2020/2021 Workshops

The upcoming workshops are listed in this table. Abstracts for the workshops can be found below. Where recordings are available the session will be linked.

7 Oct 2020Using Google Sites to create digital teaching and learning materials
Phil Martin, International Pathways College
22 Oct 2020An Introduction to Inclusive Design
Lou Stringer, Learning Enhancement Team, ASO
2 Nov 2020Buddy Schemes
Caroline Chaffer Jo Hawksworth Jane Neal-Smith, The York Management School
17 Nov 2020Supporting the transition to academic writing in HE
Alex Benjamin, Department of Psychology
27 Nov 2020Individual Arrangements and Inclusive Practice for Practical Learning & Teaching: Teaching Labs, Placements, Outreach and Field Trips 
Julia Sarju, Department of Chemistry
28 Jan 2021Year in Industry peer support project
Jenny Pollard and Tamsyn Kiss Department of Environment and Geography
19 Feb 2021Diversifying and Decolonising the Curriculum
Jess Penn, Inclusive Learning and Teaching
1 Mar 2021Peer Assisted Learning
Michael Thornton, Department of Economics and Related Studies
27 Apr 2021Decolonising the Curriculum: Difficult Subjects in History
Jon Howlett, Department of History
19 May 2021Lecturing Dialogically: reinventing the Lecture using a Creative Practice Model
Ben Poore, Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
3 Jun 2021Engaging in local city partnerships
Tom Cantrell,
Department of Theatre, Film, Television & Interactive Media 

If you want to find out more, or if you have any suggestions for future workshops, please contact us on learning-and-teaching-forum@york.ac.uk.

Abstracts

Using Google Sites to create digital teaching and learning materials
This workshop provides an overview of a project currently underway on the University’s Language and Study Skills module, which is using Google Sites to create a new digital, classroom based learning experience for students. The project looks at ways in which teachers and course writers can use Sites to bring together a range of teaching technologies in one unified space, where students can work through activities, access digital media and carry out research. The workshop will be of interest to practitioners looking to exploit the independent study opportunities afforded by new teaching technologies, while maintaining the benefits of an interactive classroom environment. We will also look at how the idea of a unified space for digital teaching and learning materials can help bring order to the chaos that can sometimes be felt in response to the sheer volume of new learning technologies that continue to become available. The current project has used Sites to create a combined digital coursebook and VLE, which has been piloted with a small teaching team since September. We will review some of the feedback so far from students and teachers that have been involved, share some lessons learned, and look at ways in which the platform can be adapted for other courses. We will also discuss how Sites works in relation to similar platforms such as Xerte. In keeping with the workshop format, the session will be interactive, with a trial of the pilot site available for those with devices.

Inclusive Design for Dummies
Do you want to make more inclusive materials, but aren’t sure where to start, don’t have much time, or aren’t really confident using a computer? This workshop is for you! This introductory workshop will explore some of the barriers that students might face when accessing module materials; problems reading, understanding, seeing or hearing resources. We’ll then identify some simple and easy to use strategies to avoid barriers and make teaching materials more inclusive. In the last part of the workshop, you’ll get the chance to try out the strategies. This is an introductory session aimed at teaching staff new to inclusive design principles, but of course, everyone is welcome. Please bring a laptop or other device you can edit Google Docs / Slides on.

Supporting the transition to academic writing in HE
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, and can be a significant source of anxiety. This interactive workshop will highlight some of the ways in which we can support our students in the transition to academic writing based on ongoing work as part of the Academic Skills module in the Department of Psychology.

Individual Arrangements and Inclusive Practice for Practical Learning & Teaching: Teaching Labs, Placements, Outreach and Field Trips 
Students with declared disabilities make up approximately 10% of our UK undergraduate population1. We must ensure that these students receive an equitable, high quality education and fair assessment.
This workshop aims to facilitate discussion about how to design inclusive of practical teaching activities, such as teaching labs, outreach, and field trips, for students with disabilities. Case studies will be shared to give examples of good practice here at the University of York. Participants will be asked to consider practical teaching activities they are involved with (or take place within their department); what are the elements of good inclusivity practice, would the assessment give an equitable experience, how might the assessment be adapted to accommodate students with disabilities, can/should any of these adaptions be provided to the whole cohort? 
The workshop will highlight the importance of including students with disabilities in decisions which affect them, anticipating needs while treating students as individuals, and providing an equitable learning and assessment experience. 

Peer Assisted Learning
We explore the development and early stages of the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme in the Department of Economics and Related Studies, which was designed specifically to support two modules in Probability and Statistics.

Decolonising the Curriculum: Difficult Subjects in History
In this talk Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award winner Jon Howlett discusses his experience of teaching difficult subjects to students in the Department of History. As an expert in modern Chinese and colonial history, introducing students to unfamiliar and sensitive topics is a routine aspect of Jon’s teaching. His seminars encourage students to think critically about race, culture, gender, and how we think about suffering in the past. This talk centres on the practical side of ‘decolonising the curriculum’. He asks: what methods and approaches can we use to elevate discussion of difficult subjects in our classrooms?

Lecturing Dialogically: reinventing the Lecture using a Creative Practice Model
The effectiveness of lectures for learning continues to be a subject of contention. Some argue that the lecture is unfairly maligned and that it includes a wide range of approaches, many of which can be highly effective. Others point to worrying evidence that lectures have inherent problems of synchronicity and pacing, decrease student engagement, and compare poorly to student self-study. In a recent project in the Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media, we addressed the question of whether a dialogic approach to writing and presenting lectures could enhance student learning in the first year of a BA Theatre programme. The project focused on the experience of ‘liveness’ in the lecture room, rebuilding a set of first-year lectures from first principles to enhance student engagement, dialogue, inclusivity, criticality and knowledge retention. A key element of the lecture design was matching form to content, offering physical enactments and embodiments of key ideas and inviting students to help shape and direct the lecture. The findings showed that use of a dialogic pedagogy and creative practice in lectures improved lecture attendance and active participation and created memorable talking points that fed into the seminar discussion and dialogue that followed, as well as into written assessments. In this workshop, we discuss the challenges of introducing a dialogic approach to HE teaching, and how this can be developed from classroom-based teaching into other learning environments. We explore the wider implications of our findings for reimagining lectures as creative, participatory events in other disciplines.