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The workshop will introduce HEA Fellows to some of the underpinning ideas behind Dr Sara Wolfson’s successful application in 2016 for the Times Higher Education Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award. The afternoon explores ideas of ‘good citizenship’ within undergraduate early modern history teaching, as a means by which to encourage deep learning of subject material and holistic development amongst students. Delegates will hear from Professor Maureen Meikle, Leeds Trinity University, on the benefits of the workshop model for undergraduate history teaching. This will be followed by Sara discussing some of her innovative teaching methods, such as her use of online forums and assessment; role-play with external specialists in the field; and integrated employability history projects.
The workshop will be interactive with HEA delegates experiencing a seminar reconstruction that uses Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library. The day will end with a ‘live’ student assessment, as delegates attend the launch of Sara’s second year student exhibition, Sex, Deviance and Death in Early Modern Britain. This event will be accompanied by a wine reception sponsored by Dr. Keith McLay, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
Key learning points for participants will include understanding how embedding ideas of good citizenship within module design and assessment helps to develop in-depth learning experiences for students, as well as an inclusive environment that takes into consideration widening participation concerns. Participants will experience first-hand the value of non-traditional assessments in creating a learning community amongst the students themselves and, where possible, with outside partners. The workshop’s focus on holistic modes of learning offers delegates an opportunity to consider alternative methods of teaching that draw upon their own research networks to enrich the student journey and undergraduate curriculum.
This workshop is aimed at scholars working in History and the Humanities more generally. It will be of particular interest to graduate teaching assistants, early career academics, teaching fellows, and lecturers. The workshop is designed to assist scholars who wish to explore different methods of teaching and assessment away from the traditional lecture model or essay assignment. People applying for Associate Fellowship, Fellowship or Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy may also find this workshop helpful.
This workshop will be relevant for Historians, English Literature, American and Religious Studies specialists.
Dr Sara J. Wolfson is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Canterbury Christ Church University and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In November 2016, she received the Times Higher Education Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award. Her research interests chiefly concern the female court and household of Queen Henrietta Maria, above all the political, social and religious roles that Caroline court women played in the period 1625-1669. Key innovations within her courses are the use of online debates for assessment; adopting the workshop model to encourage shared learning; the use of role-play and re-enactments to understand key early modern trials and events; and embedding employability skills through assessment. She is passionate about using her contacts and networks in the heritage and history sectors to not only develop sudents’ historical knowledge and skills development, but also to foster collaboration with external parties to enhance the undergraduate curriculum.
Please feel free to find and tweet Sara before the workshop. Her twitter is @SaraWolfson1.