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Dr Christopher Wiley gives talk on Ethel Smyth’s opera The Boatswain’s Mate for Guildford Hard of Hearing Support Group

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Ethel SmythDr Christopher Wiley delivered a talk entitled ‘Ethel Smyth’s (feminist?) opera, The Boatswain’s Mate at the Millmead Centre, Guildford on 27 February 2017, for Guildford Hard of Hearing Support Group.

The Boatswain’s Mate was the fourth of six operas composed by Smyth (who suffered from distorted hearing and deafness for the last several decades of her life), and was the most popular and most frequently performed during her own lifetime. It was recently released in its first complete modern recording by Retrospect Opera (of which Dr Wiley is a part).

An acknowledged expert on Smyth, Dr Wiley provided an outline of the circumstances of the composition of The Boatswain’s Mate, its plot, and interesting features of the music. He also discussed the extent to which the work constitutes a ‘feminist opera’, as has previously been suggested.

This is the second time that Dr Wiley has addressed Guildford Hard of Hearing Support Group, having delivered a presentation on Smyth’s life and works two years ago in January 2015. Dr Wiley has also recently given talks on Smyth at The Guildford Institute and at the composer’s childhood home in Frimley Green.

Dr Christopher Wiley delivers talk on Ethel Smyth at The Guildford Institute

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Dr Christopher Wiley delivered a talk entitled ‘Dame Ethel Smyth, Groundbreaking Composer, Writer, and Suffragette’ at The Guildford Institute, Guildford on Wednesday 18 January 2017.

Speaking to a capacity audience of 70 in the Institute’s Assembly Room, Dr Wiley outlined Smyth’s significance to music, literature, and women’s suffrage, as well as her local connections to Surrey, illustrating his talk with excerpts from a variety of her works.

An acknowledged expert on the subject, Dr Wiley has recently given several talks on Ethel Smyth in the local area, including one at Smyth’s childhood home in Frimley Green, Surrey last September.

Further information on the event is available on The Guildford Institute’s website: http://guildford-institute.org.uk/whats-on2/dame-ethel-smyth-groundbreaking-composer-writer-and-suffragette/

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Dr Christopher Wiley convenes student panel discussion at University of Surrey Teaching Symposium

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student-discussion-panel-at-surrey-excites-2017Dr Christopher Wiley organized a student discussion panel at the University of Surrey’s fourth annual Surrey ExciTeS (Excellence in Teaching Symposium) on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

Entitled ‘Exploring the potential benefits of online discussion forums in enabling students to become agents of research-led teaching’, the session focused on Dr Wiley’s use of a student-led online discussion forum in his final-year undergraduate module on musical theatre.

The panel of Music students and recent graduates, comprising Karen Taylor, Octavius Longcroft-Wheaton, and Jadene Doak (pictured, l-r), addressed questions from academics drawn from across the University.

Dr Wiley has led sessions at all three of the previous Surrey ExciTeS events in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The full programme for 2017 symposium (including abstracts) is available here: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/dhe/surrey_excites/Surrey%20ExciTes%202017%20Programme.pdf

Dr Christopher Wiley delivers workshop presentation on electronic voting systems at Lancaster University

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charles-carter-buildingDr Christopher Wiley was the invited external speaker for a ‘Lunch and Learn’ event on Turning Technologies polling software held in the Charles Carter Building at Lancaster University on 15 November 2016.

His one-hour workshop, ‘Enhancing Student Engagement Through Electronic Voting Systems: Innovative Pedagogies and Creative Applications’, was attended by some 25 academics from across the University and was followed by a lively question and answer session. The programme for the event is available here.

Dr Wiley has given learning and teaching workshops on electronic voting systems at several universities across England since 2014, in addition to a recent Keynote at a conference at the University of Exeter and an internationally broadcast webinar.

Update: Dr Wiley has contributed an entry on student response systems to the Educational Developers’ Cookbook, an international online resource launched in December 2016. His piece, entitled ‘Feedback and Evaluation using Electronic Voting Systems’, may be read here: http://teachingcommons.yorku.ca/feedback-and-evaluation-using-electronic-voting-systems/

Dr Christopher Wiley gives pre-performance talks for Glyndebourne Tour 2016

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mk-galleryDr Christopher Wiley has delivered two pre-performance talks for Glyndebourne Tour 2016, to preface its productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, on 8 and 9 November, respectively.

Both talks were delivered at the MK Gallery, Milton Keynes prior to performances at the nearby Milton Keynes Theatre. Speaking to some 60 audience members, Dr Wiley introduced the plots and characters of the operas, their historical backgrounds, noteworthy features of the music (such as Puccini’s use of authentic Japanese tunes in the score of Madama Butterfly), and aspects of the interpretations taken by Glyndebourne’s productions.

Dr Wiley has previously given pre-performance talks for Glyndebourne in 2014 and 2015, but this is the first time that he has been invited to speak at Milton Keynes.

Update: Dr Wiley reprised his pre-performance talk on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly to some 60 opera-goers in the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking on 30 November, by way of introduction to Glyndebourne’s production later that evening in the adjacent New Victoria Theatre.

Dr Christopher Wiley addresses Turning Technologies User Conference in London

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Dr Christopher Wiley reprised his presentation ‘Enhancing Student Engagement Through Electronic Voting Systems: Innovative Pedagogies and Creative Applications’ at the Turning Technologies User Conference held at Thistle City Barbican, London on 24 October 2016.

Dr Wiley was one of four main invited speakers at the conference, which attracted around 40 delegates from across England and further afield. The full programme (including abstracts) is available here: https://www.turningtechnologies.com/pdf/content/2016TTUCLondonAgenda.pdf

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An International Distinguished Educator with Turning Technologies, Dr Wiley has previously spoken at User Conferences in Denmark, Germany, and Dublin, as well as delivering learning and teaching workshops at several UK universities and a recent internationally broadcast webinar.

Dr Christopher Wiley delivers internationally broadcast webinar for Turning Technologies on student response systems

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explore-innovation-dr-christopher-wileyDr Christopher Wiley gave a webinar on student response systems and innovative teaching practices on Wednesday 28 September 2016, 2-3pm EDT, as part of the ‘Explore Innovation with Turning Technologies’ Fall Webinar Series.

Entitled ‘Using Student Response Systems: Creative Applications, Advanced Features, and Tips for Getting Started’, Dr Wiley’s one-hour webinar was broadcast in North America as part of Turning Technologies’s ongoing programme of educational events.

Dr Wiley has been a Distinguished Educator with Turning Technologies since 2012. During his time in this role, he has addressed many audiences both nationally and internationally, and, last year, published a report on using response technology in higher education teaching.

The flyer for the webinar may be viewed here: https://www.turningtechnologies.com/pdf/content/ExploreInnovationWebinarWiley.pdf

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