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HEA / UWBS subject conference Group Working June 20 th 2012. Active group w ork – making it inclusive. Professor Christine Hockings Institute for Learning Enhancement University of Wolverhampton. Academic engagement in groups. Approaches to learning.

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professor christine hockings institute for learning enhancement university of wolverhampton

HEA / UWBS subject conference

Group Working

June 20th 2012

Active group work – making it inclusive

Professor Christine Hockings

Institute for Learning Enhancement

University of Wolverhampton

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Academic engagement in groups

Approaches to learning

Teachers’ approaches to & craft in L&T

Social & cultural background

Prior knowledge Ways of knowing

Life & work experiences

Teachers’ conceptions of students

Teachers’ knowledge & experience

Educational background

Aspirations & interests

Conjecturing & critiquing

Synthesising

information

Questioning & challenging ideas

Reflecting & evaluating

They are actively exploring their own and others’ knowledge, experience and backgrounds in a search for deep understanding, meaning and knowing

A key challenge is how to engage all individuals within a large and diverse group…

benefits of mixing student groups
Benefits of ‘mixing’ student groups
  • maximises learning from different people, cultures, etc
  • develops interpersonal and team working skills
  • fosters peer support networks outside class
  • helps to establish relational equity between individuals
challenges for teachers students
Challenges for teachers & students
  • Watch these video clips.
  • What challenges do the students and teachers face when coordinating and working within mixed groups?
  • What strategies could you adopt for addressing these challenges? What resources & support would you need? (20 mins)

A

B

C

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Engaging ALL students in mixed groups

  • Create safe, inclusive spaces
  • Get to know students as individuals
  • Establish ground rules for collaborative learning
  • Harness students’ experience and knowledge
  • Start with what students know, then apply theory (biographical turn)
  • Connect with students’ lives and future aspirations
  • Facilitate uncertainty, confusion & difference
  • Encourage public articulation of thinking & problem solving
  • Teach reflexively and with sensitivity to differences
  • Mindful of impact of own beliefs and identity on student learning
  • Coordinate interaction, mixing different students (with a purpose)
  • Anticipate, prepare & respond flexibly to different and emerging requirements and interests
becoming an engaging and inclusive teacher in he
Becoming an engaging and inclusive teacher in HE
  • 3 units
  • Content, activities, forum, assessment, links to other resources, etc.
  • LTI video collection - Over 130 video clips in a range of subjects. All subtitled.
  • Module developed in Xerte for accessibility
  • Available via OU Labspace or via UoW website.
  • Down load and repurposing guide with video tutorial
  • Currently embedded in UoW

Learning to Teach Inclusively Module

www.wlv.ac.uk/LTImodule

references and links
References and links

Hockings, C., Brett, P & Terentjevs, M (2012) Making a difference – Inclusive learning and teaching in higher education through open education resources. Journal of Distance Education.

Hockings, C (2011) Hearing voices, creating spaces: the craft of the ‘artisan’ teacher’ in a mass higher education system. Critical Studies in Higher Education 52 (2) 191-205

Hockings, C. (2010). Inclusive learning and teaching in higher education: a synthesis of research. York HEA.

Hockings, C., Cooke, S., & Bowl, M. (2010). Learning and teaching in two universities within the context of increasing student diversity: complexity, contradictions and challenges. In M. David (Ed.), Improving learning by widening participation. London: Routledge.

Perry, W. & Hockings, C. (forthcoming) Using LTI OER to support local academic development initiatives. Available from www.wlv.ac.uk/LTIEmbedding

OER module Learning to Teach Inclusively www.wlv.ac.uk/LTImodule

OER Learning to Teaching Inclusively Project website www.wlv.ac.uk/teachinclusively

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