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The Sipping Point: Can openness start with a cuppa?


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This Pecha Kucha-style talk was created by Clare Gormley for OER19. It describes how a non-formal, tea-fuelled community of practice may be enabling open conversations about teaching at an Irish university.

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The Sipping Point: Can openness start with a cuppa?

  1. 1. Talk for OER19 The Sipping Point: Can openness start with a cuppa? Clare Gormley, Dublin City University This work by Clare Gormley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Pauline McLynn plays ‘Mrs Doyle’. Photo courtesy of Hat Trick Productions.
  2. 2. DCU Glasnevin Campus DCU St Patrick’s Campus DCU All Hallows Campus
  3. 3. Sipping
  4. 4. Topics to date:
  5. 5. Photo by Dollar Gill on Unsplash When good teaching plans go ‘bad’…
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  7. 7. Some recent sessions of ‘The Sipping Point’ at DCU
  8. 8. This work by Kat on Flickr is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic • Most recent evaluation survey June-Sept 2017 • 30% response rate from 108 participants contacted
  9. 9. Reason #1: Contact with peers Participants at Sipping Point Session on Outdoor Learning, Jan 2019, led by Dr Orla Kelly
  10. 10. Reason #2: Source of new ideas Participants at Sipping Point Session on ‘Teaching for the Realities of Student Life Today’, March 2019. Led by Dr Donal Mulligan & Dr Claire Bohan
  11. 11. Reason #3: Openness to try new things “Hard to say what impact exactly. I feel attending the sessions helps develop a more adventurous approach to teaching, learning and assessment. It makes me and the team more likely to try different types of strategies.”
  12. 12. “I'm interested in small tweaks. I can't overhaul my assessment and teaching methods for every module on a regular basis. I'm not even sure that would be a good idea.” Photo by Francisco Moreno on Unsplash BUT…
  13. 13. Suggested Feedback for improvement: More advance notice, please Provide abstracts and summaries about talks Allow more time for discussion Highlight free food! Introduce bring-a- buddy scheme Promote more widely within schools
  14. 14. My own observations:
  15. 15. Observation #1: Allow time & get management support Photo by Lukas Blazek on Unsplash
  16. 16. Observation #2: It needs a facilitator/organiser Photo by Maddi Bazzocco on Unsplash
  17. 17. Observation #3: Think about sustainability Some colleagues from DCU Teaching Enhancement Unit: Karen Buckley, Dr Fiona O’Riordan & Suzanne Stone.
  18. 18. But is it leading to changes in teaching practice?
  19. 19. Photo: Gramercy Pictures; Courtesy Everett Collection Always the ‘usual suspects’?
  20. 20. Twitter: @clare_gormley Email: