This in-depth Masterclass was delivered in partnership with academic and eLearning colleagues. The aim was to give participants a greater understanding of different types of technology that could be used to facilitate teaching experiences and ultimately improve student experience.
Caroline Bowsher gave a thought-provoking talk about the assumptions we make regarding assessment and feedback that can affect a student’s understanding or participation. We considered ways to demystify the process and Caroline shared some good practice from within the School of Biological Sciences.
Dr Penny Haughan, PVC Student Life and Learning at Liverpool Hope University gave a thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking talk about raising standards through innovative practice. Examples included radical changes to timetabling, setting up communities of practice and ensuring all students receive information about careers and further study in their first week of tutorials.
Jennie Blake delivered a very practical session on how to incorporate different learning strategies into your teaching session in order to support student independence. Jennie has written a blog article detailing the process and strategies used during the session for those who missed out:
Sally Hickson and Polly Turner gave some useful tips on encouraging deep learning through constructive alignment of the curriculum and formative feedback opportunities. They emphasised the notion that there should be no short cuts through the curriculum and students should go through the whole journey.
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 […]
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 […]
January’s programme focuses on the difficulties and opportunities posed by teaching large groups of students.
October’s Masterclass looked at maximising deep learning in students. The slides from the session can be found below.