#becomingeducational – the first session!!


We have a new room – and for the whole first three hours of the day!! TM-G-45!!

So from next week – meet in TM-G-45 at 09.00 – and relax knowing that we can be there all morning!


Thank you

Thank you all for a lively and stimulating class on Wednesday morning! By now you should all be in the process of composing your own reflections on the session, considering:

  • What we did
  • Why we did it
  • Why we did it that way
  • What you gained from the whole session – as a student now
  • What you gained from the session as a future educationalist: are there strategies that we used that you will want to note down to use later in your own practice?
  • What questions you still need to ask
  • What you are going to do next – that is:
    • create a blog – write your first blog post
    • illustrate your blog post to bring it alive
    • join Twitter – tweet out the link to your first blog post – using the hashtag #becomingeducational
    • check out the WebLearn space – read the Module Handbook – follow some links in the WordCloud…
    • create a list of all the module assignments – with their deadlines
    • start writing your first thoughts about all the assignments that we have set you…
    • start your own Subject Dictionary – with all those key words that we have started using – what do they mean?
    • read something: What? Why?
  • When you are going to read and comment on the blogposts of some of your class mates.

Metaphors for teaching/learning

In class we suggested that you think about your own metaphors for teaching/learning – and suggested our own: VIKING – not a pillager or plunderer – but someone who plunges into the unknown with comrades and high hopes! What’s your metaphor for ‘teaching’ or ‘teacher’ or ‘educationalist’? Here’s a blogpost from a #creativeHE course on that topic: https://debbaffled.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/creative-he-travel-guide-metaphor-week-1-connecting/

Why don’t you illustrate your first blog post with your own picture of what a teacher or a learner is?

Becoming… and ‘skills’

You also asked us what ‘skills’ we would be learning in or on the module – too many too count!! But if you are particularly interested in how ‘study and academic skills’ are tackled in University these days – read this paper: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED434152.pdf TIP: A very useful paper for the whole class to read in preparation for their RESEARCH PROJECTS.

If you are interested in developing your own study strategies, you might want to look at this crowd-sourced guide to study success: https://ugc.futurelearn.com/other_assets/learning-guide/the-crowdsourced-guide-to-learning.pdf – as well as our very own Study Hub: http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/studyhub/index.html

What is a successful educationalist?

And if we’re getting digital – check out this video record of a Webinar on sharing expertise and power in the school classroom: http://connectedlearning.tv/distributing-expertise-classroom

Module Handbook

Don’t forget to log-in the WebLearn version of this module and access the full module handbook which covers in more detail all that we attempted to cover in our first Object Based Learning session.

Explore the other resources that we have placed there for you. The WordCloud for example consists of key words used about becoming an educationalist – if you click on the words you may be taken to articles to read or other things to think about. These are all useful for the module generally – and definitely useful for your Research Projects.

Peer Mentors

And finally… we mentioned that from next week we will be joined by the Peer Mentors in the fourth hour. We have scheduled the Peer Mentor sessions to take place in ICT labs – so do use the peer mentors to help you to set up and customise your blogs – and later on you can work with them on your ‘Develop a Digital Me’ projects… You might also think about what questions you might like to ask the Peer Mentors – after all – they are second year students –they have survived this first year – they can help!

All the best,

Tom & Sandra


4 thoughts on “#becomingeducational – the first session!!

  1. Hopefully you will become more clear about the Research Project as the weeks go by… Keep reading the blog – we are trying to mention the project here every week. AND – we will have a really focussed session on the proposal W9 in class!

    With the Research Project, we are asking you all to focus on an aspect of study (for example, reading, notemaking, writing, group work, the role of self-belief…) and discover something about it. You could try to discover what your fellow students think about essay writing or creativity or notemaking… for example.

    This is what it says in the Module Handbook (have you looked at that yet? It’s in WebLearn.):
    Research Project (30%) – W10; W20:
    • 2: Proposal 1000 words – week 10 (10%)
    • 3: Report (and reference to Resource) 1000 words – week 20 (20%)
    All study is research – but we have set you a real, assessed research project as well. We want you to investigate some of the learning practices of your fellow students and discover what they are doing – and whether or not it’s working. At the end of your research you should be able to tell us something useful about what we can do to facilitate better learning.

    Bonus marks
    If you produce a resource for other students here at the University to help them study better as a result of your research project, there will be bonus marks available for your Research Report! Our Study Hub has many different teaching and learning resources to explore http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/epacks/studyhub/. Our AniMet Challenge shows what other students have produced on Academic Writing http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/epacks/animation/ – use the AniMet Challenge to seed your research as part of this module.
    * Think about your own learning: how do you learn? What helps or hinders you? What motivates or de-motivates you? Why? How will you use that information to help you be a more successful or a happier student?
    * Treat every week at university as an on-going research project on how to be a successful educationalist: what are your tutors doing and why? Is learning happening – why or why not?
    * What activities from this module would you build into your own future teaching – why/how?

    Does that help at all?

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