Learning and Teaching Matters

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A new date, Monday 14 December, 1-30 – 4.40, has been confirmed for this workshop, which was originally scheduled for 6 October but cancelled due to illness. Further details and an application form are available on the LATEU website.

The workshop will introduce approaches to pastoral care and dealing with difficult situations and provide information on the services offered by the University that you can tap into to support students.

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We have added three new dates for this workshop: 11 December 2009, 11 March 2010 and 9 June 2010.

This course is designed to provide an insight to the history and application of relevant regulations and good practice guidance within clinical research. Delegates will be introduced to the principles of Research Governance and Good Clinical Practice and will be equipped with skills to ensure good conduct of clinical research. Further details here.

LATEU is organising a meeting between all Schools and LATEU in order to arrange sessions on sharing good practice across the University in a more relevant way.  It was clear that the Schools already arrange a lot of staff development activities (even if they don’t call it that) and so it was decided that instead of holding separate sessions in the form of ‘Good Practice Lunches’ that we would find out in advance what was happening in Schools and then try and coordinate by inviting other Schools along at the same time.  Hopefully this will raise the profile of the Schools sharing the good practice and also save time and money in the long run by bringing the schools across the University together.

That is the plan anyway.  the first stage was to contact all the Schools and find out who we could contact and now that we have done this the second stage is the first meeting.  From the responses I have had so far it looks like it will be on Monday 2nd November – room yet to be found!

I’ll post back after the meeting to let you know how it went.   Any questions please get in touch!

RIS have just published their seminar programme for the coming year, which aims to help researchers get the most from their research and industry collaborations. Full details on their website.

The deadline for the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund bids is looming ever closer.  Expressions of interest should be receieved by LATEU no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 15th October.

The funds can be used for projects of varying scale and nature. Ideally, the intention is to free up staff time for an agreed period so that effort can be focused on developing learning and teaching. Staff may collaborate with colleagues from their School, other Schools or Professional Service.

The criteria that will be used to select projects to be funded are:

  • Alignment with the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy
  • Enhancement of the student Experience
  • Transferability across disciplines
  • Value for money
  • Sustainability of the project
  • Collaboration with other Schools
  • Evaluation of Outcomes & Impact
    – a clear method to evaluate the success, outcomes and impact of the project

See our website for full details of the funds and application procedures

LATEU hosted a Second Life Seminar on Tuesday 23rd September.  Over 20 people attended with a range of Schools and Professional Services represented.  There were presentations from Academics on how they have been using Second Life for both research and teaching.  Helen Aspell from Communications gave a presentation on the new University Island and explained that it would be launched at the end of October.  Helen told the group that the Island will be open for use by Staff and Students at the University. LATEU will be responsible for coordinating enquiries from Schools and Services who wish to use the Island.   More details about the launch will be posted here.

Staff are invited to apply for funding for projects and activities which support the achievements of the University of Southampton Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy and the University of Southampton E-Learning Strategy. The scheme is open to all staff involved in teaching, or learning support, and individuals or teams may apply.

There is a common application scheme for the two funds and initial applications require the completion of a one page “Expression of Interest” Form. The deadline for submission of Expression of Interest Application forms is noon on Wednesday 15th October 2008.

The funds can be used for projects of varying scale and nature. Ideally, the intention is to free up staff time for an agreed period so that effort can be focused on developing learning and teaching. Staff may collaborate with colleagues from their School, other Schools or Professional Service.

The criteria that will be used to select projects to be funded are:

  • Alignment with the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy
  • Enhancement of the student Experience
  • Transferability across disciplines
  • Value for money
  • Sustainability of the project
  • Collaboration with other Schools
  • Evaluation of Outcomes & Impact
    – a clear method to evaluate the success, outcomes and impact of the project

See our website for full details of the funds and application procedures