Director's Update

Welcome all once again to another edition of the AEC Newsletter! Let's call it our Spring edition!

To begin, I'd like to first of all welcome a new member to our AEC family, Yuren (Karen) Zhang who use to work in the Language Centre and is now the AEC Secretary. Also, I would like to congratulate the AEC Administrator Yao Wu who gave birth to a beautiful baby girl before Christmas.

The set up of this issue (Issue 5) is similar to previous ones where we have dedicated pages (5 for this edition) to look at core areas of development within the AEC. If interested in viewing previous editions just check the bottom right hand corner of this page for the relevant links.

The first page (this page) focuses on our current research outputs, as well as, upcoming events delivered, facilitated or supported by the AEC. 

Page 2, is dedicated to the upcoming Annual Learning and Teaching Colloquium (6th-7th April). We look forward to seeing you all there.

Page 3 is all about CPS initiatives and events while page 4 looks at what our Educational Technologies Team (ETT) are developing and delivering such as their Technologies Showcase at the Colloquium and their new training workshops they have started to deliver this semester.

The final page (page 5) looks at what our Post-graduate Research (PGR) development team are doing to support our PGR/MRes students as well as new Supervisors at XJTLU.   

Please use the navigation pane (above centre) to move from page to page or alternatively use the NEXT PAGE or PREVIOUS PAGE button on the top right and left hand side of the page. 

We hope you enjoy your read and again look forward to seeing you at AEC workshops and events for the rest of this Month and for all of April.

AEC's current involvement in research and scholarship projects

  • Jiangsu Department of Education (DoE) project:

"Assessing the Development and Standard of Fully English-taught Curriculums in Jiangsu Province.

  • Scholarship Project (Funded by Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), UK)

"Implementing and evaluating a Communities of Practice model to align diverse learning and teaching styles in a transnational university"

  • Book Chapter (in press):

"The role of educational developers in aligning diverse learning and teaching styles in a transnational university." (Singpore: Springer)

  • Book Chapter (in press):

"Inspiring learning through research and inquiry: the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)." (London: ECL Press)

  • Book Chapter (in press):

"Supporting learning and teaching innovation from multiple angles at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University: A holistic approach." (Beijing: China Machine Press)

  • Conference Presentation:

"Implementing and evaluating a Communities of Practice model to align diverse learning and teaching styles in a transnational university." (Guelph, Canada)

  • Conference Presentation:

"Affecting change in learning and teaching in higher education: a Communities of Practice approach." (Kobe, Japan)

  • Conference Presentation:

"Problem-based Learning into the future: Imagining an agile PBL ecology for learning" (Republic Polytechnic, Singapore)

  • Conference Roundtable Discussion:

"Imagining an agile PBL ecology in the university of the future" (Republic Polytechnic, Singapore)


Welcome Yuren (Karen) Zhang

In January, just before the Spring Festival, we welcomed Yuren (Karen) Zhang to AEC. Karen moved to AEC from the Language Centre and she has quickly become a highly valued member of the team. Welcome Karen!



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