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Developing a virtual presence about teaching history in Higher Education


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Developing a virtual presence about teaching history in Higher Education

  1. 1. Developing a virtual presence about teaching history in higher education Dr Jamie Wood University of Lincoln Website: Twitter: @woodjamie99
  2. 2. Outline: 3 points 1. Evidence 2. Examples 3. Resources
  3. 3. 1. Evidence • Anecdotal evidence is fine, but we require concrete evidence of practice and its impact on students/ cost for staff in order to inform development – E.g. HEA funded research into e-learning in History teaching (report forthcoming), with Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo (Lincoln) • (see my talk this afternoon!) • This talk is based around this and other pieces of work I’ve done for HEA in the past 2 years, my own practice, and previous experience as educational developer
  4. 4. 2. Examples • Case studies from the discipline: – Of good practice – With concrete examples – With evidence – Shareable and accessible (online?) • For example: – Going beyond the VLE: not just a repository – Using social media/ web2.0 technologies – Promoting active learning rather than passive consumption – Changing/ challenging/ developing student perceptions
  5. 5. 3. Resources and repositories • Building primary source repositories online: a scoping exercise (HEA funded @ Lincoln): – A ‘scooping’ exercise, using as a tool for collating (or ‘curating’) resources – Collated here (ongoing): – Findings • There are lots of materials out there (official and personal) • People are actively collating more resources all the time • People don’t really know what is out there (esp. beyond their narrow field) • Lots of duplicated effort • Often not maintained: many broken links/ websites • What about secondary sources in an era of open publishing? – Potential greater access for students, but how to facilitate that? – What about quality control? – What about information literacy?
  6. 6. Some suggestions • PULL: maintained sites containing and collating resources – E.g. H.E. History Hub (Exeter); Making Digital History (Lincoln) – Must be maintained/ updated – Collaborative; use social media • PUSH: news and updates – E.g. annual survey of technology and History teaching; bulletin of pedagogy publications in History – From websites above; use social media
  7. 7. Your thoughts • What would help you? • What do you think is missing? • What are the issues at your institution/ with your colleagues? • Are there any resources that we should be aware of that could be collected?