Dr Christopher Wiley leads session at University of Surrey Teaching Symposium

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Dr Christopher Wiley at Surrey ExciTeS 2018Dr Christopher Wiley delivered a presentation and facilitated the ensuing discussion at the University of Surreys fifth annual Surrey ExciTeS (Excellence in Teaching Symposium) on Wednesday 3 January 2018.

His session, ‘From Research-led Teaching to Teaching-led Research: Keeping curricula contemporary’, explored the relationship between teaching and research and its implications for maintaining up-to-the-minute taught university curricula, for which substantial original research may necessarily be undertaken by the lecturer for the express purposes of teaching (as distinct from research previously conducted with a view to publication and used within the classroom only as a secondary endeavour).

To illustrate his arguments, Dr Wiley outlined aspects of the design of his first-year undergraduate module on Adele’s 25 album, previously discussed in a roundtable panel he convened for the Study Day on ‘Teaching and Creativity in Popular Music’ held at the University of Surrey on 10 June 2017.

Dr Wiley concluded his session by contending that the dichotomy often posited in the academic profession between teaching and research, typically viewed as two distinct (if not mutually exclusive) activities, is unhelpful for its omitting to take account of the extent of the middleground between them. He further suggested that just as teaching may be research-led, (pedagogic) research may itself correspondingly be led by teaching.

Dr Wiley has participated in all four previous Surrey ExciTeS events, delivering sessions in 201720162015, and 2014.

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 co-facilitates discussion forum at University of Surrey Teaching Symposium


Surrey ExciTeS 2016 discussion forumDr Christopher Wiley co-facilitated a discussion forum at the University of Surrey’s annual Surrey ExciTeS (Excellence in Teaching Symposium) on Wednesday 6 January 2016.

Entitled ‘How can we increase teaching quality without increasing teaching preparation time?’,  the session was based on a longer workshop previously run at the School of Arts Learning and Teaching development event in September 2015.

Dr Wiley was joined for the discussion forum by two colleagues from Guildford School of Acting, Anna McNamara and Sean McNamara, as co-presenters. The session saw some 30 staff from across the institution engage in exploration of strategies by which teaching may simultaneously optimize preparation time and increase student engagement.

This is Dr Wiley’s third appearance at Surrey ExciTeS, following contributions in 2014 (the inaugural event) and 2015.

The full programme for Surrey ExciTeS 2016 may be found here: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/dhe/surrey_excites/Surrey%20ExciTeS%202016%20Programme.pdf

Dr Christopher Wiley facilitates discussion forum at University of Surrey Teaching Symposium


University of Surrey: Surrey ExciTeSDr Christopher Wiley led a discussion forum at the annual Surrey ExciTeS (Excellence in Teaching Symposium) event at the University of Surrey on Wednesday 7 January 2015.

Dr Wiley’s session, entitled ‘Module Evaluation Questionnaires: How can we use them to enhance teaching?’, drew on his expertise in the field of student evaluation of teaching.

In the course of the forum, Dr Wiley asked how data gathered via module evaluation might be used to enhance teaching and how the quality of that data might be improved, prompting much productive discussion among attendees.

Dr Wiley had previously presented at the inaugural Surrey ExciTeS Symposium in January 2014.

The full programme for Surrey ExciTeS 2015 may be found here: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/dhe/surrey_excites/Surrey%20ExciTeS%202015%20Programme.pdf

Dr Christopher Wiley gives workshop on electronic voting systems at inaugural University of Surrey Teaching Symposium


University of Surrey: Surrey ExciTeSDr Christopher Wiley delivered a workshop on Turning Technologies electronic voting systems at the inaugural Surrey ExciTeS (Excellence in Teaching Symposium) event held at the University of Surrey on 8 January 2014.

Entitled ‘Enhancing Instructional Interactivity through Electronic Voting Systems: Advanced Features and Innovative Pedagogies’, the workshop was one of 36 parallel sessions, and was attended by some 30 academic staff from across the University.

In the course of the workshop, Dr Wiley presented a series of innovative applications of electronic voting systems drawn from his teaching in musicology, utilizing advanced functions such as leaderboards, demographic comparison, and moment-to-moment response in addition to the standard right-or-wrong multiple choice question.

Dr Wiley also presented a poster, ‘The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme: Paths to Success’, which provided background on The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, reflected on his successful application in 2013, and offered some general tips on applying for teaching awards in Higher Education.

The full programme for the Surrey ExciTeS 2014 Symposium may be found here: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/dhe/news_and_events/events/Surrey%20ExciTeS%202014%20Programme.pdf