Academic and professional staff met for an afternoon of discussion about innovative teaching approaches in the first Cass Teaching and Learning Exchange.
The event was hosted by Dr Martin Rich and Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD). The first session was an introduction to the forthcoming new Business Management degrees, where Martin described how the degrees are designed to equip students for the changing world of work and incorporate a range of pedagogic approaches to develop critical thinking skills.
This was followed by a series of excellent presentations from lecturers across the school, sharing ideas from their own practice. Dr Munir Hiabu discussed the innovative way that video assessment has been used in his module to develop students’ problem-solving and communication skills, whilst Dr Thomas Robinson provided engaging insights into how students can be supported effectively with their final year research projects.
After the break the LEaD Educational Technology Team gave attendees a demonstration of various approaches to DIY video production that can be used to develop educational resources. Attendees were also offered the opportunity to try out Virtual Reality headsets and consider how this technology might be applied to education as it matures.
Rob Compton then provided an overview of a new Undergraduate elective module, which involves students becoming mentors, providing them with a distinct and valuable learning experience. Finally, Professor Clive Holtham shared his insights about specialist online courses and the new opportunities that these offer in terms of delivering unique forms of learning.
We hope to run another lively, discursive and interactive session early next year, so look out for the Cass Teaching and Learning Exchange: the sequel.