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Teaching for sustainability and accessibility beyond the next academic year

It’s 8am in the old world. 60 miles away, a student paces the train platform, anxiously waiting for their delayed train. 45 minutes by train then 30 minutes by bus. 9am lecture, 1 hour, nothing else on the timetable today. No chance of being on time, what’s the point? 50 miles away, another student gets into their taxi. £50 per trip to campus for an...

Final year projects: has the time finally come for chemistry education topics?

With much of the fretting about the 2020/21 academic year focussing on the logistics of laboratory work and particularly the final year project. We’ve long held final year projects as a capstone research experience in BSc courses (and more so, but with greater justification in MChem courses). The reality is, a BSc is not entirely sufficient preparation...

The trying to teach in a pandemic navel gazing post

There is an overwhelming amount being written about teaching in the time of COVID-19 or with other similarly witty titles. Lots of opinion pieces, many of which are actively harmful and symptomatic of the kind of existential angst gripping many at the moment, and often not indicative of what otherwise rational people would ‘normally’ think. Group think...

If I were starting teaching (in HE) this year…

I started this weeks…months ago. Before the current pandemic and the widespread upheaval. But I realised that my drafts folder was overflowing with 80% written posts so I’m trying to finish and publish them. With this one, I want to publish a followup thinking how I’d do it if I was starting in 2020/21 academic year. Following on from an...

HE STEM Conference Day 2 #STEMConf20

The Keynote on day 2 was Prof James Longhurst on the challenges and opportunities of embedding Education for Sustainable Development. I very much enjoyed this session as it simultaneously reassured me that I’m on the right lines with the work I’m doing in getting ESD into my teaching (example: using the right frameworks and descriptions) and also provided...

Escape from the VLE

I’ve been toying with the idea of using our VLE (Blackboard) to build an escape room type activity for sustainable chemistry. We’ve got a session in a computer classroom coming up so this seems like the ideal opportunity to get on with it. The structure of the escape activity is going to be a series of tasks linked by tests. I will use the...

HE STEM Conference Day 1 #STEMConf20

I’m at the Advance HE Stem Conference today and tomorrow. It’s been a while since I was at a general STEM education conference rather than the chemistry (and physics) specific ViCEPHEC or MICER events and I’d forgotten how good it is to get perspectives from other disciplines. The keynote today was Prof. Nazira Karodia of the University of Wolverhampton...

12 Days of Teaching, Day 4: mini Problem Based Learning

I love the idea of problem based learning (PBL). To me, it is one of the most sticky forms of learning and the one most relevant to the holy grail: life-long learning. It’s how we all learn as adults really, well I do. The principle idea behind problem based learning is…that the starting point for learning should be a problem, a query, or...

12 Days of Teaching, Day 3: Google It!

Our university email runs on Gmail and so brings a host of useful applications through GSuite for Education. Over the past few years they’ve become integrated in how I teach and were we to switch providers, I’d need a replacement for a lot of these (and time to convert…). Appointments: I run my calendar through Google and so can create appointment...

12 Days of Teaching, Day 2: Slide Design

Search Google Ngram Viewer for PowerPoint* and you’ll see that the phrase rockets into our vocabulary from 1991 onwards. It appears briefly in the 1870s and steadily from 1945 onwards, but really becomes a thing from the early 90s. I’ve cropped the scale to show how the phrase permeates books from 1980 onwards. And below is the...

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