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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MIkeSynotewebCongratulations to Mike Wald (ECS) and his team for winning the EUNIS E-Learning Award this year for Synote.  Synote was presented at Learning and Teaching Week in March and gained alot of interest from those who participated.  Details about Synote can be accessed here.mikewaldsolo

 

University of Southampton Island in Second Life

University of Southampton Island in Second Life

The May edition of activity from the University Island and beyond has just been mailed to all on the second-life mailing list. If you would like to be added to the list, please visit the majordomo website (http://www.lists.soton.ac.uk) for further information.

 

Don’t forget – the next Second Life seminar will be on September 23rd in the LATEU training room. All the projects that are active in SL at the moment will be presenting or available for comment. Please get in touch with Fiona Grindey (AV: Kashmir Bimbogami) if you have anything to contribute. fg@soton.ac.uk

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.

This video aims to help tutors and learning support staff consider the issues faced by international students studying at the University of Southampton. It includes contributions from students in a variety of schools and from members of staff with particular expertise in this area. There is much food for thought.

The video was devised by Bill Brooks, Hazel Chauhan and Karin Frydenlund and produced by e-Media, with support from the University’s Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund.

A new section of the LATEU website provides a link to the video, along with data about the numbers and distribution of international students and links to useful resources.

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