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The Bartlett is providing postgrads with vital graphics skills before they arrive at UCL via the Urban Skills Portal.

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'Frame yourself': an illustration by Mike Howarth

A selection of tips to help create professional-looking, powerful videos that complement face-to-face teaching.

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Formal recognition for HE teaching is available through the UCL Arena scheme. 

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How a symposium can be used to assess students’ work

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symposium teaching assessment

Judith Hillmore heard Dr Suzanne Ruddy, UCL Molecular Biosciences, tell attendees at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 how her students take part in a realistic symposium as part of their assessed work.

Students prefer tutorial-based teaching, a new study shows

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Tutorial teaching

Clare Goudy reports on a study into student attitudes to small-group teaching, presented at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014

What do students want from their personal tutors?

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Beatrice Lok personal tutor study

Abbie Willett, Beatrice Lok and Dr Paul Walker, CALT, revealed the top five most valued aspects of personal tutoring to attendees at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 

Going off-campus: help create a new framework for student project work

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off-campus project work teaching learning conference

Dr Jamie Harle, Medical Physics and Bioengineering, told the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 about a new framework for student and external supervisor engagement in off-campus work. Mark Copestake reports

Do students use feedback or just look at the mark? Dr Pam Donovan set out to find the answer

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The UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 heard the results of an experiment to explore the myths surrounding student feedback. Clare Goudy reports

In numbers: The UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014

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UCL Teaching and Learning Conference in numbers

Interaction and audience engagement played a big part in the 2014 conference, as this statistical breakdown reveals 

The President & Provost's speech - what we learned

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President and Provost Michael Arthur UCL Teaching Learning Conference speech

President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur used his speech at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 to unveil his vision for research-based education at UCL. Here are six key messages

In pictures: The UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014

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Attendees gathered in the Darwin Lecture Theatre for the closing session

From morning registration to the closing session, a pictorial roundup of the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014

Making history with iPads, peer assessment and MyPortfolio

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Zubin Mistry UCL Teaching Learning Conference 2014 History iPads

Dr Paul Walker, CALT, and Dr Zubin Mistry, UCL History, presented attendees at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 with a pioneering first-year undergraduate history module. Judith Hillmore reports

More than 800,000 objects are available for object-based learning at UCL

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More than 800,000 objects are available for object-based learning at UCL. Dr Leonnie Hannan offered some advice

Mark Copestake heard Dr Leonnie Hannan encourage attendees at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 to use objects in research-based learning

5 ways to improve your teaching videos

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Teaching video tips Jack Koumi


If anyone knows how to make the most out of educational video it’s Jack Koumi.

Having spent 22 years creating science programmes for BBC Open University, Jack has a career’s worth of first-hand experience of what does and doesn’t work in the context of higher education.

As it happened: Etienne Wenger-Trayner's keynote speech at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014

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Etienne Wenger-Trayner UCL Teaching Learning Conference keynote

Self-proclaimed "intellectual troubadour" Dr Etienne Wenger-Trayner set the tone for the conference on 3 April by describing the relationship between his theory of communities of practice and the idea of research-based education. Here are the highlights, as tweeted by members of the audience

Reason #5 to look forward to the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014: Etienne Wenger-Trayner's keynote speech

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Etienne Wenger-Trayner UCL Teaching Learning Conference communities of practice

The keynote speech promises to offer a different way of looking at education in a research-intensive university

See the full programme of events for the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014

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UCL Teaching Learning Conference programme

The full list of UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 sessions is now available at the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT) website.

Reason #4 to look forward to the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014: UCL does Question Time

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Teaching Learning Conference UCL 2014 question time

Swap party politics for pedagogy and David Dimbleby for Dr Dilly Fung and you have the final session of the conference – UCL’s own take on Question Time

Saving sight in West Africa through skills development

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Course designers prepare for the group photo

Dr Rosalind Duhs reports on her trip to Abuja, Nigeria, where she helped design a curriculum for local eye surgeons

Reason #3 to look forward to the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014: research methodology speed-dating

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I love research methodology

Use the conference’s speed-dating system to find your perfect research methodological match

Whether your loyalty lies with large data analysis or your heart belongs to narrative inquiry, the Teaching and Learning Conference’s speed-dating system will make it easy for you to find colleagues who share your research methodology from across UCL.

Better together: How Dr Parama Chaudhury swapped traditional lectures for team-based learning

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Dr Parama Chaudhury’s first-year Economics module represents a first for UCL. Based on the concept of flipping lectures, she now provides her learners with a range of sources to study before they meet, and then uses the lecture time to lead the group in team exercises.

Reason #2 to look forward to the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014: the launch of UCL Arena

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UCL Arena Teaching Learning Conference 2014

A qualification, a programme of events and a new way to develop world-class teaching and learning at UCL

99 per cent of Dr Daven Armoogum’s students have given his new feedback system the thumbs up. Here’s why

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Daven Armoogum feedback assessment innovation


“I’d heard similar things from students and staff for the past two years,” said Dr Daven Armoogum, Teaching Fellow, UCL Physics and Astronomy. “They wanted the same improvement – marking and feedback phrasing that was more consistent.”

Improve student satisfaction with 100 per cent e-submissions

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100 per cent e-submissions UCL administration

Step-by-step, Michelle Tinsley and Jemma Leahy explain how the MSc Management programme made the switch from paper coursework to Moodle and Turnitin

Reason #1 to look forward to the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014: President & Provost Michael Arthur

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Provost Michael Arthur UCL Teaching Learning Conference

The conference is your chance to hear UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur share his views on improving research-based education

Three major CPD distance learning problems and their solutions

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Ros Duhs CPD distance learning problems and solutions

Dr Rosalind Duhs explains how to avoid the pitfalls commonly faced when creating distance learning courses for continuous professional development (CPD)

What and How to Teach with Video - a one-day workshop

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Video workshop

On 1 April, former BBC Open University video producer Jack Koumi will demonstrate how to make the best use of video in teaching.

Registration is open for the Teaching and Learning Conference 2014

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Teaching and Learning Conference

Be inspired by the latest advances in education by attending UCL’s annual celebration of teaching.

Registration is now open for the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014: Inspiring Students with Research-based Education.

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