March 18, 2015, by Teaching at Nottingham

Teaching and Learning at UNNC

2014-15 sees us still in the middle of birthday celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the UNNC campus and we will end festivities in April 2015 with an International Student Summit led by representatives from all 3 of our student associations in China, Malaysia and the UK and with contributions from students from HE institutions from around the world.

The summit, on the resonant topic of ‘Thinking Globally, Acting Locally’, represents the culmination of efforts to ensure students are at the centre of activities at UNNC not least in terms of T&L. Our Education Network is also making big efforts this year to enhance activities on and feedback relating to the LCFs and ensuring that the student voice plays an active part in our critical thinking and self-reflection as an institution.

As we work with staff across all three faculties on Teaching Transformation this year our special focus is on technology-enabled learning and we have made some great new appointments who are starting to spend time with schools and units to identify best practice and to nurture innovations in this area. For the second year running, we are supporting teaching innovations through a small grants scheme.

This all combines with broader thinking about how our campus environment might better enable learning. Under the aspirational heading ‘learningeverywhere@UNNC’, staff from Estates, Information Services, the Library and the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Office working with our teaching staff and our students are brainstorming the classroom (and the campus) of the future, thinking about learning spaces through key terms and concepts like flipping, flexible or layered experiences, collective intelligence, social network theory, nomadic learners and personalised experience.

It is great to be working with our sister campuses on this topic and we have already held a series of productive workshops and events at the start of the academic year to generate ideas and energy around the subject.

Professor Julie Sanders

Vice Provost (Teaching and Learning), UNNC

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