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Videos from the 2021 Connected Conference
1/22/2022 1:19:48 AM

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Building communities in the digital age
The connected conference keynote with Prof. Helen O’Sullivan (DVC and Provost at the University of Chester) and Dave White (Head of Digital Education and Academic Practice at the University of the Arts London) Session description: Helen and Dave will be discussing a number of questions relating to how we support students to connect to each other, their teachers and their subject, including: How do you build communities and support social learning in a digital and blended world? Do we need to think about physical spaces differently when teaching is more blended? How do we work with students to make the most of the opportunities of active and blended learning? How do we engender agency in students without them feeling like they're 'teaching themselves'?
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7/22/2021 9:09:58 AM

Connecting to the curriculum
This workshop session is led by Prof. Leon Tikly, Prof. Alvin Birdi and Prof. Madhu Krishnan - Drawing on recent examples from across the university, this session provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges involved in efforts to decolonise the curriculum. The session provided an opportunity for participants to reflect on how they might approach decolonising the curriculum in their own department.
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7/22/2021 10:04:51 AM

Connecting with cohorts
This session explores innovative ways to connect cohorts through informal learning opportunities. Contributors include: Iain Gilchrist and Chris Kent – on school assemblies in the School of Psychological Science DEO Student Digital Champions on fostering community in the University BILT Student Fellows on the Bristol Undergraduate Research Journal Alison Blaxter and Michelle Farrow (VN student graduate) on the Summer Journal Club in the Vet School Rabeya Khatoon on building connections across a PGT cohort
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7/22/2021 10:59:19 AM

Connecting with the City
This session explores ways we can support students to connect with Bristol as part of, and beyond the curriculum. Contributors include: Dr Keir Williams from the Centre for Innovation and Marika Zeimbekis a Subject Librarian - 'How do we get students to be digitally literate in a way that's meaningful to them' Lucinda Parr, Registrar and University Secretary and Christina Gray, Director for Communities and Public Health, Bristol City Council - 'Collaboration in the time of covid: what can we learn from the close collaboration between the university and the city during the pandemic?' Hannah Tweddell the Engaged Learning Co-ordinator in the Careers Service - 'Engaged Learning - how we can support your connection with the city'
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7/22/2021 3:38:11 PM

Connecting with tutees
This session explores a range of examples illustrating how personal connections have been built with and between tutees during the past year and will include presentations from some of this year’s Bristol Teaching Awards – Outstanding Personal Tutoring shortlist. Contributors include: Dr Peter Scott from the Department of Music - speaking about the positive (and occasionally negative) impact of university extra-curricular activities, particularly in relation to first year tutees. Dr James Norman from the Department of Civil Engineering - speaking about how tutorials offer many benefits to students, not least being our primary form of pastoral support. However, to ensure good student engagement with tutorials we believe that they need to be consistent, valuable and fun. To enable this to happen this year we created a 24 week plan and sent all tutors a weekly email with a ready made tutorial plan. Find out what was in the plan. What worked. What didn't. What we will be doing better next time. And how to design a snack that is scary in under a minute! Dr Joe Williams from the School of Geographical Sciences - speaking about some easy ways to foster a sense of community among postgraduate students. Joe will discuss his approach during Covid-19 restrictions and will outline how this will inform his tutorials now restrictions are starting to lift. Julian Kendell a Lecturer in Academic Development in the BILT Team and Ruth Day the Student Living Officer in the Students Union speak about a collaboration between the Student Union Sabbatical Officers and BILT, to develop online training resources that introduces academic personal tutors to the key aspects of the role and will help them in other important areas such being inclusive and supporting students wellbeing. Dr Julie Townsend and Dr Allison Fulford from the School of Anatomy - speaking about pastoral support for students on the Gateway Programme in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, the widening participation course for clinical programmes. The first year, based in the School of Anatomy, enables dental, vet and medically-qualified Anatomy academic staff to support all three programmes locally. We will reflect upon the model of group and individual tutorials that aims to encourage peer-peer support, nurture study skills, support wellbeing, provide career mentorship and enable students to prepare for year 1 of the 5 year clinical courses.
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7/22/2021 9:42:49 AM

The First Connection
In this panel discussion followed by Q&A, we hear from experts from across the University about how we can best support students at the start of their University experience, following a year of restrictions. The panel consists of Simon Gamble (Head of Study Skills), Maxine Gillway (Director of the Centre for Academic Language and Development), Suzanne Collins (Senior Digital Education Developer in DEO) and Scott Farmer (Interim Director of Student Voice at the University Union).
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7/22/2021 10:26:46 AM

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