Can incorporating factors that influence career choices into the undergraduate curriculum ensure that the University is producing graduates that are better matched to their chosen vocation?

PRESENTATION Author(s) Caryl Richards, Marianne Broderick ( Student Contribution) Abstract Specialty selection by trainee doctors leaves some specialties oversubscribed while others have difficulty recruiting. Although vocational training forms part of the medical school teaching, it does not address all the factors that influence specialty selection. 72 Careers Evening attendees (59 medical students, 13 doctors; 67%…

The use of remote labs to contextualize learning and teaching in engineering mathematics

PRESENTATION Author(s) Marcelo Zannin, Natércia Lima, Arcelina Marques, Ricardo Costa, Gustavo Alves, Karin Ennser, Juarez B. da Silva, Ingvar Gustavsson. Abstract Interdisciplinary education is an important aspect of critical thinking development in engineering students, as they prepare for their careers. This study reports the didactic experiences of the integration of remote experiment, simulations and calculations for learning…

Critical Skills in the Humanities

PRESENTATION Author(s) Mario von der Ruhr Abstract The presentation has two aims, viz., (i) to share with participants the results of recently conducted (formative) in-class exercises testing humanities’ undergraduates’ knowledge of English composition, citation conventions, and critical reasoning skills, and (ii) to stimulate reflection on how the students’ competence in these basic skills might be enhanced…

Using Whatsapp and Wikipedia as Learning and Teaching drivers

PRESENTATION Author(s) Pedro Telles ; Richard Davies Abstract How can we use Whatsapp and Wikipedia as drivers for learning? With the help of the Wikimedia UK in 2016/17 we did just that in Competition Law, using both to change how the module is delivered and assessed. Whatsapp was used as a case study in seminars…

A View of the Bay – from two perspectives

PRESENTATION Author(s) Ellen Spender Abstract How to truly experience the student experience? Become a student. 20 years a lecturer and then I decided to enrol as a fulltime student in order to experience, on a daily basis, the barriers students today face and constantly think about ways to break down those barriers. In September 2016…

Flipping the classroom for adult nursing students: a case study

PRESENTATION Author(s) Gabby Rowley-Conwy Abstract The aim of this project was to explore the use of the flipped classroom for second year undergraduate adult nursing students. The flipped classroom promotes active learning, student engagement and student achievement. During the project, four theory lectures on assessment skills were replaced by interactive ‘Learning Packs’ using an online…

Uncivil Behaviour in Higher Education (Nursing) – Students Perceptions

PRESENTATION Author(s) Deborah Rowberry Abstract Recently the Department saw evidence of uncivil behaviour in some students. The results of which were affecting students wellbeing, their academic work and their desire to stay on the course. A series of meetings were held to ascertain the problems and to elicit consent. The meetings resulted in a set…

Audio feedback with TurnItIn

PRESENTATION Author(s) Dr Vivienne Rogers Abstract Online marking has become standard at Swansea University. This has placed a considerable burden on staff; some of whom find typing slow and time-consuming and this is set to increase as the university expands. While we can look to adapting the coursework we set, feedback remains a persistent issue…

Using Wix to create Group Websites for Business Spanish

PRESENTATION Author(s) Patricia Emma Helena Rodriguez-Martinez Abstract The aims and objectives of the session are to introduce colleagues to Wix, a Free Google Website Creator, as an innovative tool to set up Group Projects. Real examples will be used to showcase Final Year Spanish for Professional Purposes students’ work. A group of students will talk about their…

“How can focusing on employability and entrepreneurship improve teaching excellence in my subject area? – exploring an ontology of employability best practice in higher education institutions.”

PRESENTATION Author(s) Sian Rees Abstract Why bother with employability – don’t the Swansea Employability Academy and our placement teams do that (if we are lucky enough to have placement teams)? This interactive presentation will challenge you to consider how employability best practice and entrepreneurial principles can enhance your own subject level teaching, as well as…

Quis docet doctores? Supporting trainee educators in the delivery of an excellent learning environment

PRESENTATION Author(s) Andrew McKinley Abstract Active learning environments are an excellent environment for students to develop self-authorship skills and take ownership of their learning, however these require the presence of multiple facilitators to be successful. For these to be successful, an appropriate staff-student ratio must be maintained, resulting often in the employment of graduate teaching…