Lecturing 2


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Professor Graham Gibbs: Author

Graham Gibbs has been designing and running programmes for new university teachers since 1980 and has written many books for university teachers, including the best-selling 53 Interesting Things to Do in Your Lectures, and is the author of both scholarly articles and 'how to do it' manuals. He has received the highest teaching honour in the UK: a National Teaching Fellowship. He has been a professor and head of department of the teaching development centre at Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University), the Open University and the University of Oxford. He has undertaken international research into the effectiveness of training university teachers and the findings have influenced national policies on formal requirements for training.

Graham founded the Improving Student Learning Symposium, in its 16th year in 2010. He also founded the International Consortium for Educational Development in Higher Education (ICED) which encompasses teaching development organisations in 26 countries. He has been honoured by a number of universities and international organisations for his international leadership of the development of university teaching, including the award of Doctorem Honoris Causa by the University of Utrecht.

He is now retired and undertakes selected consultancies which seem likely to have the most impact on improving university teaching, during the winter – and sails throughout the summer months.


Professor John Cowan: Reviewer

John Cowan pioneered student-centred and self-assessed learning in civil engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he set up the largest undergraduate resource-based learning centre of its time. He was the first professor of engineering education in the UK, a very innovative Scottish Director for the Open University for ten years, and is now Emeritus Professor of Learning Development of the OU. When John retired from the Open University, the Vice-Chancellor described him as "someone with a concern, which some would call an obsession, with student learning". However that remark was meant, John took it as a compliment.


Dr Rhona Sharpe: Contributor

Rhona Sharpe has 20 years' experience in online teaching and is currently based at the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development at Oxford Brookes University, where she develops and runs workshops and online courses in topics including researching and evaluating e-learning and online tutoring. She also tutors for the Open University on practice-based research in educational technology. Rhona believes that effective use of technology is led by teachers, particularly in their roles as designers for learning.


Wilma Alexander: Accessibility advisor

Wilma Alexander is part of the Learning Services team at the University of Edinburgh, supporting the use of online tools and technologies across the university. She has a special interest in usable and accessible digital practice, tutors on usability and accessibility for the university's Master's in Digital Education, and promotes the use of online activities for inclusive teaching and learning in the context of staff development.

Completing the activities in this course will contribute to your ability to:

  • Give lectures with skill, and use technology to do so
  • Support active learning during lectures
  • Support effective student note taking, including through the use of technology
  • Support students with special needs in lectures
  • Handle problems and incidents during lectures, including in large classes
  • Improve your lecturing through reflection and collection of evidence.

The diagram below explains the chronology of the course.

The University and College Teaching programme has been developed in conjunction with the following institutions:

  • University of Birmingham, UK
  • Brunel University, UK
  • City University, UK
  • Cranfield University, UK
  • Durham University, UK
  • Forman Christian College, Pakistan
  • Indiana University, USA
  • Institute of Education, University of London, UK
  • Minnesota State Colleges & Universities, USA
  • NUI Galway, Ireland
  • NUI Maynooth, Ireland
  • New York Institute of Technology, USA
  • Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • University of South Florida, USA
  • University College London, UK
  • Western Kentucky University, USA