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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


Professor christine hockings institute for learning enhancement university of wolverhampton

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


Professor christine hockings institute for learning enhancement university of wolverhampton

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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