual homework/exercise.
  • Review and provide individual feedback.

 Sign up to attend this session on the Training Catalogue

Simulating international students' experience (17th May)

Led by Dr Zhuomin (‘Min’) Huang, Lecturer in Intercultural Education, Programme Director, MA International Education, Manchester Institute of Education, The University of Manchester 

Friday 17th May 2024, 13:00-15:00, on campus - Sign up here

The face-to-face, on campus session providing a simulation activity for staff to understand students’ experience of transitioning into a new academic culture and to reflect on the assumptions made about rules and norms in academic-cultural life.

The session Includes:

  • A simulation which originated in intercultural training
  • A debriefing and reflection of the simulation
  • A discussion of the implications to be drawn from the simulation for supporting international (and other) students with their transitions to academic life at Manchester.

Zhuomin (‘Min’) Huang leads this practical session as part of the series on Teaching International Students through creative approaches. In the debriefing, she links the experiential part of the simulation to research and scholarship on intercultural education and international students. Some implications for practice also resulted from these discussions. There were also opportunities for participants to contribute to the Creative Approaches to International Students (CAIS) networking.

This is the third session in the Teaching International Students through creative approaches series: