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Dr Christopher Wiley delivers workshop presentation on electronic voting systems at the University of Sussex

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COd2wWcW8AArD0yDr Christopher Wiley was the invited external speaker at a Turning Technologies ‘Lunch and Learn’ event on electronic voting systems held in the Jubilee Building at the University of Sussex on 9 September 2015.

During his 50-minute workshop, Dr Wiley explored the issue of engaging students with electronic voting systems using both bespoke handsets and the students’ own mobile devices, referring to a series of worked examples from his own teaching in order to demonstrate some of the more creative and advanced ways of deploying response technology.

Dr Wiley’s presentation, which was attended by an audience of 25 academic staff drawn primarily from the School of Business, Management, and Economics, was followed by a separate talk by René Moolenaar from the University of Sussex. The programme for the complete session is available here.

This event marks the sixth UK university at which Dr Wiley has delivered workshops on electronic voting systems since 2014 (the others being Birmingham, Southampton SolentDurhamHull, and Surrey).

Dr Christopher Wiley delivers paper in the Music Research Colloquia series at the University of Oxford

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Dr Christopher Wiley presented his paper ‘National Trends in Musical Biography’ in the Music Research Colloquia series at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford on 16 June 2015, to close the series for the 2014–15 academic year.

Speaking to some 25 academics and postgraduate students in the Faculty’s Denis Arnold Hall, Dr Wiley explored the relationship between musical biography and nationality, in terms of the status of the genre at particular times and places as well as its development over time.

Case studies upon which Dr Wiley drew included biographical retellings of the story of J.S. Bach’s keyboard contest with Louis Marchand, and the ideologies that emerge from the original volumes of the ‘Master Musicians’ series. Dr Wiley had presented earlier versions of this research at the Institute of Musical Research, University of London in 2015 and 2014.

The weekly colloquia are organized by graduate students and feature musicological research presented by a range of leading academics and younger researchers from universities around the world.

Details of Dr Wiley’s Research Colloquium may be found here: http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/event/research-colloquium-chris-wiley/

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Dr Christopher Wiley hosts pre-concert talk for Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert

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Andrew GreenwoodDr Christopher Wiley hosted a pre-concert talk for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Glass Room at G Live, Guildford on 15 May 2015.

In the half-hour talk, Dr Wiley provided a brief introduction to the works being performed that evening, which he then discussed with the conductor for the concert, Andrew Greenwood (pictured).

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s programme comprised Rossini’s The Barber of Seville Overture; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 (with soloist Tom Poster); and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, ‘From the New World’.

With over 90 members in the audience for the talk, G Live’s studio theatre was at capacity. Dr Wiley previously hosted pre-concert talks for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on 23 October 2013 and 7 November 2014.

Dr Christopher Wiley speaks at one-day event on electronic voting systems at the University of Birmingham

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Muirhead TowerDr Christopher Wiley was the closing external speaker at ‘Going to the Polls: Teaching and Learning with TurningPoint’, held in Muirhead Tower at the University of Birmingham on 21 April 2015.

The one-day event on the subject of Turning Technologies electronic voting systems saw Dr Wiley deliver an updated version of his paper ‘Enhancing Instructional Interactivity through Electronic Voting Systems: Advanced Features and Innovative Pedagogies’, alongside a series of talks by academics from the University of Birmingham.

Dr Wiley has recently given workshop-style presentations on electronic voting systems at several different UK universities including Southampton SolentDurhamHull, and Surrey.

The full programme for the event, which was attended by around 40 academics from the University of Birmingham and nearby institutions, may be viewed here: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/doc/content/BirminghamEvent-GoingtothePolls.pdf

Dr Christopher Wiley co-organizes and delivers paper at international conference on musical biography at the Institute of Musical Research, London

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Institute of Musical Research logoDr Christopher Wiley and Dr Paul Watt (Monash University, Melbourne) have co-organized a two-day international conference on musical biography held at the Institute of Musical Research, University of London, on 9-10 April 2015.

The conference, entitled ‘Musical Biography: National Ideology, Narrative Technique, and the Nature of Myth’, brought together a broad range of some 50 interdisciplinary scholars from the UK, US, Australia, and Continental Europe.

In addition to several panel sessions, the conference incorporated two invited roundtable discussions, whose speakers included Professors Simon Keefe (University of Sheffield), Mark Evan Bonds (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Jonathan Cross (University of Oxford), and Rosamund Bartlett (Oxford).

In the course of the conference, Dr Wiley also chaired three of the panel sessions as well as presenting his paper ‘Myth-making and the Politics of Nationality in Narratives of J.S. Bach’s 1717 Contest with Louis Marchand’, which discussed the ideological significance of the variations in retellings of a single biographical story across different countries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The schedule for the event may be viewed at the conference website: http://events.sas.ac.uk/imr/events/view/17765/Music+Biography+Conference

The full conference programme may be downloaded here.

Dr Christopher Wiley gives talk on Dame Ethel Smyth for Guildford Hard of Hearing Support Group

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Ethel SmythDr Christopher Wiley presented a talk entitled ‘The Composer Dame Ethel Smyth and her Deafness’ at the Millmead Centre, Guildford on 26 January 2015, for Guildford Hard of Hearing Support Group.

Smyth, who was active as composer, writer, and suffragette, was afflicted by distorted hearing and deafness for the last several decades of her life, particularly from the later 1910s until her death in 1944.

An acknowledged expert on Smyth, Dr Wiley has previously given public talks on the artist at the University of Surrey and The Women’s Library, London, as well as writing for the OUP Blog and organizing a recital of Smyth’s music to commemorate the 70th anniversary of her death last year.

Dr Christopher Wiley convenes Learning and Teaching enhancement event at the University of Surrey

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School of Arts Learning and Teaching event - January 2015Dr Christopher Wiley organized a Learning and Teaching enhancement event for academic staff across the School of Arts at the University of Surrey on 14 January 2015, following the Symposia that had taken place in September 2014 and January 2014.

In a change from previous events, this one adopted a seminar-style format. It combined a discussion forum on the School’s Personal Tutoring system, facilitated by Dr Wiley, with a training session on module descriptors and programme validation co-facilitated by two members of the University’s Directorate of Quality Enhancement and Standards.

Over 30 academic staff were in attendance representing the range of disciplines encompassed by the School, including Music and Sound Recording, Theatre and Dance, Film and Digital Media Arts, and the Guildford School of Acting.

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

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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 hosts pre-concert talk for all-Beethoven Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert

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Dr Christopher Wiley hosted a pre-concert talk for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the studio theatre at G Live, Guildford on 7 November 2014.

Eduardo PortalDr Wiley opened by providing a brief introduction to the repertoire being presented that evening, before engaging in some lively discussion with the conductor, Eduardo Portal (pictured).

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s all-Beethoven programme featured the Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 2 (with soloist Joaquín Achúcarro), and the ‘Pastoral’ Symphony.

The 25-minute pre-concert talk was attended by approximately 80 concert-goers. Dr Wiley previously hosted a pre-concert talk for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on 23 October 2013 (see here).

Dr Christopher Wiley gives pre-performance talk for Glyndebourne Tour 2014

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Rhoda McGaw Theatre, WokingDr Christopher Wiley has given a pre-performance talk for Glyndebourne Tour 2014, to preface its production of Mozart’s opera La finta giardiniera in the New Victoria Theatre, Woking on 28 October 2014.

Speaking to an audience of over 100 opera-goers in the adjacent Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Dr Wiley endeavoured to enhance the audience’s experience and enjoyment of the evening’s performance by providing some contextual knowledge of the opera.

In the course of the half-hour talk, Dr Wiley explored the plot of La finta giardiniera, its historical background, and its significance within Mozart’s output, as well as drawing attention to noteworthy musical features and key aspects of Glyndebourne’s performance.

Mozart composed the score to his comic opera La finta giardiniera in 1774, at the age of 18. Glyndebourne’s acclaimed 2014 production was its first ever of this work.

Dr Christopher Wiley gives pre-screening talks at the University of Surrey

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007 logoDr Christopher Wiley has delivered two pre-screening talks at the University of Surrey as part of its programme of film screenings in the Rik Medlik Building during the 2014/15 season.

Dr Wiley’s talk ‘Music and the James Bond Phenomenon’ preceded a screening of Goldfinger on 23 October 2014, which inaugurated a series dedicated to some of the best-loved Bond films. The 45-minute presentation examined the celebrated phenomenon of the theme songs to individual Bond films as well as their relationship to their associated films’ musical scores, showing how they have become an integral and instantly recognizable part of the franchise.

On 5 November 2014, Dr Wiley gave his talk ‘Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in Context’ prior to a screening of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, part of a scheduled series of films directed by Tim Burton. Dr Wiley discussed the literary origins of the Sweeney Todd story, situated Sondheim’s musical within his wider theatrical output, and explored the show’s cinematic adaptation.

Both events were well received by their respective audiences – more people attended Dr Wiley’s pre-screening talk on Sweeney Todd than stayed on to watch the film itself!

Dr Christopher Wiley speaks at forum on electronic voting systems at Southampton Solent University

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Dr Christopher Wiley was the invited external speaker at the ‘Clicker Technologies Learning Forum’ held in the Meon Suite of Matthews Building at Southampton Solent University on 19 September 2014.

Dr Wiley’s one-hour workshop, entitled ‘Enhancing Instructional Interactivity through Electronic Voting Systems: Advanced Features and Innovative Pedagogies’, follows similar presentations given earlier in the year at other UK universities including DurhamHull, and Surrey.

The forum, which focussed on the use of TurningPoint Polling Software, was attended by over 30 delegates representing Higher Education institutions across the south of England. Other contributors included Patrice O’Hagan from Turning Technologies, and Dr Chris Barlow from Southampton Solent University.

A tweet from Turning Technologies summarising the day appears below. The full programme may be viewed here: http://portal.solent.ac.uk/events/events-articles/2014/september/clicker-technologies-learning-forum.aspx

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Dr Christopher Wiley organizes second Learning and Teaching Symposium at the University of Surrey

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School of Arts Learning and Teaching Symposium - September 2014Dr Christopher Wiley convened a second one-day Learning and Teaching Symposium for academic staff across the School of Arts at the University of Surrey on 15 September 2014, as a follow-up to a related event that had taken place in January.

Themed around ‘Inspirational Teaching: Sharing Practice’, the event included two sessions by invited speakers and two discussion workshops facilitated by Dr Wiley (one on sharing good practices in teaching, the other continuing previous conversations on assessment and feedback), as well as a roundtable comprising three current students who presented their views on inspirational teaching.

The Symposium was attended by over 30 full-time and Associate staff ranging from long-standing lecturers to those who had only started work at the University that day, and representing a wide variety of different arts disciplines.

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 delivers paper at international conference at the Institute of Musical Research, London

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Institute of Musical Research logoDr Christopher Wiley presented his paper ‘Life and Works: The Master Musicians Series (1899–1906) as Victorian Period-Piece’ at the ‘Music Literature, Historiography, and Aesthetics’ Conference held at the Institute of Musical Research, University of London, on 17-18 July 2014.

Dr Wiley’s paper explored elements of Victorian ideology (including preoccupations with evolutionist theory and with ‘working partnerships’ between men and women) that emerge strongly from a close reading of the volumes of the original Master Musicians series. He then showed how these concerns yielded important consequences for the authors’ discussions of the musical works themselves.

The conference’s call for papers is available here: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/news-events/call-for-papers-conference-on-music-literature-historiography-and-aesthetics/

The full conference programme may be downloaded here: http://music.sas.ac.uk/sites/default/files/files/Music%20Literature%20Historiography%20and%20Aesthetics%20programme%20(1).doc

Dr Wiley had previously presented a paper at a related conference held at Monash University, Melbourne earlier in the year.

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

Dr Christopher Wiley leads recital of the music of Dame Ethel Smyth on the 70th anniversary of her death

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Christ Church WokingDr Christopher Wiley organized a recital of the music of Dame Ethel Smyth, given at Christ Church Woking by staff and students of the School of Arts at the University of Surrey, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the composer’s death in Hook Heath, near Woking on 8 May 1944.

The one-hour lunchtime recital of chamber, vocal, and solo keyboard works featured pianists Maureen Galea and Margaret Roberts, Isabella Stocchetti (flute), and Christopher Wiley (oboe, organ), as well as members of the University Chamber Choir. The full programme was as follows:

  • Two Interlinked French Folk Melodies (1928, from the opera Entente cordiale) for flute, oboe, and piano (Isabella Stocchetti, flute; Christopher Wiley, oboe; Margaret Roberts, piano)
  • Aus der Jugendzeit!! E. v. H. (c.1878–80) (Maureen Galea, piano)
  • Nocturne (Kanon in Gegenbewegung) (c.1877–80) (Maureen Galea, piano)
  • ‘O Gott du frommer Gott’ and Canon on ‘O Gott du frommer Gott’ (Nos. IIa & IIb from Short Choral Preludes, c.1882–4) (Christopher Wiley, organ)
  • Piano Suite in E major (c.1877–1880) (Maureen Galea, piano)
  • Variations on Bonny Sweet Robin (Ophelia’s Song) (1928) (Isabella Stocchetti, flute; Christopher Wiley, oboe; Margaret Roberts, piano)
  • Overture to the opera The Boatswain’s Mate, Piano transcription (1913–14) (Maureen Galea, piano)
  • ‘Laggard Dawn’ and ‘The March of the Women’ (Nos. 1 & 3 from Songs of Sunrise, 1910) (University Chamber Choir, dir. Isabella Stocchetti; Maureen Galea, piano)

Dr Wiley, who has been conducting research on Ethel Smyth for over a decade, also gave spoken introductions to each piece, and Surrey History Centre provided their ‘Musical Passions’ exhibition celebrating Smyth’s life.

Attended by some 50 audience members, this commemoration followed the Ethel Smyth Symposium hosted at the University in February of this year.

Update: The event was favourably reviewed by Sebastian Forbes, who wrote that ‘Senior lecturer Christopher Wiley, who has done much research into Smyth, not only devised and introduced the concert but also, very expertly, played oboe and organ.’

The review is available here: http://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/arts/2014/05/12/celebrating-the-life-and-work-of-dame-ethel-smythe-concert-at-christ-church-woking/

Dr Christopher Wiley delivers workshop presentation on electronic voting systems at the Universities of Hull and Durham

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Dr Christopher Wiley delivered a revised and updated version of his presentation ‘Enhancing Instructional Interactivity through Electronic Voting Systems: Advanced Features and Innovative Pedagogies’ at a ‘Lunch and Learn’ session organized by Learning Enhancement & Academic Practice (LEAP) at the University of Hull on 12 March 2014.

Dr Wiley showcased a variety of different applications taken from his own teaching to illustrate the wide range of possibilities offered by electronic voting systems, as well as discussing the pedagogy underpinning the practice with reference to key academic studies. Co-presenter Conor Dumigan from Turning Technologies then provided a demonstration of how to create many different types of voting slides using the software, drawing on approaches including peer instruction, positive reinforcement, and game-based learning.

The 90-minute session was attended by over 40 staff from across the University, some of whom were entirely new to electronic voting systems.

University of Hull

Update: On 3 April 2014, Dr Wiley reprised his presentation in a two-hour lunchtime workshop at Durham University’s Palatine Centre, again speaking alongside Conor Dumigan. Some 20 staff from across the University were in attendance, including senior Faculty academics, education lecturers, learning technologists, and staff trainers.

Ethel Smyth Symposium at the University of Surrey features Dr Christopher Wiley as speaker and performer

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Dr Christopher Wiley addresses Ethel Smyth SymposiumDr Christopher Wiley contributed to a Symposium dedicated to Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), the Surrey-based composer and writer also noted for her suffrage activity in the early 1910s, which was held in the Performing Arts Technology Studios at the University of Surrey on 19 February. This was the University’s first ever event for LGBT History Month, for which Smyth was named as one of the faces of the 2014 theme of Music.

Introduced by Professor Diane Watt, Head of the University’s School of English and Languages, the Symposium commenced with a talk by Dr Wiley entitled ‘Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944): In Search of a Lesbian Identity in Music and Literature’, in which he discussed possible ways of interpreting Smyth’s artistic output as reflecting her sexual identity and feminist sensibilities, with musical illustrations provided by Maureen Galea (piano) and the University Chamber Choir. 

A drinks reception followed the talk, during which audience members were able to view the ‘Musical Passions’ exhibition celebrating the life of Ethel Smyth, provided courtesy of Surrey History Centre.

Drinks Reception at Ethel Smyth Symposium

The Symposium closed with a concert of solo, chamber, and vocal works by Ethel Smyth, featuring staff and students of the University including pianists Maureen Galea and Margaret Roberts, Isabella Stocchetti (flute), and Christopher Wiley (oboe), as well as the University Chamber Choir. Highlights included a performance of Smyth’s Violin Sonata with guest artist Sophie Langdon and the Head of Performance, Professor Clive Williamson. The full programme was as follows:

  • Two Interlinked French Folk Melodies (1928, from the opera Entente cordiale) for flute, oboe, and piano (Isabella Stocchetti, flute; Christopher Wiley, oboe; Margaret Roberts, piano)
  • Aus der Jugendzeit!! E. v. H. (c.1878–80) (Maureen Galea, piano)
  • Ethel Smyth TrioNocturne (Kanon in Gegenbewegung) (c.1877–80) (Maureen Galea, piano)
  • Sonata for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 7 (1877) (Sophie Langdon, violin; Clive Williamson, piano)
  • Variations on Bonny Sweet Robin (Ophelia’s Song) (1928) (Isabella Stocchetti, flute; Christopher Wiley, oboe; Margaret Roberts, piano)
  • Overture to the opera The Boatswain’s Mate, Piano transcription (1913–14) (Maureen Galea, piano)
  • ‘Laggard Dawn’ and ‘The March of the Women’ (Nos. 1 & 3 from Songs of Sunrise, 1910) (University Chamber Choir, cond. Isabella Stocchetti, dir. Russell Keable; Maureen Galea, piano)

Audience at Ethel Smyth SymposiumThe Symposium was held in association with the University of Surrey Equality and Diversity, the School of Arts, the School of English and Languages, LGBT History Month, and Surrey History Centre. Both the talk and the concert were attended by around 50 people, including staff and students of the University and external visitors.

Further information

Event website: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/arts/music/events/ethel_smyth.htm
Poster: http://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/LGBT-History-Month-Final-2014-21-01-14.pdf
Surrey History Centre: http://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/lgbt-2014/

Update

An academic response to Dr Wiley’s talk, ‘Musical Inversions: Ethel Smyth’ by Dr Heike Bauer (Birkbeck University of London), appeared on the blog A Violent World of Difference on 21 February 2014: http://violentworldofdifference.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/21-feb-2014-musical-inversions-ethel-smyth/

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

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School of Arts Learning & Teaching Symposium: Discussion WorkshopDr Christopher Wiley convened a one-day Learning and Teaching Symposium, themed around ‘Enhancing Assessment and Feedback’, for academic staff across the School of Arts at the University of Surrey on 16 January 2014.

The event comprised three sessions by invited speakers, poster presentations, and two discussion workshops facilitated by Dr Wiley, one focussing on Grade Descriptors and the other on reviewing current Feedback practices in the School (pictured). Also included as part of the Symposium was a dedicated session for Associate Tutors on Assessment and Feedback, again led by Dr Wiley.

The Symposium was attended by over thirty academics and several teaching-related staff from across the School of Arts (Music, Sound Recording, Dance, Film, Theatre, and the Guildford School of Acting) as well as e-Learning and Library & Learning Support Services.

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

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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

Dr Christopher Wiley presents research seminar at the University of Surrey

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Ethel Smyth and Virginia Woolf (R-L)Dr Christopher Wiley presented a research seminar based on his paper ‘Music and Literature: Ethel Smyth, Virginia Woolf, and “The First Woman to Write an Opera”’ at a research seminar hosted by the School of Arts at the University of Surrey on 20 November 2013.

Dr Wiley joined the University of Surrey in September 2013 following a nine-year tenure at City University London. One aspect of his research concerns the intellectual dialogue between Ethel Smyth and Virginia Woolf (pictured, R-L). The article on which his paper is based is being published in the refereed journal The Musical Quarterly.

Dr Christopher Wiley addresses Turning Technologies User Conference, Dublin

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Dr Christopher Wiley presented the latest version of his paper ‘Using Electronic Voting Systems in the Arts and Humanities’ at the Turning Technologies User Conference held at Trinity College Dublin on 4 November 2013.

This follows appearances earlier in the year in Germany and Crete (and, last year, in Denmark) in his capacity as a Distinguished Educator with Turning Technologies.

Trinity College Dublin

Dr Christopher Wiley hosts pre-concert talk for Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert

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Ivor SetterfieldDr Christopher Wiley hosted a pre-concert talk for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert at G Live, Guildford on 23 October 2013.

In the half-hour talk, Dr Wiley presented a brief introduction to the works on the programme, as well as interviewing the conductor for the concert, Ivor Setterfield (pictured), and soloist Alexander Sitkovetsky.

The evening’s programme comprised Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Bruch’s First Violin Concerto, and Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony.

Dr Christopher Wiley facilitates workshop on electronic voting systems at ICICTE 2013, Crete

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Dr Christopher Wiley facilitated a workshop on electronic voting systems at the International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education (ICICTE) in Chania, Crete on 5 July 2013.

Dr Christopher Wiley at ICICTE 2013, CreteDr Wiley’s presentation, entitled ‘Increasing Instructional Interactivity with Turning Technologies Response Technology’, was chaired and moderated by Jay Carpenter, UK Territory Manager from Turning Technologies.

Highlights of Dr Wiley’s presentation included findings from his research into student engagement with electronic voting systems, aspects of his own teaching in musical theatre and pop music, and even a dodecaphonic piece improvised on an iPad piano app.

Last year, Dr Wiley became the first ever person from the arts and humanities appointed to Turning Technologies’ global Distinguished Educator programme (see here).

The day’s programme for the conference may be accessed at the following link: http://www.icicte.org/ICICTE13Programme3.htm

A review of the conference by Olivia Fox may be found here: http://blogs.city.ac.uk/educationalvignettes/2013/08/01/review-of-icicte-technology-innovations-conference/

Dr Christopher Wiley addresses Turning Technologies User Conference 2013, Germany

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Dr Christopher Wiley reprised his paper ‘Using Electronic Voting Systems in the Arts and Humanities’ at the most recent Turning Technologies User Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany on 3 June 2013.

Turning Technologies User Conference, Karlsruhe, Germany

Jointly hosted by the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Conference attracted a range of delegates from countries including the UK, US, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Finland, Lebanon, and South Korea. The full Conference Agenda may be viewed here.

Dr Wiley’s paper was originally delivered last year at Aarhus University, Denmark (see here) and was revised for presentation in Karlsruhe, as part of the second Turning Technologies Conference to be held in Continental Europe.

An advocate of electronic voting systems for the past five years, in 2012 Dr Wiley became the first person from the arts and humanities to join Turning Technologies’ Distinguished Educator programme (see here).

Update: as a result of this conference appearance, Dr Wiley was featured on ‘Turn to Your Neighbour: The Official Peer Instruction Blog’, which is among the top 100 most read educational blogs globally.

Written by the blog’s founder, Dr Julie Schell (who described it on Twitter as her ‘funnest post to date’), the article on Dr Wiley may be read here: http://blog.peerinstruction.net/2013/06/10/3-easy-ways-to-use-clickers-and-peer-instruction-in-the-arts-and-humanities/

Update: A video of Dr Wiley’s complete presentation may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yTPsAGW8fo

Dr Christopher Wiley presents ELESIG Webinar on BYOD, Mobile Technologies, and Social Media

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Dr Christopher Wiley presented a lunchtime webinar hosted by ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group) on 24 April 2013. Entitled ‘BYOD, mobile technologies, and social media for learning’, the event was the first in the ELESIG Webinar Series 2013.

In the course of the webinar, Dr Wiley discussed various ways in which he had sought to respond to students’ use of social media (including Facebook and Twitter) and their own mobile technologies in his teaching, in order to engage the students in e-learning and to enable them to contribute online as well as in person.

Drawing on evidence received from both students and staff in recent years, Dr Wiley discussed the merits and shortcomings of using these innovative technologies to facilitate learning at the tertiary educational level, as well as its value in educating students in contemporary issues such as media literacy and management of their online identities.

With over 50 members of the ELESIG community attending online from across the nation, much lively and productive discussion was prompted throughout the one-hour webinar.
A webcast recording of the event may be accessed here: http://uni-of-nottingham.adobeconnect.com/p739d8j3xiw/

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Dr Christopher Wiley organizes inaugural University Music Careers Evening

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City University LondonThe Centre for Music Studies at City University London hosted its inaugural ‘Careers with a Music Degree’ evening on Tuesday 12 February 2013 from 6-9pm, organized by Dr Christopher Wiley.

The event welcomed external speakers from a range of different music-related professions including venue management, teaching, freelance performance, the music business, music therapy, sound recording, and graduate positions. In addition to explaining their own roles and professions, the panel of experts had many useful employability tips to pass on to the students.

Speakers represented organizations including the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Barbican, The Latymer School, ForeSound School of Music and the Performing Arts, Mazars LLP, and the Incorporated Society of Musicians. Several were recent graduates of the City BMus programme who were now in key positions within their profession.

Around 50 current students were in attendance (together with former students and staff). Many have now made important new contacts and some have even secured placement opportunities as a direct result of the event.

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 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.

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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.

Dr Christopher Wiley presents paper at the Sibelius Academy, Finland

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Sibelius Academy logoDr Christopher Wiley has presented a paper at the Radical Music History Symposium 2011 hosted by the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki on 8-9 December 2011. His paper was entitled ‘Musical Biography and the Myth of the Muse’, and discussed the portrayal of women in biographies of the Great Composers who, though silenced throughout much of the text, suddenly came into view at critical junctures in life-writing on their male associates as rhetorical signifiers of the increasing power of their creative genius. Chris argued that musical biography thereby became complicit in women’s historical effacement by casting them in the role of vessels for the stimulation of artistic creation in men, implicitly denying them the possibility of undertaking such activities themselves while simultaneously linking them inextricably to those of associated male composers. Chris concluded by demonstrating some ways in which this model, for its longevity and the robustness with which it has been perpetuated, yields profound consequences for more recent writing of the lives of women composers as well as for contemporary feminist musicology’s project to deconstruct and critique musical canon.

Dr Christopher Wiley wins University Student Voice Award at City University London

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Dr Christopher Wiley has won a prestigious Student Voice Award (so named because all nominations are made by the students themselves) at City University London.

Staving off fierce competition from hundreds of nominees, Chris was one of 12 meChristopher Wiley at the teaching podmbers of academic staff across the University to win the coveted £1,000 prize.

The Student Voice Award scheme is run by the University’s Students’ Union in conjunction with the Learning Development Centre, to acknowledge lecturers who have demonstrated great commitment to top-quality teaching, learning, and assessment over the past year, and who have made a positive impact on the student experience. Students are required to complete a one-page application by way of nominating a staff member.

Chris’s nomination was made primarily on the basis of excellence in dissertation supervision, together with quality and timeliness of feedback on written work.  The students also commended him for the ‘buzz’ they feel after his lectures, for his listening and communication skills, and for the support he has given to student activities both on and off campus.

Chris was formally presented with the award at the prize-giving ceremony with which the annual ‘Learning at City’ conference ended on 23 June 2011. Earlier that day, he had delivered a presentation at the same conference based on his research on institutional handbooks for postgraduate research students.

Sandi Toksvig, Dr Christopher Wiley, and Velvet Fist at The Women’s Library, London – Tuesday 27 September, 18:30-20.00

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Dr Christopher Wiley
appeared alongside writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig at The Women’s Library, London on Tuesday 27 September, providing an introduction to the life, works, and suffrage activity of Ethel Smyth.

Dr Wiley has been researching and writing on Ethel Smyth for over a decade, including a groundbreaking article on Smyth’s intellectual relationship with Virginia Woolf, published in one of the UK’s foremost journals of musicology, Music and Letters.

The event, entitled ‘Shout! Shout! Up With Your Song!’, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Smyth’s celebrated suffragette anthem ‘March of the Women’, and also featured a recital by the acclaimed a capella feminist choir Velvet Fist.

The flier for the event is available for download here.

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