Monday, 1 July 2013

PRF dates for 2013-14

The PRF is an important university-wide community that supports teaching and learning excellence. 
·         We hold regular seminars at which colleagues share their practice and report on pedagogic research. We also run two larger annual events: the Teaching Exchange and the Sharing Practice Conference.
·         We host regular reading groups and have a thriving network through which we disseminate papers, calls for conferences, funding calls and disseminate good practice. The network has a community site within Blackboard, which is open to staff and postgraduate students.  
·         We publish an annual journal which is peer reviewed with an editorial board led by Gavin Sim and Michael Thomas. 
·         We have produced two resources for staff: the Guide to Pedagogic Research, and an Impact publication showcasing the work and impact of the PRF.
Ruth Pilkington from SoESS is the Chair of the PRF.
Helen Hewertson  is the main contact for  activities and resources 
HHewertson at uclan dot ac dot uk 

Dates of Seminars for the PRF in 2013-14

Times 1-2pm
Meetings are normally in Fy114 and will include 1 paper presentation plus networking
Monday, 21ST October 2013
Wednesday, 20th November 2013
            Friday, 17th January 2014

Times 12-1pm
Monday, 10th February 2014
Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Friday, 16th May 2014


Regular Meetings are supplemented by special events each semester.  These take the form of Teaching Exchanges which will allow the sharing of practice around themes and topics of interest to members

Semester 1 Wed 20th November 2-4 after the PRF. 
Semester 2 Wed 18th June 12-4. Teaching  Exchange

Thursday, 27 June 2013

National Teaching Fellows 2013

Two inspiring UCLan lecturers won the prestigious award of National Teaching Fellow.
Dr Helen Day from the School of Language, Literature and International Studies and
Francois Nel from the School of Journalism and digital communication.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching and is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland (DELNI). It is open to all higher education institutions and further education colleges in England, Northern Ireland and Wales who have more than 100 FTE students and are directly funded by HEFCE, HEFCW, or DELNI.
Up to 55 awards of £10,000 are made to recognise individual excellence. The award is intended for National Teaching Fellows' professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy."

See full news story here
We are extremely proud of our inspiring and engaging lecturers and these awards are a tangible reward for all the hard work they put in developing their teaching and providing and excellent student experience. 

Friday, 10 May 2013

Teaching Exchange 2013

This years Teaching Exchange had drop in slots with talks and a demonstration. Featuring some of the winners of the VC's excellence in learning and teaching awards....

Friday, 22 March 2013


This letter appeared in the Independent.  It raises several concerns about Gove's new curriculum

"We are writing to warn of the dangers posed by Michael Gove’s new National Curriculum which could severely erode educational standards. The proposed curriculum consists of endless lists of spellings, facts and rules. This mountain of data will not develop children’s ability to think, including problem-solving, critical understanding and creativity." 
It was also signed by over 100 academics from universities across the country many of whom are experts in education and have published multiple books and papers on education.  
The academics state that Gove did not take on board the advice of experts when designing his curriculum and as such is sacrificing a good education for rote learning which will severely affect educational standards.
Gove's response was this was to shout at the academics for living in their ivory towers and being an example of bad academia.  How ironic!  

@ThomsonPat: So Gove read my 12 books  140+ peer reviewed journal articles in 2 days as well as those of my 99 colleagues? - Pat Thompson - Professor in Education

This led to  encouraging academics to take back the term by using  #badacademia on twitter to tweet about the good education that happens in spite of Gove.
Some great tweets below:

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Turn that phone on! Mobile technology in the classroom

This PRF session featured a talk by Anna Hunter who used mobile learning and TweetDeck to encourage engagement in the classroom. Students were expected to set up a twitter account if they didn't already have one by the next session and bring a smartphone or laptop....