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Dr Christopher Wiley organizes Study Day on Teaching and Creativity in Popular Music and convenes roundtable

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Dr Christopher Wiley organized a Study Day on ‘Teaching and Creativity in Popular Music’ at the University of Surrey on Saturday 10 June 2017, bringing together some 25 higher education academics from across England.

The day comprised a combination of paper presentations and innovative teach-in workshops, in which facilitators presented aspects of their teaching techniques in performance, songwriting, and production in genres ranging from musical theatre to hip hop.

Also included was a central roundtable discussion (pictured, below) on the subject of ‘Pedagogical Practice in Popular Music Teaching in Higher Education: Creative approaches and continuing challenges’, which Dr Wiley convened and on which he spoke about the challenges of designing an undergraduate module on genuinely contemporary popular music in the absence of an established scholarly discourse on which to draw.

Study Day on Teaching and Creativity in Popular Music - Roundtable

The event was held under the aegis of the London and South-East England 21st Century Music Practice Research Network founded in 2016 between 20 higher education institutions, as one of a series of study days framed around its six headline themes.

Further information is available at the website for the Study Day: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/department-music-media/research-department/popular-music-teaching-creativity

The full programme for the event is available here: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Study%20Day%20on%20Teaching%20and%20Creativity%20in%20Popular%20Music%20(programme).pdf

Dr Christopher Wiley organizes Learning and Teaching development event at the University of Surrey

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School of Arts Learning & Teaching event, University of SurreyDr 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:

http://ntf-association.com/national-teaching-fellows/how-do-national-teaching-fellows-make-a-contribution-in-their-institution/

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.

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

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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 leads Learning and Teaching development event at the University of Surrey

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School of Arts Learning & Teaching development event, University of SurreyDr Christopher Wiley convened and facilitated a Learning and Teaching development event for the School of Arts at the University of Surrey on Friday 18 September 2015.

40 academics from across the subject areas of Music and Sound Recording, Dance, Theatre, Digital Media Arts, and the Guildford School of Acting participated in two lively and productive discussions led by Dr Wiley during the half-day event.

Both designed to enable the sharing of best practices across the School, the first discussion workshop considered current School policy in relation to teaching, while the second explored strategies for teaching enhancement with a particular focus on student engagement and interactivity.

This was the fourth of the biennial School of Arts Learning and Teaching events instigated by Dr Wiley in his role as Director of Learning and Teaching, following the success of similar forums in January 2015September 2014, and January 2014.

Dr Christopher Wiley delivers presentation at EERA’s European Conference on Educational Research, University of Porto, Portugal

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ECER Porto 2014Dr Christopher Wiley has given a paper at the major international European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), at the University of Porto, Portugal, on 3 September 2014.

Dr Wiley’s presentation, ‘Standardized Module Evaluation for Teaching Excellence and Enhancement: Views of Students at a Single UK Higher Education Institution’, was included in a joint session of the conference’s Network 10 (Teacher education research) and Network 11 (Quality and effectiveness assurance).

Further information on Dr Wiley’s paper is available at the conference website here. Dr Wiley had previously delivered a version of this presentation in the UK at The Hatton, London in June 2014.

One of the key annual activities of the European Educational Research Association (EERA), ECER 2014 Porto was entitled ‘The Past, the Present, and Future of Educational Research in Europe’ and attracted 3,000 delegates from all over the world who presented their research across five days in many concurrent sessions.

Dr Christopher Wiley presents conference paper on standardized module evaluation at The Hatton, London

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Dr Christopher Wiley delivered a paper on standardized module evaluation, teaching enhancement, and the recognition of teaching excellence at the Sixth Annual ‘Learning at City’ Conference on 4 June 2014.

Dr Christopher Wiley at The HattonHosted by City University London and with the theme of ‘Students as Partners in Learning?’, this year the conference was held at The Hatton, Farringdon – its first time at an external venue.

Dr Wiley’s paper, entitled ‘Standardized Module Evaluation for Teaching Excellence and Enhancement: Views of Students at City University London’, followed an earlier presentation on the same topic at the 17th Annual SEDA Conference in 2012.

Based on research conducted last year via paper-based questionnaires completed by Student Representatives, Dr Wiley’s talk was given to an audience of some 30 staff drawn from City University and other HE institutions across England.

At the conference, Dr Wiley also presented an updated version of his poster, ‘The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme: Paths to Success’, originally shown at the inaugural Surrey ExciTeS Symposium in January 2014.

The full programme for the day may be viewed here: http://city-university-london.co.uk/t/EMO-2IBW5-7UH3CZ-13O24O-1/c.aspx