Think Teaching 2024 from Lt Brain Trust

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Think Teaching

Join us at our Think Teaching Event, to be held on June 25th - June 26th 2024, at the Grosvenor Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.


Focus Areas

25th June: Education Technology Day26th June: Lt User Group Meeting
This day is for you if you have an interest in how technology is being used in novel and innovative ways to enhance education, particularly within the sciences.This day is for you if you're a current or soon-to-be-current user of ADInstruments' online learning platform, Lt (kuraCloud)

Preliminary Agenda

Tuesday 25th June - Education Technology

TimeSession 
10:00 amArrival and Registration 
10:15 am

Talk: James Wright, University of Surrey

James is a Lecturer in the School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering at Surrey. Between 2016 and 2021 James worked in China as a Teaching Fellow on the University of Sheffield - Nanjing Tech University joint degree, then at Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology and the University of Reading - Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology Joint Academy. In this time, he began pedagogical research, particularly focused on transnational education of students of Confucian heritage. He continues pedagogical research at Surrey, mostly focused on reducing in-lab cognitive load, and withdrawal and continuation on undergraduate programmes.

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James Wright. James has short, dark hair and is wearing a white shirt. He has his arms crossed and is smiling. He stands in front of greenery.
11:00amCoffee Break 
11:30 am

Talk: Kirsty Kiezebrink, University of Aberdeen
 

Kirsty is the Dean for Educational Information at Aberdeen University with a keen focus on digital enhancement in higher education. With a wealth of experience in academia, their expertise lies in supporting staff and students to engage with technologies to transform and enrich the educational experience. Driven by a passion for innovation, they are dedicated to fostering a dynamic and technologically-advanced learning environment aimed at developing graduates who are ready to tackle the challenges of our rapidly-evolving world and excel in their respective fields.
 

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Kirsty Kiezebrink
12:15 pmLunch 
1:00 pm

Talk: Prof. James Edward Clark

James Clark is a Professor of Cardiovascular and Physiology Education, the School of Cardiovascular and Metabolism Medicine & Sciences lead for education and head of the department of Physiology at King’s College London. James started at his career at King’s in 2004 working as a research associate in the lab of Prof Mike Marber and, following a BHF intermediate research fellowship investigating kinase signalling in the failing heart, gained a lectureship in aerospace physiology in 2007 where he discovered his passion for education. Teaching innovation and excellence has enabled James to transfer to an education only role at King’s (Academic Education Pathway) and he is now working to develop innovative new curricula and new programmes to add value to the Faculty and school’s teaching portfolio.

James will be talking about some of the technology being used at King's College London to offer unique education experiences to the BSc and MSc students. This includes mobile broadcast of laboratory and field work, as well as the fully media-equipped controlled environments chamber that can simulate remote research, such as that carried out on the international space station.

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James
1:45 pm

Facility Tour - Interactive CAVE Space and Clinical Skills Suite, Liam Bagley, MMU

Dr Liam Bagley is a Senior Lecturer of Physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Liam's research interest is in physiological testing and physical interventions in health settings. Liam brings this research into the experiences of students by simulation of applied physiology situations, applying knowledge from the classroom in simulated practical environments using X-Reality, storytelling and technical skill training and assessment.

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A photograph of a person called Liam Bagley. They have short dark hair and are smiling at the camera. They are wearing a suit and tie, and stand in front of a river and cityscape at night.
3:15 pmCoffee 
3:45 pmTalk - To be confirmed 
4:30 pmClose of Event 

 

Wednesday 26th June - Lt User Group Meeting

TimeSession 
10:00 amArrival and Registration 
10:15 am

Talk - Heather Kesby

Heather is a member of the teaching technicians team in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds. When Lt was adopted at the University, Heather was the first person to create content from scratch for students and has been involved ever since. The University is using the platform more and more each year, using both off-the-shelf classes and ones the staff have created themselves. Heather will be talking about how she adapts her Lt lessons to make them accessible for any student that walks into the classroom.

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A photograph of Heather Kesby. She is looking away from the camera and smiling,. She wears glasses and has shoulder-length red hair.
11:00amCoffee Break 
11:30 am

Talk - Celia Clarke

Dr Celia Clarke has a degree in Physiology from the University of Sunderland and a PhD in bioengineering from Strathclyde University. Working with spinal cord injury during her PhD and subsequent research into human movement at the University of East Anglia, Celia’s research has focused on gait rehabilitation. Since her appointment to the University of East Anglia in 2010 she has taught physiology and pathophysiology to healthcare professionals across the school from nursing associate to postgraduate level. Celia is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Bioscience in Nursing education (BiNE) group within the academy. Celia is also a member of The Physiological Society and part of the Education & Teaching theme group.
 

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Celia Clarke. She wears glasses and a collared shirt. She has a bob and wears a jumper. She appears against a blurred background, like a Zoom background.
12:15 pmLunch 
1:00 pm

Talk - Andrew O'Malley

Dr Andrew O’Malley currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director at the Scottish Graduate Entry Medical Programme (ScotGEM) at the University of St Andrews' School of Medicine With a focus on medical education, Andrew has interests in the application of generative AI in education, telehealth education methodologies, and studying the career intentions of medical students who aim to practice in remote/rural settings. Beyond academia, Andrew's consultancy expertise is sought after by a range of organizations including Russell Group Universities, the video games entertainment industry, The United Nations, and ADInstruments.

 

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Andrew
1:45 pm

Facility Tour - Gethin Evans, Dalton Building, MMU

Dr Gethin Evans is currently Deputy Head of Department in the Department of Life Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom. He has continued his research career related to Human and Nutritional Physiology while holding a number of roles related to education and has developed his interests in the use of technology-informed teaching.

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A photograph of Gethin Evans. He has cropped, dark hair and wears glasses. He is smiling at the camera and wears a hoodie. The hoodie is black with a gray and orange hood., which is worn down around his neck. He appears against a white brick wall.
2:30 pm

Talk - Silvia Amadesi

Silvia obtained a Degree in Pharmacy and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology from the University of Ferrara, Italy, and then embarked on an academic and professional journey that led her across continents and diverse academic environments: from a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to an Assistant Researcher Pharmacologist role at the University of California, San Francisco; then a Research Associate position at the University of Bristol; and a lectureship in Pharmacology at the University of Cardiff. Finally, in September 2012, she found her academic home at the University of Reading, School of Pharmacy, where she is currently working as Associate Professor in Pharmacology.

Silvia has a rich background in pharmacology and a fervent commitment to enhancing the academic journey for students. Her pedagogic research is focused on developing effective teaching, promoting e-learning methodologies, and implementing academic support systems for undergraduate students, particularly when they are transitioning into university studies. Creating an inclusive environment for a diverse student body, enhancing student engagement through best practices and independent learning, and championing the integration of new Technology Enhanced Learning methods into pedagogy, are among the major aims of her work. 

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A black-and-white photograph of Silvia Amadesi. She has cropped dark hair and is smiling.
3:15 pmCoffee 
3:45 pmADI Session 
4:30 pmClose of Event 

Location Details

The Dalton Building is located on the main campus of Manchester Metropolitan University, which is located within central Manchester. The Campus is a ~13-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station and a ~5-minute walk from Manchester Oxford Road Station.

For those arriving by car, there are nearby car parks at NCP Manchester Circle Square and NCP Manchester Chester Street which are a few minutes walk from the campus.