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Your BEAMS Team

Jason2

Dr Jason Davies

Senior Teaching Fellow

Email: j.p.davies@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 1991

Ext: 41991


jennymarie2

Dr Jenny Marie

(on maternity leave December 2013 to December 2014)

Senior Teaching Fellow

Email: j.marie@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 8334

Ext: 48334


paul

Dr Paul Walker

Principal Teaching Fellow and Associate Director (Student Engagement)

Email: paul.walker@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 1666

Ext: 41666


Andrew

Andrew Bishop

School Support Officer

Email: a.bishop@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7679 8325

Ext: 48325

MOOCs, E-learning and Beyond

BEAMS

The following pages are dedicated to the faculties and departments that constitute the School of BEAMS: the Bartlett, Engineering Sciences and Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

We aim to work in a discipline-specific context, providing support and advice for those staff who support teaching and learning, underpinned by our expert knowledge.


Current Projects

HEA Accreditation (BEAMS)

Projects and Timescale

Description

Outputs

HEA Accreditation (BEAMS)

Jan - June 14

A series of workshops to support staff (including PGTAs) in applying for HEA recognition through the UCL scheme.
  • Workshops

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Training

Projects and Timescale

Description

Outputs

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Training

Sept 13 - July 14

Training to be provided for all new PGTAs in the school, with the possibility of going on to gain accreditation from the HEA.
  • PGTA training (baseline sessions)
  • Seminars to support portfolio writing for HEA accreditation
  • Moodle site

NSS Support

Projects and Timescale

Description

Outputs

NSS Support

Sept 13 - July 14

Research and guidance for departments to support them in raising their NSS scores.
  • Transcripts from focus groups
  • Consultative advice
  • Workshops

Lecturecast and Lecturetools (Engineering)

Projects and Timescale

Description

Outputs

Lecturecast and Lecturetools (Engineering)

Sept 13 - July 14

Pedagogic support for the use of lecturecast and the trial of lecturetools in the Engineering faculty, to determine their utility for spread across UCL.
  • Consultative advice

The Economies and Pedagogies of Class Size (Bartlett)

Projects and Timescale

Description

Outputs

The economies and pedagogies of class size (Bartlett)

Oct 13 - Aug 14

Research into the effectiveness of teaching in large classes, how it can be done most effectively and the cost benefit.
  • Internal report
  • Verbal report to FTC

Assessment and Feedback - MAPS

Projects and Timescale

Description

Outputs

Assessment and Feedback - major project (MAPS)

Nov 12 – Nov 13 (stage 1)

Nov 13 - Aug 14 (stage 2)

We are investigating current and potential assessment and feedback practices across MAPS in order to:

- Recognise good practices and facilitate their further development

- Investigate how best practice can be translated more easily across the faculty and between faculties.

This is being conducted primarily through focus groups (staff and students separately).

  • An internal report
  • A presentation to FTC, DTCs and SSCCs
  • Workshop for staff
  • Updated action plan for our work
  • Suggestions for changes to the academic regulations
  • Publication of non-sensitive results in peer-reviewed education journals.
  • Contributions to the Teaching and Learning Portal

Report Summary (pdf)

Baseline Study of Student Experience (Engineering)

Projects and Timescale

Description

Outputs

Baseline study of student experience (Engineering)

2012 - 2022

We are gathering data via student questionnaire and focus groups to evaluate the success of the Integrated Engineering Project and to inform its progress as it is embedded in the faculty. Feedback and reports to departments and the faculty.

Crits Project

Project and Timescale

Description

Outputs

Crits Project

2012 – 2017

The aim is to identify best practice in the crits process, not least to reduce the levels of anxiety for Architectural students, thereby improving students' abilities to learn from the process. 
  • An internal report
  • Publication of non-sensitive results
  • Further work with the schools to ensure best practice is implemented
  • Contributions for the teaching and learning portal
  • Presentation at the AAE conference 4-5 April 2013

Building an International Network of the Best Schools (Engineering)

Projects and Timescale

Description

Outputs

Building an international network of the best schools (Engineering)

Dec 12 – Aug 14

The faculty tutor wishes to build an international network of the 'most interesting engineering schools in the world' with direct and sustained input from CALT
  • Active teaching collaborations and short 'exchanges' with a select group of the best engineering schools
  • Shared curricula and collaborations are intended in the longer term

Completed Projects

Personal Tutoring Resource Building

Project and Timescale

Description

Outputs

Personal Tutoring project (MAPS, in collaboration with Paul Walker)

Dec 12 – Sept 13

We aim to develop personal tutoring practice within the faculty in order to improve the support students receive in terms of personal development, careers advice and pastoral care. This in turn should improve the NSS satisfaction rates for Personal Development, the DLHE data and progression rates.
  • Workshops to departmental Personal Tutors
  • Personal tutoring and career guidance workshop (Chemistry)
  • Ultimately creation of scalable resource (Moodle) for MAPS (that will extend beyond the initial project)
  • Printed and online resources for Personal Tutors and students

Please visit the Personal Tutors' Portal for staff and the Personal and Professional Development (PPD) website for students for available resources.

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Support (Engineering)

Projects and Timescale

Description

Outputs

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA) Support (Engineering)

Dec 12 – Feb 13

To be run in conjunction with HEA: resources being built up, Moodle site begun and to be ongoingly developed.
  • PGTA training
  • Moodle site
  • These will act as exemplars and scalable resource for PGTA training in the faculty and then BEAMS

Teaching Scholarship Collection

Projects and Timescales

Description

Outputs

Teaching Scholarship collection (BEAMS)

Oct 12– Jan 13 (then on-going maintenance)

This project is establishing a database of published papers on BEAMS-teaching subjects, with critical annotations and ratings for others' guidance. They will provide exemplars to prompt and guide innovative/effective approaches to teaching across BEAMS.
  • Database to inform our Learning & Teaching guidance and guidance to UCL staff on publishing papers about their teaching
  • Dissemination of the best papers (termly)

Educational Development Research in the Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment

In March 2012 the Bartlett Management Advisory Group asked CALT to carry out applied research identifying and disseminating current good pedagogic practice in order to enhance and develop existing practice across the school.

For the CALT/BEAMS Educational Development Research, CALT’s BEAMS school-facing Teaching Fellows, along with Dr Silvia Sovic and CALT's BEAMS School Support Officer/Research Assistant, undertook a two-tiered study.

The quantitative preliminary study, an Opinio survey, was shared with the Faculty of Engineering Sciences. This survey of student learning was sent to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students from both faculties and enabled the evaluation of curricula reforms comparatively across the two faculties.

The qualitative second part of the study involved student and staff focus groups and interviews, as well as document analysis of Faculty Teaching and Learning Strategies, evaluation reports and Subject Benchmark Statements.

Development of the Atkins/UCL MSc in Rail Integrated Design Management

Atkins’ UK rail business has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with University College London to launch a new MSc in Rail Integrated Design Management. The course, which will be taught by Atkins and accredited by UCL, will further equip design leaders and technical managers with the skills to manage large multidisciplinary engineering design projects and to work effectively with their stakeholders.

All of the modules but one will be taught by Atkins staff. However, the only teaching experience that many of them have has been gained through running in-house training. CALT’s former Principal Teaching Fellow Elizabeth Grant hosted a series of academic development teaching workshops and seminars over the past academic year looking at programme and module specifications, curriculum design and planning, and assessment.

Please click on the presentation below, given at The Future of Education-Employer Partnerships Westminster Briefing on 3rd March 2012, for more information on the development of this new industry-linked programme.

'Developing an MSc in Rail Integrated Design Management' Westminster Briefing Presentation

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