Strategies for explaining complex concepts and engaging students
What staff need(s) will the workshop meet?
I feel that explaining new concepts is sometimes more a matter of me simply talking to students and them listening passively. I’m looking for ways to engage them more actively in getting to grips with the topic.
I'd like to know more about (or re-visit) how learning develops, so that I can plan the right sort of tasks to develop understanding of difficult concepts in my subject.
There are some ‘boring but important’ concepts that students just have to understand to progress in my subject. How do I engage them in this learning and help them see the value?
Through this you will...
- explore some of the reasons why teaching complex subjects is challenging and consider a range of strategies to get students actively developing their understanding / working out the meaning of the new concepts.
- apply some of the approaches to a complex concept you have identified from your subject area and leave the workshop with some practical suggestions for implementation in your teaching.
Who would benefit from this workshop
All staff involved in teaching students.
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Upcoming workshop sessions
- Date: 27th January 2021
- Location TBA
- Cost Free
This workshop develops skills for designing and planning learning activities for explaining and helping students to understand challenging concepts.
Through the workshop you will explore skills and methods for the teaching of complex concepts.
You will (re)explore aspects of the learning process and how this affects students acquiring mastery of a topic.
You will develop strategies to engage students more actively in learning complex concepts that are essential in your subject areas.
You will consider some of the theory of learning and how this can inform your teaching.
Supporting HEA fellowship
|D1 - Associate Fellow of the HEA||Staff with at least 1 year teaching/support experience. Typically these are staff who do some teaching/student support but not as the main element of their role, such as
|D2 - Fellow of the HEA||
Staff for whom teaching or learning support is a significant element of their role such as staff with experience as
|D3 - Senior Fellow of the HEA||
Experienced HE teaching staff able to demonstrate sustained impact & influence on the L&T practice of others over a number of years, through