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Seminars, workshops & labs


Bees-at-work: promoting employability skills through multi-disciplinary approaches in the School of Life Sciences and the Environment

Dr.Daniele Colombaroli, Dr. Marta Perez-Fernandez and Prof. Elli Leadbeater, Geography and Biological Sciences

Biodiversity of the Past and Present is a 3rd year Geography module introducing students to the drivers of Biodiversity changes on Earth. For 2019-20, we organized a joint workshop with Biological Sciences to better integrate the ecological and evolutionary perspectives in the course learning outcomes. Read more here  

The cat in the stat: how cats and dogs teach us everything we need to know about statistics

Aysha Bellamy, Department of Psychology

As a statistics tutor for CeDAS, and demonstrator for an MSc Statistics course, I encounter students who struggle with statistics. This led me to devise the ‘cat in the stat’ example which, after initial positive feedback, I now employ when teaching in one-to-one sessions. Read more here 

Putting Aesthetics into Practice: Study Tour of The Picture Gallery at Royal Holloway 

Dr David Preston, Department of Politics, International Relations, and Philosophy 

This Study Tour provided a unique experience for the students to a) see how the theory they had been learning in the classroom can be put to use in a practical environment b) benefit from the expertise of the Gallery’s curators and c) get a truly unique exposure to our College’s magnificent collection. Read more here 

Organisational change role play

Anastasia Alexeeva, School of Management 

To enhance student engagement and interest in the subject, I developed a role-play which encouraged students to work closely together as a team, share diverse insights into the healthcare industry from their home countries and reflect on their experience. Read more here

CCTV Nation: Security Guardians Vs. Privacy Resistance

Nina Willment, Department of Geography

This case study uses experiential learning in the form of a scenario game to create an inclusive, engaging learning environment for students to explore concepts in urban surveillance.  Read more here

Use of an online Wiki tool in experiential learning

Dr Stephanos Anastasiadis, School of Management

In this teaching initiative, students participate in an immersive and experiential learning exercise, using real-world information resulting in publicly-available outputs that promotes engagement and affords choice. Read more here

Next station please! Teaching political geography via the ‘circuit’

Dr Rachael Squire & team, Departments of Geography & ISG

As part of this 20-week course, we took the students out of the lecture theatre to participate in a circuit consisting of different stations relating to the themes of the course. Read more here

Playful approach in teaching Political Communications

Amber Macintyre, School of Politics, International Relations & Philosophy

I contributed to the various interactive elements on Introduction to Political Communications by bringing a playful approach to the exercises...Read more here

Sharing Perspectives of People with Learning Disabilities: An inclusive approach to Clinical Psychology training

Kate Theodore, Clinical Psychology & Team from Hammersmith & Fulham Safety Net - People First 

This initiative involved a co-constructed teaching session by Kate Theodore and people with learning disabilities from a disabled people’s organisation...Read more here

Tutorials for introducing human geography and academic study skills at university

Simon Cook, Department of Geography

I set out to develop a tutorial programme which would enable students to engage with and understand academic human geography on a broader scale and to develop their study skills…Read more here

Experiential Learning and Gaming for teaching Operations Management: Balancing the Line of a Lego Space Ship

Dr Roberta Bernardi, School of Management

In my Operations Management course, students had to balance the assembly line of a Lego Space Ship. The learning objective of this game was to enhance students’ understanding of how to design and balance the manufacturing line of a product… Read more here

Getting into Texts by Getting into Character: Reacting to the Past Pedagogy, Chinese Opera Theatre, and Ming Dynasty Confucianism

Will Shüler, Department of Drama and Theatre

Each year in the course Theatre and Culture One, seminar leaders decide upon a four week case study to apply the theories of the course we have explored thus far. For my case study I decided to examine Kunqu Chinese Opera Theatre and Ming Dynasty Governance and Confucianism. In class, instead of discussing these texts in a traditional seminar style, we play a game…Read more here

Workshop diversity, learning creativity

Dr Sigrun Wagner, School of Management 

The following workshop methods are designed to encourage students to engage in all workshop activities and to participate fully in teaching and learning. This is achieved through the diversity and variety of the workshops, which do not follow one standard design or delivery format…Read more here


Essay Question Workshops and Crowd Sourcing 

Adam B. Lerner, Department of Politics, International Relations, and Philosophy

One of the core goals of my third-year seminar is to get students excited about applying difficult theories to political issues about which they are passionate. To encourage students’ independent initiative, I create a crowd-sourced list of essay questions that students and I workshop together. This allows a forum for students from diverse backgrounds to research unusual topics typically neglected by mainstream International Relations. Read more here


Curating Narratives: from the Museum as Classroom to the Classroom as Museum

Martina Borghi (PhD candidate) and Prof Giuliana Pieri, LLC, School of Humanities

By questioning the concept of the scholar/curator (who has the power to select, display and interpret historical material) and the narratives created in the museum space we have created learning environments for university and school students in which small ‘curatorial’ teams have felt empowered to engage in deep learning with historical sources in a dialogic inclusive way. Read more here


The Saturation Game

Dr James McEvoy, Biological Sciences

I made the saturation game to teach first year undergraduate students how small molecules, like drugs, bind to proteins. Some students understand this through mathematical models, but others need it explained in a more tangible way. Read more here 

Using multi-sensory experiences and object based learning to enhance student engagement

Dr Erica Rowan, Department of Classics 

The use of hands-on sessions and a cooking day as part of my Food in the Ancient World course, allowed for multi-sensory engagement with the course material and thus promoted knowledge retention and student creativity. Read more here

Elementary, Dear Watson!”: a forensic mystery game to enhance student learning in Biogeography

Dr Daniele Colombaroli, Department of Geography

This module uses a science game to stimulate creativity and imagination around topics taught in Biogeography, develop new practical skills applied to Forensic Science, and strengthen deduction/induction thinking through cooperative problem solving.  Read more here

Russell’s Parabox: A Live-Action Game for the Logical

Dr Edward Thornton, Department of Philosophy

Studying formal logic is often thought to be both boring and abstract, but by designing a theatrical and interactive team game, in which students could utilise their knowledge of the subject to solve puzzles and win prizes, this project made formal logic tangible, memorable, and a lot of fun. Read more here

The Challenge of Making Non-assessed Learning “Count”: Psychology Undergraduate Seminars

Dr Danijela Serbic, Dr Victoria Bourne and team, Department of Psychology

Our first and second year undergraduate seminars give students the opportunity to discuss and debate psychological knowledge and apply this knowledge in the real world…Read more here

Activity- based learning in undergraduate seminars

Dr Cristian Vaccari, Department of Politics and International Relations

Cristian discusses how he redesigned the seminars of his course Introduction to Political Communication and centred them on innovative student activities focused on a particular scenario... Read more here

Serious(ly) fun – the use of games and simulations in teaching sustainability

Dr Stephanos Anastasiadis, Prof Laura Spence, Dr Diego Vazquez-Brust, Dr Sigrun M. Wagner, School of Management & Department of Geography

In this case study, four team members used creative and imaginative games and simulations to teach sustainability to students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level... Read more here

Using ‘Economic History Bingo’ in First Year Economic History seminars

Rachel Pistol, Department of History

I developed ‘Economic History Bingo’ in order to encourage  student engagement and also make the subject more accessible to first year students who have entered university from a variety of different backgrounds… Read more here

Using Padlet to curate seminar materials

Dr Alex Dymock, School of Law

I teach a module called Crime, Media and Culture, and incorporate a session on visual criminology. This year, I decided to trial Padlet to allow students to curate a gallery of images that we could discuss in the seminar…Read more here

Interactive timeline for the teaching of modern European social and political history, c.1900-1950

Carl-Henrik Bjerstrom, Department of History 

To enhance the learning experience of the students on the History course ‘The European Crucible, 1914-1947: Society, Politics, and Culture’, I designed an extensive interactive timeline in Prezi that allows students to see complex connections in one composite image. This timeline became both a valuable teaching tool in seminars and a useful online resource for students, who could access the material any time from Moodle…

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Bridging the gap between theory and practice in the study of Politics and International Relations

Asma Ali Farah and Daniela Lai, Department of Politics and International Relations

In this case study, we would like to place particular emphasis on two activities that we designed for the course: a focus group simulation and an experiment. Drawing on both art and science, these activities allowed us to exemplify very different methods of research that are relevant for political researchers…

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