Designing active pedagogies

Nathalie Sheridan, Vicki Dale, Mark Breslin, Mark Charters, Frances Docherty, Dejan Karadaglic, Paula Karlsson-Brown, Donald Reid, Briana Robertson-Kirkland

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"Designing active pedagogies" is a 10-credit course delivered as part of the PGCAP/MEd in Academic Practice. In designing this course, we [Sheridan and Dale] took a creative approach, enabling learners to experiment with notions of place, space and active learning. Using a narrative framework for course design (the five steps of Freytag’s (1894) pyramid), we created activities to: 1. Establish a starting point (‘exposition’) for exploration by introducing the learners to our underpinning theoretical framework, which examines the intersections (1st, 2nd and 3rd spaces) between student, teacher and place domains; 2. Create the potential for cognitive dissonance (‘rising action’) by introducing participants to the theory and practice of digital storytelling (Bernard, 2008), object-based learning (Chatterjee, 2011) and learning landscapes (Löw and Goodwin, 2016), with the potential to apply these to their own teaching practice; 3. Enable learners to create and get peer feedback on their formative artefacts (‘climax’); 4. Encourage learners to showcase their learning from previous sessions, inside and outside the classroom (‘falling action’); and 5. Empower learners to integrate the active pedagogies into their own teaching practice as a result of their reflections and scholarly engagement through the summative assessment (‘denouement’). Learners brought with them their own prior understanding of active learning from their own disciplines, which was a resource we were able to draw on in terms of co-constructing elements of the course. Learners will share their experiences of what the course meant for them in terms of further developing their teaching practice, illustrated through multimedia course artefacts.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2019


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