ESCalate Bulletin No. 74 (15 September 2011)

Contents

  1. Working with learners in this digital age
  2. Looking back, seeing forward - ESCalate final seminar at UCET
  3. Kathy Wright appointed as the HEA Discipline Lead for Education
  4. Professor Jean Murray becomes a National Teaching Fellow
  5. Find and share ideas and resources on the teaching of Global Education and Citizenship
  6. ESCalate at BERA 2011 - follow our blog
  7. A wealth of final reports from our funded project teams
  8. The fourth issue of the TEAN Journal is ready for reading
  9. ESCalate resources: we're planning for their future.
  10. HEA funding for Internationalisation and Employability
  11. Find and share ideas and resources on the teaching of Global Education and Citizenship

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: Free to attend (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 in Primary Initial Teacher Training at University of Worcester, Institute of Education e-learning Co-ordinator

Kathy Wright, Discipline Lead for Education at the Higher Education Academy

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

Julie Hughes, Head of Department and the PCE Partnership at the University of Wolverhampton, HEA National Teaching Fellow 

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 for free please visit http://escalate.ac.uk/8420



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Looking back, seeing forward - ESCalate final seminar at UCET

We are holding a session on the second day of the UCET conference (4th Nov) at 10:55am. A number of colleagues who have worked closely with us over the past 11 years will be speaking about their work with us and the legacy to come. Proposed speakers and themes are outlined here:

Professor Andrew Pollard will chair and lead the session,

  • Jean Murray, UEL & ESCalate, teacher educators learning from research
  • Steve Ward, Bath Spa University & BESA, Uvanney Mayler, Bedford University & BERA, Subject Associations and their role post ESCalate
  • Julie Anderson, University of Plymouth, involving students/student voice
  • Ian Menter, University of Glasgow, learning from initiatives in other nations of the UK
  • Pete Boyd, University of Cumbria, becoming a teacher educator
  • Julie Hughes, Wolverhampton University, new & emerging technologies in teacher education
  • John Lea, Canterbury Christ Church University, HE in FE: education for teaching and allied professions
  • Alison Jackson, University of Cumbria & TEAN, partnerships in teacher education

Please come along to the session if you are already thinking of going to UCET it would be lovely to meet you. All the ESCalate team will be there.

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Kathy Wright appointed as the HEA Discipline Lead for Education

A message from Kathy to the ESCalate community:

I'd like to introduce myself as the newly appointed Discipline Lead for Education at the HEA. A soon to be appointed education colleague will be joining me on the Education Team too. I'll be working closely with colleagues at ESCalate to shape future provision, support and collaboration, building on the great work which has been done by those in ESCalate with the Education Community during the past 10 years.

Over the next few months I am hoping to meet as many stakeholders as possible at various events and meetings to hear views on the needs of the community– the conferences, events, publications and other sources of support you feel you need to help you in your HE roles. It would be great to hear from you or meet you face to face.

I will be attending and contributing to the next ESCalate Event at University of Wolverhampton - 'Teacher Educators working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age' (17th October) which is free of charge. http://escalate.ac.uk/8420 Having talked to the organisers I think this is going to be a really interesting event which will show case innovative practice in the sector. I hope you are able to come along.

I am also setting up an informal network to share practical ideas for teaching and learning. If you want to join in, please contact me at kathy.wright@heacademy.ac.uk . We will start off with ideas for getting to know new students as the semester or term for undergraduates is just getting underway!

I'm looking forward to working with you over the next few months to make
sure we maintain the energy, productivity and momentum that ESCalate have
generated in the past 10 years!

Kathy Wright Discipline Lead for Education

The Higher Education Academy
Innovation Way
York Science Park
Heslington
York
YO10 5BR

kathy.wright@heacademy.ac.uk
07720 968851 Mobile


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Professor Jean Murray becomes a National Teaching Fellow

We are delighted to announce that Professor Jean Murray of the University of East London has recently been made a HEA National Teaching Fellow. Jean is an Associate Director of ESCalate and has worked with us for many years around the theme of Teacher Education.

To read more about Jean's work click here.

Well done Jean!

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Find and share ideas and resources on the teaching of Global Education and Citizenship

The OSIER project (Open Sustainability in Education Resource) is an online repository containing a large body of teaching and support resources to help with the sustainability and citizenship curricula in all four nations of the UK. The repository is open for all users, both to access materials and for submission of new resources. All materials will be fully accessible and re-usable, we would love to hear from you with any feedback on resource re-use.

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ESCalate at BERA 2011 - follow our blog

There was a great buzz this year at the annual conference of the British Educational Research Association, which met at the Institution of Education, University of London from 6th to 8th September. Andrew Pollard introduced the panel of the Research Excellence Framework to the conference.  There was discussion of how powerful, centrally-managed initiatives must be so careful in going about their business. Some have been concerned about the policies of the Higher Education Academy in this respect - but BERA was also an occasion when ESCalate was able to welcome Kathy Wright, the HEA's new lead on Education.  Kathy was introduced to senior representatives of many education associations, including SRHE, BERA, BESA and FACE, and to colleagues from the four countries of the UK who have worked with ESCalate.  The subject centre also sponsored two poster competitions and Andrew Pollard presented the prize winners prior to the Presidential Lecture by Professor Mary James.read more on Andrew's ESCalate blog .

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A wealth of final reports from our funded project teams

Our funded project teams have been very busy over the summer collating their findings and writing up their final reports. Most teams will still be presenting on their outcomes over the next few months at various conferences so keep an eye out for them at UCET and SHRE.

Reports recently completed include,

Jan McArthur: Tipping out the Boot Grit: the use of on-going feedback devices to enhance feedback dialogue

Pamela Cowan: Face-zine the Future: Moving to online teaching

Laura Mears: Access student perceptions of factors that impact upon their learning journey

Rachel Shanks: Supporting the Professional Learning of Induction Year Teachers in Scotland

We will be highlighting more reports as they come in via the bulletin.



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The fourth issue of the TEAN Journal is ready for reading

The fourth issue of the TEAN journal is now available on line for you. Topics include: Assessment, Mentoring, Enquiry Based Learning, Transactional Analysis and the idea of 'best teacher'.

The Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal is an online peer
reviewed journal, specifically aimed at teacher educators with the intention of advancing research and scholarly activity across the sector. We welcome papers from across the sector in the UK and from across the world from experienced and inexperienced authors and are committed to supporting colleagues new to journal writing.

The review network of the TEAN journal is made up of a bank of experienced
reviewers and also supports new reviewers. Since the beginnings of the TEAN
journal in 2009, nine colleagues have moved from inexperienced to experienced status and we have over twenty more working towards that.

We welcome experienced reviewers who will become part of the process of supporting experienced reviewers – no extra work, just an agreement to share your reviewing skill. We also welcome inexperienced reviewers – a great benefit for your own writing by reviewing papers. click here for more details

Together we are working to strengthen the research profile of teacher education.


Best Wishes

Dr Alison Jackson, TEAN Director

alison.jackson@cumbria.ac.uk

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ESCalate resources: we're planning for their future.

With the closing of ESCalate in December 2011, the Subject Centre is 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 Teresa Nurser at teresa.nurser@bristol.ac.uk.



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HEA funding for Internationalisation and Employability

The second phase of the teaching development grant scheme, announced recently, is aimed at higher education institution departments, with a total of £300,000 being made available up to a maximum of £30,000 per project.  Successful bids will demonstrate team impact across the department.

see http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/funding for more information



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Find and share ideas and resources on the teaching of Global Education and Citizenship

The OSIER project (Open Sustainability in Education Resource) is an online repository containing a large body of teaching and support resources to help with the sustainability and citizenship curricula in all four nations of the UK. The repository is open for all users, both to access materials and for submission of new resources. All materials will be fully accessible and re-usable, we would love to hear from you with any feedback on resource re-use.

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