Upcoming HEA STEM event at the University of Derby

On Friday 21st February 2014, 1000 to 1600 in KR, the TEL team will be hosting an HEA STEM Thematic Workshop/Seminar focusing on innovative teaching, assessment and feedback approaches for large-scale Engineering and Computing classes.

This event will explore how individuals from across Engineering and Computing subject areas are supporting innovative teaching, assessment and feedback approaches in contexts involving large cohorts of students. It will provide participants with discursive opportunities to reflect on how they might develop their own learning, teaching, assessment and feedback practices.

Through the different presentations, a range of approaches will be demonstrated in order to generate discussion, critical reflection and provide potential models of practice. The themes have been selected to provide participants with a mix of pedagogic insights and practical tips into how the activities discussed might be applied to contexts they are familiar with in their everyday teaching contexts.

The first session focuses on formative assessment methods used to support Computing students working with discrete mathematics calculations. It will highlight how through feedback mechanisms, tutors seek to develop students’ abilities to solve similar problems for themselves. The second presentation draws on the experiences of an academic using audio-visual feedback in blended learning contexts to support a range of Engineering and Computing students. The presentation will highlight the potential pedagogic value of such approaches as well as the practical realities of adopting them. Presentation three outlines how students from across different Engineering fields where brought together to work on a project aimed at developing cross disciplinary knowledge and enhancing employability. The final session concentrates on how enquiry-based learning (EBL) approaches are being adopted by lecturers teaching to classes of around 100 Computing students.

If you want to book on the event, visit the event page at http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2014/Seminars/STEM_Comp_21-02-2014. If you have any further questions, please contact Charlie Davis at c.davis@derby.ac.uk.

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