Anglia Learning & Teaching aims to support, recognise, and inspire all those engaged in learning, teaching and assessment at Anglia Ruskin University. The work of this university department can be broadly divided into three areas: CPD opportunities, good teaching practice and innovation, and awards and recognition.
Through the provision of staff development activities, short courses (often with external accreditation), workshops addressing aspects of learning, teaching and assessment practice and a number of virtual learning environment (VLE) sites, we aim to provide colleagues with opportunities to develop their professional skills to better support student learning as well as recognise and reward their dedication and hard work.
A series of online learning sessions take place regularly including our '3rd Wednesday Webinars' covering topics such as marking, social media and accessible documents, and '10 Days of Twitter', a short course on how to use Twitter in a professional academic context. We deliver online resources to develop your use of the Virtual Learning Environment and 'Open Educational Resources in 15 minutes' teaches you to find and use free online material to enhance your teaching. We share interactive teaching tools such as 'Google Tools for Student Engagement' which shows you how to use free Google tools to connect with students. And we develop your use of smart technologies for teaching with help from our IT team and extensive resource library.
Our events calendar has something for everyone and encourages our teaching staff to come together. ENGAGE, our annual Learning and Teaching conference celebrates learning, teaching and assessment and include keynotes, workshops and paper presentations.Talking about Teaching seminars are held every month and include topics such as graduate skills, peer coaching, and maximising student success. TeachMeet is an opportunity to share ideas with fellow educators on learning, teaching and assessment techniques. We also organise one-off events such as the Assessment Fiesta, which celebrates good practice from across Anglia Ruskin and explores ways to transform students’ assessment and feedback experiences and DigiFest, which celebrates good practice in technology-enhanced learning.
We also send out our Monthly Update to bring our teaching staff news of what’s happening in learning, teaching and assessment.
We work with a wide range of university stakeholders to share good practice including Directors of Learning, Teaching and Assessment, Learning Technologists, Student Services,and the Academic Office. We're leading major institutional projects such as Making our Mark, Anglia Ruskin’s three-year project to enhance assessment and feedback. We're continually working with both staff and students to improve assessment literacy and our Technology-Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT) menu shares good practice in the use of learning technologies for learning and teaching. Team-Based Learning workshops explore what Team-Based Learning is, how to get started, and how to facilitate. Online Submission focuses on supporting and extending the use of Turnitin-GradeMark to improve the online submission of students’ work, marking and feedback whilst providing better integration with other University systems.
Our commitment is to make material accessible to all and thus Media, Streaming and Recording is evolving all the time. Our Digital Literacy Framework underpins integration of digital literacy into the curriculum and future staff development. And our Student Engagement Framework focuses on the development of an institutional framework for enabling students to be effective and fully engaged partners in as many of our academic processes as possible, in the wider context for enhanced student engagement. The Good Teaching Project actively seeks out examples of good teaching; videos and case studies are available on our website for shared learning.
We lead institutional research projects in learning and teaching, fund projects by Anglia Ruskin staff, and support staff in externally-funded projects. We also promote the preparation of pedagogic research for peer-reviewed publication.
We facilitate a number of Awards aimed at recognising, rewarding, supporting and developing excellent practice. Five Award schemes are available to ensure that there are opportunities for all individuals and teams at Anglia Ruskin.
The Anglia Professional Recognition Scheme for Teaching and Supporting Learning provides routes to Anglia Ruskin and Higher Education Academy fellowships in one of four categories which reflect an individual’s role and experience in teaching and supporting learning.
Our University Teaching Fellowship Awards Scheme aims to recognise outstanding contributions to learning and teaching here, as well as within the higher education community. Successful applicants will receive an honorary title, and will be able to access a fund to support pedagogic development projects.
Through the annual National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, the Higher Education Academy makes up to 55 individual awards of £10,000 each to exceptional practitioners within the higher education sector. Successful individuals are also eligible to apply for funding for learning and teaching-related research projects. Each institution can nominate up to 3 individuals annually. We support and develop individuals to be our university’s nominees to the scheme.
Our annual Vice Chancellor’s Awards recognise exceptional contributions to our community from individuals and teams. Each year up to 8 awards of £2,000 each are made to successful applications.
The Learning and Teaching Project Awards are open to all individuals and teams involved in teaching and in supporting the student learning experience at Anglia Ruskin. Funding is available for projects addressing issues of learning, teaching, and assessment that are aligned with our Learning, Teaching and Assessment strategy.
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