National Teaching Fellows’ Interview Series: Jonathan Glazzard

This short interview was conducted with Dr Jonathan Glazzard, a National Teaching Fellow, at the University of Huddersfield’s Teaching & Learning Festival 2015.

Jonathan talks about an inspirational teacher from his days as a primary school teacher who has influenced his Higher Education (HE) teaching philosophy and practice.

He also said in the video that “the best teaching advise, I think I have received, was when I went to a teaching and learning conference a few years ago. The speaker talked about engaging learners and hooking learners in the learning and really inspiring learners through creative and innovative approaches by providing learners with first-hand experiences.”

See his profile on the Higher Education Academy website

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A productive and happy collaboration: why working together works

janet_hargreavesAs part of a seminar series here at the University of Huddersfield, Professor Janet Hargreaves, who was awarded National Teaching Fellow in 2012, gave a talk about collaboration.

Throughout Janet’s career she has aimed to work in a collegiate way; a situation which though often messy and difficult can also be ultimately rewarding. In the session Janet explored a range of projects that had positive outcomes as well as pitfalls – many of which were unpredicted – as a starting point for discussion around the highs and lows of attempting to meet project outcomes though collaboration.

Janet looked back at her experience of working collaboratively on a project that developed the Preparation for placement assessment tool

Below are some of the points made by Prof Hargreaves, in relation to what were considered to be success factors:

  • The project drew on a wealth of experiences and skills from across Schools, Services and the student body.
  • The students involved in the project were paid for their time and all team members treated equally.
  • A culture of mutual respect for skills and contributions was nurtured – Janet stressed the importance of building a really strong team in order for collaboration to be successful.
  • An incremental series of workshops were used to develop the PPAT – there were no constraints, all ideas generated were considered for development.

Finally, Janet underlined that you have to be prepared to take a risk and to accept ideas that you might not have started with.

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National Teaching Fellows’ Interview Series: Kevin Orr

This short interview was conducted with Dr Kevin Orr, a National Teaching Fellow, at the University of Huddersfield’s Teaching & Learning Festival 2015.

Kevin talks about an inspirational teaching influence in this video. A teacher who taught him when he was 16 and who was able to make his subject ‘sing’.

“He made me realise how a topic or subject can be interesting. You don’t have to necessarily do interesting or lively things in class if you can get people interested in what you are talking about.”

He also talks about how the National teaching Fellowship award has helped him connect with a large community of practitioners abroad.

See his profile on the Higher Education Academy website

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Shaping the Future of Learning Together – #altc 2015

Although I have been a member of Association for Learning Technology (ALT) for a while, I have never been to the annual conference. This year, however, this year I was fortunate to be supported by my institution to attend over the three days in Manchester (8–10 September 2015, University of Manchester, UK). There were a number of University of Huddersfield colleagues presenting work and hanging out as can be seen on the photo where Jess Power, Sue Folley, Vidya Kannara and Amanda Tinker (from left to right in focus of photo here) appear to be plotting something.


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Already before the conference, I was slightly overwhelmed by the extensive programme and spent a long time trying to decide on what sessions to go to. But the reality of ‘being there’ became much more about getting a sense of the alt community than the specific content of any sessions. There are so many ways to follow-up on interesting projects besides attending a conference session. And some presenters, like Catherine Cronin and Viv Rolfe, created some very rich resources to accompany their presentation and enable people to explore open education: Going Open at #altc 2015, Wiki, video & summary of tweets from #altc session by Vivien Rolfe and Catherine Cronin.

I was really pleased that the conference was less focused on technology than I perhaps expected and that interesting discussions about education were happening. I really like these points made by Jonathan Worth and Donna Lanclos:

Some of my highlights from the conference are:

      • Keynotes were live streamed and available – how fantastic. Find them here:
      • The two students who joined Steve Wheeler’s keynote, Kate Bartlett (@kate_bartlett93) and Becca Smallshaw (@Becca_Smallshaw) were great because they highlighted the contextual and contingent nature of using learning technologies. And they both blogged about their experience of being at #altc (see the link in their names)
    • The game where we tried to defeat the evil bot was a great addition to conference activities, just added some great ways to engage with others. Although I was rubbish at collecting the required stickers – especially compared to Hayley Atkinson, who did some amazing robot dancing to earn stickers!
    • The questioning of predictions about the future of learning technologies, obsession with what will be the next thing, and dissection of the ‘hype cycle’ by David Kernohan in his presentation “I watch the ripples change their size but never leave the stream
    • Learning from Jonathan Worth’s keynote about the videos on Privacy and Trust in Open Education, make sure you take a look
    • Meeting people in real life that I only know from Twitter was exciting

If you want to read more, take a look at what other participants thought, there are some really useful summaries and valuable reflections in here:

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2015 Thank You Awards

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The University of Huddersfield’s annual ‘Thank You’ awards ceremony was held on Monday, April 27 at St. Paul’s Hall. This event was organised by the Students’ Union, in partnership with the Teaching and Learning Institute. Around 60 University staff members, SU delegates and some students attended this ceremony. A total of 299 members of staff were nominated by 653 students for the ‘Thank You’ awards. 56 nominees were shortlisted by the Judging Panel and they were allocated to one of three categories: ‘Inspirational Teaching’, ‘Exceptional Student Support’, and ‘Enhancing the Student Experience.’ The Judging Panel also created a new award this year for the ‘Outstanding staff member across the three categories’ as result of the quality of student nominations received by a particular academic staff member.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Professor Tim Thornton, highlighted the importance of having students’ voices in the Thank You awards’ scheme. Students at the University of Huddersfield have the opportunity to nominate any staff member who has had a positive impact on their University experience and the awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate such colleagues. Continue reading

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Using LEGO to model teaching and learning beliefs and practices

Image source: Olaojo Aiyegbayo

Image source: Olaojo Aiyegbayo

I facilitated a two-hour LEGO workshop with five colleagues last Friday. It was on “Using LEGO to model teaching and learning beliefs and practices.” This session employed some of the principles of the LEGO Serious Play methodology and the aim was to get participants to think with their hands by building LEGO models.

David Gauntlett (Image by Olaojo Aiyegbayo)

David Gauntlett (Image by Olaojo Aiyegbayo)

David Gauntlett was at the University of Huddersfield a few weeks ago to facilitate a two-day LEGO workshop which I attended. This workshop was great preparation for designing and facilitating my own LEGO workshop. I had read a lot about the LEGO Serious Play (LSP) methodology but it was helpful to participate in a LEGO workshop facilitated by a LEGO expert. Continue reading

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University of Huddersfield students present at British Conference of Undergraduate Research 2015

The British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) was held on the 20-21 April at the University of Winchester. It was a two-day programme featuring more than 300 students presenting across all disciplines from research into lake sediments to early modern women philosophers.

On the second day, Dr. Julio Rivera (past president of the Council on Undergraduate Research) gave a really engaging talk about research and scholarship.

Two students from the University of Huddersfield presented their undergraduate research. Reece Goscinski, Politics student, presented a poster entitled ‘Decline of Collectivism in the British Labour Movement’ and he has written more about his BCUR experience on the Harold Wilson’s Pipe blog.

Reece Goscinski talking to a BCUR conference delegate

Reece Goscinski talking to a BCUR conference delegate


Rachel Miller (English graduate) reflects on her BCUR experience:

My two days at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research were as fantastic as the beautiful Winchester weather! A packed conference, it was a brilliant opportunity to see some of the inspiring research being produced by undergraduates up and down the country, from science to philosophy. It was a true honour to have been accepted to present at a conference containing such a high standard of work from such a vast range of disciplines.

I presented a ten minute conference paper on my undergraduate dissertation, titled ‘Colonial Trauma in Márquez and Rushdie’s Magical Realism’. Although this was a tricky task (condensing my dissertation into a ten minute talk), it was fantastic to see my research being so well received by individuals from a variety of fields. As my dissertation was an individual project, the question and answer session that followed was an exciting opportunity to hear different views on a topic I have worked so closely on.

Alongside the fantastic and inspiring quality of work at BCUR, were two particularly thought-provoking presentations given by the keynote speakers, Dan Rebellato and Julio Rivera. The speakers really highlighted the power of research in our lives as both individuals and societies. Julio Rivera described his journey from undergraduate theology and journalism, to PhD geography, really underlining the limitless potential of education and research.

All in all, it was a great privilege to present at BCUR, and I came away with a big sense of achievement and an even bigger smile! I would thoroughly encourage any Huddersfield University students and future authors of Fields to get involved. It’s a great experience!

Rachel Miller presenting her research on magical realism

Rachel Miller presenting her research on magical realism

Reece and Rachel are both published in the newly developed Fields: journal of Huddersfield student research. Take a look at their articles at:

Goscinski, Reece To What Extent Does the Ideological Construct of Collectivism Continue to Govern the British Trade Union and Labour Movement? e11. DOI:10.5920/fields.2015.1111.

Miller, Rachel Colonial Trauma in Márquez and Rushdie’s Magical Realism. e13. DOI:10.5920/fields.2015.1113.

Next year BCUR will be in Manchester in March and it is envisioned that more University of Huddersfield students will be attending. The Teaching and Learning Institute will be promoting this opportunity in general and to all students selected by School panels as part of the Fields process.

Posted by @kshjensen with contributions from @rachel_millerx and Reece Goscinski

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