ESCalate Bulletin No. 28 (12 October 2006)

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. New Resources on the ESCalate website.
  3. New Web Developments for 2006
  4. ESCalate Grants
  5. Awarded Research Grants
  6. Developing the QT(LS) Curriculum: Partners Required for a Collaborative Response.
  7. Routledge presents four prestigious titles from their list of well-established academic journals.
  8. Education in the Media
  9. Book Reviews
  10. Contributing to ESCalate

Introduction

Welcome to the first bulletin of the 2006/7 Academic year, we hope that you all managed to enjoy the lovely weather over the Summer break and are now back refreshed and ready for the new Academic year ahead.

Dates for diaries-

ESCalate Events

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New Resources on the ESCalate website.

Below are a number of new resources recently uploaded to the ESCalate website that you may find of interest.

  1. How to ease the transition from teaching in school to teaching in HENew addition to the ITE Help Directory
  2. Career Skills for Education Students - free resource created to enhance the employability of education students. It may be undertaken by students themselves and/ or used by staff to import into their programmes of work.
  3. Questions, challenges and worries about presenting your work to academic colleaguesNew addition to the ITE Help Directory
  4. Tips for incorporating the global dimension into your work with students- New addition to the ITE Help Directory
  5. Pretty scary! A small-scale study of how pupils and students, at various stages in their education, experience answering questions and presenting in whole class contexts with a focus on what coping strategies they employ – Draft paper presented at a recent conference
  6. Using Blended Learning to Accommodate Different Learning Styles – Article by Senior Advisor Eddie Gulc from HEA
  7. University of Plymouth - Earn & Learn Award: Are you making the most of your work experience? – Student Booklet to assist Students Employability
  8. Reflections on Teacher Education in the Four Nations of the United Kingdom - Online Academic Paper from recent ITE research undertaken by Dr Jane McKie and Dr Alison Jackson
  9. Student Views on Feedback - A 10 minute video of interviews with students at various UK institutions about assignment feedback
  10. Unlucky 13 - 13 reasons why I binned your CV – Resource from the BioScience Subject Centre to aid the production of a CV.
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New Web Developments for 2006

We have been busy over the summer period building on the success of our website. Below are some new initiatives.

Students

A new development this year has been to create web pages for students. This currently includes information about student grants, employability, student focused articles from our Newsletters, the student award competition as well as practical resources for help in their studies and writing.

Employability

Julie Anderson worked with staff at Oxford Brookes on the HEFCE/ESCalate employability project, which over the last year has resulted in seminars, workshops and the forthcoming production this autumn of two publications, one of which is in our Discussions series and one booklet specifically targeted at the student audience. These will be available on line by the end of October.

We have completed the repurposing of an online employability module for staff to use in full or part through their institutional VLE – or for downloading to a computer. These new publications support this module and as well as discussing the issues around employability they also contain resource rich data and information for staff and students as well as directing colleagues to urls and links online, in particular on the HEA website. The HEA student profiles have also been worked on by ESCalate staff, piloted and are now in use through the booklets and as online resources.

Expertise Exchange

We have recently established an Expertise Exchange for registered members who can offer expertise or seek advice. This service has been built, reviewed, modified and is open from September to November 2006 to the group of ESCalate academic consultants – and others who have expressed interest- to register their details and test the system before it becomes fully available with a full search facility. We are aiming for the search facility to be up and working in November

Membership

Members of the Education community working in HE including colleagues working in HE in FE, are able to register for ESCalate membership online. Membership of ESCalate allows people to:

  • Register for ESCalate/other events
  • Review a book
  • Register their interest in becoming an External Examiner search for an External Examiner for a department (if they are a HoD)
  • Register their expertise on the ESCalate Expertise Exchange or ask for advice
  • Manage their own communication with ESCalate
  • Note their willingness to be the institutional ‘Contact’

ESCalate is now able to disseminate resources in a number of formats including video clips and DVDs. Also new for this year are additional RSS links providing up-to-date information from ESCalate on resources, news, and the latest projects. There are further links to Professional Organisations, and details of the work of National Teaching Fellows.

ITE Help Directory

We have recently launched a new Help Directory for Teacher Educators. This is to give the ITE community a quick and easy place to find help on anything to do with teacher education practice or research.

The Directory is split into three parts; short tips, useful guides for busy educators and sharing ideas.

When you have little time to look elsewhere, try this. We will be adding to this resource continually and welcome contributions. Keep looking at what is there and think about what you are doing which you would like to reach a wider audience.

As always we would welcome your feedback on any of the above, please send any comments to ESCalate

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ESCalate Grants

A New Way To Apply - online application and project tracking service.

From October 9th 2006 applications for project funding can be completed online. You will then be able to track your project’s progress through from submission, to evaluation and outcome.

In order to apply for funding in this way you must first register as an ESCalate member. This will create your own member page where you can monitor the progress of your application.

Any comments that we would find useful regarding this new method of application should be sent to Teresa Nurser.

Changes to the ESCalate Grant funding

ESCalate has expanded the current grant funding to:

  • One round of Development Grants per academic year.
  • One round of funding for Postgraduate Students.
  • One themed Research Grant for staff in HE or HE in FE, (theme for 2006/7 to be Sustainability in Education).

We are therefore inviting Expressions of Interest for the Postgraduate Student Grant round and Research Grant round - with a deadline for both of April 16th 2007 at 9am.

Completed Development Grant resources: There are many new resources from completed grants on the website.

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Awarded Research Grants

We are delighted to announce that Stephen Rose from Somerset College of Arts and Technology has won a research grant for a project entitled: mLearning: Development and Delivery - creating opportunity and enterprise within the HE in FE context.Julie Anderson and Teresa Nurser meeting Steve Rose and the research team from Somerset College of Arts and Technology

Writing about the project, Stephen says:

"The Project represents a highly topical and timely engagement with the opportunities for learning provided by the burgeoning use of mobile computing/ communications devices.

Activities bring together colleagues from Teacher Education and Multimedia Computing in an innovative approach to designing for and delivering the curriculum.

The Project addresses pedagogic issues and also vitally involves current and future learners, providing them with a new context for skills development and entrepreneurship.

Anticipated outcomes include informed development of new HE modules and professional CPD activities which address the skills and context of this emerging approach to delivering the curriculum.

The Project also intends to trial and evaluate the use of mobile technologies to support a blended learning approach to programme delivery and the development of a FD module which could be delivered via a mobile computing device. Anticipated outcomes include informed development of new HE modules and professional CPD activities which address the skills and context of this emerging approach to delivering the curriculum."

A second project team have also been awarded a grant and more about their work will follow when the details have been finalised.

A third bid for the research funding it was felt could be reworked and better suit the Development grants awards, this year with a deadline of end October. A fourth bidder has been offered ESCalate support in terms of arranging for a critical friend to work with them in taking their ideas in, possibly to another funding body.
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Developing the QT(LS) Curriculum: Partners Required for a Collaborative Response.

Providers of ITT for the Learning and Skills Sector will no doubt now be involved in designing the new QT(LS) qualification for 2007/8. This will involve responding to the requirement for substantially more attention to developing trainees’ expertise in teaching their subject, but without much guidance on how it is to be achieved.

Any organisation involved with ITT for the Learning and Skills sector that would like to be involved in this next phase of developing the project should visit the “News” and “Events” sections of the Associate web site and/or get in touch with e.e.eastwood@hud.ac.uk

OFSTED and DfES identify work-based mentoring as a primary mechanism, but they also recognise some limitations in relying on this approach alone. The difficulties arise from the highly differentiated PCET curriculum. In contrast with the schools sector, it means that it is often difficult to find another teacher of your specialisms in your own workplace, and ITT providers can rarely form viable groups of trainee teachers with a shared specialism. New technology, though, can be highly effective where specialists are dispersed and isolated and there is a national project that is directed towards exploiting that potential.

"ASSOCiate Online” is a FDTL 5 project that is creating online opportunities for supporting the development of subject specialist pedagogies based on the 50 QCA sectors and sub-specialisms. It has successfully piloted a web-based facility for over 1,000 trainees and is currently preparing to support 5,000 in-service ITT trainees in four Universities and their sixty FEC partners. It offers the prospect of a national, low-cost basis of on-going support in the teaching of different specialisms for the trainees of other ITT (LS) providers who join this initiative.

The cross-institutional facilities will use the Moodle open source VLE to provide a range of opportunities for collaborative learning among trainees with shared specialisms. The services available to trainees will include wiki-generated FAQs; shared, peer-referenced resources; expertise-matched mentors; discussion forums; good practice, video case studies; etc. etc. The precise mix of facilities and activities will be tailored to the curriculum requirements of individual providers.

The project team have piloted a prototype “Subject Specialist Online Communities” and are now looking for further partners to help them to ensure that there is appropriate content in each SSOC for it to be ready-to-use in 2007/8. In return, the trainees in the institutions involved will have access to all 50 SSOCs on a preferential basis.

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Routledge presents four prestigious titles from their list of well-established academic journals.

Higher Education in Europe is a quarterly review dealing with major problems and trends in contemporary higher education, published on behalf of the European Centre for Higher Education (CEPES), UNESCO. It presents information, interpretations, and criticism in regard to current developments in the field.

Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) is a refereed international journal of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. The journal publishes research-based articles on the theory and practice of higher education. All articles are appropriately framed for an international audience, and are designed to lead to critical insights into the area being addressed

Journal of Education and Work

"There are very few if any journals of the field of vocational education and training (broadly defined) that can match the consistent quality and relevance of content attained by the Journal of Education and Work"

Dr Ewart Keep, University of Warwick

This Journal has a particular interest in comparative studies of skill formation and especially the transition from education to employment, how this process is structured and managed, and its effects on the young people, schools, colleges, universities and employers.

Research in Post-Compulsory Education, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Further Education Research Association (FERA), recognises the need for more international research and analysis and the generation of relevant theory in order to identify policy needs and trends as well as priorities in this growing area.

Contributors are welcome; please link to the journals’ web page for submission procedures.

If you would like to receive regular eUpdates from the Taylor and Francis Group on books, journals and other news within your areas of interest please register

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Education in the Media

Universities in languages drive (BBC website, 26 September 2006)

Brown sets out his education goal (BBC website, 25 September 2006)

University awards more top grades (BBC website, 21 September 2006)

When exam stress becomes too much (BBC website, 16 August 2006)

From expulsion to teaching (BBC website, 8 August 2006)

Pupils in care aim for university (BBC website, 18 August 2006)

Parents meddling in student life (BBC website, 9 August 2006)

Students told to ditch 'soft option' A levels (Times online,

Universities to hear advice on spin-out ventures (Guardian online, by Katherine Demopoulos, 26 September 2006)

You have passed Go. Pay £3,000 (Guardian online, 26 September 2006)

Directory to list graduate skills by degree (Guardian online, by Debbie Andalo, 18 September 2006)

Government failing to widen university access, figures show (Guardian online, by Alexandra Smith, 20 July 2006)

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Book Reviews

Interested in reviewing a book? Check out the book review section of the website to find out all the books that are available; this is updated regularly.

Once you have registered as an ESCalate member, you can request up to two books to review at any one time, through the members’ section on the web.

Do keep an eye on this section of the website.

If you would like to know more about the book reviews, please email Jane Tuffill

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Contributing to ESCalate

Thank you for reading until the end. Please do let us have news of developments and activity in your department, or look out for the next bulletin.

Next Bulletin: December 2006

Deadline for Copy: 18th November 2006, emails to Jane Tuffill

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