C-SAP e-Learning Forum

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Presentation for the 'C-SAP e-Learning Forum: sharing materials and practice in the social sciences', London, 8 July 2010.

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C-SAP e-Learning Forum

  1. 1. The search for active learning: Lessons from a happy accident Department of Social & Policy Sciences Hedley Bashforth Nitin Parmar C-SAP e-Learning Forum Thursday 8 July 2010 http://opus.bath.ac.uk/18900/
  2. 2. Context Department of Social & Policy Sciences <ul><li>Redesign of Year 1 units </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on 2 Social Research units </li></ul><ul><li>Embedding study skills in a research-focused set of activities: small group, large group and VLE </li></ul><ul><li>‘ The search for active learning’ </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ingredients <ul><li>Small project funding </li></ul><ul><li>Vibrant team of PG Research students </li></ul><ul><li>Central e-Learning Team </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Technologies </li></ul>Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  4. 4. The ‘Enabler’ <ul><li>Audience Response System pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of good practice </li></ul><ul><li>Departmental focus </li></ul><ul><li>Re-construction of pedagogical </li></ul><ul><li>relationships </li></ul>Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  5. 5. The EVS exercise <ul><li>Small groups conducting literature reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of survey questions with support via VLE-based discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>Survey questions displayed to peer group in turn </li></ul>Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  6. 6. Which groups of people are over represented in the working class? <ul><li>Women </li></ul><ul><li>Disabled </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnic Minorities </li></ul><ul><li>All or none of the above </li></ul>
  7. 7. Discussion of survey questions Appropriateness of wording Question approach Reducing ambiguity Reducing bias Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  8. 8. Different uses of EVS Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  9. 9. Different meanings of active learning Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  10. 10. “ We came to use EVS in the way we did because of the co-incidence of a number of factors: the institutional search for technologies that were seen to promote the kinds of active learning that might raise student survey satisfaction scores, the pedagogic search for new ways of teaching about old problems, but crucially the chance meeting between an Academic and a Learning Technologist outside the formal structures of institutional management. ” Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  11. 11. Contact Hedley Bashforth [email_address] Nitin Parmar [email_address] go.bath.ac.uk/nitin Department of Social & Policy Sciences

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