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Community of practice

Peer-led discussions on experiences at Warwick

  • Make connections with your community over lunch
  • Be inspired by what’s possible
  • Hear from colleagues about their experiences of teaching at Warwick
  • Share successes and failures in a supportive community of practice
  • Learn what you could do next from others’ experiences

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Upcoming events

 
 
Thu 31 Jan, '19
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“What do you mean??” Supporting Undergraduate Essay Writing
Collaboration Area, Teaching Grid, Floor 2, Main Library

Roxanne_DouglasRoxanne Douglas

This academic year I have been the Academic Writing one-to-one support officer for English and Comparative Literatures. In this session, I aim to use my experience with supporting students with their essay writing and interpreting feedback to help Warwick staff to understand why student essays are not always the easiest to read, and how to give feedback that will make marking easier in the future. This is a session not only aimed at humanities disciplines, as the skills which support essay writing in and out of the classroom will foster critical thinking. We will also discuss the emotional and mental health concerns attached to assignments, especially for students in their first and final undergraduate years and how to support anxious essay writers.

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Wed 6 Feb, '19
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The Group Project as Authentic Assessment: Challenges, Lessons, and Rewards
Collaboration Area, Teaching Grid, Floor 2, Main Library

Lydia plath Lydia Plath

In this session I will share my experience of assessing a 15 CAT History module, “African American History and Culture” via a group project. For their assessment, students were required, in groups, to plan a fictional Black History Month programme at a real US university, including the submission of a formal proposal form with a full budget and a poster. They were also tasked with writing an academic rationale for their proposals. In this session I will reflect on some of the lessons I learned in setting this type of assessment, and we will discuss the many rewards, challenges and possibilities of setting group work as authentic assessment.

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Thu 14 Feb, '19
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“Nothing that is Worth Knowing Can be Taught”: (Mis) Adventures in Student-Centredness
Collaboration Area, Teaching Grid, Floor 2, Main Library

grame_knowles Graeme Knowles

When I was asked to do a session on an aspect of my Learning and Teaching practice for this session I really struggled to think about a single thing that I wanted to talk about. I looked at the previous presentations on the “Window on Teaching” site for inspiration and realised that I’d had a play with all of them to some degree or other, and one or two more besides.

When I looked back on my experience; some had been an unequivocal success, others really bombed and some spiralled in ways I wasn’t really expecting. Talking to colleagues, I realized that their experience was similar to mine. And I wondered if it might be nice, for once, not to focus just on the stuff that worked, but also to share the things which went less well and what I think I learned from them.

The common theme is trying to move away from a teacher-centred towards a student-centred pedagogical model, but the path is certainly not straight – more of a random walk with purpose.

So, I offer a meander through experiments big and small; with highs, lows, and probably some boring bits in the hope that it inspires some to experiment, helps us to handle the twin imposters of failure and success with a little more equanimity – and, with your help, allows me to drag myself a little further down the track.

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Wed 27 Feb, '19
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Teaching as an act of love
Collaboration Area, Teaching Grid, Floor 2, Main Library

elena_riva.jpg Elena Riva

Can teaching be an act of love?

During this workshop, we will reflect on the ways in which we look at the teaching practices, also exploring contributions from bell hooks, Paulo Freire, and other educators.

In this working frame, Elena will also share some of her findings related to the pedagogic research project ‘Improving students' wellbeing in the teaching and learning environment.

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Thu 7 Mar, '19
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Supporting students as researchers
Collaboration Area, Teaching Grid, Floor 2, Main Library

Catriona Matthews.pmg Catriona Matthews

This session will discuss the challenge of embedding research skills support within the Undergraduate curriculum and the benefits of implementing a Student as Researcher approach to enhance student learning and develop academic skills. This is also an opportunity to hear about the Library’s Student as Researcher initiative which enables academic colleagues and Library staff to work in partnership to develop student’s information fluency and academic skills. Throughout there will be the chance for attendees to share their experiences, network and discuss the struggles and successes of teaching research skills.

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Wed 13 Mar, '19
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TBC
Collaboration Area, Teaching Grid, Floor 2, Main Library

Booking not yet open.


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