Pedagogy Journal Club: July 2020

The journal article was called ‘Migration and transformation: a sociomaterial analysis of practitioners’ experiences with online exams.’ The article considered the emergence and adoption of digital technologies which presents educators with new opportunities to think creatively about assessment and to increase its alignment with long-term educational goals. The article encouraged practitioners to think creatively about […]

Creating interdisciplinary online learning resources in Research Methods

Fran Hooley (Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning) provided an insightful presentation on creating interdisciplinary online learning resources in research methods. The presentation outlines the current progress and showcases some of the examples of what the team is currently working on. Sharing findings from the ongoing project allowed the group to discuss the plan in more […]

Pedagogy Journal Club: June 2020

Emergency Remote Teaching The journal article was called ‘The difference between emergency remote teaching and online learning’. The article considered the difference between online learning which has a careful design process (usually around 6-9 months) and clear pedagogical approach, and emergency remote teaching which has been put together quickly (usually between 1 day and a […]

Pedagogy Journal Club: May 2020

Communities of practice The journal article was called ‘Problem-based learning in clinical bioinformatics education: Does it help to create communities of practice?’. The article considered a new part-time Masters programme established in 2013 training bioinformaticians for the NHS. Trainees on the programme are based in the NHS and come to the University campus for short […]

Online Learning Toolkit

The below provides guidance on some of the main collaborative activities that can be used in online Learning. ————————————————————————————————————————————– Blogs: A blog is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and shared with other learners who can comment on each other’s blogs. Pedagogical benefits: Blogging can help learners prepare for written assignments by enabling […]

Relationship between student attendance and academic achievement

Carol Mackintosh-Franklin (Postgraduate Divisional Lead) gave a thought provoking outline of her experience considering the relationship between attendance in class, use of Blackboard, personal motivation and final results. The University attendance policy states that students should attend all sessions and Carol considered the empirical evidence behind this both from reviewing the literature and her own […]

Teaching-focused Lecturer Network

Doron Cohen (Senior Lecturer) and Nick Weise (Lecturer) introduced their structure and concept of the new Teaching-focused Lecturer Network. The network provides a space for early career teaching focused staff to come together no matter what contract type they have (teaching focused, teaching and research or research only) to discuss common issues. The network is […]

Feedback for reflection and personal development

Maria Regan (Senior Lecturer, Division of Medical Education) and Karen Heggs (Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work) delivered an interactive session focused on challenges to giving feedback on reflective practice and how these challenges could be overcome to provide students with feedback to develop as reflective practitioners.  Participants considered whether a […]

Acknowledging Diversity Masterclass

Rebecca Farrington and Cath Prescott, alongside three students, led an open discussion on diversity and its impact on the learning environment.  They shared some practical exercises to equip participants with tools to use in their daily lives.