The Introduction to Education Practice for PGRs is the course that all PGRs at BU must complete before they are eligible to undertake any teaching activities (Code of Practice for Research Degrees p67).
In addition to the knowledge gained, part of the value of the course has always been the face-to-face interactions between PGRs and staff, and as Programme Lead, I was worried that moving the course online would mean that this benefit would be lost.
I’ve therefore taken a flipped classroom approach, with the PGRs completing online asynchronous sessions, followed by live synchronous tutorials in which I lead a discussion on the topics covered. This approach appears to have been well received by the students and does facilitate interactions and networking.
“The actual online course experience has been incredibly informative… using flipped classroom in practise!”
The course runs again at the end of April. If you have a PGR who needs to attend the course, then they need to contact the Doctoral College ASAP as places are strictly limited, and this will be the final (and 3rd) time of running the course this year. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Martyn Polkinghorne – FLIE Education Excellence Theme Leader