The SoTL Walk is a great opportunity to engage in conversation about teaching and learning with colleagues from around the world. Our theme for November explores how we use pedagogy to shape teaching and learning policy and practice in universities – what is your experience?
This is the 9th SoTL Walk and we are always keen to welcome new people to the conversation! If you’d like to know more about the SoTL Walk story, check out this recent episode from the SoTL Cast Podcast.
We dedicate a whole week (30 Nov – 4 Dec) to the SoTL walk to include as many people as possible, whatever your commitments or location in the world. It doesn’t matter when you do it, just choose an hour that suits your schedule. Then…
WALK: Get outside and go for a 30 minute walk. Take something with you to record your experience – either a phone/camera or a notepad and pencil (for noting and sketching).
THINK: Whilst you are walking, think about the following provocation:
Pedagogy: Pious, Preaching and Pointless?
Over the weekend, an article published in the Times Higher prompted some lively debate across social media platforms. Written by an ‘anonymous academic’, the piece was a passionate attack on educationalists and teaching and learning specialists, accusing them of imposing ‘holier-than-thou, discipline-blind invocations of the latest teaching fads’ on over-worked academics. Reactions ranged from upset, to outrage, to complete dismissal – but it did (re)raise some interesting questions about how scholarly practice, policy development and models of university management are experienced differently – by different people, in different contexts.
So, your challenge as you walk this week is to think about how you engage with pedagogy in your work. How does it inform your own practice and how do you share it with others? Could or should you approach it differently?
If you want to read the article (optional!), here is the link. The fact that we are using it to inspire the theme does not imply that we endorse it as quality journalism…
SHARE: When you return from your walk, share your reflections online with others. Respond to their ideas too! Include an image (a photo, video or sketch) and some words which explain your thoughts. There are two options for sharing:
- Twitter – use the hashtag #sotlwalk
- Padlet – Go To Padlet (or click below to post straight to the November wall)