Welcome to the June issue of Teaching Matters: Undergraduate Experiences of Learning and Teaching

iphone recording resultsAfter a stimulating month of blog posts highlighting such topical issues as resilience and emotional intelligence in our Employability and Graduate Attributes theme, this month Teaching Matters welcomes contributors discussing undergraduate experiences of learning and teaching. This broad theme encompasses a range of research, reflection, and discussions by both staff and students around current undergraduate experiences of teaching and learning. These include posts from:

  • Ben Marder, lecturer in the Business School, who presents a video of undergraduate business students de-stressing in a Cat Cafe.
  • Craig McMillan, a biology undergraduate, who reflects on the impact of students’ interactive engagement in lectures.
  • Zoe Patterson, programme director in Graphic Design at ECA, who showcases the innovative Design Agency, which offers undergraduate students 3-4 years of works experience embedded in their degree programme.

We are also delighted to announce the release of a new mini-series of video blogs highlighting findings from the Near Future Teaching project. These videos will be released as pairs every Wednesday throughout June and July, as a compelling narrative with applications for teaching throughout the university.

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What is the Near Future Teaching Project?

The Near Future Teaching project has been exploring how teaching at The University of Edinburgh might unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Summaries of their events can be found on their blog, and media and ideas generated as a result have found their way to their Twitter feed, Instagram and Facebook pages.

The data generated from vox pop interviews and focus groups conducted as part of the project, distilled into thematic videos, is what this mini-series of posts for Teaching Matters will largely be about. More specifically, it will focus on how these thematic videos speak to a speculative future for digital education at the university, the trends and new patterns of teaching and learning that surround that future, and the values that the Near Future Teaching community want to embed within it.

Previous blog posts about Near Future Teaching include:

Finally, if you’d like to contribute a blog post, video, or other media on any upcoming themes or any teaching-related subject, let us know by emailing teachingmatters@ed.ac.uk. Remember, you can also submit details about your event and we can advertise it on Teaching Matters.

Happy reading!

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