Summits and Horizons
UCL Teaching and Learning Exchange

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All events are in UCL Arena Room, 1-19 Torrington Place unless otherwise stated.

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UCL Arena Exchange Seminars

ReThese seminars are run by UCL staff. They outline examples of good teaching practice and discuss their work with colleagues. All are welcome.

UCL Arena Fellowship applicants can add attendance at these events to their record of professional development activities in Part 2 of their applications.

Date & Time


Thursday 23 April 13.00-14.00

Competence Measurement in Leadership Skills in Health and Social Care Disciplines

With Neil Ralph and Jarrod Cabourne, Department of Clinical, Health and Educational Psychology

The NHS Clinical Leadership Competency Framework (2011) states that as well as being competent in their chosen clinical discipline, health and social care professionals must demonstrate skills in leadership and management. To ensure professionals are equipped with the relevant skills, there is the need to identify and develop robust assessment methodology. In this session a review of the literature identifying existing methods of assessment in the development of leadership competences relevant to vocational training within the School of Life and Medical Science will be presented. The review will identify and evaluate how health and social care disciplines have approached the issue of competency assessment.

Please register via the Single Training Booking System.

Thursday 30 April

Improving Assessment Across a Programme

With Teresa McConlogue and Jenny Marie, UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching

Planning assessment across a programme can be demanding but the rewards for student experience and learning can be huge. This session explores the Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment (TESTA) research toolkit, which can be used to collect data on programme assessment. We will report on the use of TESTA at UCL and its impact. Dr Ghada Al-Malky and Dr Christian Hennig will describe their experiences of TESTA and the changes they made to assessment in their programmes.

Please register via the Single Training Booking System.

Wednesday 27 May

An Inclusive and Globally Socially Responsible Curriculum: Putting Global Citizenship at the Heart of your Degree Programme

With Doug Bourn, UCL Institute of Education

Global Citizenship is a major theme of UCL policies and practices. This seminar will bring perspectives from IOE on how global citizenship themes can assist academic staff ensure their courses and activities reflect diverse needs of students but at the same time promote a sense of global social responsibility. It will include examples from activities in health, engineering and education as models of interdisciplinary learning. A feature of the seminar will be an exploration of what is meant by an 'inclusive curriculum' within the context of global citizenship.

Please register via the Single Training Booking System.

Wednesday 17 June 13.00-14.00

Using ipsative assessment to motivate all learners

With Gwyneth Hughes, UCL Institute of Education

Learners can be motivated through competitive marks and grades but learners who do not perform highly may become demotivated and even high performers may experience pressure and anxiety. In an ipsative assessment learners compete only with themselves. The aim is to improve on a previous performance at the learner’s own pace. The session will explore how both ipsative feedback and ipsative marking can be used in higher education. Participants will be encouraged to think about how elements of ipsative assessment could be introduced into their practice and what the benefits and challenges might be.

Please register via the Single Training Booking System.

Thursday 18 June

Friday 19 June

Wednesday 24 June

Thursday 25 June


The Art of Teaching: Theatre Techniques for the Classroom

With Jo Tomalin, San Francisco State University

Theatre training is not only for actors, but it is also of great value to everyone - especially to those who require confidence and effective communication skills in order to give presentations, lectures, or speeches. The practical and theoretical theatre experiences in this workshop also provide introductory tools to develop creative teaching strategies that encourage student participation and, as a result, enhance the learning experience.

Please register via the Single Training Booking System.

Friday 26 June

More Techniques for the Classroom

With Jo Tomalin, San Francisco State University

Additional workshop day for participants of June 24th and 25th sessions of 'The Art of Teaching: Theatre Techniques for the Classroom'. More practice applying techniques from the first workshops This workshop can also be a 'standalone' session although priority will be given to those registering for two sessions.

Please register via the Single Training Booking System.

*To be rescheduled* 

Developing Students' Research, Writing and Collaborative Skills Using Wikis

With Parama Chaudhury, UCL Economics

We will discuss introducing wikis as a part of required coursework in two undergraduate economics modules. The wiki project had three main objectives: it gave students an opportunity to do a literature survey or other research, it required them to write analytical prose and it facilitated group work. Since our modules tend to be large in number and our student body quite diverse, students don’t often get a chance to write extensively, research or collaborate. The wiki project was a way of getting around this. We will describe the way we set up the wiki activity and present data on student engagement, and evaluation of the project.

Date to be re-scheduled soon. 

Interdisciplinary Learning: Student Voices

With Carl Gombrich

The seminar proposes to look at an analysis of interviews with 12 successful Art and Sciences BASc students after the completion of their 2nd year of the degree. 

Particular attention will be paid to 3 topical yet contentious questions:

1. Is teaching creativity possible? 
2. What is interdisciplinarity from an undergraduate's perspective?
3. Can we differentiate between the value of knowledge vs skills from an undergraduate's perspective?

UK PSF Areas:

  • A4 Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance
  • K3 How students learn, both generally and within their subject/disciplinary areas
  • V1 Respect individual learners and diverse learning communities
  • V3 Use evidence-informed approaches and the outcomes from research, scholarship and continuing professional development

To register, please visit the Single Training Booking System

Summits and Horizons

Summits and Horizons

The event, a joint venture between CALT and ELE, is a series of lunchtime events looking at new e-learning in UCL in which two or three speakers discuss how they've used new technologies in their teaching.

These sessions are on Mondays, 13.00-14.00, open to all UCL staff and take place in the UCL Arena Room, 1-19 Torrington Place.

Next session: Monday 11th May 2015

Lawrence Bellamy from Biosciences will talk about Peermark.

Everyone is welcome, tea and coffee is provided.

Future dates:

  • 8th June 2015 - E-learning and modern languages. With Esther Tarsoly, SSEES; E-learning for formative assessment. With Alex Murray​, Bartlett

There is no need to book. Please just come along.

UCL Arena Essentials

Topical lunchtime sessions for anyone who teaches and/or supports students' learning at UCL.

All sessions are 13.00-14.00.

To book, please click on the title of the session to be taken through to the Single Training Booking System.

Session Title Dates

Equality and Diversity in Teaching

An interactive seminar-style session looking at the Equality Act 2010 and its implications for inclusive teaching practices

Tuesday 5 May

Online Course Development

This session provides a framework for delivering online course materials to students via Moodle in a structured and supportive way. Moodle may be used at any (or a mix) of three levels: to provide supplementary information; deliver mandatory activities; and enable distance learning.

This course is based on current research into learning and teaching with technology. It uses the UCL E-Learning Benchmarking Framework to look at some of the following areas:

  • Orientation & Induction
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Accessibility, usability & cross-platform compatibility
  • Copyright & IPR
  • Resources & activities
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Programme / module evaluation

This workshop relates to the following areas of the UKPSF (depending on what participants choose to focus on): A1-4; K 2, 4, 5; V1-2

Wednesday 6 May

Thursday 7 May

Helping students understand assessment

Students need help to understand tutor expectations, tutor feedback and to act on feedback to improve their work. This session explores ways of helping students understand assessment.

Wednesday 13 May

Students Learning through Groupwork

This session includes managing student group work, peer review and feedback.

Thursday 14 May

Designing Sessions and Courses

This session will get you started on designing teaching, whether degrees, courses or sessions.

Tuesday 19 May

Personal Tutoring

This session will review the main purposes of personal tutoring and discuss ways of achieving them.

Wednesday 20 May

Peer Observation of Teaching

This session outlines engaging approaches to collaborative work to develop teaching. 

Thursday 21 May

Evaluating Your Teaching

This session will introduce approaches to gathering and analysing feedback from your students with the aim of improving your teaching. 

Wednesday 3 June

Giving Quicker Feedback

We look at ten ways to give quicker feedback to students and think about why quicker feedback is important.

Wednesday 10 June

Effective Lecturing

This session is based on experiential learning. We'll try out different ways of making lectures effective. Participants will consider if/how they would like to use these approaches in their lectures.

This session is based on experiential learning. We'll try out different ways of making lectures effective. Participants will consider if/how they would like to use these approaches in their lectures.

Future sessions to be scheduled.

If there is another topic not listed here that you'd like to be included or would like to contribute to, please email with your suggestion.

Object-based research - With UCL Museums and Collections

Museum objects can be employed in a variety of ways, to enhance and disseminate subject specific knowledge and to facilitate the acquisition of research, communication, practical and observational skills. Students can research objects, inspiring discussion, group work and lateral thinking – all essential key, transferable, skills. In this session you will have the chance to participate in an object based learning (OBL) session, review existing OBL resources and discuss the development of new OBL resources tailored to your student’s needs.

Session dates and times:

16.00-17.00, 19th May 2015, Grant Museum

Please Register via the Single Training Booking System

Research Supervision

If you would like to lead an Exchange Seminar, please complete the proposal form.

Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) Seminar Programme, Institute of Education

The CHES seminars provide a forum for debate and analysis of issues affecting policy, practice and research in higher education, supporting the exchange of views and experiences across higher education.  Seminars are normally held at 17.30 hrs, on the first Tuesday of the month at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way. For more information, please visit their website.

All UCL staff are invited to attend these free events. Please email Alison Peacock to register.

Other series interested individuals can attended at UCL:

  • EconomicsEducation, informal discussions about teaching methods and materials in the UCL Department of Economics.

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Please let us know (via if we do not offer any events in an area which interests you. We will do our best to arrange new sessions.

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