This academic year the ARU ALN are running a series of exciting online workshops on a variety of topics relating to Active Learning and it is a pleasure to invite you to these. These will include guest speakers, activities, inspiration, and opportunities to share ideas and practice. These workshops are open to all colleagues at ARU, and other members of the ARU ALN, and will be held on Microsoft Teams. For any questions about this workshop, please contact [email protected]. Further information about the ARU ALN can also be found on the Academic Development & Recognition Hub.
Dates for your 2024 diary:
Taking a leap, making students feel they matter: overcoming the five thieves of confidence to boost engagement
Are some of the reasons that students do not engage with active learning because they are lacking confidence or feel they don’t matter? How can active learning help grow students’ confidence and make them feel like they matter? This session will explore the thieves of confidence and how we might be able to flip this to build our students confidence, make them feel valued, reach higher levels of engagement and through that learning.
Isobel Gowers recently attended a workshop at a coaching conference about the Five Thieves of (Self) Confidence. It was thought provoking stuff. It applies equally to her as a coach as it does to the participants she is coaching. The session was led by Professor Tony Ghaye from University of Loughborough London. He has also shared ideas around the Five Thieves of Mattering, and mattering was something that Tom Lowe from the University of Portsmouth talked about extensively at the Course Leaders Conference last year. All this got Isobel to thinking about the relationship between confidence, mattering and active learning.
How we talk about active learning
Active learning design can get lost in the language we use. As advocates of active learning, how can we inspire ourselves, our colleagues and our students by making sure that we don’t talk about ‘delivering’ learning and we do talk about learning as learner ‘navigation and negotiation’? A panel of active advocates will share stories of ‘bad language’ as cautionary tales.
How to join
Workshops are open to all colleagues at ARU, and other members of the ARU ALN, and will be held on Microsoft Teams from 1-2pm, please email [email protected] if interested in joining us in Teams for our meeting.