These are the emerging notes from the first keynote at UCS Learning and Teaching Day. Note these aren’t a thoughtful reflection, these are much more reactive.
Penny aims to ….
Explore the possibilities of changing pedagogical spaces. It will be argued the shifting landscape is will bring both challenges and opportunities for all stakeholders with the process.
What might this mean to me?
Concept of Pedagogical stratification being driven by marketisation (neo-liberalism) and league tables. This will give opportunities for widening participation, with increasing access but also challenges around developing success within these student cohorts.
There does seem to be a need within our learning model to challenge the outsider / lack if self worth within student identities within the classroom. Ae we developing widening participation students to succeed in HE. I am thinking around classroom technologies, to reduce the sense of them and us.
Transformative pedagogies, requires sophisticated levels of understanding on the part of the teacher and the operation of power in the classroom. So they need to take on the design on safe learning spaces which challenge all but minimise the fear of making mistakes.
It does raise questions we might consider within Learning Services at UCS, about how study skills courses and support might be packaged and marketed to students to minimise a sense of reinforcing the sense of outsider within some of our students.
So, where next? There needs to be a sense of this within the new PGCHEP, ie,, creating safe and challenging learning activities. Also, how might technology facilitate these designs, but not leading them.
A shame the keynote didn’t shift from the theoretical to the practical. That always helps me connect with the ideas.