Last week the LEaD School of Health Sciences (SHS) and School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) School Liaison Team ran its Autumn term Innovators’ session. We had the pleasure of hearing about SASS lecturer Leonie Fleischmann’s online toolkit of teaching activities, which she developed in collaboration with LEaD.
After explaining the rationale behind this resource and the impact that the activities had on her students’ learning, Leonie invited the participants to browse the online resource and discuss some of the activities and how they could adapt them to one of their classes. The point of the toolkit is to present ideas that are adaptable in terms of content and format, at times also presenting alternatives and ready-made templates to make this resource very practical for time-pressured academics.
Leonie also highlighted the importance of structuring seminars around different types of activities to engage students: opening activities, or triggers, intermediate and closing activities. Finally, participants were invited to discuss how to design one of their teaching sessions bearing this structure in mind and adapting some of the activities presented in the toolkit. It was interesting to hear from academics on how they could see these activities being used or adapted within their discipline and also at larger scale such as in lectures.
It was clear from the questions and comments that many lecturers have an interest in this resource and are keen to use and adapt some of the activities. Leonie also invited them to share their own practice and new activities will be added to the toolkit as we hear from them.
You can download the slides from Leonie’s presentation here:
You can find the toolkit here: blogs.city.ac.uk/smallgroupteaching
If you have any ideas for activities that could be added to the blog or if you have any ideas for educational projects involving educational technologies then please drop us an email and we will be happy to work with you.