Open offer for all staff

  • A key feature of the EXPLORE@Brookes series of learning and development sessions and resources is that they are open and accessible to any colleague who wants to continue or refresh their professional development beyond their first three years. Brookes academics and research staff, as well as colleagues teaching Brookes students at Associate College Partners or as members of Global Partnerships, can book onto and attend individual events as part of their continuing professional development. 

    There are sessions to support teaching practice, teaching scholarship, leadership and, from colleagues in the Researcher Development Team and the Graduate College, to support research, knowledge exchange and the supervision of Brookes research students.

    Bookings for the Teaching, Scholarship and Leadership sessions will close 3 working days before the scheduled session.


    EXPLORE@Brookes Schedule 2021/22

    Downloadable PDF available here

    Click on the links below to find out about all the different sessions available and book your place! 

  • October and November

    DATE/TIME TEACHING SCHOLARSHIP LEADERSHIP RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
    Weds 20 Oct PM

    University research induction

    The purpose of this event is an introduction to research at Oxford Brookes University.
    Weds 3 Nov AM


    The oral examination: the role of the internal examiner

    In this session, we will explore the role of the internal examiner. 

    Mon 8 AM

    Teaching groups

    In this session we will explore good practice in relation to teaching learners in groups, from small to large group settings in the Brookes context.


    Mon 8 PM

    Using big data sets to inform teaching and learning developments 

    In this session, we will look at what and how we can make sense of this in our contexts. 

    Tues 9 AM

    Assessment of, for and as learning 

    In this session, we will explore Assessment of, for, and as learning, its purposes for enhancing and enriching student learning, stakeholders in professional programmes/employability, sector good practice, its importance for students, staff, sector - including contemporary sector debates. 

    Understanding the context for academic leadership

    We will explore the current context for HE in the UK. This will include recent history and trends.

    Tues 9 PM

    Engaging your students in lectures

    The traditional way of teaching students is to provide them with content through a spoken lecture or documents and other resources distributed via the institutional Virtual Learning Environment (in Brookes' case it is Moodle). 


    Navigating the research ethics approvals process

    Come with us on a walk-through of the process for obtaining ethics approval from the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC), to help make your journey as smooth as possible. 
    Weds 10 AM


    Introduction to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

    In this session we will explore the history of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and different conceptions of SoTL that exist in the literature.
    Weds 10 PM

    Online and distance teaching

    In this session, we will explore how teaching in online and distance modes contrasts to face to face teaching, what lessons are common across these platforms,  what varies and why and how to support learners via online and distant teaching. 


    Thurs 11 AM



    Stakeholder engagement: begin with the end in mind

    This session examines how consulting with stakeholders using a simple Terms of Reference approach not only co-creates a shared understanding, it also builds commitment to see the endeavour delivered.

    Thurs 11 PM


    Publishing your scholarship of teaching and learning projects

    In this session, we will explore how to prepare an article for publication in a peer-reviewed higher education journal.

    Personal time management

    This session is highly practical offering many tips and techniques for staff at all levels to apply to everyday life. 

    Fri 12 AM

    Marking and giving feedback to students

    In this session we will look at marking practices and the provision of feedback to students and how this impacts on their learning and aligns with institutional and national standards and practices expected in university level programmes.  

    December

    DATE/TIME TEACHING SCHOLARSHIP LEADERSHIP RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
    Mon 6 Dec AM  


     

    Intellectual Property (IP) training for research staff

    In this session, you will learn the essentials of Intellectual Property (IP), how to identify the various forms of IP, how they can be protected and what to do when you have ideas that you think are commercialisable.

    Mon 13 AM  

    Introduction to scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) 

    In this session we will explore the history of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and different conceptions of SoTL that exist in the literature.  

     


    Mon 13 PM


    The Inclusive academic leader

    In this session, participants will examine the distinctive qualities of inclusive leadership (asynchronous pre-work). 

    Tues 14 AM

    Curriculum planning, review and leadership

    In this session will explore curriculum planning and review purposes and strategies and leadership required to ensure effective curriculum planning from the design of modules and programmes.  


    Tues 14 PM

    Anti-racist teacher - How can you become an anti-racist educator?

    In this session, we will consider some practical ways that you can gain confidence to develop anti-racist practice, and begin to decolonise your teaching and research so that it supports learning for all students. 


    Weds 15 AM

    Conditions of learning

    We will examine how different aspects of the teaching and learning environment impact and influence learning and what this means for you in your context at Brookes and align to your professional context. 


    Weds 15 PM



    Learning from conversations

    We will consider the barriers to good conversations and a range of tools and techniques to help you in your one-to-one interactions.  

     
    Thurs 16 AM

    Reading the scholarship of teaching and learning literature

    In this session we will look at a range of SoTL literature, identify some ‘go to’ resources for each of us and how this can inform our own practice as well as our own SoTL projects. 

    Thurs 16 PM

    Supporting students and leading teaching

    In this session we will explore the many ways outside formal ‘classroom’ teaching where we support student learning. 

    Fri 17 AM

    Staff-student SoTL partnerships

    In this session, we will explore approaches to staff-student partnerships that enable us to work together to enhance teaching and learning.

    Self-care for academics

    The academic role is demanding and this session examines some key concepts about ways to look after ourselves to build resilience, manage stress and cultivate a sense of well-being. 

    Fri 17 PM

    Designing effective teaching and learning

    In this session we will explore how to designing effective teaching and learning from sessions, to modules to programmes.  

     

    January

    DATE/TIME TEACHING SCHOLARSHIP LEADERSHIP RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
    Mon 10 Jan AM

    Developing scholarly teaching projects

    At the heart of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is designing and conducting purposeful enquires to our teaching practice.

    Mon 10 PM

    Academic integrity at Brookes

    This session will develop your understanding of academic integrity at Brookes. It aims to encourage you to reflect on your own practice and experience of academic integrity, and your perspectives on plagiarism and other problems related to academic misconduct. 

    Introduction to mentoring

    This session will cover what mentoring is, it's uses and benefits.  We will identify the key skills and attitudes for effective mentoring.  

    Tues 11 AM

    Reading the scholarship of teaching and learning literature

    In this session we will look at a range of SoTL literature, identify some ‘go to’ resources for each of us and how this can inform our own practice as well as our own SoTL projects. 

    Tues 11 PM

    Marking and giving feedback to students

    In this session we will look at marking practices and the provision of feedback to students and how this impacts on their learning and aligns with institutional and national standards and practices expected in university level programmes.

    Weds 12 AM



    Research and research management training - supervisor training - session 1

    In this session we will look at designing and registering a research degree, and recruiting students. 

    Weds 12 PM

    Engaging students in lectures

    The traditional way of teaching students is to provide them with content through a spoken lecture or documents and other resources distributed via the institutional Virtual Learning Environment (in Brookes' case it is Moodle). 


    Leading Teams

    The aim of this webinar is to explore the leadership role in an academic context.

    Thurs 13 AM


    Using big data sets to inform teaching and learning developments

    In this session, we will look at what and how we can make sense of this in our contexts.

    Thurs 13 PM

    Online and distance teaching

    In this session we will explore how teaching in online and distance modes contrasts to face to face teaching.

    Fri 14 AM

    Teaching groups

    In this session we will explore good practice in relation to teaching learners in groups, from small to large group settings in the Brookes context. 

    Fri 14 PM


    Research data management

    This session will cover IT resources for Data Management, what to do with your data and the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    February

    DATE/TIME TEACHING SCHOLARSHIP LEADERSHIP RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
    Weds 9 Feb AM


    Research and research management training - supervisor training - session 2

    In this session we will look at the management of a research degree programme, Ethical approval, monitoring, progression and examining a research degree.

    Thurs 10 AM


       

    Integrating public engagement into your research

    The Public Engagement Network (PEN) at Oxford Brookes offers researchers opportunities and support to help you incorporate public engagement activities and assessment into your research.

    Mon 14 AM

    Making use of e-portfolios to support students learning     

    This session will showcase how google sites is used as an assessment tool in programmes across the university. 

    Learning from conversations

    We will consider the barriers to good conversations and a range of tools and techniques to help you in your one-to-one interactions. 

    Mon 14 PM

    Curriculum planning, review and Leadership     

    In this session we will explore curriculum planning and review purposes and strategies and leadership.

    Tues 15 AM

    Conditions for learning     

    We will examine how different aspects of the teaching and learning environment impact and influence learning and what this means for you in your context at Brookes and align to your professional context.

    Tues 15 PM


    Introduction to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

    In this session we will explore the history of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and different conceptions of SoTL that exist in the literature.

    Weds 16 AM


    Understanding the context for academic leadership

    We will explore the current context for HE in the UK. This will include recent history and trends.  


    Weds 16 PM

    Supporting students and leading teaching     

    In this session we will explore the many ways outside formal ‘classroom’ teaching where we support student learning.


    Applying for external research grants

    This session looks at the support available across the university for making external research grant applications, including how to find funding opportunities, costing, impact and mentoring.  

    Thurs 17 AM



    Personal time management

    This session is highly practical offering many tips and techniques for staff at all levels to apply to everyday life. 

    Thurs 17 PM

    Designing effective teaching and learning      

    In this session we will explore how to designing effective teaching and learning from sessions, to modules to programmes.


    Fri 18 AM


    Publishing your scholarship of teaching and learning projects

    In this session, we will explore how to prepare an article for publication in a peer-reviewed higher education journal.


    Fri 18 PM

    Developing scholarly teaching projects

    In this session we will explore what are the features of scholarly teaching projects that enable us to provide an evidence-based approach to enhancing teaching and learning.

    Weds 23 PM


    Research and research management training, supervisor training - session 2

    In this session we will look at the management of a research degree programme, Ethical approval, monitoring, progression and examining a research degree. 

    March and April

    DATE/TIME TEACHING SCHOLARSHIP LEADERSHIP RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
    Wed 9 Mar PM  

    Commercialising an idea, start ups and spin outs

    Calling all academics and research-only staff! Could an idea resulting from your research become a commercial opportunity?

    Thurs 24 PM


    Managing an external research grant project

    This session looks at how to manage an externally-funded research grant project, including the roles and responsibilities of the Principal Investigator in recruiting, managing and developing research staff and the who and where of post award support. 

    Mon 28 AM

    Staff-student SoTL partnerships

    In this session, we will explore approaches to staff-student partnerships that enable us to work together to enhance teaching and learning. 

    Mon 28 PM

    Reading the scholarship of teaching and learning literature

    In this session we will look at a range of SoTL literature, identify some ‘go to’ resources for each of us and how this can inform our own practice as well as our own SoTL projects.

    Tues 29 AM


    Publishing your scholarship of teaching and learning projects

    In this session, we will explore how to prepare an article for publication in a peer-reviewed higher education journal.  

    Tues 29 PM

    Teaching groups

    In this session we will explore good practice in relation to teaching learners in groups, from small to large group settings in the Brookes context. 


    Weds 30 AM

    Marking and giving feedback to students

    In this session we will look at marking practices and the provision of feedback to students and how this impacts on their learning and aligns with institutional and national standards and practices expected in university level programmes.

    Weds 30 PM

    Assessment of, for and as learning

    In this session we will explore Assessment of, for, and as learning, its purposes for enhancing and enriching student learning.


    Thurs 31 AM


    Working collaboratively with colleagues

    We will explore the foundations of good communications including emotional intelligence.  We will look at ways to make requests, give feedback and how to broach difficult topics with others.

    Thurs 31 PM

    Engaging your students with reading

    In this session we will think about the pedagogy of reading lists; what, how, when and why you want your students to read (or watch, or listen to...) and how to communicate this to them effectively in ways which constructively align your reading list with the rest of the teaching on your module.

    Personal impact and confident networking

    In this drama-based session from the Oxford Playhouse Theatre, participants learn what makes personal communication memorable.


    Fri 1 Apr AM

    Online and distance teaching

    In this session we will explore how teaching in online and distance modes contrasts to face to face teaching.



    Fri 1 Apr PM


    Introduction to mentoring

    This session will cover what is mentoring, its uses, and benefits. We will identify the key skills and attitudes for effective mentoring. 


    Tues 5 Apr PM



    An introduction to consultancy for Research Staff

    This session aims to build your understanding of how to develop your consultancy offer, and the support and information available.

    Wed 27 Apr PM



    Open research and research integrity

    This session will form an introduction to open research and research integrity, and what this means for researchers at Oxford Brookes University.

    May

    DATE/TIME TEACHING SCHOLARSHIP LEADERSHIP RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
    Fri 6 May AM

    Embedding impact in your research

    This session will focus on how research impact can be embedded, all the way from initial research design to producing evidence that your research outcomes have made a change of some kind.

    Mon 9 AM


    Inclusive academic leader

    In this session, participants will examine the distinctive qualities of inclusive leadership (asynchronous pre-work).  

    Mon 9 PM

    Designing effective teaching and learning

    In this session we will explore how to designing effective teaching and learning from sessions, to modules to programmes considering the value of curriculum alignment. 


    Tues 10 AM


    Developing scholarly teaching projects

    At the heart of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is designing and conducting purposeful enquires to our teaching practice. 

    Tues 10 PM

    Curriculum planning, review and leadership

    In this session we will explore curriculum planning and review purposes and strategies and leadership.

    Enterprise education

    In this session you will explore how you can embed these capabilities within the curriculum and how to develop your teaching and learning to address these changing needs. 

    Open research and research integrity

    This session will form an introduction to open research and research integrity, and what this means for researchers at Oxford Brookes University.

    Weds 11 AM


    Leading teams

    The aim of this webinar is to explore the leadership role in an academic context. We will: clarify the leadership role, explore the characteristics of an effective leader in an academic context, describe key tasks in the role, consider team dynamics, and identify  ways to motivate team members.

    Weds 11 PM

    Conditions for learning

    We will examine how different aspects of the teaching and learning environment impact and influence learning and what this means for you in your context at Brookes and align to your professional context.

    Using big data sets to inform teaching and learning developments

    In this session we will look at what and how we can make sense of this in our contexts. 

    How to run a successful conference

    There will be a training video from Dione Dietrich from Oxford Brookes Venues, who will be speaking on how to run a successful conference at Oxford Brookes University.

    Thurs 12 AM

    Staff-student SoTL partnerships

    In this session, we will explore approaches to staff-student partnerships that enable us to work together to enhance teaching and learning. 

    Thurs 12 PM


    Self-care for academics

    The academic role is demanding and this session examines some key concepts about ways to look after ourselves to build resilience, manage stress and cultivate a sense of well-being. 


    Fri 13 AM

    Supporting students and leading teaching

    In this session we will explore the many ways outside formal ‘classroom’ teaching where we support student learning. 

    Thurs 26 PM


    Thinking about impact evidence collection in your research.

    June

    DATE/TIME TEACHING SCHOLARSHIP LEADERSHIP RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
    Mon 6 Jun AM

    Supporting students and leading teaching

    In this session we will explore the many ways outside formal ‘classroom’ teaching where we support student learning.

    Mon 6 PM

    Online and distance teaching

    In this session we will explore how teaching in online and distance modes contrasts to face to face teaching.

    Tues 7 AM

    Designing effective teaching and learning

    In this session we will explore how to designing effective teaching and learning from sessions, to modules to programmes. 

    Working collaboratively with colleagues

    Key to effective leadership are working relationships which are based on trust and respect. We will explore the foundations of good communications including emotional intelligence.

    Tues 7 PM


    Stakeholder engagement: begin with the end in mind

    This session examines how consulting with stakeholders using a simple Terms of Reference approach not only co-creates a shared understanding, it also builds commitment to see the endeavour delivered. 

    Weds 8 AM

    Teaching groups

    In this session we will explore good practice in relation to teaching learners in groups, from small to large group settings in the Brookes context. 

    Learning from conversations

    What makes a conversation constructive? How can we integrate a conversational style into our way of working especially when dealing with sensitive issues.

    Weds 8 PM

    Marking and giving feedback to students

    In this session we will look at marking practices and the provision of feedback to students and how this impacts on their learning and aligns with institutional and national standards and practices expected in university level programmes.

    Thurs 9 AM

    Assessment of, for and as learning

    In this session we will explore Assessment of, for, and as learning, its purposes for enhancing and enriching student learning.

    Fri 10 AM

    Conditions for learning

    We will examine how different aspects of the teaching and learning environment impact and influence learning and what this means for you in your context at Brookes and align to your professional context. 

    Fri 10 PM

    Curriculum planning, review and leadership

    In this session we will explore curriculum planning and review purposes and strategies and leadership.

    Tues 14 PM

    University research induction

    The purpose of this event is an introduction to research at Oxford Brookes University.