A while ago, I wrote a post exploring whether, in addition to helping students articulate and navigate the signature pedagogies of their own disciplines, Learning Development could be said to have a signature pedagogy of its own - a distinctive way that we teach what we teach. My approach to answering this question was to … Continue reading LD@3: Does Learning Development have a Signature Pedagogy?
University is often thought of as a sheltered environment, a cosy retreat from the Real World, a safe ivory tower where young people play with ideas that are 'purely academic' before being launched into the unforgiving grown up world. But what if we recognised that university is far from a safe shelter where learning can … Continue reading Developing wicked learners for an unkind university
In these still relatively early days of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis (I’m assuming here that the repercussions will drag on for the rest of this academic year, at least), there are a few things we can say for certain. Firstly, this is unprecedented. Whatever we know about distance learning, about online learning, about how this … Continue reading Student Support 2.0: Working with not against the pivot online
There’s a crisis on, and we want to help. In the first couple of weeks of the move to remote, online learning, there has been a deluge of advice, information and support for staff new to the technologies and pedagogies involved, and a race similarly to get information and guidance up online for students. Within … Continue reading Let Them Suck Eggs: framing advice to students appropriately in a crisis
It’s quite understandable that in the last week or so, academic staff have been very consumed by getting to grips with moving their teaching and assessment online, with very little notice. Very hearteningly, there’s been an abundance of advice available, whether from universities’ educational development and learning technologies teams, putting on webinars and setting up … Continue reading Start with the Student in the pivot online
We seem to have reached the tipping point in the UK for universities making the call to suspend face to face teaching and move provision online – pretty short notice for a lot of us! It’s natural for the focus for stressed lecturers to be on how to translate a traditional online course into effective … Continue reading How can we help? Learning Development in Digitally Difficult Times
As I'm sure we all are, I've been asked to consider what would happen if the university either moved all teaching online or closed down as completely as possible, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic threat. I've seen a huge range of reactions to this on HE social media from various directions, from 'This … Continue reading Learning Development in a time of pandemic
A while ago now (oops) I was looking at Cognitive Constructivism in my series reviewing educational theories and their application to Learning Development. I ended noting that this school of thought sees learning as an individual activity, but that later, social constructivist theories would position learners not as 'lone scientists', but as interacting with others … Continue reading Social Constructivism and Learning Development – should we scaffold?
Like many institutions, Newcastle University has various peer mentoring schemes for first year undergraduates, some of which focus on academic skills as well as the social and practical aspects of being a new student. For the last few years, I've been asked to run part of the initial training for the peer mentors for our … Continue reading Training Peer Study Mentors
Back in 2011, the book Learning Development in Higher Education was published. Over five sections and nineteen chapters, it explored various facets of the newly emerging field of Learning Development - what it was, how it was practised, the benefits it could bring. In one of these chapters, Judy Turner made the case for one … Continue reading The Case for One to One – Turner Revisited