Date & Time: Tuesday 16 June 2020, 10:30 – 12:20


10:30-11:15 Workshop Session A

Workshop 1: Lessons from COVID-19 for achieving greater social innovation through student placements.

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Presenters: Jenny Devers and Fiona Burbeary, FHES

When COVID-19 hit UK healthcare, UoN final year Occupational Therapy students were undertaking their final practice placement. This workshop sets out the complexities of the solution operationalised and seeks to explore the potential moving forward to enable student learning to achieve greater social innovation. This workshop draws on the achievements and innovations of UoN students sharing various examples of virtual contact and activity that resulted in significant social capital at a time of great social need. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunities to share examples of social innovation in their fields of study, and to exchange views on the implications for policy and resource.

Workshop 2: Using Escape Rooms for student inductions – implications for online delivery.

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Presenters: Kate Coulson and Paul Rice, LLS

During the 2019-20 academic year, an Escape Rooms activity was used as part of the Induction Week with 450 undergraduate health students. Student feedback shows that this approach worked well. This workshop will explore how this approach can be used to induct students for the academic year 2020-21. At time of writing it is unclear whether induction will be conducted face to face, online or a mixture of the two approaches. The induction materials and teaching interventions need to be more flexible than ever and ensure that students receive a good experience whether they are on campus or not. The workshop will encourage discussion and reflection upon current practice and how we use the experiences to enhance the student experience during 2020-21.

Workshop 3: Imagining futures: Creative approaches to world problems.

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Presenters: Kirsty Wagstaffe and Elizabeth Palmer, FAST

The Foundation Arts Cognate developed a module that links to employability and social impact. The module allows students to investigate a range of current global issues relating to UN development goals. This workshop will explain the way the module works and show the work that the students have produced. The Foundation students will join the workshop to explain their ideas in more detail. In the workshop, participants will work in multi-disciplinary groups and be given one of the UN development goals for them to explore the goal and to come up with some innovative ideas that they could implement in their programmes.

11:15–11:35 Break

11:35-12:20 Workshop Session B

Workshop 4: Staff perspectives on Active Blended Learning.

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Presenter: Virginia Antunes, ILT

ILT has undertaken a study to explore tutors’ attitudes and experiences of ABL. This workshop will start with a short introduction to the study, its aims, design and materials. Questions from the survey and the interviews will be selected to discuss in groups. Groups will be asked to decide how they believe most participants have answered. Groups will then be asked to feedback their views to the other groups. To consolidate the discussion, actual findings from the study will be presented and key conclusions highlighted.

Workshop 5: What does normality look like after the lockdown? A reflection on doctoral students’ remote supervision.

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Presenter: Hala Mansour, FBL

This workshop aims to reflect on Level 8 doctoral students (DBA and PhD) and supervisors’ experiences within the pandemic lockdown. It explores the issue of building the supervisor- student relationship in the current COVID-19 situation and remote supervision. The workshop will discuss lessons learnt and perspectives from Level 8 doctoral supervisors on the supervision practices and approaches after the lockdown. In the workshop, participants will have the opportunities to discuss questions, such as what will change in the current strategies or tools to communicate with doctoral students after the lockdown and what approach will be used in the future to support doctoral students.

Workshop 6: Developing curriculums and training materials internationally – lessons learnt from an international project.

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Presenters: Ivana Lessner Listiakova and David Preece, FHES

This workshop will share lessons learn from the Erasmus+ ASD-EAST project focused on improving the quality of life of students with autism in three central/eastern European countries, by developing, piloting and evaluating a training programme for specialist teachers who work with them. International projects such as ASD-EAST present opportunities to share good teaching practice and develop new training programmes in collaboration with experts from different countries. However, opportunities can turn into threats if we do not allow enough time for getting to know, understand and trust each other and establishing a strong team ethos based upon mutual respect and effective communication. In this workshop, participants will share their own experience from collaborative practice, and to come up with strategies how to better communicate and collaborate in international projects.