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Peer supported learning development of teaching skills – a Cambridge collaboration - Kirstie Preest, Isla Kuhn, Catherine Reid & Ryan Cronin


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Peer supported learning development of teaching skills – a Cambridge collaboration - Kirstie Preest, Isla Kuhn, Catherine Reid & Ryan Cronin

  1. 1. Peer Supported Learning : development of Teaching Skills a Cambridge Collaboration Kirstie Preest, Isla Kuhn, Catherine Reid, Ryan Cronin University of Cambridge LILAC March 2015
  2. 2. What we did? • Developed an in-house course which facilitated sharing of underlying teaching theory and demonstrations of best practice to aid delivery of information literacy sessions • 3 half-day sessions over a week in summer vacation • Attendees were encouraged to develop skills through their own reflection and by receiving constructive criticism after delivering a “nanoteach” session to their peers
  3. 3. Who ran the course? photos St John's College, Cambridge, chapel court 01 by Sailko is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Murray Edwards College Library Lucy Cavendish College Library
  4. 4. Where the need came from?
  5. 5. Who could attend?
  6. 6. Session 1 ● How confident are we as teachers? ● Who are our students? ● Information literacy ● Lesson planning
  7. 7. Session 2 ● Teaching resources (handouts) ● Peer review & constructive feedback (reflective practice) ● Teaching demo ● Avoiding disasters Plus : Teaching Audit
  8. 8. Session 3 (nano teach) ● Nanoteach ● Peer review ● Self review ● How confident are you now?
  9. 9. 7 months later ● Survey ● Brown Bag lunch ● Successes and challenges
  10. 10. How we measured impact Self-rating of confidence: Pre, Post and 7 months later
  11. 11. Changes in confidence level: summary If you started with high confidence, you stayed confident 4.6% average improvement from start to 7 months later If you started with middling confidence, your confidence improved 26% average improvement from start to 7 months later If you started with low confidence, your confidence improved massively 328% average improvement from start to 7 months later
  12. 12. Did anything change? every time I have to teach/present, I remember about the course (especially the nano-teach session) and I say to myself: "I can do it - and do it properly!". Which is definitely a long-term increase in confidence. The structure of the portfolio course was roughly the same as ever, but I added a powerpoint presentation and an activity for participants. Yes! The course gave me the confidence to really focus on what I needed to say at the points where I had the opportunity, and thus to leave out what would only become relevant later. I prepared handouts with information to take away. I also thought more about students with different abilities eg. printing handouts on different colour paper I used the mini teach I delivered at the training last year to help me plan my MSt eresources session - and ensuring I got the students involved in the session.
  13. 13. Reflection: what participants suggested ● Provide constructive feedback ourselves for participants ● more time for planning nanoteach ● less post-it notes! ● Include more discussion time for participants to exchange ideas/tips
  14. 14. What next? ● Summer 2015 ○ re-run course (with peer reviewed real-life teaching) ● development of shared teaching resources ● Encourage staff to gain formal teaching accreditation (e.g. HEA) ● Run programme at regional level?
  15. 15. Kirstie Preest, Murray Edwards College @kirstiewales for blog posts on this course Isla Kuhn, Medical Library @ilk21 Catherine Reid, Clare College @CatherineAReid Ryan Cronin, St John’s College With thanks to: Jo Harcus, Lucy Cavendish College; Libby Tilley, English Faculty Library; and Meg Westbury, Wolfson College
  16. 16. References Cohen, S. (2012), The missing link: librarians and the teaching identity . Presentation at LILAC 2012 [Accessed: 7th April 2015] Secker, J. and Coonan, E. (2014) A New Curriculum for Information Literacy. Available at: [Accessed: 7th April 2015] Tilley, L. and Murphy, H., University of Cambridge (2015), Let me tell you a story….Presentation at LILAC 2015, 9th April 2015 [Accessed: 7th April 2015]