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


Monday 6 July
Tuesday 7 July

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Researching your Teaching

With Erik Blair, University of the West Indies)

The academic role is often divided into three parts - teaching, research and service. Instead of seeing these parts in isolation, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning offers practitioners the opportunity to see their role in a more holistic fashion. In the busy world of higher education, using your teaching as your research data can offer a time-saving approach to meeting various job requirements. This workshop will help you engage with your own particular teaching and learning environment and support you to become a more thoughtful practitioner-researcher.

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.

*To be rescheduled*

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

 *To be rescheduled*

Context and Problem Based Learning: An Integrated Approach

With Dylan Williams, Department of Chemistry, University of Leicester

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Leicester has been using context and problem based learning (C/PBL) in chemistry teaching since 2007. The integration of C/PBL into teaching has improved the retention rate of first year students. The varied modes of assessment for C/PBL activities have led to an improvement in the transferable  skills of students. This seminar will discuss the practicalities of developing and integrating C/PBL activities into a physical science programme, highlighting potential challenges as well as aspects of good practice. The session will include examples of C/PBL activities as well as a short problem for participants to engage with. The session will conclude with a brief discussion of the impact that C/PBL has had on the student experience at Leicester.

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.

Everyone is welcome. Tea and coffee is provided.

8th June 2015 - “Language Trails” with Eszter Tarsoly of UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies.

We are using a mobile and web app to enable people to obtain early access the slides and other files from presentations, and to post questions and discussion points before and during the session.

The UCL Arena app works on iOS and Android devices, and via modern web browsers on any platform. The guide sheet is here. Once you’ve activated in the app, you can log into this session to get access to the slides and post any questions or comments. This will continue into the session itself.

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

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.

Equality and Diversity in Teaching

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

Future sessions to be scheduled. 

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

Future sessions to be scheduled. 

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.

Future sessions to be scheduled.

Students Learning through Groupwork

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

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, Art 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.

Need help with registration or can't find what you're after?

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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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