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 our first episode for 2020, Natasha Taylor talks to Amir Homayoon (Homy) Ashrafzadeh from the School of Science.
Homy has been doing some great work to develop an active and authentic learning community with his software engineering students in both Melbourne and Vietnam. Drawing on his extensive experience of Agile methodologies, he uses a range of techniques (including ice breakers and games) to develop deep student engagement and a sense of belonging.
If you would like to contact Homy, please send him an email.
- A useful resource from Cornell on how to effectively use ice breakers to build learning communities and prepare students for group work
- A great blogpost on the potential for using play in university teaching.
- Agile Games And Exercises List – AgileSparks – Lots of games and exercises you can use with student teams to build a more agile mindset and behaviour.