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The University of BuckinghamThe University of Buckingham

University of Buckingham

Promoting highly effective teaching techniques to students around the world

Teaching online coursesTeaching online courses

Organisation

University of Buckingham

Sector

Professional skills: Education

Date of activity

Launched in 2020/2021 academic year.

The challenge

The University of Buckingham is the country’s leading provider of teacher training and professional development.

It sought out leading educational thinkers to contribute to a new online MA in education.  One of these was Doug Lemov, author of "Teach Like a Champion".  Doug Lemov is renowned in education circles for promoting highly effective teaching techniques that demand high levels of engagement and participation from students. For this reason he had never previously agreed for his techniques to be taught in an online course.

How could the University of Buckingham create a suitably engaging environment to teach these techniques online?

Dough LemovDough Lemov
Dough Lemov – Educator and author

The solution

The University of Buckingham worked with Learning with Experts to deliver a 12 lesson course on ‘Building a Writing-Intensive Classroom’ which is designed to be completed by teachers over one school term.

Doug Lemov approved the course and the effectiveness of the learning platform and approach.

Each lesson introduces a new technique using a combination of theory, footage filmed in real life classrooms and role plays / practical exercises.

The teacher is required to use that technique in their classroom and reflect on the results, prior to completing the following week’s lesson.

By the end of the course, participants have introduced a new way of working into their classrooms and completed a critical evaluation of the effectiveness of the approach in their setting.

The course is now used as part of the University of Buckingham Masters degree.

We chose to work with Learning with Experts because they echoed our values of pioneering the ‘fourth education revolution’ through high quality collaborative, interactive and scalable online learning.Barnaby Lenon, Dean of University of Buckingham

What next?

We are planning further courses aimed at teachers at different stages of their careers.

The results

The course has been taken by students from around the world from Peru to the Pitcairn Islands, who value its practicality and applicability as well as the ability to share ideas and experiences with classmates who work in a wide variety of settings and cultures.

"It is a fantastic module. I have never studied any course so practical, specific and so applicable for every classroom."Veronika
"It truly has been an invaluable experience, and I can’t express how much it’s transformed my classroom practice."Lewis – participant

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