Pedagogy Journal Club: July 2021

Learning Environments The journal article was called ‘Learning environments preferred by university students: a shift toward informal and flexible learning environments’.  The paper collected quantitative data from 730 students and qualitative data from 230 students attending a research University in Finland, Autumn 2015. Five main themes emerged around the learning environments preferred by these students: […]

Pedagogy Journal Club: April 2021

Reimagining our Educational Futures The journal article was called ‘Future Studies: Reimagining our Educational Futures in the Post-Covid-19 world’.  It reflected on the changes in education that had been expedited due to the pandemic and considered how to prepare for the future to minimise further disruption by being proactive rather than reactive.  The paper contemplated […]

Pedagogy Journal Club: January 2021

The article for discussion was ‘How medical school alters empathy: Student love and break up letters to empathy for patients’ Authors Megan Brown and Gabrielle Finn were present and provided background and an overview of the paper which then informed subsequent discussion. Paper focused on medical students, but built alongside other research undertaken by Gabrielle’s […]

Pedagogy Journal Club: November 2020

The journal article was called ‘Postdigital Education in Design and Practice‘ and it was presented by the author, Tim Fawns from The University of Edinburgh. The article considered the interdependence between technology and education i.e. learning is still learning whether you put an ‘e’ in front of it or not, and how technology is now […]

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 […]