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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

My highlights from BLTC 2018

On 14 June 2018 we had our annual Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference. As usual, it was tricky to choose from the parallel sessions in the various strands (discipline, students, staff, and environment). I tried to create a mixture for myself, of 'things to do with technology in learning and teaching', and 'things I'd like to learn more about'. In the latter category, my absolute highlight was 'The Living Lecture'. The two presenters had a (comparatively) large audience which they took along through the presentation in a very lively and - dare I say it? - uplifting way. We were actively involved in the session, using 'Flinga', a free tool (created in Finnland) which allows the collaborative creation of content online in the classroom, using our mobiles. Here is a screenshot, showing the outcome of one of the short Flinga sessions:

I never thought about lecturing as a craft, hence I was really intrigued to hear how one can actually learn/improve this 'craft'. I recorded a short snippet with my mobile, which talks about "the self-care dimension" of teaching. It shows that teaching has a lot to do with acting, and thus skills acquired in an acting class can improve lecturing:

So much for now ... there is more I'd like to talk about, but I'm running out of time :)

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