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PJC Digest 1

The initial PJC meeting was held in a windowless cavern somewhere near the heart of Milburn House! Despite the surroundings, the atmosphere was positive and engaging discussion emerged meaning the hour and a half passed swiftly. Below you will find a summary of our discussions and links to the papers we looked at, as advertised, the initial meeting deviated slightly from an established journal club format to discuss the overarching PJC aims. These were agreed upon by the members as being:

  • The PJC will aim to affect teaching practice across the university through critical engagement with research, following which members can make informed pedagogical decisions.
  • The PJC will be a vehicle for sharing best practice through discussion of pedagogy, challenging the status quo in order to become leaders in the field of innovative HE pedagogy.
  • The PJC will encourage and support colleagues interested in pedagogic research to develop confidence to engage in research of their own

The format of future meeting will then be as follows;

1. Discussion of suggested papers for 30 minutes looking in detail at the methodology and conclusions of the research

2. 30 minutes where we ask our two fundamental questions

How could the research be translated into improved learning and teaching in our own discipline?
Should the research inform our teaching practice or our departmental learning and teaching philosophy?

3. The last 30 minutes will then be put over to open discussions for PJC members to develop research and to share best pedagogical practice from their disciplines.

The papers we looked at on 15th December were:

How to run an effective journal club: A systematic review

The OU Innovating pedagogy 2016 report

Following a brief look at the methodology of the paper the group turned its attention to the differences in methodological approaches to pedagogic research compared to our experience of research conducted within our own disciplines. It was decided that there was enough experience of pedagogic research within the PJC membership for the group to be able to act as a sounding board for people who wish to begin research of this type.

The aims of the group were discussed in depth, as per the article, and Kate and Graeme were keen to promote the motivation for the PJC was the desire to have an impact on the taught student experience. Supported by all the PJC members present, we discussed our critical engagement with research in order to become knowledgeable friends for colleagues who are investigating pedagogical approaches or making decisions around assessment or structure of courses in order to improve the taught experience for students. It is important to note here that the student reps for teaching and learning were invited to the PJC but couldn’t make it.

There was a desire to be engaged in leading innovative pedagogy as opposed to simply discussing and reporting back to colleagues, the possibility of writing articles for publication which focus on the numerous pedagogic innovations here at Warwick was raised and supported.

When looking at the OU report it was acknowledged that the report itself was not research and the limitations and implications of this were discussed openly. Moving forwards we will engage with research articles in areas that are of interest to the PJC and as such a polling option was discussed as a way to ensure we choose something of interest to all at each meeting. The polling options will appear in the near future via this page.

We looked at a few of the innovative pedagogies suggested by the OU and compared our experience of these approaches at Warwick finding ourselves to be engaged in many of the listed approaches, as well as innovative in a number not listed. From this we discussed what pedagogies we would like to engage with in the future and as a result have identified “group work” as an area of interest. As such the papers for the next journal club will be based on group work, if you have any suggestions for papers please email Kate will then distribute selected papers a week prior to the next meeting.

All present agreed it was a very productive 90 minutes, despite the furniture jumble that surrounded us, and Kate would like to publically thank the numerous colleagues who emailed with messages of support and thanks following the initial meeting. She hopes that many of you will be able to make the next meeting, dates for future meetings and registration are available here

Registration Form available from this link.