2014 – 2015 Webinar Series

Webinar 3

Exploring the use of  on-line digital resources to support family learning

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Presentation Slides

  • Date: Wednesday 25th February 2015
  • Time :12:30 GMT
  • Presenters :
    • Beth Kelly  – Institute of Education, University of London
    • Ann McDonnell – Kings College London

Webinar Details:

The webinar explores how on-line resources can contribute to effective practice to support the development of parents’ maths. It will also signpost family learning practitioners/managers to two freely available sets of online resources maths4us, sponsored by the UK government,  and new CBeebies, sponsored by the BBC. The presenters discuss how these, or similar resources, may be utilised in family learning situations.

Beth taught MathsBethKellyTrustee and Numeracy in Further Education for over 15 years before working on the development of national qualifications at  for a UK awarding body, and later moving into teacher training at London South Bank University and currently at the Institute of Education, University College London.

She uses her wide experience of working with the NHS, local government and trade unions to inform her teaching and research. She is a founder member of Learning Unlimited, where she has been involved in a number of national and international projects developing numeracy skills in a variety of contexts including IT, Science and teacher training in Bangladesh.

She has a MA in Vocational Education and Training and is currently researching her doctorate into why people learn maths while they are at work.


annAnn is an experienced family learner practitioner and has developed materials and courses for use in  English schools for children from  age 3  to age 12. These resources  encourage parents and children to explore numeraacy in everyday situations and through games.  As well as delivering these programmes she has trained tutors to extend and develpe these resources  in many diverse situations for example community settings.  She assisted in the develepment of the online Family Learning Numeracy resourse incorperated within the Maths4Us website. Ann is currently undertaking her PHD research entitled: Just another brick in the wall: predicting and attemping to prevent NEETness in a inner city school, NEETness is a term widely used in th UK to decribe e young people who are not in employment, education or training. This work is being carried out at Kings college London.

Webinar 2

Writing for Academic and Research Audiences

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Presentation Slides

  • Date:  Thursday January 22nd 2015
  • Time: 4pm – 5pm GMT
  • Presenter: Dr. Anestine Hector Mason,  American Research Services

Webinar Details:

This second webinar in our two part academic writing series will develop the concepts and ideas introduced in webinar 1 through the following topics:

  • 1.      Introduction
    •       Key points about the writing process
  • 2.      Rhetorical Modes and Genres
    •       Kind of writing
    •       Types of research papers (argumentative; analytical)
  • 3.      Patterns of Organization
    •       Types of patterns
    •       Text structure
  • 4.      Targeting Specific Audiences
    •       Academic audiences versus research audiences
    •       Utilizing rhetorical appeals to convince audience (ethos, lagos, pathos)
    •        Managing tone and considering style
  • 5.      Writing Manuscripts to Journal Publication
    •       Audience expectations
    •       Standards and conventions
    •        Reflecting on style and tone


Dr. HecBio Anestine Hector-Masontor-Mason, MA; MSED; PhD, is a Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and has over 19 years of experience in teaching and research, as well as strong technical and theoretical expertise in teaching writing to native English speakers and English language learners. At AIR, she directs several federally funded projects involving a wide array of topics related to adult education, teacher training, English language literacy, and numeracy. She also plays a key role on all projects at AIR that require national and international leadership and expertise in qualitative research methodology, training, and field implementation as well as systematic reviews and environmental scans. Dr. Hector-Mason is reviewer on AIR’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), where she evaluates and approves plans for small and large scale research studies. She is on the editorial team of the Adults Learning Maths (ALM) journal, a peer-reviewed international journal of the ALM, and is the Supervising Editor of the ALM Conference Proceedings

Webinar 1

Introducing Academic writing – matters of the heart and the head

  • Date: Thursday January 15th 2015
  • Time:  13:00 GMT
  • Presenter: Prof Sarah Moore, Chair, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Ireland

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Presentation slides

For more ideas on how to engage with writing, see Sarah’s UL40 talk on this link:

Webinar Details:

This webinar introduces academic writing and cover the following areas:

  • Academic writing – matters of the heart and the head
  • Academic writing: understanding your motivation to write
  • What is academic writing? what are the shared features of academic writing across all disciplines? what are the specific features of academic writing in your discipline
  • The importance of analysing target journals – abstract analysis exercise
  • Key lessons and developing your writing strategy and targets

Sarah hSM2as researched and published in the areas of organisational behaviour, pedagogical innovation, academic professional development and on a range of topics central to promoting and enhancing teaching and learning in higher education. She has a strong commitment to developing creative and engaging learning dynamics between teachers and students.  She has explored the process of academic development and uses what she has found to help academics, teachers, researchers and students to develop productive patterns of learning, innovation and professional development. Sarah holds an award for excellence in teaching, and has worked to develop a culture that supports and celebrates outstanding teaching and learning across all disciplines in higher education settings. Sarah has published several books and many journal papers on academic and educational development including ‘The Handbook of Academic Writing’ (Rowena Murray) and ‘The Ultimate Study Skills Handbook’ (with Maura Murphy, Colin Neville and Cornelia Connelly) and ‘New approaches to problem-based learning’ (with Terry Barrett). – See more »