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: June 2021

Internal Feedback The journal article was called ’The power of internal feedback: exploiting natural comparison processes’.  The article made the case for capitalising on a student’s natural comparisons that they already make and helping them to develop their own internal feedback capacity. They explore the benefits of using a blend of both analogical and analytical […]

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: March 2021

Learner-centred Feedback The journal article was called ‘Using learner-centred feedback design to promote students’ engagement with feedback’.  Student engagement with feedback is one of the major factors in ensuring feedback is effective.  The article focusses on learner-centred feedback in encouraging student engagement and ultimately maximising the effectiveness of feedback.  The study considered two postgraduate modules […]

Pedagogy Journal Club: February 2021

Professional Identity The journal article was called ‘Teachers telling tales: the narrative mediation of professional identity’ and it was presented by the author, Julian Williams. It considered the biographical narrative of two successful maths teachers who had different approaches to teaching college students (16-19 year olds). John described himself as ‘traditional’ and Sally described herself […]

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: October 2020

Simper N. (2020). Assessment thresholds for academic staff: constructive alignment and differentiation of standards. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education 45, 1016-1030. Felt the paper was good and interesting in terms of challenging norms and culture around assessment. Although some people were aware of threshold concepts as ‘portals to new ways of thinking’ but they […]

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 […]