Talking Teaching 13th December

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The Talking Teaching series will showcase best practice approaches to teaching from around the college. We'll be grabbing a cup of tea or coffee, talking about teaching and networking with colleagues.

These events will generally feature an introduction from the Assistant Provost for Education and 2 x 15 minute sessions, plus Q&A.

Join us for our first Talking Teaching event on the 13th December, 14:00-15:00 with tea/coffee served from 13:45.

We'll be hearing from the Assistant Provost, Prof Alan Spivey, and Director of Educational Development, Prof Martyn Kingsbury, on Learning and Teaching innitatiatives currently taking place around College.

Dr Caroline Clewley, a Senior Teaching Fellow from the Department of Physics, will then join us to talk about developing online visualisations for education and run a Q&A session. See the abstract for her talk below.

Online Visualisations for Education

This summer, Dr Caroline Clewley worked with a team of Python coding UROP students to develop a suite of visualisations.

The visualisations target abstract key concepts within Physics and other STEM subjects which students struggle to gain a deep conceptual understanding. These abstract concepts have applications in many courses across College and examples include: vector algebra, calculus and differential equations.

Online visualisations are versatile teaching tools which can be implemented during lectures to explain difficult concepts, used with an associated problem sheet for tutorials or coursework, or allow students to explore concepts in preparation for flipped lectures.

Dr Clewley is now trialling the visualisations in various learning settings and investigating their effectiveness in different lecture courses. The project has already received funding for another year in order to create a multi-departmental UROP team in the next summer break, working on concepts for lecture courses across College.

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