In homage to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’, our four invited lecturers identify a teaching prop or pedagogy to take to their Treasure Islands, for the cherished face to face contact time with students on campus, together with a luxury item for a bit of downtime from teaching. This episode features:
Marieke Riethof: Modern Languages and Cultures (Latin American Politics)
Lightbulb moment: getting students to show understanding of their target culture by working in shared collaborative documents – which in the new online setting can work really well with students producing great shared documents or presentations in different formats.
Teaching prop or pedagogy: assuming the role of guide, taking students on a journey of discovery on their own, helping them find treasures.
Luxury item: my greatest discovery of the pandemic: listening to podcasts whilst walking or cooking.
Chris Barlow: Accountancy
Lightbulb moment: integrating skills development in modules on an ongoing basis to promote student engagement.
Teaching prop or pedagogy: Kahoot quiz to keep students engaged.
Luxury item: mobile phone to check football results, keeping up with the news and social media.
Jennifer Klunder-Rosser: Nursing
Lightbulb moment: one of the most fun I have had was planning a role play for students, creating a humanitarian warzone for a global healthcare context, with student groups representing different global healthcare organisations, having to research and prepare how they would act in specific scenarios, culminating in presenting their response to the press. This enjoyable teaching experience also helped me ease into my own preferred style of teaching (active learning).
Teaching prop or pedagogy: can I please choose two: active learning and a skeleton (to help me point out trauma injuries).
Luxury item: absolutely no tech! I like to go running in my shoes, leaving everything behind (though a possible tech I could use is a bit of Strava for motivation)
Lightbulb moment: discovering the value of designing high-stake, high-value assessments which help students assimilate and synthetise knowledge; moving away from high-stake, lower-value assessments. The former seems to promote deeper student engagement, whilst the latter attracts strategic engagement.
Teaching prop or pedagogy: Mobius assessment platform – this is a specific platform for mathematics, which enables true randomisation of mathematical problems. It promotes student collaboration versus collusion. Students used to ask of each other: what result did you get? Now they ask: what method did you use to work it out?
Luxury item: something that would benefit all those around me too: coffee equipment fresh coffee beans, grinder and my Aeropress.
Any sparks? The discovery that the original Desert Island is in Chile (one of Marieke’s country of research), called Juan Fernandez island. We bartered teaching ideas: Mobius might work really well for accounting, and Jennifer’s role play approach is what Marieke uses with her students asking them to negotiate democratic transitions in Latin America. We discussed the challenges and opportunities of doing role-play, group discussions in an online Covid setting. As for luxuries: we all covet Joel’s coffee knowledge and Aeropress machine. Joel has offered to treat us to a round once ‘this’ is all over (putting it into writing so that he cannot go back on this offer).
In this episode we are joined by two guests from the University of Liverpool Nursing department; Claire Walker and Helen Marshall. Claire is module lead on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules as well as being the lead for clinical placement. Helen is a relatively new member of staff and is module leader for two year 1 modules as well as a supporting first year students in her role as year 1 tutor. We catch up on how they have been coping continuing to run a programme in the midst of a global pandemic. We discuss life working at home, what has changed for staff and students, how placements are continuing and being supported remotely, plus pay tribute to our wonderful nurses in the NHS.
Hosted by Laura Blundell @laurablundell
You can also follow UoL Nursing @LivUniNursing
In homage to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’, our three invited lecturers identify a teaching prop or pedagogy to take to their Treasure Islands, for the cherished face to face contact time with students on campus, together with a luxury item for a bit of downtime from teaching. This episode features:
Katherine Whitehurst: Communication & Media
Lightbulb moment: ‘clicking through group work’, showing cross-group ideas to promote student engagement
Teaching prop or pedagogy: any online platforms that enable collaborative group work and projects to make the above lightbulb moment possible (e.g. MS Teams).
Luxury item: if my husband is not an item, I would like to take ‘a kitchen’ to cook as this is how I relax.
Matt Murphy: Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Engineering
Lightbulb moment: when it sinks in for students that they are undertaking a real, open-ended professional engineering project, and that staff trust them to take responsibility for their own success.
Teaching prop or pedagogy: focusing on what the student will be doing (Thomas Shuell, 1986); design activities first and fit in lectures around the activities, not the other way round!
Luxury item: Liverpool ‘urban cycling safaris’ modified to explore our treasure island.
Mathew Flynn: Music Industry
Lighbulb moment: focus on what students need to know at that point, rather than what I think I need to tell them!
Teaching prop or pedagogy: all we need is a marker pen and provocation to engage students in worthwhile conversation.
Luxury item: surprise, surprise, it’s music: my Spotify account.
Any sparks? Post podcast, we talked lots about how we listen to music, how Spotify has changed the way we listen to music and the way in which vinyl is reclaiming the ritual of listening in our home. And a Canadian storyteller, Stuart McLean, humorous VinylCafe stories whose humour Katherine recommends.
You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 3 - podcast transcript
In response to Covid 19, immediate action had to be taken to move the English Language Centre's courses online. We had less than 1 month to prepare for student induction. This involved redesigning the student experience, implementing widespread pedagogical changes, and, beyond the initial phase, reflecting on and improving our processes and product.
In this case study podcast, Gary, Katie & Seán discuss and reflect on the development and implementation processes. They are joined by Michelle & Aldona who give further insight from the management and teacher perspectives.
Gary Ellis & Seán Timon are teachers and technology enhanced learning specialists at the ELC.
Katie Hudson is a Pre-sessional EAP teacher & course developer.
Aldona Norkus is a Pre-sessional EAP teacher.
Michelle Dwyer is the ELC Director.
You can view a full transcript here:
Taking the Pre-Sessional English courses entirely online during a global pandemic Transcript
We talk to our four invited guest lecturers from around the University about how they have found the transition from Vital to Canvas.
Discussing what they love about Canvas, could not do without and what hiccups they have encountered on their journey so far, as well as sharing advice, practical tips and resources.
You can view a full transcript here: Transitioning from Vital to Canvas - Podcast transcript
The Centre for Innovation in Education celebrates BAME people during Black History Month and beyond by creating an interactive podcast that aims to gather the collective voices on the definition of decolonising the curriculum.
Listen to this a real-life story* from a BAME student perspective to find out why she suffers from 'academic inadequacy' and unbelonging as a new student in the United Kingdom.
Send a short message (1 minute max) in the link below to answer:
What does ‘decolonising the curriculum’ mean to you?
*This story is based on real-life events but names have been changed to protect the person’s privacy.
Narrated by Dr Monica Chavez, PhD in Applied Linguistics (University of Liverpool), Educational Developer (TEL) at the Centre for Innovation in Education.
You can view a full transcript here: Decolonising the Curriculum Podcast Transcript
In homage to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’, our four invited lecturers identify a teaching prop or pedagogy to take to their Treasure Islands, for the cherished face to face contact time with students on campus, together with a luxury item for a bit of downtime from teaching.
Episode 2's discussion mostly focuses around returning to teaching in the new academic year during the pandemic.
You can view a full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 2 - Podcast Transcript
In Part 2 of Treasure Island Discs , Anna, Diana, James and Stuart, lecturers at the University of Liverpool, discuss their thoughts and plans about moving towards hybrid active learning in autumn 2020. How might we preserve and carry on these lightbulb moments for our students in a social distancing campus?
Hosted by Dr Tunde Varga-Atkins, Centre for Innovation in Education, University of Liverpool.
You can view a full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 1 - Part 2 - Podcast Transcript
Inspired by Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, we asked our four guests, all lecturers at the University of Liverpool, to talk about a lightbulb moment with their students: when they felt that students ‘were getting it’ and they were part of this. To put a twist in the story, instead of being cast away to a desert island, they were asked to conjure up a Treasure island representing the precious synchronous contact time (whether face to face or virtual) and what items they would take with them.
Hosted by Dr Tunde Varga-Atkins, Centre for Innovation in Education, University of Liverpool.
You can view a full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 1 - Part 1 Podcast Transcript
In this second podcast on remote teaching, four lecturers from the University of Liverpool continue to discuss remote teaching during the #COVID pandemic, including student engagement, the pedagogical considerations to remote teaching, their advice and some of their highlights.
Hosted by Dr Tunde Varga-Atkins and produced by Chris Loxham, Centre for Innovation in Education, University of Liverpool. (Note: VITAL is the University’s VLE.)
Captions available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHDEWIZynbU
You can view a full transcript here: From the Beatles to Beefheart - How is it for the Students - Podcast Transcript
What do Beatles pop songs and experimental jazz by Captain Beefhart & His Magic Band have to do with remote teaching? Please tune in to our podcast to find out as we talk to four lecturers from the University of Liverpool talking about their experiences as a result of the #COVID pandemic since March 2020.
Hosted by Dr Tunde Varga-Atkins and produced by Chris Loxham, Centre for Innovation in Education, University of Liverpool.
Captions available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZKN16mG63M
You can view a full transcript here: From the Beatles to Beefheart - How is it for the Educators - Podcast Transcript
Our new podcast episode is a stimulating conversation on what digital fluency mean in different disciplines – with Kerry Traynor, Jon Hogg and Rob Treharne, three academics across the University of Liverpool. Hosted by Tunde Varga-Atkins.
Listen to find out:
What object our guests brought to the Studio that represent digital fluency.
How a historian, a communication & media specialist and a physicist views digital fluency?
What has Aristotle got to do with digital technologies?
Students’ digital capabilities and considerations for course design.
How we can support students and academics in developing students’ digital capabilities.
Tips for digital fluency.
Find out more about digital fluency as a graduate attribute and the Curriculum Framework at the University of Liverpool at :
CIE had an inspiring conversation with Dr Chris Edmonds, one of the University of Liverpool's Microsoft Teams Champions.
Listen to our latest podcast to get ideas on how to:
Implement project based learning using Teams.
Manage the different available digital tools in the student journey.
Get started with Microsoft Teams for teaching and learning.
Find out more about the University of Liverpool Microsoft Teams Champions Programme:
Hosted by Dr Monica Chavez
Our first Podcast starts with a look at what CIE is and does. We chat with Simon Thomson and Ceri Coulby and look at how you can expect to work alongside CIE in the future. For a downloadable transcript of the podcast, click here.