Workshop: connection, calibration, consistency (08 Feb 1200-1300)

Workshop: connection, calibration, consistency, Thursday 8 February 1200-1330 CLC G.27

Knowing doing being

My colleagues and I conceived a loosely linked series of workshops aimed at inculcating employability skills and attitudes into curricular learning and teaching practice. And by the way to say somethings we believe about “good” learning and teaching.

Neil Currant took “Community“. Mary Deane took”Confidence“. Mary Kitchener took “Challenge“. For me the word that first stuck in my head was “Calibration“.

Not the most flirtatious title. But, it captured more of what we are trying to do than many other Cs, which kept tumbling out. Two more stuck with me: Connection and Consistency.

We want to know where we are. We want to know what and how to do what we do, which is to make connections, and to do that repeatably well: consistently across a range of people and contexts (“high calibre“).

Come to the Calibration workshop to discover ways of knowing, ways of doing and ways of being for the purpose of teaching and learning: meeting the other with presence and attention. This, we suggest, may help us to calibrate learning gain.

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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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