Showing posts from June, 2013

University signs Memorandum of Understanding with University of Babylon

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Wednesday 26th June 2013
The University of Northampton has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Babylon. The prominent Iraq university has been associated with the University of Northampton since 2012, when delegates from the University of Babylon first visited Northampton's School of Science and Technology. Further discussion has identified areas of mutual interest for academic and research collaboration and knowledge transfer between the two institutions. The University of Babylon has also expressed interest in implementing Northampton's social enterprise model at their university. Signed on Monday at Avenue Campus, the formal agreement includes provisions for joint research activities, staff development for teaching and research and student exchange visits. The agreement was signed and witnessed by the University of Northampton's Vi…

Work in Progress: Disscussion Board in Research Method Module

Trying to find a way of encouraging students to write and critique literature reviews. So I looked at whether using a discussion board could be used. I 'borrowed' the idea from a short course on Moderating On-Line Groups (now CLEO) run by the Institute of Learning and Teaching Higher Education, University of Northampton.

What was the exercise they had to do? - Post a small literature review of up to three papers on start of project idea. - post it on a discussion board on the Backboard module - rules they
- had to post the mini review of the discussion board with appropriate references - had to comment on at least one post. - were encouraged a week later to post a mindmap of the project.
Context - small group (less than 10) - MSc students

Initial Observations - 3 weeks after it started posts are still appearing. - most students have comment on most of the initial literature reviews. - 46 posts only 11 of them are from me, this included one where I post an example. - Student comments vary f…

Work in Progress: Audio feedback

I tried audio feedback to whole group before and the response was positive. I also know it was listened to as the student's feedback comments were about the “erm’s” in the recording cause  - but they listened to it!
So, I have tried it through Grademark with finalist assignment feedback for around 40 students for individual assignment feedback.

Pros - it is quick to do the actual feedback - didn’t involve me writing or typing -felt more natural to me. -second marker was complimentary about it.
Cons - restrictive on where it can be done as it needed somewhere without many distractive noises and couldn’t be done in an open-plan office.
Evidence - only one student commented and that was positive. - the feedback was looked at (not sure it was listened too) as evident by the tracking information in turnitin.
Thoughts -would have been nice to have had more feedback - would also have be nice to know whether the feedback was actually played or the feedback was just opened.

Previous work: http://apslandt…

UN celebrates two years of Lab_13 at Irchester Primary School

Taken from: ​​​The events focussed on science and technology as part of the celebration of two years of the primary school’s Lab_13 (@Lab_13Irchester). The lab is a dedicated science space in the School which is aimed to drive the imagination and curiosity of the students with a Scientist-in-Residence, Jennifer Hogan, in support. Tricia Goodchild, STEM Diversity Co-Ordinator at the University of Northampton said; “The children are wonderful, really interested in STEM subjects, enthusiastic and work hard to sustain this area not only with their peers but throughout the school.” The University has been supported Lab_13 for the past two years in various ways and this was a culmination of all the activities that have taken place.  The workshops that took place by members of the University included investigating the hidden world through a Thermal Imaging camera; wind-power experiments; building towe…

STEM Outreach: prize-giving for children’s robot designs

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​A group of school children were invited to the University of Northampton on 22 May for a prize-giving ceremony for a robot design competition that was set by the School of Science and Technology.

Pupils from six schools across Northamptonshire were selected to take part in an Engineering Extravaganza during National Science and Engineering Week in March, which was organised by Tricia Goodchild, STEM Co-ordinator from the University of Northampton.

As well as taking part in the fantastic workshops that the STEM Ambassadors carried out, the pupils were asked to design a special robot that could perform wonderful tasks.

The winners were Jaisie Burnett from Bugbrooke Primary School, who designed The Transporter 2000 and Millie Berrill from The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, who designed Mummy’s Little Helper. They both won a Mindstorm Lego …