Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 3


Posted on: 15 December 2020 by Dr Tunde Varga-Atkins in General


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Episode 3 was recorded on 30th Nov 2020 with three guests from the University of Liverpool: Katherine Whitehurst (Comm & Media), Matt Murphy (Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering) and Matthew Flynn (Music). They all shared their lightbulb moment (when they felt their students were ‘getting it’), an essential teaching prop or pedagogy and one luxury item to relax off duty.

Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 3 podcast

(Treasure Island Pedagogies Episode 3 - Podcast Transcript)

Katherine Whitehurst: Communication & Media

  • Lightbulb moment: ‘clicking through group work’, showing cross-group ideas to promote student engagement.
  • Teaching prop or pedagogy: any online platforms that enable collaborative group work and projects to make the above lightbulb moment possible (e.g. MS Teams).
  • Luxury item: if my husband is not an item, I would like to take ‘a kitchen’ to cook as this is how I relax.

Matt Murphy: Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Engineering

  • Lightbulb moment: when it sinks in for students that they are undertaking a real, open-ended professional engineering project, and that staff trust them to take responsibility for their own success.
  • Teaching prop or pedagogy: focusing on what the student will be doing (Thomas Shuell, 1986); design activities first and fit in lectures around the activities, not the other way round!
  • Luxury item: Liverpool ‘urban cycling safaris’ modified to explore our treasure island.

Mathew Flynn: Music Industry

  • Lighbulb moment: focus on what students need to know at that point, rather than what I think I need to tell them!
  • Teaching prop or pedagogy: all we need is a marker pen and provocation to engage students in worthwhile conversation.
  • Luxury item: surprise, surprise, it’s music: my Spotify account.

Any sparks? Post podcast, we talked lots about how we listen to music, how Spotify has changed the way we listen to music and the way in which vinyl is reclaiming the ritual of listening in our home. And a Canadian storyteller, Stuart McLean, humorous Vinyl Cafe stories whose humour Katherine recommends.