Events & Projects

Exploration Hour

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5th International Active Learning Conference

Wednesday 20th of July 2022

You can read more about the conference and access the programme on the conference’s website.

Active Learning through Games

Our next ARU Active Learning Network meeting 1-2pm on 19th May will explore Games-based Learning. We will be looking at the differences between game-based learning, gamification, and ‘gameful’ learning. How do such ideas benefit an active approach to student learning? To prepare for the discussion you might want to take a listen to the Pedagodzilla podcast on games based learning(especially from 17 minutes in through to 39 minutes). 

We will also hear from a student about an educational game she has developed based on Game of Life.

“Object-based Learning” exploration hour

10am-10:45am Wednesday 23rd Mar 2022

“Problem-based Learning” exploration hour

10am-10:45am Wednesday 23rd Feb 2022

Active Learning to Engage Students and Enhance Learning

Thu, 13 January 2022 09:00 – 12:30 GMT

Facilitated by MTU Cork and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU): Thomas Broderick, Dr Eileen O’ Leary, Prof Jim O’ Mahony, Dr Tom O’ Mahony, Linda O’ Sullivan, Jamie Heywood

Developing expectations for peer learning

21st October 2021, 13:00 – 14:00

Active Learning Network @ ARU

Digital Reading: affordances for active and collaborative reading from screens

25th November 2021, 4pm

Facilitated by Dr Roy Hanney, Active Learning Network @Solent University

Creative Universities: Reimagining Education for Global Challenges and Alternative Futures

16th September 11am


Meeting the challenge of getting students reading!

Webinar, Wednesday 2nd Dec, 4:00pm-6:00pm (GMT)

Facilitated by Paul Stevens, Matt Lea, Martin Hughes & Roy Hanney,Solent Active Learning Network

Empowering students as creators: Getting started with Wikimedia in the classroom

Webinar, Wednesday 21st Oct, 11:00am-12:00pm (BST)

Facilitated by Dr Richard Nevell, WikiMedia Foundation

Tools and strategies for engaging online learners in Mainland China

Webinar, Friday 18th Sep, 3:00pm-4:00pm (GMT)

Facilitated by Zhuo Li, School of Foreign Languages, Guangdong University of Technology

Cryptic Crosswords in Higher Education: Getting to Grips with Puzzling Terminology

Webinar, Monday 18th May 11:00am (GMT)

Facilitated by Liza Weber, Centre for German Jewish Studies, University of Sussex

Large Group Teaching: Making Active Learning & Dialogue Possible

Webinar, Thursday 14th May 11am – 12.15pm

Facilitated by Joanna Richardson, Lecturer in Biochemistry

Design, Development and Implementation of ICT-based resources using Pedagogic Pillars

Webinar, Wed 22nd April 2020, 11:00am-12:00pm (GMT)

Facilitated by Bindu Thirumalai, Centre for Education Innovation & Action Research, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.

Peer assessment: developing a communal epistemic virtue among students

Webinar, Friday 3rd April 12pm – 1pm

Facilitated by Nimi Hoffman, Lecturer in Education

Online Distance Learning – How to transition from Face-to-Face Instruction

>Webinar, Wed 25th March 2020, 11:00am-12:00pm (GMT)

Facilitated by: Florent Zwiers, Curriculum Advisor, Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia

Using Video Assessment: Linking Personal Experience to Theory

February 2020

Robert James‎, Teaching Fellow in Social Work and Irene Dallaway-Gonzalez, Teaching Fellow Mathematics Education

Online Masterclass in Teaching and Supporting International Students

Wed 26th Feb 2020, 11:00am-12:00pm (GMT)


Inclusive Teaching & Research Methods

The Quiet Room, Meeting House, Friday 7th February 12 – 1.30pm

Led by the Active learning team with participation from Dr Anna Laing, Lecturer in International Development and Dr Ben Fincham, Lecturer in Sociology

Creating an inclusive environment for discussion in large groups

The Quiet Room, Meeting House, Friday 6th December 12 – 1.30pm

Professor Alison Sinclair, School of Life Sciences

Digital tools for Learning & Teaching: Open Mic

Wednesday 6th November 10:30 – 12:00, Room 76, Falmer Bar

Outdoor learning: Walk on the wildside (with wild technology)

Theme: Small group teaching

The Quiet Room, Meeting House, Friday 8th November 12 – 1.30pm

Dr Paolo Oprandi & Dr Wendy Garnham, Technology-Enhanced Learning & School of Psychology

Using boundary objects to engage students with challenging conceptual contexts

Theme: Small group teaching

TEL Training Room 133 in Essex House, Friday 11th October 12 – 1.30pm 12 – 1.30pm

David Eggleton, Science Policy Research Unit

Step to Learn: Embodied representation for Learning in Organisations

Theme: Risk-taking in teaching

Friday 3rd May, 12-1pm, The Quiet Room, The Meeting House, University of Sussex

Margarita Steinberg, leadership Coach with a specialism in Psychosynthesis psychology, and Argentine Tango teacher

Tutors, risk-taking and good-practice teaching

Theme: Risk-taking in teaching

Thursday 11th April, 12-1pm, Bramber House room 235, University of Sussex

Active Essay Writing: Risk taking and specialism based learning

Theme: Risk-taking in teaching

Friday 8th March 2pm-3pm, Essex House 133, University of Sussex

Wendy Garnham & Heather Taylor

Enjoying risk-taking and not knowing: Practical ideas to inspire a lifelong love of learning from an early age

Theme: Risk-taking in teaching

Friday 8th February, 12-1pm, Meeting House Quiet Room, University of Sussex

Dr Marcelo Staricoff, Associate tutor, School of Education and Social work University of Sussex, Creator of ‘The joy of not knowing (JONK)’, author ‘Start thinking’ and recent headteacher