In recent years, there has been an increased interest in the use of playful approaches in higher education. This encompasses a range of techniques and practices, from video games to Play Doh, and a way of reimagining learning design. This Learning@Lunch seminar, presented by Prof. Nicola Whitton from MMU, presents a model for playful learning as a pedagogic approach and a philosophy for teaching and learning.
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Jenny Silverthorne presented this month’s Learning@Lunch seminar, which looked at the difficulties that students may face in making the transition from their studies to the workplace, and why some of the common methods to ease this transition such as placements may not be as effective as expected.
The very end of the seminar and some discussion was unfortunately missed by the podcasting system as the session ran somewhat longer than expected.
Due to strike action at the University, several sessions in the staff and pedagogic development programme had to be rescheduled. This mainly affected the sessions on developing professionalism in students. As material becomes available, it will be added to this page.
In this section, Jenny Silverthorne presented the Learning@Lunch session on Teaching and Learning about Professionalism. This seminar looked in detail at the differences between undergraduate studies and professional practice, and the difficulties that students can face in navigating the change from one environment to the other.
In these videos, Dianne Burns presents ideas for improving your large group teaching. Her tips cover organising your lectures, making your lectures unmissable, and bringing your large group teaching sessions to life. A list of references is also provided if you wish to find out more.
In all teaching scenarios it is important to think about not only what you want the learners to achieve during the session, but also what the learning environment will be like and whether there are particular challenges which need to be addressed to ensure learning opportunities are optimised. Large group teaching can provide unique challenges to create student engagement and ownership of learning.
This highly interactive masterclass provided a forum to discuss the challenges and explore ways which have been used effectively to support and develop learning in large group scenarios. The resources used during the session are included below.
This masterclass covered a number of psychological constructs and theories that can be applied to staff-student interactions and teaching and learning in general. The over-arching aim of the session was to inspire us to always work with our students as individuals who bring their own unique set of characteristics, skills and experiences to the learning environment.
The off-campus students’ project was developed 3 years ago after it was identified that retention and achievement levels at university were being affected by whether students chose to live at home rather than move into student housing. This group also intersects strongly with mature students, student parents and student carers who are given their own focus within the project.
Enhancing the student experience is the priority for September’s programme. We will look into different aspects of supporting student learning, particularly in terms of thinking about the different challenges that students may face and the impact this may have on their experience at University.