University in multi-million pound funding boost to enhance innovation in learning and teaching

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Birmingham City University is one of 67 universities and colleges who have been collectively awarded £2.8 million to develop experimental innovations in learning and teaching.

Education researchers at Birmingham City University will use their funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), to support an 18-month project aimed at creating an innovative and collaborative approach to classroom observations in Higher Education Institutions.

Typically observations are used as an assessment tool to measure the performance of teaching staff.  This project aims to reconceptualise the use of observation by removing the assessment aspect and instead using it as a form of critical inquiry in which students and lecturers will co-interrogate and co-reflect on their own learning and teaching values and practices.

The project will create a safe forum in which students and staff can openly share and discuss their views and experiences of learning and teaching and ultimately improve the learning and teaching experience for both.

Dr Matt O’Leary, Reader in Education at Birmingham City University, and research lead said:

The research will examine five different subject areas across the University’s faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences. As part of the process students will reflect on how they learn, whilst staff will reflect on their own teaching style. 

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