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, Natasha Taylor talks to Sam Grover about the innovative way in which she has designed her soil science course. Working in groups, students are heavily involved in the design and delivery of classes – they curate content, present it and facilitate class activities/discussion. Central to the success of the approach is the early establishment of an empowering team dynamic – this is achieved through the use of Lego Serious Play.
If you would like to contact Sam, send her an email
If you are interested in involving your students more in curriculum design and deliver, or enhancing your approach to group work/team building, here are some resources to get you started:
- Barrineau, S., Engstrom, A. and Schnaas, U. (2019) An Active Student Participation Companion, Uppsala University.
Dann, S. (2018) ‘Facilitating co-creation experience in the classroom with Lego Serious Play’, Australasian Marketing Journal (AMJ), May 2018, Vol.26(2), pp.121-13
- Bovill, C., and Bulley, C.J. (2011) A model of active student participation in curriculum design: exploring desirability and possibility. In: Rust, C. (ed.) Improving Student Learning (ISL) 18: Global Theories and Local Practices: Institutional, Disciplinary and Cultural Variations. Series:
Improving Student Learning (18). Oxford Brookes University: Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford, pp. 176-188.
- Healey, M. (2019) Students as Partners and Change Agents Handout, (updated versions available for download here.)