The Big Conversation 2019

Research-intensive learning, teaching and curriculum at the University of Birmingham: Designing a model fit for the future The Big Conversation 2019 is a platform for staff, students, alumni and guests to share practices and debate ideas. More importantly, we need to settle on some principles and actions that will define our education offer for the … Continue reading “The Big Conversation 2019”

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BAME Community Champions – by Oluwaronke Oladele and Natasha Okoye

“Starting a conversation that never ends….” The BAME Community Champions was an initiative created to address the attainment gap between ethnic minority students and non-ethnic minority students in the Law School. Its aim was to encourage BAME students to apply to top firms and companies and also to respond to complaints that many BAME students … Continue reading “BAME Community Champions – by Oluwaronke Oladele and Natasha Okoye”

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Let’s talk about inequalities, inclusion and belonging – by Prof. Kathy Armour, PVC Education

In order to open the Big Conversation 2019, I thought it would be helpful to consider the issue of inequalities. While it is difficult to prioritise any one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the challenge to reduce inequalities is particularly pertinent. In our University, we can see inequalities in action because we have … Continue reading “Let’s talk about inequalities, inclusion and belonging – by Prof. Kathy Armour, PVC Education”

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Writing a blog post – by Adam Matthews (External Relations)

Writing your article Get your point across quickly and concisely. Try and get your article to about 500 words, if you can create impact with less, even better but this is a good target. You may want to use minimal words and use multimedia instead such as images or video. The first paragraph is vital … Continue reading “Writing a blog post – by Adam Matthews (External Relations)”

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Fostering inclusion in the curriculum and the classroom: Reflections from the School of Government and Society – by Jonathan Fisher (School of Government and Society)

In November 2018, around 40 School of Government and Society staff from across all three departments, professional services and our PGR cohort took part in an Away Day focused on sharing ideas, frustrations and challenges around diversifying the curriculum and fostering inclusive learning environments. The afternoon’s discussions and activities, part of a wider set of … Continue reading “Fostering inclusion in the curriculum and the classroom: Reflections from the School of Government and Society – by Jonathan Fisher (School of Government and Society)”

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Jisc Digital Capabilities Community of Practice Event – by Melanie Leggatt (HEFi)

On the 22 May some of us attended Jisc’s Digital Capabilities Community of Practice event at Leicester. It was a day very well spent. The discussions touched on the many and varied interlinked means by which ‘digital’ finds its way into every aspect of further and higher education; how academic and Professional Services staff can … Continue reading “Jisc Digital Capabilities Community of Practice Event – by Melanie Leggatt (HEFi)”

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Do digital pre-lab resources improve students’ experience of lab work? – by Joseph Berry (HEFi)

As part of the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL) project the University is investing in digital pre-lab resources. These resources will be in three main formats: instructional videos, virtual labs and 360-degree lab tours. Instructional videos aim to demonstrate either a specific technique or an entire practical procedure. Virtual labs are interactive resources, often two-dimensional simulations, … Continue reading “Do digital pre-lab resources improve students’ experience of lab work? – by Joseph Berry (HEFi)”

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Using Resource Lists to deliver an inclusive educational experience? – by Polly Harper (Library Services)

Inclusivity, by its very definition, should include all aspects of an educational experience. One key element is ensuring equal and transparent access for all students to the resources that come with their University education. Very often, this might be achieved via a well-considered reading list, or here at Birmingham, a Resource List on our University … Continue reading “Using Resource Lists to deliver an inclusive educational experience? – by Polly Harper (Library Services)”

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Consistently consistent design of digital resources: the science of same old, same old – by Adam Matthews (External Relations)

By ensuring that all of your digital learning resources have a consistency of structure and approach, you can help learners to easily find content, but more importantly, be able to understand and get to grips with key with key concepts and ideas of your discipline. ‘Same old, same old’ and ‘samey’ are not words that … Continue reading “Consistently consistent design of digital resources: the science of same old, same old – by Adam Matthews (External Relations)”

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Envisaging the Law School of the Future – by Linden Thomas (Birmingham Law School)

Birmingham Law School’s Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) encompasses activities within the Law School that focus on legal education and the legal profession. As well as conducting research in these areas, the Centre has a substantial student-facing offering, largely aimed at preparing students for graduate employment. Its portfolio includes a busy careers … Continue reading “Envisaging the Law School of the Future – by Linden Thomas (Birmingham Law School)”

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