ESCalate Bulletin No. 50 (27 May 2010)

Contents

  1. The ESCalate blog
  2. ESCalate/JISC HE in FE Conference: Inspiration for Practice - event report
  3. Improving Teaching and Learning for International Students - event report
  4. New ESCalate paper on debates around the External Examining system
  5. Student Conference video
  6. Another successful round of Pedagogy and Practice awards

The ESCalate blog

The ESCalate team have launched a blog to share ideas and record the outcomes of any events, meetings or relevant away days that have been attended.

To read the blog, visit the following link;

http://escalatesc.blogspot.com/

and please feel free to make any comments.

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ESCalate/JISC HE in FE Conference: Inspiration for Practice - event report

The ESCalate/JISC HE in FE Conference took place on May 26th at Warwickshire College and was a great success, attracting 65 delegates from as far afield as Northern Ireland, Cornwall, Wales and London.

Professor John Storan from the University of East London got the day off to an excellent start with his thought-provoking keynote on the issues surrounding widening participation. This was followed by five parallel sessions that addressed a diverse range of topics of interest to HE in FE practitioners.

The afternoon began with the second keynote, this time given by Diane Thurston from Success North, Newcastle College on the theme of supporting HE professionals in FE settings. Delegates were then able to attend four parallel sessions in the afternoon and a final plenary moderated by Chris Morecroft from the Association of Colleges.

Resources from this conference will be accessible shortly on the ESCalate website by clicking the following link:

http://escalate.ac.uk/7153

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Improving Teaching and Learning for International Students - event report

'Improving Teaching and Learning for International Students: strategies for supervision & assessment' was a collaborative event run by ESCalate and the Teaching International Students project.

The event took place on the 11th May at the University of Bristol, with 40 delegates in attendance.  The day began with an introduction from Fiona Hyland about the Teaching International Students project and website.  Sheila Trahar then led a practical session on supervision, together with some international students.  After lunch, Jude Carroll discussed a range of strategies for assessment and feedback.  During the plenary session, delegates were given a chance to question the presenters, and feedback on any 'gaps' in the current provision of resources.

Following the event, a resource page has been built to showcase the powerpoint presentations, handouts, and photographs from the day.

http://escalate.ac.uk/7046

Details of further events and resources can be found on the Teaching International Students website;

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New ESCalate paper on debates around the External Examining system

One of the current priority areas for ESCalate and the Higher Education Academy is to consider ongoing developments in the quality assurance and enhancement of UK higher education. ESCalate has held a widely-used External Examiner database for nearly 5 years and to extend our work in this area we have  collated discussions around the future of external examining into a new paper:

'Developments and discussions around the External Examining system in UK higher education'

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Student Conference video

Video footage from the ESCalate Second Student Conference will shortly be available to view on the conference webpage. You will be able to see the keynote speech given by Aaron Porter (President of the NUS), clips from conference workshops and interviews with selected delegates on their responses to the day itself. 

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Another successful round of Pedagogy and Practice awards

We have now closed the call for bids in our recent Pedagogy and Practice round. There were seventeen strong bids and once we have received the evaluations from our reviewers we will announce the successful projects on our website.

Thank you to all those teams who submitted bids as we appreciate there is always a lot of work involved.

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