Welcome to the launch of T-Lab: Teaching and Learning at Brookes.

[What? The name has changed? Yes, an Internet search shows TeaLab is a big media marketing and PR company who works for the likes of WarnerBros, Disney and other major media corporations, so it made sense to change. There are a few other t-labs (here and here) but I do not see too big a conflict with them]

T-Lab is an informal, occasional meeting for people interested in the leading edges of learning and teaching in higher education. At T-Labs we will explore new ideas, approaches and techniques for learning in the classroom and online.

As the name suggests, there will be lunch/refreshments and it is a place to test ideas with colleagues in an informal environment.

We will be developing the programme with input from newer members of teaching staff, but do get these dates/times in your diary!
  • Friday 4 October 1200-1330: Welcome to T-Lab. First of our occasional sessions, open to all, especially people who feel they might be novices with online “stuff”.
    • Communities, practice and social learning
    • “Mid-term” module feedback techniques
  • Thursday 7 November 1200-1330
    • What the flip? Academic multimedia in the classroom and online.
    • Teaching in the JHBB
    • Video for teaching? Virtual classrooms? Flipped teaching? Or, how to get students to do the work before class
  • Wednesday 27 November 1300-1500
    • Groups, peers, marking and feedback

Future themes may include global teaching, micro-credentials (badges), volunteering in the community.

T-Lab meetings will be simultaneously face to face and online using our Virtual Classroom (refreshments only available face-to-face!) and will be recorded for re-viewing later.

T-Lab aims to bring pleasure to teaching. Please forward this message to friends and colleagues who might be interested.

Websites and social media stuff coming soon.

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About the author

George Roberts

George has been at Oxford Brookes since 2000 and joined OCSLD in June 2006 as an Educational Developer (e-Learning). In his previous role he advised the Head of e-Learning and the Senior Management Team of the University on policy for off-campus e-learning and e-learning partnerships.

He leads the MA Education (Higher Education) and teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) as well as conducting Course Design Intensives (CDIs) and other educational development activities: workshops and consultancies.

He leads the organisation of the annual Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference (BLTC) and is Managing Editor of the Higher Education Journal of Learning and Teaching.

George is a visiting Lecturer at Cranfield University and a Visiting Fellow of Edge Hill University.

He wrote his doctorate (July 2011) at the University of Southampton on biographical narratives of adult users of a community IT centre on a large social housing estate.

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