Every year, the University of Greenwich Educational Development Unit organises a series of open lectures addressing current issues in teaching, learning and assessment. They invite speakers from across the Higher Education sector and associated professions.
When metrics collide: dilemmas in learning gain
Open Lecture 2017 Professor Simon Lancaster - When metrics collide: dilemmas in learning gain from Educational Development Unit on Vimeo.
These are the confessions of a serial higher innovator thrust into the debate surrounding the determination of teaching excellence. Where available, concept inventories provide the most robust measures of conceptual understanding and we have been exploring their application at UEA, Norwich. However, conceptual understanding does not feature directly in the metrics that contribute to league tables or the Teaching Excellence Framework. How did we respond when the results were positive but the student reception was mixed?Professor Simon Lancaster
A vocal advocate of active learning in the lecture theatre, Professor Simon Lancaster's contributions have been recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Higher Education Award (2013) and a HEA National Teaching Fellowship (2013). He is president-elect of the Education Division of the RSC and Communications Officer for the Association of National Teaching Fellows.A regular keynote speaker at both national and international learning and teaching events he believes in practising what he preaches and employs audience response approaches from Turning Technologies, for which he is a Distinguished Educator. Simon is UEA's Pedagogical Innovation Ambassador and helps colleagues and students to realise the affordances of evidence-based practice to transform the learning and teaching experience. Current projects include: student partnering in the design of peer instruction; tracking camera platforms for panoramic teaching capture; facile authoring of personalised concept maps.