This website and blog is designed to help all of us working at London Met to share our passion for teaching and learning.
There are resources here on the site that people can use whenever they want to hopefully feed their passion for emancipatory and creative learning, teaching and assessment (LTA). There will be fortnightly blogposts sharing tips on easy-to-use ideas that can be embedded into any module at any level to develop student learning and success.
"take just 5 minutes" to: - find a new idea - share how you applied it to your subject/module - share a new approach - add a comment...
Access the links below for key resources
Please Participate and comment on the BLOG below
In Learning Development we believe that we should engage in emancipatory and empowering practice - helping the student to (learn how to) act powerfully within the often alienating forms and processes of HE.
Our job is not just to 'fix' broken students - but to help students navigate powerful academic forms and processes from which they have been excluded (one way or another) - or which typically make them feel small and unsuccessful. Take5 will offer ‘pick up and go’ teaching tips via the blog – and invite discussion via the Comments section of the blog. It is designed to be a supportive, collegiate space for us to get together and grow what we know.
CPD note: Take5 can be a valuable part of our CPD – and participating can generate evidence for PRD and for HEA Fellowship applications.
A thumbnail of what we will be covering in Take5 is:Academic literacies: Typically seen to include: notemaking, reading, group work, presentation & seminar skills, positive thinking, memory, revision & exam techniques, reflective learning... We will make suggestions as to how to embed these practices within the curriculum - BUT not in any sense in a remedial way. This is tricky!
Developing a digital student: The learning landscape is digital – and we want our students to operate successfully in a digital world. We make suggestions on how to develop digital literacies with our students. Quick tip: We get students blogging-to-learn and have found that the quasi-academic writing of the blog helps them to process their learning and write better essays.
Visual and creative strategies: *All* students (not just art and media ones) benefit from being stretched visually and creatively - it develops digital literacy, supports analytical and critical thinking, builds self-esteem - and practically helps with notemaking and things like poster presentations.
Simulations and role plays: We have found that simulations and role plays early on in any course help students to think - to speak - and to bond with other students - thus improving behaviour in class - and promoting happier and more successful students who really *get* analytical and critical thinking.
Promoting discussion: talking with others does not come easily for many of our students: this is just an opportunity to fail - to show their weaknesses... So building in activities like Topic Mediated Dialogue, Image Mediated Dialogue and Debates really help our students to conquer their fears and find their academic voices.
IBL & PBL: Problems and Projects: Rather than 'teaching' the whole course, we recommend that staff set problems, challenges and projects that cover key Learning Outcomes. When challenged in this way, students exceed expectations – and lose the idea that teaching is about spoon-feeding.
Writing – Writing in the Disciplines/Writing Across the Curriculum: Building in many short, meaningful - and not remedial - writing tasks helps students discover the art of writing to learn - and breaks down their fear of writing and fear of failure.
Please access the blog below daily for more and most recent information - and more importantly contribute, knowledge is all about sharring...
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Academic literacies | Developing a digital student | Developing notemaking and reflective learning | IBL & PBL: problems and projects | Promoting dicussion
Promoting reading | Reading List | Resources | Simulations and role plays | Visual and creative strategies
Writing - mastering 'skills' | Writing - Writing in the Disciplines/Writing across the Curriculum
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