History Teaching and Learning in the ‘Age of Covid’

Monday 11 January 2021 (10am to 1pm) via MS Teams

The East Midlands Centre for History Teaching & Learning is a regional organisation bringing together historians from the nine East Midlands HEIs to develop, share, and investigate excellence in history teaching in higher education. Our teaching history workshop is a forum for colleagues from across the region to discuss aspects of their teaching practice under a specific theme. The workshop is open to PGRs, postdoctoral researchers and academic staff from across the region.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ways in which history is taught and assessed at university has been changing and continues to adapt as universities and departments respond to the continually evolving situation. Rather than a sector wide move to online delivery, different models of teaching and learning have been adopted by different institutions. This has certainly presented pedagogical challenges and uncertainty, and it may have lasting implications for the sector. At a subject-specific level the pandemic is raising important questions about how history can be taught and assessed in different circumstances, the way in which subject-specific skills are acquired, the extent to which a range of disciplinary practices can be effectively adapted, and how these changes are being perceived and understood by students.

Drawing on the range of expertise from across the nine East Midlands HEIs, this workshop will share experiences and showcase some innovative and research-informed approaches relating to how history teaching and learning has adapted and the implications of this for the future. It will provide valuable opportunities to share practice across institutions, learn from each other’s experiences and address common concerns or problems.

We would like to invite contributors from across the East Midlands to deliver a brief (no more than 10 minutes) talk or presentation on an aspect of their practice in this area. We hope that these contributions will be pre-recorded and uploaded to a shared online space, where participants can access them in advance of the workshop. Participants will then have the opportunity to ask questions and stimulate a larger discussion within four workshop sessions:-

  • Teaching History in the Socially Distanced Classroom: Strategies for delivering on-campus seminars in the social distanced classroom, with the physical restrictions and challenges that brings.
  • Blended Learning: The use of synchronous and asynchronous activities for studying history, and the extent to which they relate to one another.
  • Engagement: What does engagement look like in the socially distanced classroom and online learning environments? How are students engaging and participating in in discussions and other activities?
  • Assessment: How have modes of assessment changed? Have new or different modes of assessment been adopted, and why? Are participation and attendance marks being used?

The workshop will end with a plenary discussion, drawing together reflections on the themes and approaches from the four sessions and discussing the longer-term implications of these experiences on history teaching and learning in Higher Education.

If you are interested in providing a short talk or presentation, please contact sarah.holland@nottingham.ac.uk with a title and brief outline (200 words max) by Wednesday 9 December 2020.

The workshop itself will be delivered via Microsoft Teams and will be free to attend. It will be facilitated by EMC members from the University of Nottingham. If you would like to attend the workshop, please email sarah.holland@nottingham.ac.uk by Thursday 7 January 2021.

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