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Teaching Forum

Welcome to the Teaching Forum!

The Teaching Forum has been established as a place to think about, learn about and discuss teaching. The aim is to organise a couple of sessions per term around topics of interest.

Organiser for 2019-2020: Nayia Constantinou (email: p dot constantinou dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk)

2019-2020 Sessions

Date: 2-3pm, 8th November (Friday)
Location: MB2.22

Presenter: Dr Martyn Parker (Warwick)
Title: Recognising and developing those that `teach’.
Abstract: Recent research shows a slowly changing HE landscape that is more explicitly orientated towards valuing education and teaching alongside research. Several reports highlight the need for relevant developmental opportunities for staff at all career stages. Nevertheless, teaching-focus staff can find it difficult to engage with these opportunities or even know they exist. The purpose of this talk is to highlight a personal journey that will hopefully raise awareness of how staff can develop and gain recognition for their practice.

Date: 2-3pm, 11th December (Wednesday)
Location: MB2.22

Presenter: Prof Duncan Lawson (Coventry)
Title: Excellent teaching in mathematics and statistics.
Abstract: Excellent teaching in higher education takes many forms. Ways of identifying and measuring excellent teaching are even more numerous. This talk will scratch the surface of some of them.  Since we cannot reflect on excellent teaching in the mathematical sciences in isolation from the subject, during the course of this presentation we will also do some mathematics - so make sure you bring a pencil and some paper.

The Government has recently introduced a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to measure the quality of teaching in higher education. So far, this has formally only been used at institutional level, but a subject-level framework has been piloted and is waiting to be rolled out. 

The focus on excellent teaching pre-dates the TEF and there has been a considerable body of research carried out in trying to determine what constitutes excellent teaching. One conclusion of this research is that there is still “contention around the definition of teaching excellence” (Gunn & Fisk, 2013). Nonetheless, there is broad agreement in the literature about some of the characteristics of excellent teaching. 

One such characteristic is active learning. We will spend some time thinking about what active learning is, what it might look like in the mathematical sciences, if it is practical to implement it and what the barriers might be to such implementation.

This talk will not give a definitive answer to the question “What is excellent teaching in mathematics and statistics?” but hopefully it will generate some discussion which may enable us to learn from each other how we might improve our own practice.

Date: 2-3pm, 17th January (Friday)
Location: MB2.22

Presenter: Prof Elena Nardi (East Anglia)
Title: TBC
Abstract: TBC

Date: 2-3pm, 14th February (Friday)
Location: MB2.24

Presenter: Dr Elke Thonnes (Warwick)
Title: TBC
Abstract: TBC

Date: 2-3pm, 1st May (Friday)
Location: MB2.22

Presenter: Dr Ioannis Kosmidis (Warwick)
Title: TBC
Abstract: TBC

Date: 2-3pm, 15th May (Friday)
Location: MB2.22

Presenter: Dr Elinor Jones (UCL)
Title: TBC
Abstract: TBC