Data Protection and H&S with Cheryl

Today we had a session with Cheryl learning about data protection and Health and Safety. Here are some (rather minimal) class notes on Data Protection.

Assignment 4 – Part 1

The task Assignment 4 encouraged us to critically engage with issues about employability within our own teaching practices. The first part of the task required us to submit a 750 word online forum discussion post exploring themes of employability within our own subject specialism. My contribution… Employability statistics were cited by Senior Management as a…

The HEA Fellowship Scheme and the UKPSF, Dr Tony Rae

Dr Tony Rae visited to discuss the Higher Education Academy (HEA) fellowship scheme and the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). The PGCHE at Falmouth has been accredited/validated to descriptor two of the UKPSF, which means that upon successful completion of the course I will become a fellow of the HEA. Tony discussed the benefits of HEA…

Assignment 2 – Critical Evaluation of Assessment and Feedback

The Task The second assignment was a 1500 word critical reflection on the role of assessment and feedback within my current teaching practice. With the help of an assessment cycle grid I analysed and evaluated an assessed teaching and learning activity within the context of the course syllabus, engaging with pedagogic literature, QAA guidelines, course documents…

Flipped Classroom and Group Work

Today we learnt about the Flipped Classroom – a pedagogical model that turns traditional learning and teaching practices in HE upside down. The traditional teacher focused lecture element is instead delivered remotely prior to contact session, e.g. a series of videos or podcasts available on an institutions VLE. The student-teacher contact can then be devoted to…

Modifications to planning and designing of teaching

Multilayered Mould Making Lesson Plan Having taken on board the feedback received from Sarah’s teaching observation this lesson plan illustrates how I am attempting to integrate student focused activities that encourage the students to engage with underpinning principals of the discipline. This workshop introduces students to an intermediate mould making technique for glass casting. One of…

Using and Responding to Feedback, Rob Gofton

A short session preceding some Microteaches… Rob Gofton, CEO of FXU, Falmouth and Exeter’s Student Union delivered a short presentation and discussion using and responding to student feedback. Rob introduced the NUS Assessment and Feedback Benchmarking Tool; a publicly available resource for university teachers. NUS Assessment and feedback benchmarking exercise Trends within NSS results show…

Micro-teach initial reflections

PHEW! Am I glad that is over… What was most striking about the Micro-teach experience was how nervous and apprehensive I was. I was teaching the group a fairly simple technical skill – it’s one of the first skills our level one students learn; cutting a straight line in glass. It is a technique that…

Teaching Observation One

The first of three teaching observations… The participatory workshop introduced level two students to a new intermediate level mould making technique for glass casting, building on processes learnt in level one. Below are copies of the comments and feedback from PGHCE tutor, Sarah Hayes and my lesson plan. Peer Observation of Teaching Form – Joshua…

Planning Your Teaching

A really fun and insightful session with Steph about planning your teaching. First thing we were asked to do upon entering the classroom was to make a paper aeroplane, without any further instruction. Just “make a paper aeroplane”… in five minutes Everyone eagerly got to work, however it soon transpired that without any further instruction,…

Assignment 1 – Academic Practice Exercise

The Task Our first written Assignment of the PGCHE was split into two parts. A 500 word online discussion followed by a 1000 word academic practice exercise. The 500 word online discussion was essentially a literature review of a educational journal article, of our choice, that somehow relates to our practice. Once submitted the group…

Theories of Learning and Teaching

A crash course in theories of learning and teaching. Quite a lot to take in and remember – I’m glad we have a refresher in January. However here are are a few key things we covered. Different kinds of learning were discussed, including; change in cognitive structure, change in motivation, change in ideology or beliefs….

Assignment 1 – Online Wiki Discussion

Online Wiki Discussion: Evaluating Modes of Delivery Just one week into the PGCHE, and we had a contactless session. The group were asked to contributed to an online wiki, discussing the advantages, disadvantages and keys to success of various modes of delivery within the creative HE sector. The task posed a few challenges. As a…

UKPSF – Initial Profile Form & Statement

UKPSF – Initial Profile Form and Statement A useful document that highlights what dimensions of the UKPSF I need to work on throughout the PGCHE. I score fairly poorly across the board, in particular in the K’s and the V’s. This is primarily due to the fact that I am a young and in experienced…

Nine Characteristics of a Great Teacher

Today was the first (introductory) session of the PGCHE. Lots of info to digest, however I can already see that this is going to be of huge benefit to my teaching. This journal article by Maria Orlando, ‘Nine Characteristics of a Great Teacher’ provides a Concise and accurate, yet not exhaustive, overview of the most important…