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Academic Advising

A collection of academic advising video case studies

Academic Leadership

Published conference paper: Bradley, S. & Holden, G. (2009). Developing academic leadership. In O. Kallioinen, (Ed.) The learning by developing – new ways to learn 2009 conference proceedings. Laurea publications (D7). Espoo, Finland, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, 231-242. 

Access and Participation

Access and Participation: an overview of Hallam’s 5-year plan to address student inequalities; and where to find data and insight about your course

Presented by Claire Walsh, Head of Academic Development & Inclusivity, Lizzie Morgan, Strategy and Policy Manager, Strategy, Policy and Insight and Simon Reade, Insight & Intelligence Manager, Strategy, Policy and Insight at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest  ‘Engaging and Thriving’. 

Accessibility

Improving the accessibility of your course  – top tips and tools

Presented by Marissa Hill, Head of SRAC, Nick Russell, Web Accessibility and Training Manager and Kieran White, Graduate Intern, Web Accessibility Project at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’. 

Also see Inclusive Practice.

Active Learning

Active learning online? Yes you can! – a paper by The Educationalist – Alexandra Mihai – January 2021. 

Apprenticeships

The National Centre for Excellent in Degree Apprenticeship (NCEDA) is a space and for a community of practitioners to celebrate excellence and SHU’s growing reputation as a national leader on Degree Apprenticeships. Look at the NCEDA Library for a range of resources, case studies and materials from past activities.

To celebrate Hallam’s achievements and promote award nominations and demonstrate impact to OFSTED please complete our Apprenticeship Delivery Guide: appendix 8 – case studies template

Course Leading a new collaborative Apprenticeship (our story)presented by Louise Povey, Senior Lecturer in Policing, Course Leader Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, Law & Criminology, SSA and Lead Sergeant Tom Ashley, South Yorkshire Police (SYP) at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

(The) Police and OfSTED – Whose rules rule?presented by Sam Moorwood, Business Engagement Skills and Enterprise (BESE) and Craig Batham, Work-Based Learning Coach, Business Engagement Skills and Enterprise (BESE)  at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

News and Media

  • Degree Apprenticeship stories – as part of the National Apprenticeship Week 2021. #NAW2021 and #BuildTheFuture.
  • June 2021: Education: Are degree apprenticeships passing the social mobility test? – A number of degree apprenticeship programmes at Sheffield Hallam have been highlighted for making a positive impact on learners from deprived areas in an article for FE News about how degree apprenticeships can support the social mobility agenda.
  • June 2021: Shadow Minister meets Sheffield Hallam degree apprentices – Toby Perkins MP, Shadow Minister for Apprenticeships, Skills and Lifelong Learning has spoken to degree apprentices at Sheffield Hallam University as part of a virtual visit. He heard about how Sheffield Hallam was one of the first providers degree apprenticeships and how the University now delivers one of the widest selection of courses in the UK, with more than 1,500 apprentices across 400 employers. The news has been covered by the Sheffield Star
  • May 2021: Hallam welcomes 200th police constable apprentice – more than 30 degree apprentices have started their journey to becoming police constables as part of a partnership between Sheffield Hallam University and South Yorkshire Police – taking the total to more than 200 choosing this route into policing. The news has been covered by the Sheffield Star

   

Assessment

As an example of developing a more authentic assessment, Deborah Fitzgerald Moore has produced a case study on the process she used to change assessment from an exam to course work for level 6 students (PDF versionaudio version).

A case study from Sue McPherson outlines the change of assessment from a traditional closed exam to a mid-semester take home examination paper ( PDF versionaudio version)

Assessments that Work Well Online – Presented by Ian Glover and Dave Darwent, Principal Learning Technologists, Digital Learning Team, SETL at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

Journal articles

Recent conference presentations

Blackboard

Recent conference presentations

Collaborative

In September 2020, the Directorate of Global Development & Partnerships hosted a Collaborative Course Leaders Forum and here are a collection of videos highlighting the work and collaborations from colleagues across the university;

Conferences

Course Improvement Plans (CIPs)

Understanding Course Performance – Presented by Lynsey Parker,  Planning Manager, Planning, Risk & Compliance, Strategy, Planning & Insight and colleagues at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’. 

Course Leadership

Developing Student Experience Through ‘Course Leader Surgeries – Presented by James Fenwick, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader BA (Hons) Media SSA at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

Innovative approaches to moving practical learning online – By Lesley Saunders and Lucy Kirkham, Senior Lecturers, Adult Nursing in The Times Higher Education online January 2021.

A Course Leader on a part-time teaching degree to signpost their students to various services and information. – Created by Heather Wain, Head of Academic Development SSH for fellow course leaders.

Student support model July 2019 for course leaders – Hosted by Carol Saunders, Simon Thompson and Melissa Jacobi at the Transforming Lives staff session.

Digital Capability

MS Teams – not just another tool – Presented by Richard McCarter, Jason Ruffell and Iain Thompson Digital Learning Team, SETL at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

A collection of case studies to showcase good digital practice in areas such as  **  module delivery  **  presenting online  **  screen casting  **  student engagement  ** breakout rooms  using google  **  using blackboard – to share ideas which may be use in your teaching. Hosted by the Digital Learning Team.

How Google Docs were utilised for collaborative work and presentations in a synchronous and asynchronous environment. Created by Dr Tom Bassindale, Principal Lecturer, Biosciences and Chemistry, HWLS. 

Journal articles

Book chapters

Disability

Learning Contracts – Presented by Catherine McAuley, Senior Disability Adviser and Marissa Hill, Head of SRAC, SAS at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

Mencap Learning Disability Week – June 2021

14th – 20th is Mencap’s Learning Disability Week. The 2021 theme is Art and Creativity, a theme which clearly reflects the well-established and ongoing collaborative endeavours seen in Hallam’s Department of Nursing and Midwifery. 

For the last 15 years, staff and students from the BSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities) and Social Work course have worked in partnership with a group of adults who have a learning disability and/or autism. The ‘Partners in Learning’ group is made up of seven experts by their own experiences. Group members work collaboratively and creatively with staff to plan and facilitate students’ learning. A creative example of Partners in Learning’s work is their ‘A-Z of Learning Disabilities’ poster campaign which you can see displayed in the café area of the Robert Winston Building (Collegiate Campus). Here, you will also find artwork created by experts, staff and students from the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences.

If you would like to explore further the types of needs, strengths and talents that people with a learning disability may have, please email Charlotte Nutting (Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability Nursing and Social Work). 

Employability

Careers Centre 360: A presentation by Chris Webb, Hannah Holmes and Rachel Gradwell, Employability Advisers on academic advising – supporting career and employability development in curriculum

Evaluation

Staff Guide to Using Evidence – Presented by Liz Austen, Head of Evaluation & Research, Student Engagement, Evaluation & Research, SETL at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’. 

External Examining

Making external examining for for the future

November 2020: Dr Lia Blaj-Ward, senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, points to ‘the emphasis on the importance of calibration across the sector’ as the highlight of Advance HE’s external examiner course. Visit Advance HE for more information

Reflections of an External Examiner

December 2018: John Freeman, Principal Lecturer, HWB spoke to a group of academic colleagues during an External Examiners workshop about life as an external examiner.  John has undertaken the role of External Examiner for about 12 years, in fact pretty much since John started at Hallam! You can read more about John’s role on the HWB Learning Enhancement pages.

Feedback

Exemplars are examples of previous students’ work or examples developed by practitioners that when used in learning activities help students to grasp key concepts, skills, content and assessment standards and criteria. Unlike model answers which are examples of a ‘perfect’ answer, exemplars are examples of varying standards of academic work.

Formative Feedback for level 5 Employability Skills for Financial Services – created by Zoe Newsham and focusses on the use of formative feedback in developing an Employability Portfolio to support students in assessment and achieving their future goals.

Formal Feedback for Level 5 Electronic Crime (Cybercrime from 2021/22) – created by Tony O’Brien and focusses on the use of formative feedback to support students as they prepare for their single individual assignment.

Applied projects: Working with local businesses – created by Sue Beckingham and focusses on second-year module students working in groups with a local business to help them develop a digital marketing strategy. 

Formative Feedback Practice – Level 6 strategy – Ethics, Privacy and Social Responsibility – created by Rob Baker.

Formative Feedback Plan: Managing and Developing People – Level 5  – created by Michelle Blackburn, module leader for this 2020/21 delivery.

Formative Assessment in a HR Module – created by Lynne Booth and Michelle Blackburn and focusses on small changes to boost engagement with formative tasks.

Incremental Formative Feedback for Success – created by Jo Watts and Marc Duffy and focusses on weekly, scheduled Formative Feedback and Optional Formative Submission.

Formative Feedback for Level 6 Food Perception and Consumer Behaviour students – created by Jennifer Smith Maguire and focusses on a formative feedback worksheet that students complete in the run-up to their first assignment, which is used as the basis for a formative feedback seminar session.

Formative Feedback for Level 4 Marketing & Digital Analysis – created by Jeanette Baker & Jayne Revill and focusses on the use of formative feedback to support L4 student assessment preparation for their first summative reflection.  

Formative Feedback for Level 4 Data Analysis for Business Decisions and Financial Analysis for B – created by Jayne Revill and Tony O’Brien and focusses on the use of formative feedback to support L4 student assessment preparation for their first summative reflection.  

Approaches to Online Feedback – Presented by Stuart Hepplestone, Digital Learning Solutions Manager and Dave Darwent, Principal Learning Technologist, Digital Learning Team – SETL at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

The HWLS Nursing and Midwifery department’s LTA Forum will be developing their methods on feedback based around the following articles;

Journal articles

Book chapters

Recent conference presentations

  • Juliet Hinrichsen and Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred (January 2018). Preparing your teams to give feedback. Presented at The F Word: Designing, improving and using feedback.  Working with a range of examples and activities this session focussed on how the effectiveness of feedback is dependent on prior planning.  We explored what teams can do in advance to shape the feedback experience of students and ensure that feedback supports student attainment.  Read our participant positives and participant challenges
  • Graham Holden and Helen Kay (January 2018). Preparing your students for feedback. Presented at The F Word: Designing, improving and using feedback. Students’ assessment literacy is critical to their positive engagement with assessment and feedback. Using a range of activities we explored different ways in which students’ understanding of standards and criteria can be developed. See some of the comments from our participants and our 5 approaches. 
  • Glover, I., Hepplestone, S. & Parkin, H. (April 2015). Making Connections: How students use feedback to inform future learning. Presented at Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference 2015, Liverpool, UK. 

Group Work

Hallam Guild

Our Hallam Guild group have developed some resources from their Hallam Guild activities.

Hallam Model

Hallam Model: What it means to you and your course

Presented by Elaine Buckley, Director Academic Development & Diversity and Adam Wilkinson, Principal Business Analyst, Business Change – Transformation at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’. 

Hallam Welcome

(Overview of) Hallam Welcome – January Intake

Presented by Ricky Parkinson, Hallam Welcome Project Officer and Sarah Smart, Hallam Welcome Project Lead – Hallam Welcome Project Team at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’. 

Inclusive Practice

Developing strong student networks for all: Lessons from care experienced and estranged students journeys in higher education

Presented by Nathaniel Pickering, Senior Lecturer, Liz Austen, Head of Evaluation and Research and Alan Donnelly, Researcher – Student Engagement, Evaluation & Research (STEER) Student Experience, Teaching & Learning – SETL at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

Community of Practice Design Guide – a Step-by-Step Guide for Designing & Cultivating Communities of Practice in Higher Education. ©2005 Darren Cambridge, Soren Kaplan, and Vicki Suter.

Journal articles

Also see Accessibility.

In Conversation

In Conversation is a series of short video podcasts showcasing our academic colleagues’ experiences of delivering teaching and learning during the pandemic. 

International

(Supporting) international students to achieve academic success

Presented by Krassie Teneva, Head of International Experience, International Experience Team, SAS at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

Lecture Capture

December 2020: approaches you can take to create pre-recorded lecture material. How being authentic enhances the relationship you have with your students, moving away from the idea that screencasts have to be totally polished. 

Online teaching and learning

  • This series of 5 minute videos is to support teachers with the (fast) switch to e-learning due to the pandemic. The ideas in the videos are based on principles of ‘good pedagogy’ such as: the pedagogy of care, assessment as learning, feedback for learning, inclusivity.
  • COVID-19 has changed university teaching – 5 things to stick with in the future.
  • Resources for Inspiring Learning – a suite of resources to support the development of practice and promote engagement with inspiring teaching and learning. 

Journal articles

Book chapters

Research Reports

Module Leadership

Peer and Peer-led Learning

Peer Learning – Teach Meet: success and challenges – a collection of presentations and posters.

Professional development

Journal articles

Published conference paper: Irwin, B. & Boulton, H. (2010). Analysing the development of professional identity in blogging discourse. In C. Rust (Ed.) Improving student learning: for the twenty-first century learner. Proceedings of the 17th improving student learning symposium. Oxford, The Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, 22-32. 

Research

October 2020 – David Smith, Jo Lidster and Girish Ramchandani – HWLS.

Staff support and wellbeing

Wellbeing Support for Staff 

Presented by Laura Humphreys, Senior HROD Advisor, HROD and Rebecca Malone, Planning & Operations Manage, Academic Development & Diversity Team at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’. 

Wellbeing: Helping ourselves to help our students and each other

Presented by Naomi Saxton, Lead Wellbeing Practitioner, Report and Support, Student Wellbeing, SAS at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’. 

Student Engagement

Measuring student engagement

Presented by Stuart Hepplestone Digital Learning Team, SETL at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’. 

(Using) Learning Analytics and Student Engagement Data to Support Students

Presented by Neil McKay, Dean of Students and Paul Dewsnap, Project Manager at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’. 

Fostering a sense of belonging through pre-arrival on-line transition activities

Presented by Charmaine Myers, Principal Lecturer – Employability & Curriculum Design – BESE, James Coope, Senior Administrator (Curriculum Design) – BESE, Jude Langdon, Senior Lecturer, Academy of Sport and Physical Activity – HWLS and Vicki Norman, Senior Lecturer, Academy Sport and Physical Activity – HWLS at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’. 

Fostering student engagement online

Presented by Juliun Ryan, Senior Lecturer/Principal Learning Technologist, Digital Learning Team, SETL at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

Strategies for Engagement: how developing resources within Blackboard and Google Forms to create a ‘Workbook’ approach can help with engagement.

Presented by David Smith, Associate Professor, Biosciences and Chemistry HWLS – December 2020.

Reports for supporting student engagement: using the reporting tools available in Blackboard to check student engagement. 

Presented by Martin Roberts, Senior Lecturer, Finance, Accounting and Business Systems BTE – December 2020. 

Developing strong student networks for all: Lessons from care experienced and estranged students journeys in higher education

Presented by Nathaniel Pickering, Senior Lecturer, Liz Austen, Head of Evaluation and Research and Alan Donnelly, Researcher – Student Engagement, Evaluation & Research (STEER) Student Experience, Teaching & Learning – SETL at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

Developing Student Experience Through ‘Course Leader Surgeries

Presented by James Fenwick, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader BA (Hons) Media SSA at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

Journal articles

Book chapters

Student Representatives

Meet the Student Representatives

Hosted by Praise Ishola, BTE Officer and Laith Jaafar, SSA Officer and joined by Kaz Gipson, Mature student rep, Ryia Bernard-Jones, BME students’ rep, Zainab Ata, Open Space Rep and Arun Pandey, Dept rep for Management at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

Student Skills and development

(Introduction to the) Skills Centre & taster session

Presented by Kate Parr and Michele Lockwood-Edwards – Academic Skills Advisers – Library Services, SAS at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

Skills Centre Writing Gym Taster – video

Created by Mat Hare and Kirsty Hemsworth Skills Team, Library Services at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’.

Student Connect: Connecting SHU students through a brand new digital peer-assisted learning programme

Presented by Jayne Evans and Mat Hare Skills Team, Library Services and Lisa Abrahams UK Partnership Manager for Studiosity at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’. 

Student Support

Supporting students in distress and the Sheffield Hallam at Risk Pathways (SHARP)

Presented by Sarah Smart – Student Transition and Welfare Team, SAS at the December 2020 Course Leader Fest ‘Engaging and Thriving’. 

Transitions into higher education

Highly Skilled Employability (HSE) – a collection of video case studies in practice.

 

 Last updated: 6th January 2022 NB