Elevate events

This page provides details of upcoming Learning and teaching related events that may be of interest to academic and professional staff from across the University.

See the 'Communities of Learning' page for information about Faculty-specific events.

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Teaching Drop In Sessions

Discuss any element of teaching with a teaching specialist 1:1. This service is open to all those who teach or who support teachers. We can help you plan teaching sessions, improve an area of your practice in which you would like support, or discuss challenges you face in your teaching.

Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessment
  • Module or session planning
  • Giving feedback
  • Facilitating effective group work
  • Student diversity
  • Student engagement
  • Embedding employability into the curriculum
  • Active learning (student centred) teaching strategies.

The 30 minute sessions run once every two weeks and will be held in the break out room at 210 Portobello. These sessions are confidential (any information we collect for reporting purposes will be anonymised)

Please book via this link

Engaging Students in Large Group Teaching

Thursday 18 July, 1-2pm
Lecture Theatre 8, The Diamond

Large group teaching is common around the University, and can happen in lecture theatres, computer labs and large workrooms. Teaching large groups of students presents a unique set of challenges with engaging your learners. These can include

  • Keeping student attention
  • Monitoring student learning
  • Conveying complex ideas
  • Implementing interactive activities in fixed layout teaching spaces
  • Teaching in an inclusive manner

This short session, led by the Learning and Teaching Enhancement team, will introduce you to a range of practical teaching strategies that you can take and use straight away. You will have the chance to develop an action plan specifically for your own large group teaching practice.

Feel free to bring your lunch!

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Past events

Elevate Writing Retreats

Monday 8 July, 9.30-12.30 and 1:30-4:30, IC Collaboratory 1 (room 1.26)

If you have a teaching-related writing project that needs attention, an HEA application to be finished, or if you feel that assessment has taken priority over everything else recently then this writing retreat is for you.

You can sign up for a morning, an afternoon or a whole day of focused, distraction-free, creative time.

For other writing events, tips and advice see https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/rs/ecr/events/retreat

Elevate event: The Campus as a Learning Landscape

Thursday 13 June 2019, 1-2pm

Have you ever wondered how students use the space of the campus or how physical space affects their learning experiences? This workshop explores the results of a Senate Teaching Fellows study of student use of the campus for learning. Participants will work with student drawn campus maps and have an opportunity to discuss the implications of the main themes from student interviews for their own teaching practice or support for students.

Elevate Writing Retreats

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 April 2019 (9:30-12:30)

Easter Vacation writing retreat to focus on teaching-related writing. This will be split over two mornings. If you have a teaching-related writing project that needs attention, an HEA application to be finished, or if you feel that students have taken priority over everything else recently then this is for you.

For other writing events, tips and advice see https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/rs/ecr/events/retreat

Introduction to Reflective Learning in PebblePad

Monday 15 April 2019

Pebblepad is a powerful system for creating ePortfolios, and encouraging reflective practice in your learners. This session looks at what Pebblepad is and how it can be used, giving ideas for reflective tasks and assignments on a modular or programme level, and practical skills in creating workbooks for your students.

Getting Started with Turnitin and Feedback Studio

Monday 8 April 2019

This session is intended as a introduction to the tool and how to perform some of the most common tasks. Whilst it serves as an introduction it will be beneficial for anybody who needs a refresher on using the system.

You may also want to attend if you are wanting to find out a little more about Feedback Studio.

Assessing Reflection with PebblePad ATLAS

Thursday 28 March 2019

ATLAS is the area of PebblePad where learning and teaching activity takes place, allowing you to set assignments and provide feedback to your learners. This session looks at creating Workspaces, setting student work, grading and feedback, as well as demonstrating PebblePad’s reporting functions. Please note participants should have attended the Introduction to Reflective Learning PebblePad session, or have basic knowledge of using PebblePad.

Introduction to Kaltura (online)

Monday 25 March 2019

Kaltura is our platform that supports the use of video and audio across learning and teaching, research dissemination, public engagement, marketing and communications. In this webinar session, participants will find out how to create media content, how to upload and share it with others, how to use media in your MOLE courses and how to set media-based assignments for your students. Although primarily focused on the use of media within learning and teaching, attendees from all areas are welcome.

Using Media for Learning and Teaching

Thursday 21 March 2019

This session will explore the different ways media can be used within learning and teaching. This session will examine some of the ways media is currently in use around the university, and will include some practical tips on creating your own content. Whether you want to create new imagery for your MOLE course, create a screen recording or conduct some audio interviews, this session will introduce you to the tools and techniques required. Suitable for any participant in a learning and teaching role.

Introduction to reflective learning in Pebblepad (Online)

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Pebblepad is a powerful system for creating ePortfolios, and encouraging reflective practice in your learners. This webinar session looks at what Pebblepad is and how it can be used, giving ideas for reflective tasks and assignments on a modular or programme level, and practical skills in creating workbooks for your students.

Collaborative tools in MOLE for Learning & Teaching

Thursday 14 March 2019

This session looks at the collaborative tools in MOLE - Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards. It will provide a practical look at how they are created, and discuss some case studies of how are used, before exploring how they can enhance participants’ courses and add new learning opportunities. Participants should have a working knowledge of MOLE, and should be in a learning and teaching role.

Getting Started with Turnitin and Feedback Studio (Online Session)

Thursday 14 March 2019

This webinar session focuses on using the Turnitin and Feedback studio (formally GradeMark) tools within MOLE.

In this session you will find out how to:
- Set up a Turnitin Assignment
- How to access students work
- How to interpret originality reports
- How to give marks and feedback to student work

MOLE Grade Centre

Thursday 7 March 2019

The grade centre provides access to student submissions and other gradable activities. This session looks at what you can do within the grade centre and how you can manage the grades and feedback. It will give you an insight into how students access their marks and feedback but also give you some handy tips that you might not know about.

Introduction to MOLE (online)

Tuesday 5 March 2019

This webinar session will be an introduction session to MOLE which will cover orientation and how staff can begin creating their modules/courses.

Using MOLE Tests

Thursday 28 February 2019

MOLE has a wide range of functionality when creating either formative or summative tests. This session will explore some of question types available, give you an introduction on how to create tests and explore some of ways you can set up tests. It will also give you an opportunity to try out creating some questions yourself.

Teaching Online with Webinars

Thursday 28 February 2019

Virtual classroom and communication tools allow you to bring people together, regardless of their physical location. Webinars can be used to support a variety of activities beyond teaching, including office hours, group work, consultation meetings and open days. This session will introduce the technology, and explore the differences between a face to face and virtual teaching experience. You will get to experience online teaching from a students point of view, and we will look at ways we can build interactivity into sessions.

Introduction to Classroom Engagement

Thursday 21 February 2019

Technology in the classroom can be a powerful tool in engaging students, even in large cohorts. This session looks at some of the systems that can be utilised to help increase interaction, gather feedback and focus attention on large group teaching. Tools we will look at include:  Responseware (TurningPoint); Padlet; Kahoot

You will also get an opportunity to try these technologies as a learner and discuss their benefits.

Next Steps With MOLE

19 February 2019

This session will look at taking your MOLE course further, exploring course design, assessment, and the embedding of media and external services. Its aim to provoke ideas of how a VLE can be used to increase engagement and learning opportunities, in ways that do not require technical skills, advanced software or large time commitments.

Introduction to Kaltura

Thursday 14 February 2019

Kaltura is our platform that supports the use of video and audio across learning and teaching, research dissemination, public engagement, marketing and communications. Participants will find out how to create media content, how to upload and share it with others, how to use media in your MOLE courses and how to set media-based assignments for your students. Although primarily focused on the use of media within learning and teaching, attendees from all areas are welcome.

Choosing the right Assessment Tool

11 February 2019

This session will explore the different digital assessment tools that are available within the university, looking at what each offer and discuss the kinds of assessment they may be most suitable for you. If you are wanting to undertake online assessment and want to know what options are available, this session will be beneficial to you.

Introduction to MOLE

Thursday 07 February 2019

This will be an introduction session to MOLE which will cover orientation and how staff can begin creating their modules/courses.

Elevate Learning & Teaching Mentoring Scheme 2018-19: Induction and skills session

Monday 17 December 2018

The scheme is open to all staff who teach or support learning across the university, whether they are teaching-focussed, engaged in both teaching and research or in other services. It matches mentees with mentors from a different faculty, providing space for professional discussion outside of the usual work environment. The programme has a total expected time commitment of no more than 10 hours over the academic year and begins with a compulsory induction and skills workshop which prospective mentors and mentees attend together. Following the workshop, you can choose whether you want to sign up and if so as a mentor, mentee or both.

Getting your MOLE course ready for the start of semester (webinar)

19 September 2018

These sessions look at the steps you need to take to get your MOLE courses ready for the start of term, and tips on effective use of the system. Note this session will take place online via a webinar.

Introduction to Turnitin (webinar)

19 September 2018

These sessions take colleagues through the basics of using Turnitin, including setting up assignments, interpreting the originality report, marking students’ work and providing feedback. They are aimed at staff who have no prior experience, or need to refresh their knowledge. Note this session will be held online, via a webinar.

Technology Enhanced Learning Advice Sessions

13-21 September 2018

TurningPoint - Lunch and Learn Event

11 September 2018

An Introduction to TurningPoint student polling solutions: making engagement with your students easy.  The session focusses on sharing the TurningPoint student polling system, available to all staff at the University of Sheffield. The system allows for interactive engagement with your students, in a safe and secure polling environment, that can be run within or outside of PowerPoint. TurningPoint provides for a great degree of flexibility in choosing to run an anonymous session or the ability to track performance scores to individual students.

Introduction to Turnitin (Face to Face session)

07 September 2018

These sessions take colleagues through the basics of using Turnitin, including setting up assignments, interpreting the originality report, marking students’ work and providing feedback. They are aimed at staff who have no prior experience, or need to refresh their knowledge.

Getting your MOLE course ready for the start of semester (face-to-face session)

07 September 2018

These sessions look at the steps you need to take to get your MOLE courses ready for the start of term, and tips on effective use of the system.

SCUTREA 2018 - Lifelong Learning and the Pedagogy of Hope

17-19 July 2018

The SCUTREA 2018 conference aims to showcase the transformative nature of adult education and to celebrate and promote successes in adult education, in order to reassert the central importance of adult education to individuals, communities, employers and families, and to the health, wellbeing and economy of every neighbourhood, region and nation.

TELFEST 2018

27-29 June 2018

TELFest is the University of Sheffield’s Technology Enhanced Learning Festival, designed to help academic and teaching staff make the most of technology to enrich learning and teaching. The festival takes place annually and draws on expertise from colleagues across the University to deliver a wide range of talks, workshops and discussions. Regardless of your previous Technology Enhanced Learning experience, the festival has been developed to ensure that you walk away both inspired and equipped with the skills required to enhance your current practice.

"Inspired by birds: An academic life" - lecture by Professor Tim Birkhead

18 June 2018

This event marks Professor Tim Birkhead's recent award of a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship. With reference to both his teaching and research, Tim will speak about the challenges and opportunities facing academics and universities today. His talk will be complemented by a - literal - flock of starlings, trained by the renowned bird behaviourist Lloyd Buck.

Learning from an international perspective

13 June 2018

Universities are increasingly complex and diverse spaces where different cultures converge, so it can be difficult for international students to understand new academic expectations and practices. This session aims to raise awareness of some of the challenges that international students face in UK universities and offers their perspective on some issues such as lack of participation, plagiarism and reluctance to critically engage with course content. Particularly relevant to UKSPF K3 How students learn, both generally and within their subject/ disciplinary area(s), V1 Respect individual learners and diverse learning communities, V2 Promote participation in higher education and equality of opportunity for learners.

The Language of Feedback

23 May 2018

This interactive session aims to raise awareness of how language can impact, both positively or negatively, on students’ perceptions of feedback and the way they engage with it. The discussion will cover different types of feedback, but will focus on written forms e.g. comments, annotations, feedback sheets. There will also be opportunities to share experiences and good practice when providing feedback. Particularly relevant to UKSPF A3 Assess and give feedback to learners, K3 How students learn both generally and within their subject/ disciplinary area(s), V1 Respect individual learners and diverse learning communities, V2 Promote participation in higher education and equality of opportunity for learners.

Student L&T Projects Showcase

02 May 2018

Students have been involved in projects relating to a number of priority L&T areas:

  • Production of resources to support students in applying for jobs after graduation
  • Integrating reflection into the curriculum
  • Improving signposting of student support information to students

At this session students will present the outcomes of their projects. There will be time for discussion as to how the outcomes / resources from these projects might be used within your department.

Successful engagement with external partners

Tuesday 24 April 2018

USE Academy launched in 2014 with an event that examined the challenges and benefits of engaging with external partners to provide authentic projects and learning experiences within the curriculum. This event will showcase resources developed by USEA since that event to support engagement with external partners, as well as examples of external engagement in the curriculum from across the university.

Team Teaching

18 April 2018

In order to recognise the diverse and varied skills within a cohort of teaching staff, a team-teaching approach is gaining popularity within the University. This session will introduce some examples of successful team-teaching at both module and programme level, with contributions from Journalism, Psychology and the Interdisciplinary Programmes Office (Arts and Humanities). Following short presentations, participants will have time to ask questions and there will be time for discussion.

Making: A World of Enterprising Possibilities

27 March 2018

Opportunities to get Sheffield making are currently being developed and explored by different groups across the University. In learning and teaching, our Faculty of Engineering has this year launched iForge, a student-owned and run makerspace. In research, work in the School of Education through the MakEY project is exploring learning through making in early years education. And our student and graduate entrepreneurs are using making to develop businesses - even inspiring young people into STEM in the process.  We believe that by bringing together ideas from these different initiatives we can make even greater things happen. To get started, we want to get together like-minded individuals to share ideas. We want to explore how we can collaborate and create an effective space or spaces at the University of Sheffield. And we want to see how we can stimulate innovation and creativity, and create a place where people can feel at home, flourish, and grow through authentic, self-led learning, and by experimenting and taking risks in a safe environment.

Team teaching and interdisciplinary learning oppportunities

13 March 2018

Team teaching provides a good way to include interdisciplinarity in learning and teaching activities.  It allows for a range of approaches and expertise to be highlighted and shared.  A panel of staff who teach on team-taught modules presented their perpectives on how this works for them and in what ways they ensure that the team provides a coherent learning experience for students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Learning and Teaching Forum

12 February 2018

Held throughout the year, the L&T forum is your opportunity to hear directly from the Vice-President for Education, Wyn Morgan, on topics relating to Learning and teaching.

MOLE Refresh and Kaltura Roadshow (TEL)

22-26 January 2018

Sessions were held to find out more about the MOLE Refresh process and what you will need to do to get your courses ready for the coming term and also to find out about the University's new Digital Media Hub, which is the new platform that supports the use of video across learning and teaching, research, public engagement and communications.

Elevate Teaching and Learning Mentoring Scheme

2-5pm on Tuesday 16 January

Following the successful introduction of the Elevate Mentoring scheme in September, we held a second induction and mentoring skills session. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee (or both), please contact Rachel Bovill (r.a.bovill@sheffield.uk).

Visit the mentoring webpage

Learning and Teaching Conference 2018

Innovative Curriculum Design: Taking a programme level approach to enhance student experience

Held on 9 January, 2018, the aim of this conference was to provide critical insights into the benefits, challenges and opportunities of adopting a programme level approach in practice to support student learning. As well as drawing on emerging findings from the institutional programme level view pilots and research around the role of the programme leader, it offered a space for colleagues from across the institution to share their own experiences of working at a programme level to enhance curriculum design.

Visit the Learning and Teaching conference website