Open Classrooms Episode 2 – Danilla Grando

Open Classrooms is a podcast series produced by the Academic Development Group in  Science, Engineering and Health.  Each podcast features interviews and stories from our staff who have opened up their classroom doors and shared their practices, innovations and ideas.

In this episode of Open Classrooms, Natasha Taylor talks to Danilla Grando about the work she is doing to transform her lectures into buzzing active learning spaces. Getting students out of their seats, working collaboratively and engaging in deep, analytic learning is the key to her success.

Contact Details

If you would like to contact Danilla, send her an email.

Supporting Resources

If you are interested in making your lectures more lively and interesting, here are some useful resources to get you started:

  • Large Group Teaching Tips. A collection of cards designed by Forensic Biologist Ian Turner, to spark ideas and prompt conversations in teaching teams about teaching in lectures. Each card has a different idea – from using magic tricks to music –  and the risk factor associated with each intervention helps you to decide what’s right for your context.
  • Smith, DP., Hoare, A., Lacey, M.M. (2018) ‘Who goes where? The importance of peer groups on attainment and the student use of the lecture theatre teaching space‘, FEBS Open Bio, 8(9): 1368–1378. Research paper on how the ecology of the lecture hall can impact on student learning biochemistry, focusing specifically on where students sit and how that relates to their learning preferences and levels of achievement.
  •  Schmidt, HG., Wagener, SL., Smeets, GACM., Keemink, LM., van der Molen, HT. (2015) ‘On the Use and Misuse of Lectures in Higher Education‘, Health Professions Education, 1:1 (12-18).  A useful article which reviews the literature on lecture effectiveness and suggests avenues for improvements to the ‘information transmission’ approach.