Welcome to the Realising Teaching Excellence blog at the University of Worcester, where we hope to keep you informed about teaching and learning developments, create dialogue around developing excellence, and introduce you to examples of interesting practice. The “Teaching Excellence” page has the latest news on learning and teaching The “Interesting Practice” page has a range of learning and teaching case studies See the “Resources” page for useful guides and information including the “Busy lecturer’s Guide to Inclusive Practice” and information on student transitions and Teaching Awards The “Tried and Tested” page contains examples of enhancement activities undertaken at module and course level which have been evaluated and proven to have been effective. Our “Projects” page shows updates and outputs from the various learning and… Read moreWelcome

New Guidance – Teaching Large Groups Online

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Teaching large groups online always brings a range of considerations. Some new guidance has been produced to support colleagues who are reflecting on the different approaches they can employ with large groups, especially when delivering online or as part of a blended course or module. The guidance is a collection of suggested approaches and strategies to consider when planning to deliver learning and teaching to large cohorts online. The guidance briefly covers topics such planning, communicating and building presence with students, online delivery as well signposting additional resources. You access the guidance using the link or from the Resources Page Teaching Large Groups Online

Scaling up from SCIPS

Colleagues from the School of Education have been working on a project which looks at tools available to lecturers to help with their understanding of inclusive teaching practice. The project is Erasmus funded and is being lead by Richard Woolley, Sharon Smith and partners in Italy. A summary of the project can be found below: Summary of SCALE Project  

New Student As Partners Project – Digital Citizenship

Our new Learning and Teaching Strategy is introducing five new graduate attributes alongside our learning and teaching strategy goals. These attributes are: Social Responsibility Reflective and resilient lifelong learning Problem Solving Teamwork and effective communication Digital citizenship We describe Digital Citizenship in terms of graduates who have high degrees of digital capability to actively and responsibly create, communicate and collaborate online. Digital Capabilities and Digital Citizenship Our learning and teaching strategy recognises the importance of developing digital capabilities in both our staff and students and this past year has highlighted the significance of developing those digital skills and capabilities that will support us all, as we continue to reflect on the changes in learning and work brought about through the pandemic. Digital Citizenship can be… Read moreNew Student As Partners Project – Digital Citizenship

2021 University of Worcester Teaching Award Scheme

The 2021 University Teaching Award Scheme is now launched, and this has been developed as part of the initiatives to celebrate excellence at University of Worcester. This Scheme is designed to recognise and reward excellent and outstanding practice in teaching, and in supporting and leading learning.  The Scheme explicitly promotes innovative, inspiring and excellent practice which is outstanding in its impact to enhance and inspire student learning. There are three categories of Award: A             University of Worcester Teaching Award B             University of Worcester Teaching Team Award C             University of Worcester Leading Teaching Award. Applications are welcomed from staff with a range of experience including academic staff, professional services and staff working in learning support. Full details are attached, and also available via the webpage https://www2.worc.ac.uk/qed/university-teaching-award-scheme.html… Read more2021 University of Worcester Teaching Award Scheme

Teaching in Physically distanced classrooms or Dual Teaching: Guidance Documentation

We’ve previously written about preparing for teaching in physically distanced classrooms. While we’re still rolling out updated AV kit across the teaching estate, we’ve now pulled that together into some documentation to help staff with some of the considerations when delivering On Campus or Dual Teaching This guidance provides some practical suggestions and also links to where staff can get further help with the practicalities of delivering dual teaching.

Vignette of Practice: The Design and Technology Road Map – A Tool to Support Planning for Future Primary Teachers and Improve Module Formative and Summative Assessment

The Design and Technology Road Map – A Tool to Support Planning for Future Primary Teachers and Improve Module Formative and Summative Assessment By Lorna Williams, PGCE Early Years Cohort Lead; School of Education Figure 1: The Design and Technology Road Map   This case study evaluates excellent practice, linking the UK Professional Standards Framework (2011), aligning to: assessing and providing feedback to learners (A3); developing effective approaches to student support and guidance (A4); and methods for teaching, learning and assessing (K2). Following the PITE2007 Design and Technology (DT) successes in 2017-18, I sought to add further strength to the module by developing the formative and summative assessment. I focused upon the importance of constructive alignment system whereby intended learning outcomes, learning and teaching activities… Read moreVignette of Practice: The Design and Technology Road Map – A Tool to Support Planning for Future Primary Teachers and Improve Module Formative and Summative Assessment

Accessibility for the busy lecturer

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Digital accessibility and fostering an inclusive learning environment are as important as ever with the focus on blended and online digital learning and teaching at the moment. There is a range of online guidance and support available for colleagues to use to help with making their courses accessible. To assist in making this a little easier to discover, we’ve created two new documents that bring together some key tips and sources of support. The first is a A Busy Lecturers Guide to Accessibility. This two page document provides some key tips for making the more common content types more accessible and provides links to help you get started if you’re not clear where best to start. The second is the Accessible Content Toolkit which provides some… Read moreAccessibility for the busy lecturer