Presentation on theme: "PDT & Staff-Student Conversations: integration in the classroom Gary Lunt Programme Leader BA (Hons) Communication, Advertising & Public Relations School."— Presentation transcript:
PDT & Staff-Student Conversations: integration in the classroom Gary Lunt Programme Leader BA (Hons) Communication, Advertising & Public Relations School of Arts & Creative Industries
For discussion today: Promoting a regular open forum for staff-student conversations How this came about and has developed recently PDT conversations as a large group Programme and University wide topics/issues and the classroom conversations
Promoting regular conversations... Benefits: Engage the students regularly Promote discussion on important issues/topics Actively seek student opinion Provide feedback (formal & informal) Provide information (and links to additional info)
How & why I find this useful and how it’s developed recently... Always engaged the students in discussions during Week 1 activities I always used it as a mechanism leading up to and after SSLC meetings I used this type of forum to discuss generic feedback on assessments – leading to discussions on extra help & guidance that might be provided Discussed broad issues arising from PDT sessions More recently: Issues with the Programme that have arisen over the last 2 years University issues: redundancies, moving from Craighouse...
PDT & academic discussions... Following PDT sessions shared issues can present themselves: - academic challenges (e.g. direct entry students from FE & EU) - worries & concerns (e.g. 4 th year dissertation students) - reassurance (e.g. transition from 3 rd to 4 th year) - clarification (e.g. regulations or degree classification) Discussion of these as a group/year often highlights the extent of the issue and also helps negate the level of concern Potential solutions can be discussed and students can be pointed in the right direction for assistance
Programme & University discussions... 2009/10: Changes to the programme Changes within the School Rumours regarding Craighouse Campus 2010/11: Rumours regarding the Programme Craighouse Campus cont. Redundancies Discussion on these issues were ongoing often with the same questions & concerns being raised Student concerns could be dealt with on a more personal level with the students feeling engaged at programme level
Back to the benefits then... Engage the students regularly – e.g. they should feel that their input is valued and their points of view are taken on board Promote discussion on important issues/topics – e.g. these issues affect them directly and they should feel actively involved Actively seek student opinion – e.g. this can be positively acted upon Provide feedback (formal & informal) – e.g. in addition to their developing reflective skills this can lead to provision of additional help/advice Provide information (and links to additional info) – e.g. Regulations, no matter how often this has been cited previously they often just need reminding
Thank You Gary Lunt Programme Leader BA (Hons) Communication, Advertising & Public Relations School of Arts & Creative Industries
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