BBS Quality, Learning and Teaching

Supporting best practice in BBS

Staff Development Conference (Previously Learning & Teaching) 10th July 2019

Due to extending the exam board schedule we need to move the date of the newly renamed Staff Development Conference to Weds 10th July.

The conference is building on the new vision for BBS:

We are renowned for making a real difference to people, practice, and society

We will be using the wonderful facilities of Mithras House (Chris and Max have promised to make the rooms attractive) and the multi storey car park should be open by then. We will follow the conference with a get together in the Bevy .

The agenda is broadening out to include more than just developments in Learning and Teaching this year.

Staff will be presented with the Annual Learning & Teaching and Professional Staff awards 2019.

We will also be welcoming members of SASM who will be service teaching Events and Tourism at BBS from next academic year.

The programme is being developed currently and as in prevous years we want to offer what you want. If you feel you would like to contribute a session please let me (Julie Fowlie) or Chris Matthews know.

Links to some new pages:

BBS Policies and Procedures Updates

Documenting Moderation on Submitted Work

 

BSS & NSS Launch: Developmental Feedback and more…..

The BSS and NSS launch on the 4th Feb. It is vitally important that as a school we pull together to support these important surveys. The result of the NSS will feed into the subject level TEF.

The first three weeks of the NSS are critical as after that time Ipsos will then start to call our students and we know that frustrates them, however it is out of our control. The Student Engagement Champions have organised 3 NSS Pizza Nights to encourage students to come and complete the survey. These will be on 5th, 12th and 19th Feb from 5-7 in Mithras Canteen.

If you are teaching a level 6 module during this time please take a few minutes before you begin to acknowledge that the survey is happening (this is what our students tell us makes the difference). Use these slides as a guide NSS intro slides

If you can not open the link please me me know and I will send them by email.

More details about the BSS and NSS questions and university guidance can be found here

If you were unable to make the session of Developmental Feedback Made Simple please see the information here

We want to encourage all staff to engage with Professional Development therefore we have decided to rename the Learning and Teaching Conference  to the Staff Development Conference to broaden its appeal. Please hold the date 5th July 2019 – if you have any suggestions for sessions please email j.fowlie@brighton.ac.uk

Supporting this theme BBS now has a Volunteer Teaching Observation Process more details   here

Finally for now following a very successful 2018 Graduation Ball the tickets for 2019 Graduation Ball will be on sale very soon. The ball will be @The Grand Hotel on 7th June.

 

BBS Volunteer Peer Teaching Observation

Why is peer observation so beneficial?

The purposes of peer observation include:
• providing us with opportunities, both through observing and being observed in teaching sessions, to reflect on and review our teaching skills with the assistance of our colleagues
• identifying good practice, and needs which we can address, to ensure our ongoing personal and professional development
• helping us to continue to learn from each other, towards developing shared understandings of best practices in assessment, learning and teaching
• giving us continuing opportunities to observe students as they learn in colleagues’ teaching sessions, and reflect on how we can enhance their learning in our own sessions
• allowing us to gain from mutually beneficial learning experiences through the processes of observing colleagues and being observed ourselves
• helping us to learn new tricks from one another (old colleagues learn much from new staff and they in turn can teach new colleagues old tricks!)
• identifying generic development needs, to feed into ongoing and future staff development activities.

Adapted from: Race, P. et al. (2009) Using peer observation to enhance teaching.
Leeds Met Press. ISBN 978-0-9560099-7-5 also available here

 

We were fortunate to have Dr. R. Warhurst come and present his research on the broader topic of learning from observation. It is well worth a view

Engaging in peer observation is also benefical for obtaining Fellowship of The High Education Academy (HEA)

How confidential is it?

Essentially, it’s confidential between you and your observer. The  scheme for peer review is not connected with the formal process of a Staff Development Review (SDR). That said, you may well wish to use feedback from your observer as evidence of your good practice in your SDR the choice remains yours and as noted above as part of a HEA Fellowship or promotion application.

How to organise peer observation

1  Pre-observation meeting

A pre-observation meeting enables the observed member of staff to identify the aims and context of the session. In addition; this meeting cam be used to agree the specific aspects of the session the observer will focus on – and whether they will also comment on other aspects not specified in advance.

The main purpose of teaching is that the students attain the intended learning outcomes (LOs), it is  recommended that it concentrates on the extent to which the students achieve the various outcomes

During the pre-observation meeting also agree:

  • the best way to introduce the observer and explain their presence
  • where they will position themselves (at the back, to the side or among the students)
  • whether or not they will interact with the students at any point (we recommend that normally they don’t take an active part in the session).

2  The Observation

Normally, during the observation, you should run the event as any other, and it is recommended that the observer does not take an active part. This ensures the observer is able to give close attention to the way you and the students are behaving, making brief notes using the template.

3  The post-observation discussion

This is a vital part of the peer observation because, as explained earlier, the purpose of the process is to enable both of you (observer and observed) to gain insights from a discussion of your shared experience.

Begin by discussing the specific aspects you selected as the focus of the observation, using the observer’s notes to start the conversation.

  • identify how the effective aspects of the observed session could be incorporated into future teaching
  • consider how any constraints on learning could be avoided or overcome.
  • summarise what you have learned from this shared experience
  • consider whether there are things you need to learn and, if so, how you could

 Peer observation template.

Adapted from CLT LT725 Handbook 2018-19

 

 

National Student Survey (NSS) Brighton Student Survey (BSS)

Below is the link to the NSS  and BSS questions. The BSS questions will be different this year.

NSS  2019 Questions

BSS 2019 Questions

Below is the link to the action plan which was distributed with some additional comments made as a result of the recent ESEC meeting.

Action plan

The link to the Action plan will take you to the most current document, so as we make changes it will be updated.

You can find all the relevant Business School documents about the NSS/BSS on SharePoint. To find the folder, go to staffcentral then click arrow to the right of your name, then click “my department”. You will see headings across the top: click on NSS and the documents for 18/19 are in subfolder.

Wider University NSS information: https://staff.brighton.ac.uk/epd/Pages/NSS_implementation.asp

Wider University BSS information: https://staff.brighton.ac.uk/epd/Pages/BSS.aspx

What is difficult is getting out the good news/changes to students and staff and building a sense of positivity and pride.

Reminders: what is currently available (see action plan for more idea)

  • We have Your Voice Matters on studentcentral on the main menu for MySchool Brighton Business School. This includes responses to students’ stop, start and continue feedback, a link to the Good News Stories and student comms re 2018 BSS.

One  simple way to promote the survey is to add a strap-line  to the  signature area on emails (see below) as we are often solving problems and answering questions – this reinforces that we are supporting students.

Strap-line on email responses to students –

Calling all final year students please complete the National Student Survey (NSS): your reflections on your whole degree – first – final year are very important http://www.thestudentsurvey.com/ 

How to create and add a signature to messages

The NSS results  are used as part of the metrics of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

Learning Analytics Update: Student Dashboard & Emoji use

Staff and students have had access to the Learning Dashboard for a number of weeks now.

Learning Analytics data summary so far for BBS  shows students’ emoji usage and the frequency of visits for both staff and students to the Learning Dashboard.  The report also includes some of the free text comments students have made using the emoji widget, these are from students across all schools in the pilot to help protect their anonymity, however it is useful to read a flavour of the comments being sent. One of the things that is important is to capture attendance through the use of the photo registers.

It’s great to see that students are using the tools we’ve made available to them.

Marion and the team plan on starting the evaluation process towards the end of this semester and we will determine the best method. They have already received some feedback about the photo registers including some feature requests which are being collated and added to the staff feedback process for you to comment on.

Please feel free to get in touch with Marion Curdy M.E.Curdy@brighton.ac.uk or Julie Fowlie j.fowlie@brighton.ac.uk if you have any concerns or queries at any point.

Festive jumper appeal: 12th December

As we head towards the season of goodwill, we wanted to support some great causes whilst also having some festive fun.

It is easy to get involved: Simply dig out your favourite festive jumper, wear it to work on the 12th December and donate £2 or more. You do not even need to splash out on a seasonal sweater to take part – just grab a plain jumper from your wardrobe and customise it using tinsel, baubles and homemade snowflakes!

Just send a text message saying BRJU18 £2 to 70070 to donate £2 by text, or to donate £5 send the code BRJU18 £5 – you can also make a donation via our JustGiving site.
Money donated will help to build a better and brighter future for children who are in desperate need. Funding will be equally split between The University’s Malagiri School Project in Nepal and the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day Appeal.
Don’t forget to tweet your festive pictures to @brightonalumni using the hashtag #brightonforever.

Learning Analytics: Dashboard now live

This is a reminder that the full Learning Dashboard is now live for your students  More information Here

The release of the dashboard may trigger student queries about discrepancies between the data shown and their own records of attendance. We appreciate your help in reassuring students that this is pilot data which will not be used to assess them in any way.  As a reminder, this based on the attendance we are recording so again it is really important that we all use the electronic registers.  Average cohort data in particular may be skewed, for example as a result of different register taking practices by different seminar tutors.

Remember that Course Leaders and Personal Academic Tutors can use the Student Lookup via studentcentral to click through and access the dashboard and should start using this in PAT sessions.

Thank you

Julie

Your School Annual Learning & Teaching and Professional Support Staff Awards 2018/19

The third annual Learning and Teaching & Professional Staff Awards are open for nomination from the 5th November.

The Business School has a proud record of recognising and rewarding its teaching and professional support staff.  This year we will be presenting a total of eight £250 awards: four for Learning and Teaching and four for Professional Support.

New for 2018/19: one of the Learning and Teaching Awards has been co-sponsored by the BBS student Law Society, so if you want nominate a Law lecturer please use the separate form.

The process of entry is by anonymous nomination on-line. Please scroll down to the page to view all entry forms.

Nominations can be made by students or staff colleagues.

Learning & Teaching Awards

The nominations for Learning & Teaching Awards will be judged against each of the following criteria
  • Displays an active interest in and development of approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn
  • Demonstrates commitment to and support for the development of students as individuals
  • Uses effective communication skills that engage students in the learning experiences
Annual Learning & Teaching Award Nominations 2018/19

Annual Learning & Teaching Award Nominations 2018/19

Sending
Annual Law Learning & Teaching Award Nominations (co-sponsored by BBS student Law Society) 2018/19

Annual Law Learning & Teaching Award Nominations (co-sponsored by BBS student Law Society) 2018/19

Sending

Professional Support Staff Awards

The nominations for Professional Support Staff Awards will be judged against each of the following criteria
  • Provides high quality work which either directly or indirectly supports staff, research and/or students
  • Provides high quality advice, guidance and support which enhances the student and staff experience
  • Regularly goes above and beyond their duties at an exceptionally high level which reflects the school and the university values of excellence
Annual Professional Support Staff Awards Nominations 2018/19

Annual Professional Support Staff Awards Nominations 2018/19

Sending
Nominations of all awards open Monday 5th November 2018
Nominations close Friday  19th January 2019
Winners announced TBC
The BBS student Law Society award will be presented at the Law Society Ball 26th January and we will recongise all our award winners at the Learning and Teaching conference on 5th July 2019  

 

Learning Analytics start of term update

Firstly – some stats!

The emojis are getting going – over 200 emojis recorded so far! 🤓 (clever) is winning – a good sign for the new term.

Photo Register is working – around 5000 students university-wide are having their attendance recorded each day!

BBS has distributed the student flyer  (see below). Ensuring the students know what this is all about is key to the project’s success

As a reminder, the full dashboard will be released by Mon Nov 5th – for students this is via a dashboard button on the emoji widget and for Personal Academic Tutors and Course Leaders this is via the Student Lookup tab on the top right hand side on studentcentral.

Photo Register

  • In BBS we are aware there has been/may still be some issues around groups -please persevere as recording attendance is critical
  • Photo Register with big cohorts was not loading so has been fixed so it now displays all the groups (not just the first 20)
  • Doctoral students who are teaching don’t see photo register (only ‘staff’), Katie and the team are aware of this. Once we understand the scale of this as an issue we will find a solution.

More help: https://photo-register.brighton.ac.uk/photoregister/help.php

The Art of Management and Organisation (AOMO) 2018 Conference Blog Paul Levy

You can access Paul’s blog about the conference here

Paul also blogged about his keynote presentations at the 16th Conference on the Management and Innovative Technologies Conference 2018 in Izola, Slovenia here

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