LITE: Lunchtime Work in Progress seminars

  • Start date: Thursday 4 May 2017
  • End date: Thursday 15 June 2017

THE LEEDS Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) presents a series of fortnightly Work in Progress seminars to showcase teaching innovation and scholarship projects throughout the University’s student education community.

This series (see below) of lunch-time talks captures a small selection of the innovative pedagogic research and projects currently being undertaken on campus. They also provide a forum for discussion and networking, and are open to all.

Lunch is provided

To reserve a place on any of the following events, contact Rekha Parmar [LITE] on

A colourful timeline transfer runs down the wall of a corridor at the University of Leeds

Bronwin Swinnerton: Investigating MOOC learner behaviour

4 May – Edward Boyle Library Conference Room – Level 7, 12:00 to 13:30

This seminar will provide a broad overview of research conducted into, inter alia:

  • Who takes MOOCs (age, gender, prior education, employment)?
  • Multiple MOOC learners – what do we know of about them and does their behaviour change as they progress?

This has relevance to a wider University audience as Leeds has produced, through the Digital Learning Team, a number of MOOCs for the FutureLearn platform. It also has relevance in terms of what we can learn about online learning behaviour given the increase in distance and online learning in Higher Education.


Amanda Howard: Research Across Continents: the challenges of data collection and dissemination

18 May – Edward Boyle Library Level 13: Research Meeting Room 1, 12:00 to 13:30

This seminar explores the challenges faced by researchers and organisations involved in a funded project entitled ‘A comparison between English language teacher recruitment, in-service education and retention in Latin America and the Middle East’.

We discuss what those challenges were (inter alia funding allocation, communication, disseminating findings – all over such a wide geographical area), and some of the individual and group solutions we devised. Although this project is based in an educational environment, our experiences will be of interest to others working on funded projects in large groups and/or across international boundaries.


Bee Bond: The importance of language in disciplinary understanding

15 June – 28 University Road LT (G.23) – 12:00-13.30

This seminar provides an overview of the key themes and questions emerging from my current Excellence and Innovation fellowship project.

The project used an ethnographic approach to explore the experiences and perspectives of students and academics working at PGT level as they transitioned from pre-sessional support in the Language Centre into two different disciplines (one STEM and one Arts/ Social Sciences). The interplay between language and content knowledge provided the core of the research focus, but wider themes around identity, knowledge communication and epistemology rapidly came to the fore.

This seminar will have relevance for all those involved in teaching international students, particularly at taught post-graduate level.