Revisiting learner-centredness with online provision: A personal view from Simon Sweeney

These are difficult times for learners and challenging for educators too. The coronavirus epidemic has driven us into the technological maelstrom of online provision and for many it will have been a steep learning curve and a disorienting experience. For others, already used to extensive e-technology or online learning platforms, perhaps the transition has been … Continue reading Revisiting learner-centredness with online provision: A personal view from Simon Sweeney

Academic community building: What have we learned from the Coronavirus Pandemic and what next?

The event Learning and teaching @York in the Coronavirus Pandemic: A conversation which took place in December 2020 brought together a group of around 80 staff and students to share experiences of teaching and learning under COVID in Autumn term 2020. This is the first of a planned series of blog postings aiming to explore some of the themes from the event, beginning with academic community building and attention to social/affective aspects of learning.

Year in Industry peer support project

Dr Tamysn Kiss and Jenny Pollard, Department of Environment & Geography Dr Tamysn Kiss and Jenny Pollard from the Department of Environment & Geography outlined their highly successful industrial placement peer support scheme PYMs (Placement Year Mentors), which was implemented in response to a huge increase in the number of students taking part in the … Continue reading Year in Industry peer support project

Learning and teaching @York in the Coronavirus Pandemic: A conversation – Recordings and resources now available

What have we learned from our experiences of teaching and learning in the Autumn term 2020 online and on-campus?What positives can we take forward and share from these experiences in the immediate future and in the post-COVID University? These were the questions that brought together a group of around 80 staff and students from across … Continue reading Learning and teaching @York in the Coronavirus Pandemic: A conversation – Recordings and resources now available

Inclusive practice for learning and teaching in the Department of Chemistry

Report from Alex Reid – Department of Psychology, University of York Link to session recording (UoY log-in required) On November the 27th 2020 Dr Julia Sarju and Dr Leonie Jones from the Department of Chemistry ran a workshop for the Learning and Teaching forum which focussed on sharing a number of successful inclusive practices adopted by … Continue reading Inclusive practice for learning and teaching in the Department of Chemistry

Online teaching in 2020: A personal view from inside the York Management School

2020 the year of Covid and no commuting to the campus. The year in which I reorganised my homeworkspace and am grateful that I have an office at the bottom of the garden and food on the diningroom table at the end of every day. How lucky we are, and still drawing a salary, so … Continue reading Online teaching in 2020: A personal view from inside the York Management School

Supporting the transition to academic writing in HE

Alex Benjamin and Alex Reid, Department of Psychology The transition to Higher Education presents students within the first year with a number of social and academic challenges. One of these is understanding and meeting the expectations for academic coursework at university. This task is not a simple one, or one for which students feel prepared, … Continue reading Supporting the transition to academic writing in HE

Imposter Syndrome in the Classroom

Anastasia Tsylina Williams, a Ph.D candidate in Slavic Studies writes about the signs, consequences, coping strategies, and some ways to mitigate imposter syndrome amongst students. From the post: Many faculty and students report experiencing Impostor Phenomenon, or feelings of self-doubt about their accomplishments and abilities, at some point in their academic careers. This sense of … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome in the Classroom

Developing a successful ‘buddy scheme’ across undergraduate cohorts

Report from Alex Reid – Department of Psychology, University of York Link to session recording (UoY log-in required). On November the 2nd 2020 Caroline Chaffer, Jo Hawksworth and Jane Neal-Smith from the University of York Management School (UYMS) ran a highly informative online workshop for the Teaching and Learning Forum on a recent ‘buddy scheme’ … Continue reading Developing a successful ‘buddy scheme’ across undergraduate cohorts