2 August 2016
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Retrospect Opera’s newly released CD of Ethel Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate, the first modern recording of the work, includes an essay by Dr Christopher Wiley in the accompanying booklet.
The recording appears in the centenary year of Smyth’s comic opera, which premiered on 28 January 1916 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London. It features singers Nadine Benjamin, Edward Lee, and Jeremy Huw Williams in the principal roles, accompanied by the Lontano Ensemble conducted by pioneering Smyth interpreter Odaline de la Martinez.
Dr Wiley is acknowledged as an academic expert on Ethel Smyth, with recent research activity including publication of a major journal article, a score preface, and promoting Smyth’s music in concert, in addition to giving several public lectures on the composer. His essay, ‘The Boatswain’s Mate in the context of Smyth’s life and works’, appears in the CD booklet alongside contributions by Odaline de la Martinez and Retrospect Opera’s Dr David Chandler.
The CD is available direct from Retrospect Opera at the following link: http://www.retrospectopera.org.uk/CD_Sales.html
It may also be ordered through Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boatswains-Mate-Ethel-Smyth/dp/B01HIJX83Q/
17 June 2016
Conference, Educational Research, Presentation, Teaching
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Dr Christopher Wiley was one of the Keynote speakers at the Transforming Technology Enhanced Learning (TTEL) Conference held in the Forum at the University of Exeter on Friday 17 June 2016.
Speaking in the Forum’s 400-seat Alumni Auditorium, Dr Wiley delivered his presentation, ‘Enhancing Student Engagement Through Electronic Voting Systems (EVS): Innovative Pedagogies and Creative Applications’, to an audience of around 90 academic staff from the University of Exeter and nearby higher education institutions.
Dr Wiley’s keynote discussed a range of applications and pedagogies with which students may be engaged through EVS, illustrated with various interactive audience-based tasks. Later sections of the talk also considered how EVS may be used in combination with a number of other popular learning technologies.
The one-day conference, designed to promote and disseminate good practices in transforming learning through technology-enhanced teaching, comprised a series of alternating keynotes and parallel workshop sessions.
As a Distinguished Educator with Turning Technologies (one of the event’s sponsors) since 2012, Dr Wiley has recently given presentations and workshops on learning and teaching at several universities across England, as well as writing a report on using electronic voting systems in arts and humanities teaching, published by the Higher Education Academy.
The webpage for the TTEL Conference is available at the following link: https://as.exeter.ac.uk/education-quality-enhancement/e-learning/ttelconference2016/
The draft programme may be downloaded here: https://as.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/academicservices/educationenhancement/TTEL2016Draft2.pdf
23 May 2016
Academic Management, Media, Teaching
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The School of Arts at the University of Surrey is celebrating excellent rankings in The Guardian’s UK University League Tables 2017, published today as part of the Guardian University Guide.
The Guardian league tables rank the University of Surrey No. 1 nationally for Music, No. 2 nationally for Drama & Dance, and No. 4 nationally in the overall league table.
As Director of Learning & Teaching for the School of Arts, Dr Christopher Wiley has taken a lead in developing the School’s learning & teaching and student experience strategies. This has included the initiatives by which its students have been engaged in completion of the National Student Survey, the latest results for which similarly placed the School’s subject areas at No. 1 and No. 2 nationally.
The Guardian league tables represent one of the most influential rankings of UK universities, and incorporate multiple metrics from the National Student Survey including student satisfaction with teaching, satisfaction with feedback and assessment, and overall satisfaction with the course.
Further information on the successes of the School of Arts in The Guardian league tables 2017 may be found here: http://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/arts/2016/05/23/guardian-league-table-2017-results-music-at-no-1-drama-dance-at-no-2/
3 March 2016
Conference, Educational Research, Presentation, Teaching
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Dr Christopher Wiley has given a presentation at the Higher Education Academy’s inaugural Arts and Humanities conference, ‘Inspire – sharing great practice in Arts and Humanities teaching and learning’, held at The Waterfront Hotel, Brighton (now Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront) on 3–4 March 2016.
In the half-hour session, entitled ‘How to… use electronic voting systems creatively in arts and humanities teaching’, Dr Wiley outlined a variety of innovative ways in which he has incorporated electronic voting systems into his teaching in the Arts and Humanities over the years. The abstract for Dr Wiley’s talk, which immediately followed the conference’s opening keynote lecture, may be read here.
Acknowledged as a Distinguished Educator by Turning Technologies, Dr Wiley has previously given workshops on the use of electronic voting systems in higher education teaching at six UK universities in the past two years, as well as publishing the report Using Electronic Voting Systems in the Arts and Humanities last year as part of the Higher Education Academy’s Innovative Pedagogies series.
The complete programme for the conference (for which Dr Wiley also acted as a specialist reviewer of proposal submissions) is available here: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/artsandhumanities-conference-programme_6.pdf
12 January 2016
Academic Management, Presentation, Public Output, Teaching
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Dr Christopher Wiley organized a half-day Learning and Teaching development event for the School of Arts at the University of Surrey on 12 January 2016. This was the fifth forum of this nature in two years (see information about previous events here), and involved some 40 staff from across the institution.
This event incorporated a training session led by the University’s Student Services on the pastoral side of Personal Tutoring, as well as a discussion forum on student evaluation of teaching facilitated by Dr Wiley, which considered how academic staff might seek to maximize the effectiveness of feedback received from students for purposes of ongoing teaching enhancement.
A blog post written by Dr Wiley, in which the School of Arts Learning and Teaching symposia are discussed, has recently appeared on the Association of National Teaching Fellows blog. The post, entitled ‘How do National Teaching Fellows make a contribution in their institution?’, may be read at the following link:
Update: With over 400 reads in the week in which it appeared, Dr Wiley’s post set a new record for the Association of National Teaching Fellows blog.