LITE Work in Progress (WiP) seminars

  • Date: 19 October 2017 - 31 May 2018

THE LEEDS Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) is proud to unveil its second series of fortnightly Work in Progress seminars showcasing the breadth of teaching innovation and scholarship projects across 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.

Seminars will be added and communicated as they are confirmed.

Lunch is provided

To reserve a place on any of the following events, contact Rekha Parmar [LITE] on r.e.parmar@leeds.ac.uk


Thursday, October 19, 12:30pm.

Venue: Edward Boyle library , research room 2.

Title: Rethinking university assessment through partnership and Maximising and exploiting assessment criteria through inclusive co-construction’

Samantha Pugh and Kelvin Tapley

The first Work in Progress Seminar of 2017/18 will be given by two LITE Fellows who are working on separate, but related, Higher Education Assessment projects. Both projects have a strong focus on partnership working, and will present an overview of their projects with a view to gain feedback and input from the wider university community.

Samantha’s project – ‘Reimagining University Assessment by Learning from Secondary Education’ (RUALSE). is inspired by the recent A-level reforms that have moved A-levels from modular teaching and assessment to final synoptic exams. This presents a golden opportunity for the University of Leeds to also move away from modular assessment to a more holistic, programme level assessment, by focusing on the capabilities and attributes of graduates, and therefore a programme assessment framework based on programme learning outcomes.

Kelvin’s Project – Maximising and Exploiting Assessment Criteria Through Inclusive Co-construction’ (ME-ACTIC) aims to look at ways for all staff and all students to have a shared understanding of and to be using clear assessment criteria that have been developed through a co-construction model. Additionally, the project will be investigating the benefits of clearly understood criteria being used to enhance learning, via peer and self-reflection/assessment.


Thursday, November 2, 12:30pm.

Venue: Edward Boyle library , research room 1.

Title: (How) Do Students Read? Student Scholarship and Creativity in the Digital Space

Raphael Hallett, Director of LITE and School of History

Rafe Hallett will examine the transformed cultures of student reading and online research experienced as part of digital and blended learning. He will explore ways we can design modules, programmes and curricula that respond adequately to new student practices and habits, whilst acknowledging the challenges they pose.

Dr Hallett will draw on recent work on digital ‘curation’ and curriculum design, but will also draw on his research interests in the 16th century printing revolution to make parallels between eras of technological and scholarly activity.


Thursday, November 16, 13:00pm.

Venue: Edward Boyle library , research room 1.

Title: Continuing the Momentum: Supporting returned placement/study abroad students to Enhance and Articulate their Experience

Clair Souter, Careers Centre, and Melissa Schuessler, Leeds University Business School

This seminar will provide an update on the progress of their Teaching Enhancement Project (TEP) in relation to the agreed objectives and outputs.

It will explore forms of module and curriculum design that support the transition of our placement students back to the University, and look at the ways we can nurture in students, and educators, a sophisticated understanding of their experiences and learning gain on placement.

Clair Souter and Melissa Schuessler will report back on a ground-breaking module at Level 3, and look at both work placement and study abroad cohorts.

They will discuss what has gone to plan, what has needed to be reconsidered and additional – unanticipated – opportunities that have arisen. We will cover where our work has been disseminated and our plans for the project once the LITE TEP has concluded.


Thursday, November 30, 12:30pm.

Venue: Edward Boyle library , research room 1.

Title: Are we really assessing what we think we are assessing?

Brian Henson, School of Mechanical Engineering

This seminar will explore Brian’s LITE project focused around bench marking standards of assessment of final year projects, he will discuss recommendations about the form and analysis of assessment of final year projects to ensure consistency of standards of assessment across different types of projects using different assessments.


Thursday, December 7, 12:30pm.

Venue: Edward Boyle library , research room 1.

Title: Co-discovery: a collaborative evaluation of Broadening – the case for language for learning

Karen Llewellyn, Strategy and Planning and Caroline Campbell, Languages for All, School of Languages

Additional support from Akeisha Brown, School of Psychology, Chandni Pandya, School of PRHS/POLIS, and Robert Irnazarow, School of Sociology and Social Policy

With the value of universities currently under the spotlight, this seminar charts the progress to date of a co-created evaluation project, exploring the value of a key strand of the Leeds Curriculum.

With a particular focus on Broadening and language discovery modules, the aim is for us  – three undergraduates and two staff – to share with the audience both the project’s co-creative process and our early findings.

That is, how students and employers perceive the importance of Broadening, and in particular language learning, in order for our graduates to have developed – and be able to articulate – the appropriate knowledge, skills and attributes to increase awareness of their learning and enhance their employability.


Thursday, February 1, 12:30pm.

Venue: Edward Boyle library , research room 1.

Title: Mobilising The Curriculum

Bronwin Patrickson, Lifelong Learning Centre

Smartphones are becoming the networking tool of choice amongst young adults. Against the backdrop of this fast growing trend, the Mobile Curriculum project has been exploring what mobile student engagement might mean for the academy.

The aim of this seminar is: to introduce people to a variety of mobile tools and techniques that they can incorporate within their own teaching.


Thursday, February 15, 12:30pm.

Venue: Edward Boyle library , research room 1.

Title: myPAL – co-designing a learning analytics tool for students

Tamsin Treasure-Jones, Leeds Institute of Medical Education, and Vania Dimitrova, School of Computing

myPAL is developing a student-facing learning analytics tool, that presents students with their personal learning data – assessments, feedback, resource usage – in one place and supports them in reflecting on their learning and then action planning.

This forms part of the School of Medicine’s educational strategy to support positive learning behaviour change in our students and to prepare them for a workplace in which lifelong learning and continued professional development is essential

The aim of this seminar is: introduce the myPAL vision, current developments and research plan and to get feedback from colleagues on the approach and the design decisions that have been made so far. Also to discuss with colleagues whether systems such as this would also be relevant for their students and to explore possibilities to work with colleagues from other Schools.


Thursday, March 1, 12:30pm.

Venue: Edward Boyle library , research room 1.

Title: Final Year undergraduate research projects at Leeds. Time for a rethink?

Dave Lewis, the School of Biomedical Sciences

The aim of this seminar is to: raise awareness of the different formats of Final Year undergraduate research projects currently being offered both across the University and beyond and share the outcomes of our research, undertaken across 6 disciplines, into student and staff expectations for projects, their outcomes, and impact on student career choices and employability.

Also to enable colleagues to reflect on their own project provision within their School or discipline.


Thursday, March 15, 12:30pm.

Venue: Edward Boyle library , research room 1.

Title: How can help students understand those difficult (threshold) concepts?

Nimesh Mistry, School of Chemistry

The aim of this seminar is: to encourage colleagues to consider and discuss what mental models and schemas students may have in place prior to a course they teach, what impact this will have in the students’ ability to learn or accept new concepts, and how active/flipped pedagogies could help to achieve improved conceptual understanding.


Thursday, May 3, 12:30pm.

Venue: Edward Boyle library, research room 1.

Mobile Phones & Creativity

Scott Palmer and Maria Kapsali, School of Performance & Cultural Industries

The aim of this seminar is: disseminate some of our initial findings from the current LITE Fellowship project which seeks to explore the use of mobile phones in the curriculum.

How might basic functionalities as well as bespoke applications allow for the development of vernacular creativity? Focusing on outcomes from student-focused projects at University of Leeds and recent research, we will explore how mobile phones might be seen as an enabling device rather than a distraction to teaching and learning.


Thursday, May 17, 12:30pm.

Venue: Edward Boyle library , research room 1.

Title: Don’t let markers put a cross unless they’re going to explain why’ – Undergraduate attitudes to assessment and feedback

Stevie McBurney, Sue Whittle, Faculty of Biological Sciences

The aim of this seminar is: to stimulate discussion with colleagues around our understanding of student expectations, their engagement with and the perceived value of, different types and approaches to assessment and feedback.

We will also set out the recommendations – quick wins and mid to long term changes – brought about as a consequence of this work.


Thursday, May 31, 12:30pm.

Venue: Edward Boyle library , research room 1.

Title: How do we know it’s any good? Evaluating Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning on a Blended Learning Module

Polly Wilding, the School of Politics & International Studies (POLIS), and, Cathy Coombs, School of History

The aim of this seminar is to: discuss the data collection process, and the role of the teaching team, Discovery ambassadors, and students in the co-production of knowledge.

We will also discuss preliminary findings on the extent to which this module can facilitate students becoming interdisciplinary learners and what impact this has on their subsequent learning experiences in semester two of their first year.