Reflections on Learning and Teaching


Teaching strategy

digital-learningActivity 1b

Propose a teaching strategy for a subject you teach or will teach or for one which you support with design/development, considering your experience of Fult peer observation, ideas introduced in this course and in the Fult program in general.

A subject I will teach: Software Engineering


Teaching strategy:

I propose a digital learning approach. This is one that makes effective use of technology to facilitate learning (Fult program, 2017). The image above found on google images indicates it offers effective pedagogy, due to creativity, collaboration,feedback and reflection(Googleimages, 2017).

Use of Technology in the curriculum.

1. My students will each use a laptop.

2. I will project my laptop at times upfront on screen to demonstrate how to for example write code.

3. Videos will be shown in class.

4. Assignments will be submitted online each week.

5. The tutor  will be available online to chat to students on Skype or via email.

6. Lessons will be recorded and uploaded online onto a Web portal for students to access


7. Quizzes, code examples, practical activities will be given (from peer observation, Fult program, 2017).

8. Tutor will ask questions to all students to get them to participate and opinions invited.

9. Whiteboard will be used for students to solve problems and tutor will also write on the whiteboard.


10. Creative Projects and assignments. Giving students the choice of the traditional or creative assignment.

11.)encourage ideas from students to be put forward in group tutorials/discussions outside of class.

Feedback and reflection:

10. Lots of feedback will be given on assignments and I will be supportive in my comments.

11. One to ones with students would be necessary to check on their progress.

My Fult peer observation exercise:

From the Fult peer exercise I learnt how to give proper and positive feedback due to how a student would experience receiving certain feedback. I also learnt that I would not have been able to answer the exercise’s questions if I had not done some deep learning myself, in order to get positive feedback. Learning and teaching is a two-way process.

Relating back to Fult program 2017 in activity (1a) on deep learning:

By looking back at the deep learning exercise and seeing how it fits in with my digital learning strategy, I can see some connections between them. For example , technology helps with active learning, which was a requirement for deep learning. It also helps to connect students to the real world and can be used to provided feedback through.

Some other things I would be aware of with my approach when it comes to deep learning:

1.) Setting clear goals from start and explain standards for example plagiarism.

2.) I would show my passion of the subject through my energy.

3.) I would be aware of all students, their needs, diversity, build their confidence etc.

4.) I would teach using a mixture of lectures and tutorial type classes to encourage active learning.



The following readings further explain how digital learning achieves deep learning.

Ellis, Heidi.(2008).software engineering: effective teaching and learning approaches and practices.[online]IGI global.Available at: 28/03/2017].

Vander Ark, T.(2012)How digital learning contributes to deeper learning-educause.UK:Getting smart, 28. Available at:net.educause. edu>library>pdf[Accessed 27/03/2017].

Vander Ark, Tom.(2015). The shift to digital learning: 10 benefits.[online]getting smart.Available at: 28/03/2017].

March, Tom.(2012). 13 reasons why digital learning is better.[online]lighting the way for next era education.Available at: 28/03/2017].

MsConneally.(2013).Ms Conneally’ learning: advantages and disadvantages. [blog]EDRE5j blog.Available at: 28/03/2017][Accessed 28/03/2017].

Deep learning

Activity 1 (a)

Reflect on strategies and or resources to encourage deep learning in your context drawing from the course resources, your experience as a learner, teacher, and or designer and discussions with your peers.

According to the Fult program, ‘A deep learner seeks to understand meaning’ as opposed to a ‘surface learner’ who does the bare minimum. ‘Deep learners have intrinsic interest and enjoyment in carrying out the learning tasks and have genuine curiosity in the subject and connections with other subjects and with building on their current learning. Deep learners enjoy social learning, including discussing different points of view’. ( Fult program, 2017).

To achieve this in a student there must be good teaching. The students needs and interests should be the starting point for learning and teaching activities. The student will therefore then take responsibility for their own learning, but teacher acts as facilitator.(Fult program,2017)

Good teaching consists of the following:

(Fult program 2017)

1. Encouraging active learning

2. Sharing the love of the subject

3. Giving students independence

4.provides timely and appropriate feedback

5. Sets clear goals

6. Respects and accommodates diversity


Strategies for deep learning:

1.  ask questions to encourage participation

2.use technology

3.connect learning to the real world

4.organise the physical environment to suit learners

5.give feedback. ( Fult program, 2017)

6. Tutorials are one way of promoting active participation as opposed to lectures however lectures challenge students to see how active they can be. (Fult program, 2017)



Thinking about strategies for deep learning for my context ( of teaching software engineering):

1. Providing comprehensive and useful reading lists. A subject librarian for students to go to when they need help. Use of teaching assistants: 1 per 2 students. use of a tech guy for computer support.

2. Dissertations based on a work placement. This helps to connect to the real world.

3. Exams done online.

4. Videos shown that connect to the real world. For example on experts in the field.

5. Active learning will be encouraged through using technology such as laptops in class, submitting assignments online, student access to a web portal of recorded classes.

6. being aware of everyone in class, asking questions to all to get them to participate in discussions and inviting opinions.

7.) give appropriate feedback, lots of it and try to be supportive.


Past reflections:

A positive experience…

In the past while at University I had a tutor in which you could see who loved teaching her subjects and was aware of everyone in the class interacting with all and motivating them. She arranged the classroom so that we all faced each other sitting in a circle. The lessons were recorded for students to play back and the course was available online via distance learning. She made use of different tools/platforms for learning. for example she brought in musical instruments or asked us to create a portfolio on a subject to demonstrate our research skills and for teaching it to someone else. Reading materials given were also well prepared and useful.

A negative experience…

One negative experience was when a tutor from another course would just sit at his desk and talk without excitement of the subject. He would often get annoyed at his students too and this course was not well organised. For example, some students went on placements when others stayed in class. I ended up not doing this course.

Reflecting on Peers:

Jacqueline Royston finds she learns best when the tutor is energetic and engaging with course content. Uses quizzes, videos and practical activities. ( Fult program, 2017)


readings as evidence of deep learning strategies and its effectiveness:

Martin, Julie.(2016).10 strategies of deeper learning skills for education leaders.elearning industry.Available at: 28/03/2017].

Anon.(2017).Resources.DeeperLearning.Available at: 28/03/2017].

ResourceEd.(2017).why the UK education system needs a return to deep-learning.Classflow.Available at: 28/03/2017].

Cornwell, Page.(2016).deeper learning: more crucial than ever, and yet too rare.The seattle times.Available at: 28/03/2017].