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: 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 […]

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: 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 […]

Pedagogy Journal Club: March 2020

Teacher Dilemmas The journal article was called ‘Teacher dilemmas in challenging students in higher education’. The article considered the dilemmas teachers come across when challenging students which they used to develop a model of dilemma analysis. The paper raised interesting reflective thoughts around our own teaching and interactions and the group thought it would be […]

Supporting International Students – Challenges and Opportunities

Colleagues from International Relations, Counselling, the Students Union and Lecturers in FBMH delivered an interactive session alongside student participants on ‘Supporting International Students – Challenges and Opportunities’.  The session was co-created and delivered by current students and colleagues from across the University.  The session explored academic attainment, culture and culture values and transition issues as […]

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 […]

55 Behaviours of Transformational Educators

Dianne Burns and Judy Williams gave an interactive Masterclass based on their research findings which identifies the 55 core behaviours of ‘transformational educators’.  They encouraged participants to reflect on ways in which they adopted such behaviours and how they could support colleagues to develop them as well.  The session enabled participants to reflect on their […]

Pedagogy Journal Club: January 2020

Playful Learning The Journal article was called ‘Playful learning in higher education: developing a signature pedagogy’. The article encouraged activities to go beyond play or games as a means of enhancing engagement or increasing motivation as these can often have the reverse effect if overused. Instead it encouraged the use of a signature pedagogy to […]