Birkbeck: 28th July

Here are the slides and grid that we used in our workshop about applying for PFHEA. (The slides cover the whole scheme, so you can see the differences between PF and SF). We wish you well in putting your applications together.  UKPSF-recognition-slides-2015-w.pptx (124 downloads)   grid-2015-11-1.docx (82 downloads) Here also is a very useful list of questions for aspirant PFs compiled by Sally, which should help a lot in putting together applications. Questions-for-PF-w-4.docx (85 downloads)

Race(s) for the future

Sally and I are delighted to see the first photograph of our new tiny grandchildren Chloe (on the left) and Molly Race (on the right) in a cot together, in Swansea, breathing by themselves and looking quite happy with themselves. We will be going to see them again tomorrow for a couple of days, en route to our penultimate Chloe and Mollysummer working day at Birkbeck on Thursday.

Getting students to learn from feedback we give their friends

We often bemoan the tendency for students to seem not to benefit sufficiently from the feedback we give them on their work. In this little extract from ‘The Lecturer’s Toolkit’ I suggest that they can learn much more from looking at the feedback we give their friends.
‘Encourage students to look at the feedback their friends get. When they see praise, they’re likely to think ‘ah, I can do this too’ rather than just shrug it off (as they might have done with feedback on their own work). When they see criticism, they’re likely to think ‘Ah, this is something I should avoid’, rather than get defensive as they might have done with their own feedback. It’s important, however, that students look at each others’ feedback ‘voluntarily’, i.e. with fellow-students of their own choice, rather than risk them feeling ‘set up’.’

Facilitating and Assessing Group Work: University of South Wales 21st June


I’m delighted to be asked back to USW Faculty of Creative Industries to give a keynote on ‘Assessing Group Work’.   Here is my chapter on group work from ‘The Lecturer’s Toolkit’ (which was virtually unchanged in the 2015 4th edition) Making small-group teaching work (406 downloads) . Also downloadable here is Graham Gibbs’ excellent paper on ‘The assessment of group work’ published by the ASKe CETL in 2009 groupwork-gibbs-dec-09.pdf (87 downloads) . Here now are the main slides I actually used at the keynote:  USW-June-2016-w.pptx (78 downloads) Troublesome train journey back home: train turned back round just short of Derby, and dumped us all back at Birmingham (and went on South to Guildford!), where we were left to the mercy of heaving, late trains North. Arrived at Newcastle over 3 hours late!

Lecture Capture versus Lecture Napture?

Here’s a first draft of my little opinion piece on this. Many thanks to those who Tweeted comments this morning – some of which I’ve included verbatim. More feedback really appreciated please. Lecture-Capture-w.docx (202 downloads)
Since posting this, I am really grateful to several  people for detailed comments on how lecture capture can be used well by students, including Matt Cornock at the University of York who draws attention to research he is doing there with students,
please see which is causing me to adjust my own take on the topic, and see the benefits which can be achieved by lecture capture.