The Course Leader role is a key role and one that many academics undertake at some stage during their time at ARU. Until recently, however, there has been little dedicated support for colleagues who serve in this crucial leadership role. Since 2016 Anglia Learning & Teaching has been working with colleagues from across the University to address this.
A key development has been the introduction of an increasingly comprehensive suite of course leader workshops. These has been developed with input from Deputy Deans, Faculty Directors of Learning, Teaching & Assessment, key staff in central services and other experienced Course Leaders.
Wednesday 21 February 2018, 1–4pm
Thursday 22 February 2018, 1–4pm
This workshop explores examples of innovative pedagogies that have been used to enhance the student experience at course level, including the use of social. It will also explore how Course Leaders can build a digital component into their courses.
This workshop explores the concept of project management – a term which is commonplace in the world of commerce and business. It considers how its principles and approaches can potentially be applied by Course Leaders to develop a different and more successful approach to the management of their courses.
This workshop showcases examples of creative, dynamic or innovative assessment, including good practice in the use of e-assessment and innovative feedback mechanisms. It will also include an exploration of measures taken at course and Faculty level to address the issue of assessment literacy as an area of expertise for staff and for students.
Innovative and bold curriculum frameworks and curriculum design have the potential to enhance the coherence of high education courses, to build a more consistent student experience, and to unleash the creativity of our staff and students. This workshop will introduce Course Leaders to an important new curriculum framework titled the ‘Active Curriculum’ which is being implemented as a key element of the Corporate Plan, ‘Designing our Future’.
This workshop explores the factors that lead to students withdrawing from ARU and the statistics relating retention – the numbers involved and the demographic dimension. It also explores examples of good practice in the design of induction and transitions support, pedagogies that drive enhanced engagement (and thus improved retention), and how both can be utilised by Course Leaders and their teams to enhance student retention and successful progression on their own courses.
The Active Curriculum Working Group on Placement and Work-based Learning are keen to develop a clearer picture of the kinds of placements and work-based learning opportunities that students have on our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses at Anglia Ruskin. The questionnaire should only take five minutes to complete.Complete the questionnaire.
We have created the Canvas community site, Course Leader’s Companion. The content is divided into the following sections:
ARU hosts an annual Course Leaders conference each September. The theme of the 2017 conference was ‘Student Retention’. Details of the course leader conference for September 2018 will be announced later in the academic year.
Each Faculty convenes its own Course Leader Forums on a regular basis during the academic year. These provide an excellent opportunity to keep abreast of recent developments at ARU, and to share practice with other Course Leaders. Contact your Director of Learning Teaching & Assessment for more information on the dates/venues for Course Leader Forum meetings in your own Faculty.
ALSS – Dr Liz Bradbury (email@example.com)
FHSCE – Sian Shaw (firstname.lastname@example.org)
FMS – Dr Mark Kerrigan (email@example.com)
FST – Dr Toby Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LAIBS – Dr Steve McDonald (email@example.com)