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Fridays Where’s Pete been?
I’ve been at the Disciplinary Commons
So what’s a Disciplinary Commons when it’s at home|? It’s a bunch of academics who practis/ce ITP Introductory Teaching of Programming
Which academics? A bunch of us from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland Bolton
What’s the point? • To document and share knowledge about TEL practice in the UK. • To establish practices for the scholarship of TEL by making it public, peer-reviewed, and amenable for future use and development by other educators. .
Where’s “commons” come from? Commons: a general term for shared resources in which each stakeholder has an equal interest.
Why? A belief that by engaging in shared exploration of our teaching in this way, we will achieve: • richer understanding of TEL within and between institutions • a knowledgeable community of peers • a core set of documents describing, cataloguing and assessing current TEL methods and methodologies, acting as a TEL repository and archive, charting and calibrating development over time
So what does it involve? • Attending both initial and capstone fullday workshops • attending all interim meetings, at 4 -6 week interval • completing a description/analysis of their ITP practice.
What documentation? A course portfolio
So it’s just a resource centre NO! the Commons does not: • Aim to generate a courseware repository, • Nor is it a workshop for developing materials.
So what have you got from it? • I’ve met a bunch of people who, like me, care about ITP • I’ve seen many approaches to ITP • I’ve learnt a hell of a lot • I’ve been re-motivated • I’ve had fun • I’ve been challenged
Wow! Where Can I learn more? • Sally Fincher’s website • www. cs. kent. ac. uk/people/staff/saf/dc/