EDU130 Summer School Day 3

Voice Projection Workshop Class Notes A really useful workshop with Cheryl about voice projection. Anyone who knows me will tell you I can be a bit if a mumbler at the best of times. And as I identified at the very start of the PGCHE I can struggle with confidence in front of large groups….

EDU130 Summer School Day 2

This morning we visited Falmouth School and were given a talk and tour by Dr Fox, Head of Falmouth Sixth Form. He discussed the how the sixth form at Falmouth School prepare students for the transition to HE. Of particular interest was the Extended Project Qualification or EPQ, which is a self motivated and self…

EDU130 Summer School Day 1

  We visited Falmouth Art Gallery and were taught some basic print making techniques by Tony. Tony discussed teaching in a public space, a multi-use flexible space – and associated challenges, such as containing a mess, lack of natural light etc.  I can sympathise with this, although for different reasons. I teach in workshops and…

Critiquing the Crit…

Today we presented our posters from Assignment 4 and had a group crit. For some of the cohort it was the first time they had experienced the process of a group crit, particularly those from non art and design backgrounds such as performance or writing. As a Craft graduate it is a practice I have…

An introduction to equality and diversity

Today we had a session with Anita Thomas, Head of Accessibility and Inclusive Learning. We learnt about The Equality Act 2010 and the nine protected characteristics as defined by the act. They are: Age Disability Sex Sexual orientation Gender reassignment Race Religion Marriage and civi partnership status Pregnancy and maternity We considered the difference between direct discrimination,…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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….

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…