This was a high energy session, with unlimited laughter, a plethora of diverse ideas and questions, yes, more questions, loads of them, explorations but also discoveries.
After we closed the feedback loop from last week and I used the image I created and added to week 3 about how I see things in learning and teaching, linking to theories, I think we had a few eureka moments that helped us get over some of the challenges we may have experienced in the previous weeks. I think colleagues have now a better understanding why I do things the way I do them but also got a better flavour of how some of the learning theories and teaching theories link to what I do and why.
All noted. Digesting and making informed changes, as discussed together. Image source
We were in the fresh air, colleagues had the opportunity to focus in on how to make their forthcoming microteach session more inclusive and make it stick. It was about inclusion this week. Colleagues were invited to read the Moodle resources, and explore further the work of Prof. Christine Hockings and Prof. Jutta Treviranus in this area (you may find the following interview with Jutta useful. Click here). Two colleagues were invited to create a quiz that we could use at the beginning of the session to recap the basics about inclusion. Again, modelling what students could be doing as they would have the opportunity to learn so much more through putting the quiz together themselves > Learning through making in action.
Working with one of their peers from another discipline seemed to work well as it increased diversity in perspectives but also helped identify commonalities and support each other in coming up with a creative idea that would be used.
Organising the task and seeing colleagues engage is always such a privilege. And the ideas are always original and surprising. Colleagues were asked at the end to vote for their favourite ideas based on specific criteria they had to formulate. After the task… exactly, I know. But I wanted them to experience exactly that and link to our next session too which is about assessment and feedback… But also what was useful is to experience creating the criteria as students and then carrying out peer-to-peer assessment using an approach they put together, with dots and stars. I didn’t get involved at all. Just provided the opportunity and some stickers (stickers have become popular, I think, and they are always fun, versatile and reliable).
Below, I am capturing my learning from this activity using photographs and captions.
See you next time for our last session. You will be in the driving seat.