Swansea University: School of Management: 21st September

Here are the main slides – and handouts – used today in my 2nd workshop at Swansea on ‘Designing out Plagiarism’. Thanks to all participants for great discussions (but not Tweets?).
Swansea-2017-2w.pptx (4 downloads)
Assessed-essays-and-alternatives.docx (15 downloads)
Combatting-contract-cheating-w.docx (5 downloads)
Regarding the debate we had in the last few minutes of the session, I’m attaching the Guardian letter and article I mentioned criticising the notion of ‘learning styles’. It’s not just me! There are some very experienced signatories to the letter. Learning-styles-critique-2.docx (2 downloads)

Combatting Contract Cheating

With thanks to Prof Phil Newton of Swansea University, for great discussions two weeks ago, I’ve prepared this little handout about reasons why ‘contract cheating’ may occur, and some ways round it. I;ve also pasted a link to a THE article this week by Bruce Macfarlane, who questions whether it’s a ‘moral panic’. Decide.
Combatting-contract-cheating-w.docx (5 downloads)

Swansea University: School of Management: September 7th

Thank you for making me so welcome today, especially to Mark and Marie. One apology: the materials I borrowed from my better half Sally come from No.13 on the slides of sources, rather than No.17 (as she reminded me tonight).
Here are most of the main slides we used, not in the order we used them – as you know, I dipped and dived all over the place during the day.  Swansea-2017-7w.pptx (38 downloads) I had to edit out the pictures and video clips to make the file size fit onto my website.
When I return on the 21st, my morning session will run in roughly the same order, but I will choose different workshop activities, so those present on the 7th please expect some new slides on the 21st, and for those on the 21st, please have a look at the slides posted on the 7th to get the best of both worlds.
Looking forward to my family weekend in Wales, and to returning on the 21st.

Congratulations to 2017 National Teaching Fellows

Below is a link to the HEA web page announcing details of the National Teaching Fellows for 2017. Congratulations to everyone winning this year. Excellent teaching duly recognised. https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/about/news/hea-announces-national-teaching-fellowship-scheme-awards-and-collaborative-award-1

My thoughts are also with all those who didn’t win this year, but still have the kudos of having been selected by their institutions for their excellent teaching. I know what a difficult task it is for reviewers to choose the winners from such a distinguished group of aspirants, and all deserve congratulations.

August project: your questions, please?

Can I try to answer some of your questions about learning, teaching, feedback and assessment? I can not guarantee, of course, that my answers will be sensible!
For most of August, apart from the usual frantic few days in Edinburgh delighting in Festival events, I’m pottering around at or near home in Newcastle. I propose to have a go at answering some questions posed by readers of this site (and of Twitter), so please feel free to email me one or two short sharp questions, and I’ll have a go. If you’re willing for your question and my response to be included in a reply-blog on this site, please indicate so, and include your email or Twitter handle. Over to you…

Co-facilitating Writing Retreat at Leeds: 13th-14th July

This week, Sally and I are helping a group of colleagues from Leeds Beckett at an away-days residential at a conference venue in Leeds get going with writing materials on teaching, learning and assessment to submit for publication. Any slides we use will appear on this website later – the handouts are here:  developing-your-writing-w.doc (58 downloads)   Co-authoring-multipuposing-networking-w.docx (46 downloads)   Getting-published-in-Journals-with-top-LT-from-Google-docx-w1.docx (58 downloads)
The main slides Sally and I used are here:  GetPublished-Leeds-Beckett-Sally-and-Phils-main-slides.pptx (53 downloads)
I really enjoyed seeing you all and working with you, and wish you all the best with your future plans to write and get published.

What can I do when….?

This extract is from my disc version of most of Chapter 9 from the 2014 edition of ‘Making Learning Happen’, where I attempted to provide creative or practical solutions to a number of the problems which can be encountered when teaching in higher education. You may well have better solutions of your own – please share.  Thanks again to all the folk who helped supply the problems.  What-can-I-do-when-...-w.docx (336 downloads)