BILT Briefings, News

BILT Briefing Issue 109

UniversalCity Launch

Last week saw the UniversityCity project launch at the University. Staff and students were invited to hear about the platform from two of its founders, Chaz Golding and Lawrence Hoo, and try it out on the new consoles.

UniversalCity is an exciting collaboration between CARGO Movement and University of Bristol. It provides a platform for users to learn about hidden histories around the city and hear from local residents – from pub recommendations to local charity information, there is a huge amount to explore in this interactive map.

There are three consoles around campus (one in the Social Sciences cafe, one in the Global Lounge and one in Beacon House cafe) where you can go and check it out for yourself, access it via the QR code, or you can access the UniversalCity platform here.

Attendees at the launch event were treated to a poetry reading by the brilliant Lawrence Hoo – you can watch a video of this poem, recreated by city residents, below.

Dominique Duff shares another case study from this Engineering unit, sharing the wide-ranging skills it offers students.

We have published two more blogs in this inspiring series by Dr Christophe Fricker on Resonance Pedagogy.

Dr Patricia Neville shares the second in a two-part series looking at the use of metaphors for learning.

Academics and students from the three Biomedical Sciences Schools have produced an animated video explaining their work on decolonising and diversifying the undergraduate curriculum. This work arises from acknowledging the impact of colonialism across the teaching of all subjects, including the biomedical sciences, at institutions in the global north. Find out more about this project by visiting the link above.

How to Develop Your Career on an Education Focused Career Track: Taking Risks and Finding Your Path 

Following the success of last year’s ‘Career Development Seminar Series – The Third Way’, a second series will run this year starting on Friday 27 October, 12-1 pm with a presentation by Professor Nicky Newman from the University of Birmingham.

Aimed specifically at colleagues on a teaching and learning pathway this series aims to inspire career development, showcase various professional journeys and demonstrate different strategies/approaches to develop as an academic. It’s also a great way for education focused academics to connect with one another. Register for your online spot.

Show, Tell and Talk: Pedagogic Research Culture

Wednesday 8 November, 12 – 1.30pm, Beacon House Ground Floor Seminar Room

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Facilitated by Sheena WarmanRos O’LearySteven Proud and Maggie Boswell this will be an opportunity for anybody interested in pedagogic research to discuss the biggest challenges to engagement and the support and resources that would be of value.

Sign up to this event here.

Teaching and Learning in the International Classroom (BILT x CALD)

We have two workshops taking place in November on Teaching and Learning in the International Classroom, where you can expect to: explore the challenges and opportunities in TLA encounters with international students; consider lecturer and student experiences in international classrooms and share some practical strategies and resources (and more!).

CREATE Workshop: Teaching and Learning in the international classroom. In-Person November 10. 12pm-2pm. Venue tbc

Friday 10 November, 10 am-12 pm (in person)

Sign up to the in-person workshop here.

CREATE Workshop: Teaching and Learning in the international classroom. In-Person November 13th. 11.30am-1pm. Online on Zoom

Monday 13 November, 11:30 am-1 pm (online)

Sign up to the online workshop here.

Are you doing something innovative or exciting with your large group teaching this year? Or even something relatively ‘normal’ but is receiving a good reception? We are looking to share good practice of large group teaching – get in touch with us if there’s something you can share with us!

We’re also always looking for case studies on:

  • Decolonising the curriculum
  • Assessment, particularly group assessment, inclusive assessment and engaging with the AI revolution
  • International students’ experience

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