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) welcome you to this one-day Expert Class on the SCALE-UP approach.  Lunch and refreshments included.

  • 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: Friday 7 September 2018, 12.00 am

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.

Please join us for this special event where colleagues from across the institution will share with you what we have learnt so far. This event should be of interest to colleagues looking to integrate active, collaborative learning practices, particularly academics, course leaders and those with responsibility for implementing pedagogical and learning space innovation.


Please note, programme is subject to change.

9.00 - 9.30Arrival and Registration
9.30 - 10.30NTU Experience with SCALE-UP
Jane McNeil, Executive Dean of Learning and Teaching
10.30 - 12.15SCALE-UP Practical Class
Learn about the approach through participation in a SCALE-UP style session
12.15 - 13.15Lunch
13.15 - 14.00SCALE-UP in the Disciplines
Insights from NTU SCALE-UP tutors
14.00 - 15.30SCALE-UP Design Class 
Option 1.  Module and course level design
Option 2.  Process-mapping exercise: logistical issues for institutional planners
15. 30 - 16.15Plenary and Q&A
16.15 - 17.00Tour of SCALE-UP Rooms

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

Location details


Nottingham Conference Centre

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