Building Brookes Learning Community Events

Booking will close three days before an event.

8 - 28 June 2023

Hosted by the People Directorate, Building Brookes Learning Community offers some on-campus, in person, professional, academic enhancement and development sessions, exclusively for Oxford Brookes staff. These events ‘wrap around’ the Brookes International Teaching and Learning Conference, which is online and open to all. To book on to any of these events please go to the Staff Learning Portal Building Brookes Learning Community.

The Building Brookes Learning Community events and activities aim to:

  • inspire academic, professional and personal ambition across the Brookes’ learning community
  • consider contemporary research and its contribution to or impact on academic and professional practice
  • build connection and community
  • provide time to reflect and grow

The schedule offers the following activities.

Thursday 8 June 2023 IDEAS symposium

9.30am - 1.00pm, Headington Campus, Clerici Building

An overview of the IDEAS framework: a curriculum model and design tool that supports programme teams at Oxford Brookes with inclusive, digitally enabled curriculum development. Followed by immersion in one ‘mini-sprint’ of your chosen strand: 

  • Inclusive Learning
  • Digital Inclusivity
  • Employability Learning
  • Assessment for, as and of learning
  • Sustainability Mindset

Friday 9 June 2023 ‘Best of Brookes’ MasterClasses

9.00am - 5.00pm, Headington Campus, JHB 205 and JHB 206

These MasterClasses are run by ‘in-house’ Oxford Brookes experts who lead the field on the topics listed below. You are invited to book in on as many MasterClassses as you like, or just one that grabs your interest.

Timings and roomMasterclassExpert Facilitators
9.15am - 10.15am
JHB 205
Inclusive Learning: Anti-racist teaching and learning
This MasterClass will focus on developing anti-racist pedagogy including looking at strategy, leadership, lessons learnt, as well as specific classroom initiatives and research.

Learning objectives:
  • Know how to commence work on anti racism;
  • Know what are some effective teaching and learning strategies;
  • Know how to start to decolonise literature searching and research. 

Jill Childs, Principal Lecturer for Social Work, HLS and Dr Louise Taylor, Principal Lecturer, Education Student Experience, HLS

10.25am - 11.25am
JHB 206
Digital Capability (Moodle Templates)
Get a sneak preview of the new Moodle 4 interface and template, and find out what you can do to prepare your modules for the launch.
Learning objectives:
By the end of this session you will:
  • Know how the new moodle template will support equitable access to an inclusive, digital learning environment for all students and staff;
  • Be aware of your role in preparing your moodle course(s) for the upgrade;
  • Be able to locate sources of support (synchronous and asynchronous) to help you prepare.
Nicola Beer, Principal Lecturer in Digital Education and Head of Digital Inclusive Curriculum Enhancement, OCAED and Harry Kalantzis, Digital Services Team Leader
11.35am - 12.35pm
JHB 205
Sustainable Mindset
How should – and how can – education and learning be re-thought and re-configured to make a significant and central contribution to achieving a more sustainable and just world?” (Sterling, 2001).

Come and share your views on the purpose of Higher Education at the Sustainability Mindset Masterclass and workshop the skills, values and attributes needed to navigate and thrive in a VUCA world.
Cathy d’Abreu, Senior Lecturer, Education for Sustainability, OBBS
1.30pm - 2.30pm
JHB 206
Academic Integrity
This session will present a holistic approach to academic integrity designed to raise staff awareness of regulations, current issues and inclusive practice. The session will involve discussion of current challenges including the emergence of ChatGPT and other Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, as well as the need to support all students with their learning and understanding of good academic practice.

Learning outcomes:
By the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Gain greater awareness of academic integrity at Brookes including regulations;
  • Reflect on multiple issues related to academic integrity, including AI tools and other tools and services;
  • Support students with academic integrity through inclusive practice.
Dr Mary Davis, Principal Lecturer, Education Student Experience, OBBS
2.40pm - 3.40pm
JHB 205
Assessment for learning: Assessment Toolkit, QAA project
Part of this session will run through the HSS Assessment Toolkit as a way of thinking about assessments through the lenses of inclusivity, accessibility, employability, authenticity, and academic integrity. Attendees will develop their understanding of relationships between these areas, and will learn more about the advantages of different forms of assessment, and of strategic assessment diversification.
You can also find out about the results of a recent cross-institutional research project which sought to investigate what we can learn from the pandemic about the attributes of inclusive assessment.
Dr Andrea Macrae, Principal Lecturer, Stylistics, Education and Student Experience, HSS, Dr Shirley Shipman, Principal Lecturer, Education, HSS and Student Experience, Nicola Beer, Principal Lecturer in Digital Education and Head of Digital Inclusive Curriculum Enhancement

3.50pm - 4.50pm

JHB 206

Employability Learning


This session will introduce you to key resources and support which can help you to design and review your curriculum so that students actively engage in learning that boosts their current and future employability learning.

Learning outcomes:

  • consider a range of practical learning activities that can enable employability learning within programmes of study;
  • explore ways of re-evaluating learning so that it relates to the changing nature of the world of work;
  • learn about further support and consultancy available from Brookes Careers to assist your programme design. 
Pete Smillie, Careers Counsellor, ASA

Monday 12 June Coaching

1.30pm - 3.00pm, Headington, JHB 301

Join coaches from the Brookes Coaching Pool to find out how coaching can help individuals develop and grow at work. In this session, we will explore what coaching is and how it can help people at critical stages in their working lives. There will be an opportunity to experience a short, 'taster' coaching session, with one of Brookes Coaching Pool coaches.

Wednesday 14 June Brookes International Teaching and Learning Conference ‘Pedagogies of Possibility: Tales of Transformation and HE Hope’

This conference is online, and open to colleagues from across the globe. See the conference website for more details and registration.

Wednesday 14 June Walk and Talk

1.00pm, JHB Reception, Headington

Wrap up for the weather and wear shoes that like walking! No need to book, just turn up.

19 - 23 June 2023 Brookes Boost (online):

A week of EXPLORE’s ‘greatest hits’ and other useful workshops that speak directly to the Turnaround Plan focusing on: Student Engagement, Assessment Design, Academic Advising, Academic Literacies, and Teaching International Students.

Date and Time
Brookes Boost Session Title
Monday 19 June 2023,
9.30am - 11.30am
Engaging students in dynamic learning
In this workshop we will: review principles of active learning and group work; consider a range of learning activities and challenge participants to apply these appropriately within their own disciplinary context.
Mary Kitchener, Senior Lecturer, OCAED
Monday 19 June 2023.
1.30pm - 3.30pm
Assessment of, for and as learning
In this session participants will explore the rationale for assessment, consider how this affects assessment design, and design an assignment brief.
Adrian Wallbank, Lecturer, OCAED
Tuesday 20 June 2023,
9.30am - 11.30am
Academic advising
The aim of this session is to understand the role of the Academic Adviser at Oxford Brookes and gain support to undertake this role effectively.
Ben Walker, Senior Lecturer, OCAED
Wednesday 21 June 2023,
1.00pm - 4.00pm
Academic literacies

This session will focus on the unwritten rules and norms that students are often assumed to have an understanding of (QAA 2022), also known as the Hidden Curriculum. You will explore the concept with reference to your own discipline and consider how collaborative and creative learning opportunities can be provided to students to help uncover what may not always be obvious.

Martha O’Curry, Deputy Head of Centre for Academic Development
Thursday 22 June 2023,
1.30pm - 3.30pm
Teaching international students
This session will invite participants to consider the experience of the international student and ways in which inclusive curriculum design can enhance the learning environment and support the individual’s learning journey.
Polly Magne, Principal Lecturer, Head of Academic Practice, OCAED
Friday 23 June 2023,
10.00am - 11.00am
Digital Capability (Moodle Templates)
Get a sneak preview of the new Moodle 4 interface and template, and find out what you can do to prepare your modules for the launch.
Nicola Beer, Principal Lecturer in Digital Education and Head of Digital Inclusive Curriculum Enhancement, OCAED

Wednesday 21 and 28 June 2023 OCAED Faculty Partner Surgeries (online)

OCAED Faculty Partners offer Academic Enhancement and Development support to you in your faculty. The regular surgeries provide opportunities for you to drop-in or book a slot for informal conversations to talk about curriculum design, teaching, learning or assessment with an expert Educational Developer. 

Meet your Faculty Partner 1-2-1, online on the following dates.  Please book via the links below: