Teaching Matters

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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, Thomas Bak and Brittany Blankinship, from the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, summarise the findings from a study they conducted on comparing face to face and online teaching, addressing how expectations influence satisfaction… Imagine that you are booked on a very nice-looking beach holiday, sunshine, warm sea, cool drinks in […]
In this Spotlight on Learn Foundations post, Triin Sulengo an undergraduate philosophy student describes the experience of successfully training staff on the use of Learn, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment as analogous to the principles of effective urban planning and cartography design… When I first moved to Edinburgh, Nicholson Street confused me. Or well rather, […]
In this post, Angus Cheung a MSc Developmental Linguistics programme representative in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, outlines some of the common challenges students faced with the pivot to digital learning and offers some straightforward solutions around assessment, engagement and study-life balance… In view of COVID-19, the […]
In this post, Gemma Spencer, a Masters student in Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion), shares her experience transitioning from undergraduate to postgraduate.  Changing direction  My academic journey into the field of psychology is a rather unconventional one. I kickstarted my student life by moving to London to study BSc Criminology. Although I would not take back one minute of my […]
In this final post for May’s issue on ‘Staff development practices’, Alix Cohen, Tutor Coordinator at the Philosophy department, talks about the innovative tutor training programme she created in 2016 to support PhD tutors in developing their teaching skills and tracking their progress through tailored feedback mechanisms. An initiative that was praised by external examiners […]
In this Spotlight on Remote Teaching post, Suilin Lavelle, lecturer in Philosophy of the Mind, contributes to yesterday’s conversation on developing a positive supervisory relationship online by sharing practical tips on how to best support students in completing their Masters dissertation remotely… For many Masters students writing their dissertation is one of the most exciting […]
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 […]
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