The Intitute of Teaching and Learning is engaged in creating and running a range of Workshops, Blogposts, and Toolkits to help improve pedagogic practice across the University of Manchester. Check back here each month to see what we're up to, and how you can get involved!
The Teach, Explore, Apply Blog
Our TEA Blog posts weekly content on Teaching and Learning. This month, we’ve had posts on:
- Class Engagement Techniques in a Hybrid Setting with Reima Sivilingham
- How to stay ‘Top of the (student vox) Pops’ with Kim Graakjaer
- Reflecting on Leaders in Teaching, with Jo Williams
New posts on a range of Teaching and Learning topics, every Friday!
The below one-off sessions will be ran over the next few weeks alongside monthly sessions on Digital Wellbeing, How to reflect, Action on Reflection and Pomodoro sessions, more information about these sessions and others that we have planned can be found on our website.
- Tuesday 29th November 13:30-15:00, on campus - LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® ITL Reflective Practice Session
- Wednesday 7th December 10:00-12:00, online – Digital Employability Showcase: Sharing practice to embed and enhance student digital skills development for employability
- Tuesday 13th December 10:30-12:00, online – Active Feedback
What else is going on in the Institute?
29/11/2022 -Student Support and Academic Advisors
We have produced two new videos on the topic of Academic Advising, through discussion with existing and past participants-
"Academic Advisors: now they can help" and "Academic Advising: what I wish I'd known".
Both are aimed at improving student engagement with advising, and Student Comms will be promoting both videos at the start of Semester Two.
28/11/2022 Leaders in Teaching Programme
The ITL team held the latest LEAP Recognition Panel in November 2022, and we are delighted that the first semester we've awarded 62 AdvanceHE fellowships to staff and students from across the University who support teaching and learning activity. This includes seven new Principal Fellows, who are asked to show that they are highly experienced professionals, and able to provide evidence of a sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to teaching and learning. Their work may be both within the institution or in wider (inter)national settings, which reinforces just how prestigious this achievement is.
What is LEAP? Accredited by AdvanceHE, the LEAP programme awards Associate, Fellow, Senior and Principal AdvanceHE fellowships and supports colleagues in evidencing their teaching and learning excellence; enabling them to receive a formal national teaching award. LEAP is open to all staff, ranging from colleagues who are beginning to support students in their learning, to those for whom teaching and learning forms part of their role and colleagues who are influencing teaching and learning at an institutional, national or international context.
To apply, or for more information, please visit the LEAP website.
31/10/2022 - Tackling Document Sharing
Staff were encouraged to mark the International Day of Action against Contract Cheating on 19 October by discussing academic integrity with their students, with reference to guidance on the ICAI website and Contract Cheating Toolkit. The Toolkit can be found here, and is extremely valuable if you are interested in tackling the challenges the sector faces in regards to Contract Cheating and Academic Integrity.
We would like you to be aware of a number of document-sharing websites, to which course content belonging to the University has been uploaded:
The Library’s Copyright Guidance Service sets out below some simple steps for requesting the removal of material from these sites:
Additionally, staff can report concerns about a website that enables, or appears to enable, academic malpractice through selling or sharing essays, or publishing course materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that these sites frequently present themselves to students as legitimate ‘study resources’. The Student Comms teams will be issuing a series of messages to students about the pitfalls of using these sites to share work that is either:
- the intellectual property of the University, such as course materials, or
- student-authored work, which may lead to concerns about academic malpractice
We are aware that Uversity (a charitable offshoot of Chegg) is approaching lecturers directly, e.g. via LinkedIn, and offering to pay for licensing their course materials.
Course materials (and in fact any intellectual property (IP)) made during the course of employment are normally (as a matter of both law and University policy, and with few exceptions) the intellectual property (IP) of The University (see section 3 of the University's Intellectual Property Policy). As such, they must be used only in accordance with the relevant University policies.
Any materials shared outside of the institution will contribute to what is already a confusing picture to students, and allow essay mills to gain details of the topics we teach and our assessment arrangements.