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SCALE-UP Expert Class


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The Centre for Academic Development and Quality (CADQ) and The Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) hosted a one-day Expert Class on the SCALE-UP approach.

  • From: Friday 14 September 2018, 9 am
  • To: Friday 14 September 2018, 5 pm
  • Registration: 9 am - 9.30 am
  • Location: Nottingham Conference Centre,
  • Booking deadline: Monday 10 September 2018, 12.00 am
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Event details

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a UK leader in the use of the SCALE-UP approach (Student-Centred Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies). SCALE-UP combines an active mode of learning with a bespoke, technology-rich environment. Lectures are replaced by collaborative problem-solving activities carried out in strategically-assigned groups. The specially designed learning environment incorporates circular tables, shared network laptops, whiteboards, and large screens to which student work can be projected and shared. This is supported by an upside-down or flipped pedagogy, where content is encountered outside class, and sessions are devoted to ‘public thinking’ and the application of knowledge.

NTU was the first HE institution in the UK to introduce SCALE-UP (originating in Physics) across multiple disciplines and we now have over 200 academics delivering through the SCALE-UP approach. Our SCALE-UP expertise was recognised when, in 2017, we won one of 17 national collaborative projects in the HEFCE Catalyst programme: Addressing barriers to student success. Our project, led by Jane McNeil, Director of Academic Development, is exploring institutional barriers to widespread adoption and the extent to which the benefits of this form of enquiry-based learning can reduce disparities in progression and attainment at scale. The project will run until February 2019.

This special event involved colleagues from across the institution sharing what we have learnt so far. The event was particularly suited to colleagues looking to integrate active, collaborative learning practices, specifically academics, course leaders and those with responsibility for implementing pedagogical and learning space innovation.


Final Programme

Materials and discussion points from the day are available here:

9.00 -9:30

Arrival, registration and refreshments

Nottingham Conference Centre

9:30 -10:45

Introduction and the NTU Experience with SCALE-UP

Jane McNeil, Executive Dean of Learning and Teaching

Bowden Room and Adams Room (Satellite)

SCALE-UP Expert Class welcome

10:45 – 12.00

SCALE-UP practical: the coffee chain

Bowden Room

Coffee Game Final

SCALE-UP practical: the banana chain

Adams Room

Banana Game Final

12.00 -13.00

Lunch and networking

Old Library

13.00 – 14.00

SCALE-UP in the disciplines – set 1.

Insights from NTU SCALE-UP tutors

Dr Sarah Khan (Languages) Building on existing active learning practice

Dr Mike Rennoldson (Psychology) SCALE-UP style group work in Psychology

Donna Humphrey (Intercultural Communication) Public thinking on cultural myths

Bowden Room

SCALE-UP in the disciplines – set 2.

Insights from NTU SCALE-UP tutors

Dr Andy Grayson (Psychology) Use of Padlet within SCALE-UP for public thinking and feedback

Dr Dave Fairhurst (Physics) Development of SCALE-UP practice / causality and data handling SCALE-UP style

Adams Room

14.00 - 15.00

SCALE-UP design class: module and course level design

Bowden Room and Adams Room

Optional parallel session: Academic leadership

Discussion Questions - Leadership

Discussion Questions - Teaching practice

Room 28, Newton Building 

SCALE-UP Estates Perspective

15:00 -16:00

Chorus, reflections and Q&A

Bowden Room and Adams Room (Satellite)

Word Cloud

16.00 -17.00

Networking / optional visit to SCALE-UP rooms

Leaving from Bowden / Adams rooms

For more information on SCALE-UP at NTU, visit our web pages.

Location details


Nottingham Conference Centre

Past event

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