Guest Post: Dr Patricia Xavier – Critical Pedagogy

This week I spoke about the discrimination I’ve experienced as a female engineer to my (overwhelmingly white and male) engineering students. I also spoke about what I’ve witnessed in terms of racism and ableism in the sector, and the evidence of this in everyday engineering design. I’ve also worked this…

Continue reading

Critical Pedagogy Community of Practice

The past year has brought discussions about equality, diversity and inclusion to the forefront in an abrupt and painful way. From discussions about student digital poverty in blended learning, to confronting structural racism in UK society as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, these issues (always present) now…

Continue reading

Teaching intelligence: how to support visually impaired students

Transcription centre staff standing outside the centre

Our own transcription centre is featured in the Times Higher Education article on January 25 2020. Katharine Swindells writes that subjects traditionally closed to visually impaired learners are being opened up by new tech.  She says that universities must provide policies, training and resources to match. Some institutions are leading the…

Continue reading

Open Door Observation – Large Group Teaching

During November 2019, I was fortunate enough to observe two staff deliver teaching and learning support to large groups of students.  The first, Dr. Mark Coleman from the College of Engineering teaches over 150 students in his classes and Dr. Sian Rees from the College of Arts and Humanities was…

Continue reading

Feedback Journals – Engaging with the Feedback Process

Focus on Feedback Our Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education, Professor Martin Stringer,  recently announced Swansea University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy for the next five years. Swansea University Learning and Teaching Strategy 2019-24 In order to achieve the six objectives outlined in the strategy, our curriculum will embed certain characteristics. Among them…

Continue reading

A month in the life of a Widening Access team…

…with Reaching Wider and Step Up to Swansea University Alice Davies Partnership Manager South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership June is often a busy month for Widening Access teams and this is certainly true of the Reaching Wider team at the University. Over the course of June we ran a huge…

Continue reading

TEL CPD Week – The Story Continues!

Shaking hands

May 13th-17th 2019 was TEL CPD week at SALT. For the first time, we offered three ways to learn more about the pedagogical benefits of technology enhanced learning, in the space of one week: – TELTALKS19 – a programme of live online talks, using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra TEL Tools and…

Continue reading