Throughout her career, Shirley Williams has taken a keen interest in new technologies and their use in teaching and learning; from her first involvement in teaching and learning as an undergraduate in the 1970s, helping her fellow students get to grips with one of the early interactive computers, to her current work on the EU-funded MUVEnation project, helping teachers understand how virtual worlds can be used to encourage pupil motivation.
*Since winning her award in 2009, Penny has subsequently retired.*
Penny Wiggins is a Learning and Teaching Fellow having being selected by the university as a Fellow of the 'Blended Learning Unit', the university's Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Penny is also Associate Head of the School of Law.
Anita's interest is in the group of learners whose life/work responsibilities preclude them from undertaking full-time higher education, and whose own education took place prior to the recent widening participation initiatives. The common thread which draws together all her activities as an academic is her interest in learning, teaching and assessment, particularly as it relates to the experience-based learning of mature professional students. This interest is the focus of both her research and her practice.
Dr Helen Walkington is Principal Lecturer in Geography at Oxford Brookes University and her pedagogical mantra is 'geography is learnt through the soles of your feet.' She has used reflections on her own research experience to inform her teaching, where she has created opportunities for students to carry out field-based research through placements, expeditions, fieldtrips and experiential learning courses.
"David Taylor's teaching approach combines the incisiveness of a basic scientist, the wit of a comedian, and the compassion of a priest (which he is)." (A colleague from Manchester, 2008)
David Taylor was trained as a neurophysiologist in Leeds, London and the Max-Planck Institute in Bad Nauheim. He came to Liverpool in 1983 with the idea of staying for three or four years, but somehow got involved.
Arran Stibbe is a senior lecturer in Humanities and a fellow of the Centre for Active Learning. He says that his teaching philosophy can be summed up in ten words 'The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery' (Mark van Doren). Yet developing this art has taken a journey of his own discovery, into realms of active learning, inclusive classroom interaction and assessment for learning, and the journey is ongoing.
Mike Sharp has two passions in his work with students as the Head of Department for Business Information Technology and Enterprise. Firstly, widening participation by breaking down the barriers to HE for students through identifying the challenges for them and designing programmes, courses and study modes that allow them to access HE and succeedss. Secondly, ensuring students have ability to manage complexity early in their studies.
Pam Shakespeare has worked for thirty years on courses and packs reaching over 75,000 learners. One key problem in developing practice-based distance learning has fascinated and concerned her throughout her career. The problem is this – if you don’t know anything about someone’s life and experience, how can you help them use it for learning and develop a relationship with them?