“Designing active pedagogies” is a 10-credit course delivered as part of the PGCAP/MEd in Academic Practice. In designing this course, we [Sheridan and Dale] took a creative approach, enabling learners to experiment with notions of place, space and active learning using learning technologies, within the context of disruptive pedagogies (Hedberg 2011). The course was developed to be fully blended using Moodle, so that learners could participate fully face-to-face, fully online, or a mixture of both to suit their schedules.
The disruptive pedagogies we introduced included digital storytelling (Bernard 2008), object-based learning (Chatterjee 2011)and learning landscapes (Löw and Goodwin 2016), all of which are underpinned by a social constructivist paradigm. Inspired by Chavez (2018), a speaker at the 2018 ALT conference, we explored the potential for digital storytelling using two tools; Microsoft Sway (core-supported) and Adobe Spark (optional due to GDPR). For learning landscapes, we encouraged participants to create digital artefacts (including journey sticks, inspired by participants’ previous experience of active pedagogies). Object-based learning was delivered within a museum, and online participants were encouraged to explore virtual artefacts/exhibitions.
Participants are required to create two formative artefacts representing their learning that they could use as exemplars for their students or in their own teaching practice. After peer and tutor feedback they are required to refine these and submit a reflective narrative. While we have yet to see the outcomes of assessment, early indications reveal that the students have been creative and appropriately challenged in disrupting their own pedagogies. With the students’ permission we will seek to showcase a couple of formative examples as a basis for discussion.
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Chatterjee, H. J. (2011). “Object-based learning in higher education: The pedagogical power of museums.” Retrieved 5 November, 2018, from https://edoc.hu-berlin.de/bitstream/handle/18452/9349/chatterjee.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y.
Chavez, M. (2018). “Digital Storytelling for Student (and Teacher!) Engagement.” ALT Annual Conference Retrieved 5 November, 2018, from https://altc.alt.ac.uk/2018/sessions/digital-storytelling-for-student-and-teacher-engagement-18-40/.
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