Academic Enhancement and Standards Seminars for 2016-17

OCSLD organises the Academic Enhancement and Standards Commitee (AESC) Seminar series. The seminars are intended to challenge and inform AESC members and are open to all interested colleagues across the university. The speakers and topics reflect some of the issues relevant to AESC

  • How can we measure learning gain?
  • Why use learning outcomes in higher education?
  • What’s the role of games in learning?
  • What is the impact of interdisciplinary learning?
  • How can we design engaging learning spaces?
  • Can mindset interventions improve learning behaviour?

All talks are 12-1 at Gipsy Lane, following the AESC meeting. Lunch is provided. Please confirm your attendance by emailing Samina Bashir


  • The power of learning analytics to measure learning gains: an Open University, Surrey and Oxford Brookes story
    Dr. Bart Rienties, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University
    26 October 2016, Buckley 2.01/2.02
  • Why use learning outcomes in higher education? Exploring the grounds for academic resistance and reclaiming the value of unexpected learning.
    Professor Anton Havnes, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
    30 November 2016, Buckley 2.01/2.02
  • Games and play in HE teaching and learning,
    Alex Moseley, Leicester Learning Institute, University of Leicester
    25 January 2017, JHB 128 (Executive Suite)
  • Interdisciplinary Pedagogy for Social Innovation
    Professor Alison Honour, Technology Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University
    8 March 2017, JHB 128 (Executive Suite)
  • Engaging Spaces,
    David White, Head of Digital Learning, University of the Arts, London
    5 April 2017, JHB 128 (Executive Suite)
  • Active citizenship as a measure of learning gain
    Dr. Mary Deane, OCSLD, Oxford Brookes University
    24 May 2017, JHB 128 (Executive Suite)
  • Implicit Theories of Intelligence (Mindset): is the theory relevant in the UK and
    relevant for Higher Education?
    Professor Sherria Hoskins, Department of Psychology, Portsmouth University
    28 June 2017, JHB 128 (Executive Suite)



About the author

George Roberts

George has been at Oxford Brookes since 2000 and joined OCSLD in June 2006 as an Educational Developer (e-Learning). In his previous role he advised the Head of e-Learning and the Senior Management Team of the University on policy for off-campus e-learning and e-learning partnerships.

He leads the MA Education (Higher Education) and teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) as well as conducting Course Design Intensives (CDIs) and other educational development activities: workshops and consultancies.

He leads the organisation of the annual Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference (BLTC) and is Managing Editor of the Higher Education Journal of Learning and Teaching.

George is a visiting Lecturer at Cranfield University and a Visiting Fellow of Edge Hill University.

He wrote his doctorate (July 2011) at the University of Southampton on biographical narratives of adult users of a community IT centre on a large social housing estate.

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