Monday, 29 November 2010

PRF afternoon

We had a really interesting afternoon with the PRF firstly a presentation on students perceptions of feedback by Sarita Robinson, which made us consider the emotional investment angle and how to better support students. This gave me lots of ideas when giving my feedback. The workshop by Tania Horak from Wiser on academic writing was useful as again in uncovered some of our innate assumptions about students writing, and how to recognise a really good piece of academic writing. Its not all about grammar and spelling you know! The next academic workshop will be in March which has more of a practical how to angle.

Thursday, 25 November 2010


A few mambers of the PRF and a lot of the LDU went to ISSOTL in Liverpool. Ruth Pilkington and Peter Lumsden had great posters which attracted plenty of interest. Dawn Harrison gave a session on reflection, and myself and Mandy Dillion gave a round table discussion on research informed teaching. We made some great new friends from universties near and far, and even set up an online discussion group on measuring impact. It was a worthwile event but rather expensive conference held at the Liverpool BT convention centre on the Docks. The convention centre itself was ok but some of the rooms were to small and the staff were not very helpful, and the food was nothing to write home about. Liverpool is a lovely city but i may avoid the convention centre next time.