Developing Interventions with Impact: Not Just Numbers
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Developing Interventions with Impact: Not Just Numbers

Developing Interventions with Impact: Not Just Numbers

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The following synopses provide details of workshops and further development opportunities offered by the Directorate across the University which draw upon internal expertise and evidence from across the sector. These will run across the academic year as detailed and some can be tailored to specific needs. We aim to work in partnership with all colleagues to maximise effectiveness and impact, so please do talk with us about the listed sessions or about other input you feel would be helpful. The workshops are: Exploring the student voice; Continuous improvement; Developing evidence for teaching excellence; Addressing differential outcomes. All scheduled courses will be made available via the staff intranet and can be booked directly. If you wish to discuss anything further related to these workshops, please email us at: steer@shu.ac.uk You can also visit our blog at https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/steer/ where you can find details of other courses already run and further aspects of the Directorate's provision.


EXPLORING THE STUDENT VOICE

These workshops examine evidence about effective engagement of students as partners in learning and consider application to practice.


Using module evaluation predictively

Using results at modular level to drive course improvement. We can also offer Module evaluation: good practice in the sector workshop as a companion activity.

Tangible activity: A 2 hour Workshop considering available reporting tools and using trends predictively. For example: Find out if there are any obvious aspects emerging from module evaluations that can be used as signifiers of success at course level or as early warning signals that might require timely intervention.

Key outcome: Enhanced understanding of how evaluation at modular level can assist course improvement and planning.

Who should attend? Course and module teams.

What next? Possibilities include: attending the companion workshop Module evaluation: good practice in the sector; involving other directorates as appropriate, e.g. LEAD for support with learning and teaching interventions.

Scheduled workshop date: This workshop will be held on 15 November 2016 - 12.30 to 14.30 Aspect Court-15204


Interpretation and analysis of student survey feedback

How to use feedback results effectively from surveys such as NSS, UKES, PTES and PRES and other forms of student feedback mechanisms for planning interventions and actions.

Tangible activity: A 1.5 hour introductory workshop looking at a range of techniques, key principles and processes to get the most out of collected data. For example: Subject level critique of survey results

Key outcome: Robust analysis of findings and prioritisation of improvement and enhancement aspects.

Who should attend? Heads of Department and Subject Leaders. Modified workshops are available for Departments and Course Teams interested in specific surveys.

What next? Possibilities include: attending follow up workshops that can be offered about specific surveys to gauge continuous improvement such as Demystifying DLHE, Using module evaluation predictively, Developing robust evidence for TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework); involving other directorates as appropriate, e.g. Business Intelligence support in finding out what data is available to help you with planning or decision making.

Scheduled workshop date: Introductory workshop will be held on 14 December 2016 - 12.00 to 13.30 Owen-1031


Demystifying DLHE & understanding meaningful data

Understanding your DLHE results for planning interventions and actions with current students

Tangible activity: A 1 hour workshop looking at how the DLHE results are collected, how to access results including competitors and sector benchmarking data and practical ways you can help improve your DLHE results

Key outcome: Understand DLHE better and demystify some common misconceptions with this graduate outcomes survey.

Who should attend? Heads of Department, Subject Leaders and Student Experience Managers. Modified workshops are available for Departments and Course Teams interested in understanding their own results.

What next?: Possibilities include: attending follow up workshops that can be offered about specific surveys to gauge continuous improvement; involving other directorates as appropriate, e.g. Business Intelligence support in finding out what data is available to help you with planning or decision making.

Scheduled workshop date: This workshop will be held on 09 December 2016 - 10.30 to 11.30 Charles St-12.6.06


Module evaluation: good practice in the sector

Using sector-wide good practice at modular level to drive course improvement. We can also offer Using module evaluation predictively workshop as a companion activity.

Tangible activity: A 2 hour workshop considering good practice in the sector and how this can be applied to own context. For example: Find out about good practice for evaluation at mid-module stage.

Key outcome: Enhanced understanding of how good practice incorporated into module evaluation can assist course improvement and planning.

Who should attend? Course and module teams.

What next? Possibilities include: attending the companion workshop Using module evaluation predictively; involving other directorates as appropriate, e.g. LEAD for support with learning and teaching interventions.

Scheduled workshop date: This workshop will be held on 25 January 2017 - 12.30 to 14.30 Surrey-5520


Working with students as leaders, co-creators and ‘change agents’

An exploration of student engagement practices in the sector of what we know works well for engaging students effectively, particularly in quality enhancement and assurance processes. The workshop will include mechanisms for capturing this activity, anticipating the influence the student voice will have in the Teaching Excellence

Tangible activity: A 2 hour workshop which explores the impact students can have when they have the opportunity to share responsibility for curriculum and assessment design or other course enhancement activities. We will share examples of good practice from across the sector.

Key outcome: Developing effective evidence-based engagement interventions for application to own subject/course.

Who should attend? Students, course teams and subject leaders.

What next? Possibilities include: follow up workshops to consider effectiveness of chosen pedagogy such as Impactful pedagogies for student engagement; involving other directorates and the students’ union as appropriate, e.g. LEAD for support with implementing specific pedagogic interventions.

Scheduled workshop date: This workshop will be held on 16 February 2017 - 12.00 to 14.00 Heart of Campus 0.29

High impact pedagogies for student engagement

An introduction to the emerging evidence base within the sector of what we know works well for engaging students effectively, known outcomes and possible implementation in own context.

Tangible activity: A 2 hour introductory workshop which introduces participants to high impact pedagogies

For example: considering the evidence underpinning a specific pedagogic approach and relationship to own curriculum

Key outcome: Developing effective evidence-based engagement interventions for application to own subject/course.

Who should attend? Students, course teams and subject leaders.

What next? Possibilities include: follow up workshops to consider effectiveness of chosen pedagogy; involving other directorates as appropriate, e.g. LEAD for support with implementing specific pedagogic interventions.

Scheduled workshop date: This workshop will be held on 27 March 2017 - 12.00 to 14.00 Heart of Campus 0.15


CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

These workshops examine evidence about continuous improvement approaches at a range of levels and consider application to practice.


Using Appreciative Inquiry for positive change

Change management process to drive good practice and build an effective confidence base. AI considers strengths and what can be done to realise positive ambitions.

Tangible activity: A 2.5 hour workshop applying AI methodology to specific contexts. For example: Departmental review of survey results using AI methodology

Key outcome: Effective prioritisation for maximum impact and engagement.

Who should attend? For Departments and/or subject areas staff. N. B. This workshop can also be offered at course level to students and course teams as a useful way of gaining their feedback effectively and in developing further ideas for action; either collectively or as separate workshops.

What next? Possibilities include: follow up workshops to gauge progress and action planning; involving other directorates as appropriate, e.g. Business Improvement Services for support with project management and further continuous improvement approaches.

Scheduled workshop date: Negotiated on request. Please contact STEER@SHU.AC.UK directly.


Using integrative review to drive effective practice

An introduction to the integrative review (IR) methodology and effectiveness for building evidence-based practice in emerging and / or contested areas.

Tangible activity: A 2.5 hour workshop which introduces basic principles underpinning IR methodology and appropriateness. For example: participants will consider how to construct an IR process in application to own context.

Key outcome: Effective understanding of IR methodology and practical application.

Who should attend? Staff with an interest in IR methodology and evidence-informed practice.

What next? Possibilities include: attending related workshops such as Introduction to impact evaluation; involving a range of directorates such as STEER, LEAD, and Business Intelligence, dependent on initial IR outcomes.

Scheduled workshop date: This workshop will be held on 09 March 2017 - 13.00 to 15.30 Cantor-9003


Scenario modelling and future-proofing

An introduction to the practicalities of developing and implementing scenarios when planning for change and using as a risk assessment tool for future activity.

Tangible activity: Series of 4 half-day workshops done over an agreed timescale, comprising: developing your context; assessing feasibility; implementation; evaluation. For example: addressing differential outcomes within the Faculty.

Key outcome: Provides opportunity to explore continuous improvement options for future activity whilst managing risk effectively.

Who should attend? Tailored for your own needs and purposes, dependent on nature of request.

What next? Possibilities include: involving a range of directorates such as STEER, LEAD, BIS and HR, dependent on initial scenario-modelling outcomes.

Scheduled workshop dates: Negotiated on request. Please contact STEER@SHU.AC.UK directly.


DEVELOPING EVIDENCE FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE

These workshops examine how to develop evidence for teaching excellence at a range of levels and consider application to practice.


Signposting good practice

Finding out about what works well across the sector. You tell us which aspect(s) you need to explore and we find the evidence. N. B. If you want a preliminary discussion about what to prioritise - for example: from NSS ratings - we can meet with you to help prioritise.

Tangible activity: 30 minute briefing, including production of key good practice sources by request in a range of areas for application to your own context. For example: finding good practice evidence in the subject area or discipline on inclusive assessment processes

Key outcome: Planning effective good practice interventions in your subject or discipline from an evidence-informed perspective.

Who should attend? Tailored for your own needs and purposes, dependent on nature of request.

What next? Possibilities include: applying the evidence within own context; involving other directorates as appropriate, e.g. LEAD for support with learning and teaching innovations

Scheduled workshop date: Negotiated on request. Please contact STEER@SHU.AC.UK directly.


Developing digitally-capable teaching excellence

Introduction to the evidence-informed QAA 2016 Guidelines for Developing Digitally-Capable Teaching Excellence, which draws on recently commissioned research and latest thinking from a range of experts in the sector.

Tangible activity: A 2 hour introductory workshop. For example: applying the guidelines to own context

Key outcome: Provides discursive starting points for developing ideas concerning the effective integration of digital capability and teaching within institutions.

Who should attend? All staff with an interest in teaching excellence and digital capability.

What next? Possibilities include: involving other directorates as appropriate, e.g. LEAD for support with implementation of interventions.

Scheduled workshop date: This workshop will be held on 24 November 2016 - 10.00 to 12.00 Aspect Court-15202


Developing robust evidence for TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework)

An introduction to the TEF, which considers how evidence will be collected and evaluated to demonstrate teaching excellence.

Tangible activity: A 2 hour workshop that considers how TEF will assess and evaluate your subject area for teaching excellence. For example: finding out what metrics will be used in TEF to assess my subject.

Key outcome: Understanding of TEF evidence requirements needed for your subject area and how to capture information effectively.

Who should attend? Subject leaders and Heads of Department. This workshop can also be offered for all staff with an interest in evidence-informed practice.

What next? Possibilities include: considering relevant workshops to further this work, including Impactful pedagogies for student engagement, Scenario-modelling and future proofing, Interpretation and analysis of student survey data; involving other directorates as appropriate, e.g. LEAD for support with implementation of interventions, Business Intelligence for support in finding out what data is available to help you with planning or decision making.

Scheduled workshop date: This workshop will be held on 05 April 2017 - 10.00 to 12.00 Stoddart-7138


ADDRESSING DIFFERENTIAL OUTCOMES

These workshops analyse evidence concerned with addressing differential outcomes at a range of levels and consider application to practice.


How can we close the BME attainment gap?

Considers what BME attainment data is collected at Course and Institutional level and examines wider strategic importance of examining differential outcomes and good practice responses from the sector.

Tangible activity: A 2 hour workshop that considers your specific data and possible interventions for action. For example: finding out about BME attrition rates on your course and what you can do about it.

Key outcome: Action plan to reduce the BME attainment gap.

Who should attend? Course teams and subject leaders

What next? Possibilities include: considering relevant workshops to further this work, including Developing robust evidence for TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework), Using appreciative inquiry for positive change, Working with students as leaders, co-creators and ‘change agents’, Impactful pedagogies for student engagement; involving other directorates such as Governance Services - Equality and Diversity.

Scheduled workshop date: This workshop will be held on 07 December 2016 - 13.00 to 15.00 Cantor-9137


An introduction to impact evaluation

Considers basic impact evaluation processes, including methodology and proportionality. Further workshops can be added to consider good practice frameworks and reporting tools.

Tangible activity: A 2.5 hour introductory workshop which considers the importance of measuring impact and offers some key starting points. For example: understanding how to measure the impact of intervention x.

Key outcome: Effective understanding of planning robust impact evaluation processes within interventions.

Who should attend? For Departments and/or subject areas staff. This workshop can also be offered for course teams.

What next? Possibilities include: follow up workshops in specific areas of activity such as: retention and progression; attainment and achievement; widening participation; employability.

Scheduled workshop date: This workshop will be held on 17 May 2017 - 10.00 to 12.30 Surrey-5520



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