ESCalate Bulletin No. 73 (5 August 2011)

Contents

  1. ESCalate resources - We are planning for their future
  2. Are you interested in working with learners in this digital age?
  3. Rethinking feedback in higher education - a new ESCalate publication
  4. NSS 2011 results available from 3 August
  5. Preserving access to education resources
  6. A fond farewell

ESCalate resources - We are planning for their future

With the closing of ESCalate in December 2011, ESCalate are in the process of negotiating with leading educational organisations to hold and disseminate relevant ESCalate resources. We will continue to ensure that they are as widely available as possible. All resources will also remain on the ESCalate website for the foreseeable future. Currently, organisations who have agreed to take some ESCalate resources include (though more are in the pipeline):

All these organisations will make ESCalate resources available under the same terms as they were available on the ESCalate website: they will not be used for commercial purposes, the original source and author will be acknowledged and resources will not be altered in any way. Copyright remains with the original author and ESCalate.

If you are an author of an ESCalate resource and have any questions about this, please contact Bianca Soucek at b.soucek@bristol.ac.uk.

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Are you interested in working with learners in this digital age?

We are running our last in a series of events which looks at working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age. 

Teacher Educators working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age

Date: 17 October 2011

Venue: University of Wolverhampton

Fee: Registration is free (but spaces are limited)

This event will draw upon cross phase examples (Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory ITE). Practitioners and researchers from the field will offer thought provoking contexts for the workshop which is intended to be an opportunity for networking and discussion.

Confirmed speakers so far:

Moira Savage, Senior Lecturer, Primary ITT ICT Coordinator and Institute of Education e-learning Coordinator, University of Worcester

Kathy Wright, Director of Secondary Initial Teacher Training, Cass School of Education, University of East London

Graham Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Primary Science Education, Birmingham City University

Julie Hughes (Head of Department and National Teaching Fellow) and the PCE Partnership at the University of Wolverhampton

Allen Crawford-Thomas eLearning Advisor, West Midlands Regional Support Centre JISC

This event is for both the novice as well as the more experienced practitioner.

Registration is now open and spaces are limited. To register please visit http://escalate.ac.uk/8420

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Rethinking feedback in higher education - a new ESCalate publication

Professor Kay Sambell of Northumbria University has written a new Discussion Series publication for us entitled - Rethinking feedback in higher education: an assessment for learning perspective. 

This discussion of feedback takes place in the context of growing arguments to change assessment in higher education so as to focus on learning rather than simply measurement. Although it has a ‘practical’ slant, being targeted at University Lecturers (in Education and other subjects) it is, of course, linked to the emerging literature on assessment in higher education.

If you would like to receive a copy (UK only) please send teresa.nurser@bristol.ac.uk your mailing details

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NSS 2011 results available from 3 August

From HEFCE: Circular Letter: 2011 National Student Survey: Publication of data:

From 3 August institutions have been able to preview their own results on both the Ipsos MORI NSS results site and on the Unistats web-site. The agreed NSS and Unistats contacts at institutions will be sent details about how to access the data.

On 10 August there will be a preview period on the Unistats web-site where institutions will have access to all institutions' data.

At midday on 17 August, the Unistats web-site will be available for public access and HEFCE will release a press statement.

On 30 August Ipsos MORI will launch custom analysis of the results site. The custom analysis function gives each institution the freedom to analyse tailored results for specific cohorts of their own students, as well as publicly available data for all participating institutions.

Analysis and summary of the NSS Results for Education in 2009 and 2010 are available on ESCalate’s website: http://escalate.ac.uk/8386. ESCalate however, will no longer be providing support for the NSS. The Higher Education Academy is committed to providing disciplinary level analysis and support in its future strategic plan and will be doing so for Education disciplines with the 2011 NSS data. For more information see http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/supportingresearch/nss.

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Preserving access to education resources

Many education resources are now available primarily online. While this makes them easy and quick to access from wherever you are, it also makes them vulnerable when websites are closed or reorganised or organisations change their remit. Over the last year several valued organisations have closed and there have been strong efforts to maintain access to their resources.

Becta: Becta’s resources are available free of charge in a number of locations, one of which is the Institute of Education library’s Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA) which aims to preserve all electronic publications on education: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk.

Teacher’s TV: Programmes are available to view free of charge in several locations, including the TES www.tes.co.uk/video

The GTC’s Research for Teachers and Teacher Learning Academy are being made available free of charge to UK teachers by the 'Cathedrals Group' of 11 Higher Education Institutions http://www.gtce.org.uk/media_parliament/news_comment/tla_sale210611/

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A fond farewell

We would all like to say goodbye to Lyndsay Grant who has been working with us as a Research Associate at ESCalate. Lyndsay is about to embark on a PhD within the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education and we would like to thank her wholeheartedly for the work she has done for the subject centre and to wish her all the best for her future studies.

The ESCalate Team



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