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Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 19 - The One With The Treasure Hunt

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Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 21 - The One with the Clown
In Episode 21, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, our islands included student organised conferences, starting learning NOT at the start, getting students to practise assessment of exemplars, authentic learning, branching scenarios, discussion around in-class polling and the importance of having fun whilst learning. Speakers: Rachel Crookes, Dr Stephany Veuger, Dr. Gustavo Espinoza-Ramos, Matthew Tickle 27th June 2022 Facilitated by Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 21 - Podcast Transcript
46:13
July 07, 2022
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 20 - the one with the kettle and the mug
In Episode 20, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, our islands have included micro-learning, trauma-informed pedagogy, authentic learning, simulation, portfolio-based dissertations and the importance of creating social spaces for students to open the door fully to their learning potential. Speakers: Dr Christopher Edmonds, Dr Elizabeth Hidson, Dr Gary Fisher & Pip McDonald 23rd May 2022 Facilitated by Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 20 - Podcast Transcript
47:03
May 27, 2022
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 19 - The One With The Treasure Hunt
In Episode 19, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, our islands have included micro-learning, trauma-informed pedagogy, authentic learning, simulation, portfolio-based dissertations and the importance of creating social spaces for students to open the door fully to their learning potential. Speakers: Dr Gemma Ahearne (Lecturer in Criminology) | Dr Treasa Kearney (Senior Lecturer in Marketing) | Johnny Lee (Learning Technologist) | Marcus Pedersen 28th March 2022 Facilitated by Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 19 - Podcast Transcript
46:37
April 01, 2022
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 18 - The One With The Podcasts  
In Episode 18, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, our discussion ranged from the importance of supporting students holistically, the value of blended learning, podcasts as versatile pedagogies, OERs, Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLE) and online engagement frameworks. Speakers: Dr Alex Owen | Karen Ferreira-Meyers | Mary Jacob |Dr James Stanfield 14th March 2022 Facilitated by Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 18 - Podcast Transcript
39:19
March 18, 2022
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 17 - The one with the Play-Doh
In Episode 17, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, our discussion covered lots of areas from design thinking, slow thinking, creativity, self-determined learning and sustainability. Listen to find out our guests’ lightbulb moments, teaching props, pedagogies and luxury items that they would take to their Treasure Islands for precious contact time with students. Speakers: Allie Johns | Dr Emma Gillaspy | Dr Mikkel Godsk | Mossen Randeree 14th February 2022 Facilitated by Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 17 - Podcast Transcript
59:30
February 24, 2022
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 16 - the one with the knots
In Episode 16, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, we talked about being responsive to our students’ needs, and going back to basics if need be, the pedagogy of kindness, the role of lectures and the importance of listening as part of the learning process. Listen to find out our guests’ lightbulb moments, teaching props, pedagogies and luxury items that they would take to their Treasure Islands for precious contact time with students. Speakers : Dr Dawne Irving-Bell | Dr Gary Brown | Sue Beckingham | Dr Tania Dias Fonseca 10th January 2022 Facilitated by Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 16 - Podcast Transcript
53:32
January 21, 2022
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 15 - the one with Winnie-the-Pooh 
In Episode 15, our guests’ lightbulb moments included ways of facilitating learning through questioning, good learning design, our boat of treasure island pedagogies/props carries items including bottles of confidence, constructive alignment, De Bono’s thinking hats and characters from Winnie-the-Pooh. Speakers: Dr Eli Saetnan | Professor Fiona Smart | Tim Neumann 6th December 2021 Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 15 - Podcast Transcript
51:02
December 09, 2021
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 14 - the one with the kai
In Episode 14, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, our discussion featured Māori, Confucian and Arabic traditions and contexts, the focus on the whole person and creating the right environment for learning, including the importance of rituals that facilitate flexible and informal learning, such as through ‘kai’ (food) time. Speakers: Jaye McIsaac, Dr Shazia Iqbal and Charlie Reis Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 14 - Podcast Transcript
49:56
December 02, 2021
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 13 - the one with the GIFs
In Episode 13, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, our discussion veered from gradually lit-up to disco lightbulb moments, from simulation-based learning through to the role of debate, photo voice and the skills of using gifs. Speakers: Ruth Smith, Dr Zoe Hurley and Dr Johannes Wheeldon Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 13 - Podcast Transcript
42:45
November 08, 2021
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 12 - the one with the Mushrooms
In Episode 12, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies, props and luxury items, our discussion rowed forwards, backwards, in full circles and spirals. We touched upon student-centred learning, authentic assessment, the concept of expansive learning, respect, the idea of learning with and from our students. We also observed that sharing knitting patterns as a communal activity is akin to the act of sharing and comparing our individual teaching practice. Speakers: Dr Celia Popovic, Dr Phillip Moffitt and Dr Richard Osborne Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 12 - Podcast Transcript
51:01
October 14, 2021
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 11 - the one with the Snake Handler
In Episode 11, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, our discussion touched on some of the ingredients that can make learning happen, from nurturing deep emotional connections, through facilitating difficult discussions (‘Pedagogies of Discomfort’) to cognitive dissonance. Speakers: Dr Camille Dickson-Deane, Dr Becca Ferrari and Nokuthula Vilakati Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 11 - Podcast Transcript
38:45
September 30, 2021
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 10 - the one with the cookbooks
In Episode 10, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, our discussion touched on various creative collaborative solving approaches with students with our luxury items making sure we will have a great time on the Treasure Island. Speakers: Emily Chapman-Waterhouse, Emma Davenport, Dr Gulnaz Aksenova and Charles Wachira Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 10 - Podcast Transcript
37:30
September 21, 2021
CIE Connect: Stuart Waddington, Star Development UK
In this episode special guest, Stuart Waddington joins host Laura Blundell, CIE. Stuart is the Managing Director and founder of Star Development UK and host of '#leadership: What’s on your mind' podcast where guests discuss their leadership perspectives, and share personal stories of inspiration and motivation.  We use this episode as an opportunity to get Stuarts thoughts on some of the hot topics of the HE sector, including his views on being a good facilitator, building cohort identity and things we can all work on to improve our leadership skills.  Stuart is a captivating guest who talks from previous experience in the military, working in education and most recently forming his own business.  Hope you enjoy! Speaker: Stuart Waddington Podcast transcript: https://bit.ly/3mz8Vue Website: www.stardevelopmentuk.com Podcast: www.leadershipwhatsonyourmind.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stuart_waddington YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LeadershipWhatsonyourmind LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stuartwaddington
46:37
August 26, 2021
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 9 - the one with the tree house
In Episode 9, ungrading, threshold concepts, the Balloon Academy - lots of pedagogies and lightbulb moments resonated in today’s discussion. A common theme was linking learning to anything to do with moving and making. Speakers: Dr Alice Kim, Dr Ingeborg van Knippenberg, Dr Nathalie Tasler and Dr Virna Rossi Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 9 - Podcast Transcript
44:54
June 24, 2021
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 8 - the one with the Tunnocks tea cakes
In Episode 8, so much covered by our guests: open education, involving students as partners in our initiatives, the revival of audio to have meaningful and human connections with students and more. Speakers: Alex Spiers, Dr Erika Smith and Jessica Humphreys Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 8 - Podcast Transcript
38:21
May 12, 2021
Treasure Island Pedagogies - Episode 7 - the one with the ukulele
In Episode 7, learning is slow-burning, it takes time to nurture and it is great when it all comes together at the end. Our guests also discuss the potential of multimodal learning, through visual imagery, doodling, sketching or drawing. Speakers: Dr Louise Drumm, Dr Vicki Dale, Dr Michael Flavin and Dr Michael Kozakowski Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 7 - Podcast Transcript
39:07
April 30, 2021
Treasure Island Pedagogies - Episode 6 - the one with the hot air balloon
In Episode 6, rule breaking, disruption and connectedness were shared themes between our guests and their Treasure Island Pedagogies. Our guests also challenged us to look beyond the bright side of pedagogies into their ‘shadowy siblings’. Speakers: Prof Nicola Whitton, Rikke Toft Nørgård, Simon Thomson and William Carey Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 6 - Podcast Transcript
01:05:21
March 31, 2021
Treasure Island Pedagogies - Episode 5 - the one with the coconut
In Episode 5, our guests highlight the need to be experimental and take our learners out of their comfort zone into a creative, safe space where they can learn and discover both the passion for and the science of teaching. Speakers: Ashwini Datt, Danielle Hinton, Jenni Carr and Natasha Taylor Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 5 - Podcast Transcript
47:51
March 19, 2021
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 4 - the one with the real Treasure Island
In Episode 4, we discussed the challenges and opportunities of doing role-play, group discussions in an online Covid setting and bartered teaching ideas and also had a special mention of the original Treasure Island. Speakers: Dr Marieke Riethof, Chris Barlow, Jennifer Klunder-Rosser and Dr Joel Haddley Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 4 - Podcast Transcript
41:52
December 22, 2020
A celebration of resilience – how does an undergraduate programme adapt amidst a global pandemic?
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 You can view the full transcript here: A Celebration of Resilience - Podcast Transcript
47:37
December 17, 2020
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 3 - the one with all the Ms
In Episode 3, an episode of Ms, Mathew, Matt and Katherine share various student-centred and collaborative learning inspired lightbulb moments and teaching props. Speakers: Dr Katherine Whitehurst, Dr Matt Murphy and Mathew Flynn Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view the full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 3 - podcast transcript
35:29
December 11, 2020
Taking the Pre-Sessional English courses entirely online during a global pandemic
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
55:60
December 09, 2020
Transitioning from Vital to Canvas
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. Speakers: Dr Laura Corner, Dr Andy Bates, Dr Freya Jarman and Dr Gary Brown You can view a full transcript here: Transitioning from Vital to Canvas - Podcast transcript
50:27
November 03, 2020
Decolonising the Curriculum - What does it mean to you?
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? https://anchor.fm/decthecurr/message *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 
07:17
October 19, 2020
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 2 - the one with Lego
In Episode 2, our guests share their lightbulb moments, including getting students to 'take' feedback, the importance of reflection, using play for conceptual understanding with Lego and ways of engaging environmental science students with hydrology. We also hear how the coronavirus pandemic has encouraged creativity when preparing for Hybrid Active Learning and socially distanced teaching. Speakers: Dr Kathryn Fox, Dr Helen Vaughan, Dr James Cooper and Dr Matthew Fitzjohn Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view a full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 2 - Podcast Transcript
01:01:34
October 02, 2020
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 1 - Part 2
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? Speakers: Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Dr Anna O’Connor, Dr James Gaynor and Prof Diana Jeater Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view a full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 1 - Part 2 - Podcast Transcript
25:39
June 15, 2020
Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 1 - Part 1
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. Speakers: Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Dr Anna O’Connor, Dr James Gaynor and Prof Diana Jeater Facilitated by: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins You can view a full transcript here: Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 1 - Part 1 Podcast Transcript
28:54
June 15, 2020
Remote Teaching podcast: From the Beatles to Beefheart: How is it going for students, and what’s next?
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. Speakers: Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Prof Diana Jeater, Dr James Gaynor and Dr Anna O’Connor 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
30:07
April 23, 2020
Remote Teaching podcast: From the Beatles to Beefheart: How is it for the educators?
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. Speakers: Dr Anna O’Connor, Prof Diana Jeater, Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg and Dr James Gaynor 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
22:05
April 21, 2020
A Round Table on Digital Fluency – Part One of our Curriculum Hallmarks and Graduate Attributes Series
Our new podcast episode is a stimulating conversation on what digital fluency mean in different disciplines with 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. Speakers: Dr Rob Treharne, Dr Jonathan Hogg and Dr Kerry Traynor Find out more about digital fluency as a graduate attribute and the Curriculum Framework at the University of Liverpool at : https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/centre-for-innovation-in-education/curriculum-resources/digital-fluency/
01:09:42
February 06, 2020
A talk with 'Microsoft Teams Champion' Chris Edmonds - Hosted by Dr Monica Chavez
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. Speaker: Dr Chris Edmonds Find out more about the University of Liverpool Microsoft Teams Champions Programme: https://flipgrid.com/9eb5323e https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/centre-for-innovation-in-education/digital-education/office-365-in-education/microsoft-teams-champions-programme/ Hosted by Dr Monica Chavez  @drmonicachavez
12:28
January 24, 2020
CIE Launch
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.  Speakers: Simon Thomson and Ceri Coulby For a downloadable transcript of the podcast, click here.
22:22
March 07, 2019