I led three workshops at yesterday’s Engage Learning & Teaching conference at Anglia Ruskin University.. In one of them, I used the table gallery technique that I turn to frequently as a way to engage participants in topics where there are many ideas or many questions.
The workshop introduced Media-Enhanced Teaching & Learning. I introduced this using my media interventions framework in which practices and possibilities can be organised under one or more of the following ideas: challenge, inform, feedback, orientate, and motivate.
Drawing upon what is now many years of research and experimentation, I presented participants with 50 ideas (title and short description and rationale) on A5 printouts. I asked each person to take three or four and sort them into the right category through discussion with partners and then place them in the right part of the table.
This meant that participants saw the versatility of using digital media for teaching and learning and the different kind of user-producer interventions that can be made. They had the opportunity to look in detail at those ideas they and their partners were responsible for while seeing the versatility of audio and video as an extension to the learning environment.
Part two of the activity was to generate further ideas representing their own practice or ideas from their imagination. The one hour workshop concluded with a discussion about their ideas and the ideas they liked best.
My intention is to establish a Pedagogic Innovation Group for Media-Enhanced Teaching & Learning at ARU. It’s acronym inevitably and unfortunately (?) is PIG METaL!