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Dr Christopher Wiley is appointed Senior Lecturer and Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Arts at the University of Surrey

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University of SurreyDr Christopher Wiley has been appointed Senior Lecturer and Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Arts at the University of Surrey. The University’s School of Arts comprises the subject areas of Music and Sound Recording, Dance, Film, and Theatre, as well as the Digital World Research Centre, the Lewis Elton Gallery, and the acclaimed Guildford School of Acting (GSA).

Dr Wiley commences his new position in September 2013. His academic profile on the University of Surrey website may be viewed here: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/schoolofarts/people/complete_staff_list/christopher_wiley

Dr Christopher Wiley addresses SEDA Annual Conference at Aston University, Birmingham

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Dr Christopher Wiley addressed the 17th Annual Conference of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), ‘Excellence in Teaching: recognising, enhancing, evaluating and achieving impact’, held at Aston Business School Conference Centre, Aston University, Birmingham on 15-16 November 2012.

His presentation, entitled ‘Standardized Module Evaluation for Teaching Excellence and Enhancement: Views of Students and Staff at a Single UK Higher Education Institution’, discussed the principles underpinning the standardization of module evaluation and its advantages and disadvantages.

Drawing on the standardized module evaluation implemented across City University London last year and some of the more localized processes it replaced, as well as the views of students and staff interviewed as part of his research, Dr Wiley also considered other measures by which teaching excellence might instead be recognized such as student-led teaching award schemes.

In the course of the workshop session, Dr Wiley facilitated a lively discussion on the relative merits and drawbacks of standardized module evaluation, exploring the processes currently implemented at different institutions, sharing best practices, and working towards action planning for the future.

Dr Christopher Wiley to join Turning Technologies’ Distinguished Educator Programme

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Dr Christopher WileyDr Christopher Wiley, Senior Lecturer in Music at City University London, has been appointed as a Distinguished Educator by Turning Technologies, global leader in voting, polling, and assessment systems used by schools, universities, and corporations.

In this role, Dr Wiley will be responsible for sharing with the company’s growing community of users in the UK and Europe best practice, pedagogical applications, and his own experience as a music lecturer using Turning Technologies’ response technology.

Dr Wiley, who joins the Programme as the first Distinguished Educator to be appointed from the Arts and Humanities, will sit alongside world-renowned educators such as Dr Eric Mazur, Harvard Professor and creator of the highly successful peer instruction method of teaching, as well as other HE professionals from across the world.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Chris Wiley said, “I have been using Turning Technologies’ electronic voting systems since 2008 and was awarded a University Prize for Teaching Innovation the following year for my pioneering work in this area. I was invited to join the Distinguished Educator programme following my presentation at Turning Technologies’ User Conference at Aarhus University, Denmark in June 2012.

“As a role centred on the provision of academic expertise for a commercial enterprise, the Distinguished Educator position also embodies City University London’s unique focus on ‘academic excellence for business and the professions’.”

Read the full news release here:

http://www.prlog.org/12005628-dr-christopher-wileysenior-lecturer-in-music-at-city-university-londonto-join-turning-technologies.html

http://www.cisionwire.com/livewire-pr/r/dr-christopher-wiley–senior-lecturer-in-music-at-city-university-london–to-join-turning-technologi,c9322676

http://www.24dash.com/news/education/2012-11-01-Dr-Christopher-Wiley-Senior-Lecturer-in-Music-at-City-University-London-to-join-Turning-Technologies-Distinguished-Educator-Programme

Dr Christopher Wiley delivers paper at International Conference on Learning, Institute of Education, London

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The Institute of Education, University of London, LondonDr Christopher Wiley presented his paper ‘Divided by a Common Language? Evaluating Students’ Understanding of the Vocabulary of Assessment and Feedback at a Single UK Higher Education Institution’ at the Nineteenth International Conference on Learning, Institute of Education, University of London on 16 August 2012.

Dr Wiley’s paper, which discussed the changing context of Higher Education in the UK and its implications for assessment and feedback, fell on the same day that students across the country received their A-level results and found out whether they had been accepted to their chosen university degree course.

Presenting some of the findings of interviews conducted with students across City University London in the past academic year (previously discussed here), Dr Wiley questioned many aspects of current assessment and feedback processes, enriching his talk with reference to innovations implemented this year in his own academic practice.

The Nineteenth International Conference on Learning welcomed some 600 delegates from 40 countries across three days.

Dr Christopher Wiley addresses Turning Technologies User Conference 2012, Denmark

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Dr Christopher Wiley addressed the Turning Technologies User Conference 2012 at Aarhus University, Denmark on 19 June 2012, delivering a presentation entitled ‘Using Electronic Voting Systems in the Arts and Humanities’.

In the first Turning Technologies Conference to be held in Continental Europe, Dr Wiley argued for the largely unrecognized potential for electronic voting systems to enhance teaching in disciplines other than the sciences and business, drawing on his use of the technology as a music lecturer as well as his original research.

Dr Wiley was one of six speakers to lead parallel breakout sessions during the conference, selected from over 50 proposals received. Participating delegates were drawn from countries including the US, Denmark, the UK, France, Germany, Holland, and Spain.

The full programme for the event may be downloaded here.

Turning Technologies User Conference 2012

Dr Christopher Wiley presents paper on assessment and feedback at ‘Learning at City’ Conference

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Dr Christopher Wiley presented a paper on assessment and feedback at City University London’s Fourth Annual ‘Learning at City’ Conference on Wednesday 13 June 2012.

Dr Christopher Wiley at 'Learning at City' ConferenceEntitled ‘Divided by a Common Language? Evaluating Students’ Understanding of the Vocabulary of Assessment and Feedback at City University London’, Dr Wiley’s paper asked whether certain key terms used routinely in assessment and feedback practice might hold a subtly different meaning for students than for staff, presenting evidence from a series of consultations with students from across the University.

A video of Dr Wiley’s presentation may be viewed from YouTube here. The full programme is available here.

Dr Christopher Wiley is guest speaker in inaugural University debate

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Dr Christopher Wiley was chosen as one of two guest speakers to participate in the first in a series of cross-institutional debates on matters of teaching and learning at City University London (see review here).

Hosted by the University’s Learning Development Centre and attended by an audience of around 60 staff and students from the University, the inaugural debate considered the provocative motion ‘Assessment Practice in Higher Education relies largely on a limited range of methods that are not always fit for purpose‘.

Supporting the motion was Professor Nigel Duncan (City Law School), the University’s academic lead for assessment and a distinguished law lecturer. Co-chairing the event were Patrick Baughan and Neal Sumner, both Senior Lecturers in the Learning Development Centre.

Both Professor Duncan and Dr Wiley were given an initial 10 minutes to address the audience followed by brief opportunity for rebuttal of one another’s arguments, before discussion was opened up to the floor.

In the final vote, the debate motion was supported by 70%-30%. Nonetheless, Dr Wiley was congratulated not only for having admirably risen to the challenging task of opposing such a motion but for having evidently swayed a significant minority with the persuasiveness of his arguments.

The debate opened the annual Learning Development Centre Showcase event, which this year was on the subject of ‘Student Engagement’, and at which Dr Wiley was also awarded a Best Learning Spaces Design prize for his design of a hypothetical lecture room layout.

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