Danny McCarroll – Sessions, Teaching Block 1 2018, Singleton

This year Danny isn’t offering specific sessions. Instead, he is offering any of the sessions he teaches on two specific modules. One of the modules (GEG100) has one theory session and one practical session each week, which cover two very different approaches to teaching. The other (GEL200) is different again. Details below …

(even though they aren’t specific sessions, we’d all like to know which ones people go to, so could you still let me know using the links below – and I’ll pass that on to Danny)

GEG100 – Geographical skills – Monday, 12:00 – 13:00, Glyndwr D (Theory sessions)

This is essentially statistics for geographers. The theory session is delivered to a large student group (about 100) in Glyndwr D and the audience is not entirely receptive ! Danny uses plenty of different strategies and hooks to keep attention and actively uses audience participation in some sessions to maintain engagement. A good example of keeping the slightly reluctant, happy.

GEG100 – Geographical skills – Monday, 14:00 – 16:00, Talbot PC Lab (Practical sessions)

The practical sessions take the form of large computer lab classes, again to about 100 students, delivered with the support of 3rd year demonstrators. The classes are completely paperless and run via Blackboard (having been developed over several years). Assessment is online Blackboard tests in Blackboard. With growing student numbers this kind of teaching is becoming more important, but is very challenging !

Teaching methods used in these sessions, and to book (click to expand / contract):

Teaching methods:

  • Computer Lab Session
  • Formative Assessment
  • Large Student Numbers
  • Summative Assessment
  • Technology Enhanced Learning

Sessions (click on session date to book):

22nd October 2018

29th October 2018

12th November 2018

19th November 2018

26th November 2018

3rd December 2018


10th December 2018


GEL200 – Introductory Geology for Engineers

Two, one hour lectures per week

  • Wednesday, 09:00 – 10:00, Glyndwr E
  • Friday, 10:00 – 11:00, Faraday M

Danny says: “This is a course on earth history to about 80, 2nd year students. The lectures are deliberately very ‘old school’. There is minimal interaction with the students. They come to listen and I talk to them for 50 minutes supported by very well illustrated slides that contain very little text. The lectures are carefully scripted, but there are no gimmicks, it really is just an old-style lecture. It may sound odd, but it is the course the students really love !”

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