History UK Pedagogy Forum
January 2023 marks the launch of History UK’s new ‘Pedagogy Forum’ – a series of online events designed to motivate discussions about the teaching of History in British universities. We hope the Forum will offer opportunities for critical reflection on the ways we teach, and that it can function as an accessible space in which a diverse range of educators from across higher education can share insights, experiences, and points of best practice.
We have some timely and interesting events lined up for 2023:
The ‘New Normal’? Teaching History ‘After COVID-19’. (25th January 2023, 2.30 pm – 4:00 pm)
Though it is difficult to say that the pandemic is over, with less COVID-19 restrictions on campuses many history departments began transitioning ‘back to normal’ – returning to forms and methods of in-person teaching that have long been a feature of history programmes in HE. Others retained or adapted elements from ‘pandemic pedagogy’. At the same time, there are innovative pedagogical practices being engaged in. In this session, we will explore the state of the field, interrogating the new opportunities and challenges we face as part of the ‘new normal.’
Dr Cath Feely (University of Derby) and Dr Lucie Matthews-Jones (Liverpool John Moores University): Creative History in the Classroom
Dr Professor Jamie Wood (University of Lincoln) and Dr Marcus Collins (Loughborough University): Post-Pandemic Pedagogy Project
Managing Student (Dis)Engagement (8th March 2023, 2.30 pm – 4:00 pm)
Many colleagues have questions and concerns about student engagement, especially as attendance has dropped steeply in the post-COVID context and in light of the cost-of-living crisis. Here we’ll consider some of the complex reasons why students are becoming disengaged and discuss a variety of different ways we might encourage and support students to engage with their studies.
While we have some exciting events already scheduled, we are very keen for this to be an open and collaborative endeavour and, as such, warmly welcome ideas and expressions of interest for future events. We are open to different formats (including research papers, reading groups, and roundtables), and are eager to offer a platform to colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, institutions, and career stages.