See Itslife Library for other reading
For content about uses of learning technology, please go to the Using Learning Technology section
See the new 'Teachers tv' pages for useful and relevant tv programmes
Good Practice in Teaching and Learning from Northern College - Methods Section Part of an online guide, and this section describes the approach tutors use to methods as 'to consider a range of teaching methods that they might use, experiment with them, assess their usefulness, and thus build up experience, expertise and confidence in teaching. In general, tutors critically reflect on student feedback regarding what works well or what does not in order to respond with a different approach. Doing this time and again helps them to develop some notion of effective teaching. Available at: http://www.northern.ac.uk/papers/guidetogoodpractice/teaching.html
Guide to Effective Teaching and Learning is the result of a standards fund project between Sparsholt College Hampshire and the South East Land Based Colleges. It contains a useful section on methods, as well as a good deal of other useful content.
Instructional methods - advantages and disadvantages from the addprima website
Presentation Skills - Range of hints, tips and articles to help with presentation skills. Has a range of articles from preparing PowerPoint slides to overcoming fear of presenting. http://www.presentersonline.com/
What factors are involved in a seminar ? - a checklist discussed in a staff workshop at Bath Spa University
Can be teacher led or student led
Low "teacher control" but high teacher involvement
Can involve individual and / or group work
Requires preparation and research by teacher and participants
Often contains an element of presentation
Provides breadth and depth of content and subject
Provides a bridge between theory and practice
Promotes a high degree of interaction among students and ample opportunity to express opinions
Promotes individual responsibility and encourages motivation
Develops thinking at high cognitive levels
High capacity for consideration of attitudes and values
Takes place in a wide variety of locations and surroundings
Seminar Preparation - guidance for your students
Be Prepared - Read up on the subject you will be discussing. Lack of preparation means you will have very little to contribute which isn't fair on your fellow students or yourself. You'll also feel very silly not having anything to say.
Listen - The lecturer is there to improve your understanding
Speak - Ask questions, have your say, don't be shy. Seminars are far less intimidating than lectures.
Seminar Success- Presenting A Paper
All students are nervous when presenting a paper and this is well worth remembering when you experience that feeling of dread, or abject terror. Most find that once underway, it is not nearly as bad as they thought. There are a number of pointers to help you with the presentation:
Don't worry about it
Practice. Read out loud before the seminar to get used to the sound of your own voice
On the day explain what you are going to talk about, talk about it and then do a short conclusion
Involve your audience for example by asking them questions (you don't want them going to sleep)
Keep to your allocated time. There is nothing more annoying to an audience than someone who goes on and on
Finally make sure you round off well. Don't just stop. Most people will remember the ending so make it a short, sharp and concise review of the main points of the seminar
When you have finished, ask the audience if they enjoyed it.
Teaching and Learning Methods and Strategies - What is your classroom management profile? The site from the University of Arizona describes and has links to a wide range of different teaching approaches. The survey which you can take is not particularly helpful, but you can look up a good selection of methods and approaches, and find out more about them. http://www.u.arizona.edu/ic/edtech/strategy.html
INTUTE is a 'free online service providing you with access to the very best Web resources for education and research. The service is created by a network of UK universities and partners. Subject specialists select and evaluate the websites in our database and write high quality descriptions of the resources. Take a look at http://www.intute.ac.uk/
Subject specific resources are impossible to keep an eye on with the time I have available for this website, but it is worth taking a look at these sites, which list subject specific resources.
describes itself as follows: 'In ancient times, the Library of Alexandria was seen as a universal store of human knowledge. As the Library grew in size, however, it became increasingly difficult to locate relevant material. The poet Callimachus solved the problem by compiling a catalogue called The Pinakes. On a far smaller scale, these Web pages hope to provide a similar function for Internet resources, by linking to the major subject gateways.' This is a really good idea, done with some style, and with a brief look strikes me as well worth looking at.
The site is at http://www.hw.ac.uk/libWWW/irn/pinakes/pinakes.html
teacher training resource bank (ttrb)
The Teacher Training Resource Bank (TTRB) is a three-year project supported by the Training and Development Agency for Schools.
It's aimed at teacher training in schools but there is much relevant content on the site for all teacher training. For example:
Internet for Education Guide
Tutors and trainees will find this guide useful in developing a critical approach to searching for education-based material on the web. It was produced by library staff from the University of London's Institute of Education and forms part of INTUTE's Virtual Training Suite.
It complements and follows on from the Internet Detective tutorial that is a more widely based guide to using the web for research.
Behaviour for Learning
The Behaviour 4 Learning website aims to ensure that teacher educators and trainees are provided with high quality relevant resources that enable trainers and trainees engage with the principles of behaviour for learning to improve the management of classroom behaviour, enable achievement and foster the emotional wellbeing of learners.
Teachers TV now at Teachers Media - 'the professional development service for everyone working in UK education, brought to you by the team behind Teachers TV. This site contains a free library of over 3500 high-quality videos to help you and your team develop your professional skills, and support teaching and learning in your school and classroom. At http://www.teachersmedia.co.uk/
Try the 'series' section at http://www.teachersmedia.co.uk/series to find all the good stuff we used to use a lot for FE!