2016-03-17_12-17-36If you could design a ‘Learning and Teaching in HE’ course from scratch what key terms should be included as part of the course content or a glossary?

Would there be a mix of old chestnuts such as ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ and newer terms such as ‘Flipped Classroom’ or would it include some really niche theories like anarchopedagogy and aesthetic education? If there was a limit on how many terms you could include, which would you keep and which would you reject?

Angelika Strohmayer and I started in a light-hearted way to play ‘pedagogy bingo’ when I was facilitating a two day Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education workshop at Newcastle University. Angelika, a doctoral trainee at Newcastle University studying technology-mediated informal peer learning in informal settings, tweeted her notes, thoughts, and reactions throughout the two days. Of course, key terms cropped up and we felt that there should be a reward for spotting them: the idea of buzz-word bingo was born!

But what are those key terms?  Has the popularity or relevance of some terms faded over time? Are there new terms that reflect what is happening in wider society and with technology and learning?

Will you join us to find out?

Using Twitter, Angelika and I are planning to ‘crowdsource’ key terms that should be included in a (for the moment) imaginary but perfect ‘Learning and Teaching in HE’ postgraduate course. We use the word ‘course’ loosely – it could be a module or programme. Once we have suggestions from Twitter, we’ll collate a list of the top terms along with any relevant resources that you have shared. We’ll publish the list in a number of places (including here).

We are hoping that the process of engaging in #pedagogybingo will bring a number of potential benefits including:

  • Discovering new practitioners to follow and grow our own networks
  • Discovering new resources and possibly new/emerging learning and teaching terms
  • Some of us [me included] will learn something new about Twitter and crowdsourcing

When the list is compiled and published it will hopefully be a useful resource for:

  • Educational Developers who want to cross check their own key terms with the list
  • Lecturers, tutors and professionals supporting student learning who want to informally develop their practice
  • Applicants for HEA Fellowship who are assembling their claim for recognition
  • Participants on ‘Learning and Teaching in HE’ courses
  • Students studying Education at any level trying to get an overview of important terms, theories, and pedagogies

The next phase is still under discussion as we want to then use the top key terms to create an online bingo game. If you have any ideas or have seen anything like this please get in touch – use the comments page here or e-mail me.

Instructions on how to take part:

  1. You need a Twitter account – sign up here, after reading the terms and conditions https://twitter.com/.
  2. Send a tweet using the hashtag #pedagogybingo and include your key term (you can also use a hashtag if you want to). If you want to include a link to a resource – so much the better. Please avoid general terms like ‘assessment and feedback’ – this won’t tell us a lot!  It’s better to be more specific, even include a name if this is relevant e.g. Bloom’s taxonomy.
  3. Don’t worry if someone else has already shared the key term you were going to tweet; you can ‘like’ or ‘retweet’ the tweet or, if you have an alternative resource, reply to the tweet and add a link to the resource. This will give us a clue as to which terms are the most popular and should be included on the buzzword bingo card (whatever form this takes).
  4. Read others’ tweets and respond! We hope to get some discussion going around these terms and to have as many resources to explore and share as possible.

We aim to collate the responses week beginning 10th April so there is plenty of time to think about your key terms and then tweet them. I expect this will be a bit messy but I’m certain that it will be valuable and hopefully some fun as well.

Thank you for reading – EYES DOWN 🙂

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