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Invisible students: how to teach and support students you might never see!

Dr. Georgina Blakeley
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Center for Teaching and Learning invites
CEU Doctoral Students to join us for

a discussion on

Invisible students: how to teach and support students you might never see!

Dr Georgina Blakeley
Director of Teaching, Learning and Student Experience in the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield

recipient of the eighth annual
European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities

RSVP appreciated

The Open University's entry-level interdisciplinary Social Science module attracts over 6,000 students each year. Approximately 40% of students starting this module have low or no prior educational qualifications and 20% declare a disability. This workshop will explore how to design innovations such as the use of animations in teaching students how to think like social scientists. Innovations in student support will also be discussed. Participants will experience what it feels like to be a student starting at the Open University and will work on designing their own activity to get students to start thinking like social scientists.

Dr Georgina Blakeley is currently Director of Teaching, Learning and Student Experience at the University of Huddersfield following over thirteen years as Director of Teaching/Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Open University (OU). In 2017she won a prestigious OU Award for Innovation in Teaching and was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Award for Innovative Teacher of the Year. At the OU, she focused on leading the production of world class, blended, distance-learning teaching materials for entry-level interdisciplinary Social Science modules. She is research active and has published widely on Spanish politics, particularly around historical memory and democratization, and is on the editorial board for the International Journal of Iberian Studies. She also publishes on issues of citizen participation and urban governance in England. She is currently co-authoring a book for Manchester University Press on the recently elected metro-mayors in Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region.