Syme-Smith, Lorraine

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  • Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship), Education
  • United Kingdom

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20102016
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Personal profile

Teaching

I have worked at the University of Dundee since 2003. My teaching responsibilities are primarily in college sector education on the Teaching Qualification in Further Education, working with students employed in further education colleges, adult and higher education and other organisations engaged in training and education.

The TQFE is the formally recognised teaching qualification for lecturers in the college sector in Scotland. This qualification is awarded at both undergraduate (SCQF Level 9) and postgraduate (SCQF Level 11) levels. As a lecturer on this programme I provide learner guidance and support, deliver workshops, observe teaching practice, examine student work and contribute to Programme and Exam boards.

As TQFE Programme Convenor I am responsible for the management of the teaching observation component carried out by core team staff and college partners. I also conduct the evaluation of the programme. I have been a major contributor to the development of the TQFE’s multi-faceted online delivery and of the materials presented there.

The BA Professional Development is a professional development award for those currently in employment. As well as teaching, my work on this programme involves the supervision of small research projects in the college sector, and contributing to the programme management and examination process.

I am also a tutor on the PG Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education supporting colleagues and external participants undertaking this teaching qualification in higher education.

I was Equality and Diversity Convenor (Students) for the School of Education and Social Work, this work included chairing the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee, promoting inclusive practice, organising ED&I events and leading a project seeking to address the gender gap on some of our programmes.

As well as my other responsibilities I am an elected member of the Education and Social Work Quality Assurance Committee which gives me a good understanding of academic quality procedures, and am also a member of the Business Development Committee.

Biography

Past Employment

1996-2005 Senior Lecturer, Curriculum Manager, Depute Head of School Edinburgh’s Telford College

I managed the Computing curriculum and the associated team of lecturers and senior lecturers, also some cross-school projects. I lectured in computer programming and supported staff undertaking Professional Development Awards in Teaching. From 2000-2003 I was a member of Academic Board and from 2002-2003 acted as Depute Head of School.

2003-05 Secondment: Development Manager (Learning and Teaching), Colleges Open Learning Exchange Group (COLEG).

1993 - 95 Course Co-ordinator, Falkirk Women's Technology Centre

1993 - 96 Course Tutor, Programming and Programming Languages. The Open University

1983 - 93 Senior Systems Programmer, Royal Bank Of Scotland, Edinburgh

Nominations and Awards

In 2018: Nominated for the Dundee University Student Association Student led teaching award for Innovative Teaching

In 2017: Nominated for the Dundee University Student Association Student led teaching award for Best Student Advisor or Personal Tutor

In 2016: Short-listed for the Dundee University Student Association Student led teaching award for Best Student Advisor or Personal Tutor

In 2015: Short-listed for the Dundee University Student Association Student led teaching award for Best Teacher for Assessment and Feedback

Nominated for the Dundee University Student Association Student led teaching award for Best Student Advisor or Personal Tutor

In 2013: JISC iTech Case Study, Highly Commended: Connecting with TQFE Distance Learners through online tutorials

The TQFE programme has won the following awards

College of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Innovative Teaching (for TQFE-Tutor: an integrated tutoring communications system for the TQFE programme)

University of Dundee Honorary Graduates' Award for Innovation in Teaching (also for TQFE-Tutor)

Other Qualifications

University Of Stirling, Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Education with TQ(FE)
University Of Edinburgh, Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Studies 

Outside of work I am a member of the Core Team at Inverleith Junior parkrun.

Research

Chapters in Books

Fortuna, C., Henderson, S., McLuckie, J., Rodrigues, S., Syme-Smith, L., Taylor, N. and Williamson, G. (2010) A conversation between colleagues; Defining multiple literacy in science education. In Multiple Literacy in Formal and Informal Science Education.

Refereed Journal Articles

Rodrigues, S., Taylor, N., Cameron, M., Syme-Smith, L. and Fortuna, C. (2010) Questioning Chemistry: The role of level, familiarity, language and taxonomy. Science Education International Vol.21, No.1, 31-46

Conference Publications

Syme-Smith, L. (2016) A marked difference: The effect of the use of assessment rubrics on learner understanding and on staff efficiency. International ARPCE Conference, Oxford, July 2016

Taylor, N., Syme-Smith, L., Rodrigues, S., Fortuna, C. and Cameron, M. (2010) The Relationship between Science Questions, Levels of Perceived Confidence and Science Answers: Patterns in data collected through an interactive response system. Proceedings of Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2010)

Conference presentations and published case studies

Syme-Smith, L (2017) Professional teaching qualifications: Motivational factors affecting success. Journal of Vocational Education and Training 12th International Conference (7th - 9th July 2017).

Syme-Smith, L (2014) JISC iTech Case Study, Using note-taking software to create inclusive and flexible learning resources

Syme-Smith, L (2013) JISC iTech Case Study, Connecting with TQFE Distance Learners through online tutorials

Syme-Smith, L (2013) Poster presentation entitled Building Participation: The use of web-conferencing for flexible learning at HEA Flexible Learning Conference, University of Westminster Can we do it? Yes we can! Recognising, promoting and developing flexible learning in higher education.

Syme-Smith, L., Boyle, L. and Golden, L. (2012) Feedback or Interference: Are lecturers' perceptions of their language used in feedback consistent with the actual language used? British Educational Research Association (BERA 2012)

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Open University Scotland

19961998

Bachelor of Science, Open University Scotland

19891994

Bachelor of Arts, Heriot-Watt University

19781981

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Research Output 2010 2016

A marked difference: The effect of the use of assessment rubrics on learner understanding and on staff efficiency

Syme-Smith, L., Jul 2016, Proceedings of International ARPCE Conference, Oxford, July 2016.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Citation (Scopus)

A conversation between colleagues: defining multiple literacy in science education

Fortuna, C., Henderson, S., McLuckie, J., Rodrigues, S., Syme-Smith, L., Taylor, N. & Williamson, G., 2010, Multiple literacy and science education: ICTs in formal and informal learning environments. Rodrigues, S. (ed.). Hershey, PA: IGI Global, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

conversation
literacy
science
education
information science

Questioning chemistry: the role of level, familiarity, language and taxonomy

Rodrigues, S., Taylor, N., Cameron, M., Syme-Smith, L. & Fortuna, C., 2010, In : Science Education International. 21, 1, p. 31-46 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle