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In Conversation is a series of short video podcasts showcasing our academic colleagues’ experiences of delivering teaching and learning during the pandemic. Each podcast is structured around a specific theme where colleagues can explore the challenges of delivery in the digital void, provide practical solutions and share best practice. Click on the titles to learn more: 

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If you would like to see a specific theme explored or to share your experiences as a participant, please contact us at ! Academic Development & DiversityYou can also take a look at a wide range of case studies, conference recordings and presentations, journal articles and book chapter on the Academic Essentials: Case Studies page.

 

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Building Online Communities
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Colleagues discuss their experiences, tools and techniques of building online communities with Hallam students and staff and beyond.

  • Marissa Hill: Head of Disabled Student Support and the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre (SRAC). 
  • Deanna Taylor: Senior Lecturer, Adult Nursing. Interprofessional Education Lead, Nursing and Midwifery Dept. 
  • Lucy Kirkham: Principal Lecturer, Adult Nursing. Course Leader, BSc Nursing. 

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Creating a minoritised student support group
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Ifrah and Shirley talk about why they created their respective minoritised student support groups,  their experiences and how it’s impacted on their self-development.  Ann talks about how being part of a minoritised group supports students. 

  • Ifrah Salih, Senior Lecturer, Academic Development & Inclusivity, ADD.
  • Ann Jayakody, Hallam student
  • Shirley Masterson-Ng, Principal Lecturer, Allied Health Professions, HWLS

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Digital Accessibility
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Colleagues discuss how digital accessibility techniques can be adopted to produce more inclusive teaching materials.

  • Nick Russell: Web Accessibility Test and Training Manager 
  • Kieran White: Graduate Intern, Digital Accessibility Project 
  • Claire Hannah: Learning Technology Advisor, Digital Learning Team 

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Engaging Online
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In this session, colleagues discuss their ideas, activities and experiences of fostering greater online engagement with students.

  • Marjory Da Costa Abreu: Senior Lecturer, Applied Artificial Intelligence. Postgraduate research tutor in Computing. 
  • Neil Mayne: Digital Learning and Development Manager, Academic Development and Diversity. 
  • Jill Dickinson: Senior Lecturer, Law + Criminology. 

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Graduate Internship
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Our graduate interns talk about why they applied for a graduate internship and how it’s helped develop their personal learning and experience: 

  • Amy Ramdehal, Student Experience Administrator
  • Emma Gibson, Learning Technology Advisor
  • Matthew Cross, Learning Technologist 
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In Conversation
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Some of our Hallam colleagues talk about their perspectives on why values are important to an organisation and how they have applied Hallam Values in their work and/or planning. 

  • Dr Claire Walsh, Head of Academic Development & Inclusivity, Academic Development & Diversity Team
  • Lisa Stevenson, Head of HROD
  • Dr Debbie Squire, Head of Place and Civic Engagement.

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The impact of working from home during the pandemic
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In this session, colleagues talk about working from home during the pandemic and how it impacted on their wellbeing and mental health.

  • Jude Mitchell, Senior Lecture and Wellbeing Lead, Occupational Therapy
  • Annette Trehern-Walker, lecturer in Occupational Therapy
  • Nick Russell, Peer learning co-ordinator. 

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Learning Analytics
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In this session, colleagues discuss what is learning analytics and how you can use the information in your role to support students.

  • Dr Sarah Churchill, Senior Lecturer, Student Engagement, Evaluation & Research (STEER), Student Experience, Teaching & Learning (SETL).
  • Katie Smaylen, Senior Student Support Adviser, Student Support Services, Student And Academic Services (SAS).
  • James Tynemouth, Senior Administrator, Teaching & Learning Operations, Student Experience, Teaching & Learning (SETL).

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Menopause
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In this session,  colleagues talk about how the menopause has impacted on their role within the university. 

  • Dr Sally Jackson, Chief People Officer
  • Tina Guillford
  • Dr Helen Kay, Senior Lecturer, Academic Development & Inclusivity. 

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Non-Racist to Anti-Racist
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A space in which colleagues share their experiences, explain why this journey was important to them and ultimately, how it shaped their conversations with both colleagues and their students moving forward, both in their personal and professional development. 

  • Alison Purvis, Interim Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning.  
  • Michelle Blackburn, Principle Lecturer and Teaching and Learning Portfolio Lead.

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Helen Baxter, degree apprenticeship student in Occupational Therapy is currently on placement in the Allied Health Professionals department focussing on equality, diversity and leadership.

Staff Neuro-divergent Voices
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Helen has developed a series of podcasts of staff and students’ lived experiences. Aim of the project is to educate and raise awareness of ND and the implications in teaching and learning.  Hoping that the podcasts will promote a culture of action, encourage a truly inclusive approach and look at co-production and equity at Hallam. 

Our colleagues discuss their experiences: 

  • Eric Baxter, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
  • Michelle Agus, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
  • Julie Walters, Lincoln University, Senior Lecture on Occupational Therapy and is an ex Hallam PhD student and member of staff.

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Helen Baxter, degree apprenticeship student in Occupational Therapy is currently on placement in the Allied Health Professionals department focussing on equality, diversity and leadership.

Student Neuro-divergent Voices
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Helen has developed a series of podcasts of staff and students’ lived experiences. Aim of the project is to educate and raise awareness of ND and the implications in teaching and learning.  Hoping that the podcasts will promote a culture of action, encourage a truly inclusive approach and look at co-production and equity at Hallam. 

Our current students talk about their experiences:

  • Dee Leon
  • Hayley Carmen
  • Paula Thompson

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Teaching Beyond the Screen
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This session, colleagues talk about teaching online using digital platforms and highlighting the challenges and successes.

  • Rebecca Hodgson, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning
  • Fazia Samreen, Senior Lecturer, Computing 
  • Tom Payne, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BA Acting and Performance

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Using cognitive interviews to explore students' interpretations and perceptions of the Module Evaluation Questionnaire
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In this session, colleagues talk about the research they’ve been involved with and how students were involved in that research regarding Module Evaluation Questionnaires (MEQs).

  • Alan Donelly, Lecturer in Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research (SETL)
  • Caroline Heaton, Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research (STEER), Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research (SETL)

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What’s In A Name

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This short podcast introduces the importance of using names, not avoiding the use of names or asking others to provide a nickname or shorten their name. A discussion held between 2 academics and a student.

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Read more about the Say My Name work and resources available to colleagues.  

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Last updated: 5th July 2022 NB