Active Learning to Engage Students and Enhance Learning

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Active Learning to Engage Students and Enhance Learning

This session will explore approaches to enhance interaction and student engagement in the classroom.

By Teaching and Learning Unit, MTU Cork

When and where

Date and time

Thu, 13 Jan 2022 01:00 - 04:30 PST



About this event

Facilitated By:

  • Thomas Broderick, Sport Leisure & Childhood Studies & TLU, MTU Cork
  • Dr Eileen O’ Leary, Physical Sciences & TLU, MTU Cork
  • Prof Jim O’ Mahony, Biological Sciences & TLU, MTU Cork

• Dr Tom O’ Mahony, Electrical & Electronic Engineering & TLU, MTU Cork

• Linda O’ Sullivan, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office & TLU, MTU Cork

Guest Speaker:

• Jamie Heywood, Academic Developer, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)

Seminar Description

This seminar will be split into two with the first part of the seminar exploring “10 Ideas on how to Enhance Interaction and Student Engagement in your Teaching”. It will select examples that highlight the importance of student engagement in learning. Active learning strategies, suitable to a range of different learning environments, online, blended, and face-to-face will be explored, with consideration given to different group sizes. These 10 ideas and practical tips will be provided alongside a collaborative discussion amongst attendees, where best practice can be shared.

In the second part of the seminar, participants will be introduced to the “Be ACTIVE” Framework, a new and exploratory framework focusing on Active Learning. Participants will have an opportunity to actively engage in the development of a plan to implement active learning in their individual context using this framework. The framework will empower participants to plan strategies that work for them in their context to get the most out of students and develop a structured overall approach to active learning.

Those who participate in this seminar will:

  • Discuss practical ways to Enhance Student Interaction in their Teaching
  • Evaluate effective student engagement strategies for their context
  • Describe the challenges of student engagement and share best practice
  • Apply the “Be ACTIVE” Learning Framework and create a structured plan to embed active learning in their own teaching and learning context

Guest Speaker Biography:

Jamie Heywood, Academic Developer, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)

Jamie Heywood is an Academic Developer at Anglia Learning & Teaching, focussing on designing and delivering academic and professional development activities which embed active, inclusive, and collaborative learning and teaching practices.

Jamie's work focuses on promoting active, inclusive, and collaborative teaching and learning and offering evidence-informed pedagogic support and advice to ARU colleagues. This can be through designing and delivering workshops, initiatives, resources and projects which aim to foster positive change and share good teaching and learning practice.

Before joining ARU, Jamie worked in several different roles within Further & Higher Education. He began his career in pastoral support, offering personal, academic and progression support to FE students, before moving into an academic post, specialising firstly in psychology and then teacher education.

He progressed into a course management role, being responsible for the quality and delivery of a teacher education and training provision with a portfolio of seven courses. He has taught in several different contexts, on a range of courses, including foundation and bachelor’s degree programmes, professional teacher training qualifications, including PGCE Post-Compulsory Education, and FE courses such as Access to Higher Education pathways and 16-19 study programmes.

Jamie is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and holds Fellow and QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills) status with the Society for Education and Training. He also holds Associate Fellowship with SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association).

Supported By:

Munster Technological University are active members of the Active Learning Network (ALN) which is a group of people from around the world (over 35 institutions represented) who share an interest in active approaches to learning. As part today's seminar we will outline some of the work this group does and how you can connect with the Network.

Funded by:

About the organiser

Office of Registrar and VP for Academic Affairs, MTU Cork

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