Learning and Teaching Support

Learning and teaching support for the faculty is available from the Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee, from School Directors of Learning and Teaching and the specialist Faculty link staff listed below:

Profile image for Cat Hallam (90x90) Cat Hallam
Faculty Learning Technology Officer
c.hallam@keele.ac.uk, CBA1.055, 33120

As a member of the HumSS TEL Team, Cat is available to support staff in the use of learning technologies to develop curricula and promote the adoption of related digital pedagogies.

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Working as part of the Humanities and Social Sciences Technology Enhanced Learning Team, my role encompasses:

  • Providing advice and support to academic and professional services staff by encouraging innovative use of learning technologies to enhance the student experience.

  • Designing and developing appropriate training, support activities and materials for delivery to academic and professional services staff, according to their individual needs and abilities, enabling them to exploit a range of learning technologies.

  • Collaboration with Faculty schools to provide bespoke sessions which promote new and existing learning technologies.

  • Working as part of a wider group of learning technology officers, contributing to the institutional development of TEL and collaborating with key stakeholders to fulfil related University strategic objectives.

Examples of supported technologies include:

  • Learning Environments - e.g. Keele Learning Environment (Blackboard) and ePortfolio systems (e.g. PebblePad)

  • Electronic Management of Assessment - e.g. Turnitin and GradeMark, Blackboard Assignments and other electronic feedback methods e.g. audio feedback/screencasting

  • Lecture and Desktop Capture - e.g. Keele Playback (Opencast) and Snagit

  • Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

  • G Suite for Education - e.g. Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, YouTube, Hangouts, Classroom and Sites

  • Student Response Systems - e.g. Socrative Pro and TurningPoint

  • Other learning technologies - e.g. apps and other specialist software

Angela Rhead Profile Angela Rhead
Learning Developer (HumSS Faculty Link), SSDS
a.rhead@keele.ac.uk, T101 Tawney Building, 34093

Where staff identify opportunities to develop students’ academic practices on-programme, Angela can offer collaboration in planning, delivering, resourcing then reviewing lectures, seminars or materials.

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As the HumSS Faculty link, my remit is to engage in ‘Academic Partnerships’ with teaching staff that begin with a focus on student learning in the curriculum. Where staff identify opportunities to develop their students’ academic practices*, and if they would like support, I can offer:

  • time, space and a critical friend to reflect on continuing “sticky issues” regarding students’ learning in your programme,
  • advice and guidance on strategies to develop your students’ academic practices,
  • collaboration in designing resources or sessions to support your students’ academic practices,
  • co-delivery of teaching sessions to support your students’ academic practices,
  • support in researching your students’ learning.

* For example: selecting sources / analysing a text / close reading / developing a literature review /using reading to develop a position / structuring an argument / academic writing.

Some comments from HumSS staff on the value of working with SL:

  • “Getting together to share ideas etc. and to come up with ways that best help the students but that are also geared towards the module.”
  • “Encouragement, affirmation, support; accessibility to students; being prepared to be a critical friend; sharing time and resources.”

Jo-Anne Watts
Academic Services Manager, Library Services
j.watts@keele.ac.uk, IS1.14 Library Building, 34503

As manager of the Library Academic Services Team, Jo-Anne is available as the point of contact to connect Faculty staff with the appropriate support that the Library can provide.

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As part of the Library Academic Services Team, liaison librarians Jane Shaw (KMS, Law and SPIRE) and Jo-Anne Watts (Humanities and SS&PP) offer a point of contact for all faculty staff wishing to know more about library services and resources. Ask us about:

  • helping students and staff to find and use information resources effectively
  • developing library collections to meet the needs of the faculty
  • providing practical training to student groups to raise awareness of Library collections and to enhance student research skills.

The wider team can also advise on copyright for teaching and learning materials, the Library digitisation service, online reading lists and open access and the institutional repository.