Working together – talking, listening and collaborating with students to improve the learning experience
Teaching and learning virtually is a new experience for most of us and getting feedback from students is crucial to ensuring that our courses are good learning experiences. Most of us invite students to give feedback on our work (via session evaluations or end of course surveys) but that feedback is much better when it is part of a genuine dialogue, with students participating as partners in their learning, and not just consumers of it.
In this session, Danilla Grando explored the different approaches she has used to open up dialogue with her students in the new online environment. She’ll show how she has creatively adapted teaching evaluation techniques and enhanced more the formal quality mechanisms (e.g. SSCs) to open up revealing conversations about what works (and doesn’t) in online teaching. She will explain how she has experimented with a range of tools (Facebook, MSTeams, Collaborate Ultra and Padlet) to ensure an inclusive approach which encourages students to reflect, share and collaborate with staff.
The video below is an edited version of the webinar Danilla conducted, minus technical issues and questions and answers.
- Helping students cope and thrive in uncertain times – Pearson
- Solutions Lab 18: Being Human; the power of connecting with your students online
- Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching: A Guide for Faculty
- Bringing out the human in synchronous and asynchronous media for learning – (Chapter 11 – OER Humanizing Online Teaching & Learning)
- “A key part of a pedagogy of care is listening to students and engaging in open and authentic dialogue particularly marginalised and disadvantaged students who are struggling with the compounded effects of inequities that already exist in educational systems as a result of this sudden pivot to emergency remote education and providing additional and stronger support to address these concerns and challenges” – Bozkurt, et. al (2020). A global outlook to the interruption of education due to COVID-19 pandemic: Navigating in a time of uncertainty and crisis. Asian Journal of Distance Education, 15(1), 1-126. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3878572
- The Guardian Opinions – Lecturer & Student Relationships Matter Even More Online Than on Campus
- The Human Work of Higher Education Pedagogy, AAAP, Jesse Stommel
- Teaching the Students We Have, Not the Students We Wish We Had, By Sara Goldrick-Rab and Jesse Stommel – The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Lecture Breakers podcast – How the Science of Emotion Can Help You Re-Energize Your Lectures and Enhance Student Motivation – Dr. Sarah Rose Cavanagh.
- Lecture Breakers podcast – Break Up Your Lectures with Humor: The Role of Humor and Laughter in the Classroom.
- Jesse Stommel, shares about how he enhances his teaching with Twitter. He talks about how kindness drives his pedagogy.