Social learning: bite size practice webinars and a new national repository for teaching resources

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Pedagogy and Pancakes


Twitter: @pedPancakes

Pedagogy and Pancakes logo

Pedagogy and Pancakes is a practice-sharing seminar series created by Dr Chris Headeland.  His idea is that you get your breakfast, sit down, relax, and enjoy some lightning talks run by colleagues. In each talk, the speakers will share their teaching and learning experience and provide some concrete examples that you could adopt or adapt for your own practice.

To date the series runs every two weeks with three speakers sharing their practice. Chris uses Microsoft Teams and a form for expressing interest in the series. Once signed up you then receive subsequent meeting invites. This is really helpful as it makes sure the event is in your diary and it contains the link to join it! If you cannot make a session, then you can follow up afterwards by watching the recording.

What I really like about the series is the fact that there is an opportunity for participants to learn about a variety of different approaches that can be used in their practice. It’s a also a great place to share with others what you are doing so do consider submitting an idea and then you can give a short (approx. 15 min) presentation and engage in a discussion with those participating.

The National Teaching Repository


Twitter: @NTRepository

NTR logoThe National Teaching Repository (NTR) has been created by Dr Dawne Irving-Bell to enable educators to share their practice in a central space using Figshare.

The repository is an open access resource where you can browse and download resources. The aim of the NTR is to bring together groupings of resources relating to pedagogic approaches as opposed to subject disciplines.  Examples of practice go way beyond academic papers and book chapters accepting all of the following formats:

  • Papers
  • Reports
  • Data
  • Keynote Lectures
  • Power Point Presentations
  • Video
  • Posters
  • Infographics
  • Templates
  • Teaching Resources
  • Curriculum Materials

What is unique and so valuable about the National Teaching Repository is that you can make your work publicly available and citable as you develop it. Each submission gets a unique DOI (Digital Object Identifier). This is especially valuable where prior to publication you present ideas at a conference. Visitors can search within the repository so tagging posts will help highlight the focus of your work.

Currently this repository has the following sub-groups to help organise your pedagogical practice:

  • Welcome and Guidance
  • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • ICTs and Intercultural Learning
  • Digital Education
  • Institutions, Organisations and Keynotes
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Supporting the Student Experience
  • Students as Partners
  • Continuing your professional development.


About Sue Beckingham

A National Teaching Fellow, Educational Developer and Principal Lecturer in Computing with a research interest in the use of social media in higher education.
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