A couple of weeks ago I decided to start organising some practice sharing seminars. A few calls later and we had the first Pedagogy and Pancakes session. The idea was to start the day with something quick and wholesome, the CPD equivalent of breakfast.

The first session went great with some big takeaways for me personally. The feedback has been great, and I’m hoping we can continue to grow this seminar series over the next few months.

I have archived the first talks in this blogpost.

9am: Say goodbye to shoe experts! Enabling an active collaborative learning environment within resources
Matt East (Talis) Download Slides

We’ve all been there, you ask students if they’ve engaged with the content we provide them, and the majority of the class look at their feet in silence. This can totally railroad our planned conversation within lecture and seminar environments. One approach to alleviating this issue that’s proved successful for many focusses around developing collaboration opportunities within resources directly (known as active online reading/collaborative annotation/in resource discussion). In this session, we will investigate the challenges we face around student engagement with resources, and discuss how collaborative discussion within content can help combat this problem.

9:20am: Learning with play, Teaching with games
Chris Headleand (Lincoln) Download Slides

Play is much more than a recreational endeavour. It is a universal aspect of the human experience, that from an early age helps us to develop a whole suite of social, physical, and cognitive skills. The German philosopher Friedrich Schiller even argued that “humans are only fully human when they play”. Games, a structured form of play, are present in all cultures, and have been used for education for hundreds of years. In modern times “Gamification” has become a popular tool to apply to learning, but what else is possible? In this talk I will discuss some opportunities presented by using games and play in education, and describe a couple of my own projects.

9:40am Peer support, building connections
Kirsty Miller and Clare Cotton (Lincoln) Download Slides

The literature tell us that peer mentoring can have positive effects on social integration and academic achievement, it can also aid student retention. In this talk we will investigate how peer mentoring can help us to develop self-efficacy in our mentors, and enhance the feeling of community. We will also consider how developing peer mentoring in the world of blended learning has different challenges than in our more traditional practice.


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