Dr Chris Little

Title: Learning Developer
Phone: 01782 734347
Email: c.w.r.little@keele.ac.uk
Location: Tawney Building
Role: Learning Developer and link for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Contacting me: email or phone
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Chris is the Student Learning Link Officer for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Chris began working at Keele in August 2013 and has previously held lecturing and support posts in both further and higher education. Chris has extensively studied post-compulsory education, teaching and learning and gained Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in July 2017.

 

Chris is interested in making teaching and learning active and also has an interest in using technology in teaching where appropriate. In 2015, Chris was awarded the Fantastic Feedback award from the KeeleSU Student-led Teaching Awards and has been nominated for the Keele Excellence Awards in the past two academic years. Chris also organises Keele’s JADE Student Learning Undergraduate Research Conference each year since its inception in 2016, in collaboration with the Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS).

 

Chris gained his PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011 studying contemporary youth formations, particularly the Chav social group, from the perspective of social policy, critical theory and media representation. Chris also holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Film, TV and Cultural Studies (2006) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from MMU (2013). In 2017, Chris has gone on to be awarded the MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2017) from Keele University and Senior Fellowship of the HEA (2017).

Chris is particularly interested in the following areas of scholarship:

 

  • Youth Culture

  • Education

  • Undergraduate research

  • Technology-enhanced learning

  • Flipped Classroom

  • Student-response systems

     

    Teaching and Learning Funding Awarded

     

    Keele Teaching Innovation Project  2015/16:

    Project title: The JADE Student Learning Conference 2016: The development of a university-wide undergraduate research conference.

    • Funding awarded: £2920.

    • Collaborators: None

     

    UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) Grants Scheme 2015/16 (External Funding):

    Project title: Skills4Keele: A project to develop academic interventions targeting to help lessen the impact of their transition to UK Higher Education for first-year​ international students.

    • Funding awarded: £1000.

    • Collaborators: Karen Manley (International Student Support), Chris Hargreaves (International Student Support).

     

    Keele Teaching Innovation Project 2016/17:

    Project title: Student Transition to Science Undergraduate Education: Tuning in to the personal experiences of students at Keele University using Socrative an in-class student response system.

    • Funding awarded: £2970.

    • Collaborators: Dr Julie Hulme (School of Psychology), Dr Richard Waller (School of Geography), Jayne Eagles (Student Learning).

     

    Association of Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDINHE): Research into Learning Development Grants 2016/17 (External funding):

    Project title: Evaluating the long-term benefits of participation in an extra-curricular undergraduate research conference.

    • Funding awarded: £240

    • Collaborators: None

Journal Papers

Little, C. (2014). The ‘Mosquito’ and the transformation of British public space, Journal of Youth Studies, 18:2, 167-182.

Little, C. (2015). The Flipped Classroom in Further Education: Literature Review and Case Study. Research in Post-Compulsory Education. 20:3, 265-279.

Little, C. (2016). The DKC People? The Student Learning team and the growth of embedding learning development in academic programmes. [Online] Journal of Academic Development and Education. 5: 58-63.

Little, C. (2016). Undergraduate Research (UR): Context, Benefits and UR in Action. [Online] Journal of Academic Development and Education. 6: 110-118.

Little, C. (2016). Technological Review: Mentimeter Smartphone Student Response System. Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching. 9:13. Available at: <https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/compass/article/view/328>.

Little, C. (2018 - In preparation) Undergraduate research as student engagement springboard: Exploring the longer-term benefits of participation in a conference. Active Learning in Higher Education. (Article accepted March 2018)

 

Chapters

Little, C. (2018). Utilising action research to evaluate the long-term benefits of student participation in an extra-curricular undergraduate research conference. In L. Arnold & L. Norton (Eds). HEA Action Research: Sector Case Studies. Higher Education Academy: York. Available at: goo.gl/Rm222U

Little, C. & Street, M. (2018 - in publication). Greater than the sum of its parts: Coalescing digital and physical space in temporary online learning communities. In C.Dennis, S. Abbott, R. Matheson & S Tangney (Eds). Flexible Pedagogies: Implementing flexibility in higher education through online learning communities. Sense Publishing.

 

Conference Presentations

Little, C., Eagles, J. and Watson, K. (2014). Embedding Sustainability in Skills Development Sessions: A Beginner’s Guide. In HEA ESD Seminar Series: Sustainability Culture by 1000 Cuts, 21st May 2014, Keele University. Further details at: http://www.keele.ac.uk/greenkeele/events/pastevents/.

Little, C. and Eagles, J. (2016). First year students - They’re all the same really…. In Keele Learning and Teaching Conference, 19th January 2016, Keele University. Further details at: https://www.keele.ac.uk/lpdc/learningteaching/keelelearningandteachingconference/.

Little, C., Eagles, J., Rhead, A. and Street, M. (2015). So little data, so little time: How effectively does Keele's Student Learning team measure the impact of academic skills on the student learning experience? In Measuring the impact of academic skills on the student learning experience, 22nd July 2015, Staffordshire University. Further details at: http://libguides.staffs.ac.uk/c.php?g=351791&p=2372468.

Little, C and Hargreaves, C. (2016). Skills4Keele: online learning resources and interactive learning opportunities to develop better, happier students. UKCISA 2016 Annual Conference, 30th June 2016. University of Sheffield. Further details at: http://goo.gl/y5PEDm

Little, C. (2016). Undergraduate Research (UR): Context, Benefits and UR in Action. RAISE 2016 Annual Conference, 8th September 2016. Loughborough University. 

Little, C. and Jervis, J. (2017). Learning together, evaluating together: An enhanced evaluation of interprofessional postgraduate learning. Keele Learning and Teaching Conference, 17th January 2017, Keele University. Further details at: https://www.keele.ac.uk/lpdc/learningteaching/keelelearningandteachingconference/.

Little, C. and Jervis, J. (2017). Learning together, evaluating together: An enhanced evaluation of interprofessional postgraduate learning. Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Frameworks and Practice Conference, 6th of April, 2017. The Open University, Milton Keynes. Further details at:

Little, C. (2017). [POSTER] An unexpected journey: The students that present at an extra-curricular undergraduate research conference and what they present.  Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Frameworks and Practice Conference, 6th April, 2017. The Open University, Milton Keynes. Further details at: http://www.open.ac.uk/cicp/main/events/interdisciplinary-learning-and-teaching-frameworks-and-practice-6-april-2017-milton-keynes

Little, C. (2017). [POSTER] An unexpected journey: The students that present at an extra-curricular undergraduate research conference and what they present. The HEA Annual Conference Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight. 5th July 2017, University of Manchester. Further details at: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/training-events/hea-annual-conference-2017-generation-tef-teaching-spotlight

Little, C. (2017). The opportunity to express ourselves’: Short and long-term benefits of participation in an extracurricular undergraduate research conference.  Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Frameworks and Practice Conference, 7th July, 2017. University of Sheffield. Further details at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/als/current/engaged/conference

Little, C. (2017). Engaging your students using interactive voting technologies. Keele Digital Festival 2017. 19th - 23rd june 2017. Keele University. Further details at: https://www.keele.ac.uk/lpdc/learningteaching/keeledigitalfestival/

Little, C., Manley, K. & Hargreaves, C. (2017). Skills4Keele: Learning resources to aid international student transitions into HE. Universities UK: Enhancing the International Student Experience. Universities UK, London. 14th December 2017. Further details at: http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/events/Pages/enhancing-international-student-experience-seminar.aspx

Little, C. (2018). Skills4Keele: Learning resources to aid international student transitions into HE. Planning New Student Induction: challenges, priorities and best practice. Second conference. Brunel University. 20th March 2018. Further details at: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/life/January-Welcome/Planning-New-Student-Induction-challenges-priorities-and-best-practice.-Second-conference

Little, C., Manley, K. & Hargreaves, C. (2018). Same difference: the shared transitional anxieties of international students. The HEA Annual Conference - Teaching in the spotlight: Learning from International Communities. 4th July 2018, Aston University. Further details at: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/training-events/hea-annual-conference-2018-teaching-spotlight-learning-global-communities

Ingram, H., Little, C. & Meakin, E. (2018). Innovation: Using Google Classroom to enhance engagement and academic discussion. The HEA Annual Conference - Teaching in the spotlight: Learning from International Communities. 4th July 2018, Aston University. Further details at: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/training-events/hea-annual-conference-2018-teaching-spotlight-learning-global-communities

Little, C. (2018). Undergraduate research as student engagement springboard: Exploring the longer-term benefits of participation in an undergraduate research conference. British Educational Research Association Annual Conference. 11-13th September 2018, Northumbria University. Further details at: https://www.bera.ac.uk/beraconference-2018

Other publications

Little, C. (2015a). Solutions: Socrative - Clickerless Clickers. [Online]. [Accessed 7th March 2016]. Available at: http://lpdcsolutions.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/socrative-by-chris-little.html.

Little, C. (2016). Solutions: Tune in to the TuneIN Calendar: Academic, professional and personal development opportunities for all. [Online]. [Accessed 9th December 2016]. Available at: https://lpdcsolutions.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/tune-in-to-tunein-calendar-academic.html

Little, C. (2016). Solutions: The JADE Student Learning Undergraduate Research Conference #JSLUG16. [Online]. [Accessed 9th December 2016]. Available at: https://lpdcsolutions.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/jade-student-learning-undergraduate.html

Little, C., Manley, K. & Hargreaves, C. (2016). Teaching and Learning Projects: Skills4Keele Learning Resources. UKCISA Grants Scheme 2015-16: A report on pilot projects supporting the international student experience in the UK: 23-25. Available at: http://institutions.ukcisa.org.uk/Info-for-universities-colleges--schools/Policy-research--statistics/UK:CISA-Grants-Scheme-2015-16/

Little, C. (2016). Solutions: Ed Tech drop-in- Engaging students with voting technologies. [Online]. [Accessed 12th January 2017]. Available at: https://lpdcsolutions.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/ed-tech-drop-in-engaging-students-with.html

Little, C. & Street, M. (2017). LearnHigher: Easy proofreading wins with Microsoft Word. [Online]. [Accessed 12th January 2017]. Available at: http://www.learnhigher.ac.uk/writing-for-university/academic-writing/easy-proofreading-wins-with-microsoft-word/

Little, C. (2017). Spotlight on student engagement: The JSLUG Conference. The Student Engagement Partnership: Enhancing Student Engagement Conference 2017 Programme Report. Available at: http://tsep.org.uk/enhancing-student-engagement-conference-2017/

Chris primarily works with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences delivering skills development sessions on the following courses:

  • BSc Nursing (All fields): Level 4, 5, 6 and Post-Registration modules (Clinical Practice and Mentorship).

  • MSc Nursing.

  • BSc Physiotherapy: Level 4, 5 and 6.

  • BSc Rehabilitation Science: Level 4 and 6.

  • MPharm Pharmacy: Level 4.

  • BSc Pharmaceutical Science, Business and Technology: Level 4.

  • BSc Midwifery: Level 4, 5 and 6.

  • MBChB Medicine: Level 4.

  • PhD Primary Care.

Like the rest of the team, Chris is also responsible for delivering the institutional Student Learning provision of the Keele University Skills Portfolio (KUSP), HOW 2 workshops and Write Direction Study Skills Service to Keele’s student body, both undergraduate and postgraduate.