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The Teaching Matters website and blog are spaces for debate about learning and teaching, for sharing ideas and approaches to teaching, and for showcasing our successes, including academic colleagues who are leading the way in delivering brilliant teaching.

In this post, former Philosophy students, Viktoria Matejova and Tommy Zhang, describe how they organised the successful Mary Shepherd Philosophy Conference for both staff and student to enjoy… In January, we, along with other students, hosted the Mary Shepherd Philosophy Conference in George Square, which focused on race, gender, and discrimination. We invited speakers from all […]
In this post, Angel Garmpi, a Linguistics MA student at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, reflects on her experience of learning in lectures… As a student going into the fourth year of my Undergraduate degree in a lecture-heavy programme, I have been able to reflect on what sort of lectures have resonated […]
Welcome to podcast episode 14: Commonwealth Scholars’ experiences of diversity and inclusion The Teaching Matters podcast accompanies and complements the Teaching Matters blog, adding another space for students and staff to have conversations and debates around learning and teaching at the University of Edinburgh. Students and staff are invited to engage in topical conversations, which are […]
In this mini-series post, Simon Fokt, a Learning Technologist in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, provides an update on the growing impact of the Diversity Reading List, which provides resources for philosophy staff to include authors from under-represented groups in the curriculum… The role of the Diversity Reading List (DRL) has been growing steadily […]
In this post, PhD student, Liv Coombes, presents a podcast initiative, which she developed with fellow student, Elliott Gruzin, to build an online community of listeners for anyone interested in philosophy and pop culture… My PhD research involves the philosophy of time travel, looking at how traditional theories of free will are affected by the logical […]
We live in the age of data and technology. This phenomena does not just effect our work environment and everyday life, but impacts the learning needs of our graduates who will be facing a world with even with more technology. In this post, Anastasia Ushakova, a Postdoc Tutor in Statistics in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences […]
Dr Thomas Bak, reader in Psychology and clinical research fellow in the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, reflects on new insights he has won since he published his first Teaching Matters blog a year ago… For a teacher, be it at school or a university, there is no day as beautiful as that of graduations. To see one’s students, […]
Simon Fokt draws on evidence-based research to promote why he thinks a flipped classroom model leads to effective teaching… More than 700 studies have confirmed that lectures are less effective than a wide range of methods for achieving almost every educational goal you can think of. – Times Higher Education There are many reasons to think […]
This post sees Psychology student, Tobias, explaining how much he has valued project-based learning in his undergraduate experience, and how this has prepared him for the professional world… Education must prepare students for life. To address this, the University of Edinburgh has developed a framework of ‘Graduate Attributes’, which each student should have the opportunity to develop while […]
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